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Instructions for authors

Instructions for authors

The journal has free online open access and no charges are levied for publication of manuscripts. Two issues are published in a year.

The journal welcomes all articles confining human and animal studies from all parts of the world in the field of surgery and the allied surgical disciplines like urosurgery, gastro-hepatobiliary surgery, colorectal surgery, cardiothoracic, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, thyroid and breast surgery, endocrine surgery, dermatologic surgery, ophthalmology surgery, otorhinolaryngology surgery, obstetrics and  gynaecological surgery, anaesthesiology, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric surgery, clinical anatomy, radiology, plastic surgery, musculoskeletal surgery etc. Manuscripts pertaining to surgical aspect in basic sciences discipline are also welcome.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be processed for review with the understanding that it has not been published or sent elsewhere. The corresponding author should hold the responsibility to correspond with the editor regarding all matters related to the submitted manuscript. All authors must be aware of the submission. The Editorial board reserves the right to welcome or decline any such article according to its individual merit and it cannot be challenged.

All manuscripts should be submitted online (Website: Authors are requested to address their queries to:-


Categories of articles that can be submitted

1.     Editorial
The Editorial board may solicit editorials from renowned surgeons and this section will focuss on important topics which may be immensely beneficial to all readers.

2.     Review articles
To be received by invitation only. It should have maximum of 8000 words with a maximum of 80 references.

3.     Original articles
Confined to research either in basic or clinical science. It should have maximum of 5000 words with a maximum of 30 references. A maximum of FOUR figures/illustrations and FOUR tables may be allowed for such articles

4.     Case reports/correspondence
Any interesting case study highlighting new facts or diagnostic challenge may be submitted. It should have maximum of 1500 words with a maximum of 15 references. A maximum of TWO figures, TWO tables may be allowed

5.     Letter to the Editor/Viewpoint
Should discuss any interesting fact or comment upon a previously published article. Maximum of ONE figure with no tables are allowed.

6.     Obituary
Depends at the discretion of the Editorial board.

7.     Clinical quiz of the month
Short cases with interesting facts will be published for readers to think and answer.

8.     Announcements
The Editorial board may post such announcement from time to time which may be beneficial to any reader.

No clinical trials are accepted for publication.



Review process

The Editor will receive all articles that strictly comply to the instructions and pertain to the field of Surgery. Initial screening of the manuscript is done and the manuscript is sent to TWO expert reviewers related to the field. Once the manuscript is sent to reviewers, a manuscript number is assigned for future correspondence. The review process may be completed within one-one and half months. The Editor reserves the right to reject/return any article that does not meet the requirements.

If the article is returned to authors for revision, they may be allowed a maximum period of 45 days to respond. Failure to do such will result in automatic rejection. On acceptance, the proof copy will be sent to authors and they have to respond within a time period of 72 hours.


Manuscript preparation

All manuscripts which do not comply to the instructions will be returned to the authors immediately. No further queries would be entertained.

Each manuscript should be typed in compatible MS word 97-2003 or 2007 word file. The text should have a font size of 12 either in Times Roman or Arial. The manuscript should have 1 inch margin both on the left and right sides. All text should be DOUBLE spaced and justified alignment with each section of abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion and reference in separate page. Text should be typed only on ONE side of the page.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter (either submitted at the very beginning or upon acceptance). No manuscript would be published without a cover letter.

Ethical considerations/ consent

If human subjects are involved in the study, the authors are requested to mention the ethical approval. The authors should confirm to the guidelines provided by the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals(CPCSEA) and World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research for experimental animals and human studies, respectively).

While reporting clinical cases, consent is required. The editorial board reserves the right to ask for the evidence of consent.


The journal views all plagiarised manuscripts as serious offence. Authors are advised to screen the text for any similarity in text before submission of any manuscripts. The editorial team rserves the right to reject any manuscript with plagiarism.

Cover letter (To be signed by all authors and submitted)

Manuscript title : ………………………………………………………

Manuscript No : ………………………………………………………

This is to declare that all authors have contributed to the study. No part of the manuscript has been sent for consideration elsewhere or published in any International or National journal. The authors clearly certify that there is no aspect of plagiarism. All the conflicts of interest have been clearly defined and the source of grant disclosed. Due ethical permission/consent has been obtained for carrying out the study. In case of any dispute, the authors will be held fully responsible for the statement disclosed in the cover letter. The authors are also aware of the copyright rules and also declare that they will not reproduce any published text without due permission from the journal

Name of author                     Signature                               Date on which signed








Title page

Each article should have a title page which should have :-

Type of article mentioned at the top.

Title of the article in block capital letters.

Full names of authors.

Author’s affiliations with complete postal address.

Short running title within 40 characters.

Corresponding author’s complete postal address with zip code, telephone number, fax and e-mail address.

Total word count should be mentioned on the title page.



Abstract should begin in a new page. All articles except ‘Letters to the Editor’ should have an abstract with a word count limit of 300 words. The abstract should be unstructured with no subheadings. No references are permitted in the abstract.

Keywords: Please include at least FIVE keywords from MeSH database.

Begin the abstract in a new page. Text should be written in paragraphs.


All subheadings should be in running letters (sentence case). Please do not make it in BOLD or CAPITAL letters. No figures or tables are allowed in this section.

Figures and illustrations

All figures and tables should be clearly typed and saved in separate files. Please do not insert photographs and tables in the manuscript text. The photographs should be in 300 dpi resolution. Please save the illustrations/figures in JPEG or TIFF format. All figures which are poor in quality and saved in other formats will not be accepted.

Figure legends may be typed at the end of references in the manuscript text.


Cite the reference in the text with numerical within brackets. The numerical numbers increase while the text proceeds, so in other words the numerical should be in increasing order. In the reference section, cite the complete reference with numbers as it appears in the text. No need to arrange alphabetically.

You should mention names of all authors maximum up to six. If it has more than six authors, it should have the names of the first three authors followed by et al.


Das S, Rohaizak M. Latest incision techniques for breast surgery. J Surg Academia 2010; 110(1): 23-35.

Please use the standard abbreviation for journals as depicted in Pubmed/ Medline.


Standring Susan. Grays Anatomy- The anatomical basis of clinical practice. Philadephia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, 2010, pp-XX.


Surgery update. Website:- Last accessed on 12/10/2010.

Early online articles should be cited with DOI.

Thesis/conference proceedings

No thesis and conference proceedings which do not have url/website address or are allowed as references. For citing website, please mention the last date accessed.


All legal disputes are related to the jurisdiction of the journal at the local level.


Contact address:-

Journal of Surgical Academia
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre
Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak
56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur