EMJ THE EWHA MEDICAL JOURNAL

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Enacted in September 18, 2012 / Revised in April 22, 2015
Revised in December 20, 2013 / Revised in April 1, 2017
Revised in July 16, 2014 / Revised in July 26, 2017
Revised in September 30, 2014 / Revised in April 30, 2018

The Ewha Medical Journal (Ewha Med J) is the official journal of Ewha Womans University College of Medicine and Ewha Medical Research Institute published quarterly a year (last day of April, July, October and January). Subscripted manuscripts should be written out according to the instructions for the journal. Topics include original article, case report, images and solution, letter to the editor, invited review article and special issue in the respective field of medicine.

General Consideration

1. Publication types and qualification for authors

Topics include original article, case report, images and solution, letter to the editor, invited review article and special issue in the respective field of medicine and medical education. Any physicians or researchers throughout the world can submit a manuscript if the scope of the manuscript is appropriate.

2. Peer review system

Manuscript decisions are based on the results of peer review. To ensure that this is unbiased, reviewers should receive manuscripts with blind title pages.

3. Research and publication ethics

An article is reviewed for publication on the assumption that its contents have not been submitted simultaneously to another journal, have not been accepted for publication elsewhere and have not already been published.

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    The Journal adheres to the ethical guidelines for research and publication described in "Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals".
  • 2)
    Registration of clinical trial research: Any research that deals with a clinical trial should be registered with a primary national clinical trial registration site or the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
  • 3)
    Conflict of interest statement: The corresponding author must inform the editor of any potential conflicts of interest that could influence the authors' interpretation of the data. Examples of potential conflicts of interest are financial support from or connections to pharmaceutical companies, political pressure from interest groups, and academically related issues. In particular, all sources of funding applicable to the study should be explicitly stated.
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    Statement of informed consent: Copies of written informed consent and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for clinical research should be kept. If necessary, the editor or reviewers may request copies of these documents to resolve questions about IRB approval and study conduct.
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    Statement of human and animal rights: All human investigations must be conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki. All studies involving animals must state that the guidelines for the use and care of laboratory animals of the authors' institution, or any national law, were followed.
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    Authorship: Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet these 3 conditions. If the number of authors is greater than six, there should be a list of each author's role for the submitted paper.
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    Originality and duplicate publication: All submitted manuscripts should be original and should not be considered by other scientific journals for publication at the same time. Any part of the accepted manuscript should not be duplicated in any other scientific journal without the permission of the Editorial Board. If duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the authors will be announced in the journal and their institutes will be informed, and there will also be penalties for the authors.
  • 8)
    Secondary publication: When an article is written in a language other than English and has not been propagated in any international information services (abstract journals), secondary publication of the article is negotiable.
  • 9)
    For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in this instructions, "Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals (http://kamje.or.kr/publishing_ethics.html)"can be applied.

4. Online submission

All manuscripts are submitted on-line to the Ewha Medical Journal via on-line submission system (http://www.emj.or.kr). The main document with manuscript text and tables should be prepared with an Microsoft word program. Contact the Editorial office if you have a problem to submit manuscripts.

Preparation of Manuscript

1. Language

Manuscripts be written in Korean or English. An appropriate proofreading in format of doc. or docx. is required.

2. Contents

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    The manuscript for a major paper should be organized in the following order: title page, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, tables, figure legends, and figures.
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    The manuscript should be double spaced on 21.0×29.7 cm (A4) paper with 3.0 cm margins at the top, bottom, and left margin.
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    All manuscript pages are to be numbered consecutively, beginning with the abstract as page 1. Neither the authors' names nor their affiliations should appear on the manuscript pages.
  • 4)
    The use of acronyms and abbreviations is discouraged and should be kept to a minimum. When used, they are to be defined where first used, followed by the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses. Please check the our website for Abbreviation, Acronym and Unit.
  • 5)
    The names and locations (city, state, country) of manufacturers of equipment and non-generic drugs should be given.
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    When quoting from other sources, give a reference number after the author¡¯s name or at the end of the quotation.
  • 7)
    The sex and/or gender of research subjects must be indicated. Authors are strongly encouraged to include data disaggregated by sex (and, whenever possible, by race) and provide a comprehensive analysis of sex/gender and racial differences.

