Authors are requested to read the following information carefully, particularly the instructions for style and format of manuscripts, before submitting material for publication.
The International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism welcomes original
contributions in all fields of diabetes mellitus and metabolism from all
over the world. Categories of papers accepted for publication include the
following: Review, original, Methodological, Commentary, Short and Case
Reports, Letter to the Editor:
Review articles and Editorials:
The editors welcome review articles and editorials on timely issues in
all areas of diabetes and metabolism. Normally, the editorials are
solicited for by the editors.
Three copies of each manuscript should be submitted (if sent by
surface mail). A covering letter should accompany each manuscript. The
International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism does not accept papers
that have been published previously, except in abstract form
The manuscript should be typed on A4 (21 x 30 cm) paper,
double-spaced throughout, preferably using a Microsoft Word processor.
The paper should be accompanied by a diskette (if not sent
electronically by e-mail). Section headings should be in capitals. There
should be a minimum margin of 3 cm all round. All pages should be
numbered and legends to figures and all references should be typewritten
(double-spaced) on separate sheets. All tables should be on separate
sheets and clearly numbered and titled. Case reports and clinical data
should be presented briefly and with relevance to the study. Avoid
repetition. Discussion should be strictly limited to the results
presented. Exhaustive lists of references should be avoided.
The title page should include the following elements in the
Title of the paper. The title should be short and concise with no
subtitles or non-standard abbreviations
Author(s) names with full first and last names (without
Running title: A short title of no more than 46 characters
Corresponding author: The name, postal address, facsimile number
and e-mail address of the author to whom editorial communications are to
Funding: Information on institutional or corporate fund¬ing
sources and acknowledgments of any kind should be included in the bottom
of the first page.
Acknowledgments should normally be restricted to persons who have
substantially contributed to the material of the report or the
preparation of the paper. Authors should obtain, from the person(s)
thanked, approval for the content and wording of the acknowledgment.
The abstract (less than 250 word) should be typed on a separated sheet
and present the most important results and conclusions.
Key words: Up to six key words taken from the Index Medicus
(Medical Subject Headings).
The Introduction should give enough but concise information to
understand the nature of the problem or the hypothesis that is
addressed. The Introduction should end with a clear statement of the
aims of the study. Few references may be needed to support the
information given, it is generally enough to cite recent reviews.
Materials and Methods
The Materials and Methods section contains all the necessary information
that would enable the experimental observations to be replicated
independently in another laboratory.
The Results section describes what has been observed in the course of
the experiment. The section is not the place for speculating about the
implications of the results or for contrasting with previous findings.
Some explanation may be needed to link the outcome of one experiment to
the design of the next, but this should be kept to the minimum
compatible with sense and fluency. The text should be understandable in
itself, while the figures amplify and illustrate the content of the
text. Each figure cited in the Result section should be essentially
self-contained, with a legend that is concise, yet sufficient to enable
the reader to understand the importance of the figure.
The Discussion is where the authors interpret their observations, and
place them in the context of other published work. Author(s) should use
the Discussion to highlight those outcomes of the study that are clear
and which significantly advance our knowledge or understanding. These
will normally relate to the aims of the study as described in the
Introduction. Authors are traditionally allowed some freedom to
speculate, but are not encouraged to discuss the implications of
differences that are not significant, or to speculate on why differences
were not significant. Reference to unpublished data is discouraged.
Personal communications should be cited sparingly, and only with the
explicit consent of the person cited.
Abbreviations should be defined at first mention in the abstract and
again in the main text and used consistently thereafter.
Units of Scientific Measurement and Nomenclature
All measurements should be expressed in SI units. Wherever drugs are
referred to, it is preferable to use generic (non-proprietary) rather
than trade names. Numbers less than 10 should be spelled out in words;
numbers greater than 10 may be written in Arabic numerals.
Manuscripts should be written in English, in accordance with the Oxford
References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they
are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables,
and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in
tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the
sequence established by the first identification in the text of the
particular table or figure. The title of the journals should be
abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Avoid using
abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet
published should be designated as "in press "; authors should provide
verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information
from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text
as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source.
Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential
information not available from a public source, in which case the name
of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses
in the text. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written
permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal
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Articles in books
Bourque CW, Oliet SHR. Mechanosensitive ion channels and osmoreception
in magnocellular neurosecretory neurons. In: Saito T, Kurokawa K,
Yoshida S, eds. Neurohypophysis: Recent Progress of Vasopressin and
Oxytocin Research. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1995: 205-213.
All photographs should be glossy prints, unmounted and untrimmed, and
not larger than 12.5x17.5 cm. The "top" of the photographs must be
indicated on the reverse of the print, lightly in pencil. Each print
should be clearly identified by a figure number. All legends to figures
should be typed on a separate sheet.
Colour illustrations may only be accepted after prior consultation with
the Editor-in-Chief, and only if the colours add materially to the value
of the illustration. The author will bear any cost incurred in lieu of
the inclusion of the colour illustration. Graphs or drawings must be of
high quality made out in Indian ink or by computer graphics.
Proofs and Reprints
Following acceptance of an article, the manuscript will be prepared for
printing and, if heavily edited, a "type-proof" will be forwarded to the
first-named author for approval. If not, a "galley proof" will be
forwarded. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours, or else they will go
to press without author approval. Proof corrections must be kept to the
minimum. A pdf of the article will be forwarded to the corresponding
Check List of Prepared Manuscripts
The following check list may be found useful for authors in the preparation of manuscripts (incomplete manuscripts will be returned to authors for re-submission):
1. Covering letter
2. Original typescript of Article
a. Title page
Title of article
Full names(s) of author(s)
Author to whom correspondence is to be sent
b. Abstract (double-spaced) with key words
c. Article proper (double-spaced)
d. References (double-spaced)
e. Tables (double-spaced)
f. Legends to figures (double-spaced)
g. Illustrations (properly labelled)
3. Permission to reproduce published material (if any)
4. Two additional copies of the manuscript including illustrations.
5. Diskette containing electronic file of the article (if not sent
6. “In Press” letters, where relevant.