Author Guidelines




All authors should have made substantial contributions to all of 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 preparation: 

Please type all pages with single spacing Title page and abstract should provided on separate page 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. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the spellchecker. 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 good English.

The title page:

It should include the title, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), an address for correspondence, and telephone numbers for editorial queries.

Provide the following information in your submission (in the order given):

1. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter, introducing the manuscript and confirming that it is not being submitted concurrently elsewhere.

2. The Abstract should be no more than 300 words

3. The limit for the main body of the manuscript is 4000 words excluding references

4. There should not normally be more than 40 references

5. You must use Times New Roman, Font size 12, Single spaced throughout your manuscript

Manuscripts must include: 

Title page; Abstract; Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion and conclusions; Acknowledgements; Declarations; References; Tables; Figures and Legends.


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). 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 body.

Figures and Legends: 

Authors are encouraged to use color to enhance the impact and clarity of figures. Computer prepared images must be at a minimum of 300 dpi at the final publication size. Lower resolution will result in pixilation and poor quality images. These should be submitted as JPEG or TIFF. Figure legends should be typed on a separate page of the main manuscript document. Footnotes to figure should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the figure body.

Reference style:

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.





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