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Chief Editor -
Abdulrazak Abyad MD, MPH, MBA, AGSF, AFCHSE

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Publisher -
Lesley Pocock
medi+WORLD International
Doonan, Qld 4562
AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 (7) 54491871
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Call for papers

Middle East Journal of Family Medicine
Print ISSN: 1839-0188 E-ISSN: 1839-0196

The Middle East Journal of Family Medicine (MEJFM) is a peer-reviewed journal to meet the needs of scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and the patients and communities they serve in the Middle-East. It is born out of the growing need for the exchange of ideas and research results in the region. It will foster a knowledge base for caring for individuals, families, societies and communities. The Mission of the Journal is to promote family medicine in the Middle East. The journal publishes original clinical and educational research of interest to primary care specialties, practicing clinicians, residents and others involved in primary care and community medicine education. Faculty development and clinical research and methods are also featured in the journal. It will include state of the art review articles based on evidence based medicine and teaching case reports. Reflections from editorial members, clinicians and policy makers will be included as well. Environmental health and control of environmental hazards will receive attention, in addition to the effect of war on health.
The aim of the journal is to provide academically sound, clinically practical information for family and general physicians, in addition to the promotion of the specialty of family medicine in the Middle East Region.

The editorial and peer-review processes of the journal have full editorial autonomy from both organizational and commercial pressures. A prominent regional and international Editorial Board facilitates to direct the journal to achieve its mission and foster regional and international participation. (for details see: http://www.mejfm.com/editorial_board.htm )

Indexing
The journal is now in its 15th year and is highly respected in the Middle East region and around the world. It is indexed with Al Manhal, Web of Science, EBSCOhost, EBSCO Solar, Cinhal and new Ultimate databases, and with free services like Google Scholar, Academia and Research Gate.

MEJFM Impact Factor is 23.731

Article processing fee and Submission of papers

Our processing fees are based on World Bank PPP (Purchase Price Parity) with discounts for quality papers from non High Income nations. The article processing charge is US $ 650 for authors from High Income nations.

There is a discount for Upper Middle Income nations such as Iran, Iraq and Turkey who can submit their papers to editorirtu@mejfm.com , and there is a further discount for Low Income nations such as Yemen.

Authors from High and Low Income nations can submit their articles to aabyad@cyberia.net.lb .

Submission of the article to the journal can be completed once the payment method has been agreed. Any applicable article processing charge must be paid prior to publication.

The processing fee includes the cost of expert English review.

Submission of Manuscripts

All submissions to MEJFM should include:
1 Covering letter
2 Manuscript including tables and panels
3 Figures
4 Authors statement form (see next section)
5 Conflicts of interest and source of funding statements (see Code of ethics section)
6 In-press papers-one copy of each with acceptance letters
7 Protocols and CONSORT details for randomised controlled trials (see Code of ethics section)
8 We encourage disclosure of correspondence from other journals and reviewers, if previously submitted, and we might contact relevant editors of such journals.


References
Vancouver style
o Cite references in the text sequentially in the Vancouver numbering style, as a superscripted number after any punctuation mark. For example:
"…as reported by Saito and colleagues.15"
o Two references are cited separated by a comma, with no space. Three or more consecutive references are given as a range with an en rule. To create an en rule on a PC: hold down CTRL key and minus sign on the number pad, or on a Mac:
ALT hyphen
o References in tables, figures, and panels should be in numerical order according to where the item is cited in the text
o Here is an example for a journal reference (note the use of tab, bold, italic, and the en rule or "long" hyphen):
"…15[tab]Saito N, Ebara S, Ohotsuka K, Kumeta J, Takaoka K.
Natural history of scoliosis in spastic cerebral palsy. Lancet 1998; 351: 1687-[en rule]92."
o Give any subpart to the title of the article. Journal names are abbreviated in their standard form as in Index Medicus
o If there are six authors or fewer, give all six in the form: surname space initials comma
o If there are seven or more give the first three in the same way, followed by et al
o For a book, give any editors and the publisher, the city of publication, and year of publication
o For a chapter or section of a book, also give the authors and title of the section, and the page numbers
o For online material, please cite the URL, together with the date you accessed the website
o Online journal articles can be cited using the DOI number
o Do not put references in the Summary

Tables
o Main table heading should be in 9pt Calibri font BOLD; general text 9 pt non bold

Data
o SI units are required
o Numbers in text and tables should always be provided if % is shown
o Means should be accompanied by SDs, and medians by IQR
o Exact p values should be provided, unless p<0·0001

Drug names
o Recommended international non-proprietary name (rINN) is required.

