General considerations

Please read the instructions below carefully

  • Manuscripts that do not adhere to the submission guidelines will be returned to the authors;
  • Email the Authorship Responsibility and Copyright Transfer Agreement Form to the editorial office;
  • Each author must complete a separate Authorship Responsibility Form;
  • Upload online any potentially overlapping work that is in preparation, has been previously submitted or published, or is in-press;
  • Upload online any article currently in- press, which is cited in the References;
  • Upload online any abstracts related to the submitted work that are published or submitted for publication;
  • The editors encourage the authors to provide the names of at least five potential reviewers who have not been collaborators or co-authors within the last three years and have not provided advice or critique of the submitted manuscript;
  • Authors may list up to a maximum of three reviewers they wish to exclude. Please note that papers sent for peer-reviewing do not contain the author’s names and affiliations;
  • Any submission will not be processed unless it has assigned authorship. This will avoid eventual conflicts between authors;
  • Authors are advised to provide recent references (2010 and recently) from peer-reviewed journals. References older than 2010 are accepted if they point to relevant articles in the field of research that the paper is addressing;
  • The authors are also encouraged to submit reviews on their previous papers published in Journal of Medicine and Life in order to increase both visibility of the Journal and the authors;
  • The authors are encouraged to send articles that have not been published before in other journals or which are not considered for publication in any other journal;

Style and Format

Length
The maximum limit for abstract is 250 words
Font
12-point Arial
Layout and spacing
2 cm margins, double-spaced
Page numbering
Page numbers should be inserted at the bottom of each page
Footnotes
Footnotes are not allowed in the style of the manuscript. If you have footnotes, please move the information in the main text or to the reference list.
Equations
If you are using Microsoft Word, please use either the Microsoft Equation Editor or the MathType add-on. Equations should be editable. Equations in picture format (JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc) are not allowed.
Units of measure
Use SI units of measure in all manuscripts. For example, molar (M) should be changed to mol/L; mg/dL to mmol/L; and cm to mm. Units of measure previously reported as percentages (i.e. hematocrit) are expressed as a decimal fraction. Measurements currently not converted to SI units in biomedical applications are blood and oxygen pressures, enzyme activity, H+ concentration, temperature, and volume. The SI unit should be used in text, followed by the conventionally used measurement in parentheses.

Article Type

Article Type
Original articles
Description
Articles using primary or secondary data, focusing on various fields of life and medicine sciences, on human or animal subjects.
Article Type
Case reports
Description
Detailed information on the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, and treatment outcomes of an individual patient. We specifically recommend using the CARE Case Report Guidelines
Article Type
Methodological articles
Description
Studies that describe or present methods, protocols or techniques that are of interest in the medical field.
Article Type
Reviews
Description
Concise and accurate updates on the latest progress made in an area of research. Systematic reviews should follow the PRISMA guidelines. If you are planning to submit a different type of review (i.e., literature review, narrative, umbrella, rapid, scoping, etc.), please mention its type.
Article Type
Brief reports
Description
Short report of first-ever reports of study findings, or pilot studies. They have the same structure as an original article, but there is a restriction regarding the number of words, tables/graphs, references:
● abstract – 120-160 words
● introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion – 1200-1500 words, without references
● 3 tables/figures
Article Type
Commentaries
Description
Short, focused scientific writings that are either focusing on published articles by our journal or that aim to introduce a special topic for our journal.
Structure:
● 1000 words
● 10-12 references
● without tables/figures
Article Type
Editorials
Description
Editorials are articles of no more than 1000 words which usually respond to a newsworthy issue. Editorials must be evidence-based and have supporting arguments focused towards an international general medical audience.

Title Page

Component
Title
Description
Comprehensive title with a maximum limit of 45 characters, and without unexplained abbreviations.
Example
Determinants and mental health outcomes of unintended pregnancies among a large sample of pregnant women in Romania: a secondary data analysis
Component
Author names and affiliations
Description
All names should be listed together and separated by commas. Affiliations should be linked to the author's name with superscript numbers and include the department, institution, city, country; ORCID ID (if the author(s) have one). Please do not include academic titles and initials. Please note, the name order is first name and last name.
Example
Katherine Joe1
1 Department of Behavioral Health, Institute of Science, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Component
Contact information corresponding author
Description
First and last name, affiliation(s), city, country, email address. Corresponding authors should be marked with an asterisk in the author list. The name order is first name and last name.
Example
Katherine Joe1*
1Department of Behavioral Health, University of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, k.joe@gmail.com

