Manuscripts preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared in the following order; 

  • Title page
  • Abstracts (in English and in Arabic(optional for non-arabic language speaker)
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods 
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Tables, Figures, Legends

All of these sections should run consecutively. The use of Subheads is encouraged. Prepare the manuscript using MS word 2003 and above, Times New Roman 12 font, with double line spacing using A4 size paper with 1-inch margin on all slides. Enter only one space after the full-stop at the end of a sentence. Do not type heading or any other text in ALL CAPITALS. Do not use the software’s facility for a header, footer or footnotes.

 Title page

The title page (First-page file) should include the followings:

  • Type of manuscript (Research Paper/Review Paper/Case)
  • The title of the article, which should be concise, but informative;
  • Names of contributor (First name, initials, last name), highest academic degree(s) and institutional affiliation;
  • The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed;
  • The name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address of the contributor responsible for correspondence about the manuscript;
  • Source(s) of support in the form of grants should be included

Cover letter 

should contain the rationale of performing the research and selecting the MJBU as well as a statement that you will not resubmit your article to another journal until the reviewing process will be completed. Also please indicate whether the authors have published or submitted any related papers from the same study.


The second page should carry the full title of the manuscript and an abstract of no more than 250 words for original articles. The abstract should be structured and should include 


Subjects and Methods: (include setting, design, statistical analysis)




Up to five keywords should be supplied following the abstract. The keywords should describe the central theme of the article.

 Authorship, Copyright & Conflict of Interest

We request all authors to download the Copyright release form from the download link, fill it and upload during the manuscript submitting process.

 We request all authors and reviewers to inform us about any kind of “Conflict of Interest” (such as financial, personal, political, or academic) that would potentially affect their judgment. Authors are preferably asked to fill the uniform disclosure form available through:




References should be numbered consecutively in order of their appearance in the text and listed in numerical order. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus. The name of all authors should be written in the References if six or fewer authors exist, and the first three authors and et al. should be given if the number of authors exceeds six. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Use the complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals. Avoid using abstracts as references. for all references, the assigned DOI should be provided 

References with correct punctuation should be as follows:


Al-Johar D, Shinwari N, Arif J, Al-Sanea N, Jabbar AA, El Sayed R. Role of Nigella sativa and a number of its antioxidant constituents towards azoxymethane-induced genotoxic effects and colon cancer in rats. Phytother Res 2008; 22: 1311-1323


Hatch DJ, Sumner E, Hellman J. The Surgical Neonate: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 3rd ed. London: Edward Arnold, 1994:120-5.

Chapter in a book: 

Motoyama EK. Respiratory physiology in infants and children. In: Motoyama EK, Davis PJ, eds. Smith’s Anesthesia for Infants and Children, 5th ed. St. Louis: C.V. Mosby, 1990:11-76.


Tables must be self-explanatory and must not duplicate information in the text. 

Each table must have a title and should be numbered in order of appearance in the text. 

Any symbol and abbreviations used in the table body must be defined in a footnote to the table. ( Tables should be provided in separate  MS Word file format)


illustrations should be included in the article file document (MS Word). 

Clinical and histopathology photographs should be provided with the manuscript on a separate paper (after scanning if printed) as jpeg files of a size less than 1 MB each. 

A legend of no more than a maximum of 20 words should accompany illustrations or figures using double line spacing. Use Arabic numerals for numbering illustrations and should be referred to in the text as "Figure". For histopathology photographs, please mention the magnification scale and the method of staining. 

Legends should also be mentioned in the article file after the references. 

Illustrations must be cited in the text and numbered in the order of mention. 

For clinical photographs, the subjects must not be identifiable.


 Publication Fees 

 The Medical Journal of Basrah University is an open-access journal, the publication cost for an article will be paid by the author, the publication fees required by journal divided into US$ 25 as an article processing charge (APC), followed by US$ 50 when the manuscript accepted as final publishing fees 

 Short Communications

Short Communications are short papers that present original and significant material for rapid dissemination. For example, a Short Communication may focus on a particular aspect of a problem or a new finding that is expected to have a significant impact. Short articles include, but are not limited to: discovery or development of new materials. As Short Communications are expected to have higher than average impact on the field rather than report on incremental research, they will receive prioritized and rapid publication.


Short Communications are limited to 3000 words and are not subdivided. The paper should contain an abstract, main body and references, and contain no more than 6 figures or tables, combined. The abstract is limited to 100 words.


Case report
The submission of Case reports will be considered only if the report includes novel scientific material or is of extraordinary clinical interest.
Case reports should include a brief description of the case and a comment section discussing the salient features in the context of the world literature. They may include up to 1,000 words of text, two figures or tables and up to 12 references.

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