Proofs
o The MEJFM employs highly skilled Assistant Editors, and it is likely that your paper will be substantially edited after acceptance to ensure that it is accurate, clear, and understandable to a wide readership
o All figures and tables may be re-drawn to 'house style
o You will receive a proof prior to publication. That proof should be corrected and returned within 72 hours

Copyright and reuse
o Authors will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright agreement, which recognises the common interest that both journal and author(s) have in the protection of copyright. We accept that some authors (eg, government employees in some countries) are unable to transfer copyright. However, such policies do not provide anyone other than The MEJFM journals the right to make in any form facsimile copies of the version printed.

Peer review
o Every Article, Case Report, Hypothesis, Seminar, and Review published has been peer reviewed. Occasional contributions (eg, Essays) are accepted without peer review

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Click here for pdf of forms to be filled out

Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
www.icmje.org

All manuscripts must be accompanied by necessary statements. Each author must read and sign all statements:
1. Authorship statement on criteria and responsibility.
2. Financial disclosure statement.
3. Copyright transfer statement (or the statement of federal employment, if applicable).
4. Human and animal subject protections.
In addition, the corresponding author must sign:
5. Acknowledgment statement. If necessary, photocopy this document to distribute to co-authors for their signatures. Please send all copies to the Editorial Office at the time you submit your manuscript.


Author statements

Please insert the relevant text under the subheadings below. A completed form must be signed by all authors. Please note that we cannot accept electronic signatures; all authors must sign by hand. Please complete multiple forms if necessary, and forward the signed copy with your submission, scan and email to:

Manuscript title:

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Corresponding author:

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Article type:

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Does your manuscript have a reference number? No [ .....] Yes [ .....]
If yes, enter number here:

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Does your manuscript have a handling editor? No [ .....] Yes [ .....]
If yes, enter name here:

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Each author must read and sign all statements:
6. Authorship statement on criteria and responsibility.
7. Financial disclosure statement.
8. Copyright transfer statement (or the statement of federal employment, if applicable).
9. Human and animal subject protections.
In addition, the corresponding author must sign:
10. Acknowledgment statement. If necessary, photocopy this document to distribute to co-authors for their signatures. Please send all copies to the Editorial Office at the time you submit your manuscript.

Manuscript title: .......................................................................................................................................

First author's name: ................................................................................................................................

Authors' contributions
Please insert here the contribution each author made to the manuscript-e.g. literature search, figures, study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, writing etc. If all authors contributed equally, please state this. The information provided here must match the contributors' statement in the manuscript.

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Role of the funding source
Please disclose any funding sources and their role, if any, in the writing of the manuscript or the decision to submit it for publication. Examples of involvement include: data collection, analysis, or interpretation; trial design; patient recruitment; or any aspect pertinent to the study. Please also comment whether you have been paid to write this article by a pharmaceutical company or other agency. If you are the corresponding author, please indicate if you had full access to all the data in the study and had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication. The information provided here must match the role of the funding source statement in the manuscript.

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Conflicts of interest
Please declare for each author any conflicts of interest relevant to what you write. This includes employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications and travel grants. If there are no conflicts of interest, please state that there are none. The information provided here must match the conflicts of interest statement in the manuscript.

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Patient consent (if applicable) - completion of this section is mandatory for Case Reports, Clinical Pictures, and Adverse Drug Reactions.
Please sign below to confirm that all necessary consents required by applicable law from any relevant patient, research participant, and/or other individual whose information is included in the article have been obtained in writing. The signed consent form(s) should be retained by the corresponding author and NOT sent to MEJFM.

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I agree with: the plan to submit to The MEJFM; the contents of the manuscript; to being listed as an author; and to the conflicts of interest statement as summarised. I have had access to all the data in the study (for original research articles) and accept responsibility for its validity.

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I , the corresponding author of this manuscript, certify that the contributors' and conflicts of interest statements included in this paper are correct and have been approved by all co-authors

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SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Mail or email manuscripts to:
A. Abyad, MD, MPH, AGSF
Director, Abyad Medical Center & Middle East Longevity Institute
Coordinator, Ain WaZein Elderly Care Center
Abyad Medical Center
Azmi Street, Abdo Center, 2nd Floor
PO BOX 618 Tripoli, Lebanon
Tel & Fax: 961-6-443684/5/6
E-mail: aabyad@cyberia.net.lb


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