Instruction for authors


Journal of the Medical College for Women & Hospital (JMCWH) is published biannually (January & July) with the aim to promote medical sciences through publication of special articles, original articles, review articles, annotations, case reports and brief communications. The Editorial Board of JMCWH will consider for publication manuscripts of interest to readers in Bangladesh as well as around the world. All submissions are subject to review by the Editorial Board and by referees in appropriate specialties.

Manuscript submission : Manuscript are received with the understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by another journal. An abstract published prior to a full report is not regarded as a duplicate publication. The author’s transmittal letter must accompany the manuscript and contain these statements : “The manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors involved and is neither being published nor being considered for publication elsewhere”. The authors transfer copyright to the JMCWH. Accepted manuscripts may not be published elsewhere without permission.

Manuscript Preparation : The format of the JMCWH complies with “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1979 (the widely accepted “Vancouver style”), as described in the Annals of Internal Medicine (1982;96 [pt 1] : 766-71). Authors are referred to Annals of Internal Medicine (1987; 106[1]:114-29, 1997;126:36-37) for guidance in the use of SI units. Manuscripts, including tables, references and figure legends, must be typewritten, double spaced, on 8.5 Χ 11 inch or size A4 paper, with margins of at least 1 inch. Pages should be numbered (arabic) consecutively, beginning with the title page and continuing through the last page of typewritten material. One original and two photocopies of the entire manuscript should be submitted, along with two sets of photographs. In addition, authors should submit the matched final version of the manuscript on Floppy/CD labeled with details of the software used preferably MS-Word, manuscript title and author’s name. Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) Title page, (ii) Abstract with key words, (iii) Text (Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion), (iv) Acknowledgements, (v) References, (vi) Tables, (vii) Figures.

Title page : The title page must contain : 1) title of the article, 2) correct names of each author plus academic degrees for each, 3) each author’s official academic and/or clinical title and affiliation, 4) name and address of the institution(s), 5) a short-title and key words, 6) name and address, including telephone and fax numbers, of the author to whom correspondence should be sent. For case reports, it is recommended that the number of authors be limited to four or five.

Abstract : All original articles must contain an abstract of not more than 300 words. The abstract should be divided into Background, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion and followed by keywords.

Manuscript Format : Most original articles have the following format : Introduction (the question the paper intends to answer); Material and Methods (the study design and methods, definitions such as for diagnostic criteria, the population or patient samples, and laboratory and statistical methods); Results (the patient findings in a logical sequence with tables and figures as necessary); and Discussion (conclusions based on the findings, evidence from the literature that supports the conclusions, conflicting evidence, applicability of the conclusions, and implications for future research or clinical applications). Authors might consult recent issues of the Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Saudi Medicine, Journal of the Bangladesh College of Physicians & Surgeons or other journals for examples of appropriate format.

References: List references, double-spaced, in consecutive arabic numerical order (the order of citation in the manuscript, not alphabetically). Once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations should be to the original number. All references must be cited in the text or tables. Unpublished data and personal communications will not be accepted as references. References to journal articles should include, in this order: (1) authors, (2) title, (3) journal name (as abbreviated in index Medicus), (4) year, (5) volume and issue number, and (6) inclusive page numbers, references to books should include (1) authors, (2) chapter title (if any) (3) editors names (if any), (4) title of book, (5) city of publication, (6) publisher, and (7) year, volume and edition numbers and specific page numbers should be included when appropriate. The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and for their correct textual citation.


Articles in Journals

(1) Standard journal article

List the first six authors followed by et al.

Less than six authors:

Vega KJ, Pina I, Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med 1996 Jun 1; 124(11): 980-3.

More than six authors:

Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood leukaemia in Europe after Chemobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br J Cancer 1996; 73:1006-12.

(2) Organization as author

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and perfor­mance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 164:282-4.

(3) No author given

Cancer in South Africa [editorial]. S Afr Med J 1994; 84:15.

(4) Article not in English

Ryder TE, Haukeland EA, Solhaug JH. Bilateral in-frapatellar seneruptur hos tidligere frisk kvinne. Ti-dsskr Nor Laegeforen 1996; 116:41-2.

(5) Volume with supplement

Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel car-cmogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-82.

(6) Issue with supplement

Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women’s psy­chological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1 Suppl 2):89-97.

Books and Other Monographs

(7) Personal author(s)

Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.

(8) Editor(s), compiler(s) as author

Norman IJ, Redfem SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

(9) Organization as author and publisher

Institute of Medicine (US). Looking at the future of the Medicaid program. Washington (DC): The Institute; 1992.

(10) Chapter in a book

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78.

(11) Conference paper

Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data pro­tection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Hol­land; 1992. p. 1561-5.

(12) Scientific or technical report, Issued by funding/sponsoring agency:

Smith P, Golladay K. Payment for durable medical equipment billed during skilled nursing facility stays. Final report. Dallas (TX): Dept. of Health and Hu­man Services (US), Office of Evaluation and In­spections; 1994 Oct. Report No.: HHSIGOEI69 200860.

(13) Dissertation

Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly’s access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995.

Electronic Material

(14) Journal article in electronic format

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious dis­eases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5];1(1):[24 screens]. Available from; URL:

(15) Monograph in electronic format

CDI, clinical dermatology illustrated [monograph on CD-ROM]. Reeves JRT, Maibach H. CMEA Mul­timedia Group, producers. 2nd ed. Version 2.0. San Diego: CMEA; 1995.

Illustrations: Two copies of all figures or photographs should be included with the submitted manuscript. Photographs must be high-contrast, glossy, black and white prints, unmounted and untrimmed with preferred size between 4 Χ 5 inches and 5 Χ 7 inches (10 Χ 13 cm and 13 Χ 18 cm). Figure number, name of senior author, and an arrow indicating “top” should be typed on a gummed label and affixed to the back of each illustration. Written permission must accompany any photograph in which the subject can be identified or any illustration that has been previously published. All illustrations (“figures”) must be numbered as cited in the text in consecutive numeric order.

Legends: Captions for the figures must be typed, double-spaced, and must not appear on the figures. For photomicrographs, the legend should include the original magnification and stain used.

Tables: Each table should be arabic numbered and typed double-spaced, including all headings. Verify tabular statistics to make sure they tally and match data cited in the text.

Author’s Responsibility: The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of all statements and data contained in the manuscript, accuracy of all reference information, and for obtaining and submitting permission from the author and publisher of any previously published material included in the submitted manuscript. The corresponding author will receive an edited manuscript for “final author approval”. The author should review this carefully, as he is responsible for all changes in his work, including changes made by the editors.

Informed Consent: All manuscripts reporting the results of experimental investigation involving human subjects should include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject’s guardian, after approval of the experimental protocol by a local human ethical committee.

Submit manuscript to:
Editor-in-Chief/Executive Editor
Medical College for Women & Hospital
Plot-4, Road-9, Sector-1, Uttara Model Town
Dhaka-1230, Bangladesh
Phone: 88-02-58953939, 88-02-58950003
Fax : 88-02-7912428

Subscription Rate :
Single copy               : Tk. 100.00
Annual subscription: Tk. 200.00

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