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Instructions For Authors

Instructions For Authors

Instructions For Authors

Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal is a double-blind peer-reviewed, and open-access journal. The journal aims rapid publication of papers in all fields of the medical sciences on a regular basis. Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal publishes editorials, original papers of experimental and clinical research, reviews, case reports, letters to the editor and articles on the current issues of medicine.

Three issues are released every year in January, May and October. The language of publication is Turkish and English. Free full-text articles are available at www.bogazicitipdergisi.com.

Editorial Policy

The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The journal conforms to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (doaj.org/bestpractice).

Submission is a representation that neither the manuscript nor its data have been previously published (except abstracts and press reports published in connection with scientific meetings) or are currently under consideration for publication.

Materials copied from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher giving permission to Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal for reproduction. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that permissions are obtained. The differences between the papers should be explained in detail.

Ethics committee approval of research protocols in accordance with international agreements (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki “Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects,” amended in October 2013, www.wma.net) is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies, and for some case reports. If required, ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document will be requested from the authors. For manuscripts concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included indicating that the written, informed consent of patients and volunteers was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they might undergo. For studies carried out on animals, the measures taken to prevent pain and suffering of the animals should be stated clearly. Information on patient consent, the name of the ethics committee, and the ethics committee approval number should also be stated in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. It is the authors’ responsibility to carefully protect the patients’ anonymity. If there is a chance that a patient may be identified from a photograph or other image, or any accompanying text, releases signed by the patient or their legal representative should be enclosed. Identifying images should also be anonymized.

All submissions are screened with similarity detection software (iThenticate).

In the event of alleged or suspected research misconduct, e.g., plagiarism, citation manipulation, or data falsification/fabrication, the Editorial Board will follow up and act in accordance with COPE guidelines.

Authorship Criteria

Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal follows the authorship criteria developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article.

Authorship credit should be based only on; (1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or 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. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship. All others who contributed to the work who are not listed as authors should be named in the acknowledgments, and their contribution should be described. Authorship of multicenter trials is attributed to a group. All members of the group who are named as authors should fully meet the above criteria for authorship. Group members who do not meet these criteria should be listed, with their permission, in the acknowledgments. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

All statements and opinions expressed in the manuscripts published in Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal reflect the views of the author(s). All liability for the advertisements rests with the appropriate organization(s). The Editor-in-Chief, and Kare Publishing do not accept any responsibility for claims made in articles or advertisements.

The authors transfer all copyright to the manuscript to the Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal according to the framework of national and international regulations at the start of the evaluation process. A Copyright Transfer Form signed by the corresponding author must be submitted to the journal with the manuscript. A separate form should be submitted for each manuscript. Manuscripts submitted without a Copyright Transfer Form will not be accepted. After acceptance of the manuscript, all of the authors must complete and sign a Copyright Transfer Form. The authors must affirm that they will not submit the work to another journal, publish it in the original or another language, or allow a third party to use the manuscript without the written permission of the Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal. In the event that the manuscript is rejected, all copyrights transfer back to the authors. Manuscripts that are declined will not be returned, with the exception of artwork.

All content is the authors’ responsibility. All financial liability and legal responsibility associated with the copyright of submitted tables, figures, and other visual materials protected by national and international laws rest with the authors. The authors take responsibility for any legal proceedings issued against the journal.

To clarify scientific contributions and responsibilities and any conflict of interest issues relevant to the manuscript, all parts of the Authors' Contribution Form must be completed by the corresponding author and the ICMJE Uniform Disclosure Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest must be completed online by all authors. Both forms should be included with the manuscript at the time of original submission.

Author names will be published as they are listed on the Copyright Transfer Form. Requests for changes in affiliation or the order of names at a later date cannot be granted to protect all parties involved.

