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The Journal of The Third Military Medical University (Di-San Junyi Daxue Xuebao) (ISSN 1000-5404) is founded in 1979 and published semimonthly by Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China. All articles are published in Chinese, and original research articles are published with English abstracts. It has been indexed/abstracted by some international and internal retrieval systems, including Chemical Abstracts, VINITI Abstracts Journal, Index Copernicus, Western Pacific Region Index Medicus, Japan Science & Technology Agency, and Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory. It is also included in all authoritative Chinese databases for technical and scientific papers and is in the first list of journals of the Chinese Science Citation Database and the Chinese Scientific and Technical Papers and Citations Database. The Journal has also been available since 2009 through Thomson-Reuters’ ISI Web of Knowledge.

1. General

1.1. Scope and Aims
The Journal of Third Military Medical University, published twice a month, is a peer-reviewed, general medical journal for all physicians, researchers, and health-care workers, from any medical specialty. The journal contributes to the scientific advancement of medicine by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for medical sciences. The journal encourages submissions from all areas related to the medical sciences, including basic and clinical medicine, military medicine, high-altitude medicine, preventive medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and herbs, pharmacology, stomatology, public health, epidemiology, and biomedical engineering.

1.2 Conflict-of-Interest Statement
Before a manuscript can be reviewed, all authors must sign a form declaring any possible financial, professional, or personal conflicts of interest that could conceivably bias the conduct, reporting, or interpretation of the research.

1.3 Statement of Informed Consent
For reports concerning experiments on humans, authors must include at the beginning of the methods section a statement that all patients (or parents or guardians of those not able to provide informed consent) provided written, informed consent before the beginning of the study. When appropriate, for experiments on children, a similar statement should confirm that all children provided informed assent to be included in the study. All patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without their informed consent or assent. Identifying information, including but not limited to patients’ names, initials, hospital numbers, or images showing the likeness to the patient, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient gives written informed consent for publication. Covering the patient’s eyes on a photograph is not sufficient to blind readers to the patient’s identify. The photograph or image of the patient must not be recognizable by the patient’s friends or family if it is to be acceptable.

1.4 Statement of Human and Animal Rights
Human experiments should be performed only in accordance with the ethical standards provided by the responsible committee of the institution and in accordance with the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki (revised in Tokyo 2004, http://www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm).

1.5 Style
Manuscripts should follow the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors revised Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication" (http://www.ICMJE.org/).The manuscript should be kept as concise as possible. Use specific, concrete words instead of vague, general ones wherever possible. Use simple sentences. Delete unnecessary wording. Authors should consult a recent issue of Journal of Medical Colleges of PLA to get familiar with the general layout and various elements in an article.

2. Publication Process

2.1. Submission
Authors may submit works by logging in our online submission and review system at http://aammt.tmmu.edu.cn, registering for an account, and then following the procedures of submitting. The author will be charged 50RMB of reviewing fee.

2.2. Review
Preliminary reviewing the manuscripts is performed by editors according to the Uniform Requirements, redundant and duplicate publication, and scientific value. Then a single-blind review is performed by sending the survived ones (about 50%) simultaneously to 2 peer-reviewers and/or members of the editorial board for scientific evaluation. If one of the reviewers holds different opinions or suggests for rejection, the article might be sent to the third one to make further evaluation. The original articles have to be sent to the meeting hosted by the editor-in-chief or deputy editor-in-chief and attended by standing members of the editorial board so as to decide whether they are finally accepted or rejected. Statistical analysis is scrutinized by statistical experts for these valuable manuscripts which are worth publishing. Comments and suggestions were sent to the authors for revising to improve the quality of manuscripts.

2.3. Revision
The accepted manuscripts are subjected to editorial revision to comply with the requirement on the reviewers comments, language and the style of the journal. The rejected manuscripts are not returned to the authors and the author will received a decision letter with the reviewers comments.

2.4. Proofs
Corrections on the proof should be restricted to errors only and no substantial addition or deletions should be made.

