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Instruction for Authors

Journal of Menopausal Medicine (JMM) is the official Journal of the Korean Society of Menopause, which is issued three times a year, in April, August, and December and published in English. JMM is devoted to the dissemination of new knowledge concerning menopause. JMM publishes editorials, review articles, original articles, case reports in the field menopause. Manuscripts for submission to JMM should be prepared according to the following instruction for authors. JMM follows the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication" (http://www.icmje.org) if not otherwise described below.

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the Manuscript Central web site (http://www.koreanmenopause.or.kr/thesis/Login.html). This web site also provides an opportunity to track the progress of your manuscript through the peer review process. If you have any questions, please contact:

Editor-in-chief
Hae-Hyeog Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Editorial Office
The Korean Society of Menopause
73, Inchon-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-2-920-5310, Fax: +82-2-921-5357
E-mail: ksm1992@empal.com
Web: http://www.koreanmenopause.or.kr

Research and Publication Ethics

The Journal adheres to the ethical guidelines for research and publication described in “Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals (http://kamje.or.kr/publishing_ethics.html) or Guidelines on Good Publication Practice (http://publicationethics.org/static/1999/1999pdf13.pdf).”

Registration of Clinical Trial Research
It is recommended that any research that deals with a clinical trial be registered with a primary national clinical trial registration site, such as http://cris.cdc.go.kr/, or other sites accredited by the WHO as listed at http://www.who.int/ictrp/en/.

Statement of Informed Consent
Copies of written informed consent and institutional review board (IRB) approval for clinical research should be kept. If necessary, the editor or reviewers may request copies of these documents to resolve questions about IRB approval and study conduct.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights
All human and animal investigations must be conducted according to the principles expressed in the Declaration of Helsinki (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html).

Authorship
Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet these 3 conditions. If the number of authors is greater than six, there should be a list of each author’s role for the submitted paper. After the initial submission of a manuscript, any changes whatsoever in authorship (adding author(s), deleting author(s), or re-arranging the order of authors) must be explained by a letter to the editor from the authors concerned. This letter must be signed by all authors on the paper. Copyright assignment must be completed by every author.

Originality and Duplicate Publication
All submitted manuscripts should be original and should not be considered by other scientific journals for publication at the same time. Any part of the accepted manuscript should be duplicated in any other scientific journal without the permission of the Editorial Board. The duplication will be checked through crosscheck (https://app.ithenticate.com/) or eTBLAST (http://etest.vbi.vt.edu/etblast3/) before submission. If duplicate publication related to the papers of this journal is detected, the manuscripts may be rejected, the authors will be announced in the journal, and their institutes will be informed, and there will also be penalties for the authors. There will also be penalties for the authors. A letter of permission is required for any and all material that has been published previously. It is the responsibility of the author to request permission from the publisher for any material that is being reproduced. This requirement applies to text, illustrations, and tables.

Secondary Publication
It is possible to republish manuscripts if the manuscripts satisfy the conditions of secondary publication of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts will be evaluated by three peer reviewers who are selected by the editors. The acceptance criteria for all papers are based on the quality and originality of the research and its clinical and scientific significance. An initial decision will normally be made within 4 weeks after the agreement of review by the reviewers, and the reviewers’ comments will then be sent to the corresponding authors.
Revised manuscripts must be submitted online by the corresponding author. The corresponding author must indicate the alterations that have been made in response to the referees’ comments item by item in a response note and the submitted original file with tracing. Failure to resubmit the revised manuscript within 90 days of the editorial decision is regarded as a withdrawal.

Page Proofs

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content not allowed without the approval of the editor. Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections faxed within 24 to 48 hours of receipt, as requested in the cover letter accompanying the page proofs.

Copyrights and Creative Commons Attribution License

The manuscript, when published, will become the property of the journal. All published papers become the permanent property of the Korean Society of Menopause and must not be published elsewhere without written permission. A copyright transfer form is readily available on the manuscript submission page (http://www.koreanmenopause.or.kr/thesis/Login.html) and can be completed and submitted electronically. Copyrights of all published materials are owned by the Korean Society of Menopause. They also follow the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License available from: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.

Publication Processing Charges

There is currently no submission fee for the JKMS. The print cost is free up to 50 copies without additional shipping cost.

