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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • There is no conflict of interest among the authors.
  • The submission files are in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Your submission must have three files: the title page, the main text and the cover letter. Other supplementary files may be uploaded.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The main text manuscript is blinded and has no author information in order to enable blinded review

Author Guidelines

Submission prerequisites

Before beginning submission, ensure you adhere to the following requirements:

  • The manuscript has to be written in English with acceptable the grammar and flow. If you are not a native English speaker, please use a language editing service.

  • The manuscript should be within the word limit i.e., 4000 words for original articles and 2500 for case reports. The abstract should be STRUCTURED (other than for case reports). With a word count less than 250. Include 3-6 keywords that are appropriate for the paper.

  • Important attachments

  1. Title Page- Separate document with title, full names of authors (no abbreviations), affiliations, emails and ORCID of ALL authors. It should include a conflict disclosure statement and agreement to handover research copyrights to Anatomy Journal of Africa. 

  2. Main text- Blinded with no indication of author names, institution, city or country. Must be structured as title, abstract, introduction, methods (The ethical approval number MUST be cited intext), results, discussion, conclusion and references.


    1. Appropriate number 40 for reviews, 25 for original papers, 10 for case reports 

    2. In-text references: numbers enclosed in parentheses ( )

    3. Numbered in order of citation, i.e., 7 is cited before 8 

    4. Bibliography: formatted as per Vancouver, maximum of 3 authors per reference, add word “et al” after third author. 

    5. <50% older than 10 years 

    6. All retrievable on the internet.

Tables- should be made using the word processing document and not copy pasted from the statistical software. Should have well described titles and appropriately cited intext. Tables should be placed after the references. 

Figures & Images- Uploaded as separate individual files AND embedded in the word document. These should have the following characteristics:

    1. Acceptable quality (at least 300 dpi) and format (TIFF or PNG or JPEG, at least 300dpi)

    2. Clear   

    3. Well highlighted pathology or procedure

    4. Blinded to patient and institution

    5. Well labelled and cited in the text of the manuscript

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