As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
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.
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, and references.
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
Manuscript submission to this journal is only possible through the Journal's Online Paper Submission page. The manuscript should accompany a cover 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:
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 parentheses. Please note that any article dealing with laser details such as type of laser, energy, pulse duration, and 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, and sex with mean age ± standard deviation should be given. The statistical method must be mentioned and specify any computer software used.
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, or 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.
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.
The corresponding author should be the one or two 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 out the Agreement/Statement form (PDF file) and then upload it in the submission process. (Author Statements Form)
NOTE: The authors are required to provide their ORCID numbers at submission.
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.
Authors should have the following criteria as stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE):
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.
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.
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 that 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 individual's signature.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Upon publication, each author agrees that the “Laser application in Medical Sciences Research Center” is the copyright owner of the material published in “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences”. The users are free to copy, distribute, and display the work; to make any reasonable noncommercial use of the work, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights. Authors may use their material in presentations and subsequent publications they write or edit themselves, provided that “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences” is notified in writing and is acknowledged as the original publication.
Post-publication discussions and corrections:
The journal reserves the right to publish corrections to the former version of the manuscript, revise it, or retract the article even after publication. Post-publication discussion may be executed through Letter to Editor.
Our journal takes measures in accordance to COPE flowcharts in case of encountering an article that needs to be retracted.