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Manuscripts may be accepted as original articles, case reports, short communications, review articles and letters, news items on clinical and basic topics, recent advances both theoretical and practical, information on new products, techniques, methods, suggestions and ideas on cost effective treatment modalities and account of clinical studies.


Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted exclusively to the journal on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere. All published Manuscripts are peer reviewed. For more information, please see Review Process. The main author is responsible for ensuring that the article has been seen and approved by all other authors. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain and supply written permission for the reproduction of any tables, illustrations or quotations that have been published elsewhere. Only manuscripts in English will be accepted and manuscripts become the property of the journal and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from the publisher. For manuscripts physically submitted, a covering letter should be signed by all authors and should contain the email, address, fax, telephone number of the responsible author. Send an original and three copies of the manuscripts along with 3 sets of illustrations. 

Manuscript Preparation

Papers should be typed double-spaced on A4 paper on one side only, with wide margins all round (including reference, tables and figure legends). Pages should be numbered consecutively in loose-leaf form (i.e. not bound stapled) and extraneous computer generated footnotes not included. Figure legends and tables should be grouped together at the end of the manuscript on separate sheets. The same requirements will be applied for any resubmitted papers following revision. 



Authors are encouraged to submit their papers electronically via the Manuscript Submission page at. Texts and tables should be in MS word .doc format (Word 2003). If you experience any problems with the submission please contact   Illustrations should be in EPS format. Figures/Photographs should be send in the following formats jpg/gif/bmp/tiff format with minimum of 300 dpi resolution for high quality reproduction. Attachments are to be submitted with the Manuscript. 


Title Page

This should carry the complete title of the manuscript, initial(s) and surname(s) of all authors with the affiliation, address, telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address of each author cross-referenced to the appropriate name. Correspondence will be sent to the first named author unless otherwise indicated. Provide a short version of the title (Not more than 40 characters) for running heads. 



The main body of the text should be preceded by an abstract of not more than 300 words, being a valuable synopsis of the article and containing the design and objective of the investigation, and its results and conclusions. 


 6 keywords should be included with the manuscript listed after the Abstract. 



The text itself should contain an introduction, stating the purpose of the study followed by Methods, Results, Discussions, Acknowledgments and References. Details set out in the tables should not be repeated in the text, and repetitions of data in the results and discussion sections should be avoided. The discussion should emphasis new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. 


Abbreviations, Units/Symbols

Abbreviations should be used only where appropriate and the full term should be given first. Non-proprietary (Generic) names of products should be used. Scientific measurements should be given in SI units. For guidance and conversion factors, see SI for the health professions (WHO, 1977). 


Statistical Methods

 Statistical methods should be defined in the Methods section of the paper, and any not in common use should be either described in detail or supported by references.



Tables should be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively in the text. They should have clear; but brief titles. Numerical data should have correct vertical alignment; fonts using proportional spacing should not be used. All abbreviations must be explained in footnote.


Color Photographs

 Color photographs will incur printing cost. The cost of printing will be at the expense of authors and charges will be advanced by the Researchman press at the time of receipt of accepted manuscripts



 Original line drawings and graphs (not photocopies) should be submitted in a form suitable for immediate reproduction. The amount lettering on a drawing should be kept to a minimum by transferring it to the legend. Any halftone illustrations (photographs) must be of top quality to ensure good and accurate reproduction, with any lettering and detail large enough to ensure reduction to minimum 78mm width. On the back of each figure the number should be written in pencil and an arrow drawn to indicate the top edge. Patients shown in photographs should have their written consent to publication. Charts, Figures, Tables and Illustrations must carry authors’ names, figure number and orientations (top). 



 The accuracy of the references is the author’s responsibility. Authors must check every reference in the manuscript and in page proofs. References should be limited to those relating directly to the content of the paper. References should be arranged in order of appearances, numbered consecutively as they appear in the text, and typed double-spaced. In the text, tables and legends, identify references by superscript. References should come before the full stop in the text.

Titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style of the Medicus index. Journal references should be given in the following order, author, article title (with subtitle, if any) journal abbreviation, year of publication volume number in Arabic numerical, and inclusive pages.

The order for the book references is as follows: author, title, volume, edition, city of publication, publisher and year. If the reference is a chapter in a book, the order is as follows: author of the chapter, title of the paper, ‘In’, editors, book title, volume, edition, city, publisher, year, inclusive pages of the chapter.

‘Unpublished observations’ and ‘personal communications’ can also be included in the reference lists, but at author’s risk. References can only be designated ‘In Press’ if the articles have been accepted for publication. At the end of the article, references should be listed in numerical order.



Authors must request in advance whether the accepted articles must be sent for proof correction. In such situation, to accelerate publication one set of proof is sent to the author to read for type setting errors. Proof must be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. If proofs are not returned within this time period, the publisher will have the right to publish any article without alteration. If and when a manuscript is accepted for publication it will become the sole property of the journal. The authors agree that if the work is accepted for publication, they will transfer the copyright in it exclusively to ‘The Researchman’ including the right of reproduction in all forms and media whether now or hereafter developed and the right to include it in collection and data-bases. For with original and revised submissions we cannot guarantee that manuscripts and illustrations will be returned to the authors.