Writing Rules

Editorial procedure

Single-blind peer review
Journal follows a single-blind reviewing procedure where authors do not know reviewers, but the reviewers know the authors' info. Authors are therefore requested to submit:
A non-blinded manuscript. All manuscripts should start with the title page (containing title, all author names, affiliations but contact information). Contact information of the corresponding author must be mentioned only in the cover page.

Manuscript Submission
Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. Use of editing service is suggested for non-native English speakers.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to upload evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers as "supporting file”. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Online Submission
Please follow the hyperlink “Submit article” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.
Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.

** If your submission is not prepared according to guidelines you will have another chance to correct them. Failure to prepare the submission according to journal's rules twice, will lead to direct rejection by the editorial office. Additionally, if you have made any payment, they will not be refunded. By submitting your article, it means that, you accepted this term.

This publication requires that all of the authors provide their ORCID ID before proceeding with submission to prevent author confusions

Reviewer Suggestion
Authors will be kindly asked to suggest 3 potential reviewers for their papers. These recommendations will help to ensure the journal’s high scientific level and support a quick review process, thus reducing the time from manuscript submission to publication. Please note that only reviewer suggestions from internationally respected institutions other than the corresponding author’s institution will be taken into consideration. In addition, the authors should not have previously published any articles together with the suggested reviewers. Reviewers suggested by the authors should have institutional extensions in their e-mail addresses. E-mails with yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc extensions will not be accepted. Invitation of suggested reviewers are subject to decision of the editorial office and invitation of these reviewers are not warranted.

Types of papers

Original Article: Limited to 3000 words, 30 references, no more than 5 figures and 5 tables. In case of multicentric studies, authorship must include no more than 3 authors per each center that contributes to the study.
Review Article: Limited to 4000 words, 60 references, no more than 5 figures and 5 tables. Reviews are published only if they were invited by editor. If you wish to submit a non-invited review please contact with editor-in-chief prior to submission.
Short Communication/Technical reports: Limited to 1200 words, 10 references, no more than 4 figures and tables in total.
Letter to the Editor: Up to 500 words, no more than 5 references
Please note: If the Letter to the Editor comments on a previously published article, the following conditions must be met:
1. The article the Letter to the Editor refers to must have been published in the Acibadem University Health Sciences Journal.
2. The article the Letter to the Editor refers to must be no more than 6 months old (since the date of online first publication).
For all Letters to the Editor, the same rule applies: they must provide something significant and new for the reader.
The final categorization of an accepted submission is dependent on the decision of the Editor in Chief.
Case Reports will not be accepted

Paper preparation

General requirements for paper preparation:

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format.
Page margins should be 25mm for each, all paragraphs must be justified.
Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman), double line-spacing for whole text.

The journal has international reviewers, is covered and is being evaluated by international indices, thus all files (except title and running head in Turkish) submitted to journal and whole communication should be in English.

Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

Abbreviations should be defined in full at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.
Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.
Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

If the article is a part of a project, trial or thesis it should be mentioned here with the relevant numbers (Such as for trials registered in clinical trials trial number,  for thesis number from Higher Education Council, etc)

Scientific style
Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (SI units).

Which files to upload
Authors must upload following files separately:

  • Cover Letter
  • Full Text File starting with title Page
  • Tables must be added to the end of the Full Text
  • Copyright Form
  • Authorship Contributions
  • Ethics Committee Approval/Waiver
  • Conflict of Interest (Must be filled for each author and all COI forms must uploaded as a single file all together)

Additionally authors should upload following files separately, if relevant, from Upload Supplementary File button (please select proper "Submission file Type"):

  • Figures/Pictures
  • Research Data
  • Response to reviewers (must be uploaded during revisions)
  • Supporting file

Cover Letter

The cover letter is a formal way to communicate with journal editors and editorial staff during the manuscript submission process. Cover letter is a separate document from the manuscript file
The cover letter should be addressed to the journal editor; any interim correspondence is addressed to the editor, section editor or associate editor with whom you have been in communication.
The letter will argue that your manuscript is a good fit for the journal you are submitting it to and highlight your most important findings, write a short paragraph that explains why your manuscript would be a good fit for the journal.