2.5. Copyright assignment
The copyright agreement should be submitted once your paper is accepted for publication. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining signatures of coauthors.

2.6. Payment
Page charge should be paid before publication according to the number of the printed black/white and color pages.

3. Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscript: All submissions should include the following:
* Title. This should include: the full title of the paper, the names, institutions and e-mail address of first and corresponding authors.
* Abstract. This should describe in about 300 words exactly what was done, the results obtained, and the conclusions drawn. Following the abstract, and on the same page, a list of key words (up to seven) for coding and indexing should be supplied.
* Text.
* Grants and other acknowledgements.
* References.
* Charts, graphs, tables, and photographs.
* Figure legends.
* A summary of technical requirements for preparing the manuscript is provided below:

(1)All text must be double-spaced with ample margins. All pages should be numbered consecutively.
(2)The manuscript should be laid out on International Standard Size A4 paper.
(3)Use simple Chinese throughout the paper.
(4)Use at least 11 point font size.
(5)Submit photographs and transparencies in a separate file (JPEG image files or TIF image files).
(6)Conventional units are preferred with SI units in parenthesis, if available. The metric system is preferred for the expression of length, area, mass and volume.
(7)Use nonproprietary names of drugs, devices and other products.

Manuscripts Not fulfilling the technical requirements shall be returned to the authors without initiating the peer-review process.

Abstract and Keywords The abstract should state the purpose of the study, basic methodology, main findings (specific data and statistical significance) and key conclusion(s). Below the abstract, authors should provide 3-5 key words for indexing; terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MESH) list of Index Medicus should be used.
Introduction The introduction must clearly state the question that the author(s) tried to answer in the study. It may be necessary to briefly review the relevant literature. Only cite those references that are essential to justify the proposed study.

Methods The methods section should describe how the study was designed, carried out and data were analyzed. For standard methods, appropriate references are sufficient, but if standard methods are modified these should be clearly brought out. Authors should provide complete details of any new methods or apparatus used (manufacturer s name and address).

Results This section should include only relevant, representative data and not all information collected during the study. Major findings should be presented clearly and concisely. Text, tables, and illustrations should be used sensibly while avoiding repeating in the text all the data depicted in the tables or illustrations and emphasizing or summarizing only important observations.

Discussion Discussion ordinarily should not be more than one third of the total length of the manuscript. This section should include a summary of the major findings, their relationship to other similar studies, limitations of methods and implication of these findings in future research. Conclusions should be linked to the goals of the study. Statements which are not completely supported by the data should be avoided.

References References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References are identified in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. It is required not to use abstracts, unpublished observations and personal communications as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as in press. Journal article: List all authors when there are 6 or less. When the number of the authors is 4 or more, only list first 3 and add et al.

Tables must be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text, with a brief but self-explanatory title for each. Each column should have a short or abbreviated heading. Explanatory matters are placed in footnotes. In the footnotes all nonstandard abbreviations that are used in each table should be explained adequately. Statistical measures of variations should be identified.

Figures and illustrations Figures and images should be labeled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text. The use of three-dimensional histograms is strongly discouraged when the addition of the third dimension gives no extra information. If a table or figure has been published before, the authors must obtain written permission to reproduce the material in both print and electronic formats from the copyright owner and submit it with the manuscript. Legends must be submitted for all figures. They should be brief and specific. Use scale markers in the image for electron micrographs, and indicate the type of stain used. Authors will be required to pay the cost of color illustrations published in print.

Abbreviations and Symbols Only standard abbreviations are used in the text while avoiding abbreviations in the title. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Year, month, day, hour, minute and second should be abbreviated as y, mon, d, h, min, and s in tables respectively.

4. Address for Editorial Office

Welcome to submission for Journal of The Third Military Medical University (Di-San Junyi Daxue Xuebao)
For any question on the submission, please contact the Editorial Office.

Address: 30 Gaotanyan, Shapingba District, Chongqing 400038, China

Tel/Fax: 86-23-6875 2187

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