Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine

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Edited By: Penny A. Asbell, MD, FACS, MBA

Impact Factor: 2.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2011: 45/155 (Medicine General & Internal)

Online ISSN: 1931-7581

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines




The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine (MSJM) is a peer-reviewed, evidence-based, general medical journal. Published continuously since 1934, the MSJM is indexed or abstracted in Index Medicus, Current Contents, Science Citation Index, Hospital Literature Index, International Nursing Index, Excerpta Medica, Chemical Abstracts, Biological Abstracts, and other major databases.

In 2007, the MSJM was relaunched as a journal of  translational and personalized medicine, two disciplines in the forefront of modern healthcare. Since then, each issue has consisted primarily of review articles written by invitation, including several articles devoted to a single theme and several others on subjects of diverse clinical interest. The MSJM does not publish case studies or primary research articles.  However, a review article may consist of a meta-analysis of previously published studies and/or include research findings not previously published elsewhere.

While consisting primarily of invited articles, the MSJM does occasionally publish unsolicited articles. However, the MSJM will consider an unsolicited manuscript only if the author first submits a proposal (see below). The MSJM may then invite the author to proceed with a full submission.




MSJM seeks review articles that have the following:


    Appeal to clinicians, educators and researchers across disciplines, as well as the educated lay public

    Elements of translational and/or personalized medicine, as appropriate

    Originality in interpretation of published data

    Style that is reader-friendly

    Variety of tables and figures, including one or more figures in color

    Manuscript formatted in compliance with MSJM standards (see below)

    Length of 10 to 30 double-spaced manuscript pages (ie, 2,500 to 7,500 words), including bibliography, tables, and figures




The MSJM maintains a website for the online submission and review of new materials at and a website for published materials at




Invited manuscripts

 The MSJM processes all invited manuscripts through its online submission and review system at When an author accepts an MSJM invitation, the author receives a username and temporary password to log on to the system. After the author creates a permanent password, the system will guide the author step-by-step through the submission and review process.


Unsolicited Manuscripts

 An author who wants to submit an unsolicited manuscript should first e-mail the topic and a description of no more than 200 words to Stephen Cohen, the MSJM Editorial Director, at  If the MSJM accepts the proposal, the author can then proceed according to the instructions for invited manuscripts above. The MSJM’s acceptance of a proposal does not ensure subsequent acceptance of the full manuscript for publication.



The manuscript e-files should consist of a main file and a separate file for each figure (eg, graph, photo or illustration).  The main e-file should include the following elements in the order shown:


1. text

2. tables, each on a separate page (not embedded in the text)

3. figure legends (not figures themselves)

4. reference list (last element)




Format all sections of the manuscript as follows:


         Word-processing Program: Microsoft Word.

         Font: Times Roman 12 pt.

         Spacing: Double-space all text, including tables, legends, and references.

         Margins: 1” all around.

         Columns: Single column throughout.

         Header: Insert header on every page, including title page, containing following copy: in left-hand corner, current date and initials of last person to modify manuscript; in center, running head of 40 characters or less; in right-hand corner, page number.

         Line numbers: Insert continuous line numbers in left-hand margin from first to last page.

         Section and subsection headings: Divide text into sections and subsections up to four levels, with heading styles as follows: GENERAL HEADING, Specific Heading, More Specific Heading, Most Specific Heading. Insert only one double-space before and after each heading.

         Paragraph: Except for first paragraph of each section, indent first line of each paragraph ½”.

         Bullet point list: Indent bullets ¾” and text 1”.




The title page should include the following:


        Title of the article, phrased as succinctly as possible.

        Each author’s first and last names, middle initial(s) if any, academic degrees (not more than two), institutional affiliation, title or rank, and post-mail address, which will be used to send author complimentary  copy of issue in which article appears.

        Additional contact information for corresponding author, including e-mail address and telephone and FAX numbers.

        Acknowledgments of sources of grant support.

        Name, place and date of any conferences at which some or all of the article content originated.




Unless otherwise directed, authors should preface their articles with an abstract of not more than 400 words. The abstract, which will be published with the article, should be sufficiently informative to stand alone when placed on the MSJM' s webpage prior to publication of the entire article.

