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Aim and Scope | Editorial Process | Authors |  Preparation of Manuscripts | Standard Writing Style | Units of Measurement |  References | Illustrations | Galley Proofs | Off Prints | Copyright | Protection of Patients' Right to Privacy


 Aim and Scope   

The Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, hereafter referred to as The Journal, is the official publication of The Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is published every two months. The Journal will consider papers of interest about diseases of kidney and urinary tract and related subjects. The Journal will publish original articles, review articles, short communications, case studies, letters to the editors, an annotated bibliography and a column on news and views, all of which are referred to as papers in this "Information for Authors/Contributors." Papers must not have been submitted for publication to any other journal or bulletin. All original articles, review articles, short communications and case studies will be peer reviewed. The procedure followed and decisions made by the editors will be final. The overall objective would be to get diverse perspectives in all matters relating to the kidney and urinary tract in the healthy and the diseased.

 Editorial Process  Top

All articles are sent for peer review to specialists in the field of the subject of the paper. A minimum of three peer reviewers are involved and they are given six weeks to respond on the status. If at least two say "reject" the manuscript is returned to the author. If any suggestions are made and stated that the paper may be published after appropriate corrections are made, then the manuscript along with the reviewer suggestions are returned to the authors and if complied with, they are accepted for publication. It is to be noted that confidentiality is maintained in both directions: the reviewers will not be told of the author's details and the author will not know the identity of the reviewers. The journal does not charge for submission and processing of manuscripts. 

 Authors  Top

All authors must give signed consent for publication of the paper in a letter of submission which should accompany the manuscript. Any paper with joint authorship must be read and approved by all the authors. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of data and all matters contained in the papers including accuracy of references. Approval of the ethics committee of the relevant hospital should have been obtained, when appropriate. The editors or the management of The Journal will not be responsible for any opinion or contents of the papers.

 Preparation of Manuscripts  Top

All manuscripts should be typed in double space on A4 sized paper (210x297 mm) with at least a 25 mm margin on all sides. Each major heading like Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and Literature cited should begin on a separate page. Figures, individual tables and legends should also be in separate pages. Indicate 3 to 6 relevant key words below the abstract. In general, the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscript" formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in Vancouver, B.C., Canada in 1979 {published in the British Medical Journal 1988;296:401-5 and reprinted in the Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation 1994;5(2):147-53} should be followed.

 Standard Writing Style  Top

Editorial prerogative requires that the manuscripts should be consistent in style, spelling and use of abbreviations. Abbreviations should first be identified (spelled-out) before its continued use throughout the manuscript. Obscure abbreviations should be avoided. Likewise, slang and medical jargon should be left out unless these are now considered medically accepted terms in scientific research writing. The use of numbers at the start of a sentence should be avoided but when this becomes necessary, such numbers should be spelled-out. The numbers one to ten when used in the narrative should be spelled-out while the numbers beyond this could be written as numericals. However, numbers used to denote measurements and those used in a parenthesis to explain situations or locations or bibliographic notations should be written as only numericals. All manuscripts are subject to copy editing.

 Units of Measurement  Top

All scientific measurements must be given in Systeme Internationale d'unites (SI units). As parts of the SI system are controversial or unfamiliar e.g. concentration of substances, gas tensions, blood pressure and radiological units, suitable conversion factors should be provided. Blood pressure should be given as mm mercury and hemoglobin as gm/dl.

  References  Top

The abbreviations used for journal titles should be the same as in Index Medicus or the format used by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. References cited in the paper should appear at the end of the paper with the exception of the News and Views Section where the reference can be given in the parenthesis immediately following the citation. The references should be listed in the numerical sequence, in the order they appear in the manuscript and not alphabetically. List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first three and add et al. The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents.

Examples of Reference Citations

  1. Reference to a journal article.
    1. Wu Z, Liao L, Sui Y, Tao F, Bai Y. Urokinase in combination with immunosuppressants in the treatment of lupus nephritis. Saudi Kidney Dis Transplant Bull 1992;3(3): 184-8.
    2. Wardle EN. Salt excretion and hypertension in experimental animals. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transplant 1997;8(4):410-13. Reference to a book (monograph).
    Bissada NK, Finkbeiner AE. Lower urinary tract function and dysfunction: Diagnosis and management; New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. 1978:106-7.
  2. Reference to a chapter in a book. Hesse A, Bach D. Stone analysis by infrared spectroscopy. In: Rose GA (ed). Urinary stones. Lancaster. MTP Press Ltd., 1982,87-105.
  3. Reference to a chapter where the author(s) is/are editor(s) or compiler(s). Rose GA (ed). Hot climate or chronic dehydration stone disease. In: Urinary stones: Clinical and laboratory aspects. Lancaster. MTP Press Ltd., 1982;233-5.
  4. Proceedings (published paper). Kootstra G, Ruers TJM. The need for procurement of kidneys and other organs for transplantation. Organ transplantation: Proceedings of the Second International Middle East Symposium, held at the Armed Forces Hospital, Riyadh. Saudi Arabia. Dec. 1984. Oxford, Medical Education Service Limited 1984;17-20.
  5. Organization/Agency Publications. Whittier FC. A nephrologist examines substance abuse. Rockville, MD: American Kidney Fund, 1988; Newsletter for Health Professionals; Vol. V; Issue III:p.4-5.
  6. Magazine Article. Powell D. Doctors bid to halt transplant mafia! (News Feature) Middle East Health. 1989 May-June:9. Drug proves 100 times more effective than Cyclosporine in preventing rejection (news). Contemporary Dialysis and Nephrology 1989;10(2):8.
  7. No author given. Anonymous. Coffee drinking and cancer of the pancreas (Editorial). Br Med J 1981;283:628.
  8. Corporate author. The American Heart Association. Research needs in nephrology. Summary of the statement presented to the National Kidney and Urological Disease Advisory Board Public Hearing. Council on the Kidney and Cardiovascular Disease Newsletter. Fall 1988;9-10.


 Illustrations  Top

All illustrations (in three copies) should be professionally done and in case of photographs, should be on high contrast black and white or color glossy positive prints. Positive color slides are also accepted. Photocopies are not accepted. On the back of each figure, the figure number should be written and an arrow drawn to indicate the top edge. Photomicrographs or other photos requiring scales should have internally marked scales in the illustration. Photographs of persons should either not be identifiable as to the person or have a legally valid consent of the person concerned or of the legal guardian. For the reproduction of any figure or illustration where copyright clearance is necessary, required proof thereof should be submitted.

 Galley Proofs  Top

Galley proofs will be sent to the author for final proof reading which will be the responsibility of the corresponding author who should return the galley proof materials appropriately corrected within the stipulated time. Disagreement with changes made by the editors, if any, should be specifically mentioned at this time. No major changes such as deleting sentences or shortening or expanding them in the text will be accepted at this time. The principal or the corresponding author is required to sign on each page of the galley proof indicating his approval. Papers will be published only when the finally accepted manuscript signed by the principal author or the designated corresponding author is received in the publication office.

 Off Prints  Top

Reprints can be ordered along with the galley proof or at any time before that, at a rate fixed by the editors of the journal from time to time.

  Protection of Patients' Right to Privacy Top

Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients' names from figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:

1) Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.

2) If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity, or a description that has obvious indication to the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.


  Copyright  Top

The entire contents of the Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation are protected under Indian and international copyrights. The Journal, however, grants to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, perform and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any reasonable non-commercial purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights. The journal also grants the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal non-commercial use under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 Unported License.

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