How to contribute
Please submit all contributions to the New Zealand Medical Journal online at the Manuscript Manager website: www.manuscriptmanager.com/nzmj.
Microsoft Word must be used. If you are using MS Word 2007/ 2010, then save the file as Word 97-2003 (with .doc suffix, not .docx).
Remaining publication date for 2013 is 13 December. The first issue for 2014 will be on 24 January. While most issues contain articles on a range of topics, some contain articles relating to specific themes.
All authors must read and/or fill in the following documentation:
Authors should be aware of the broad general readership of the Journal. Highly technical articles such as those involving physiological experiments on laboratory animals and at the cellular level will not be accepted. Please send such articles to a specialised physiology journal instead. Brevity and clear expression are essential.
3000 words and 30 references is the maximum for most original manuscripts. Where there is good reason for a longer paper we will listen to argument. All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are assumed to be sent to it exclusively unless otherwise stated.
All submissions should be made electronically. An accompanying e-mail should state;
If your work is accepted for publication...
The following forms must be completed and submitted only if your submission is accepted for publication (not required for letters to the editor).
The paper: Please organise your paper as follows.
Title: The title should be without abbreviations. Author names (first name and surname) with no degrees. Corresponding author details with postal and email addresses plus phone and fax numbers.
Abstract: This should not exceed 200 words and should describe the core of the papers message, including essential numerical data. Use four headings: Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
Body of the paper: There should be a brief introduction (no heading) followed by sections for Methods, Results, Discussion.
References: In the text, use
superscript numbers for each reference (with no linking to the reference
list or footnotes whatsoever - these features cause problems when webpages
are created). For example:
Titles of journals are abbreviated according to the style used by Index
Medicus for articles in journals. Include all authors where there are
four or less; for five or more authors include only the first three
authors followed by "et al". Personal communications and unpublished
data should also be cited as such in the text (with the year of the
Tables and figures: These should be inserted into the text at the appropriate positions (where they are first mentioned). Insert the total number of tables and figures (including if zero) on the title page of your manuscript. Do not use the tab key to separate columns - data must be contained within visible borders.
Images: Any jpegs for insertion should be less than 300kb each.
Referees: In your cover letter (as part of the Manuscript Manager online submission) you may write the names of any referees you would like us to exclude for whatever reason.
You can presume letters to the editor will be published; we will only reply if additional information is required or if publication of the letter is declined.
The Journal does not hold itself responsible for statements made by any of its contributors. Statements or opinions expressed in the Journal reflect the views of the author(s) and do not reflect official policy of the New Zealand Medical Association unless stated as such.
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