The abstracts for most articles should consist of continuous text. The exceptions are abstracts for an article consisting of a systematic study of the literature and/or including original research data. In such a case, the abstract should be divided into the following sections:


         Background: what problem(s) was (were) addressed

         Methods: how the study was performed

         Results: the most significant results





The manuscript should include 3 to 10 key words or phrases to facilitate computer searches of reference databases.  These words or phrases should appear immediately after the abstract.




Define each abbreviation at first mention. When abbreviations are used in a table, define them below the table. Do not use abbreviations in the abstract or in legends.




If the article includes the results of original clinical and/or laboratory research involving human subjects, the manuscript must also include documentation that the research was conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki and approved by the Institutional Review Board or its equivalent. The text must also indicate that each subject provided informed consent. Moreover, if the manuscript includes identifiers for specific patients (as defined by the HIPAA), it must be accompanied by each patient’s consent for the release of information.

If the article describes animal research, the text must indicate that the study was conducted in accordance with the National Institutes of Health (US) guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals and approved by the supervising institutional office (or its equivalent).



Drugs must be identified by their generic names, unless two or more drugs under discussion have generic names that are often confused with one another; in that event, the author may request permission to use brand names for greater clarity.




The International System of Units (SI units) are preferred, but values may be expressed in conventional units, accompanied by conversion factors. The range of normal values for the reporting laboratory must be indicated. When conventional units are used in figures or tables, the appropriate conversion factor(s) must be provided in legends or footnotes.



Number tables and figures consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the main text, eg, Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Signify the position of each table or figure in the text with a phrase enclosed in brackets, eg,  “[Insert Table1], [Insert Figure 1], etc.”   Do not embed tables and figures themselves in the text (see MANUSCRIPT E-FILES above).



 We recommend constructing tables with MS Word’s Table function.  Give each table a brief title that is self-explanatory without reference to the text. Type the table number and title in upper and lower case, with the number in bold type and title in italics. Identify all abbreviations and/or symbols used in the table in a footnote below the table.


Whenever possible, submit figures in the TIFF or EPS format.  Unless unavoidable, do not submit figures in JPEG, PPT, GIF, ONG, PCX, PNG, XBM, Word, or Excel, or submit a TIFF figure converted from a JPEG figure.

Bear in mind that figures will be reduced to fit the width of a printed column (about 3 1/8”).  To ensure that all elements are visible after reduction, make sure that reproductions of photographs, x-ray plates or transparencies are of sufficient quality and that symbols, lettering and numbers are of sufficient size. When a figure consists of several images, arrange and label the images accordingly.


Photographs that include human subjects

Show the subject’s face or face part only if essential to the text.  If this is not essential, avoid showing any part of the patient’s face or mask the subject’s facial features.  If the photograph shows any part of the subject’s face, obtain written permission by the subject for its use and submit the permission with the photograph; the photograph will not be published otherwise. Do not show the patient’s name or any hospital numbers.


The MSJM prefers photomicrographs in black and white. Electron photomicrographs should include internal scale markers.

Color Figures

The MSJM encourages authors to submit color figures.  For this purpose, the MSJM may bear the color printing costs.  If the MSJM declines to bear such cost, the authors may choose to bear it instead; the charge is $500 per color page. Authors should convert the artwork from RGD to CMYK and provide the artwork as an EPS or TIFF file in a resolution of at least 200 dots per square inch (dpi).

Digital Figures 

If you want to scale, crop or rotate a figure, do so in the original application.

If the figure consists of black and white (B/W) line art, use an appropriate application to prepare the art for printing at a resolution of not less than 1,200 dpi.  For line art that is pixel-based (typically initiated by scanning the image), we recommend Adobe Photoshop to finish the artwork in the TIFF format.  For line art that is vector-based (generated by drawing), we recommend Adobe Illustrator or Macromedia's Freehand to prepare the artwork in the EPS format.

If the figure consists of B/W halftones, we recommend preparation of the artwork in the TIFF format at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

To check the suitability of your digital images for print production, authors are urged to visit Digital Expert™ at With this free, stand-alone software application, you can inspect and verify illustrations at your computer.


