1.1. Canon Journal of Medicine (CJM) welcomes high-quality clinical and basic science contributions that focus on general and internal medicine, pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment protocols. CJM accepts the original articles, review articles, case reports/series, brief reports, letters to the editor, and editorial formats.
2.1. CJM follows ICMJE's Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as well as the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) for manuscripts submitted to the journal.
Authors should kindly note that submission implies that
2.2. CJM is an open-access journal distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Users are free to copy and redistribute articles published in CJM in any medium or format under the creative commons license terms and conditions.
2.3. CJM accepts manuscripts only through the online submission system, easy to use and easy to track. By conducting all procedures electronically, submissions will be made much faster. Once an article is submitted, it will be forwarded to an editor and, afterward, to at least two peer reviewers. Immediately after submission, the author will be notified of the submission process using both email and a follow-up ID code issued to each article separately. It is recommended that the ID code be saved for all future correspondence regarding the submitted article.
2.4. There is no article processing charge (APC) or publication fee for articles submitted before 31, January 2022.
2.5. By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details will be collected. The publication might require collected information for regular operations of the publication when necessary. The publication is aware of data protection's importance and has taken steps to ensure personal the security and privacy of personal data.
For each contribution, the following files should be uploaded via the online submission system. For your kind attention, here you can find the required file and samples in a zip folder.
I. Cover Letter: In the cover letter please provide the novelty and main finding of the manuscript. Please provide an originality statement (declare that the work is not been published before, and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere), conflict of interests statement, received funding/grant for this research project, and authors' contributions. You are free to send us your own cover letter or use our template cover letter. Template_Cover_Letter
II. Title Page: This should contain the title, running title, type of article, authors’ names, and affiliations. Due to the blind peer-review process, please do not include any information of authors in the Manuscript file. The title page should be uploaded as a separate file.
III. Manuscript: Provide the manuscript file structured as:
IV. Figures: Please also provide the Figures as separate files with the standard quality.
V. Signed Permissions and Ethical Statement Form: The purpose of this form is to ensure Ethical Considerations are achieved in your work. We also want you to transfer the submitted paper rights and privileges to the Canon Journal of Medicine upon acceptance. Please download, fill, and sign the form as a representative of all authors (all authors are responsible for the answers and data provided by the corresponding author). (Permission_and_Ethical_Consideration_Forim )
VI. Supplementary File (optional): includes relevant material that does not form part of the main body of the manuscript, which may include additional data such as computer code, large tables, additional figures, or appendices. You can send a maximum of 3 supplementary materials as video/image/text file
These articles must be of primary research, methodologically accurate, and relevant to at least one aspect of clinical medicine or basic science. They should contain no more than 5000 words excluding structured abstract (maximum 250 words), tables, and references. The main text should contain an introduction, materials/patients and methods (including study setting, patients or participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, sampling size, sampling method, data source, data tools, data measurements, data analyses, and interpretations), results, discussion, conclusion, references, legends for display items (figures and tables).
Note: Each clinical trial manuscript should have a specific trial registration code (IRCT, ClinicalTrials.gov, and ...) presented in the main body; otherwise, it will not be considered for further assessment in CJM.
Short reports should not exceed 3000 words and should contain a structured abstract (maximum 250 words). The structure of a short report is similar to that of an original article but with some limitations: a concise introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, and up to 2 tables or figures.
Only solicited review articles will be accepted. They should be upmost 5000 words and contain unstructured abstract (maximum 250 words), introduction, authors’ comments and evidence, conclusion, recommendations for future, references (more than 50), and legends for display items (figures and tables).
Such articles should be between 4000-5000 words and contain structured abstract (maximum 250 words), introduction, materials (search strategy and selection criteria, data extraction, quality assessment, and data analysis), results, discussion, conclusion, references, legends for display items (figures and tables).
Authors should report systematic reviews and meta-analyses following the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement.