Additionally, the cover letter should include the following information:

• manuscript title
• assurances that all authors agree with the content of the manuscript and with the order of authorship
• notice of any conflicts of interest or activities that might be seen as influencing the research
• verification that the treatment of human participants or nonhuman animal subjects was in accordance with established ethical standard
• The manuscript is original (i.e., you wrote it, not copied it)
• No part of the manuscript has been published before, nor is any part of it under consideration for publication at another journal
• The telephone number, email address, and mailing address of the corresponding author.
• A clear indication and an active e-mail address of all authors.

*Other parts of the submission files must not contain any contact information.

Full Text File with Title Page

Please provide the following information in the title page as a first page of the Full Text File.

  • A concise and informative full title. (Please avoid use of abbreviations as much as possible)
  • A running title (not more than 50 characters including spaces)
  • Authors from Turkey must provide also a full title and running title in Turkish matching with English originals.
  • Type of the article
  • The name(s) of the author(s) (Capitalize initial letter of the Names and all letters of the SURNAME)
  • The affiliation(s) of the all author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
  • 16-digit ORCID of all the author(s)
  • NO contact information

Full Text 

Must start with Full Title of the article, which is followed by abstract and Main Text sections.

Main Text must start from the new page after abstract section. 

Please provide a structured abstract of 150 to 250 words which should be divided into the following sections and followed by keywords:
Purpose (stating the main purposes and research question), Methods, Results, and Conclusion
After the abstract also declare (when applicable) Trial registration number and date of registration (if necessary “retrospectively registered”)
Keywords: Please provide 3 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes. Keywords must be matching with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

Authors from Turkey must provide also an abstract and keywords in Turkish matching with Turkish Science Terms for Turkish.

Main Text
Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
Use italics for emphasis.
Use the continuous line numbering.
Do not use field functions.
Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).
Start your Main Text with full title.
Make your text structured as Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Declarations, Acknowledgement (if necessary), and References.
After references add each table in a new page.
After tables add Figure legends, if you have any figures.

All manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Declarations'.
If any of the sections are not relevant to your manuscript, please include the heading and write 'Not applicable' for that section
Funding (information that explains whether and by whom the research was supported. If supported also give number)
Conflicts of interest/Competing interests (include appropriate disclosures)
Ethics approval (include appropriate approvals or waivers with date and number. Additionally, upload decision letter wile submitting your article)
Availability of data and material (data transparency)
Authors' contributions (mandatory: This journal accepts authorship criteria defined by ICMJE). Write author names as initials. If there are multiple authors with same initials also use second characters of the lastnames.

References should be cited in text in rounded brackets (parentheses) before punctation. If author name is mentioned in the sentence, then cite the reference just after the author name, else, cite at the end of the sentence. If there are more than two authors of the mentioned reference with author name, use et al after the first author, else, write all authors. Consecutive references should be abbreviated with an en-dash. Examples:
Following texts represent examples of citing (1).
Yucel, et al (2) reported that, early and intense nutritional support of cancer patients with risk of malnutrition may lead to less weight loss during radiotherapy.
Kuru Alici and Emiroglu (3) declared the importance of home visit experience in public health nursing.
Several studies investigated effect of cost on choice of treatment modality for certain malignancies (1-3,7).

