Aims and Scope
The African Annals of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery publish original articles, leading articles, general reviews, clinical facts, letters to editor, notes of technique and articles of medical pedagogy.
Responsible reporting of research studies, which includes a complete, transparent, accurate and timely account of what was done and what was found during a research study, is an integral part of good research and publication practice and not an optional extra.
The African Annals of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery supports initiatives aimed at improving the reporting of health research. Authors should follow these guidelines when drafting their manuscripts.
Authors should endeavour to address all items recommended by the guidelines (as a minimum). Adherence to recommended reporting guidelines will increase the probability of manuscripts acceptance for publication.
The EQUATOR website provides a central repository of up-to-date reporting guidelines and other resources that assist authors to prepare a good research manuscript.
Preparing Your Manuscript
Before submission, ensure that the manuscript falls within the scope of the journal. Poorly written manuscripts will be rejected at the point of submission. Manuscripts should be prepared in single-line spacing of not more than 20 pages. Headings, subheadings, sections and subsections should not be numbered. Major headings should be indicated in bold and block text (example - INTRODUCTION). Subheadings should be indicated in normal text and title case. The International System of Units (ISI) and other accepted conventions and nomenclature should be followed.
The title phrase should be brief.
List authors’ full names (first-name, middle-name, and last-name).
Affiliations of authors (department and institution).
Emails and phone numbers.
The abstract should not exceed 250 words. This abstract should be structured in the following way, for original work: objectives, methods, results and conclusions. For the clinical facts and the technical notes, the abstract should not exceed 100 words. 3 to 5 key words should be provided. The key words should be extracted from the list of the key words of the Medicus Index
Standard abbreviations should be used all through the manuscript. The use of non-standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be well-defined in the text following their first use. Abbreviations should be avoided the title and the abstract.
The statement of the problem should be stated in the introduction in a clear and concise manner.
Materials and methods
Materials and methods should be clearly presented to allow the reproduction of the experiments.
Results and discussion
Results and discussion maybe combined into a single section. Results and discussion may also be presented separately if necessary.
Tables and figures
Tables should be kept to a minimum.
Tables should have a short descriptive title.
The unit of measurement used in a table should be stated.
Tables should be numbered consecutively.
Tables should be organized in Microsoft Word or Excel spreadsheet.
Figures/Graphics should be prepared in GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint.
Tables and Figures should be appropriately cited in the manuscript.
Disclosure of conflict of interest
Authors should disclose all financial/relevant interest that may have influenced the study.
Acknowledgement of people, funds etc should be brief.
References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper. DOIs links to referenced articles should be stated wherever available. Names of journals should be presented in full and not abbreviated.
Aweto, H. A., Tella, B. A., & Lateef, A. I. (2018). Work‑Related Respiratory Symptoms and Cardiopulmonary Function Impairment of Factory Workers in a Cement Company in South‑West Nigeria. African Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 17(1), 47-53
Christomelba, D.C., & Ananthan G. (2016). Chitosan derived from the tunic of ascidian Phallusia nigra (Savigny, 1816) showing antibacterial activities and its characterization. International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences 8(9):91-95. https://doi.org/10.5897/IJMMS2014.1087
Yangni-Angate, K. H. (2016). Challenges in open heart surgery (OHS) in Africa: Côte d'Ivoire experience. African Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 11(1), 22-78.
Authors are issued an Acceptance Certificate for manuscripts that have been reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor.