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Author Guidelines


1. Standard article
Barton EN, Sargeant LA, Samuels D, Smith R, James J, Wilson R et al. A survey of chronic renal failure in Jamaica. West Indian Med J 2004; 53: 81–4.

2. Editorials, abstracts, letters

Harding S, Maynard M, Cruickshank JK, Gray L. Blood pressure and its determinant in black Caribbean, black African, South Asian and Caucasian adolescents in the MRC DASH study in Britain [Abstract]. West Indian Med J 2005; 45 (Suppl 2): 24.
La Hee F. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [Editorial]. West Indian Med J 2002; 51: 137-8.

Assembling and submitting the manuscript

Manuscript format and style
Manuscripts should be arranged as follows: title page, abstract, text, list of references, acknowledgements, tables, figures and figure legends. Each component should begin on a separate page and all pages should be numbered sequentially starting with the title page. Authors are urged to seek guidance on grammar, punctuation and scientific writing.

Manuscripts should not exceed 12 typed pages (including abstracts and references) and be double spaced throughout with left and right margins of 2.5cm. Text should be typed, using Times New Roman at 12 font. The original and three copies of the manuscript must be submitted with a 3.5 inch diskette in Microsoft Word. Only the latest version of the manuscript including tables and figures should be on the diskette. The diskette should be clearly labelled with the full file name and the name of the first author. Diskettes will not be returned to authors. Manuscripts may also be submitted via e-mail to the following address: However, all requirements for submission must be maintained when submitting electronically.

Guidance for the length of articles is as follows: book reviews, 450 words; letters, 450 words; short communication, 800 words; editorials (including references), 1000 words; case reports, 1500 words; special articles, 2000 words; viewpoint, 2000 words; reviews (including abstract and references), 2500 words.
Headings should be short (three or four words), positioned flush with the left margin with initial capital letters. First level headings are boldface; second level headings, regular type; and third level headings, italics.
Use SI units throughout, generic names for all drugs and limit abbreviations to those that are absolutely necessary. The proprietary name for a drug is included if it is better known than the generic name, to differentiate among drug forms or if a specific trade preparation was used in a study or involved in an adverse effect. The explanations for the abbreviations must be given when they first appear in the text, but are not necessary for units of measurements or standard scientific symbols. The name and location of manufacturers of equipment and instruments must be given in parentheses in the text.
All spelling should conform to that in the recent edition of the Oxford Concise English Dictionary


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.
  7. Please email a copy of the submission to

Copyright Notice

Authors of papers accepted for publication in the West Indian Medical Journal must agree to transfer copyright to The University of the West Indies, publishers of the Journal. This signifies transfer of rights for print or electronic publication, production reprints, facsimile, microfilm or microfiche.


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