Manuscript Sections

Abstract
Please provide an unstructured abstract containing a maximum of 280 words. The abstract should be a single paragraph and must follow the style of narrative abstracts, without headings. However, it should:
● Place the manuscript in a broad context and highlight the purpose of the study.
● State how the study was conducted and the statistical tests used
● Summarize the article's main findings
● State the main conclusion of your study
Keywords
All articles require a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 keywords
Abbreviations
If you have more than five abbreviations, please create a list of abbreviations and acronyms used in the manuscript. The list should be included in the manuscript, placed after the abstract and before the introduction section. Define abbreviations upon first appearance in text.
Introduction
For human and animal studies and for systematic reviews, please define the purpose of the work and its significance, including specific hypotheses. Current state of the research should be reviewed, and key publications cited. Finally, briefly mention the main aim of the work.
Material and Methods
For human and animal studies, the materials and methods section should contain the following characteristics:
● sample size,
● inclusion/exclusion criteria, sampling method
● study setting (multicenter, single center, national, local, online),
● timeline (prospective/retrospective, between month(s) and year(s)),
● type (randomized control trial, observational, longitudinal, case-control, cross-sectional, descriptive, exploratory, ecological, intervention studies (on effectiveness of preventive measures/treatments, cohort, epidemiological, viral shedding study, community study),
● descriptive statistics of the sample,
● statistical tests,
● variables used,
● primary and secondary endpoints
● statistical software (SPSS, R, STATA, SAS, Medcalc, or others).
Methods that are essentially the same as those presented in previous publications should be cited or succinctly summarized rather than detailed in the print version. We encourage authors to provide the registration number for study protocol on the following two platforms:
ISRCTN registry
ClinicalTrials.gov
For systematic reviews, this section should include the following:
● search strategy
● queried databases
● timeline for the search process
● inclusion/exclusion criteria for the selected studies
● data extraction and analysis strategy
Results
For human or animal research studies, it should contain the:
● number of participants
● key demographics (age, sex)
● details on their clinical attributes
● results of primary and secondary outcome measurements
For systematic reviews, authors should state their findings based on the aims of the systematic review (i.e., to summarize the instruments used to measure various dimensions of a particular pathology, the outcomes of an intervention, the therapies used for a disease, the epidemiological trends etc.).
Discussion
Starting from the main outcomes, the author(s) should discuss the results in accordance with the current findings. This section should include the strengths and limitations of the study. These statements are available for every type of article.
Conclusion
This section should highlight the main message, and (not mandatory) to provide further research directions.
Acknowledgments
This section should contain the following mandatory components:
Conflicts of interest:
Authors should disclose any personal conflict of interest that could affect their objectivity, stating the source and nature of conflict. If there is no conflict of interest, please state:
The authors declare no conflict of interest
Ethics approval
Please add the Institutional Review Board Statement and approval number/ID for studies involving humans or animals. Please note that this is mandatory in order to be published in the journal. Please add “The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (or Ethics Committee) of [add name of the Institute] (approval number/ID and date of approval)”. If approval was not obtained, the authors must provide a detailed statement explaining why it was not needed.
Consent to participate
This aspect will be indicated with a sentence similar to the following:
● “Written informed consent was obtained from the participants.”If the authors obtained verbal consent, they should state the reason for which written consent was not obtained.
Publication of personal data in any form (pictures or personal information about a patient) in a case report requires the signed consent of the patient. Therefore, all case reports must have a statement that patients have provided consent for publication of data.
Data availability
If applicable, it will be indicated with a sentence similar to the following, depending on the situation:
● “Further data is available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.” (if data is not publicly available)“Data analyzed in this article is available in the…” (and indicate the name and link for the open access database, as well as identification information for your dataset).
Funding
This section should include all (individual and institutional) private and/or public funding sources for the study as well as support for processing and publishing fees for article submission and publishing.
It will be indicated with a sentence similar to this example:
● “This study was funded by…”
Personal thanks
Please include in this section only persons that are not included in the list of authors, but have helped conduct the study or prepare the manuscript.
Authorship
Authors should include a statement to describe the contributions of each co-author. This statement must describe the tasks of each author using their initials. Example of author contribution statement:
“X contributed to conceptualizing”, ”Y contributed to the methodology”, “X contributed to writing the original draft”, “X contributed to editing the manuscript”, “X contributed to data collection”, “X contributed to data curation”, or “X contributed to data analysis”.
Where more than one of the authors contributed to multiple sections, their name will be added to each contribution section.
References
References must be numbered in order of first appearance in the text and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend using a bibliography software package, such as Mendeley, Zotero. In the text, reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [1], [1–3] or [1,3]. Please be sure to add DOI for all references (where available). If you have five or less authors please do not use et al. If you have six or more authors, please use et al. after the fourth author. For more information, please check the references section.
Articles
[2] Wang PS, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Alonso J, Angermeyer MC, et al. Use of mental health services for anxiety, mood, and substance disorders in 17 countries in the WHO world mental health surveys. Lancet 2007; 370:841–850; doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61414-7
Poster presentation
[4] Chasman J, Kaplan RF. The effects of occupation on preserved cognitive functioning in dementia; Poster session presented at: Excellence in clinical practice; 4th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology; 2006 Jun 15-17; Philadelphia, PA.; doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1001111
Book, editor(s)
[5] Kumar V, Abbas AK, Aster JC, editors. Robbins basic pathology. 16th ed; Philadelphia; Elsevier Saunders; c2013; doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1001111
Book,editor(s), specific chapter with individual author(s)
[6] Altobelli N. Airway management. In: Kacmarek R, Stoller JK, Heuer AJ, editors; Egan’s fundamentals of respiratory care. 10th ed.; St. Louis: Saunders Mosby; c2013; p. 732-86; doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1001111
Book, personal author(s)
[4] Buckingham L. Molecular diagnostics: fundamentals, methods and clinical applications; 2nd ed. Philadelphia; F.A. Davis; c2012
Report available on a web page
[7] Canadian Institute for Health Information. Depression among seniors in residential care; Ottawa: The Institute; 2010; 18 p; Available from: https://secure.cihi.ca/free_products/ccrs_depression_among_seniors_e.pdf
Page on a website
[8]. Alzheimer Society of Canada. Toronto: The Society; c2015. Benefits of staying active; 2013 Jan 28; Available from: http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/kfla/Living-with-dementia/Day-to-day-living/Staying-active/Benefits-of-staying-active
Electronic image
[20] Bickle I. Swallowed foreign body [radiograph]. 2014 Jul 14; In: Radiopaedia.org; c2005-2015; Available from: http://radiopaedia.org/cases/swallowed-foreign-body-1

