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Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript Preparation

In the Forbes Journal of Medicine, the articles which have not been published elsewhere, which are not evaluated by the referee and evaluated by the Editorial Board and Advisory Board are printed. All rights of published texts and images belong to the magazine. As the journal is indexed in the Turkish Citation Index, we recommend citations from other national journals (www.atifdizini.com).

According to this, your article's keywords of your article must be selected from the term of Sciences of Turkey (Turkey Science Terms: MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) terms, keywords are the directory containing the Turkish equivalent)

Reviews are accepted by invitation of the editor.
Research articles; These articles are for basic or clinical researches in the field of Medicine and Health Sciences. These articles may include randomized controlled trials, observational studies, descriptive studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, non-randomized behavioral and public health intervention trials, experimental animal trials, or any other clinical or experimental study. Such articles should not exceed 3500 words and should be written under ethical rules. Research articles spelling should be as follows: Turkish and English Abstract (should not exceed 250 words), Introduction, Method, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.

Clinical Trial Policy
All clinical trials, which are any research projects that prospectively assign individuals or a group of people to an intervention, with or without concurrent comparison or control groups, in order to study the relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome, must be registered in a public trials registry acceptable to the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE). Authors of randomized controlled trials must adhere to the CONSORT guidelines , and provide both a CONSORT checklist (for protocols, see the SPIRIT guidance) and flow diagram. We require that you choose the MS Word template at www.consort-statement.org for the flow chart and cite/upload it in the manuscript as a figure. In addition, submitted manuscripts must include the unique registration number in the Abstract as evidence of registration. The Clinical Trial Registration Policy has been implemented in our journal as of September 2023. For more detailed instructions regarding clinical trials, please visit the guideline below:

Clinical Trials Guidelines

You can register for clinical trials by visiting the following link:

To register the relevant record in the system and learn more about the protocol to be followed, please review the link below:

The other registries are accepted by ICJME:

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Guidelines
Observational Studies Guidelines

Review: These are the studies in which the discussions and the opinions of the authors/authors are put forward by using national and international literature on current and need-oriented subjects. Such articles should not exceed 5000 words and should be written following ethical rules. The writing order of the review should be as follows: Turkish and English Abstract (maximum 250 words), Introduction, Titles elated to the subject, and References.

Case Report: These are articles on cases that differ in diagnosis, treatment, and care. It should be supported by a sufficient number of photographs. Such articles should not exceed 2000 words and should be written following ethical rules. Case report spelling should be as follows: Turkish and English Abstract (should not exceed 150 words), Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, and References.
Letter to the Editor: A letter can be written to the editor for comments, contributions, criticisms, or experiences and thoughts on a different topic about previously published articles. Such articles should not exceed 1000 words and should be written following ethical rules. The number of references is limited to 5.

Below are the words, tables, figures and references limits applied by the Forbes Journal of Medicine, specific to manuscript types;

Type of article Abstract Word count* Number of authors Number of references Table/figure
Original article 250 2000 to 3500 Sınırlı değil 40 5
Review article 250 2000 to 5000 3 50 3
Case report 150 500 to 2000 5 15 2
Letter to the editor - 250 to 1000 3 5 -
*Excludes abstract, acknowledgements, conflict of interest statement, references, figures, and tables; minimum and maximum word counts.

The articles that were submitted in the journal should be written in the Microsoft Word program in A4 paper size, 2 cm spacing, 12 point font, and Times New Roman font leaving 2.5 cm space on each page. Page numbers must be specified in the bottom right-hand corner starting from the page where the text starts. The research articles and review should not exceed 30 pages, and case reports should not exceed 15 pages.

Articles can be submitted online at http://www.journalagent.com/forbes. The author/authors should fill in the "Copyright Agreement Form" and submit it with the original signature.

