About

Welcome to the Cumhuriyet Medical Journal (CMJ), the Peer Reviewed Online Journal on medicine and related sciences. The CMJ publishes Turkish and English papers of national and international authors. The CMJ is a quarterly Open Access Medical Journal. We support the initiatives to provide free access to scholarly communication on the internet.

History

The Cumhuriyet Medical Journal has been published as Cumhuriyet Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Dergisi between 1982 and 2008 as official publication of Cumhuriyet University School of Medicine. The journal's name changed to the Cumhuriyet Medical Journal in 2009.

Mission Statement of the CMJ

To promote the science and art of medicine and improvement of public health.

Key Objectives of the CMJ

  • To publish original, important, well-documented and peer-reviewed articles on a diverse range of topics in clinical medicine and the medical sciences.
  • To provide clinicians with continuing education in basic and clinical sciences to support informed clinical decisions.
  • To improve public health by elevating the quality of medical care and disease prevention, and publishing related research.
  • To foster responsible and balanced debate on controversial issues that affect medicine and health care.
  • To recognise that the journal has responsibility to promote the integrity of science.
  • To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible and enjoyable to read.
  • To promote communication among basic science and clinical researchers worldwide.
  • To present the latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, leading-edge research, and expert commentary in basic, medical, and surgical sciences.

Scope of the CMJ

The CMJ is a peer-reviewed journal, and publishes original papers and commentaries which have relevance to medicine and allied sciences:

  • "Original articles" in all aspects of medicine.
  • "Reviews” of recent developments in medicine.
  • "Short Communications" giving a brief but complete account of the piece of work.
  • "Letters to the Editor" giving brief remarks, comments upon material previously or simultaneously published in the Journal, prepublication notes and outlines of work in-progress.
  • "Case-report" giving a full account of interesting or report cases.
  • "Summaries of International, Regional or National Meetings" in relevant subjects.
  • "Supplements" giving the proceedings of such meetings.
  • "Announcements" of International, Regional or National meetings and other relevant events.

Ethical and Editorial Standards

The CMJ is committed to maintaining and conforming to the editorial and ethical standards recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Cumhuriyet Medical Journal (CMJ) adheres to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (1). All manuscripts submitted to the CMJ undergo a rigorous double-blind peer review process to be considered for publication. Each submission is pre-screened for adherence to the submission guidelines. Manuscripts that have passed the pre-screening process will be sent to a section editor for editorial review. The assigned section editor will request at least two reviewers. Selection of reviewers is based on their field of expertise and review interests. The identities of the authors remain anonymous to the reviewers. Reviewers will provide thorough feedback on the paper and make recommendations to the editors regarding the scientific merit of the manuscript, including methodology and statistical analysis. Manuscripts requiring further or more detailed analysis on statistics will be sent to statistical experts. The section editor provides a summative review incorporating reviewer comments. The Editor-in-Chief then reviews the manuscript and registers a decision, which is final. Comments, critiques, and suggestions are conveyed to the authors through the website, but the reviewers’ identities remain confidential. Manuscripts sent back to authors for revision are expected to be revised and resubmitted within 2-4 weeks.

Reference

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication. Updated October 2008. Available at: http://www.icmje.org/index.html. Accessed February 25, 2009.

The manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

Criteria for Selection of Manuscripts

To be published in the Cumhuriyet Medical Journal (CMJ), manuscripts should meet the following criteria: the study conducted is ethical (see below); the material is original; the writing is clear; the study methods are appropriate; the data are valid; the conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data; the information is important; and the topic is interesting for our readership. 

Ethical Issues

If human subjects are involved, informed consent, protection of privacy and other human rights are further criteria against which the manuscript will be judged. Papers describing investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the study was approved by the institutional review board, in accordance with all applicable regulations, and that informed consent was obtained after the nature and possible consequences of the studies were explained. The CMJ asks authors to disclose any competing interests in relation to their work.

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.Cumhuriyet Medical Journal is published by Cumhuriyet University School of Medicine.

The Cumhuriyet Medical Journal aims to publish four issues per year.

