BSSP JOURNAL AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS
BSSP JOURNALis the official publication of the Bangladesh society for Study of Pain (BSSP). It publishes original research on the nature, mechanisms, and treatment of pain and provides a multidisciplinary forum for the dissemination of research in the basic and applied pain research.
The Journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. The Editorial Committee of the Journal agrees to accept manuscripts prepared in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements submitted to the Biomedical Journals” published in the N Engl J Med 1991; 324: 424-8.
Conditions for submission:
(1) Assures that the manuscript is an original work that has not been previously published;
(2) Assures that the manuscript is not under consideration by any other publication;
(3) Accepts full responsibility for the accuracy of all content, including findings, citations, quotations, and references contained within the manuscript;
(4) Releases and assigns all rights for the publication of the manuscript to the BSSP and the Publisher;
(5) Discloses in the acknowledgement section and on the title page any conflicts of interest related to the research or the manuscript;
(6) Discloses on the title page any previous presentation of the research, manuscript, or abstract;
(7) Assures that authorship has been granted only to those individuals who have contributed substantially to the research or manuscript;
(8) Discloses in the methods section of the manuscript that any investigation involving human subjects or the use of patient data for research purposes was approved by the committee on research ethics at the institution in which the research was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of the World Medical Association (www.wma.net) and that any informed consent from human subjects was obtained as required;
(9) Attaches documents showing all relevant permissions to publish quotations, text, tables, or illustrations from copyrighted sources;
(10) Discloses in the manuscript references and/or table/figure footnotes the full citation and permission of the copyright owner as required. The journal will only consider publication of work that includes information that is sufficient to permit replication by other laboratories.
Editorial Scope & ethical/Legal issue:
- All submitted articles will undergo double blind peer review as per recommendations by subject specific experts selected by editors.
- Acceptance is based on significance, originality, clarity & fulfillment of the criteria of the publication policy of this journal.
- The Editor-in-Chief will take all final decisions regarding acceptance.
- Selection of the reviewed & accepted manuscripts intended for publication in a particular issue will be decided by Editorial Board.
- Rejected manuscript will be returned if accompanied by stamped or self-addressed envelope.
- Upon acceptance for publication the copy right of the paper automatically transfers to the authority of BSSP Journal & will not be published elsewhere either in part or whole without written permission of the copyright holder.
- Review article should be written by a subject expert.
- Permission of the patients &/or their families to reproduce photographs of the patients where identity is not disguised should be sent with the manuscript. Otherwise the identity will be blackened out.
- Any manuscript that includes table, illustration or photography that have been published earlier should accompany a letter of permission for republication from the author(s) of the publication & editor/publisher of the Journal where it was published earlier.
- Conflict of Interest. A Conflict of Interest statement must be included for all manuscripts within the Acknowledgments section. Authors should enter the text that is auto-populated on the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) Disclosure Statement in Section 6. Even if there are no conflicts of interest, please explicitly state this.
- Patient anonymity and informed consent: It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’s anonymity is carefully protected. For photographs or videos, the author must obtain written and signed permission from the patient if the patient would be recognizable. Authors must state in their manuscript that informed consent was sought and granted.
Four types of manuscripts may be submitted:
Original Articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings, and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work. The length of a full paper should be the minimum required to describe and interpret the work clearly.
Reviews: Submissions of reviews & perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome & encouraged. Reviews should be concise & no longer than 4 to 6 printed pages. It should be focused & must be up to date. Reviews are also peer-reviewed.
Case Reports:This should cover uncommon &/or interesting cases with appropriate confirmation process.
Editorials: It will be preferably written by invited Persons only & usually covers a single topic of contemporary interest.
All manuscripts are initially screened by editor & sent to selective reviewer. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible & the Journal strives to return reviewer’s comments to authors within 3 weeks. The Editorial Board will re review manuscripts that are accepted pending revision. The BSSP Journal Editorial Board will try to publish the manuscript as early as possible fulfilling all the rigorous standard Journal needs (Coding and decoding process will be maintained)
The authors are requested to strictly follow the guide lines below for submission of manuscript to EMCJ for publication. The following documents with manuscripts are to be submitted for publication:
- A covering letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal.
- A Title page.
- Abstract & keywords in the first page followed by the text, prepared in the form of IMRAD.
- Authors must submit all documents via email / our website.
- All authors must sign after seeing the manuscript with the statement that they are the only authors.
- The corresponding author should mention the contribution of each author to the work.
- It should contain a declaration that this manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere or not under consideration in any Journal.
- It should clearly indicate the publication type (Original article/ Review article/ Case report/ Letter to the Editor, etc.)
- It also should mention the expected benefit of Medical Science from publishing of this article.
