all contributions to the New Zealand Medical Journal online at the
Manuscript Manager website:
Microsoft Word must
If you are using MS Word 2007/ 2010, then save the file as Word 97-2003
(with .doc suffix, not .docx).
The first issue for 2014 will be published on 24 January. While most issues contain articles on a
range of topics, some contain articles relating to specific themes. For
2014, the confirmed themed issues are:
Maori & Pacific Island health
Lifestyle illness (smoking, alcohol etc)
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.
In your cover letter (a step in the
Manuscript Manager online process), please include the following:
- "I (We) accept full responsibility for the
conduct of the study, had access to the data, and controlled the decision to
- Authors must state where potential conflicts of
- All sources of funding must be stated explicitly
and this information will be published with the paper.
paper is a medical image or case report, then please confirm in writing that
you have obtained verbal or written consent from the patient or their family
for possible publication of the images and/or information on them.
If your work is accepted for publication...
following forms must be completed and submitted only if
your submission is accepted for publication (not required for letters to the
Preferred layout for NZMJ original articles
[for more detail please read
Instructions to authors
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:
...International research has demonstrated lower referral to cardiac
rehabilitation programmes for women,14,22-24 with women being 20%
less likely to be referred.22 This audit demonstrated...
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
1. Rothwell PM, Eliasziw M, Gutnikov SA, et al. Endarterectomy for
symptomatic carotid stenosis in relation to clinical subgroups and
timing of surgery. Lancet. 2004;363:915-24.
2. Hsia DC, Krushat WM, Moscoe LM. Epidemiology of carotid
endarterectomies among Medicare beneficiaries. J Vasc Surg.
3. Marks P. Hypertension. In: Baker J, editor. Cardiovascular disease.
3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 1998, p567-95.
Important note: Please check the accuracy and completeness of
use Edit/Paste Special/Unformatted text to transfer references to your
MS Word document.)
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.
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
please submit online via Manuscript Manager:
apart from obituaries which can be emailed to
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
Additional advice for other NZMJ submissions
All contributions must be
submitted via Manuscript Manager (http://www.manuscriptmanager.com/nzmj/),
apart from obituaries which can be emailed
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.