Editorial Policies

Introduction

Journal of Marine Medical Society India (JMMS) is a bi-annually, peer reviewed publication. The Journal is published bi-annually by Marine Medical Society of India. It is circulated to all members of Marine Medical Society of India from all arms of Armed Forces of India, all Naval Medical libraries of India and subscribers.

The full text of the journal is available online at: https://marinemedicalsociety.wordpress.com. The journal allows full access to its contents on registration. The journal does not charge for submission, processing, publication of manuscripts or for color reproduction of photographs. This journal publishes original articles, case reports, review articles, editorials, short communications, contemporary issues, letters to editor, book reviews and other scientific information in all disciplines of medical science. The members of Marine Medical Society of India are contributing to international literature, besides there are problems specific to this region and the solutions for them need to be exchanged and this Journal makes a great contribution to disseminate the knowledge amongst its members.

The Editorial Board comprises eminent specialists and consultants of international repute from India. The Editorial Board requires authors to be in compliance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URMs), which are compiled by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE); current URMs are available at http://www.icmje.org. This Guide for Authors is revised periodically by the Editors as needed. Any manuscript not prepared according to this guide will be returned immediately to the author(s) without review.

Article categories

The categories of articles that are published in the Journal are listed and described below. Please select the category that best describes your paper. If your paper does not fall into any of these categories, please contact the Editorial Office.

The guidelines for various study designs are CONSORT, STARD, QUOROM, STROBE,  MOOSE, PRISMA, CARE, COREQ, TRIPOD and SRQR.

Original Articles: These are scientific communications from research workers engaged in the field of medicine and include randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, outcome studies, cost effective analyses, case control studies and surveys with high response rate. Articles pertaining to the field of marine medicine, hyperbaric medicine, under water medicine, ship board medicine and military medicine and those of general interest are published on priority.

FormatAbstract (Structured) & Keywords; Introduction; Material & Methods; Results; Discussion.

Review Article, Update Article: These are invited from experts in the field who have published quality original research articles in the same field. Prospective authors are requested to consult the Editor in- Chief for prior approval of their topic.

Contemporary Issue: These are articles of topics of current interest, authored preferably by experienced practitioners.

Short Communication: This article describes briefly a research study or a case series to highlight specific or peculiar aspects.

Methods in Medicine (including Drug and Equipment Update): These are brief descriptions of a specific technique or procedure, modification of a technique, or equipment of interest and should be supported by relevant diagrams and results of clinical and/or field trials.

Military Medicine: Highlight the experience, innovations and achievements of doctors in the practice of military medicine and other such issues affecting health of troops in operational conditions. No objection certificate from the head of the institution is a must. Such articles (as deemed appropriate by the editorial team) may require administrative clearance and approval from appropriate higher authorities before final acceptance/ publication.

Case Reports: A case report should communicate a message regarding diagnosis/management of a new and emerging disease, an unexpected association between disease or symptoms, a rare feature of a disease or unique therapeutic approach, an unexpected event while observing or treating a patient. Only rarity of particular case does not merit publication of the case report. As a routine, maximum of four authors are permitted for a case report.

FormatKeywords; unstructured abstract; Introduction; Case Report; Discussion.

Discussion should highlight unusual features of the report and briefly discuss pertinent literature.

Others: These include Editorials, Guest Editorials and Symposia, which are solicited by the Editorial Board.

Size of Text

The Table below provides guidelines regarding maximum permissible size of text as well as number of Tables, Figures and References. Articles not adhering to the above specifications are likely to be rejected.

Type of Article Text (in words) Tables and figures References
Review 4000 8 30
Original Article 3000 8 30
Contemporary Issue 2000 4 10
Editorial 1500 10
Short Communication 1500 2 10
Case Report 1000 4 10
Methods in medicine 1000 4 5
Letter to Editor 500 2 3

Contact details for submission

If assistance is required by the authors, please contact the Editorial Office. Please do not post, fax or e-mail your manuscripts to the Editorial Office.

Editorial Office
Editor
Marine Medical Society of India
C/o Underwater Medicine Department
INHS Asvini, Colaba, Mumbai – 4000005, Maharashtra, India
Tel: (022) 2214 3941
Email: editmarinemed@gmail.com

Ensure that the following items are present:

One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual’s objectivity is potentially compromised by a desire for financial gain, prominence, professional advancement or a successful outcome. JMMS Editors strive to ensure that what is published in the Journal is as balanced, objective and evidence-based as possible. Since it can be difficult to distinguish between an actual conflict of interest and a perceived conflict of interest, the Journal requires authors to disclose all and any potential conflicts of interest and let readers judge for themselves. Therefore, please ensure that you provide information about any potential financial and non-financial conflicts of interest in a concise paragraph after the main text.

Authorship

All individuals designated as authors should qualify for authorship.

An ‘author’ is considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. An author must take responsibility for at least one component of the work, should be able to identify who is responsible for each component, and should ideally be confident of their co-authors’ ability and integrity.

Authorship credit should be based on substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet all the above conditions.

Participation solely in the acquisition of funding, for the collection of data or data entry, and general routine supervision does not justify authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of all the co-authors. Once submitted, the order will not be changed without written consent of all the co-authors.

Copyright

JMMS is the official peer-reviewed publication of the Marine Medical Society of India. Manuscripts published in the JMMS become the permanent property of Marine Medical Society of India. All articles published in the Journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, as well as translation rights. No JMMS article, in part or whole, may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, by photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission from the editors. JMMS does not accept any responsibility for the statements made by the authors. The Editorial Board has the right to introduce such changes in the articles as may be considered necessary for effectiveness of communication.

Funding/support statement

All financial and material support for the research, work, writing and editorial assistance from internal or external agencies, including commercial companies, should be clearly and completely identified in a Funding/Support Statement. You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.

Submission

By submitting a manuscript online, the author agrees to the following:

  1. The work is original and free from plagiarism.
  2. It has not been submitted for publication/is not under consideration for publication at another Journal.
  3. All authors are aware of the order of authorship. The submitting author shall be solely responsible in case disputes arise.
  4. Once published, copyright of manuscript shall stand transferred to the Journal.
  5. ‘Conflict of interest’ if any, must be explicitly stated at the end of the manuscript.

Certificates

It is mandatory to upload a scanned copy of the ink signed certificate proforma for Publication in JMMS available online at https://marinemedicalsociety.wordpress.com/journal/editorial-policies
Editorial Process

All articles submitted to the Journal undergo initial review by the Editor/associate editor and articles that are outside the scope of Journal or are not in the journal format are excluded. Later each article is reviewed by at least two reviewers. The time to first decision is usually less than 6 weeks.

WORK FLOW FOR THE EDITORIAL PROCESS

  • Submission of article
  • Submission of copyright forms
  • Goes to the Editor
  • Editor sends to the editorial board for first review
  • Editorial Acceptance
  • Peer-Review
  • Accept/Reject
  • Accepted articles go to the author for corrections
  • Accepted articles to Copy Editing and Technical editing
  • Pagination
  • Editor-Author Acceptance
  • Final Error Correction
  • Publishing

Queries
Please contact the Editor in case of any queries at the following address:-

The Editor
Journal of the Marine Medical Society of India
C/o Underwater Medicine Department
INHS Asvini, Colaba, Mumbai – 4000005, Maharashtra, India
Tel: (022) 2214 3941
Email: editmarinemed@gmail.com