Open Access, Peer Reviewed

Guide For Authors

BioClin strictly ensures Editorial board members and journal editors to adhere to the principles of Committee on Publication Ethics especially in handling acts of ethical misconduct. For more information Authors, Readers and Editors are advised to visit COPE website: http://publicationethics.org/.

BioClin also works in line with editorial recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (available at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/). This should be used as a point of reference for Author guidelines.

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author (s) automatically agree to freely transfer copyright to the Publisher allowing for the publication and distribution of the material submitted in all available forms. The author(s) accept(s) that themanuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the copyright holder, i.e. the Publisher.

All manuscripts submitted to BioClin International Research Journal (BIRJ) for review and possible publication should not be submitted to any other journals for review or publication at the same time. Unless fully approve by the Editorial board, any part of the accepted manuscript should not be duplicated in any other scientific journal.

Authors must disclose any conflict of interest including financial, relations and affiliations when submitting manuscripts for review and possible publications. All partners who contributed in conception and design, or acquisition, or analysis and interpretation of data or drafting the article should be considered co-authors. Others whose contribution is less substantial should be acknowledged and each of their contribution stated

All manuscripts submitted should be accompanied by a signed email to the Editor indicating that the publication has been approved by all co-authors (if any), as well as by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work has been carried out.

Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts intended for BioClinJournals should be prepared in line with the following instructions. Kindly consult the editorial team for any other issues not captured in this guideline.

  • Articles must be written either in American or British English as long as the consistency is maintained throughout the manuscript. Authors not entirely familiar with English usage may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission.
  • The first page of each paper should indicate:
    • Title of the paper
    • The author's name
    • The institute where the work was conducted
    • Complete name and address for correspondence with telephonenumbers
    • e-mail address
    • Running head not exceeding 7 words

The institution, Department and address should be indicated for each co-author. If the co-authors are affiliated to different institutions, the author's institute should be expressed as superscripts (ie 1, 2, 3, etc.) next to the name of the relevant author and then the name of the affiliation in order. The name of the primary (principle researcher) investigator should appear first for citation purposes in case of several authors.

  • All Manuscripts should be types in times new roman, font 12 and double spaced for ease of review. The length of the article should not exceed 18 pages including the texts, figures, tables, illustrations and reference pages.
  • All figures, tables and illustrations must be in their relevant pages and a footnote/legend of explanation presented on each. Tables, photographs, graphs or diagrams, should be numbered consecutively and footnotes well placed.
  • Tables should be designed as simple as possible, single spaced and in times new romans using Microsoft word, if tables are obtained from other sources, permission should be sought from the original author and acknowledgement noted in the legend. Tables must be placed exactly in the relevant pages where they are fallowed by the corresponding discussion.
  • Illustrations and figures should be indicated in the left margin, unless specified, figures will be published in black and white form. The maximumrecommended figure size should be80 mm for use in a single column width. Illustrations and figures should be placed exactly in the relevant pages where they are fallowed by explanations.
  • To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source is regarded as plagiarism. Authors must only reproduce any material after getting written permission from the original owner and cite the source of the material both intext and in references.
  • Review Articles should be exemplary in reporting and not exceed 4,000 words minus the cover letter and references.
  • Original Articles must have the following subtitles in order to be accepted for review: - title page as stated above, an abstract not exceeding 400 words, an introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements (if any), conflict of interest and references.

References

A list of references should be presented on a separate page and all citations must be in the bibliography. In addition, BioClin Journals recommends using, "Citing Medicine: the NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers" (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine).

Journal article

O’connor E, Rossom RC, Henninger M, Groom HC, Burda BU. Primary care screening for and treatment of depression in pregnant and postpartum women: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Jama. 2016;315(4):388-406

Redinger S, Norris S, Pearson R, Richter L, Rochat T. First trimester antenatal depression and anxiety: prevalence and associated factors in an urban population in Soweto, South Africa. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease. 2018;9(1):30-40.

Book

Freyschmidt J, Brossmann J, Wiens J and Sternberg A. Borderlands of normal and early pathological findings in skeletal radiography. 5th Ed: George Thieme Verlag; 2011.

Website

Report WHO. Prevalence and Determinants of Common Perinatal Mental Disorders in Women in Low- and Lower-Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review 2016[cited 2015Apr12]. Available from:http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/depression/definition/en/index.html.

Dissertation

Mwikali V. Prevalence of Post-partum depression among women delivering at Kenyatta National hospital. UON University of Nairobi; 2013.