About the Journal

Table of Contents

Journal history View
Aims and scope View
Invited articles View
Editorial policies View
   Authorship View
   Copyright View
   Scientific misconduct and plagiarism View
   Trial registration View
   Protection of human subjects and animals in research View
   Consort and other reporting statements View
   Ethical approval of studies and informed consent View
   Statistic validity View
 

Journal history

In 2008 the Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences (SHAMS) launched a journal called the Journal of Medical Sciences. This journal was the brainchild of Professor Najib Al Khaja, the Secretary General Awards, and a cardiothoracic surgeon by profession. In 2011 the decision was taken to re-launch the journal, on its own website and with a revitalized editorial board. The result was the Hamdan Medical Journal, which launched in 2012 with the March issue. The HMJ is a continuation of the JMS, and all issues of both journals can be found on this website.
 

Aims and scope

The medical profession is faced with rapid change and a huge surge of new developments, and it can be difficult for busy clinicians to keep up to date and informed of new developments across the world.
The aim of HMJ is to address the problem of "information overload" by providing key summaries in each issue to help busy clinicians gain an overview of the latest developments in their area of specialty. These will be supported by original research articles, comments, case studies, opinions and stories of the latest breakthroughs in the medical field. We hope that the journal will provide a platform for the sharing of experiences to help improve health care across the world.
The journal is led by Professor Harald Rosen and supported by the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences. Over the years the Award has created a rich resource of works by leading researchers and doctors from across the world and this serves as the foundation for the journal. To see the members of the editorial board, please click here, and to read more about the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, please click here.
The journal will publish articles online as soon as they have undergone peer review and been accepted. The content will then be allocated to four issues per year. For details about the peer review system, please read the author guidelines. All content will be freely accessible online, and there are no publication fees.
The journal welcomes submissions, proposals and comments from medical practitioners around the world. To see what articles we invite for submission, please read the author guidelines.
 

Invited articles

We welcome submission of the following article types:
Original research papers
These should present original findings and research results. The article should be a maximum of 7000 words.
Review articles
These should be based on a particular topic and include a literature review to summarise new findings, procedures, techniques, etc. These articles should be a maximum of 10,000 words.
Comments
These should report on conferences, articles, treatments or present personal opinions of interest to the HMJ readership. The articles do not need to be referenced if they present a personal viewpoint. The article should be a maximum of 2000 words.
Case study
This should present a real-life situation experienced by the author(s). It should be a maximum of 900 words.
Debating issue
This should be examination of a contentious topic (e.g. euthanasia) and should be presented as "a case for" and "a case against". The article should be a maximum of 2000 words.
Letter
This should be a response to something published in the journal. It should be a maximum of 900 words.
Video
We welcome submissions of interesting videos demonstrating protocols and techniques. If you have an idea for a video, please contact the Editor to ensure it is on a subject that the journal would be interested in. Please note that all videos undergo peer review, and there are special conditions relating to their submission (not included within these guidelines).
The view from here
We will occasionally publish short articles written by the medical profession but relating to "life outside the medical profession". If you have an idea for such an article please contact the Editor before submitting.
Other content
If you have an idea for an article that is not covered by this list, please contact the Editor, as we are open to suggestions for new content.
 

Editorial policies

HMJ is signed up and upholds the following guidelines to good research and publishing practice:
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): publicationethics.org/
Association of Learned, Professional and Society Publishers (ALPSP): www.alpsp.org/
World Association of Medical Editors (WAME): www.wame.org/
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): www.icmje.org/
CONSORT and other reporting guidelines as included within the EQUATOR network (www.equator-network.org)
Authorship
The journal adheres to the ICJME guidelines on authorship. See the website: http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html
The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all named authors have agreed to submission of the article to HMJ, that all can be truly considered to be authors, and that any conflict of interest, duplicate publication, and other warranties have been confirmed by all authors.
Copyright
Authors publishing in HMJ retain copyright ownership of their articles. HMJ requires exclusive rights to publish the article and to sub-licence such rights and exploit all subsidiary rights to ensure maximum visibility of the articles. Authors are asked to assign this during the submission process. This means that authors are subsequently free to reuse their article for teaching and other purposes. However it is in the interest of both the author and HMJ that any future uses of the article include its HMJ publication details to ensure that other people cite it correctly.
Note that if any already-published content is included within the article (e.g. a photograph), the author must obtain permission before submission. To obtain permission, authors are encouraged to use the Form supplied by HMJ. Note that such permission should be forwarded to the Editorial Office when the article is submitted to HMJ for publication.
Scientific misconduct and plagiarism
The journal adheres to the World Association of Medical Editor's guidelines on scientific misconduct: http://www.wame.org/resources/publication-ethics-policies-for-medical-journals?searchterm=misconduct
Of particular note is plagiarism, which is the theft of another person's ideas and/or words without crediting the source. This includes cutting-and-pasting text from another article (or a website) without giving credit. The journal will not accept such practices and any article found to contain such content will be retracted and the authors penalised.
Trial registration
In case the research article reports the results of a controlled health care intervention, trial registry should be listed, along with the unique identifying number, e.g. Trial registration: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN73824458. Note that there should be no space between the letters and numbers of your trial registration number. For this purpose, a clinical trial is any study that prospectively assigns human subjects to intervention or comparison groups to evaluate the cause-and-effect relationship between a medical intervention and a health outcome. All clinical trials, regardless of when they were completed, and secondary analyses of original clinical trials must be registered before submission of a manuscript based on the trial. Studies designed for other purposes, such as to study pharmacokinetics or major toxicity (e.g., phase 1 trials), are exempt. Trial registry name, registration identification number, and the URL for the registry should be included at the end of abstract and also in the space provided on the online manuscript submission form. If the research article reports the results of a controlled health care intervention, trial registry should be listed, along with the unique identifying number. Note that there should be no space between the letters and numbers of your trial registration number.
Protection of human subjects and animals in research
When reporting experiments involving human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000.
For research involving animals, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the standards set forth in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (published by the National Academy of Science, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.).
CONSORT and other reporting statements
Authors will submit the Trial Protocols along with their manuscript. The CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) Checklist and Flowchart is also required when submitting the results of randomized control trials (RCTs).
A more complete list of reporting standards can be obtained from the EQUATOR website: www.equator-network.org/
Ethical approval of studies and informed consent
When reporting experiments on human subjects, the authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers should not be used, especially in illustrative material. Papers including animal experiments or clinical trials must be approved by the institutional ethics committee.
For human or animal experimental investigations, it is a prerequisite to provide a formal review and approval, or review and waiver, by an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee and should be documented in the paper. For investigations undertaken on human subjects, state in the Methods section the manner in which the informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral or written), where there is an unavoidable risk of breach of privacy e.g., in a clinical photograph or in case details the patient’s written consent or that of the next of kin, to publication must be obtained. The authors will have to send a signed consent form before publication. Consent must be obtained for all Case Reports and Clinical Pictures.
Statistic validity
If statistical data are provided the authors may be requested to submit an official statement issued by a certified statistician (with a proper affiliation) regarding the validity of the methods used.
 
Disclaimer: Articles appearing in HMJ have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in this journal in good faith. Articles appearing here may contain statements, opinions, and information that have errors in facts, figures, or interpretation. Accordingly, HMJ Science Publishers, the editors and authors and their respective employees are not responsible or liable for the use of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or information contained of HMJ articles.
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