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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 before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1½-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The references follow the Vancouver style

Author Guidelines

Preparing for submission of Original articles and Letters to the Editor

  1. Submissions should be made online at www.prmplus.com/submission.
  2. A letter to the Editor should accompany every submission. Include
    1. disclosure of any conflict of interest
    2. disclosure of study funding
    3. statement that a manuscript has not previously been published or otherwise currently submitted for publication at another journal, except as a conference abstract
    4. statement on whether the study has been approved by an Ethics committee (in accordance with ethical standards on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983).
    5. A letter from the publisher must accompany material that has been published previously in another publication stating that the authors have permission to reproduce the material. Otherwise, state that you have the right to publish submitted images and tables.
  3. A manuscript should be submitted as Microsoft Word file. Submit the manuscript as a single file containing all the tables and figures. If accepted, the authors will be asked for separate TIFF files with a resolution of at least 600 dpi. Color images are greatly appreciated with no additional costs.
  4. All papers should be written in English (US or UK). Authors whose first language is not English are recommended to have their manuscripts checked carefully before submission.
  5. It is not acceptable to submit papers already published elsewhere or simultaneously submit a paper to another journal and the paper must not be under review in another journal.
  6. It is advisable (not mandatory) to suggest 3 to 4 potential peer-reviewers. The Editor makes the final decision on the choice of peer-reviewers.
  7. All persons designated as authors must participate sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility in its contents. For criteria for authors see "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" at http://www.icmje.org.
  8. You are allowed to deposit the paper in a manuscript form at your website or university repository with acknowledgement where it is considered for publication. After acceptance the printed article (pdf) may be posted similarly, with a link to the publisher's online version.
  9. The researchers are strongly advised to register clinical trials to public trial registers, such as http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Respectively, reviews are advised to be registered e.g. at https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/
  10. Type and length of papers. Word limits without abstract, references, figures and tables. For reviews, considerable exceptions can be made.
    1. Original research
      1. Abstract: max 200 words
      2. Introduction: max 500 words
  • Methods: max 2,000 words
  1. Results: max 1,000 words
  2. Discussion: max 1500
  3. References: max 30
  1. Short communication
    1. Abstract: max 200 words
    2. Introduction: max 400 words
  • Methods: max 1,000 words
  1. Results: max 1,000 words
  2. Discussion: max 1,000
  3. References: max 15
  1. Letters to the Editor:
    1. Max 1,500 words
    2. References: max 5

Preparing systematic reviews

The PRM+ does not publish narrative reviews except for invited educational reviews. Systematic reviews must follow the PRISMA statement and be accompanied by a filled out PRISMA checklist and a PRISMA flow diagram. The PRISMA templates could be found at http://www.prisma-statement.org

Formatting guidelines

  1. Manuscripts should be typewritten, 1½-spaced throughout, on one side of the paper, with ordinary margins. A manuscript should be divided into title page, abstract, introduction (including clear statement of the aim of the study), methods, results, discussion, and references. Start each section from a new page. Use a common font such as e.g. Times New Roman 10 pt. or Calibri 10 pt.
  2. All abbreviations should be explained the first time they are used - unless it is a standard unit of measurement - and thereafter the use of abbreviations should be consistent throughout the paper. Avoid excessive use of abbreviations. The use of abbreviations in abstract and title is not allowed.
  3. Title page should include
    1. a full title of the article
    2. a short title
    3. full names of the authors (first and last names) along with the highest academic degree
    4. affiliations of authors
    5. address for correspondence
  4. Abstract should be structured and contain objective, methods, results, and conclusions section
  5. Include 3 to 6 keywords below the abstract
  6. Tables are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Each table should be typed on a separate sheet and should have a descriptive heading which is self-explanatory. Explain all abbreviations used in a footnote to each table.
  7. All illustrations should be considered as figures. Each graph, drawing, or photograph should be numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals. All figures should have legends.
  8. The number of table and figures is not strictly limited. However, our suggestion is maximum five together for an original article and two for a short communication or a letter to the Editor.
  9. Reference style
    1. The PRM+ is using the Vancouver style. References should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. At the end of the manuscript the full list of references should follow the Vancouver style. Give the names and initials of all authors (unless there are more than six, when only the first three should be given followed by “et al.”).
    2. Accepted but still unpublished material should be referred to as "In press".
    3. For material published online, give the authors, title, date or year of publication as given on the web page, URL, and the date of access.
    4. Information from manuscripts not yet in press or not yet published online, papers reported at meetings, or personal communications should be cited only in the text, not as a formal reference.
    5. References to submitted but not accepted material are not permitted but could be mentioned in the text.

Examples:

Rhee JS, Sullivan CD, Frank DO, et al. A systematic review of patient-reported nasal obstruction scores: defining normative and symptomatic ranges in surgical patients. JAMA Facial Plast Surg 2014;16(3):219-25; quiz 32

Ip WY, Martin CR. Psychometric properties of the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) in Chinese women during pregnancy and in the postnatal period. Psychol Health Med 2006;11(1):60-9

GL Assessment. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the General Health Questionnaire London, UK: GL Assessment; 2016 [Available from: www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/general-health-questionnaire accessed 10-August-2016

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