Instructions to Authors

Journal of Sulaimani College of Medicine (JSMC) is a peer-reviewed Journal published seasonally by the College of Medicine, University of Sulaimani. JSMC publishes manuscripts in all fields of medicine in English.


Original articles, review articles, case reports, editorials, medical quiz, and letters to the editor.

Manuscript submission

  • Manuscripts submitted to JSMC are subjected to editor's evaluation and revision by three referees in the appropriate specialty.
  • The format of JSMC complies with the uniform requirements for the manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals, published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE Vancouver, British Columbia, available on the website We encourage the use of reporting guidelines such as the CONSORT statement for randomized, controlled trials and the STROBE statement for observational studies ( ).
  • Manuscripts should be typewritten double spaced on size A4 (29.5 x 21 cm.) paper with wide margins. 
  • Manuscripts and figures will not be returned to authors whether the Editorial Board’s decision is to accept, revise or reject.
  • A manuscript must be accompanied by a covering paper signed by all authors that the paper has not been published in and will not be submitted to any other journal if accepted in JSMC. The page should contain (a) title of the manuscript (b) names of each author (c) official academic and/or clinical title and affiliation (d) name and address of the institution where the work was done (e) name, address, phone number and e-mail address, of the author to whom correspondence should be sent.
  • The abstract manuscript should include an abstract, not more than 250 words. Structured abstract typed on a separate paper and consist of background, objective, method, results, and conclusion. Translation in Arabic is optional:(خلفية الدراسة, اهداف الدراسة, طريقة العمل, النتائج و الاستنتاج) 
  • Translation in Kurdish پوخته)) is also optional.
  • Keywords: three to ten keywords should be provided on the same page as the abstract in English. As far as possible, be selected from the national library of medicine, Medical Subject Headings.
  • Manuscript Format: it should be divided into the following parts: introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion.
  • Numbers and units: measurement of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units. The temperature in degrees Celsius, blood pressure should be expressed in mmHg and all hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements in SI units.
  • Abbreviations: should be defined on first use and then applied consistently throughout the article. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract.


                      References should be numbered both in text and in the list of references in the order in which they appear in the text. The punctuation of the Vancouver style should be followed. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. This can be obtained from website ( It would be preferable if author use endnote reference programme. The author is responsible for the accuracy of references. The following are examples of the four most common types of citations: 

                      1. Journal citation, Six or less authors:

                      Smith J, Canton EM. Weight-based administration of dalteparin in obese patients. Am J Health-SystPharm. 2003; 60(7):683-687.

                      2. Typical entry for journal with more than 6 authors (If more than 6 authors, list first 6, then et al):

                      Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(1-2):40-6.

                       3. Book citation, noting chapter and authors:

                      Arevalo JA, Nesbitt TS. Medical problems during pregnancy. In: Taylor RB, Editor. Family medicine: principles and practice.6th ed. New York: Springer–Verlag; 2003. P. 109-16.

                      4. Electronic source:

                      Seal A, Kerac M. Operational implications of using 2006 World Health Organization growth standards in nutrition programmes: secondary data analysis. BMJ. 2007; 334:733. Accessed April 12, 2007.


                      • Tables: each table should be typed on a separate page double-spaced, including all headings, number all tables with Arabic numerals and include a short title. Vertical lines between columns are to be avoided.
                      • Figures: All figures must be suitable for reproduction without being retouched or redrawn. Photographs must be supplied as glossy colour prints. The top of the figure should be indicated clearly. Legends: Captions for figures must be typed; double spaced and must not appear on the figure.
                      • After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, authors are required to supply the final version of the manuscript in Microsoft Word document, version 2010 or newer.
                      • Proofreading will be done by the secretarial office of the journal. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of all statements, data, and references included in manuscripts.

                      Ethical Considerations

                      When experiments on humans are being reported, the whole work in the manuscript should conform to the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation.

                      Manuscript submission address

                      Editor in-Chief
                      Journal of Sulaimani Medical College
                      College of Medicine
                      University of Sulaimani
                      Fransoa Miteran Street

                      Tel. +964 53 3270924