Only interesting and unique case reports with the following properties will be accepted:
word count up to 1500, structured abstract (maximum 250 words), introduction, (most importantly, the novelty of the case(s) report), then case presentation, followed by discussion and conclusion, references, and up to 2 figures or tables.
Letters to the Editor can be about a recent journal article a commentary article. There are some special limitations; the letters should be up to 500 words, have no figure or table, and use up to 5-7 references. No abstract is required for these articles.
Editorials are the message of the CJM and are written in-house by the journal's Editorial Board members. Editorials are preferably no more than 2000 words and state-of-the-art discussions on the CJM main scopes. An unstructured abstract is required for these types of articles.
Author Agreement Form: This form should be completed and sent after acceptance. CJM could ask for a data set (as an Excel or SPSS file) of the study related to the submitted article.
3-6 keywords must be provided in the keywords section at the end of the abstract. It is recommended that authors use the MeSH terms at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html.
Canon Journal of Medicine uses adheres to the uniform style recommended by ICMJE. Please use referencing style of the National Library of Medicine (same as Vancouver). Please use referencing managing systems for citation and referencing. Here you can download the CJM referencing format in EndNote and Mendeley.
Below is the description of the National Library of Medicine description and examples for referencing at (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html#top).
1. Standard journal article
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.
List the first six authors, followed by et al. If there are more than six authors.
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.
2. Organization as author
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.
3. Both personal authors and organization as author
Vallancien G, Emberton M, Harving N, van Moorselaar RJ; Alf-One Study Group. Sexual dysfunction in 1,274 European men suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms. J Urol. 2003;169(6):2257-61.
4. No author has given
21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184.
5. Article published electronically ahead of the print version
Yu WM, Hawley TS, Hawley RG, Qu CK. Immortalization of yolk sac-derived precursor cells. Blood. 2002 Nov 15;100(10):3828-31. Epub 2002 Jul 5.
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
2. Chapter in a book
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
3. Conference proceedings
Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumours V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour Conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.
4. Conference paper
Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, editors. Genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer; 2002. p. 182-91.
5. Scientific or technical report
Yen GG (Oklahoma State University, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stillwater, OK). Health monitoring on vibration signatures. Final report. Arlington (VA): Air Force Office of Scientific Research (US), Air Force Research Laboratory; 2002 Feb. Report No.: AFRLSRBLTR020123. Contract No.: F496209810049.
Russell ML, Goth-Goldstein R, Apte MG, Fisk WJ. Method for measuring the size distribution of airborne Rhinovirus. Berkeley (CA): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy Technologies Division; 2002 Jan. Report No.: LBNL49574. Contract No.: DEAC0376SF00098. Sponsored by the Department of Energy.
Pagedas AC, inventor; Ancel Surgical R&D Inc., assignee. Flexible endoscopic grasping and cutting device and positioning tool assembly. United States patent US 20020103498. 2002 Aug 1.
1. Newspaper article
Tynan T. Medical improvements lower homicide rate: study sees drop in assault rate. The Washington Post. 2002 Aug 12;Sect. A:2 (col. 4).
2. Legal Material
Veterans Hearing Loss Compensation Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-9, 115 Stat. 11 (May 24, 2001).
1. Journal article on the Internet
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 1 p.]. Available from: https://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/Fulltext/2002/06000/Quality_Improvement_Initiative_in_Nursing_Homes.31.aspx Subscription required.
2. Part of a homepage/Web site
American Medical Association [Internet]. Chicago: The Association; c1995-2016 [cited 2016 Dec 27]. Office of International Medicine; [about 2 screens]. Available from: https://www.ama-assn.org/about/office-international-medicine
3. Database on the Internet
Jablonski S. Online Multiple Congenital Anomaly/Mental Retardation (MCA/MR) Syndromes [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); c1999 [updated 2001 Nov 20; cited 2002 Aug 12]. Available from: //www.nlm.nih.gov/archive//20061212/mesh/jablonski/syndrome_title.html
Holt M. The Health Care Blog [Internet]. San Francisco: Matthew Holt. 2003 Oct - [cited 2009 Feb 13]. Available from: http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/category/matthew-holt/.
