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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 being submitted to another journal for consideration.
  • The text of the manuscript is in Microsoft Word or other word processing document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The original illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript text, or loaded as separate files.

Author Guidelines

AJIMS uses a fully web-based manuscript submission and tracking system for all types of manuscripts. In addition to its online submission, AJIMS also accepts manuscript submission via email attachments. All the requirements/permissions for online submission also apply to email submission. Submitting your manuscript via email attachment to AJIMS is taken to mean that you fully agree to the requirements/permissions set forth in the online submission process. For email submission, please send your manuscript via email attachment(s) to: editorial@ajims.org

 

Editorials

Editorials are articles written by senior editors to either announce a prominent change or address an important issue regarding the contents and formats of the Journal. Editorials may also introduce an emerging topic and discuss its future directions.

Manuscript Format

Editorial articles should be no more than 1000 words in length excluding the references. The manuscript should include a title, the name and affiliation of the author (typically the senior editor of the Journal), and the main text. The main text may be divided into several sections and when applicable, a list of references (no more than 20) should be provided at the end of the manuscript. When necessary, a diagram/illustration maybe included.

 

News and Perspectives

News and Perspectives are articles primarily written by editorial staff and senior editors to introduce the most current key advances in innovative medicine and standardization and provide perspectives on the future development. AJIMS News focuses on cutting-edge medical discoveries, especially major breakthroughs initially reported in highly influential journals or by prestigious scholarly organizations. AJIMS News also covers new guidelines from well- respected medical professional organizations (e.g., the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Dermatology) and new regulations from the most authoritative governmental agencies [e.g., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA)].

Manuscript Format

News and Perspectives articles should be no more than 1000 words in length excluding the refences. The manuscript should include a title, the name and affiliation of the author, and the main text. The main text may be divided into several sections and when applicable, a list of references (no more than 20) should be provided at the end of the manuscript. When necessary, a diagram/illustration maybe included.

 

Research Highlights

AJIMS publishes Research Highlights articles in the form of a brief summary and discussion of one cutting-edge research article involving innovative drugs (including gene and cell therapy), lifestyle medicine, and medical devices, as well as emerging techniques, published in one of the most influential journals within the past 12 months. List below are a partial list of the most influential journals devoted, at least partly, to bioscience and medicine.

New England Journal of MedicineJAMA (and JAMA Internal Medicine)Lancet (and Lancet OncologyLancet Neurology), Cell (and Molecular CellCancer CellCell Metabolism, Cell Stem Cell, Cell Reports), Nature (and Nature GeneticsNature MedicineNature MethodsNature BiotechnologyNature MaterialsNature NanotechnologyNature Communications, Nature Structural & Molecular BiologyNature NeuroscienceNature ImmunologyNature Cell Biology, Nature Chemical Biology), Science (and Science Signaling, Science Translational Medicine),Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, EMBO J (and EMBO Molecular MedicineEMBO Reports), Journal of Cell BiologyJournal of Clinical InvestigationJournal of Experimental MedicineGenes and DevelopmentGenome Research, British Medical JournalAnnals of Internal MedicinePLOS Medicine, BloodImmunity, CirculationCirculation ResearchJournal of American College of Cardiology, Neuron, Gastroenterology, and Gut.

Manuscript Format

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgments if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: The abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Text: It should typically contain no more than 2000 words excluding references. The text may be divided into different sections. The references should be generally limited to no more than 50 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Illustrations: It should typically contain no more than 2 illustrations provided on separate pages.

 

Reviews

Review articles are typically written by recognized experts in the field. The topics include innovative drugs, new medical devices, new clinical guidelines, and emerging regulatory issues. Review Articles must focus on surveying new knowledge published in the most influential journals (see Research Highlights above for a list of the most influential journals) or released by the most authoritative regulatory agencies. The NIH/NIEHS also provides a partial list of high impact journals.

Manuscript Format

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: The abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Main Text: Typically no more than 4000 words excluding references. It should be divided into multiple sections. The references should be generally limited to no more than 75 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Illustrations and Legends: Illustrations (e.g., figures, diagrams, schemes) should be typically limited to no more than 5 and provided on separate pages.

