Trauma Monthly (TM) "2251-7464; eISSN: 2251-7472 " is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary international journal for life sciences. TM publishes original research articles, reviews, commentaries and visions/reflections dealing with all aspects of diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic aspects of trauma.
Structure and Preparation of Manuscripts
Types of Articles
Prepared Manuscripts should be presented in one of the following formats:
A full-length research article (up to ~4000 words, including tables and figures- up to ~35 references) presents novel findings relevant to the Aims and Scope of the Journal.
Review articles are invited by the editorial office of the journal. Also, authors who interested in publishing their review papers should contact directly to the editor in chief sending their proposal (~500 words) and he may refer the authors to one of the associate editors. A full-length critical Review [up to ~4000 words, including tables and figures] provides a summary and discussion of the relevant literature about any topic covered within the aims and scope of the Journal. Authors should refer to at least five papers/works of themselves in the subject which they write a review on. For this review format references should be up to 50.
These types of publications should report the clear narrow research question and a reproducible methodology including: a replicable comprehensive search protocol to capture published and unpublished researches, screening process based on inclusion and exclusion criteria, PRISMA follow diagram, quality assessment process of studies and assessment of risk of bias, unbiased reasons for exclusion of studies, verified quality assessment tools used in the review, data extraction tools, and qualitative and quantitative analysis (meta-analysis) methods.
In Focus Reviews
The “In Focus Reviews” (up to ~4000 words, including tables and figures) present a collection of full papers and/or other article types by different research groups as well as their own opinion as “Expert Opinion” on a theme of interest to the Journal's readership within a special/theme issue.
Communications are preliminary reports (up to ~2000 words, including tables and figures).
A Perspective is a lightly referenced scholarly opinion based article (up to ~1500 words, including tables and figures) about current or future directions in a field, which may impose great impacts.
Commentaries/Notes (up to ~1500 words, including tables and figures) are the explanatory discussions of a previously published article. These types of publications support, discuss or dispute previously published articles. If such a Commentary/Note criticizes an article already published in TM, then the authors of the original article will be given a chance to respond in the same issue in which the Commentary is published. Lessons Learned Lessons Learned are short articles (up to ~800 words, limited to one figure/table with four key references) which provide authors with a means of informing other scientists about critical issues, experiences and observations (e.g., key insights into an unanticipated manufacturing problem or biological impacts from a preliminary study), the descriptions of which would not be appropriate for any other types of articles. Such an article will be reviewed directly by one of the TM’s Editors who is an expert of such scientific field.
These articles are generally written in response to published commentaries by authors whose articles have been subject to commentaries. These articles should not exceed 1000 words including maximum 1 table or figure, references and the main text. No abstract is required for these articles.
Only interesting and unique case reports with the following characteristics will be accepted;
word count up to 1500, structured abstract (max 250 words), introduction (the most important issue that the author(s) should talk about is the reason of the novelty of case(s) report at first and then case presentation followed by discussion and conclusion, references, up to 2 figures or tables.
Letters to Editor
Letters to the Editor can be either about or not about a recent journal article (as a commentary article). Also, some special limitations may be considered; Up to 1500 words, without figure or table, and up to 5-7 references. There is no need for abstracts in these articles.
Full Research Articles
Full research papers present original high-quality primary research that has not been previously published elsewhere.
The main document of the manuscript should include "title" not the "title page" at the top. The author is the responsible person for the anonymity of the article. Therefore, the author names should not be provided in the main document.
A graphical abstract must be included with the manuscript for display in the abstract. This graphic should be attractive to the reader and relevant to the manuscript title. Further, it should give the reader a prompt visual impression of the necessity of the manuscript with no specific results.
Background and Objective
This section should clearly and briefly (up to 600 words) provide an adequate background with relevant references, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. The last paragraph should address the main objectives of the work.
Materials and Methods
This section should provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced, with details of the supplier (i.e., company’s name, city, country) and catalog number when appropriate. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. The company’s name, city, and country of the manufacturer of the major equipment should be given. Unexpected hazards encountered during the experimental work should be noted. Any unusual hazards inherent in the use of chemicals, procedures or equipment in the investigation should be clearly identified. In cases where a study involves the use of live animals or human subjects, the author should include a statement that all experiments were performed in compliance with the relevant laws and institutional guidelines, and also state the institutional committee(s) that has approved the experiments. They should also include a statement that informed consent was obtained for any experimentation with human subjects. As TM follows ICMJE, please consider their Guideline for more information.
Results should be clear, descriptive and concise. Attention should be paid to the matter of significant figures and tables.
