Author Guidelines, Makerere Medical Journal, 48th Edition



The Journal, a peer-reviewed biomedical journal publishes articles on the premise that the work is free of plagiarism, is unpublished elsewhere and is not being considered for publication in other journals. Manuscripts should have, before submission, a meaningful title, the first and last names of the author(s) and the institution and/or department of affiliation. The corresponding authorÔÇÖs physical and email addresses and phone contacts should be attached. MS Word doc is preferred and the font should be New Times Roman font size 11.

These guidelines are in line with the "Recommendations for Collecting, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals", a publication by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).


As stipulated in the ICMJE Recommendations, for one to be considered an author the following has to be fulfilled;

a)      substantial contributions to the conception and design; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of the data,

b)      the drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content,

c)       final approval of the version to be published, and

d)      agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the article are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Authors must indicate their contribution to the article in question and whether any writing assistance was provided. Any change in authorship must be approved by all the authors in writing to the editor-in-chief.


The Journal encourages submission of all files in one double-spaced electronic document preferably a Word doc.


Currently, submissions are to


They should not exceed 250 words. An abstract should be structured into five paragraphs labeled; Introduction/background, objectives, methodology, results, conclusion, recommendation. Sources of funding and any conflicts of interest should be disclosed.


Tables and figures should have a descriptive title to them and submitted in double-spaced format. A maximum of five tables and figures (total) is allowed. Any additional illustrations will only be published online.


An original research article is a scientific paper that describes the objectives, methods and findings of a research study and goes ahead to draw conclusions from which recommendations are made. The text should not exceed 5000 words with 5 tables and/or figures and up to 40 references. The journal encourages original research articles to feature the following.

a)      Title

b)      Abstract

c)       Introduction

d)      Methodology

e)      Results

f)       fDiscussion

g)      Conclusion

h)      Recommendation

i)        References

Manuscripts containing original material are accepted for consideration if neither the article nor any part of its essential substance, tables, or figures has been or will be published or submitted elsewhere before appearing in the Journal. This restriction does not apply to abstracts published in connection with conferences or any other scientific meetings. The Journal discourages the submission of work that is not approved for publication, that is a result of research that was not approved by an IRB or that did not follow the ethical principles of Protection of Human Subjects in research.


The editorials provide a commentary or an analytical view of clinical and global health issues. An editorial shall not exceed 500 words and may feature only one figure with up to 10 references.


Review articles give an analysis of available information regarding a specific issue of national or international interest. They may have an abstract or not. The text is limited to 5000 words, with 5 figures and up to 60 references.


A case report summarizes a clinical case and its on-ward management. The journal will publish cases that are peculiar in presentation, diagnosis or management. The case reports hall be limited to 3000 words, 3 figures and 10 references. The content should be formatted as

a)      Relevant demographic data that will not enable  identification of the patient e.g residence, sex and age

b)      Presenting complaint

c)       Summary of history of presenting complaint and progress

d)      Medical and surgical history

e)      Examination findings-salient features only

f)       IInvestigations- labs, radiological, etc

g)      Diagnosis and management

h)      Discussion

i)        Conclusion

j)        references


Project reports summarise the history and activities and achievements of projects that are involved in health care delivery or that indirectly impact the health of people such as economic organizations, community based organizations and student associations.

The word limit is 2000, with 2 figures and up to 10 references.


Advertisements will be published both online and in print.

In-print charges

1 page: 200 USD (500,000 Uganda shillings)

Ôö¼¢page: 120 USD (300,000 Uganda shillings)

Ôö¼ÔòØ page: 60 USD (150,000 Uganda shillings)

On-line charges 

 Will be communicated later.


The Journal encourages Vancouver referencing style. The references should be double-spaced and numbered as they are cited. The references must be in the order:  author(s), name of journal or abbreviation, year of publication, volume (issue), page numbers. List all authors when they are six or less. If they are seven or more, cite the first three followed by et al. The following are sample references.

1.       Kiiza D., Bulamu N., Nakisinge A., et al. Predictors of patients├ö├ç├û knowledge on antiretroviral therapy and its impacts on ART adherence: a comparison of rural versus urban HIV/AIDS treatment centers in Uganda. Makerere Medical Journal. 2014. 8-13

2.       Goadsby PJ. Pathophysiology of headache. In: Silberstein SD, Lipton RB, Dalessio DJ, eds. Wolff's headache and other head pain. 7th ed. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2001:57-72


Once a manuscript is submitted to Headache it will be considered for submission into the full peer review process by the Editor-in-Chief and an Associate Editor in charge of the review of a submission. The Journal reserves the right to reject a manuscript before full peer review.

Step 1: author submits a manuscript

Step 2: editor confirms receipt of manuscript to author

Step 3: manuscript sent to reviewer

Step 4: reviewer advises one of the following courses of action

a)      accept, without corrections

b)      accept, with corrections by author

c)       accept, with corrections by editor

d)      Reject, notify author

Step 5: Publication



Prepared by:

Enos Kigozi

Editor-in-chief, MMJ 2016/2017