Guidelines for Authors

Published on behalf of the Romanian Society of Legal Medicine as its official Journa
ISSN 1221-8618 (print)
ISSN 1844-8585 (online)

The Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine, the official publication of the Romanian Legal Medicine Society, is devoted to the publication of the original investigations, observations, scholarly inquiries and reviews in the various branches of the forensic sciences as much as medical ethics, social sciences and humanities
All materials should comply with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org).

Preparation of Manuscripts

General considerations

The language of the Journal is English. Authors are responsible for the linguistic accuracy of their papers.
All manuscripts submitted for publication, will be checked for plagiarism detection and prevention.
Self citation are as a common rule not allowed in RJLM. If self-plagiarism is detected and the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author will be made aware of the offending sections and kindly ask to either rewrite the duplicated text or to rewrite and cite the original source if however the current topic is somehow connected over the years to previous studies of his/her own.

Arrangement of Papers

You should arrange your paper in the following order:

1.Title page, including article title (less than 80 characters). Do not use abbreviations in the title or heads. Section titles should be typed capitalized

2. Author(s) names in exact order as specified in the Authorship agreement Everytime when the authors have an equal contribution specify clearly

3. Affiliation: institutional affiliations, name of the department(s) and institution(s), academic degrees of the authors if any

4. Corresponding author will be marked by an asterisk, with their full address, including scientific titles, telephone/fax numbers and mandatory E-mail address will be indicated.

5. Address of the first author for distribution of one hard copy of the Journal issue in which his/hers article has been published.

6. Abstract must accompany each paper (150-250 words at maximum). The abstract should reflects the content of the article accurately. The abstract has to be structured and must clearly provide the background for the study, should state the study s objectives, methods used, main results, and principal conclusions.

7. Keywords: 3-10 keywords (selected according to the Medical Subject Headings) is essential for indexing purposes.

8. Text of manuscript should be edited electronically in WORD on A4 format (210x297 mm), with double spacing, margins of 25 mm, on one side only, consecutively numbered. Times New Roman font, 12-point size, is required. Please never send a pdf. copy of your manuscript, printed or electronically.
As a general rule, a paper of about 5000 words, plus figures and tables, should not exceed 12 pages.
Each heading for subdivisions of the text should be clearly identified using different font types (e.g. bold, underlined).
Avoid footnotes. When essential, they are indicated in the text by symbols, typed at the foot of the appropriate page, e.g. the address of the author for correspondence (*) on the title page. Avoid reporting detailed statistics and using abbreviations. Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have been defined in the abstract. Use only standard abbreviations. Any non-standard abbreviations (to be avoided if possible) should be explained in the text the first time they are used. The text should use symbols of the SI units - Système Internationale d Unités - and their abbreviation. Alternative or non-SI units physical units may be used, but these must be defined at their first occurrence in the text. Chemical and biochemical nomenclature should follow the Recommendations of the IUPAC-IUB Commission on Nomenclature.

9.Reference citations should follow the Vancouver style described in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, as stated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, ICMJE. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in square brackets (e.g. [1], [2-6], etc.).
The reference list is a separate section at the end of the manuscript. Type each reference single-spaced, with one line space between references. Each reference should contain names and initials of all authors. The titles of journals (font style italic) should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus or by analogy.
In the list of references multiple authors, however many there are, must never be reduced to et al. Please be attentive when you organize your references. Inaccurate or incomplete referencing may delay publication.

Exemples:
(a) Standard journal article:
Bolliger SA, Thali MJ, Ross S, Buck U, Naether S, Vock P. Virtual autopsy using imaging: bridging radiologic and forensic sciences. A review of the Virtopsy and similar projects. Eur Radiol. 2008 Feb;18(2):273-82..
(b) Books and Monographs:
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
(c) Chapter in a book:
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
To avoid possible ambiguity, do not abbreviate page ranges, i.e. please write 234-239 rather than 234-9.

Where possible the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) should be included at the end of the reference.
Online citations should always include author, title and website publication as much as the date of access.

10. Tables must have a title and should be numbered with arabic numerals as Tabel 1, 2, etc.
Tables should have a short, descriptive heading.
To construct the tables, use the table function of a word processor. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory matter in footnotes to the table, not in the heading. Explain in the footnotes all non-standard abbreviations used in the table. Omit internal horizontal and vertical lines. If data from another published or unpublished source are used, obtain permission and acknowledge fully. Tables should be self-explanatory and understandable: however the reference to the text of the article is highly recommended.
For postal submission type each table, double-spaced on a separate page. Do not submit tables as photographs

11. Figures must have a title and should be numbered with arabic numerals as Fig. 1, 2, etc.
Figures should have a legend. This legend has to be self-explanatory and understandable: however the reference to the text of the article is highly recommended.
All images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Image quality is very important in forensic medicine.
The Journal encourages the publication of color figures. When clinical photographs of patients are submitted, consent by the patient must be obtained prior to submission of the article and is the responsibility of the author.
Our policy on obtaining consent for publication of pictures of patients is a subset of our general policy on patient confidentiality. If there is any chance that a patient may be identified from a photograph or other image or from its legend or accompanying text we need the patient’s written consent to publication in the RJLM. Images – such as x rays, laparoscopic images, ultrasound images, pathology slides, or images of undistinctive parts of the body – may be used without consent as long as they are anonymised. If the patient is a minor please obtain a signed form from both the patient and his or her parent or guardian. An exception to this policy of needing consent for recognisable photographs of individuals is when we use photographs from picture agencies.

12. Ethical statement. If the scientific project involves human subjects or experimental animals, authors must seek for the Ethics Committee aproval and Informed Consent from the human subjects in research.
If aproved, the authors, will state in the manuscript that the protocol has been approved by the Ethics Committee of the institution within the research work was performed. Patient informed consent and confidentiality prior to disseminate personal data or information is our high interest.
If the manuscripts are reporting medical research involving alive human subjects, authors must seek and receive for the Ethics Committee approval and include a statement confirming that apropriate informed consent was obtained from all subjects, according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki regulations.
If the patient is dead the Data Protection Act does not apply, but the authors should seek permission from a relative if the study include further research to be applied and not connected with regular necroptic procedures. In any case scenario the publication is possible only if the information can be sufficiently anonymised.
Any form of registration that may identify a patient must be excluded from the content of the paper. The Editors reserve the right to reject a paper on ethical grounds.

13. Conflict of interest. If any please transparently specify the nature, the source of the support (financial, etc.) that may rise a conflict of interest.

14. Acknowledgments (if any). This section is mandatory if there are contributions that need to be specified, but do not justify authorship: i.e. technical help, proof reading, etc.

Author Material Archive Policy
The Editor will not return manuscripts. Please note that unless specifically requested, the Romanian Society of Legal Medicine will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted, three months after publication.
If the author(s) wishes to have the figure(s) from a rejected article returned, a self-addressed, stamped envelope must be provided. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so. Photographs are returned only at the express request of the author.


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