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Author Guidelines

General Information

The JCMCTA is published twice a year in June and December. It accepts original papers, case reports, review articles, letters to the editor and short communications related to various branches of medical science for publication. Papers should be solely contributed to the journal. Papers may be submitted to the managing editor at any time.


Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Vancouver style. Two copies of each paper along with figures, tables, photomicrographs, photographs and the relevant materials should be typed in English on one side of white bond paper of A4 size with margins of at least 2.5 cm, using double space throughout. Text must be additionally submitted in a CD. Rejected manuscript will not be returned. Proof correction by the author will be appreciated. No reprints will be provided.


The paper should accompany a declaration form signed by author and coauthors which includes a statement that the paper is not published in any journal nor submitted elsewhere for consideration of publication. The declaration form to be collected from the office of Managing Editor.

Title Page

The title page should include 1) the title of the article, which should be concise but informative 2) authors name, with his or her highest academic degree and institutional affiliation 3) name and address of the author to whom correspondence to be made.


It should not be more than 200 words. The abstract should state the purpose of the study, investigations, basic procedures main findings and principal conclusion. Three to ten key words may be provided below the abstract using terms from the Medical Subject headings (Index Medicus, NLM, USA)


The text of observational and experimental articles should be divided into sections with headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Result, Discussion and Conclusion. Single digit numbers used in the text should be in words except dates & reference numbers.

Standard abbreviations should be used whenever possible. The full term for which the abbreviations stands followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should precede the first use of the abbreviation in the text except for standard ones like 37°C 25mg/L etc.


Reference in the text should be numbered in arabic numerals in smaller superscripts e.g.1.2 consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.

At the end of an article the full list of references should give the names of all authors followed by title of the article, title of the journal abbreviated according to Index Medicus, the year of publication, the volume number, issue (within parenthesis) and the first and last pages of the article.

Book references should have the name of chapter authors, chapter title, editors, book name, the edition, place of publication, the publisher, the year and the relevant pages.


Journal Reference: Rotherton S and James TP. Histologic aspects of granulomata. Am J Pathol 1990; 3(2): 269-271

Book Reference: Kottke JF. Therapeutic exercise to maintain mobility. In: Kottke JF, Lehmann JF, editors. Krusen's textbook of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 4th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Company, 1990;448-450

Tables should be in the Result section and should approximately follow the text reference. AU tables should be numbered consecutively using Roman numerals (e.g. Table I, II). Each must carry a brief heading or legend. Tables should be planned as brief as possible.

Figures/Graphs should be submitted in original and as brief as possible. Figures should be numbered in arabic numerals (e.g. Fig 1,2) followed by the legend on the top or bottom of the figure.

Photographs and Photomicrographs should be printed in black and white glossy paper and must be unmounted, B-2 size, with good contrast. Figure no. and name of 1st author should be written on the back of each photograph marking the top edge.

Letter To The Editor

Communications with reference to an article published in the journal or current health problems of importance will be accepted as letter to the editor.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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