The article should contain the following sections:

  • Title page: The title of the article (in Turkish and English), names and titles of the authors, their institution and addresses, the name of the author responsible for communication, telephone, e-mail, and correspondence address should be specified. The information that has not been published elsewhere, if it is presented as a paper, should be written on this page if there is any unit supporting the study. This information is entered into the online system. This information is not put in the main text file.
  • Abstract and keywords: Turkish articles should contain an English abstract, and English articles should contain a Turkish abstract. Abbreviations should not be used in the abstract. A maximum of five keywords should be used in Turkish and English (selected following Index Medicus MeSH). This information is entered into the online system. It is not put in the main text file loaded.
  • Main text: Research articles should have an introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and reference sections. Case reports should include an introduction, case/facts, discussion, and reference sections. Tables and captions should come after the references. It should be paid attention that there is no statement indicating the author and institution name in this section. If the article has been presented at a scientific meeting before, the name of the meeting, date, and place should be written separately at the end of this section.
  • References: References should be written in the Vancouver style. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. The following rules should be observed in the source writing. References should be numbered according to the order of use in the text, their numbers should be indicated at the end of the sentence or, if the author's name is mentioned, as superscript right after the name. Example.1, Example.1,2, Example.2-5 The names of the journals should be abbreviated as used in Index Medicus. If the number of authors is 6 or less, all authors are specified. If the number of authors is more than six, after the first three names, “et al. (et al.) ”should be written.


If the number of authors is 6 or less, all authors are specified.

    • Campbell MR, Fisher J, Anderson L, Kreppel E. Implementation of early exercise and progressive mobility: Steps to success. Crit Care Nurse. 2015;35:82-8.

If the number of authors is more than 6, the first three authors are specified.

    • Aiken LH, Sermeus W, Van den Heede K, et al. Patient safety, satisfaction, and quality of hospital care: Cross sectional surveys of nurses and patients in 12 countries in Europe and the United States. BMJ. 2012;344:e1717.

Journal Supplement:

    • Ahrens T. Severe sepsis management: Are we doing enough? Crit Care Nurse. 2003; 23(Suppl 5):2-15. Available from: http://ccn.aacnjournals.org/content/23/5/S2.full.pdf+html


    • Jarvis C. Physical Examination and Health Assessment. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company; 2000.

If there is editor information:

    • Breedlove GK, Schorfheide AM. Adolescent pregnancy. 2nd ed. Wieczorek RR, editor. White Plains (NY): March of Dimes Education Services; 2001.

Chapter in book:

    • Finke LM. Teaching in nursing: the faculty role. In: Billing DM, Halstead JA, editors. Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty. 3rd ed. USA: Saunders & Elsevier; 2009. p. 3-17.

Translated book:

    • Ferry DR. ECG in Ten Days [On Günde Temel Elektrokardiyografi]. Kahraman M, translator. İstanbul: Ekbil A.Ş.; 2001.

Chapter in translated book:

    • Tolay E. Planlamanın temelleri. In: Robbins SP, Decenzo DA, Coulter M. editors. Yönetimin Esasları: Temel Kavramlar ve Uygulamalar. Öğüt A, translator. Ankara: Nobel Akademik Yayıncılık; 2013. p. 104-29.


    • Aminoff MJ, Greenberg DA, Simon RP. Clinical Neurology. 9th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Medical; 2015. Available from: http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/book.aspx?bookID=1194

Electronic report / document:


    • Bayram TY. Üniversitelerde örgütsel sessizlik [master’s thesis]. Bolu: Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi, Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü; 2010.

      Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.
  • Tables: Tables should come after the references in the main text, should be numbered in Latin numerals according to the order in the article, should be shown in parentheses in the text, and should have a brief title. Table number and title should be above the table, table explanations and abbreviations should be below.
  • Pictures and figures: They should be numbered in Arabic numerals according to their usage order in the text and should be shown in parentheses in the text. Photographs taken with a digital camera must be at least 300 dpi resolution, 1280x960 pixel size, saved in jpg or tiff formats. Each picture and figure should be prepared as a separate document and sent as attachments to the article in accordance with the submission form. Picture and figure captions: Subtitles should come after the sources in the main text, should be written briefly and briefly, and the paint/method used and the original magnification should be stated. Symbols and letters used in figures should be defined.
  • Ethics Committee Approval, Conflict of Interest, Financial Support, Informed Consent, and Author Contribution: These sections should be placed at the end of the article, before the references.
  • Acknowledgment Section: This section should be placed at the end of the article, before the references.

Reference, Cross-Reference and Citation Control
Scientific research is based on previous works in the scientific field. During the new studies, previous ones are cited and referred to in the context of certain rules. Scientific mistakes made in the studies, whether intentionally or unintentionally, are undermining the reliability of the publication.

