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The Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology is published bi-annually (January and June) as an open access journal in SLJOL by The College of Anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka.
The journal publishes original work in all branches of anaesthesia, critical care and pain management including the application of basic sciences, clinical practice, equipment and training. In addition, the journal publishes review articles, case reports and special articles of general interest.
Instructions to authors
All material submitted for publication should be sent exclusively to the SLJA. The SLJA will consider all manuscripts prepared in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
Submission processing fee
Currently SLJA does not levy a processing fee for publication of articles.
Selection for publication
Each manuscript will be read by the editors to decide whether it should be further reviewed and those selected for review will be sent anonymously to peer reviewers following plagiarism check.
Each manuscript will be subjected to a standard plagiarism check by iThenticate. A similarity index ≥ 20% would lead to a check of the report, and if the editors and not satisfied the submission is returned for modification. The similarity index report can be sent to authors on request.
If the submission persists to have a similarity index ≥ 20% a 2nd chance is given for correction. Failure to do so will compel the editors to archive the submission.
The journal uses a double blind peer review process. Reviewers are requested to treat submissions as confidential communications and not to share their content with anyone except colleagues they have asked to assist them in reviewing, or to use content for their own purposes. They are asked to declare any conflict of interest (such as personal ties to authors), and not to copy manuscripts.
All articles will be submitted anonymously to the Editorial Board. Members of the board assess articles on the basis of importance of the research problem, scientific strength, clarity of presentation and appropriateness for readers of the SLJA.
Editors reserve the right to modify style, shorten articles, make editorial corrections where necessary, and to determine priority and time of publication.
The editorial Board follows COPE guidelines in managing the submissions to the journal. https://publicationethics.org/
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Material for publication
The material submitted may be any one of the following types of submission:
This should report research related to anaesthesia, pain and intensive care. The paper should be less than 2000 words with 5 tables or illustrations and 20 references.
These would be solicited by the editors and would be expert opinion on current topics. They should not exceed 1500 words and 20 references.
These should be on drug trials, adverse effects, new management methods and use of new techniques and devices. Ensure that informed consent is obtained from human subjects. The paper should not exceed 1000 words, 5 tables or illustrations and 10 references.
They should not exceed 2000 words, 5 tables or illustrations and 20 references.
Points of view and correspondence
SLJA welcomes submissions expressing opinions, presenting hypotheses, broaching controversial issues, and clarifying recent advances in the basic sciences. They should not have more than 500 words, 2 illustrations, or 3 references.
All submissions should be with a covering letter included as a supplementary file and signed by all the authors stating a) that contents not published elsewhere, b) paper not being submitted elsewhere and c) the percentage contribution made by each author. The full name, mailing address, E mail address, telephone number/s and ORCID of author(s) should be included. If there is more than one author, the name of the corresponding author should be mentioned. Please ensure that the metadata of the article is completed with all required details.
The certificate of ethical approval from the respective ethics committee should be included.
Registration evidence in a Clinical Trials Registry should be included with the submission.
Submissions should be online through SLJOL: go to SLJA and register as an author.
All parts of manuscript should be typed with double spacing on A4 size and in capital and lower case letters. The components should be as title page, abstract, text, references and tables in numerical sequence.
Abstract for articles should be not more than 250 words and 150 words for a brief report. Use SI units and generic names for drugs.
References should be in the order they are cited in the text and should be indicated in the text of the article by a numerical superscript.
Sample references below are in the style required for the SLJA.
Journals: List all authors when 4 or fewer; if 5 or more, list the first 3 and add et al. The complete name of the journal, year, volume and first and last page numbers are required.
Guilabert P, Usua G, Martin N et al. Fluid resuscitation management in patients with burns: update. BJA 2016; 117(3): 284-296.
Books: List all authors or editors if 4 or less; list the first 3 and add et al when 5 or more
Gal T.J. Airway management. In: Miller RD, ed. Miller’s Anaesthesia, 6th edn. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2005: 1637-9.
American College of Surgeons. Advanced Trauma Life Support. 2013: 157-69, Chicago,Il. ISBN 978-1-880696-31-6.
Tables must be typed double-spaced and should be numbered using Arabic numerals in the order cited in the text. Each table should have a title that describes the content.
Figures and photographs should be sent if data cannot be expressed in any other form. These may be in black and white or colour, glossy prints in sharp focus and 5” x 7” size. Number in order they are cited in the text.
Read ICMJE Recommendations http://www.icmje.org/
The certificate of ethical clearance obtained from the respective ethics committee should be submitted with the covering letter and Tables, illustrations from previous publications should be accompanied by a letter of permissions from the authors/s and editor/s of the publications.
Only persons who have contributed to the intellectual content of paper should be listed as authors and their level of contribution indicated.
Financial support obtained and any conflicts of interest should be declared.
Conflicts of interest should be declared by filling this form and submitting as a supplementary file. Refer http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/
Ensure that informed consent has been obtained if human subjects are involved and that appropriate ethical approval is obtained. Photographs of human subjects should not allow identification of the subject. The sex of all human subjects must be indicated and, where appropriate, the results should be disaggregated by sex.
All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023, revised 1978) and the authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript that such guidelines have been followed. The sex of animals must be indicated, and where appropriate, the influence (or association) of sex on the results of the study. Elsevier guidelines.
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.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Articles in the Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology are Open Access articles published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY License.
This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.