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 About the Journal  Top

The Annals of Nigerian Medicine is an editorially independent publication by the Association of Resident Doctors of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching hospital Zaria, Nigeria. the journal is multidisciplinary and provides a forum for the dissemination of research finding, reviews, theories and information on all aspects of medicine.

 Scope of the journal  Top

The Annals of Nigerian Medicine is an editorially independent publication by the Association of Resident Doctors of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching hospital Zaria, Nigeria. the journal is multidisciplinary and provides a forum for the dissemination of research finding, reviews, theories and information on all aspects of medicine. The journal therefore welcomes articles that seek to advance knowledge and understanding of the health sector.

 Author Guidelines  Top

The Annals of Nigerian Medicine subscribes to the ‘Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals’ as published in the New England Journal of Medicine 1997:336:309-316. Papers will be published under the following sections:

  • Original research reports
  • Critical and analytical reviews
  • Short research reports
  • Editorials and commentaries commissioned by the editorial board
  • Letters and commentaries commissioned by the editorial board
  • Letters to the editor relating to materials previously published in the journal.
  • Book reviews
  • Reports of professional conference and meetings of continuing education.

Submissions will be considered on the understanding that they comprise original unpublished material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere and the studies have been subject to appropriate ethical review. The authors accept to transfer copyright of accepted and published articles to Annals of Nigerian medicine. A letter stating this fact signed by all authors should accompany each submitted article.


Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder permission to produce any material for which copyright already exists.

The author(s) should submit their manuscript in Microsoft word formatted (version 97 or later) document in three attached to an email.

Alternatively, authors can send copies of the manuscript plus a copy on diskette to:

Dr.Shamsudin Aliyu
Annals of Nigerian Medicine
Department of Medical Microbiology,
Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital,
Shika-Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

The editors cannot enter into correspondence about papers considered unsuitable for publication and their decision is final. Neither the editors nor the publishers would accept responsibility for the views of authors expressed in their contributions.

References should be cited using the Vancouver convention, with superscript figures in the main body of the text relating to a list of referenced sources at the end of the text in order of citation (e.g… Confimed by other studies113). For further guidance, authors are referred to: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. JAMA 1997 Mar 19; 277(11); 927-34.

Authors should personally verify the accuracy of every reference before submitting the paper for publication and should ensure that the listed references correspond exactly to those in the text.

Units of measurements
All measures should be reported in SI Units followed in the text, by traditional units in parentheses, for general guidance on the international System of Units and some useful conversion factors, see The SI for the health Professions* (WHO, 1997). There are two exceptions; blood pressure should be expressed in mm Hg and haemoglobin as g/dl.

Peer review process
All manuscripts submitted to the journal are sent to two independent experts in that field for review. Manuscripts with significant statistical component will be reviewed by a statistician in addition to the above peer review. The comments of the reviewers may be communicated to the authors, even if the paper is rejected. All efforts will be made to ensure that the review process is as short as possible.


 Protection of Patients' Right to Privacy Top

Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients' names from figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:


1) Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.

2) If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity, or a description that has obvious indication to the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.


 Submission Preparation Checklist Top

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 Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect 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, which is found in About the Journal.

If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

 Copyright Notice   Top

Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the journal.

 Privacy Statement Top

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

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These ready to use templates are made to help the contributors write as per the requirements of the Journal.

Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program. 
Click open the file and save as the manuscript file.

In the program keep 'Document Map' and 'Comments' on from 'View' menu to navigate through the file. 

Download Template for Original Articles/ABSTRACT Reports. (.DOT file)

Download Template for Case Reports.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Review Articles.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Letter to the Editor.  (.DOT file)


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