Authors are requested to submit manuscript & correspondence to:
- Double spaced throughout with justified & 2.5 cm margins.
- Font type is Times New Roman with size 12.
- Manuscript should have uniform style, correct journal format, carefully proof read for grammar, spelling & punctuation.
In general, original article should be divided into following sections: Title page, Abstract, Text, Tables with titles & foot notes, Graph with title, Illustrations with legends, Acknowledgement, and References. Each section should be started on a separate page. Pages should be numbered consecutively beginning from the abstract.
- Title of the article.
- Names of all the authors with their designation & institutional affiliations.
- Name of the department & institute where the study was undertaken.
- Name of the corresponding author with contact address, mobile number, and Email address.
- Disclosure of conflict of interest if any.
- Summary in a single paragraph or Structured with headings.
- Authors name should not be given.
- Preferably within about 250 words.
- Avoid abbreviations in the title & abstract except standard abbreviation.
A list of three to ten key words contained in the article must be listed below the abstract. A minimum of three and maximum of ten keywords are required and they should contain the type of research such as systematic review, randomized clinical trial, cohort study, case-control study, laboratory research, or ‘other’.
Text should be arranged into following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussions, Limitations and Recommendation, Conclusion, Acknowledgement and References.
- Statement of the problem with a short discussion of its importance and significance.
- Review of the literature related to the problem with pertinent references.
- Objectives/ hypothesis/ benefits expected stated in 1-2 paragraph.
- Study type, place and period.
- Description of study variables.
- Description of study subjects and grouping.
- Selection criteria.
- Approval of the study involving human subjects by ethical review committee and description of the ethical aspects prior to publication.
- Description of procedure, methods, apparatus, drugs or chemicals as applicable.
- Description of statistical procedure with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results.
- Present result in logical sequence in text, table and illustration with most important finding first.
- Describe without comment.
- Restrict number of table and figure needed to support assessment of paper.
- Do not duplicate data in table and figure.
- Appropriate self-explanatory with brief title, not duplicate in text.
- Each table should be numbered in Romans and printed in separate pages.
- All illustrations must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals as they appear in the text.
- Submit print photograph of each illustration along with its electronic file.
- Scanned picture, graph, chart with title and figure number should be printed on separate page and its original data presentation file should be inserted in the CD along with text.
- Must be typed in a separate sheet of paper.
- Photomicrograph should indicate the magnification, internal scale and the method of staining.
- All drugs should be mentioned in their generic form. The commercial name may be used in parenthesis.
- It should summarize, but not repeat the results.
- Compare the positive and negative findings from the results and statistical analysis of the study with the related article and properly cite it in the reference section.
- Discussion should focus on the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them in the context of the totality of the best available evidence.
- It is useful to begin discussion for experimental studies by briefly summarizing the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice.
- Conclusions should be short and linked with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not adequately supported by the data.
- Particularly avoid making statements on economic benefits and costs unless the manuscript includes the appropriate economic data and analyses. Avoid claiming priority or alluding to work that has not been completed.
- State new hypotheses when warranted, but label them clearly as such.
- In academic writing, a well-crafted conclusion can provide the final word on the value of your analysis, research, or paper.
Individuals, institution, sponsor, organization or bodies can be acknowledged in the article for their contribution or financial or any form of assistance to the work.
Please provide the name of the manufacturer with its complete country name of all product used in research.
- For reference, use author number style (Vancouver) which is based on an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard adapted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
- References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
- Identify references in the text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript.
- All citations to electronic references should be presented in numbered references following the text.
- The titles of the Journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Write names of 6 authors followed by et al. if authors’ number is more than six.
Standard Journal article: Selina F, Talha KA, Akhtaruzzaman AKM. Effect of oral clonidine on stability of mean blood pressure in craniotomy. Journal of Medical Science Research 2007;9(1):8- 14. [PubMed]
Journal article with organization as author:
American diabetes Association diabetes update. Nursing, 2003 Nov; Suppl: 19-20.
Journal article with multiple organization as author:
American Dietetic association; Dietitians of Canada. Position of Dietetic association and Dietitians of Canada: nutrition and women’s health. J Am Diet Assoc 2004; 104(6): 984-1001.
Website & Online Journal Article:
Simon J. Polycystic ovary syndrome. Available at: https://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycystic_ ovary_syndrome. [Accessed on August 12, 2015]
WHO, South Asian regional consultation on monitoring and evaluation of maternal and neonatal health: Guidelines for investigating maternal mortality. Bangkok: World Health Organization, 2002.
Ohlsen, Merle M.; Horne, Arthur M.; Lowe, Charles F. Group counseling. New York: Halt, Rinehart, Winston; 1988.416p.
Dr Md. Jobayer Hossain
Dhaka Pain & Spine Center