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The intellectual content of the paper is the responsibility of the authors. The Editor and the Publisher accept no responsibility for the opinions and statements of authors. While every effort will be made by the Editor and Publisher to avoid inaccurate and misleading data, they accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of wrong information. The authors agree to keep the Editor and Publisher fully and effectually indemnified against any liability or claims that may arise out of the publication of inaccurate and/or misleading data.

Author(s) are to submit their manuscript(s) via an online submission system in two separate files, one with the author(s) details, and one without (Blind Manuscript). Abstract should be placed in the appropriate box during online submission.
In text, please replace any information that would identify the author(s) by substituting words such as: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process].
Do not mention a grant awarded to a named person. (This information will be added later after acceptance) Do not add any running headers or footers that would identify authors.
Refer to your own references in the third person. For example, write ‘Smith Check that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files in the Blinded Manuscript(s)

Manuscripts should be typed, single-spaced on one side of A4 size paper. Manuscripts should be structured into headed sections as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References.

The first page should include: the title, first and last name of the authors and their affiliations, keywords (5-8), and the address for correspondence, including telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author.

The abstract should be structured (divided into objectives, methods, results, and conclusions) and should not exceed 250 words.

Abbreviations and symbols must be standard and SI units used throughout. Statistical analyses must explain the methods used. References to drugs should be made using their pharmacological and not proprietary names. The sources of new or experimental preparations should be given. The use of footnotes is not permitted except for tables and figures. The Editor reserves the right to alter the manuscripts whenever necessary to make them conform to the stylistic and bibliographic conventions of the Journal.

References should be numbered consecutively throughout the text and cited as superscript numerals. They should be listed in full at the end of the article in Vancouver style. Unpublished works, works in preparation or personal communications should not be used as references but merely mentioned in the text. For references with more than six (6) authors, only the first six should be given followed by et al. Medical Journal abbreviations follow Index Medicus usage. Authors must verify references against the original documents before submitting the articles. References should be set out in the style of the following examples: Journals:

  1. Standard journal article: Reference should list all authors when three or fewer; when four or more, only the first three should be listed, followed by et Ford CA, Jaccard J, Millstein SG. Young Adults' Attitudes, Beliefs, and Feelings About Testing for Curable STDs Outside of Clinic Settings.  J Adolesc Health 2004;34:266-269.
  2. Corporate Author: Center for Health Promotion and Education: Guidelines for effective school health education to prevent the spread of AIDS. J Sch Health 1988;58:142-8.

Books and Monographs

  1. Personal Author(s): Romer D, ed. Reducing Adolescent Risk: Toward an Integrated Approach. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Publications, 2003
  • Editor(s) Compiler(s), Chairman as Author(s) Rosen DS, Rich M, eds. The Adolescent Male. Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews. Vol 14. Philadelphia, Hanley & Belfus, 2003:3.
  • Chapter in a Book Marcell AV, Irwin CE Jr. Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse. In: Finberg L, Kleinman RE, eds. Saunders Manual of Pediatric Practice, 2nd edition. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 2002:127-139.
  1. Agency Publication: America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2003. Washington, DC: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics,
  2. Article in an edited bookCameron IT. Prostaglandins and menstruation. In Drife JO and Calder AA, Prostaglandins and the uterus. London : Springer-Verlag 1992 : 17 - 28.

Web site

Bearman PS, Jones J, Udry JR. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: Research design [Online].

Available at Accessed February 14, 2000.

Acknowledgments: The scientific and material contributions of others to the work should be acknowledged. Any permission for reproduction of published material must be acknowledged.

Authors must declare whether or not they have a conflict of interest capable of influencing their judgments, whether it be financial, personal, political, or academic. This information will be published at the end of each paper.

All sources of funding for research must be explicitly stated and will be published at the end of each paper.

 Illustrations should be embedded in the word document following the tables. Reference should be made specifically in the text to all figures. They should be numbered Figure l, Figure ll, Figure lll, etc. Every attempt should be made to make the figures as light as possible so that the total size of the document been submitted does not exceed 5MB. 

Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text in Arabic numerals(Table I, Table II, Table III). Tables should be simple and should not duplicate information in the text of the paper. The following symbols should be used for footnotes: *, **, †, ‡. Reference should be made specifically in the text to all tables. Avoid vertical rules.

The designated author will receive a copy of the proofs, which should be read carefully for errors. The corrected proofs must be returned promptly to the journal. Authors will be asked to defray the expense of any major alteration to the proofs which are departures from the original manuscript.

The Journal is open access and exclusively online. As such, all accepted manuscripts are archived on the journal website and are fully accessible to the author and readers.