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Instructions for AMJ authors
Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf. Submitting authors should first register with the journal and log on before making the submission. Submissions can be made on the 'User Home ' tab.The submitting author takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review.To facilitate rapid publication and to minimize administrative costs, AMJ accepts only online submission. The submission process is compatible with version 3.0 or later of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator, and with most other modern web browsers. It can be used from PC, Mac, or Unix platforms. Files can be submitted as a batch, or one by one. The submission process can be interrupted at any time - when users return to the site, they can carry on where they left off. Files up to 9 Mega bites can be submitted. Assistance with the process of manuscript preparation and submission is available from the editor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Instructions on how to submit a paper are here.
Authors wishing to submit papers to the AMJ should use the templates listed below, papers not received in this format will be rejected:
Please note: Do not deviate from the fonts or the font sizes in the template. You are welcome to use colour in your figures, photos or tables. Your manuscript should be submitted as a .doc i.e. MS Word file.
You may also submit multimedia presentations. Please follow the instructions below.
Authors who publish in AMJ retain copyright to their work. Unless otherwise agreed in advance, by submitting a manuscript to this Journal, you are granting permission to the Journal to license the material for full text republication and indexing by organizations with which the Journal has a licensing agreement. There are no royalties to be paid to any authors. Our goal is to provide the widest possible dissemination of this material to the world. Correspondence concerning articles published in AMJ is encouraged through the online comment system. Please note the following:
1. Your submission should Include every listed authors' affiliations. If medical writers have been employed, it is important that their role be acknowledged explicitly. We suggest wording such as 'We thank John Smith who provided medical writing services on behalf of the investigators listed in this project.'
2. Include a word count, figure and table count if appropriate.
3. Submission of a manuscript to AMJ implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content, and that any experimental research that is reported in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee. Research carried out on humans must be in compliance with the Helsinki Declaration, and any experimental research on animals must follow internationally recognized guidelines. A statement to this effect must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript, including the name of the body which gave approval, with a reference number where appropriate. Informed consent must also be documented.
4. We ask authors of AMJ papers to complete a declaration of competing interests, which should be provided as a separate section of the manuscript, to follow the Acknowledgements. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.
5. Please submit your paper in the appropriate category as listed in the AMJ sections.
6. Do not submit copyrighted or plagiarised material, this includes screen shots of other websites. If in doubt remove any such material from the manuscript.
7. For all articles that include information or clinical photographs relating to individual patients, written and signed consent from each patient to publish must also be mailed or faxed to the editorial staff. The manuscript should also include a statement to this effect in the Acknowledgements section, as follows: 'Written consent for publication was obtained from the patient or their relative'.
8. The AMJ supports initiatives to improve the performance and reporting of clinical trials, part of which includes prospective registering and numbering of trials. While there are initiatives to ensure that all clinical trials are registered (most notably the recent statement from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - see http://www.icmje.org/clin_trialup.htm), we are focusing on controlled trials of healthcare interventions, for now. Authors of protocols or reports of controlled trials of health care interventions must register their trial prior to submission in a suitable publicly accessible registry. The trial registers that currently meet all of the ICMJE guidelines can be found at http://www.icmje.org/faq.pdf. The trial registration number should be included as the last line of the abstract of the manuscript.
9. The AMJ also supports initiatives aimed at improving the reporting of biomedical research. Checklists have been developed for randomized controlled trials (CONSORT), systematic reviews (QUOROM), meta-analyses of observational studies (MOOSE), diagnostic accuracy studies (STARD) and qualitative studies (RATS). Authors are requested to make use of these when drafting their manuscript and peer reviewers will also be asked to refer to these checklists when evaluating these studies.
10. The AMJ can only accept manuscripts written in English. Spelling should be in British English. There is no explicit limit on the length of articles submitted, but authors are encouraged to be concise. There is no restriction on the number of figures, tables or additional files that can be included with each article online. Figures and tables should be sequentially referenced. Authors should include all relevant supporting data with each article. AMJ may edit submitted manuscripts for style or language; reviewers may advise rejection of a manuscript if it is compromised by grammatical errors. Authors are advised to write clearly and simply, and to have their article checked by colleagues before submission. In-house copyediting will be minimal. Non-native speakers of English may choose to make use of a copyediting service.
11. The AMJ aims to publish papers within 12 weeks of submission; we rely on reviewers to make their comments within a two week time frame and authors to respond to comments soon thereafter. Whilst we cannot guarantee these time lines, where we have experienced delays in the past there has usually been a delayed response to reviewers comments. We also operate a policy of 'open' peer review. In other words the identity of the authors and reviewers may be disclosed to each other.
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). Please note the AMJ has a robust policy on plagiarism- offenders will be blacklisted from the journal and reported to their host institution. If you are in any doubt that your paper contains plagiarised material please conduct a thorough check before submission.
- The paper is being submitted on the prescribed template. We understand that paper not submitted in a template will be rejected immediately.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- Where appropriate we have full ethics committee clearance for the study we are reporting on this occasion.
- The authors have read the AMJ copyright notice and undertake to comply with the terms of that notice. Please note: do not submit any copyrighted material. All figures, images and photographs submitted with your paper should be free of copyright and or appropriate approvals obtained before submission. Authors are responsible for obtaining any such approvals.
- We are reporting all conflicts of interest if they exist.
- All authors listed in the manuscript are named in this submission.
- This journal charges the following author fees; Article Publication: 400.00 (AUD). If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications cost. Authors living in developing countries may, at the discretion of the Publisher, be granted discounts or complete waivers. If you are living in a developing country and need to apply for a waiver please email the editor (email@example.com) with the following information: 1. Your name and institution with full address details 2. Reason for applying for a waiver 3. Title of your paper 4. Country of residence of any co-authors.
AMJ copyright and license agreement
In submitting a research article ('article') published by the AMJ I certify that:
1. I am authorized by my co-authors to enter into these arrangements.
2. I warrant, on behalf of myself and my co-authors, that:
a. the article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright or any other third party rights;
b. I am/we are the sole author(s) of the article and have full authority to enter into this agreement and in granting rights to AMJ are not in breach of any other obligation. If the law requires that the article be published in the public domain, I/we will notify AMJ at the time of submission upon which clauses 3 through 6 inclusive do not apply;
c. the article contains nothing that is unlawful, libellous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy;
d. I/we have taken due care to ensure the integrity of the article. To my/our - and currently accepted scientific - knowledge all statements contained in it purporting to be facts are true and any formula or instruction contained in the article will not, if followed accurately, cause any injury, illness or damage to the user.
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For the avoidance of doubt, you must not adapt, edit, change, transform, publish, republish, distribute, redistribute, broadcast, rebroadcast or show or play in public this website or the material on this website (in any form or media) without AMJ's prior written permission.
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If the AMJ discovers that you have used its copyright materials in contravention of the license above, AMJ may bring legal proceedings against you seeking monetary damages and an injunction to stop you using those materials. You could also be ordered to pay legal costs.
If you become aware of any use of AMJ's copyright materials that contravenes or may contravene the license above, please report this by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to GPO Box 367, Hillarys Perth, Australia 6923.
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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- 1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- 2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- 3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
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This journal charges the following author fees.
Article Publication: 400.00 (AUD)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.
Authors living in developing countries may, at the discretion of the Publisher, be granted discounts or complete waivers. If you are living in a developing country and need to apply for a waiver please email the editor (email@example.com) with the following information: 1. Your name and institution with full address details 2. Reason for applying for a waiver 3. Title of your paper 4. Country of residence of any co-authors.