Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JEMDSA is a peer reviewed, medical journal that focuses on Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes. It carries research articles and letters, editorials, clinical practice and other medical articles and personal opinion, South African health-related news, obituaries, general correspondence, and classified advertisements.

JEMDSA representation
The Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (JEMDSA) is the official journal of SEMDSA (Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of SA), DESSA (Diabetes Education Society of SA), NOFSA (National Osteoporosis Foundation of SA), SASOM (SA Society of Obesity and Metabolism), LASSA (Lipid and Atherosclerosis Society of SA) and PAEDS-SA (The Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrine and Diabetes Society of SA).

SEMDSA has for many years strived to be an umbrella organisation for affiliated South African professional societies with a focus and scope in advancing research and education in the fields of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes.

Vision of the journal
JEMDSA aims to publish world-class scholarly work in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes. The journal is accredited by the National Department of Education for the measurement of research output of public higher education institutions and earns research subsidies for South African academic departments. Through stringent peer review, the journal also aims to make a regional contribution to the international knowledge base of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes and hopes to also offer other African countries the opportunity to make a world-class African contribution.

Through strategic indexing and compliance with larger databases of world class medical research, JEMDSA aims to eventually be indexed in larger indexes such as Index Copernicus, Biosis, EMBASE, Medline and ISI. The journal further aims to provide a platform for clinical reviews and debate on practical and controversial issues in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes.

The journal aims to be instrumental in publishing and revising therapeutic protocols and national guidelines. Reviews will also be invited to address pertinent clinical and therapeutic issues for its practising readership. The print run of the journal is 2 000 and comprises the members of the various societies, namely general physicians, endocrinologists, diabetologists, diabetes nurse educators, lipidologists, beriatricians, paediatricians, gynaecologists (specialising in osteoporosis and infertility) and general practitioners with a special interest in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes. The Journal supports the mission of the societies and will assist them with all aspects of communication, training, advocacy and by supporting and stimulating local research.

 

Section Policies

Guest Editorial

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Review Articles

Review articles are encouraged but are mostly invited. All review papers will be peer reviewed. All review articles must include a 250 word abstract and be less than 3 500 words. References should be restricted to no more than 50. Opinion or Forum articles: 150–200 word abstract, 1 800 words, 1 small table or illustration and < 15 references.

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Case Study

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Original Research

Scholarly work in endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes will be accepted for further review. Authors are advised to also consult the various sections for which associate editors have been appointed. Papers in basic science are also accepted and encouraged. Papers in these categories must include a structured abstract (Background, Methods, Result and Conclusion) of not more than 250 words (Medline requirement). Abstracts that are longer than 200 words will be truncated by most international indexes and will not be accepted. Original research papers must be 3 500 words or less (excluding references), with up to 6 tables or illustrations. References should preferably be limited to no more than 25. Short reports or scientific letters: These include case reports, commentary and critical appraisals of clinical trials, side-effects of drugs and brief or negative research findings. The contribution must fit onto one page and may be 800 words in length if it contains no images, or 600 words if it includes one small table or illustration. References must be limited to no more than six. Editorials, Opinions, Issues in Medicine, etc. should be about 800 words and are welcome, but unless invited, will be subjected to the JEMDSA peer review process.

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Diabetes Education

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Protocols for debate

Protocols for debate have been a feature of JEMDSA for some time. Both diagnostic as well as management protocols are acceptable. The paper is not peer-reviewed but subject to debate and discussion in subsequent issues of the Journal.

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DESSA Editorial

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Letter

The Correspondence column includes:

  • Letters to the editor: < 400 words with only one small illustration or table
  • Book reviews: < 200 words plus cover image
  • Local or international congress reports: < 600 words plus 2 photographs
  • Clinical quiz: < 3 clinical photographs or laboratory results plus a 100 word case study, description and/or 5 questions. Answers to the clinical quiz may not exceed 100 words. Obituaries should not exceed 400 words and may be accompanied by a photograph.

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Guideline Abstract

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NOFSA

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Press Releases

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Advertorial

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SEMDSA Diabetes Guideline

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NOFSA Editorial

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Erratum

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CPD Questionnaire

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Congress Editorial

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DESSA Guidelines

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Book Review

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Obituary

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DESSA Abstracts

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Research Articles

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SEMDSA Guidelines

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Consensus Document

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Peer Review Process

Editorial and review policy
The Editors and Editorial Board will manage the Journal. The Editorial Board consists of various associate editors who will act as section editors for a specific subject area, as well as regular members who will assist the associate editors in their work. All original research will be sent to the various section editors by the Editor-in-Chief. The section editor, who manages the peer-review process, will evaluate all original research and review papers before they are subjected to further peer review by two independent, expert reviewers. The section editors and Editor-in-Chief will jointly make final decisions based on the review outcomes. The section editors are also responsible to ensure that review articles adequately reflect current research and trends in the specific field. Section editors will network with national and international experts in a subject area to ensure that top reviewers and authors contribute to the journal.

 

Publication Frequency

Journals are published 3 times a year. Journal items are published as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilises the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

 

Ethics and Ethical Considerations

Ethical and legal considerations
The Journal supports the ‘National Code of Best Practice in Editorial Discretion and Peer Review for South African Scholarly Journals’ available online at www.assaf.org.za. Special attention will be devoted to conflict of interest, patient’s right to privacy and approval of research protocols by a suitable ethics review board.

Protection of patient’s rights to privacy
Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives informed written consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that the patient be shown the manuscript to be published. (www.icmje.org)

Ethnic Classification
Work that is based on or contains reference to ethnic classification must indicate the rationale for this.

 

Authorship

All named authors must give consent to publication. Authorship should be based only on substantial contribution to:

  1. Conception and design of the research protocol and analysis and interpretation of data.
  2. Drafting of the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.

All three of these conditions must be met (Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals; (www.icmje.org). Authors must declare all sources of support for the research and any association with the product or subject that may constitute conflict of interest.

 

Advertising Policy

The Editorial Board of JEMDSA recognises the important role that advertisements and sponsorships play in meeting the costs of the publication and in ensuring the continued existence of the Journal. The Editors welcome advertising or funding that are supportive of the objectives of the Journal and do not conflict with the mission, vision and values statements of the Journal or any of its representing societies.

The following guidelines shall be implemented for sponsorship and advertising:

  • Advertisements must be factual and in good taste.
  • Advertised products or services must be in compliance with Act 101, “The Code of Practice for the Marketing of Medicines in RSA”, the National Drug Policy and regulations of the Medicines Control Council (MCC), Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA).
  • Advertisements should not exceed 35% of the total editorial space.
  • Advertisements and editorials/content will be clearly separated.
  • Non-designated support shall be acknowledged in the Journal.
  • The Editorial Board will be responsible for the final acceptance of any advertorial material.