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Instructions to Authors

 

Medical Insight, The Region I Medical Center Scientific Journal is a peer-reviewed semi-annual publication of the Region I Medical Center. It aims to promote sharing and dissemination of scientific information related to patients care, novel approaches to medical care, and relevant hospital operations. The R1MC accepts article is with the stipulation that it has never been published, in whole or in part, in any medium. If an articles highly meritorious it can be published simultaneously with another publication house provided both journals inform their readers of the simultaneous publication. The author/s must sign an agreement giving the R1MC full copyright to the article before review. The authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of their data and the statement and views contained in the article do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or the publisher.

Medical Insights accepts the following types of articles: 1) original research, 2) clinical reviews and updates, 3) case reports 4) quality improvement issues and evidence-based medicine, 5) special articles, 6) management issues related to health care, 7) health education and training, 8) reader feedback or commentaries, and 9) lectures/essays. Editorial articles are written by invitation or by the editorial board. The editorial staff also writes sections on CME, announcements and other articles from other health agencies or institutions relevant to health care as the editorial board deems appropriate, timely, and in the interest of the hospital and the public.

All manuscripts should be sent to the Editor, Medical Insights (Region 1 Medical Center Scientific Journal) Region 1 Medical Center, Arellano, Dagupan City 2400, Pangasinan, Philippines e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Manuscript

All accepted manuscripts shall be subjected to editorial modification to conform to the standards and style of the journal and to peer review. Editing may include shortening of the articles, reducing the number of tables or figures or reformatting. The final composition of authors and the order of naming them should be a joint decision of the co-authors. Authors are advised to follow the recommended manuscript format of the journal. Submitted manuscripts must be prepared according to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted in Biomedical Journals," of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, www.icmje.org. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with 1 -inch margins on all sides. The total number of words including references should be no more than 3.000 and the total number of tables and figures combined should be no more than 6 unless with strong indication. Number all pages in Arabic beginning with the title page. One original and two duplicate manuscripts should be submitted with an electronic copy of the manuscript in a rewritable formatted compact disc or a flash drive (USB) or emailed.

Cover Letter

The manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter with the name of at least one corresponding author, with complete mailing address, contact telephone (landline or cellular), and e-mail address. The letter must contain the statement. "I/We have been sufficiently involved in this article and take full responsibility for its accuracy and validity and its ethical production for its final publication."

The Format

The authors are advised to follow the recommended parts of the manuscript listed below including pagination.

1. Title Page (page 1). Should be as concise as possible 2) Title of the manuscript, generally less than 20 words 3) Authors' full names first. Middle, and Last Name) with the highest educational attainment and titles at no more than four and institutional affiliations. Place the name of the corresponding author’s institutional affiliation, contact phone & address and e-mail address. If an article has been presented in a scientific forum, convention or colloquy provide a footnote citing the name, location and date of the event.

2. Abstract (page 2). For the original article structured abstract is the format with not more than 250 words and should contain the Background, Objective (main), Methods (overall study design, setting, participants, interventions, outcomes, analyses and inclusive dates of the study), Result (state only the main findings), Conclusion (summarize the interpretation of the study and its implication to medical theory & practice (care), policy and management, or future research). For Case Reports, the abstract should preferably be not be more than 80 words, not necessarily structured.

Authors should recommend 3 - 5 key words for indexing preferably using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicos and placed double space after the abstract.

3. Text. The text must be in the English language. Filipino terms/language must have English translations in parentheses or explained in footnotes. Use standard abbreviations whenever possible and place abbreviations in parentheses after the first appearance of the term in the abstract and again after the first use in the text.

Articles should have the sections listed below:

The Introduction - should briefly and specifically discuss the topic what is known and what is not known about the topic. Abbreviated related literature and studies may be placed here. The objective or purpose of the study and what it will add to the current knowledge on the topic.