3. Title page

On the title page please state: (1) the title of the article; (2) the full name of each author; (3) the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed; (4) running title not exceeding 10 words (5) the name, postal and e-mail addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers of the author responsible for correspondence and to whom requests for reprints should be addressed; (6) sources of funding for research and/or publication; and (7) whether the paper is based on a previous communication to a society or meeting (with full details).

4. Abstract

Abstract must contain fewer than 250 words in a structured format in English. In case report, fewer than 150 words. Objectives: state why the study was done, the main aim and the nature of the study (randomized clinical trial, retrospective review, experimental study, etc.). Methods: describe patients, laboratory material and other methods used. Results: state the main findings, including important numerical values. Conclusion: state the main conclusion, highlighting controversial or unexpected observations. Abstracts for case report or review may deviate from this format. Up to 5 keywords should be listed at the bottom of the abstract to be used as index terms. For the selection of keywords, we recommend using Medical Subject Heading (MeSH, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=mesh) in Index Medicus.

5. Main text

The main text of the paper may have separate Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion sections (these sections may not be applicable to all article types, e.g. reviews). A short Acknowledgements paragraph may also be included. When quoting specific materials, equipment and proprietary drugs, the name and address of the manufacturer must be given in parentheses. Generic names should normally be used. Any data mentioned in the abstract or discussion must be presented in the results section of the main text.

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    Introduction: Briefly describe the purpose of the investigation, including relevant background information.
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    Methods: Describe the research plan, the materials (or subjects), and the method used, in that order. Explain in detail how the disease was confirmed and how subjectivity in observations was controlled. When experimental methodology is the main issue of the paper, describe the process in detail so as to recreate the experiment as closely as possible.
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    Results: Results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations and repetitive presentation of the same data in different format should be avoided. The results should not include material appropriate to the discussion.
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    Discussion: Observations pertaining to the results of research and other related materials should be interpreted for your readers. Emphasize new and important observations; do not merely repeat the contents of the results. Explain the meaning of the observed opinion along with its limits, and within the limits of the research results connect the conclusion to the purpose of the research. In a concluding paragraph, summarize the result and its meaning.

6.Acknowledgements

Include here the names of those who contributed substantially to the work described in the manuscript but who have not fulfilled the requirement for authorship.

7. References

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    All references should be written in English.
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    Start on a separate page, numbering the references consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. All references should be cited in the text.
  • 3)
    Journal names should be officially abbreviated according to the Index Medicus.
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    All authors are to be listed when six or fewer; when there are seven or more, the first six should be given, followed by 'et al'.
  • 5)
    Maximum number of reference(s) are 40 for original articles, 15 for case reports, and 50 for review articles.
  • 6)
    Examples of reference style
    (1) Journal article
    • Jung CL, Cho SE, Hong KS. Clinical significance of minor elevation of cardiac troponin I. Korean J Lab Med 2008;28:339-345.
    • Bernsdorf M, Balslev E, Lykkesfeldt AE, Kroman N, Harder E, von der Maase H, et al. Value of postoperative reassessment of estrogen receptor a expression following neoadjuvant chemotherapy with or without gefitinib for estrogen receptor negative breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2011;128:165-170.
    2) Book
    • Gordon PH, Nivatvongs S. Principles and practice of surgery for the colon, rectum and anus. 2nd ed. St Louis: Quality Medical Publishers; 1992.
    3) Chapter in a book
    • Dozois RR. Disorders of the anal canal. In: Sabiston DC, Lyerly HK, editors. Textbook of surgery: the biological basis of modern surgical practice. 15th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1997. p.1032-1044.
    4) Online publication
    • Suzuki S, Kajiyama H, Shibata K, Ino K, Nawa A, Sakakibara K, et al. Is there any association between retroperitoneal lymphadenectomy and survival benefit in ovarian clear cell carcinoma patients? Ann Oncol 2008 Mar 19 [Epub]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/
    5) Online source

8. Table

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    Tables are to be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text.
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    A table title should concisely describe the content of the table so that a reader can understand the table without referring to the text.
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    Each table must be simple and typed on a separate page with its heading above it.
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    Explanatory matter is placed in footnotes below the tabular matter and not included in the heading. All non-standard abbreviations are explained in the footnotes. (ex.) Rad, radiation; Chemo, chemotherapy; NS, not significant. *P<0.001.
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    Footnotes should be indicated by *, †, ‡, §, ∥, ¶, **
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    Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified.
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    Vertical rules and horizontal rules between entries should be omitted.

