JLMS publishes Original Papers, Review or Systematic-Meta analysis Articles, Case Reports/Series, Brief reports, photo essays, Letters to the Editor, and commentary in the fields of LASER or lights in any area of medicine, in addition to technical papers on the development of new laser and non-laser light devices, Light delivery systems, Sensors to monitor laser effects, Basic lasers-tissue interactions and Modeling of laser-tissue interactions.
■ Types of Article and Standards Necessary
Any manuscript must consider all article writing standards based on the AMA Manual of Style for writing articles.
Any lack of "English" academic writing may lead to the "fast rejection" of manuscripts. Therefore, the Journal strongly recommends authors consult their manuscripts with a native English speaker and edit them.
To avoid the English editing surcharge, we recommend that non-native English-speaking authors send their manuscripts to a professional English editing service before submitting their manuscripts to the journal. We suggest using some of the services listed below:
All of the manuscripts should contain a Title page, Structured abstract (for original articles), keywords, introduction, methods or case presentation, result, discussion, conclusion, Ethical consideration or informed consent, Conflict of interest, acknowledgment, references.
- Original Articles: The length of the text should be limited to 4500 words, excluding the references. For Example 👉 PDF
- Randomized Controlled Trials: Based on the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org), randomized controlled trials must be registered in a public trial registry [e.g., World Health Organization's (WHO) International Clinical Trial Registry Platform (ICTRP) and the registration number should be stated at the end of the Abstract section. Registration in the following trial registers is acceptable:
Authors are encouraged to complete the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart (http://www.consort-statement.org) to prevent the omission of valuable information. For Example 👉 PDF
- Review Articles: The Editor requested this, but JLMS will also accept submitted reviews. The authors of review articles are invited to contact the Editorial Office before preparing a review article. Both solicited and unsolicited review articles are subjected to editorial reviews, such as the original papers. This type of article should be limited to 5000 words. For more information about how to write a review article, you can see the PRISMA checklist. For Example 👉 PDF
- Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis: For systematic reviews or meta-analysis of randomized trials and other evaluation studies, use the PRISMA checklist and Flowchartand thePRISMA structured abstract checklist when writing the structured abstract. For Example 👉 PDF
- Case Reports and Brief Reports: Should not exceed 2000 words. Both should include the structured abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, informed consent, acknowledgment, references, and 1 to 4 figures. The submission package should contain unnecessary documentations of the case(s) like pathology and laboratory test reports. Brief reports should not have more than one figure and table. Guidelines To Writing a Clinical Case Report or CARE. For Example 👉 PDF
- Case Series: It is included all of the reports about the special treatment and new procedure in some limited cases with good results but not confirmed yet internationally as a global choice. It should be limited to 2500 words. Both should include the structured abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, informed consent, acknowledgment, and references.
- Photo Essay: It is a quiz-type article that should be presented with a high-quality picture, a brief history of the photograph, and a question about the best intervention modality. It should be limited to 2500 words.
- Letters to the Editor: Letters, less than 500 words, should discuss articles published in the Journal during the previous six months. Letters will undergo peer-review processing and will be edited for clarity. For Example 👉 PDF
- Commentary: J Lasers Med Sci accepts the comment(s) from the experts in the shape of a Commentary Letter, not more than 1000 words.
Manuscript submission to this journal is only possible through the Journal's Online Paper Submission page. The manuscript must accompany a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name, and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. If the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other journals and was rejected, the authors must provide complete information for proper analysis. The manuscript should be typed as a Microsoft Word document in double space on the A-4 size page set up with clear margins on both sides. Tables and illustrations should be typed and drawn at the end of the manuscript after the references. Do not submit tables as photographs. All text documents should be uploaded in Microsoft Word format as an attachment. The figures should be sent in a format of JPEG or GIF, which will produce high-quality (300 dpi and more than 100 KB) images in the Journal's online edition.
The Title Page: The title page should carry the following information:
- ✅ Article Title (limited to 100 characters)
- ✅ Author Names (First Name/Middle Name/ Last name)
- ✅ Institutional Affiliations of all authors in order of appearance in author names. The degree does not include in the affiliation.
- ✅ Contact information for all authors, including the E-mail and ORCID ID. The corresponding author should indicate clearly whether their e-mail address can be published.
- ✅ Short Title or Running Title (50 character limit shorter Title for headers)
- ✅ Key Words – Relevant words or short phrases that aid search engines or indexes find your work (use MeSH headings if possible).
- ✅ Word Count: Abstract and Body (excluding abstract, illustrations, and references)
- ✅ Conflict of Interest Statement.
Abstract: All of the articles must accompany a structured abstract. It should be structured as Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Abstracts are the only substantive portion of the article indexed in many electronic databases and the only portion many readers read. Authors must be careful that they accurately reflect the content of the article in the abstract. They may be formatted differently and may have different ranges depending on the article type.
Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
Methods: This should include the exact way or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer's name and address should be given in parenthesis. Please note that any article dealing with laser details such as type of laser, energy, pulse duration, and the spot size should be mentioned precisely (below table). If the method is established, give a reference but if the technique is new, give enough information so that another author can perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose, and route of administration must be provided. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation should be given. The statistical method must be mentioned and specify any computer software used.
- Table: Items for Laser Parameters:
- Type of laser
- Emission mode
- Time on/Time off
- Delivery system
- Energy distribution
- Peak power
- Average power
- Spot diameter at the focus
- Focus spot area
- Spot diameter at the tissue
- Spot area at the tissue
- Peak power density at spot area
- Peak power density at the tissue
- Average power density at spot area
- Average power density at the tissue
- Beam divergence
- Water irrigation
- Air and aspirating airflow
Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables, and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
Discussion: This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and essential aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false, or no conclusions can be derived.
Ethical consideration: "Ethical Approval Code" is required for all studies on people, medical records, and human samples.
Acknowledgment: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgment section. It should include persons who have provided technical help, writing assistance and the departmental head who has only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
Tables: In limited numbers should be submitted with the legends placed above. Do not submit tables as photographs. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.
Figures: They should be in limited numbers, with high-quality artwork and mounted on separate pages. The legends should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures, and text, simultaneously.
The reference style in this journal follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors-uniform guidelines (ICMJE)-Vancouver style (for more information, visit: http://www.icmje.org/index.html#reference). Reference to accepted but not yet published articles should be marked as "In Press" in parentheses after confirmation of acceptance is obtained by the author(s). Theses and manuscripts in the submission are not accepted as references in this Journal. Articles still in the submission stage should be cited as personal communication, data not shown, or unpublished data. "et al." should be used after the 6th author for papers with more than six authors. Refer to a current issue of the Journal for additional examples of correct style and format.
- Journal names should be abbreviated according to PubMed, but journals not listed with PubMed should be spelled out in full.
- The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:
- Article: Tallab TM, Bahamdam KA, Mirdad S, Johargi H, Mourad MM, Ibrahim K, et al. Cutaneous leishmaniasis: Schedules for intralesional treatment with sodium stibogluconate. Int J Dermatol. 1996;35(2):594-7.doi:10.1590/S1677-54492007000300009
- ⭕For help and other examples, See the published articles in the journal website
Based on our policy JLMS, at least 80% of the references must be retrieved from valid sources and have DOI. The number of valid references can be detected by Crossref Simple Text Query.
- Abbreviations and Symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the Title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
■ Corresponding Author
The corresponding author should be the one and only person who is willing and able to handle all correspondence with the journal editor, including responding to reviewers' comments and proofreading the final version. Only one corresponding author would be accepted for each article.
Authors are expected to carefully consider the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the Journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in the author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of adding or removing authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
So you should fill the Agreement/Statement form (PDF file) then upload it in the submission process. (Author Statements Form)
NOTE: The authors are required to provide their ORCID numbers at submission.
■ Ethical Guidelines
Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section. The JMLS follows the Core Practices and flowcharts regulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), to handle potential misconduct.
1. Authorship and Contributorship: Authorship policies are elaborated, concerning conditions for eligibility.
Authors should have the following criteria as stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Anyone assigned as an author should possess all of what has been mentioned above, the four criteria, at the same time.
Any contributor who does not happen to possess the criteria for authorship should be mentioned in the Acknowledgments section with their permission. In the Acknowledgement section, any financial support, scientific or technical assistance, gifts, etc., should be acknowledged.
2. Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and minors' parents or legal guardians. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project.
3. Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals comply with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals or those of your Institute or agency.
4. Case report articles are not obliged to show the "Ethical Approval Code." But it is strongly recommended to obtain written and signed informed consent from patients/ guardians for publishing the case report.
■ Conflicts of Interest
Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the article, but we would like to be made aware of it.
The editorial team of this Journal will check the submitted manuscripts for plagiarism twice (once after submission and once before publication) by the plagiarism detection software: www.crosscheck.ithenticate.com. Suppose suspected plagiarism is found in an article either before (by reviewers or editorial team) or after (by readers) publication. In that case, JLMS will act according to COPE's code of conduct and flowcharts.
■ Article withdrawal
Articles can only be withdrawn before their acceptance, except in cases that contain errors or have been accidentally submitted twice.
Occasionally, articles may represent infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data, or the like.
Articles that include errors, or are duplicates of or very similar to other published article(s), or are determined to violate the journals' publishing ethics guidelines in the editors' view, may be withdrawn.
For this purpose, a withdrawal letter must be e-mailed to the editorial office indicating the decision to withdraw and explaining the reason for withdrawal signed by the corresponding author and the submitting individuals' signature.