Figures and Tables

Figures
● All figures should be mentioned in the manuscript, in the order of their entry and should have a legend that explains their content.
● If the figures are composed of more than one part (i.e., Figure A, B, C), this should be mentioned in the text and should have a legend.
● Figures should have text written only in English.
● In the case of numbers, commas (,) should be used for thousands and millions, and the dot (.) for decimals (i.e., 3.14, instead of 3,14 and 1,000, not 1.000). This rule applies for values used in the text as well.
● The quality of the figures is in pixels (bmp, tiff, jpg) and should have at least 300 DPI for the final printing. If not, vectorial images should be sent (EPS or PDF, with fonts included or transformed in curves.
● It is mandatory that the image should be sent also in separate folders (including them in the Word file is optional)
● Tables sent in figure format are not acceptable, only in jpg, bmp, png or tiff formats.
Tables
● All figures should be mentioned in the manuscript, in the order of their entry and should have a legend that explains their content.
● In the case of numbers, commas (,) should be used for thousands and millions, and the dot (.) for decimals (i.e., 3.14, instead of 3,14 and 1,000, not 1.000). This rule applies for values used in the text as well.
● The text should be editable (tables sent as figures are not accepted).
● Abbreviations that appear in the table should be explained in the legend of the table.
Self-plagiarism
Self-plagiarism is defined as a type of plagiarism in which a writer republishes a work in its entirety or reuses portions of a previous written text while authoring a new work (details here). It is considered a serious ethical issue especially because it can infringe upon the publisher’s copyright and as such, the academic environment strongly advises against it. Find more information on how you can avoid self-plagiarism at the following link.
Copyright information
A letter signed by the main author of the article and sent via mail together with the manuscript, that will contain copyright transfer to Journal of Medicine and Life is requested before publication. The full responsibility for all written information in the article belongs to authors. The copyright transfer agreement is available here.
Journal of Medicine and Life complies to the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) guidelines. Please see all the details here.
Publication process
The order of publication is determined by:
1. Date of submission
2. Editorial priorities
3. Compliance with the above mentioned recommendations and guidelines
4. Peer-review recommendations
Conflict of Interest Policy
Authors are responsible for all published materials and other conflicts of interests regarding subjects included in their work. It is the author's responsibility to mention all the funding received for research and other financial or personal connections linked to the article, in their work. The authorship responsibility form is available here.
Payments
For each article, the author will pay two distinct fees. During the payment, please make sure to specify the correct Manuscript ID in the dedicated field! Kindly send a copy of the bank transfer by email to office@medandlife.org
Processing fee (150 EUR) will cover the DOI, plagiarism check, the actual work, etc. TO BE PAID CONCURRENT WITH THE ARTICLE SUBMISSION. The processing fee is not optional and it is non-refundable in case that the manuscript will be “Rejected”
Publishing fee (450 EUR) should be paid the moment the article is accepted for publication. TO BE PAID AFTER RECEIVING THE POSITIVE DECISION UPON PUBLISHING THE ARTICLE ("ACCEPT")
The Journal cannot grant any discounts or gratuities of the above mentioned fees!
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