Instructions for Authors
The editors of the Journal of Internal Medicine of Taiwan welcome the submission of articles from various medical disciplines that are of interest to the medical profession.

Submission of manuscripts
The Journal accepts original articles, case reports, and review articles. Manuscripts must be original and must not have been previously published in or submitted for publication to any other journal. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via Email: service@tsim.org.tw.

Editorial review and acceptance
All articles are subject to review by the peers. The editorial board has the right to determine which paper will be published and to make revisions. Once a paper is accepted for publication, the copyright becomes the property of the publishers.

Articles should be written in English. All persons listed as authors should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content, and should have made substantial contributions to all of the following aspects of the work: (a) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of the data; (b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and (c) final approval of the version to be published. This should be started in a covering letter.

If six or more authors are listed, the contribution of each should be described in a covering letter. Authors are responsible for obtaining consent from human subjects and approval letter from the local Research Ethics Committee; such consent should be recognized in the Materials and Methods section.

Manuscript preparation
The format of manuscripts for the Journal must comply with the Information for Authors. Ann Intern Med 2022; 1-43.

Measurement of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meters, kilograms, liters, or their multiples). Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius, blood pressure in millimeters of mercury.

Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum. Uncommon abbreviation should be defined when first mentioned in the abstract and the text. Arabic numbers should be used. Greek letters should be clearly printed in a special typeface. Manuscripts, including tables, references and figure legends, must be typewritten, double-spaced, on one side only of A4 paper, with margins of at least 2 cm.

Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page. Manuscript has been accepted, it should be saved as a text file or as a Microsoft Word file.

Manuscript sections
The following instructions are for original articles, though they apply generally to other submissions.

Title page should include the titles, names, positions, and affiliations of the authors, and contact details of correspondence. Where applicable, a Chinese title (in characters), as well as authors' Chinese names (in characters) should appear below the English title. The title page should include a running title of not more than 45 characters.

Abstract should include a statement of the objective, methods of study, results and conclusion.

Main text should begin on the third page and for most original articles should include the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. Subheadings in long papers are acceptable if needed for clarification and ease of reading. The Introduction should address the subject of the paper.

Materials and Methods section should identify the sampling, explain the study methods and state the statistical procedures used in the research.

Results should include pertinent findings and necessary tables and figures.

Discussion should contain the conclusions based on the findings, review of the relevant literature, the application of the conclusions, and implications for future research.

References are cited numerically in the text and in superscript. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear.

All references with more than six authors should list only three authors followed by "et al". References to books should include authors, chapter title, names of editors, book title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, and inclusive page numbers (first to last). Volume and edition numbers should be included when appropriate.

Abbreviations of the form used in the Index Medicus should be used for all journal titles.

  Examples are shown below:

Journals:

  1. Feely J, Wilkinson GR, Wood AJJ. Reduction of liver blood flow and propranonol metabolism by cimetidine. N Engl J Med 1981;304:691-6.
  2. Kaplan NM. Coronary heart disease risk factors and anti-hypertensive drug selection. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol 1982;4(Suppl):186-365.
  3. World Health Organization : Immunoglobulin E:a new class of human immunoglobulin. Bull WHO 1968;38 :151-2.
  4. Anonymous: Neurovirulence of enterovirus 70 [Editorial]. Lancet 1982;21:373-4.
  5. Tada A, Hisada K, Suzuki T, et al. Volume measurement of intracranial hematoma by computed tomography. Neurol Surg (Tokyo) 1981;9:251-6. [In Japanese; English abstract]

Books:

  1. Plum F, Posner JB. Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma. 3rd ed.Philadelphia: Davis, 1980:123-33.
  2. Levinsky NG. Fluid and electrolytes. In: Thorn GW ,Adams RD,Braunwald E, et al, eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 8th ed. New York :McGraw-Hill, 1977:364-75.
  3. Kurland LT. The epidemiologic characteristics of multiple sclerosis.In: Vinken PJ, Bruyn GW, eds. Hand- book of Clinical Neurology, Vol 9." Multiple Sclerosis and Other Demyelinating Diseases". Amsterdam :North-Holland, 1970:63-84.

Proceedings and other publications:

  1. Adams JH. Central pontine myelinolsis. In: Proceesings of the 4th International Congree of Neuropathology, 1961, Munich, Vol 3. Stuttgart :Thieme, 1962:303-8.
  2. Hung TP, Chiang TR. Multiple sclerosis in Taiwan :Clinical, electrophysiogical and epidemiological studies [Abstract] . 6th Asian and Oceanian Congress of Neurology, 1983, Taipei. Hong Kong: Excerpta Medica, Asia Pacific Congress Series No 22, 1983:28.
  3. Allen N, Burkholder JD, Molinari GF, et al. Clinical criteria of brain death.NINCDS Monigraph No 24, NIH PublNo81-2286.Bethesda: National Institutes of Health, 1980:77-147.
  4. Cairns RB. Infrared spectyoscopic studies of solid oxygen [Dissertation]. Berkeley, California, University of California, 1965:156.
  5. Eastman Kodak Company.Eastman Organic chemicals. Rochester NY Catalog No 49, 1977:187.

Tables.

1.Number the tables in the order in which they appear in the text. All tables should be cited by number in the text.

2.Each table should include a brief title, and each column have a brief heading.

3.Horizontal rules should be placed below the title and column headings and at the end of the table. Please do not use vertical rules.

Footnotes

Use footnotes only on the title page and in tables. Do not use footnotes in the text. Footnote symbols, in the order in which they should be used, are *, †, ‡, , ||, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡, and so on. Do not use numbers or letters.

Figures & illustrations

1.Number the figures in the order in which they appear in the text.

2.Composite figures should be preassembled, with each figure part (e.g., A, B, C) lettered in the upper left corner.

3.Figures should be use TIF, GIF, JPG, JPEG, and EPS format, with resolution of 300 dpi or more.

4.Legends should be typed on a separate page. For photomicrographs, the legend should include the original magnification and stain used.

5.Authors will be charged for inclusion of color illustrations.

Other article styles
Reviews. These include overviews and comments on specific topics. They should include comprehensive list of references or recommended reading materials.

Case reports

1.The authors of Case Reports will be limited no more than five.

2.Structure will include Background, Objective, Case Report, and Discussion.

Articles by invitation.  The format for invited articles will be up to the contributing author and the editorial board.

The uniform requirements for the different article categories

Article category

Word count limit

key words

No. of tables/figures
allowed

No. of references
allowed

Abstract

Main text*

Original article

≤ 250

≤ 8000

≤ 6

≤ 8

≤ 40

Review article

≤ 250

≤ 6000

≤ 6

≤ 4

≤ 80

Case report

≤ 250

≤ 4000

≤ 6

≤ 4

≤ 25

Invited article

≤ 250

≤ 2400

≤ 6

≤ 4

≤ 20

*Refers to the main body of text only, i.e., does not include article title, abstract, table headings/tables, figure legends and references.