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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The journal publishes reports of clinical and experimental work in all aspects of research in  the fields of Critical Care Medicine, provided they have scientific merit and represent an important advance in knowledge. The journal does not publish material that has been printed previously or is under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Editor will consider papers from any country whether or not the author(s) is a member of the society.

Submit the transcript and 3 copies of the manuscript to the address shown at the end of these instructions. Double-space all material (1cm between lines), leave at least 2.5-cm margins at top, bottom, and both sides of each page, and begin each of the following on a new page: (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Text, (4) References,
(5) Legends, and (6) Tables. Number all pages, and label each page with the name of the first author. The manuscript is to be typed on one side of the paper only. Manuscripts will not be returned to the authors. A cover letter should include the following statement: "This material is original and has not been published previously.” Include phone number and mobile phone number of the corresponding author. Indicate the date of publication desired. Submission of diskettes or CDs is mandatory.

Submission Fees
Submission fees are waved for the first issue of the journal provided it does not exceed 5 printed pages. Twenty-five reprints will be provided to the authors.

Peer Review and Editing
Manuscripts will be sent for peer review without prior editing. All manuscripts accepted for publication will be edited in the journal offices. Authors will receive an approval copy of page proofs before publication.

Organise all manuscripts as follows:

Title Page
Provide a title. Include first name, middle initial, last name, and affiliation of each author.
Indicate the name, address and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence and reprint requests should be addressed. Provide also a short running title (70 characters and spaces) including first author’s name and initials, et al; (e.g. SH Assaad-Khalil, et al; Autoantibodies and sibs of children with type 1 diabetes mellitus).

Limit the abstract to 250 words. Use a structured format, including Aim, Subjects and Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Provide 3-6 key words for indexing at the end of the abstract. Provide a list of abbreviations used
throughout the manuscript, arranged alphabetically, at the bottom of the first page.

Articles should be written in clear, concise  English according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Minimize use of abbreviations; any abbreviations used must be defined at first mention (except for units of measurement when used with numbers). Abbreviations may be used in tables and figures for space considerations but must be
defined in the accompanying footnotes or legends. The AMA Manual of Style lists standard scientific abbreviations. In general, use generic names for drugs. To maintain anonymity, do not use patient
names, initials, or any unnecessary identifying details. (Individual cases should be labeled as "case 1," "case 2," and so forth.)

The text should be structured as follows:

Introduction: The introduction should contain a clear statement of the aim and novelty of the study. It should include neither results nor conclusions.

Subjects and Methods: Sufficient information should be given to permit repetition of the experimental work. A paper describing experimental work in humans must (a) indicate that informed consent has been obtained from patients when appropriate, (b) include a statement that the responsible ethics committee (institutional review board) has given approval, and/or indicate that the reported investigations have been carried out in
accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki as revised in 1996 [JAMA 1997; 277:925-926]. Reports of animal experiments must state that the “Principles of laboratory animal care” (NIH publication no. 85-23, revised 1985) were followed.

Results: The results should be stated concisely without comment. The same data should Instructions to Authors not be presented in both a figure and a table.
Express measurements in conventional units (SI units between brackets).

Discussion: The discussion should deal with the interpretation of the results and not recapitulate them.
It should deal with the relationship of the new information given in the Results to the corpus of knowledge in that field and should be pertinent to the data presented. The main conclusions should be incorporated in a final paragraph. 

References: Number references sequentially as they are cited in the text; enclose each reference citation in parentheses at the proper point in the text above the line. Type reference list completely double-spaced. Avoid use of abstracts as references when possible. Unpublished data should be cited parenthetically in the text and
not included in the reference list.
For journal references, Index Medicus journal abbreviations should be used. Include names and initials of all
authors (if more than 6, list only the first 3 followed by "et al."). There must be only one reference per number.

1. Van den Berghe G, Wouters P, Weekers F, et al. Intensive insulin therapy in critically ill patients. N Engl J Med 2001; 345:1359-1367.

2. Falk SA, ed. Thyroid Disease: Endocrinology, Surgery, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiotherapy. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven, 1997.

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3. Flier JS, Foster DW. Eating disorders: obesity, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. In: Wilson JD, Foster DW, Kronenberg HM, Larsen PR, eds. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. 9th ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1998: 1061-1097.

Type all tabular material doublespaced; each table should be on a separate page and numbered in Roman numbers. Provide a title for each table, and define all abbreviations in a footnote. The exact P value is to be stated in the tables. Do not submit turn-page material (tabulations typed across the vertical dimension of
the page).

Submit 3 glossy prints and 3 photocopies for each illustration. Provide a legend for each figure; define any abbreviations that appear on the illustrations. Specify stain and magnification for photomicrographs. For any photographs with a recognizable patient, a release form signed by the patient must be provided.
Graphs and diagrams should be submitted as LASER quality computer prints or sharp photographs on white paper. Whenever possible, prints should be cropped to be one column width (8.6 cm), or be capable of being reduced to such size. Colour illustrations will be accepted; however, the authors will be charged the extra cost. Figures should be on a separate page each and should be numbered by Arabic numbers.

A proof is sent with the manuscript to the corresponding author. Typographical errors only should be corrected. One corrected proof should be returned immediately with the manuscript to the Editorial office by express mail. If the proof is not returned within four weeks, papers will be published without the author’s corrections. Any
changes to the text or figures are liable to be charged to the authors.

Revised Manuscripts
Revised manuscripts accepted for publication should be submitted in both hard copy and on two 3.5-inch diskette form. Use Windows operating system and Word as word processing software.

Electronic submission of articles is possible through the journal's official website: www.thejccm.net

Conflict of Interest and Acknowledgments
Authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest. Acknowledgments should list brief statements of assistance, financial support, and prior publication of the study in abstract form, if applicable.


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