Author Guidelines

"Ortadogu Medical Journal", is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed international scholarly medical journal publishing high quality scientific articles with innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases on an international basis written in English and Turkish. Manuscripts published in another journal or sent for evaluation are not accepted for evaluation. All manuscripts should be prepared as in compliance with the requirements defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org).

Online article submission: All correspondence and article submissions must be made through the article submission system at https://www.editorialpark.com/otd.The guide below shows the standards sought in articles submitted to the journal. This international format will ensure that article evaluation and printing stages are carried out quickly.

Article language: Article language should be Turkish or English. English articles should be checked by a professional linguist before they are submitted. Spelling and grammar mistakes in the manuscripts should be corrected by the English language advisor. It is important to use proper Turkish in articles written in Turkish. To this end, the Turkish Language Institute Dictionary and Spelling Guide should be taken as the basis in the spelling language.

The article has not been published elsewhere: Every author should state that the article or part of the article has not been published elsewhere and is not in the process of being evaluated in another journal at the same time. Abstracts of less than 400 words are excluded from this restriction. Oral or poster presentations presented at the congresses should be stated on the title page by giving the name of the congress, place and date.

Evaluation: Submitted manuscripts are checked for compliance of journal format and against any plagiarism. Manuscripts that are not suitable for journal or that are highly plagiarised are sent back to author(s). All manuscripts are evaluated by at least two reviewers using the double-blind evaluation method. The manuscripts are evaluation for their scientific importance, originality, and accuracy. Accepted manuscripts may be subject to further language editing. After the editorial process is completed, the order and name of the author(s) cannot be modified.

Acceptance: If the manuscript is accepted for publication, it is moved to the publication list based on its submission date. Each article published in the journal is assigned a DOI number.

Transfer of publication rights: Manuscripts should be submitted online at: https://www.editorialpark.com/otd. According to the 1976 Copyright Act, all publishing rights of the articles accepted for publication belong to the publisher.

Content responsibility: Responsibilities of the published content (including ethical, scientific accuracy, legal, etc.) are undertaken by the author(s). Editor, co-editor and publisher of the journal assume no responsibility for the published content.

Manuscript general preparation guidelines: Manuscripts should be written with Microsoft Word program using double line spacing and 12 points Times New Roman style, with 2.5 cm margins on both sides and at the top and bottom of each page. SI units should be used. Figures and tables should be referenced in the text. Abbreviations should be provided in parentheses where the word first used within manuscript body. Percentage should be written adjacent to number (Example: %50 in Turkish articles, 50% in English articles). Decimal point separator should be used as comma (',') in Turkish texts and dot ('.') In English texts (Example: Turkish: 55,78 English: 55.78). The review articles should not exceed 4000 words, original articles 2500 words, case reports 1200 words, and letters to the editors 500 words.

Sections of the manuscripts

1. Cover page: It is the document that is written by the corresponding editor to the editor of Ortadogu Medical Journal stating that the manuscript is sent to for editorial evaluation. This document must include any financial supports and conflict of interests related to the manuscripts. Additionally, it should indicate that part or all of the article is not published elsewhere and is not in the process of being evaluated in another journal at the time.

2. Title page: At the top of the title page, the type of submitted manuscript (Original study, case report, clinical analysis, review, letter to the editor, etc.) should be specified. After the names and surnames of all co-authors, they should be numbered with a superscript, starting from 1. Titles, institutions/clinics, city and country informations should be added for all the co-authors. "Corresponding author" should be stated clearly. E-mail addresses and ORCID numbers of all authors should be provided. If the manuscript has been presented as an oral or poster at a conference before, the name, place and date of the congress should be stated on the title page.

3. Article file:

Compliance with double-blind peer-review: The article should not contain author and institution information. Information that will address the identity or institution of the authors should not be included in the text or should be properly hidden. Articles in the bibliography section should be modified so that only the year information remains (Example: "Author (2018).").

Title: It should be a short and clear title. It should not contain abbreviations. Both Turkish and English versions of the title should be provided. A short title (running title) should be written at the top of the even pages.

Abstract: It should be written in Turkish and English languages. In original studies, abstracts should be divided into "Aim", "Material and Methods", "Results" and "Conclusion" sub-sections, and should not exceed 250 words. In case reports, abstracts should be short and single paragraph (150 words). In review articles, abstracts should not exceed 300 words.

Keywords: Minimum 3 and maximum 6 keywords should be provided. Each keyword should be separated by commas and all of them should be written in lowercase letters. English keywords should be given in accordance with “Medical Subject Headings (MESH)”. (www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). Turkish key words "Turkey Science Terms' what should be in accordance with (www.bilimterimleri.com). If not available, a Turkish translation should be provided.

Text chapters: Original articles should be organized under the headings of "Introduction", "Material and Methods", "Results", "Discussion", and "Conclusion". Case reports should be organized under the headings of "Introduction", "Case", "Discussion", and "Conclusion". The places where figures, pictures, tables and graphics appear in the text should be specified clearly and should not be placed within the text body. Explanations for all abbreviations should be provided. If previously printed figures, pictures, tables and graphics are used, written permissions should be obtained and these permissions should be stated in the descriptions of the figures, pictures, tables and graphics. Figures, pictures, tables and graphics should be appended at the end of the text. All images should be at least 300dpi.