Forbes Journal of Medicine considers that the references of the studies which are accepted after the evaluation must be given correctly and completely within the scope of publication ethics. In this context, every work that is accepted is passed from bibliography, cross-reference and citation control by a company which the board finds appropriate. The cost of the control carried out is the responsibility of the author(s).

The bibliography, cross-reference and citation control of accepted studies are conducted in the following steps for full text in Turkish and English:

  • The bibliography is organized in accordance with the procedures and principles contained in the Vancouver Code of Conduct.
  • It is checked whether the in-text citations of each reference are given according to the procedures and principles, and the ones that are incorrect are corrected.
  • References to in-text citations are checked. The missing ones are requested from the writers, and the ones that are incorrect are corrected.

The procedures and principles of referring in Turkish are valid for Turkish full text and in English for English text.

Layout and Composition Operations
Forbes Journal of Medicine requires formality, readability, and uniformity of prints, with a uniform and complete page layout, in accordance with standards. In this context, a company that is approved by the publishing board arranges the page order and string of the studies completed with their plagiarism control and bibliographic regulation.

Dispatch of DOI Number
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a unique access number that allows identification and access of any work published in the electronic environment. It is mandatory to give a DOI number for every work published in Forbes Journal of Medicine or in an early edition. After the acceptance stage, the DOI number is given by the editorial board to the studies which are accepted after plagiarism and bibliographic control and are prepared for printing.

Early Edition
Forbes Journal of Medicine values spreading of current and original information. In this context, studies that are accepted by completing the evaluation phase and completed after the acceptance process are electronically published in early printing. Early issued publications are published with the volume and number of pages that the editorial board considers appropriate and are removed from the early edition. Studies in early printing may not be the latest version to be published in the normal issue. Minor editing can be made on the work to be published as a final version.

Language Regulation
Work submitted to Forbes Journal of Medicine should have a clear and understandable language quality appropriate to the rules of the language of the full text language (Turkish and English) and the scientific literature. The work should be written in a clean and fluent language that is free from foreign words. In this context, the fact that studies being redacted before submission for evaluation ensures that the publishing processes are maintained in a healthier way.

Ethical Principles to be Followed by Authors
Authors who submit articles to our journal must strictly abide by the ethical principles stated below.
1. It accepts the principle of compliance with the principles specified in the "Helsinki Declaration", "Good Clinical Practices Guide" and "Good Laboratory Practices Guide" and the relevant regulations of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey in all studies involving the "human" element.

2. In researches related to humans, it is obligatory to obtain permission from the Ethics Committee for Clinical Investigations and submit the relevant documentary journal.
3. The authors must state that they have received an informed consent document signed by the relevant ethics committee and those involved in the study in the method section of the articles. If a copy of the approval of the Ethics Committee is not sent to the magazine, the article will not be published.

4. Regardless of the identity of the patient in the case presentations, "Informed Consent" documentation should be obtained from the patients or, where appropriate, the legal representative, and the article should be written in writing under the title of the case presentation. The "Informed volunteer" document must be sent to the journal from the patient or legal representative.
5. Conflicts of Interest: Authors should report conflicts of interest (if any) about their articles.  If the article includes direct or indirect commercial relation (such as recruitment, direct payments, having stocks, company consultancy, patent licensing adjustments, or service fee) or an institution that provides financial support for the trial, the authors have to state that the article does not have any commercial relationship with the commercial product used, drug, company, etc. and, if the otherwise is present, then they have to state the nature of relationships in the cover letter as well as under the title of “Conflict of interest” before References section of the article.

6. Authoring Contribution: In many written articles, authors' contributions to the research should be presented in an editorial form (within the scope of publication right transfer form), which should be explained and signed, such as idea formation, study design, experimental applications, statistics, writing of the article.

7. Financial support: Financial support for the research, donation, and all other editorials (statistical analysis, English / Turkish assessment) and/or technical assistance must be communicated before the article's resource section. Also, the authors must declare the roles of sponsors in the following areas, (1) design of the employee, (2) data collection, analysis, and interpretation of the results, (3) writing of the report, (4) decision to submit for publication. The articles sent to the journal should be arranged to include the following sections.

In Forbes Journal of Medicine All articles are reviewed by the chief editor, editor, statistician and at least two referees. Editors investigate the conformity with the formal rules reported in the editorial guidelines before submitting them to the referees. All articles are evaluated with blind referee application. You can find the details of the process on the following chart. click to download folder.

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