The following instructions and guidelines will assist authors preparing to submit manuscripts to the SJMLS. Submissions to regular journal issues should be made by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload the manuscripts through our website.
Manuscripts should usually be submitted as a Word document. The document should be double-spaced throughout. The manuscript should contain the following information: title; author(s); corresponding author’s e-mail address and phone numbers; abstract; key words; introduction, materials and methods, results including tables and figures, discussion, conclusion and recommendations, conflict of interest declaration and references. Maximum word count for abstracts: 300 words
The journal referencing style is Harvard. All references must be cited in the text in the author ‘s name and date’ format. If there are two authors, both names should be given. If there are three or more authors; Erhabor et al (1988) or (Erhabor et al., 1988). The reference list at the end of the article should be in alphabetical order and restricted to work already published. Unpublished material, including work submitted to a journal but not yet formally accepted, should not be included. Each reference should include the first author’s surname, followed by initials. (Erhabor, O.A., Adias, T.C. and Mainasara, A.S.). In cases of multiple authorship, give the names of all authors, unless there are more than three authors in which case you list the first three authors followed by et al. Spell out names of journals in full. Use of abbreviated journal names is not acceptable.
Examples of referencing within the text:
This finding is consistent with previous report by Cormack (1994).
Previous report by Erhabor and Adias (2016)
Recent research (Mainasara and Dallatu, 2004) suggests that…
If you are quoting several works published by the same author in the same year, they should be differentiated by adding a lower-case letter directly, with no space, after the year for each item (Earlier research by Erhabor and Adias in Sokoto (2016a) found that HIV prevalence is higher among females. However, later research carried out in Port-Harcourt by Dunn (1993b) indicated that there were no gender differences in the prevalence of HIV.
Referencing a material published in a journal:
Erhabor, O., Adias, T.C. and Dallatu, M.K. (2016). HIV among women of African Descent in Abuja, Nigeria. Journal of Medicine;10: 100–108.
Referencing a material published in a book:
Erhabor, O. (2016). Quality Management issues in Medical Laboratory Science practice.
Laboratory Total Quality Management. 2nd edn. Author House Publishers Bloomington, Indiana: 282–289.
Barker, R., Kirk, J. and Munday, R.J.(2008). Blood Transfusion. 3rd ed. Bloomington University Press, London: 100-124.
Figures and Tables:
All illustrations (table and figures) should be referred to as figures and tables in the text and numbered in a single sequence in the order in which they are mentioned in the text (Table 1 or figure 1).
Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author as a PDF file by e-mail. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned as instructed in the proof e-mail.