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Proposed Creative Commons Copyright Notices

Proposed Policy for Journals That Offer Immediate Open Access

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
The copyediting stage is intended to improve the flow, clarity, grammar, wording, and formatting of the article. It represents the last chance for the author to make any substantial changes to the text, as the next stage is restricted to typos and formatting corrections. The file to be copyedited is in Word or .rtf format and therefore can be easily edited as a word processing document. This set of instructions displayed here proposes two approaches to copyediting. The one is based on Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature and requires that the copyeditor, editor and author have access to this program. A second system, that is software independent, has been borrowed, with permission, from the Harvard Educational Review. The journal editor is in a position to modify these instructions, so suggestions can be made to improve the process for this journal.

Copyediting Systems

1. Microsoft Word's Track Changes Under Tools in the menu bar, the feature Track Changes enables the copyeditor to make insertions (text appears in color) and deletions (text appears crossed out in color or in the margins as deleted). The copyeditor can post queries to both the author (Author Queries) and to the editor (Editor Queries) by inserting these queries in square brackets. The copyedited version is then uploaded and the editor is notified. The editor then reviews the text and notifies the author. The editor and author should leave those changes with which they are satisfied. If further changes are necessary, the editor and author can make changes to the initial insertions or deletions, as well as make new insertions or deletions elsewhere in the text. Authors and editors should respond to each of the queries addressed to them, with responses placed inside the square brackets. After the text has been reviewed by editor and author, the copyeditor will make a final pass over the text accepting the changes in preparation for the layout and galley stage. 2. Harvard Educational Review Instructions for Making Electronic Revisions to the Manuscript Please follow the following protocol for making electronic revisions to your manuscript: Responding to suggested changes For each of the suggested changes that you accept, unbold the text For each of the suggested changes that you do not accept, re-enter the original text and bold it Making additions and deletions Indicate additions by bolding the new text Replace deleted sections with: [deleted text] If you delete a sentence or more, please indicate with a note, e.g., [deleted 2 sentences] Responding to Queries to the Author (QAs) Keep all QAs intact and bolded within the text. Do not delete them To reply to a QA, add a comment after it. Comments should be delimited using: [Comment:] e.g., [Comment: Expanded discussion of methodology as you suggested] Making comments Use comments to explain organizational changes or major revisions e.g., [Comment: Moved the above paragraph from p. 5 to p. 7]Note: When referring to page numbers, please use the page numbers from the printed copy of the manuscript that was sent to you. This is important since page numbers may change as a document is revised electronically.

An Illustration of an Electronic Revision

The original "manuscript" file Before making dramatic departures from the structure and organization of your original manuscript, please check in with the co-chairs of your piece. After you are finished with your revisions, rename the file from AuthorNameQA.doc to AuthorNameQAR.doc (e.g., from LeeQA.doc to LeeQAR.doc). Print out a hardcopy of your manuscript and mail it with a floppy disk containing the completely revised and renamed word processing file. Manuscript returned to the author with queries and suggestions Before making dramatic departures from the structure and organization of the manuscript that we are returning to you, please check in with the editors who are co-chairing your piece. After you are finished with your revisions, rename the file from AuthorNameQA.doc to AuthorNameQAR.doc (e.g., from LeeQA.doc to LeeQAR.doc). Print out a hardcopy of your manuscript and mail it with a floppy disk containing the completely revised and renamed word processing file. [QA: In this paragraph, it might help to stress the importance of following carefully the instructions for making electronic revisions. Otherwise the editing process may be slowed considerably] Revised manuscript sent back to HER Before making dramatic departures from the structure and organization of the manuscript that we are returning to you, please check in with the editors who are co-chairing your piece. Please understand that failure to follow the following instructions may significantly delay the publication of your manuscript. After you are finished with your revisions, rename the file from AuthorNameQA.doc to AuthorNameQAR.doc (e.g., from LeeQA.doc to LeeQAR.doc). Print out a hardcopy of your manuscript and mail it with a floppy disk containing the [deleted word] revised and renamed word processing file. [QA: In this paragraph, it might help to stress the importance of following carefully the instructions for making electronic revisions. Otherwise the editing process may be slowed considerably] [Comment: I added a sentence in response to your suggestion.] Notes: • Unbolded text indicates acceptance of the suggested changes to the first sentence • Sentence added in response to QA. Bold text indicates addition of new text • [deleted word] indicates deletion of "completely" • Comment contains a reply to the editors' QA