Preparation of Manuscripts
Publication Types
JKMS publishes editorials, review articles, original articles, case reports
  1. Editorials: invited perspectives on an area of menopause, a short dissertation expressing opinions, experiences or a statement regarding a topic of current interest, a question or challenge to an article published recently in JKMS, editorial notice (erratum, revision, addendum etc.)
  2. Review articles: menopause research written by an invited expert, a comprehensive review of prior publications relating to an important specific topics
  3. Original articles: a full-length reports of basic science or clinical investigations
  4. Case reports: clinical cases of surgical interest or innovation, draw attention to important clinical situation, unusual clinical phenomena, or a new treatment or complication
General Guidelines
  1. The main document with the manuscript text and tables should be prepared with in an MS Word in English or Korean.
  2. The manuscript should be written in 12-point font (Times New Roman) with double spaced on A4 sized (21.0×29.7 cm) paper with 2.5 cm margins on the top, bottom, right, and left.
  3. Number all pages in sequence, including the Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement, References followed by Figure Legends.
  4. Reference citations are in Vancouver style. Use 1, 3,4, 6~8 in the manuscript body, and they should be listed in the References section in numerical orders.
  5. The use of acronyms and abbreviations is discouraged and should be kept to a minimum. When used, they are to be defined where fist used, followed by the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses.
  6. Units of measure should be presented according to the International System (SI) of Units. All units must be preceded by one space except angle (o), percentage (%) and temperature (oC).
  7. Statistical expression: mean and standard deviation should be described as mean ± SD, and mean and standard error as mean ± SE. P-values should be described as P < 0.05 or P = 0.002.
Original Articles
Manuscripts will not be acceptable for publication unless they meet the following editorial requirements. Manuscripts must include 1) Title page, 2) Structured abstract and Keywords, 3) Main text (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion), 4) Acknowledgments, 5) References, 6) Abstract (Korean), 7) Tables, 8) Figure legends. Each component should begin on a new page in the following sequence.
  1. Title page: Include on the title page a) complete manuscript title; b) author’s full names, highest academic degrees (MD, PhD), and affiliation; c) a running title of no longer 45 characters and spaces combined; d) name and address for correspondence, including telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
  2. Abstract and Keywords: On the separate page, provide an abstract of 250 words or less, organized under the following headings: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) authorized words should only be used for the keywords, and 3 to 5 keywords should be listed just after the abstract. The first letter of a keyword should be capitalized (ex] Body mass index, Osteoporosis, Postmenopause).
  3. Main Text: Begin the body of the manuscript on the separate page following the abstract. Although not appropriate for some articles, most regular manuscripts should adhere to the following sequence: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, and Figure Legends. Cite all tables and illustrations in the text. If brand name is cited supply the manufacturer’s name and address (city and state, country).

