Guide for Authors

Journal of Medical Colleges of PLA (English edition, ISSN 1000-1948) is founded in 1986 and published bimonthly. It has been indexed by some international and internal retrieval systems, such as Chemical Abstracts (CA), VINITI Abstracts Journal, Index Copernicus (IC), Source Journal For Chinese Sci & Tech Papers And Citations.

1 Scope of submission

Manuscripts are welcome from any part of the world on all aspects of biomedicine. It mainly reports on basic medicine, clinical medicine, public health and epidemiology, military medicine, pharmacology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Original research articles are favorite, and case reports, short communications and letters to the editor are also accepted.

2 Publication process

2.1 Submission Authors may submit works by the following ways: (1) Email the manuscript in MS word attachment only to (2) Send the manuscript in hard copy to the Editorial Board (Address of the editorial boards are written at the end of the article) and the electronic copy simultaneously.

2.2 Review All the manuscripts that adhere to its style and Preparation of manuscripts are referred to peer-review. Some of them are rejected immediately after an in-house review. The rejection at this stage is due to insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws or absence of message. The remaining articles are sent to experts in the subject and the final decision is made on the manuscript conference which is held 4 times in a year. The whole process will take approximately 2-3 months. Then the decision on whether the manuscript is accepted, rejected, or requires revision will be sent to the authors.

2.3 Revision The accepted manuscripts are subjected to editorial revision to comply with the requirement on the reviewers' comments, language and the style of the journal. The rejected manuscripts are not returned to the authors and the author will received a decision letter with the reviewers' comments.

2.4 Proofs Corrections on the proof should be restricted to errors only and no substantial addition or deletions should be made.

2.5 Copyright assignment The copyright agreement should be submitted once your paper is accepted for publication. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining signatures of coauthors.

2.6 Payment Page charge should be paid before publication according to the number of the pages.

3 Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscript: All submissions should include the following:

  • Title Page. This should include: the full title of the paper, the name, institution and e-mail address of all contributing authors.
  • Abstract. This should be submitted on a separate page and should describe in fewer than 350 words exactly what was done, the results obtained, and the conclusions drawn. Following the abstract, and on the same page, a list of key words (up to seven) for coding and indexing should be supplied.
  • Text.
  • Grants and other acknowledgements.
  • References.
  • Charts, graphs, tables, and photographs.
  • Figure legends.
  • Chinese full text or detailed abstract in order to make the peer-review convenient.

A summary of technical requirements for preparing the manuscript is provided below:

(1)Three copies of the manuscript should be submitted.
(2)All text must be double-spaced with ample margins. All pages should be numbered consecutively starting with the title page as page 1.
(3)One side of standard size A4 paper must be used.
(4)Use American English throughout the paper.
(5)Use at least 11 point font size (Times New Roman or Arial).
(6)Submit photographs and transparencies in a separate heavy paper envelop (enclosed in cardboard to prevent bending during mail handling).
(7)Conventional units are preferred with SI units in parenthesis, if available. The metric system is preferred for the expression of length, area, mass and volume.
(8)Use nonproprietary names of drugs, devices and other products.

Manuscripts not fulfilling the technical requirements shall be returned to the authors without initiating the peer-review process.

Abstract and key words

The abstract should state the purpose of the study, basic methodology, main findings (specific data and statistical significance) and key conclusion(s). Below the abstract, authors should provide 3-5 key words for indexing; terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MESH) list of Index Medicus should be used.


The introduction must clearly state the question that the author(s) tried to answer in the study. It may be necessary to briefly review the relevant literature. Only cite those references that are essential to justify the proposed study.


The methods section should describe how the study was designed, carried out and data were analyzed. For standard methods, appropriate references are sufficient, but if standard methods are modified these should be clearly brought out. Authors should provide complete details of any new methods or apparatus used (manufacturer's name and address).


This section should include only relevant, representative data and not all information collected during the study. Major findings should be presented clearly and concisely. Text, tables, and illustrations should be used sensibly while avoiding repeating in the text all the data depicted in the tables or illustrations and emphasizing or summarizing only important observations.


Discussion ordinarily should not be more than one third of the total length of the manuscript. This section should include a summary of the major findings, their relationship to other similar studies, limitations of methods and implication of these findings in future research. Conclusions should be linked to the goals of the study. Statements which are not completely supported by the data should be avoided.


References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References are identified in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. It is required not to use abstracts, unpublished observations and personal communications as references. References to papers accepted but not ye published should be designated as "in press". Journal article: List all authors when there are 6 or less. When the number of the authors is 4 or more, only list first 3 and add et al.


Tables must be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text, with a brief but self-explanatory title for each. Each column should have a short or abbreviated heading. Explanatory matters are placed in footnotes. In the footnotes all nonstandard abbreviations that are used in each table should be explained adequately. Statistical measures of variations should be identified.

Figures and illustrations

Figures and images should be labeled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text. The use of three-dimensional histograms is strongly discouraged when the addition of the third dimension gives no extra information. If a table or figure has been published before, the authors must obtain written permission to reproduce the material in both print and electronic formats from the copyright owner and submit it with the manuscript. Legends must be submitted for all figures. They should be brief and specific. Use scale markers in the image for electron micrographs, and indicate the type of stain used. Authors will be required to pay the cost of color illustrations published in print.

Abbreviations and symbols

Only standard abbreviations are used in the text while avoiding abbreviations in the title. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Year, month, day, hour, minute and second should be abbreviated as y, mon, d, h, min, and s in tables respectively.

4 Address for editorial office

Welcome to submission for Journal of Medical Colleges of PLA!

For any question on the submission, please contact the Editorial Office.

Address: 800 Xiang-yin Road, Shanghai 200433, China
Tel: 021-25074344

Editor in Shanghai Office:
LI Dan-yang E-mail:, Tel: 021-25074341-818

Editor in Chongqing Office:
GUO Jian-xiu . E-mail:, Tel: 023-68752782

Editor in Xi'an Office:
XU Fu-ming . E-mail:, Tel: 029-84773804