Ethical rules: The protocol of clinical trials should be approved by the ethics committee. In all studies on people, there should be a sentence in the "Materials and Methods" section that the study was approved by the relevant committee or that the study was carried out in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of Principles (www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm) It should be stated in the text that all people included in the study signed the informed consent form. Ortadogu Medical Journal will assume that all submitted manuscripts are prepared in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, that institutional ethics and legal permissions have been obtained, and will not accept responsibility if proved otherwise. If the "Animal" item is used in the study, the authors must state that they protect animal rights and get approval from the ethics committees of their institutions in accordance with the Guidelines for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html) principles.

All submitted manuscripts should conform to the research and publication ethics in accordance with the requirements of the ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and international standards set by COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

Acknowledgement: If any, it should be written after the references section.

Financial support and conflict of interest: At the end of the manuscript body, individuals and/or organizations that support the work financially, if any, and the conflict of interests of these organizations, if any, with the authors should be stated. (In the absence, it should be written as "There are no people / organizations that support the study financially and the authors do not have any conflict of interests".

If the manuscript includes a direct or indirect commercial connection or if there is an organization that provides material support to the study, the authors should explicitly state that they do not have have any personal commercial relation with the product, medicine, company, etc. If such personal commercial relation does exist, authors should provide the details of this relation (consultant, other agreements, et.) in cover page.

References: References are numbered in order in which they are first mentioned in the text. If the number of authors in the source is 6 or less, all authors should be specified. If 7 or more, the first 3 names should be written followed by "ve ark." in Turkish articles, and "et al." in English articles. The format of references should conform to specifications presented in Index Medicus. In reference list, works that have been previously published or have been accepted for publication or have received a DOI number should be included only. Journal abbreviations should follow the style used in “Cumulated Index Medicus”. Number of references should be limited to 25 in research articles, 60 in review articles, 10 in case reports, and 5 in letters to the editor. References should be specified in the text using square brackets just before the dot at the end of the sentence. For example [4,5]. The author(s) are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

4. Figure and table titles: Figure titles should be written under the figure and the table titles should be written over the table. Figures, graphics and tables should be added after the References section. Alternatively, each figure, graphic or table can be submitted as a separate file via the submission system.

After the acceptance of the manuscripts, “first galley proof” will be sent to corresponding author for corrections and other co-authors for their information. In the revised proof, only spelling errors will be corrected, no additions or subtractions to manuscript body are allowed. The corresponding author should notify any corrections within 2 days by e-mail to the editorial office.

Reference Examples

Excerpt from magazines:

Özpolat B, Gürpınar ÖA, Ayva EŞ, Gazyağcı S, Niyaz M. The effect of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor and adipose tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells on wound healing, epithelization and angiogenesis in a tracheal resection and end to end anastomosis rat model. Turk Gogus Kalp Dama 2013; 21: 1010-19.

Excerpt from books:

Tos M. Cartilage tympanoplasty. 1st ed. Stuttgart-New York: Georg Thieme Verlag; 2009.

Extract from books (single author or editor):

Neinstein LS. The office visit, interview techniques, and recommendations to parents. In: Neinstein LS (ed). Adolescent Health Care. A practical guide. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1996: 46-60.

Extract from books (multiple authors or editors):

Schulz JE, Parran T Jr: Principles of identification and intervention. In:Principles of Addicton Medicine, Graham AW. Shultz TK (eds). American Society of Addiction Medicine, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1998:1-10.

If the editor is also the author of the chapter in the book:

Diener HC, Wilkinson M (editors). Drug-induced headache. In: Headache. First ed., New York: Springer-Verlag;1988:45-67.

Extract from the PhD / Undergraduate Thesis:

Kılıç C. General Health Survey: A Study of Reliability and Validity. phD Thesis, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatrics, Ankara; 1992.

Excerpt from a website:

Title of webpage, URL address, authors, access date should be provided in detail.

Providing DOI numbers:

Joos S, Musselmann B, Szecsenyi J. Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Family Practice in Germany: Result of National Survey. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2011 (doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep019).

For other reference styles, visit “ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References”.

Scientific Responsibility Statement: Before the publication of an accepted article, each author must declare that he / she has participated in the research sufficiently to share the responsibility of the content. This involvement may include: 1. Creation of concepts and designs of experiments, or data collection, 2. Analysis or expression; 3. Draft of the article or review of its scientific content; 4. Approval of the final version of the article.

Declaration that the article has not been sent for publication elsewhere: "I declare that all or part of the material in this study has not been published elsewhere before, and is currently not being evaluated elsewhere for publication. This includes articles, conference papers, posters, books, invited papers, electronic submissions, and all types of pre-notifications. Abstracts up to 400 words are exempt from this rule"

Sponsorship statement: The authors must declare the roles of the sponsors, if any, in the following areas:

1. Design of the study

2. Data collection, analysis and interpretation of results

3. Writing the report.

Control List:

1. Cover page (written by the corresponding author)

2. Title page (includes article title and short title (in Turkish and English), names, institutions, e-mail addresses and ORCID numbers of all authors, postal address and telephone number of the corresponding author)

3. Manuscript body (includes article title and short title (in Turkish and English), abstract and keywords (in Turkish and English), article main text, references, tables, figures. For compliance with double-blind evaluation, any text or reference that may reveal the identity of authors must have been removed.

4. Figures and tables (They should be added at the end of the manuscript body or submitted as a separate file via the article submission system. The figures should be at least 300 dpi resolution)

5. Copyright Transfer Form (Download, print, fill and scan from https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/journal/796/file-manager/16762/download).

6. A copy of the ethics committee approval letter