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. Only cite directly utilized sources and please avoid using cited references of utilized sources. Editors or reviewers may request first pages of the references if get suspicious about use of cited reference.
References must be listed according to list of appearance. Use paragraph hanging.
All authors should be quoted for papers with up to three authors; for papers with more than three authors, list the first three followed by 'et al.'.
Use sentence case for titles if no specific name was used.
The first and last page numbers for each reference must be provided as abbreviated.
Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the Index Medicus. If the journal is not abbreviated by Index Medicus please refer to ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations. If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.
The year followed by ";", volume followed by ":" and the pages; the issue should not be mentioned. If there is DOI It should be mentioned at the end of the line.
Journal article:
1 Kuru Alıcı N and Emi̇roğlu ON. Students’ home visit experiences within the scope of public health nursing course: A qualitative study. Acibadem Univ Saglik Bilim Derg. 2020;12:146-51. DOI:10.31067/acusaglik.834065
2 Yücel S, Kaplan SO, Güral Z, et al. The effect of individual nutritional support and nurse follow-up on weight loss during radiotherapy in cancer patients. 2020;12:63-6. DOI:10.31067/acusaglik.833729
3 Yüksel ME, Tamer F and Avcı E. Does vitamin d deficiency cause direct inguinal hernia? Preliminary results. Acibadem Univ Saglik Bilim Derg. 2020;12:7-11. DOI:10.31067/acusaglik.833318
Congress Proceedings:
4. Braunwald E, Mock MB, Watson JT, et al. Congestive heart failure : Current research and clinical applications. 1982; New York: Grune & Stratton.
5. Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, et al. Sabiston textbook of surgery: The biological basis of modern surgical practice. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017.
Book Section:
6. Treglia G and Muoio B. Evidence-based pet for brain tumours. In: Treglia G. and Giovanella L., eds. Evidence-based positron emission tomography: Summary of recent meta-analyses on pet. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2020. p. 25-33. DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-47701-1_3

You can use EndNote reference file by downloading from official website ( https://endnote.com/style_download/acibadem-universitesi-saglik-bilimleri-dergisi/ )

All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.
Each table must start from new page.
All tables must be uploaded at the end of  the main text not in separate files.

Artwork and Illustrations
Electronic Figure Submission
Supply all figures electronically.
Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.
For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format.
Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps.

Line Art
Definition: Black and white graphic with no shading.
Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines and lettering within the figures are legible at final size.
All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) wide.
Scanned line drawings and line drawings in bitmap format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.
Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.

Halftone Art
Definition: Photographs, drawings, or paintings with fine shading, etc.
If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves.
Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Color Art
Color art is free of charge for online publication.
Color illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel).
Color artwork should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Figure Lettering
To add lettering, it is best to use Helvetica or Arial (sans serif fonts).
Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2–3 mm (8–12 pt).
Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.

Figure Numbering
All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures,"A1, A2, A3, etc." Figures in online appendices [Supplementary Information (SI)] should, however, be numbered separately.

Figure Captions
Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions at the end of the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.

Figure Placement and Size
Figures should be submitted separately from the text.
When preparing your figures, size figures to fit in the column width.
The figures should be 84 mm or 174 mm wide and not higher than 234 mm.
Resolution of figures must be at least 300 dpi.

If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and must upload as “Supporting file” while submitting to journal. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and that Acibadem Universitesi Saglik Bilimleri Dergisi will not be able to refund any costs that may have occurred to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.

In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that
All figures have descriptive captions (blind users could then use a text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware)
Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colors for conveying information (colorblind users would then be able to distinguish the visual elements)
Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1

Submission of Revisions

Authors wishing to submit revision after peer-review must submit following files separately:

  • Response to Reviewers document, which contains point-to-point explanations. Additionally you must response to reviewers via submission system.
  • Revised manuscript files (Do not upload as supplementary files).

Revised manuscript files must be prepared with Track Changes feature of Microsoft® Office Word. Guide for Track Changes feature can be found in official website of Microsoft® https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/track-changes-in-word-197ba630-0f5f-4a8e-9a77-3712475e806a


For proofreading please use Adobe Acrobat Commenting tools. Guide for commenting tools can be found in the official website of Adobe Acrobat. https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/commenting-pdfs.html