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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in Oman Medical Association Journal. Please consult the following instructions to help in your manuscript preparation and feel free to contact us for questions. Manuscripts that do not conform to these requirements will not be considered for publication. We are looking forward to your submissions.


Manuscript Style

Manuscripts must follow the International Committee of Dental Journal Editors’ revised “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts to be submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication”.

Manuscript Structure
Manuscripts should be presented in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and keywords, (iii) text- figures, tables and legends included, (iv) acknowledgements, (v) references.

Title page
The title page should contain (i) concise title of the paper, (ii) full names of all authors, (iii) addresses of institutions, (iv) e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, facsimile, etc, (v) corresponding author information.

Abstract and Keywords
The abstract should state the main problem, methods, results, and conclusions. 300 to 400 words should be supplied.


Please adhere to the specifications under the manuscript categories section. Figures are classified as line drawings and photographs. Written permission must accompany any illustration that has been previously published. All illustration must be numbered as cited in the text in consecutive numeric order.

Resolution Figures can be submitted in .jpg, .tif or .eps formats at 300 dpi (dots per inch) or greater resolution.

Size Images should be within 13cm x 18 cm.

Color Figures Files should be set up as RGB.

Line figures Must be sharp, black and white graphs or diagram, drawn professionally or with computer graphics package. Figure Legends Type figure legends separately. Legends should be concise. Include definitions of any symbols used and define all abbreviations and units of measurement.

Graphs must be digitally scanned, if not prepared initially as an electronic file in a scientific graphing program. Simple line and bar charts are usually sufficient. Avoid 3D charts. The resolution of images prepared in Microsoft PowerPoint (72dpi) is not usually sufficient for print publication. For photomicrographs, the legend should include the original magnification and stain used.

Line and Bar Graphs should be in or tif or eps formats, and resolution of 900-1200 dpi. If you are unsure about this, please send us the graph in Microsoft excel format and we will convert it into eps or tif formats.

Tables should be prepared using the table function in Microsoft Word or other software. Verify tabular statistics to make sure they tally and match data cited in the text.

Photographs containing no text must be in tif or eps formats with resolution of 500+ dpi. If you do not have tif or eps, please submit as jpg with bigger size and higher resolution.

Images which contain a combination of text and picture elements must be tif or eps formats with resolution of 500-1200 dpi. If you do not have tif or eps, please submit as jpg with bigger size and higher resolution.

OMAJ complies with Pubmed Central’s File Submission Specifications. For more information regarding the image quality requirements, please visit:

Please note that we will be strictly enforcing these conditions and files which fail to conform to these requirements will not be considered for publication. We strongly advise all authors to read the instructions to authors prior to submission.

A statement disclosing conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations relevant to the subject of the manuscript, must be included in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript. Failure to do so may result in delayed evaluation and review of the manuscript. General terms of contribution and credits should be enlisted in this section.

Duplicate Submissions
Manuscripts are considered only with an understanding that they have not been submitted or previously published in any other journal or electronic database.


List references in consecutive numerical order (order of citations in the manuscript) not alphabetically. All references must be cited in the text or tables. References to materials on the internet should include the date of access. Manuscripts with incorrectly formatted citations will be returned to the authors for correction. The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and for the correct textual citations. In the text, the citations should be in superscript and placed after the period or comma, (not in parenthesis), as at the end of this sentence. 1 Within a reference, list up to a maximum of 6 authors. Write “et al.” after the 6th author.

Please adopt the exact style as shown in the examples below, including punctuations and abbreviations of journal names, which should be as per Index Copernicus (see Journals Database section in PubMed).

Journal citation (list all authors but if the number is more than 6, then write “et al.” after the 6th author.) Heindenreich C, Lye P, Simpson D, Lourich M. The research for effective and efficient ambulatory teaching methods through the literature. Pediatrics 2000;105:231-237.


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OMAJ is an open access journal distributed under the terms of Oman Medical Specialty Board, permitting non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Published manuscripts become the permanent property of Oman Medical Specialty Board and may not be published elsewhere.