SSMJ Updated Guidelines for Authors

Author(s): Editor

Submission of articles


The South Sudan Medical Journal (SSMJ), the only medical journal in South Sudan, welcomes submissions of articles from you. We publish original research, reviews, survey reports/KAP studies, discussions and commentaries as well as case studies and presentations, and letters to the Editor.

Before submitting an article read the Author’s Guidelines on our website – see a summary below. Failure to follow the guidelines may mean your paper is rejected. Once accepted our Editorial Team can help you to prepare your article for publication. All articles are double-blind peer-reviewed. The Editor decides in which issue of the journal your article is published. Submit your article to the Editor-in-Chief at [email protected]

Summary of SSMJ Author’s Guidelines 2017

  • The opinions and information in articles are the responsibility of the author/s and do not necessarily represent the views of SSMJ.
  • SSMJ reserves copyright of published material.  SSMJ is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial Works License which means materials can be downloaded and shared for educational and non-commercial purposes. SSMJ is a member of African Journals Online (AJOL), this allows AJOL to publish SSMJ materials on its website.
  • For clinical research articles obtain ethical permission to publish. See Guidance for undertaking research in the Republic of South Sudan.
  • If any included material (e.g. table, image) has been published elsewhere obtain the consent of the copyright holder to republish it.
  • Articles must be no longer than a total of 1500-2000 words – this includes references, tables, etc.
  • Use Microsoft Word, and minimum formatting. Do not: number your pages, or use Endnotes, or insert Headers or Footers or put text in boxes. Do use SI units.
  • Use ‘UK-English’.
    For full length articles include an Abstract of no more than 300 words, and up to 5 Keywords.
  • Give each table a number and title and mention it in the text. Do not use shading and keep formatting simple.  
  • Send images as separate files in uncompressed .jpg format (not Word or Powerpoint). Give each image a number and caption and say to whom the image should be credited. If the image is not your property get permission from the copyright holder. If the image shows an identifiable person obtain permission from the person, or guardian, to publish it.
  • References must be kept to a maximum of 15 and cannot be changed after the manuscript is submitted. Insert citations in the text as numbers between square brackets, e.g. [1].List references at the end of the article in numerical order (Vancouver style). Read the guidelines on the website for examples of how to prepare references.