Call for Journal Articles for the first issue of 2018

College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka

28th of February 2018.

Dear Member,

Journal of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka:

Call for Journal Articles

The members of College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka are now hereby requested to submit journal articles for the first issue of the Journal which will be published in June 2018.The deadline for submission for the June issue is 31st March 2018.  Guidelines, criteria for selecting an article and the form to be attached to the submitted journal article are attached and you are requested to strictly adhere to the guidelines.

Dr. Sujatha Senaratne

President

The College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka

 

 All journal articles should be sent to the Editor, College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka, International Health Unit, Management Development & Planning Unit, Ministry of Health, 385, Baddegama Wimalawansa Thero Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

Journal Article Submission Form

College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka

 

  1. Name of the journal article:
  1. The category to which it belongs(please mark a cross(x) in the correct cage. Only one response accepted.

Editorial

 

Presidential Address of the College

 

Orations

 

Original papers

 

Review/Update articles

 

Reports, communications and letters

 

Brief reports

 
  1. Authors: (please underline the CMASL members)
  1. Corresponding author

Name                     :

Address                 :

e-mail                    :

Telephone :           Mobile             :          

Office              :          

Residence        :          

  1. What is the word count?
  1. Has the article been presented elsewhere or published?
  1. If yes, please provide details
  1. Has an Ethics Review Committee approved this research?(Please complete if applicable only)

Date:                                                    

Signatures of all authors.

 

 

 

Author Guidelines

Journal of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka

The Journal of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka (JCMA) will be published biannually by the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka. The journal will publish articles relevant to the discipline of Medical Administration and allied subjects. Material received for publication in the JCMA must not be submitted for publication elsewhere without the editors' permission.

  1. Contents

The journal will publish the following categories of articles:

Editorial

Presidential Address of the College

Orations

Original papers

Review/Update articles

Reports, communications and letters

Brief reports

  1. Guidelines for submission of a manuscript for publication

Authors must submit 3 copies of original manuscript.  All parts of manuscript, including tables and figure legends, must be typed with double-spacing. References must also be double spaced. Manuscripts should be typed in capital and lower case letters, on white A4 (212 × 297 mm) size paper. Number all pages consecutively.

The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter certifying that the paper has not been published elsewhere nor submitted to another journal for consideration of publication. The name, full mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number of the corresponding author should be given. All submissions must be accompanied by an electronic copy of the manuscript and illustrations.  The Editors reserves the right to make amendments to the papers submitted although, whenever possible, they will seek the author’s consent to any changes made.

  1. Organization of the manuscript

Original papers

Original work concerning Medical administration and the health systems management belong in this category. So, do articles on health systems research, health economics and medical ethics. They should have less than 2000 words, 5 tables and illustrations, and 20 references. A structural format is preferred with the headings: Introduction, Design, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.

Abstract should not exceed 250 words and be structured wherever possible. Authors should provide a few key words or phrases for the index. Abbreviations should be in parenthesis preceded by words in full before the first appearance.

Review / Update Articles, Reports

They should not exceed 750 words, and contain more than 3 tables or illustrations, and more than 10 references.

Other

The Journal will also consider for publication letters (less than 400 words of text, 3 authors, and 5 references), obituaries (less than 400 words), and brief reports (not more than 250 words of text, 3 authors, 3 references and 2 clear black and white or colour photographs).

References

Referencing should be by numbers (Vancouver system) in the order in which they are cited in the text. Use Arabic numerals within parentheses. Give complete name of the journal, year of publication, volume, first and last page numbers.

Tables

All tables must be typed double-spaced. Tables should be numbered with arabic numerals, in the order in which they are cited in the text. A table title should describe concisely the content of the table.

Figures

Figures should be professionally drawn or prepared using a computer and high-resolution printer. Lettering should be uniform in style. Free hand or typewritten lettering is not acceptable. Number the figures in the order in which they are cited in the text.

All papers for publication should be sent to the Editor, Journal of the College of Medical Administrators of Sri Lanka, International Health Unit, Management Development & Planning Unit, Ministry of Health, 385, Baddegama Wimalawansa Thero Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.

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Criteria for selection of Journal articles for Journal of the College of Medical Administrators

The following criteria will be considered by the Editorial Board when selecting journal/abstract articles for publication in the Journal of the College of Medical Administrators:

  • Relevance to Medical Administration/Administrators

The subject/topic/theme selected for the article should be relevant to Medical Administration and useful to Medical Administrators

  • Adherence to proposed guidelines

It is noted that quite often, authors do not adhere to the guidelines proposed by the College for writing articles. These guidelines are always brought to the notice of prospective authors in advance. Adherence to these guidelines is essential.

  • Innovativeness of the subject selected

The novelty of the subject chosen for the article is given due consideration. Selection of subjects from articles that have been already published should be avoided.

  • Usefulness for the future

The contents of the article, findings and recommendations, if any, should be useful to the future Medical Administrators and future Medical Administration.

  • Reader friendliness

The journal /abstract article should be reader friendly. Use of simple, correct and understandable language is essential. Ambiguity of facts should be avoided.

  • Timeliness of the article

The contents, information and data used in some articles are long past and not relevant to present times. Articles are sometimes based on studies done several years ago. Timeliness of the article is important.

  • Scientific nature of the article

Maintaining scientific quality should be a significant feature. Many articles submitted are very basic without depth and analysis.

  • Originality of the article

There is no originality in some of the articles submitted. They are either excerpts or quotations from other publications.

  • Overall quality of the article

Overall quality of the article should be high. Paying attention to maintaining good quality is required. Less attention seems to have been paid to the accuracy of data. Simple calculations are sometimes wrong.  Gross mistakes in English are often seen. Understanding it is difficult making even corrections a problem. Authors have to be contacted by telephone to seek clarification while editing. Many articles need extensive editing.

  • Other criteria

Opportunities will be given for several authors to publish their articles rather than one or two authors to publish several of their articles. However, quality will not be sacrificed.

Selection of articles will be based on consensus of the Editorial Board. If there is division, the majority decision will be considered.

Delay in submitting articles will be given due consideration

 

  • NB: If the articles are based on your MSc dissertation or MD research project please obtain the prior approval of your supervisor to include his or her name and no other names should be cited as co-authors.