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This should be in accordance with the ‘Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals’ as described by the International committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), also known as the Vancouver group. These requirements are published in the British Medical Journal, – International committee of Medical Editors: Uniform Requirements for manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, BMJ, 1997, 314: 1-10. The summary below is for guidance

All manuscripts must be in English. They must be printed on A4 paper, double spaced with margins of at least 25mm and must be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page. Each section should begin on a new page. They should include the following sections and in the outlined sequence:

a) Title page: This should include the title of the article, the first name, middle initial and the surname of each author with institutional affiliations and addresses of each of the authors and the name and the full address of the author who will handle all the correspondences.

b) Abstract: This would be a structured abstract not exceeding 250 words. Original research article should contain the following sections:

  1. Context : This provides a brief background to the study including its justification
  2. Objective: contains the outline of the aim of the study
  3. Study Design, Setting and Subjects and/or Materials and Methods: This section gives a broad description of the type of study, the site where the study was carried out and the participants/subjects/materials used in the study. Interventions (if any): should also be included here.
  4. Results: This include the main outcome measures and also outlines the main findings from the study
  5. Conclusion: This gives the main conclusions and major recommendations (if any) of the study
  6. Key words: three to six key words for indexing and retrieval purposes.

c) Introduction
d) Subjects/materials and Methods
e) Results
f) Discussions
g) Acknowledgments (if any): Only financial and other tangible support should be included here
h) References
i) Tables
j) Illustrations and Figures

For review articles the length of the article and the organizational headings and subheadings used are at the author’s discretion. Review articles must cover a thorough overview of the subject and incorporate the most current research and opinion on the topic. Case reports should provide a narrative abstract of not more than 100 words indicating the nature of the case and justifying its worthiness for special report. The body should include the following sections: Introduction, case report, discussion, references and Illustrations (if any). Only standard abbreviations are acceptable. Any special abbreviations must first be written out in full followed with the abbreviation in parenthesis.

These must be numbered consecutively following the order of their first appearance in the text. The references should be identified in the text table and figure legends in Arabic numerals in superscript (e.g. as noted in other studies 1-5.). They should be inserted on each occasion a reference is cited. Published abstracts can be included in references but unpublished observations and personal communications are not allowed.

References should be listed in the Vancouver style. The following are sample references

  1. Journal article: Adewole I. F, Oye-Adeniran B. A., Iwere N, Oladokun A, Gbadegesin A, Babarinsa A. I. Contraceptive usage Among Abortion Seekers in Nigeria. West Afr J Med 2002; 21(2): 112-114.
    A., Iwere N, Oladokun A, Gbadegesin A, Babarinsa A. I. Contraceptive usage Among Abortion Seekers in Nigeria. West Afr J Med 2002; 21(2): 112-114.
    List all authors but where they are more than six, list the first six followed by et al.
  2. Chapters in books: Otubu JAM. Anatomy of the pelvic organs. In: Akin Agboola, ed. Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Medical Students, Volume 1. Lagos, Heinemann Educational Books, 1988; 1- 12
  3. Books: Symonds E. M. Essential Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 1st Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1987; 70 -72.
  4. Internet: Banta D. What is the efficacy/effectiveness of antenatal care? Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2003; (Health Evidence Network report;
    http://www.euro.who.int/Document/E82996.pdf, accessed 30 December 2003).

Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word format and submitted as email attachment to ibomjournal@yahoo.com. Authors submitting hard copies should send one original copy three other copies and a CD rom of all part of the manuscripts to the editorial office. All submissions must be accompanied by all supporting materials and a covering letter signed by all the authors. All authors of accepted manuscripts shall sign the authors guarantee forms. These should be sent to the editor at the editorial office below in good time before publication.

All correspondence to:
Dr Eyo E. Ekpe
The Editor, Ibom Medical Journal
Department of Surgery
University of Uyo Teaching Hospital
P. M. B. 1136 Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
E-mail: ibomjournal@yahoo.com

Document cited:
1. Information for authors. Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2004; 21(1): 78-79.