Middle East Journal of Medical Genetics (MEJMG)
(Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Wolters/Kluwer Medknow)
Information for Contributors
The Middle East Journal of Medical Genetics is a peer reviewed journal covering all aspects of Genetics particularly genetic diseases affecting populations of the Middle East. It is the official journal of the National Society of Medical Genetics, Egypt. It is published biannually. The journal has an outstanding International Editorial Board and publishes peer reviewed papers on original investigations in Clinical Genetics, Orodental Genetics, Cytogenetics, Biochemical Genetics, Immunogenetics, Stem Cell Research, Molecular Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis. The fields of clinical and molecular dysmorphology are of particular interest. Other features include review articles, editorial commentaries, short case reports, ethical, legal and religious aspects of Human Genome Research and its applications. It is the first Journal with the aim of collecting together information about genetic diseases and gene mutations in the Middle East region. Publications from different continents of the world are encouraged particularly from Asia and Africa.
The journal has a distinguished editorial board with extensive academic qualifications, ensuring that the journal maintains high scientific standards and has a broad international coverage. It includes more than 40 members, specialized professors in different branches of Medical Genetics. They represent several universities in Egypt, Arab Countries, European Countries and USA. Some members are Editors in Chief, Associate Editors and Editorial Advisory Board of high impact factor International specialized journals in Medical Genetics.
Article Processing Charges: Publications in the Journal are at present free to encourage publication from young researchers and countries with limited income.
Institutional subscriptions: Not yet settled
Personal subscriptions: Not yet settled
Membership to the National Society of Human Genetics which includes a subscription to the journal is also available for 150 L.E. for Egyptian citizens and 100 USD for citizens all over the world. Membership fees could be transferred or paid by check to the account of the National Society of Human Genetics, account number 522912 at International Arabic African Bank, National Research Centre Branch (Swift code of the bank: ARAIEGCX)
Guidelines for authors
Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal or any other publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all other coauthors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. All manuscripts must be written in clear and correct English. Corrections of spelling, grammar and typing are the responsibility of the author.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the website of the Journal:
Please follow the instructions available on the website for submission and follow up of the fate of your article till the editorial decision.
All manuscripts are subject to peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. Submissions will be considered by the Chief Editor and an Associate Editor and—if not rejected right away—. Authors are encouraged to suggest 4 names to review their manuscripts, the identities of the reviewers will remain anonymous to authors. All submissions are checked by plagiarism detecting software.
Preparation of manuscript:
Title: This should be concise expressing the article’s major contents.
Author’s names: These should be written in the form of first name, middle initial(s) and surname. Institutions of the authors should be included. The authors are numbered sequentially according to institutions using upper case Arabic numerical.
Corresponding author should be stated with full address, telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address.
Running Title: A running title of maximum 50 characters.
Abstract: A maximum of 300 words drawn from the study briefly describing the aim, included subjects, methods used, the results obtained and the principal conclusions.
Keywords: A list of 3-10 keywords in English for indexing purposes.
Body of the manuscript:
Introduction: to acquaint the reader with the area under investigation. It should cite related important and recent work by others.
Subjects and Methods: These should be sufficiently described. References for applied methods should be cited.
Results: Should be briefly presented in text, tables and figures.
Discussion: The discussion should focus on the interpretation and significance of the findings and their relation to other work in the field. Conclusions should focus on final outcomes and future applications.
Acknowledgements: Should be addressed to those who contributed to the work but not included in the author’s list, as well as grant sponsor(s) who supported the research.
References: References follow the Harvard system. In the text give the author’s last name only followed by the year separated by comma. If more than one reference discussed the same subject put them all in parenthesis separated by semicolons. When there are 2 authors to the same article write them both, when there are 3 or more use the last name of the first author plus et al. followed by the year.
All work cited in the text should be listed in the list of references in alphabetical order starting by the last name of the first author. The surnames of all authors followed by initials should be given. No punctuation other than a comma to separate the authors. Journal names should be abbreviated as in the Index Medicus (ftp://nlmpubs.nlm.nih.gov/online/journals.
Personal communications and unpublished data should not feature in the reference list but should appear in parenthesis in the text. Unpublished work accepted for publication should be listed in the reference list with the words (In Press) in parenthesis with the name of the journal concerned.
References must be checked individually and verified by the author against original documents.
Tables: Each table should be typed on separate sheet and should be easy to read. It should be assigned as Arabic numerical. A table should have a brief title and referred to in the text. If a table is quoted, reference(s) should follow the title. All abbreviations that are used in the table should be explained in a footnote below the table.
Figures or illustrations: Figures should be clear, only good drawings and photos will be accepted. Each figure requires a legend. Legends of figures should be written in consecutive order at the end of the manuscript. Black and white as well as colored photos are acceptable at no extra charges to the authors. Submitted photos should hide the identity and a consent for publication in scientific journals should be provided. For photomicrographs internal scales and staining methods should be stated. If a figure is quoted, reference(s) should follow the legend.
It is the author’s responsibility to provide written consent from the patients or guardians for any figures, to be published. Photos should mask the identity of the patient.
It is also the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications.
Units of measurements: Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be reported in metric units (meters, kilograms or liters) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. Blood pressure should be given in millimeters mercury. All hematological and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of International system of units.
All rights of reproduction are reserved in respect of all papers, articles, illustrations etc. published in this journal in all countries of the world. All material published in this journal is protected by copyright, which covers exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the material. No material published in this journal may be reproduced or stored on microfilm or in electronic, optical or magnetic form without the written authorization of the publisher.
The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.
While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.
A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning the validity of research is influenced by a secondary interest, such as financial gain. We require that our authors reveal all possible conflicts of interest in their submitted manuscripts.
New methods and ethically relevant aspects must be described in detail, bearing in mind the following:
I) Human Experiments
All work must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (1964). Papers describing experimental work on human subjects who carry a risk of harm must include:
- A statement that the experiment was conducted with the understanding and the consent of the human subject.
- A statement that the responsible Ethical Committee has approved the experiments.
- II) Animal Experiments
- Papers describing experiments on living animals should provide:
- A full description of any anesthetic and surgical procedure used.
- Evidence that all possible steps were taken to avoid animal suffering at each stage of the experiment. Papers describing experiments on isolated tissues or cell lines must indicate precisely how the donor tissues were obtained.