Review Process

The journal aims at rapid publication of the submitted manuscripts. Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal promotes expert refereeing by peers as a tried and true method for the maintenance of standards of excellency in the scientific community. All papers are double blind peer-reviewed to determine the originality, validity and importance of content and conclusions. Manuscripts will be reviewed by two external reviewers for content, originality, importance to the field, appropriateness of statistical analysis, and derivation of conclusions. In the case of discrepancies between peer reviewers, the manuscript would be sent to a third reviewer. All reviewers remain anonymous. Final decision regarding the acceptance of the submitted articles belong to editor-in-chief.

All reviews will be completed within one month of submission to the journal. Authors will be sent reviewers comments that are judged to be useful to them. In principle, the instructions, objections and requests made by the reviewers should be strictly followed. With revised form of manuscript, the authors should state clearly and precisely every step taken in accordance with the reviewers' requests. The description should be listed on a numbered basis, in the order of reviewers' comments. Altered paragraphs in the new version of the manuscript should be specified using page and paragraph numbers. Paragraph on top of a page is considered no 1, even if it does not begin on that page.

All manuscript submissions are encouraged to be submitted electronically to http://www.bogazicitipdergisi.com. Along with revised form, the accepted paper in its final form also should be sent to www.bogazicitipdergisi.com.

Submission of the Manuscripts

Authors are required to submit the following:

Copyright Transfer Form,
Author Contributions Form. 
These forms are available for download at www.bogazicitipdergisi.com.

All correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. Corresponding author is expected to provide an e-mail address for all further correspondence. Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter indicating that the paper is intended for publication and specifying for which section of the Journal it is being submitted (i.e., original article, review article, or case report etc). Authors will be notified of the receipt of their paper and the number assigned to it. The number should be included in all further correspondence.

Authors should note, however, that manuscripts may be returned after initial review by the editorial office if the paper is deemed unlikely to be reviewed favorably by virtue of size restrictions and/or general interest for the readership. This rapid rejection process enables the author to promptly submit for publication elsewhere.

Preparation of the Manuscript

General Format: All manuscripts should be typed using the standard A4-size format document with 2.5 cm-wide margins on all sides. The references should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first mention in the text. All text material, including references, footnotes, and table and figure legends, should be typed using double-spacing in an 11 point font with left alignment and without hyphenated line breaks. The fonts Times New Roman or Arial should be used in the text, for symbols, and all other special characters. Please use the editing features of your word processing program to type bold or italic letters, mathematical symbols, Greek letters, subscript and superscript characters. Please take care not to confuse the letters O and I with the numerals 0 and 1. To set a left indent for a paragraph, click the TAB button once. Only the International System of Units (SI) should be used for units of measurement. Please review the final version of the manuscript very carefully, especially for formatting and editing errors. Please note that American English spelling and terminology should be used in the manuscripts.

All pages of the manuscript should be consecutively numbered starting from the title page (page 1, title page; page 2, Turkish abstract (Turkish authors only); page 3, English abstract, etc.). Page numbers should be indicated on the upper right-hand corner of each page. The final electronic version of the manuscript should be in “.doc”, “docx” or “.rtf” format.

Title page: A separate title page should be submitted with all manuscripts and this page should include:

The full title of the manuscript as well as a short title (running head) of no more than 50 characters,

Name, affiliation(s), ORCID ID, and highest academic degree(s) of the author(s),
Details of any grant or other sources of support,
Name, address, telephone (including mobile phone number) and fax numbers, and email address of the corresponding author,

Acknowledgment of the individuals who contributed to the preparation of the manuscript but who do not fulfill authorship criteria.
Abstract: An abstract should be submitted with all manuscripts with the exception of Letters to the Editor. The abstract of an Original Article should be structured with subheadings (Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion). All acronyms and abbreviations used in the manuscript should be defined at first use, both in the abstract and in the main text. The abbreviation should be provided in parentheses following the definition. 
Please refer to Table 1 below for word count specifications.