    - Introduction: Introduction should supply sufficient background knowledge and information to allow the reader to understand and evaluate the value of the study.
    - Materials and Methods: The research plan, the materials (or subjects), and the methods used should be described, in that order. How the disease was confirmed and how subjectivity in observations was controlled should be explained in detail. When the experimental methodology is the main issue of the paper, the process should be described in detail so as to recreate the experiment as closely as possible. The sources of the apparatus or reagents used should be given along with the source location (name of company, city, and country). If relevant, information on the IRB approval and informed consent should be included. Methods of statistical analysis and criteria for statistical significance should be described.
    - Results: The results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. The text should not repeat all the data in the tables or figures, but describe important points and trends.
    - Discussion: Observations pertaining to the results of research and other related materials should be interpreted for your readers. Emphasize new and important observations; do not merely repeat the contents in the Introduction or Results. Explain the meaning of the observed opinion along with its limits, and within the limits of the research results connect the conclusion to the purpose of the research.
  4. Acknowledgement: Authors should acknowledge in the manuscript all support for the work, including administrative support, technical assistance, and financial support.
  5. References: The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Number references in the order of their use in the text; do not alphabetize. Identify references in the text with Arabic superscript numerals. If there are more than six authors, name only the first six authors and then use ‘et al’. Refer to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus for abbreviations of journal names, or access the list at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals. Sample references are given below:
Journal article
  1. Kim TH, Lee HH, Chung SH. Constipation during pregnancy: when a typical symptom heralds a serious disease. Obstet Gynecol 2012; 119: 374-8.
  2. Ryu SW, Kim JH, Kim MK, Lee YJ, Park JS, Park HM, et al. Reduced Expression of DKK3 Is Associated With Adverse Clinical Outcomes of Uterine Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Int J Gynecol Cancer 2013; 23: 134-40.
  3. Jung YW, Jeon YJ, Park HM, Lee BE, Rah H, Lee WS, et al. Association between polymorphisms in renin-angiotensin system genes and primary ovarian insufficiency in Korean women. Menopause 2012. doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e3182733921.
Book
4.  Spector RE. Cultural diversity in health and illness. 5th ed. New Jersey: Prentice Hall; 2000.
Book chapter
5.  Shifren JL, Schiff I. Menopause. In: Berek JS editor. Berek & Novak’s gynecology. 14th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007. p.1323.
6.  Triffitt JT. The stem cell of the osteoblast. In: Bilezikian JP, Raisz LG, Rodan GA editors. Principles of bone biology. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1996. pp.39-50.
Website
7.  Korean Statistical Information Service. Population projections and summary indicators for Korea. Seoul: Statistics Korea, 2011. [cited by 2012 Jan 3]. Available from: http://kosis.kr/abroad/abroad_01List.jsp?parentId=A.
8.  Tables: Each table should be prepared on a separate pages within manuscript, and they should be titled and numbered in Arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text. Each column should be given a short heading. Only the first letter of the first word in each row and column should be capital letters. If numerical measurements are given, the unit of measurement should be included in the column heading. The statistical significance of observed differences in the data should be indicated by the appropriate statistical analysis. All nonstandard abbreviations should be defined in footnotes. For special remarks, lower case letters in superscripts *, †, ‡, §, ∥, ¶, ** …. should be used.
9.  Figures: Each figure should be submitted as either a TIFF, an EPS file, or JPG file. Line art must have a resolution of at least 1,200 dpi, and photographs (ex] radiographs, CT scans) and scanned images must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Lettering and identifying marks should be clear, and the type size should be consistent on each figure. Capital letters should be used for specific areas of identification in a figure. Symbols, lettering, and numbering should be distinctly recognizable so that when the figure is reduced for publication each item will still be legible. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the figure legends, not on the illustrations themselves. Figure legends should not be included in the same file as the figure, but placed instead on a page at the end of the manuscript. The figures should be numbered in the form Fig. 1, Fig. 2, and Fig. 3. Only the first letter of the first word in the title and data should be capital letters. Related figures should be combined into one figure, with each subfigure denoted by the letters, A, B, C, and so on, following the Arabic number of the main figure (ex: Fig. 1A, Fig. 1B). The illustrations of pathological tissue should state clearly the type of stain (ex: H & E, ×400), and the main contents should be marked by signs or arrows on the picture. The Editorial Committee may request that hand-drawn illustrations be redrawn by a graphic designer.
Editorials
Editorial topics could include active areas of research, fresh insights, and debates in all fields of menopause. Editorials should not exceed 2,000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures.

Review Articles
Reviews are invited by the editor and should be comprehensive analyses of specific topics. The manuscript for review should be organized in the following sequence: Title page, Abstract and Keywords, Introduction, Text, Conclusion, Acknowledgments (if necessary), References, Tables, and Figure legends. Manuscripts are limited to 5,000 words of text and include a 250 words summary in the place of the unstructured abstract. References should not exceed 100.

Case Reports
Case Reports should present focused, new clinical or investigational observations. The manuscript for a case report should be organized in the following sequence: Title page, Abstract and Keywords, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Acknowledgments (if necessary), References, Tables, and Figure legends. The case report should not exceed 5 type-written pages, 8 sheets of figures, and 20 references. The abstracts should be unstructured and its length should not exceed 250 words.

Author’s Manuscript Checklist
  1. Manuscript is written by MS Word, double-spaced with 12-point font and 2.5 margins at both sides, top and bottom.
  2. All pages should be numbered consecutively starting from the title page.
  3. Abstract does not exceed 250 words in English for Original Article, Review Article or Case Reports, and keywords as in MeSH.
  4. References are accurate, complete and in numerical order as they appear in the text, only the first 6 authors are listed.
  5. All tables and figures numbers should be found in the text.
  6. A cover letter stating its scientific significance, the materials has not been published previously, and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere, and stating conflicts of interest of all listed authors, if any.
  7. Have each author read the manuscript and agree with this submission.
Notice: These recently revised instruction for authors will be applied beginning with the December 2012 issue.
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