Author Guidelines

Tobruk University Journal of Medical Sciences (TUMJS) is an open access, international,
peer-reviewed general medical Sciences journal. The journal’s full text is available online at The journal allows free access to its contents. Tobruk University Journal of
Medical Sciences is dedicated to publishing research in medical science from all disciplines
and therapeutic areas of medical science or practice. The journal has a broad coverage of
relevant topics across medical science or practice. Tobruk University Journal of Medical
Sciences (TUMJS) is one of the fastest communication journals and publishing online within
short time after acceptance of manuscripts. The types of articles accepted include original
research articles, review articles, editorial, medical news, case reports, adverse drug
reactions, short communications, correspondence, images in medical practice, clinical
problem solving, perspectives and new drug updates
Article types
Original Research, Review Articles, Short reports or Letters, Case Studies
All authors should have made substantial contributions to all the following: (1) the
conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of
data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final
approval of the version to be submitted
Manuscript Submission
Tobruk University Journal of Medical Sciences accepts manuscript submissions through
Online Submissions: Email to Editor-in-chief of Tobruk University Journal of Medical
Sciences (
Manuscript file (Main Article file in doc file), Cover letter (in doc file) & Copyright form
(doc file)
There is no need to send a hard copy. Submission of a manuscript implies that the work
described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication
anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any. The TUMJS
will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation
Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published
elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print

and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when
submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to
originate from the authors
Submission Checklist
Please ensure that the following are including in your submission:
 One author designated as corresponding author: Their E-mail address, full postal address,
and Telephone numbers
 Cover letter addressed to the Editor, introducing the manuscript and confirming that it is
not being submitted concurrently elsewhere
 Scanned copy of copyright form signed by each author
 All figure captions
 All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
All necessary files have been uploaded
 Manuscript has been spell checked
 All text pages have been numbered
 References are in the correct format for this journal
 All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text and vice versa
 Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources
(including the Web)
Manuscript preparation
Please type all pages with single spacing and wide margins on one side of the paper. Title
page, abstract, tables, legends to figures and reference list should each be provided on
separate pages of the manuscript.
Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times New Roman) for text. The text should be in
single-column format. Number the pages. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. In
particular, do not use the options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold
face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. Do not embed ‘graphically designed’ equations or
tables, but prepare these using the facility in Word or as a separate file in Excel. When
preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and
not a grid for each row. Do not prepare tables in PowerPoint. Do not import the figures into
the text file but, instead, indicate their approximate locations directly on the manuscript
To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use the spellchecker

The title page should include: the title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), an
address for correspondence, and telephone numbers for editorial queries. Original and review
articles should include an Abstract (a single paragraph) of no more than 250 words and 3-6
key words for abstracting and indexing purposes
Please do not split the article into separate files (title page as one file, text as another, etc.).
Do not allow your computer to introduce word splits and do not use a ‘justified’ layout. Please
adhere strictly to the general instructions on style/arrangement and, in particular, the
reference style of the journal. It is very important that you save your file in the standard
format for the program you are using (Microsoft Word docx format or doc format). Please
write your text in English
Provide the following information in your submission (in the order given):
Original research papers
 Manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter, introducing the manuscript and
confirming that it is not being submitted concurrently elsewhere.
 The Abstract should be no more than 250 words
 The limit for the main body of the manuscript is unlimited words excluding references
 You must use Times New Roman, Font size 12, Single spaced throughout your manuscript
If your manuscript exceeds the above limits, and you are unable to reduce the size, please
include a statement in your cover letter declaring that you have exceeded the limits and
justify the reasons for doing so for the Editors’ consideration. Manuscripts must include:
 Title page
. Abstract