The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work (without repeating them) in comparison with other similar reports.
The main question of the work should be very concisely stated and the final conclusions of the study may be presented in a short “Conclusions” section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or ‘Results and Discussion’ section(s).
Authors should acknowledge any scientific, technical, statistical and financial supports. Contributors other than coauthors may be very briefly acknowledged in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper. All sources of funding should be declared. Also, authors could mention any extra notes pertaining to the paper including notes on presentation of the paper in poster or oral format in conferences.
Funding sources (including "grant ID", the name of the grant-receiving researcher, and the grant provider) should be clearly stated.
Ethical Issues is an obligatory section in all types of articles. If there is no ethical issue to be considered, please declare it as “not applicable” or “None to be declared”. Every experimental or clinical study may raise controversial ethical issues (e.g., Institutional Ethical Approval for working with the animal or human subjects). Thus, TM expects all authors, reviewers, and editors to consider COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), ICMJE and Equator Network’s reporting guidelines in medical ethics plus scientific writing. If any, authors should state related declaration(s), unless otherwise the following sentence should be given “None to be declared”.
Please take a look at the following guidelines provided by COPE for editors and reviewers that may be helpful for authors, too:
Editors and reviewers of TM declared no conflict of interests and authors must declare any conflict of interests of contributed authors very briefly in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper.
All sources of funding should be declared; unless otherwise the following sentence should be given “Authors declare no conflict of interests”.
The contributions of all authors must be clearly described. Each author’s individual contribution(s) to the study must be stated based on COPE authorship guideline (e.g., conceptualization, data handling, experiments design, data analysis, provision of study materials and equipment, study validation, supervision, data presentation, draft preparation, study consultation, writing and reviewing, project administration).
Arrange references as a simple list at the end of your manuscript based on our Endnote style. In references, the journal titles should be abbreviated according to MEDLINE journal abbreviations. Check journal abbreviations using PubMed. If the journal is not listed in PubMed, then it should be written out in full.
Citing in the text
In reference list
List the surnames and initials of first names of all authors if there are 6 or fewer; otherwise, list the first 6 and add ‘et al.’ Use one space only between words up to the year and then no spaces. The journal title should be in italic and abbreviated according to the style of PubMed. If the journal is not listed in PubMed, then it should be written out in full. Check journal abbreviations using PubMed.
Submit your text in DOC or RTF format. Do not embed figures or tables in this document. They should be submitted as separate files.
Acceptable Digital Formats
Not Acceptable File Formats
Canvas, DeltaGraph, Tex, SigmaPlot. Convert these files to PDF, EPS or postscript formats before submission.
All authors are welcome to include in their article any podcast, animation, or movies that they think would be of help in clarifying the subject to the readers. This accompanying file should be submitted as supplementary while submission, and in the case of article acceptance, it will be made online as a supplementary file.
Authors should ensure that papers conform to the scientific instructions and style aforementioned. In order to accelerate the publication process, the Journal requires that manuscripts be submitted online using online submission system facility of the journal.
TM offers a completely digital submission, review, and production process. At the time of submission of a manuscript, thus, it is advised to prepare production-quality files beforehand to speed up the process. It is advised that authors follow the given guidelines above; unless otherwise, the submission will be returned to the authors for additional revision which may decelerate the manuscript evaluation process and hence delay publication. Thus careful attention is fully applied by the editorial members of the journal.
Authors are required to register to create an account for submission at the online submission system. They can also follow on-screen instructions and the system will provide the essential guide through the submission process. After creation of an account, authors are able to exit/re-enter in the account at any stage. All submissions are kept strictly confidential.
Trauma Monthly (TM) is committed to publication ethics as well as all journal contributing authors, reviewers and readers. In case of any problems, contributors can send their complaints to journal’s official E-mail address (available at “Contact us” page). HPR will make every effort to put matters right as soon as possible in the most appropriate way, offering right of reply where necessary. As far as possible, we will investigate complaints in a blame-free manner, looking to see how systems can be improved to prevent mistakes occurring.
Trauma Monthly (TM) is an Open Access journal. Publishing an article in TM requires Article processing charges (APC) that will be billed to the submitting author following the acceptance of an article for publication. Apart from these APC, there are no submission charges, page charges, or color charges. The fees to be paid following the acceptance of an article are indicated below:
For Iranian authors, please pay the fees via below bank account and send the receipt of your payment with code and title page of your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org
Card number: 6273-8111-3857-9526
Account Number: 1814-63-11505050-1
ّFor foreign authors the Article processing charge (APC) is USD 300.