Guide for Authors

Gulhane Medical Journal is the official journal of the Gulhane Medical School, Health Sciences University, TR.

Gulhane Medical Journal is an international, multidisciplinary and peer reviewed journal for researchers and health-care providers.

For authors submitting to Gulhane Medical Journal, it is recommended that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). 

All submissons are accepted through the online submission system via ( Following submission, all correspondence is sent by e-mail.

Gulhane Medical Journal publishes in categories listed below;

1.    Orijinal article

2.    Case report

3.    Review article

4.    Letter to the editor (and their responses)

All submissions should follow this guide for the authors. Editorial office may send the manuscript back in order to complete the standard requirements before proceeding for review.    

Original articles should be designated either basic research or Clinical Research.

Review articles should include a summary and subheadings in the text to highlight the content of different sections. Authors are recommended to contact journal before submitting a review article in order to get a provision for review.

Case reports should present an actual patient case with a specific disease or condition.

Letter to the editor should be related to the articles published in the last four issues.

Gulhane Medical Journal applies word limits specific to manuscript types as shown in the table below;

 Type of article


 Word count*

 Number of authors

 Number of references


 Original article






 Review article






 Case report






 Letter to the editor






 *Excludes abstract, references and tables

Submitted articles should never been published in any journal, nor been simultaneously submitted to another journal. Presentations as an abstract at a scientific meeting is an exception but this should be declared in the cover letter.

If the study includes human subjects, the author should declare openly that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans (link-, and Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals (link- Authors should include a statement in the manuscript about informed consent obtained from their participants.

Animal experiments should comply with the standards as detailed by the EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments. Different or local regulations may apply provided that this is written in the manuscript and EU Directive is not violated.  

Preperation of the manuscript

The text should be in simple, single-column format. Using MS word processor, Times New Roman font and 11- or 12-point font size should be chosen. The text and references should be double-spaced.

Authors should make sure that a good layout is helpful throughout the review and publication process.

Cover Letter

All submissions should include a cover letter and complete contact information for the corresponding author. Whether the authors have published or submitted any related papers from the same study should be stated. Authors may also use this letter for confidential contact with the editor. 

Title Page

All manuscripts should start with the title page. It should include; the title of the manuscript, full names, highest academic degrees, and affiliations of all authors including updates, name and complete contact information for the corresponding author, and manuscript word count (not including title, abstract, acknowledgment, references, tables, and figure legends).


It should be structured according to Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions


Up to six keywords should be included in the manuscript.

Main document

It should be divided into the following sections: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion.

A case report should be structured as follows; introduction, Presentation of Case, Discussion, Conclusion.


This section should include list of contributions, disclosures, credits, and other information (i.e. contributor authors who do not fulfill authorship criteria). Funding must be described in detail including valid codes. Authors are responsible for the completeness of the information that should exist in the acknowledgement. 


It is the authors’ responsibility to maintain the accuracy and completeness of their references and for correct citation in the text. References should be numbered and listed in the order they appear in the text. In the text, references should be identified using arabic numerals in parenthesis. Up to six authors in a cited article all authors should be listed. When there are seven or more authors, the first three authors' names should be included followed by ‘’et al.’’. The issue number should be included in journal references.

Examples of reference style:

Galant SP, Komarow HD, Shin HW, Siddiqui S, Lipworth BJ. The case for impulse oscillometry in the management of asthma in children and adults. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017;118(6):664-671.

Willeit K, Pechlaner R, Willeit P, et al. Association between vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 and atrial fibrillation. JAMA Cardiol. 2017;2(5):516-523.

Taichman DB, Sahni P, Pinborg A, et al. Data sharing statements for clinical trials: a requirement of the international committee of medical journal editors [published online June 6, 2017]. Ann Intern Med. doi: 10.7326/M17-1028.

World Health Organization. WHO Criteria for Diagnosis of Osteoporosis. Accessed June 15, 2017.

Venables WN, Ripley BD. Modern Applied Statistics With S. 4th ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co; 2003

Purnell L. Transcultural Diversity and Health Care. In: Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach. 4th ed. Philadelphia: FA Davis Company; 2012:7.


Tables should be numbered in the order of their citation in the text. Each table should have a brief title. Footnotes should also be used where needed. All tables should be uploaded as separate word files. 


Figures should be numbered in the order of their citation in the text. Each figure should have a brief title. Footnotes should also be used where needed. All figures should be uploaded as separate JPEG files and should not exceed 1 MB in size.

Table and figure Legends

Use of brief legends (captions) for tables and figures is recommended. These can include explanation of the table or figure, markers and expansion of abbreviations. The legends should be uploaded as separate, word files.

GMJ encourages authors to use reporting guidelines such as CONSORT for Randomized Controlled Trial, PRISMA for Systematic Reviews or Meta-analyses of controlled trials, STARD for Diagnostic accuracy studies, and STROBE for Observational epidemiology studies. 

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