Journal Title:  Sudan Journal of Medical Sciences

Journal Abbreviation: Sud J Med Sc

Acronyms: SJMS, Sudan JMS

Year of First Publication: 2006

Frequency: Every 3 months

Publisher: Knowledge E

Type of publication: Periodical

Language: English

PISSN: 1858-5051

EISSN:  1858-8530

DOI Prefix: doi.org/10.18502

Owned By: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences - Omdurman Islamic University

Broad Subject Term(s): Medical Sciences

Open Access: Yes

Electronic Links:

Aims and Scope

Sudan Journal of Medical Sciences (SJMS) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing high-quality original papers written in English dealing with Sudanese healthcare challenges, developments in clinical medicine and basic medical sciences in Sudan and the wider  Sub-Sharahan region.  SJMS publishes the following article types: original research articles, review articles, clinical trials, case reports and series, letters to the Editor, editorials, short communications and commentaries, book reviews and breif reports.

SJMS aims to improve clinical care, guide further research in Sudan, and help in the solution of health challenges that face Sudan and the regional area. It provides national, regional and international forum for encouraging interdisciplinary discussions and contributing to the advancement of medicine, benefiting readers and authors by accelerating the dissemination of research information and providing maximum access to scholarly communication.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, covers the cost of publication on behalf of authors upon acceptance of their articles and supports the journal. SJMS was founded in 2006 and is published every three months since then.

Abstract and Indexing

SJMS is indexed in the following databases:

  • EBSCO
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • African Journals Online (AJOL)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ-Seal)
  • Microsoft Academic Search
  • Google Scholar
  • African Index Medicus
  • IMEMR Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Long-term Archiving

To preserve the scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain available to future generations of scholars and researchers, Knowledge E content is archived in Portico, a not-for-profit organization with a mission and singular focus to provide a permanent archive of electronic scholarly content. Portico representative offices are located in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.

Editorial Process

On receipt, the Editor will evaluate the article. If it meets our publication interest it will be sent out for double-blind peer-review (the reviewers are not informed of the names of the authors, and the authors are not told who has reviewed their article). Depending on the reviewer comments the Editor will make a decision:

  • Accept in present form
  • Accept after minor revision
  • Re-Submit after major revision
  • Reject
SJMS adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All papers in this journal have been screened for plagiarism using the Crossref Similarity Check powered by iThenticate.
 

Work Flow

  • E-submission
  • Initial screening of the checklists, journal format, plagiarism
  • Chief Editor assigns an associate editor for each article
  • Associate editor
    • sends the manuscript to reviewer
    • sends to the reviewer’s comments to the author
    • confirms the update and
    • sends the manuscript to the chief editor for final approval
  • Author proofreads and approves the final version
  • The manuscript is published

Publication Fees

Authors do not pay any processing or publication fees to the journal. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, covers the cost of publication on behalf of authors upon acceptance of their articles and supports the journal.

Ethics

Sudan JMS endorses the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy Statement on Geopolitical Intrusion on Editorial Decisions. Sudan JMS also endorses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Sudan JMS adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The SJMS also endorse the Editorial Policy Statements approved by the Council of Science Editors Board of Directors, at www.councilscienceeditors.org .

  • Conflict-of-interest statement:

A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial interest, or otherwise, one of which could possibly corrupt the motivation of the individual or organization. The presence of a conflict of interest is independent of the occurrence of impropriety.” “A competing interest is anything that interferes with or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with, the full and objective presentation, peer review, editorial decision-making, or publication of research or non-research articles submitted to a journal. Competing interests can be financial or nonfinancial, professional, or personal. Competing interests can arise in relation to an organization or another person.” The Wiley definition is noted here.  If there are any conflicts of interest, authors should disclose them in the manuscript. It is important to provide disclosure statement in the manuscript. 

  • Informed consent & Ethical committee approval

If the study involving human or animal subject, informed consent and ethical committee approval is needed. A copy of informed consent and ethical committee approval should be uploaded. Medical research is subject to ethical standards that promote and ensure respect for all human subjects and protect their health and rights. Experimental, clinical and drug studies requiring approval by an ethics committee must be submitted to the SJMS with an ethics committee approval report confirming that the research was conducted in accordance with international agreements and the Declaration of Helsinki (https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/), all submitted articles must follow Helsinki declaration, articles failed to adhere to this will not be considered for publication. Any clinical trial should be registered at national clinical trial registration office. The study should follow the standard reporting guidelines available at EQUATOR Network (www.equator-network.org/) and NLM (www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.html ).

  • Statement of animal right

For animal subjects, appropriate training for all research personnel should be prescribed, and adequate veterinary care should be available. Experiments must comply with any rules or regulations promulgated to govern humane handling, housing, care, treatment and transportation of animals by National or Institutional Guide (https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-statement-on-animal-use-in-biomedical-research/ ).

  • Authorship

Definition of authorship based on contributions as following,

  • Concepts, Literature search.
  • Clinical studies, Experimental studies.
  • Data acquisition, Data analysis, Statistical analysis.
  • Manuscript preparation, Manuscript editing, Manuscript review.
  • Final Approval of the version to be published.

Each author role should be indicated. Other participants to the study, who are not authors should be in the Acknowledgements section.

  • Plagiarism

All papers published in KnE Publishing will be screened for plagiarism using the Crossref Similarity Check powered by iThenticate. The SJMS editorial office will take appropriate action as directed by the standards set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). http://www.publicationethics.org  if plagiarism discovered. All Knowledge E published content is permanently archived in Portico, a not-for-profit organization with a mission and singular focus to provide a permanent archive of electronic scholarly content.

  • Data sharing statement

The SJMS endorses the ICMJE Recommendations for data sharing statement policy (http://icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf ) especially clinical trial results, should submit a data sharing statement following the ICMJE guidelines.

  • Post-publication

The Editorial Board may consider erratum, corrigendum or a retraction. If there are any revisions to the article, there will be a CrossMark description to announce the final draft. If there is a reader’s opinion on the published article, it will be forwarded to the authors. The authors can reply to the reader’s letter. Letter to the editor and the author’s reply may also be published.

  • Publication misconduct

When the Journal faces suspected cases of research misconduct such as a redundant (duplicate) publication, plagiarism, fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, an ethical problem discovered with the submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and other issues, the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts ). The Editorial Board of SJMS will discuss the suspected cases and reach a decision. SJMS will not hesitate to publish errata, corrigenda, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed. Any article that does not comply with SJMS publication policies or any unethical behaviour or serious errors in results on in conclusions may be “Withdrawn” or “retracted”. Article replacement (retraction with republication) can be considered in cases where honest error occurred.

  • Appeals and complaints

SJMS standby to COPE guidelines regarding revisiting to editorial decisions and complaints. https://publicationethics.org/core-practices.

For more details on ethics, please, visit https://publicationethics.org/.

Advertisement Policy

Advertisements are important for us to be able to keep all content free for everyone, to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content from an ethical perspective:

  • We reserve the right to decline or cancel any advertisement at any time.
  • Pharmaceutical products must follow all regulations and policies of the Food and Drug administration of Sudan.
  • Bodies interested in advertising their products or services in the print copies of the journal or on its website are encouraged to contact the editorial office. The acceptance will be discussed by the editorial board and approved by the publisher.
  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.

Disclaimer

Liability: Neither the publisher nor the editors will be legally liable for advertisements presented in the journal. In addition, they cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the information provided.

Endorsement: The publisher and the editors do not endorse any products or services that are advertised.

Disclaimer: Neither the publisher nor the authors will be legally liable for any of the content of advertisements, so readers must keep this in mind when reading or seeing advertisements.