9. Figure

  • 1)
    Figure contains graph, line drawing, photograph and video clip.
  • 2)
    Should be supplied as a single file. Supply artwork at the intended size for printing. Line drawings are acceptable as clear black on white graphics and must be high quality.
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    Illustrations in color are encouraged and will be printed at cost with a rule to the author. Label each illustration with the figure number and lead author's name. Indicate the top of the illustration and a measure of magnification for photomicrographs. Include explanations of symbols and shading within the figure, use arrows to identify particular areas of interest. Include in the legends to illustrations, and the footnotes to tables, brief but comprehensive explanations of all the information presented. Look at recent issues of the Journal for examples of accepted layout.
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    Upload each figure as a single image file in either uncompressed ppt, jpg, gif or pdf format over 300 dpi (dots per inch) or 3 million pixels.
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    Written permission should be obtained for the use of all previously published illustrations (and copies of permission letters should be included).
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    In the case of multiple prints bearing the same number, use English letters after the numerals to indicate the correct order. (ex.) Fig. 1A --, Fig. 1B --
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    Legends should be numbered in the order in which they are cited, using Arabic numerals. Provide the figure title in a phrase and a description of the figure in the form of complete sentences of the present tense.
  • 8)
    Video clips can be submitted for placement on the Journal website. All videos are subject to peer review and must be sent directly to the Editor by e-mail.
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    Video files must be compressed to the smallest possible size that still allows for high resolution and quality presentation. The size of each clip should not exceed 30 MB and must be backed up on a CD in high quality MPEG2 or AVI or WMV or asf format, no longer than 5 minutes duration. If the article is accepted for publication, the video will be digitized and permanently archived on the Ewha Medical Journal website (http://emj.ewhamed.ac.kr)

10. Abbreviation

Avoid using abbreviations. Terms that are mentioned frequently may be abbreviated but only if this does not impair comprehension. Abbreviations must be used consistently and must be defined on first use. Common abbreviations can be used without explanation. Please check the Journal website (http://emj.ewhamed.ac.kr)

Case Report

The manuscript for a case report should be organized in the following sequence: title page, abstract and keywords, introduction, case(s), discussion, acknowledgments, references, tables, figure legends, and figures. The abstract should be unstructured and its length should not exceed 150 words. Maximum length of the manuscript is 10 pages including tables and figures with no more than 15 references and no more than 6 authors.

Images and Solution

This type of paper will be published only in educational purposes with exceptional circumstances, when they illustrate a rare occurrence of clinical importance. The manuscripts should be organized in the following sequences: title page, body, references, figure legends and figures.

Review Article

Review is invited by the editor and should be comprehensive analyses of specific topics. They are organized as follows: title page, abstract and keywords, introduction, body text, conclusion, acknowledgments, references, tables, figure legends, and figures. There should be an unstructured abstract equal to or less than 250 words.

Special Issue

We accept special issue about new concept, important announcement or policy for medicinal field or medical education. There are no limitation of format.

Letter to the Editor

It is a letter sent to the Journal about issues of concern from its readers to support or oppose a stance taken by the publication, to respond another writer's opinion, to spread mass awareness and to analyze various policies in the medical fields. There are no limitations of format.

Copyright and Permissions

Authors must declare that the submitted work is their own and that copyright has not been breached in seeking its publication. Before publication, therefore, a copyright transfer agreement signed by all authors is required. In addition, it is the authors' responsibility to obtain written permission to reproduce (in all media, including electronic) any material that has appeared previously in another publication. Authors should provide copies of permission letters for any material reproduced from copyrighted publications. Submitted material will not be returned to the author unless specifically requested.

Offprints

A minimum of 100 offprints will be provided upon author's request, at the author's expense.

Publication Fees

Upon the decision of publication, the author(s) will be charged a fee (₩380,000/$350) for publicaion process.

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