Figure Legends

Use language in the legends different from language in the main text. Match each legend to the number of the figure it describes. If the figure consists of several images, the legend should identify each by position (eg, "upper left," "middle," etc.) or letter (eg, A, B, C, etc.); in the latter case, use the same letters to label the figure. When the figure is a photomicrograph, the legend must state the type of stain and the magnification (e.g., 10X, 40X, 100X). Type the figure number and legend in upper and lower case, with the number of bold type and title in italics.



Do not use footnotes except as noted in the above sections on Units of Measurement and Tables.



To cite and list references, use the bibliographical tool “Endnotes.” If this is not possible, cite and list references manually.


Published References and Those In Press

When citing published or in-press references in the text, signify the references by sequential numbers. Enclose each number in parentheses and place it before any punctuation. For example: “Cytomegalovirus (1), steroids (2, 3), and drug abuse (4-6) have all been implicated (7).” Do not use superscripts.

Limit the bibliography to references cited in the text and list the references in the bibliography using the same sequential numbers.  For bibliographical styles appropriate to different kinds of references, see ref. 1 below.  Refs. 2 and 3 exemplify styles appropriate to journal articles and book chapters.


1.       International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. N Engl J Med 1997;336:309-315.

2.       Brown LK. Sleep apnea syndromes: overview and diagnostic approach. Mt Sinai J Med 1994; 61:99-112.

3.       Couser WG. Glomerular diseases. In: Stein J, editor. Internal medicine. 2nd ed. Boston: Little Brown; 1987. pp. 834-861.


When the number of authors is six or fewer, list them all; when the number is seven or more, list the first three, then add "et al."

When citing an article published on the Web but not in print, include the Internet address or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the date when you accessed the article, in addition to providing the bibliographical information described above.


Unpublished Data and Personal Communications

 When citing unpublished data or a personal communication in the text, insert a parenthetical statement describing the source; do not assign the source a number or list it in the bibliography.




Use of any of the following requires the written permission of the appropriate source, eg, author, publisher, or research institution:


         Figure, graph, table or extensive textual quote taken directly from source

         Unpublished data or personal communication


The permission must include the right of the MSJM to reproduce the material in both print and electronic format and be submitted with the manuscript.




Authors may submit their articles with supplementary files to be posted in the MSJM’s electronic version.  While you may submit any type of file, bear in mind that, the more universal the file type, the more accessible to your readership.




John Wiley & Sons will edit all papers to enhance conciseness and clarity without altering meaning, in conformity with the style used by the MSJM. Authors whose primary language is not English should obtain help from someone proficient in English spelling and grammar prior to submission.



Prior to publication, the corresponding author(s) of each article will receive an e-mail with a revised, copy-edited galley proof of the article. The author(s) must limit corrections to those necessary, making them on the proof and returning the corrected proof to John Wiley & Sons within 48 hours of receipt.




Attached to each galley proof is a Required Form for Authors. (This form is also available at The form includes four numbered sections, as follows:


1.       Authorship Responsibility

2.       Financial Disclosure

3.       Copyright

4.       US Federal Employees


Each author must sign sections 1 and 2 and either 3 or 4.

Note that Section 2 requires an addendum on an author’s affiliation with or financial involvement in any organization with a direct financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. Please disclose all financial arrangements within the past two years, including consultancies, stock ownership, equity interest, patent-licensing agreements, research support, major honoraria, etc. you have with a company whose product figures prominently in the manuscript you are submitting, sending a letter to the editor, or providing an editorial. Please provide the same information for similar relationships with a company making a competing product to that which is featured in the manuscript. If the Editor finds that such activities raise the appearance of a conflict, he may recommend disclosure in a footnote. Otherwise, the information will remain confidential.

The authors of the same article should complete the form as a group. The form provides space for the signatures of up to six authors.  If there are more than six authors, the group should make additional copies as necessary, inserting a number for each additional author, eg, 7th, 8th, 9th, etc.




Corresponding authors will receive an offprint order form as part of their electronic proof package. Offprints are available in multiples of 100, at a cost that varies with the total number of printed pages.