For Authors

Written by Administrator. Posted in BoMJ Info

The Borno Medical Journal (BOMJ) welcomes any contribution that advances/illuminates medical science or practice extending to all aspects of medicine. Contributors are advised to follow the uniform requirements for manuscript submitted to biochemical journals. Articles may be in the form of original articles, review articles, case reports, clinic practice materials, letters to the editor, short communications, commentaries, viewpoints, and review of books, clinic-pathological conferences and medical education materials. The BOMJ also publishes articles on socioeconomic, political and legal matters related to medical practice; conference and workshop reports and medical news.



Manuscripts are reviewed for publication on the understanding that none of the material has been published previously and none is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Each of the following sections should begin on a new page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, ethics, statistics, results, discussion, references, tables, legends to figure(s) and illustration(s). Manuscripts should be submitted online via:


Title page

This should bear the title of the paper, names, initials and qualification of each author; the author to whom correspondence should be addressed, present address(es) of author(s) if different from that at which work was done; key words (not more than six words) : and running title. Use of abbreviations should be avoided in the title and abstract.


Case reports, grand rounds and short communications.

These should not exceed 1500 word with no more than 10 references, 2 illustrations and tables. The number of authors should not exceed four for case reports and short communications.


Letters to the Editor

Letters should contain a maximum of 1,000 words, 2 illustrations/tables and 10 references. The content may be clinic observations or other relevant matters related to medicine or comment on material published in BOMJ.



Abstract should not exceed 250 words. For original articles, it should be structured into background, objectives, methods, results and conclusions. For short communication and case reports, it should state the objectives, methods and main result and conclusion of the study. For review articles, it should state the purpose, data source, study selection, data extraction, results and conclusions.


Tables and illustrations

Tables should be doubled – spaced and numbered consecutively within the text. Areas of insertion should be indicated. All illustrations are to be considered as figures and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.
Photographs should conceal the subject’s identity or sent with written consent of the subject. If an illustration has been published previously, full credit to the original source must be given in the legend.


Abbreviations and Nomenclature

Non – standard abbreviation contained in the manuscript (excluding references) should be listed in an alphabetical order with definitions after key words. Generic drug nomenclature is preferred to proprietary (trade) names.



Acknowledgments of general support, grants, technical assistance, e.t.c should be indicated.


Acknowledgment of receipt

For every article received, an automated acknowledgement would be sent to the corresponding author.



Journal articles

This should be in Vancouver style and should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. A list of authors should be given except when they exceed 6, in which case 3 should be given followed by et al. References should be up to date.
Author’s name should be followed by title of the article, title of the journal abbreviation according to the style of index Medicus, year of publication, the volume and the first and the last page numbers e.g Salawu AK. Tropical Neurology: the UMTH. Edington Lecture, 2001. Rev. Neurol. Dis. 2002; 14: 132-132. However, the journal with abbreviations not yet cited in index Medicus should be written in full. Article in press should be designated as such in parenthesis.



  • Authors of a book
    The surname and initials of all authors should be followed by the title of the book, edition (except if first), place of publication, publisher, year and pages e.g Pindiga UH, Audu B, Yusuph H, Ahidjo A. Pathologic study of the causes of mortality in UMTH: a hand book. Maiduguri. Gaza Medical publishers, 2003: Pp 212 – 221

  • Author(s) of a chapter in a book: the surname and initials of all authors of the particular chapter should be followed by the title of the chapter, editor(s) of the book, title of the book, edition (except first), place of publication, publisher, year and pages e.g Abubakar AM. Childhood congenital defects in UMTH. In: Madziga AG, Chama C, Kagu MB (eds). Nggada text book of pathology, 1st edition. Maiduguri, Gaza Press, 2001: Pp. 231 – 242.


For dissertation, the author(s)’ name should be followed by the title of dissertation, the fellowship, the name of college, month and year e.g Garbati MA. Evaluation of serology as a diagnostic tool in tuberculosis. FMCP Dissertation. National postgraduate Medical College. May, 2003


Unit of Measurement

All measurements should be expressed in SI (System International) Units.


Peer Review

All articles selected for publication except for the items such as viewpoints are sent to two or more consultant physicians and scientists who are experts in the fields of medicine under focus. Manuscripts are subject to editorials revision by BOMJ. Those considered worthy of publication but requiring changes or condensation will be returned to the author(s).



These are not free and will be sent to the author (s) on request. Reprint may be ordered by the author(s).


Revised Manuscripts

Should be submitted online via:



These would be sent to the corresponding author for correction.



On acceptance,the copyright of the paper will be vested in the journal and publisher.



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