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Guidelines for Authors

Transformative Medicine (T-Med)is an open access journal and charges no author or article processing fees to submit or publish. The journal welcomes participation from anyone in the medical community and encourages the submissions of residents, fellows and medical students.

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Manuscript Guidelines/Requirements

Case Reports

  • Structured abstract including an introduction to the case, clinical findings, outcomes, conclusions, and keywords containing no more than 300 words
  • The body text should not exceed 2,000 words.
  • Tables and figures limit = 5
  • References limit = 20
  • Patient consent documentation

Case Series

  • Structured abstract (Introduction, Case Description, Conclusion(s)), and keywords containing no more than 300 words
  • The body text should not exceed 3,000 words.
  • Tables and figures limit = 6
  • References limit = 25
  • Patient consent documentation

Clinical Trials

  • Structured abstract that follows the IMRaD structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion, keywords), not to exceed 300 words. The abstract must include the Clinicaltrials.gov trial registration and ID.
  • The body text should also be organized using the IMRaD structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) and should not exceed 4,500 words. A conclusions section is optional.
  • Tables and figures limit = 4
  • References limit = 50

Editorials and Commentaries

  • No abstract is required
  • The main text should not exceed 800 words
  • Tables and figures limit = 1
  • References limit = 10

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Mini-Reviews

  • Unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words. Keywords are to be included with the abstract.
  • The body text may be broken into subsections with short, informative headings. The body text should not exceed 3,000 words.
  • Tables and figures limit = 2
  • References limit = 50

Narrative Clinical Reviews

  • Unstructured abstract of no more than 300 words. Include keywords.
  • The body text should be organized using the following sections: Introduction, Methods and Discussion, not exceeding 4,000 words.
  • Tables and figures limit = 5
  • References limit = 50

Original Research

  • Structured abstract that follows the IMRaD structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. A conclusions section is optional. Keywords should be included in the abstract. It should not exceed 300 words
  • The body text should also be organized using the IMRaD structure: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. A conclusions section is optional. The word count should not exceed 4,000 words.
  • Tables and figures limit = 6
  • No limit on the number of references.

Quality Improvement

  • Structured abstract (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Keywords) with no more than 300 words
  • Authors should consult the SQUIRE 2.0 guidelines regarding the content and format for the body text. Authors should cite SQUIRE 2.0 in the methods section. Word count should not exceed 3,000.
  • Tables and figures limit = 3
  • References limit = 20

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

  • An abstract that follows the PRISMA structured abstract format. Keywords should be included with the abstract. It should not exceed 300 words
  • The body text should be organized using the IMRaD structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) and conform to the PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
  • Tables and figures limit = 3
  • References limit = 20

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Style and Formatting Guidelines

Prepare your manuscript using the American Medical Association (AMA) Style. For information about how to use this style, please refer to the 11th edition of the AMA Manual of Style.

Cover Letter

A cover letter must be included with each manuscript submission as a separate file. The cover letter should include the type of article being submitted, a word count of the abstract and body text and confirmation that the manuscript is not currently under consideration by or published in another journal. The corresponding author is to be identified with appropriate contact information. Each author’s name and affiliation should be included. The contributions of each of the authors are to be explained. Include any acknowledgements in the cover letter.

Transformative Medicine (T-Med) uses a double-blind peer review process. Because of this, you are asked NOT to include a title page with your manuscript. The cover letter you provide will contain much of the information that is typically included on a title page.

The manuscript file should include an abstract (if applicable), body text and references. Please submit a separate file for each table, figure, image or appendix - one file per item. See detailed instructions for tables and figures below. The first page of the manuscript, should include a header with the title of your article.

Do NOT include any identifying information about authors on the manuscript/article file as the manuscript/article you submit will go through a double-blind peer review process.

General Manuscript Formatting

  • Turn on line numbers to facilitate the review process
  • Use 1 inch margins (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Justify text
  • Double space all lines of body text
  • Use 12 pt Times New Roman for body text and 10 pt Times New Roman for footnotes.

Transformative Medicine (T-Med) accepts .DOC (MS Word) and .DOCX (MS Word) manuscript file types. Do not send your manuscript as a PDF or Google Doc.

Supplementary materials (tables, figures, cover letter, appendices) must be submitted as separate files.

For submission of figures and tables, submit a separate document with a list of all figures and tables. Submit actual figures and tables as separate files with file names that match those on the list document.

Measurements are to be reported according to the International System of Units (SI).

References

References should use AMA style (11th edition). Author and editor lists of more than 6 should show the first 3 followed by “et al.” Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the style used for MEDLINE. References should be listed in the order they appear in the text (including table captions and figure legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. Refer to the 11th edition of the AMA Manual of Style.

It is acceptable to use citation management software such as RefWorks, EndNote, and Mendeley to format references.

Tables

Transformative Medicine (T-Med) follows the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition for table formatting. Please reference Table Components (4.1.4.1 - 4.1.4.10 in the AMA Manual of Style 11th Edition) for instructions on the 6 components that must be included in a formal table:

  1. object identifier
  2. title
  3. column headings
  4. row headings
  5. data field
  6. footnotes

Tables should be formatted in Excel. All tables should be cited in the text in the order they appear in the manuscript. Supplementary tables may be included if the data is extensive or there is additional information that may provide useful context. These tables should also be cited in the text as supplementary tables and included in the manuscript for review.

If previously published tables are included in the manuscript, then written permission to reproduce the table must be obtained from the copyright holder. The original source must be acknowledged in the footnotes.

Figures

Transformative Medicine follows the AMA Manual of Style 11th edition for figure formatting. Please reference Figure Components (4.2.6.1 - 4.3.6.4) for components that should be included with figures. Figures should include:

  1. object identifiers
  2. titles
  3. legends/captions
Supplementary figures may be included. These figures should be cited in the text as supplementary figures and included in the manuscript for review. If previously published figures are included, then written permission to reproduce the figure must be obtained from the copyright holder. The original source must be acknowledged in the legend.

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