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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Preparation of the manuscript The number of word of manuscript should not exceed (4000) for original articles an (2000) for case reports. The manuscript should be typed double spaced as normal text on one side of the paper in single column format, font size 12 pt, paper type A4, 1″ margin at each side and each of the following sections should begin on a new page in the following sequence:

1- Title page; should include the following: title, font size 12 pt, each author's full name, academic degree(s), scientific title (if available), institutional affiliation, full contact information including emails. If there are more than one author, article should include author to whom correspondence should be addressed including the scientific title (if available), institution affiliation, address, email, telephone.

2- Structured abstract; of no more than 250 words including background and objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. 3 – 10 keywords or phrases should be put at the end of each abstract (Printed in bold font; size12 pt).

3- Body of the text; structured in an IMRAD style:

- Introduction,

- Methods: should include ethical clearance and statistical methods used,

- Results: number of tables and figures together should not exceed (6).

- Discussion, - Conclusion should be part in the text of the discussion and as a separate paragraph

4- Conflict of interest,

5- Acknowledgment and Funding ,(if any to be part as separate tittle after discussion)

6- References,

7- Tables with legends,

8- Illustrations with legends,

9- Structured Kurdish abstract including title in Kurdish.

پێشەکی و ئارمانج و رێکێن ڤەکۆلینێ و ئەنجام و دەرئەنجام

10- Structured Arabic abstract including title in Arabic.

خلفية وأهداف البحث، طرق البحث، النتائج، الاستنتاجات

Tables Each table must be typed on separate page and should follow the reference list. All the tables must be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. Supply a brief title for each on top and place explanatory matter in foot notes not in the heading (if needed).

Tables should be simple and not duplicated in the text. Percentages are included with numbers in the same cells but in brackets.

Illustrations Graphs, line drawing, photographs, printed x rays and other illustrations are accepted only if they add to the evidence of the text. They should be of a high quality and suitable for reproduction. They should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. Supply a brief title beneath each illustration. Graphs should have white background; should be colored and non 3-dimensional figure; and should have labels for X and Y axis.

Numbers and Units Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be reported in metric units. Temperature in degrees Celsius, blood pressure should be expressed in mmHg and all hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements in SI units.

Abbreviations should be defined on first use and then applied consistently throughout the article. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract.

References Should not exceed (40) references and to be for the last ten years for original article, except for review articles. For case report references should not exceed (10) references. References should be numbered both in text and in the list of references in the order in which they appear in the text. The punctuation of the Vancouver style should be followed; if the original reference is not verified by the author, it should be given in the list of references followed by (cited by) and the paper it was referring to. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. This can be obtained from website (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/). The author is responsible for the accuracy of references. The following are examples of the three most common types of citations:

The article citation: if six authors or fewer list all; if seven or more authors list the first six and then add "et al":

1- Nuwayhid IA, Yamout B, Azar G, Kambris MA. Narghile (hubble bubble) smoking, low birth weight, and other pregnancy outcomes. Am J Epidemiol. 1998;148(4):375-83. Book citation, noting chapter and authors:

2- Arevalo JA, Nesbitt TS. Medical problems during pregnancy. In: Taylor RB, editor. Family medicine: principles and practice. 6th ed. New York: Springer – Verlag; 2003. p. 109-16. Electronic source:

3- Garfinkel PE, Lin E, Goering P. Should amenorrhoea be necessary for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa? Br J Psych [Internet]. 1996 [cited 1999 Aug 17];168(4):500-6. Available from: URL:http://biomed.niss.ac.uk

Authorship and consent form All authors must give signed consent (Form No.1- Submission Form), which should accompany the manuscript. The letter should say "this manuscript is an unpublished work, which is not under consideration elsewhere in the record. Authors are requested to state an approximate estimate of their contribution in the study, sign the form and send it with the manuscript. Authors must declare if they have any competing interests in the study and to specify any funds given to conduct the study. Ethical considerations When experiments on humans are being reported the whole work in the manuscript should conform to the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation.

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* Accepted manuscripts may be altered by the editorial board of Duhok Medical Journal to conform to details of the journal publication style.

** The Editorial Board of Duhok Medical Journal accepts no responsibility for statement made by authors in articles published by the journal.

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