Tables and Legends: Tables should be typically limited to no more than 5 and provided on separate pages.

 

Original Research

AJIMS publishes original research contributions in the form of either full research articles or short research communications. The manuscripts may address any aspects related to innovative medicine and standardization

Manuscript Format for Full Reserach Articles

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: The abstract must contain no more than 250 words. Abstracts exceeding the limit would be truncated at 250 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Introduction: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Materials and Methods: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Results: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Discussion: Typically no more than 1000 words.

Conclusion: Typically 2-5 sentences.

References: Generally no more than 75 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Supplementary Materials (if applicable)

Manuscript Format for Short Research Communications

Title Page: It contains the title of the manuscript and the full name and contact information (institution, postal address, email address, phone number, etc.) of the corresponding author(s). The Abbreviations  as well as acknowledgment if applicable may be included on the Title Page.

Abstract Page: Typically no more than 150 words.

Key Words Page: Typically 3-6 key words.

Introduction: Typically no more than 500 words.

Materials and Methods: Typically no more than 500 words.

Results: Typically no more than 500 words.

Discussion: Typically no more than 500 words.

Conclusion: Typically 2-5 sentences.

References: Generally no more than 25 (Please see “Instructions for Preparing References Section” at the end of the “Author Guidelines”).

Supplementary Materials (if applicable)

 

Patient Education

Patient Education articles are typically written in layman language by medical experts. These articles are intended to educate the patients as well as the general public on lifestyle medicine and health promotion.

Manuscript Format

Patient Education articles should be no more than 1000 words in length excluding the references. The manuscript should include a title, the name and affiliation of the author (typically the senior editor of the Journal), and the main text. The main text may be divided into several sections and when applicable, a list of references (no more than 20) should be provided at the end of the manuscript. When necessary, a diagram/illustration maybe included.

 

Instructions for Preparing the References

(1) References should be cited in the text with a number in brackets (e.g., [1]; [1, 2]; [1–3]; [1, 2, 4]). The references should be listed in numerical order at the end of the document.

(2) The references cited must be from peer-reviewed high-impact journals.

(3) Books or book chapters are generally considered as non-peer reviewed materials. As such, they generally should not be cited as references for manuscripts to be published in AJIMS.

(4) The AJIMS Editorial Office will reformat the references for accepted manuscripts. As such, there are no strict requirements on reference formatting at submission.

Editorials

Editorials are articles written by senior editors to either announce a prominent change or address an important issue regarding the contents and formats of the Journal.

News & Perspectives

News and Perspectives are articles primarily written by editorial staff and senior editors to introduce the most current key advances in innovative medicine and standardization and provide perspectives on the future development. AJIMS News focuses on cutting-edge medical discoveries, especially major breakthroughs initially reported in highly influential journals or by prestigious scholarly organizations. AJIMS News also covers new guidelines from well- respected medical professional organizations (e.g., the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Dermatology) and new regulations from the most authoritative governmental agencies [e.g., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA)].

Research Highlights

Research Highlights articles are contributed by recognized experts in the field. These articles typically focus on particular research discoveries published, within a year, in one of the most influential bioscience/medical journals and discuss the related research advancement surrounding the particular discovery. The most influential journals include New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (and its sister journals), Lancet (and its sister journals), Nature (and its sister journals), Science, Cell (and its sister journals), British Medical Journal, Annuals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology , and Circulation, among others.

Reviews

Review articles are typically written by recognized experts in the field. The topics include innovative drugs, new medical devices, new clinical guidelines, and emerging regulatory issues. Review articles must focus on surveying new knowledge published in the most influential journals or released by the most authoritative regulatory agencies.

Original Research

Although outside its focus, AJIMS publishes Original Research articles in the field of innovative medicine. The research studies should focus on innovative translational and clinical research. Original Research articles are typically contributed by recognized experts in the field.

Patient Education

Patient Education articles are typically written in layman language by medical experts. These articles are intended to educate patients as well as the general public on lifestyle medicine and health promotion.

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