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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


Papers should be clear, precise and logical. The journal welcomes submissions from the following categories: original articles, review articles, short reports, letters to the editor, and conference reports, as well as articles of medico-political nature (e.g. points of view). Papers describing a particular event (e.g. and outbreak of infectious disease) should be submitted as soon as possible after the event.

Original articles and review articles should not exceed 3000 words, including the references. Short reports and articles submitted as points of view should not exceed 1500 words. Letters to the editors should be concise, not exceed 500 words and should not be accompanied by more than one table of figure. The paper must be typewritten, on one side of the paper only, double-spaced throughout with margins on both sides of at least 2.5cm (one inch). Words to appear in italics should be underlined. Headings should not be underlined.

Condition of Acceptance

Articles are accepted for publication on condition that they are contributed solely to Medical Journal of Zambia. The editor cannot enter into correspondence about papers considered unsuitable for publication and the decision is final. Neither the editor nor the publishers accept responsibility for the views.


The Journal advises potential authors to ensure that only individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the scientific (or otherwise) merit of the work are included on the authorship. Underserved or passive authorship is discouraged. The Journal will normally not accept more than six (6) authors per single paper. Papers not fulfilling this requirement will be returned for justification of authorship.

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