Keywords: Each submission must be accompanied by a minimum of three to a maximum of six keywords at the end of the abstract to be used for subject indexing. The keywords should be listed in full without abbreviations. The keywords should be selected from the National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings database (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).

Introduction: State the specific purpose and available data relevant to the study.

Methods: All methods used to select participants and conduct the study should be described in detail. Known methods should be cited. Novel or modified methods used should be described in detail. Doses, concentrations, routes, and duration of administration of drugs and chemical agents should be indicated. A concise report of all statistical methods used for summarizing available data and for testing the proposed hypothesis should be provided under a subtitle, including the p value criteria determined for statistically significant difference. Statistical evaluation conducted should be explained in detail. Standard statistical methods should be used as much as possible. If rarely employed or novel statistical methods were used, then the relevant references should be cited. When necessary, more detailed explanations about unusual, complex, or new statistical methods can be provided in separate files for readers as online supplementary data. When a trademarked drug, product, hardware, or software program is mentioned within the main text, product information, include the name of the product, the manufacturer of the product, and the city and the country of the company headquarters (including the state if in USA), should be provided in parentheses in the following format: “Discovery St PET/CT scanner (General Electric, Milwaukee, WI, USA). The recommendations in the statistics section of the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication” (http://www.ICMJE.org) should be taken into consideration.

Results: The study results should be presented in logical sequence and in detail. The findings should be supported by figures and tables. Information given in figures and tables should not be repeated in the text unless absolutely required.

Discussion: Data relevant to the study subject matter should be examined, evaluated, and substantiated with references from domestic and international sources. General information irrelevant or superfluous to the report should not be included.

Acknowledgement: The names of individuals who contributed to the study but who fail to meet the criteria of authorship should be mentioned in this section. The written consent of all individuals mentioned should be obtained.

Manuscript Types

Boğaziçi Tıp Dergisi / Bosphorus Medical Journal publishes the types of articles briefly described below.

Research Articles: This is the most important type of article, since it provides new information based on original research. The main text of original articles should be structured with an Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References subheadings. Please see Table 1 for limitations for Research Articles.

Statistical analysis is usually necessary to support conclusions. Statistical analyses must be conducted in accordance with international statistical reporting standards (Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, Pocock SJ. Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. Br Med J 1983:7;1489–93). Information on statistical analyses should be provided with a separate subheading under the Materials and Methods section and the statistical software that was used during the process must be specified.
Units should be prepared in accordance with the International System of Units (SI).

Limitations, drawbacks, and the shortcomings of original articles should be mentioned in the Discussion section before the conclusion paragraph. 

Review Articles: Reviews prepared by authors who have extensive knowledge of a particular field and whose scientific background has been translated into a large volume of publications with a high citation potential are welcomed. Submissions from such authors may also be invited by the journal. Reviews should describe, discuss, and evaluate the current level of knowledge of a topic in clinical practice and should guide future studies. The main text should include an Introduction, Clinical and Research Consequences, and Conclusion sections. Please refer to Table 1 for the limitations for Review Articles.

Case Reports: There is limited space for case reports in the journal and reports on rare cases or conditions that constitute challenges in diagnosis and treatment, those offering new therapies or revealing knowledge not included in the literature, and interesting and educative case reports are accepted for publication. The text should include an Introduction, Case Presentation, and Discussion subheadings. Interesting and unusual images are an advantage in the evaluation process. Please see Table 1 for the limitations for Case Reports. 

Letters to the Editor: This type of manuscript discusses important parts, overlooked aspects, or lacking parts of a previously published article. Articles on subjects within the scope of the journal that might attract the readers’ attention, particularly educative cases, may also be submitted in the form of a Letter to the Editor. Readers can also present their comments on published manuscripts in the form of a Letter to the Editor. An abstract, Keywords, and Tables, Figures, Images, and other media should not be included. The text should not include subheadings. The manuscript that is being commented on must be properly cited within this manuscript.

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