 Figures and Legends
Title page
The title page should be paginated as page 1 of the manuscript. Title of article: Concise and
informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and
formulae where possible.
Author names and affiliations: The title page should include the names and addresses of
authors. Generally, for uniformity author names should be written as first name, middle name
initial followed by family name, e.g., Saad R. Ali. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses
(where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case
superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the appropriate address.
Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name
Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages
of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone numbers (with
country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal
Present/permanent address: If an author has moved since the work described in the article
was done, or was visiting at the time, a ‘Present address’ (or ‘Permanent address’) may be
indicated as a footnote to that author’s name. The address at which the author actually did the
work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used
for such footnotes
The abstract will be printed at the beginning of the paper. A concise and factual abstract is
required (maximum length 250 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the
research, the principal results and major conclusions. Do not cite references in the abstract
Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided in the abstract, but if essential
they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. The abstract must be
organized under the following subject headings: Background: This must indicate why the
study was performed, and what question it was intended to answer. Methods: This should
state in outline what methods were used. Results: The main results relevant to the question
addressed should be summarised. Conclusions: This should summarize the main inferences
that follow from the results. Keywords. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of
6 keywords. Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field
may be eligible. Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field at their first
occurrence in the article: in the abstract but also in the main text after it

The introduction should give a short and clear account of the background of the problem and
state the objectives of the work. Only previous work that has a direct bearing on the present
problem should be cited
The methods must be described in sufficient detail to allow the experiments to be interpreted
and repeated by an experienced investigator. Where published methods are used, references
should be given, together with a brief outline. The statistical tool used to analyse the data
should be mentioned. The description of drugs, chemicals and other materials should include
the names and brief address of the relevant suppliers. Drug names should be International
Non-proprietary Names (INN). If a drug has no INN, its full chemical name must be used.
All procedures involving experimental animals or human subjects must accompany a
statement on ethical approval from appropriate ethics committee
Reports of randomized, controlled trials should follow the recommendations of the
Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement
Present your results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures, giving the main or
most important findings first. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or figures;
emphasize or summarize only important observations
 Discussion and Conclusions
The purpose of the discussion is to present a brief and pertinent interpretation of the results
against the background of existing knowledge. Any assumptions on which conclusions are
based must be stated clearly. The main conclusions should be conveyed in a final paragraph
with a clear statement of how the study advances knowledge and understanding in the field
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article and do not, therefore,
include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. When the work included
in a paper has been supported by a grant from any source, this must be indicated. A
connection of any author with companies producing any substances or apparatus used in the
work should be declared. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship as
defined above should be listed in an acknowledgements section. Examples of those who
might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing
assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose
whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance
This information must also be inserted into your manuscript under the acknowledgements
section with the headings below. If you have no declaration to make please insert the
following statements into your manuscript:
Funding, Conflict of interest & Ethical approval:

References should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. Reference citations
in the text should be identified by numbers in superscript after the punctuation marks. All
authors should be quoted for papers with authors
Journal article:
Garber A, Klein E, Bruce S, Sankoh S, Mohideen P. Metformin-glibenclamide versus
metformin plus rosiglitazone in patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on
metformin monotherapy. Diabetes Obes Metab 2006;8:156-63
Book chapter:
O’Brien C. Drug addiction and drug abuse. In: Brunton LB, Lazo JS, Parker KL,
eds.Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 11th ed. New York,
NY: McGraw-Hill; 2005: 607-629
Each table should be given on a separate page, paginated as part of the paper. Tables should
be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and the number should be followed by a
brief descriptive caption, occupying not more than two lines, at the head of the table (e.g
Table 1: Effect of drug on blood pressure). Tables should normally be self-explanatory, with
necessary descriptions provided underneath the table. Each column should have a heading
and the units of measurement should be given in parentheses in the heading. Footnotes to
tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance
values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table bod
 Figures and Legends
Authors are encouraged to use colour to enhance the impact and clarity of figures
Figure legends should be typed on a separate page of the main manuscript document
Legends should explain the figures in sufficient detail that, whenever possible, they can be
understood without reference to the text. Legends, captions and labels should be consistent
with terminology or nomenclature used in the text