5. Software on the Internet
Hayes B, Tesar B, Zurow K. OTSoft: Optimality Theory Software. Version 2.3.2 [software]. 2013 Jan 14 [cited 2015 Feb 14]. Available from: https://linguistics.ucla.edu/people/hayes/otsoft/.
Golda TG, Hough PD, Gay G. APPSPACK (Asynchronous Parallel Pattern Search). Version 5.0.1 [software]. Sandia National Laboratories. 2007 Feb 16 [cited 2016 Apr 4; downloaded 2010 Jan 5]. Available from: https://dakota.sandia.gov/packages/hopspack
Tables: Tables should be created with a word processor (in simple form) and saved in either the DOC or RTF format. Tables must not be embedded in the text but provided on separate pages at the end of the manuscript and saved in DOC format.
Figures: To ensure the highest print quality, figures must be submitted in either TIF or EPS format according to the following minimum resolutions:
Color figures must be submitted in a CMYK color.
CJM strictly follows the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); please visit COPE for information on publishing and ethical guidelines.
Please note that any submission including data collected from human subjects requires ethical approval. In this case, a clear statement must be made in any submitted manuscript presenting such research, specifying that the free and informed consent of the subjects was obtained. If your manuscript does not include ethical approval, it will not be sent out for review. For qualitative articles, the following general principles must be considered when submitting your manuscript.
Details of formal ethical approval should be stated in the main body of the article. If authors were not required to obtain ethical approval (as is the case in some countries) or unable to obtain ethical approval (as sometimes occurs in resource-poor settings), the circumstances should be explained. Please anonymize the information as appropriate in the manuscript and give the information when asked during submission.
According to ICMJE guidelines, a conflict of interest may exist when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has personal or financial relationships that influence (bias) inappropriately his/her action (Such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflicts of interest. The potential for a conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.
Authors must make sure that they have declared any actual or potential conflicts of interest (if any) in their manuscript when submitting their work. The corresponding author is responsible for confirming with the co-authors whether they have any conflicts to be declared (For further information please visit ICMJE).
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following criteria for authorship:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception and design or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data;
2. The drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content;
3. Final approval of the version to be published;
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the article are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Each author should meet all of the above-mentioned criteria to be listed in the submitted manuscript. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. These contributors (non-author contributors) should be appreciated in the acknowledgment section, but not listed as co-authors.
The naming order of contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing of the manuscript. Once submitted, the order cannot be changed without the written consent of all contributors.
In case any attempt at plagiarism accompanied by convincing evidence is brought to our attention, the following steps will be taken:
All the accepted manuscripts will undergo plagiarism screening using iThenticate software upon preliminary acceptance.
If the journal editor has clear evidence of fabrication (the intentional misrepresentation of research results by making up data) or falsification (manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record), he/she will consider an article retraction based on COPE retraction guidelines.
As per the Journal’s Open Access Policy, authors are entitled of making final accepted or published version of their article available publicly in various domains and repositories according to the terms of the CC BY license. The final version of the author’s paper and the pre-review version might be solely available on pre-print repositories.
When reusing, distributing, posting or archiving articles, the journal must be attributed clearly as the original publication authority and correct details of citation must be provided. Authors are therefore required to deposit the unique URL/DOI of their published article in addition to the Version of Record in any Repository. We encourage authors to self-archive and submit their papers in institutional repositories or on their websites without embargo. These practices ensure greater citation of published work and provide productive exchange benefits to the authors.
CJM adheres to a double-blind peer-review process that is rapid, fair, and ensures the high quality of published articles. CMJ's reviewers are required to declare their conflicts of interest and maintain the confidentiality of the manuscripts they review. As CJM is a rapid response journal, the review process takes 3 weeks at the utmost. Reviews will be published along with the articles to ensure clarity and transparency. Here is a brief description of the peer-review process in CJM, you can find more information here.