History of the Myanmar Medical Journal

Myanmar Medical Journal is the sole scientific journal that is currently published by the Myanmar Medical Association. This journal was first published by the name of Burma Medical Journal by the Burma Medical Association during the early part of 20th century under the British colonial rule. The Burma Medical Association was formed during the above mentioned period buy a group of medical practitioners most of whom were in private practice or working as medical officers in large private companies. At the time of the Second World War its publication came to a halt. After Burma gained independence in 1948, the Burma Medical Association was reestablished in 1949 with Dr. A. Ba Thaw as its president. The membership of the Burma Medical Association expanded to include other medical personnel from Government Boards, Government Medical Services, doctors from various foreign missions and large business corporations in addition to private medical practitioners who were the core founders of this association. As a result of this inclusiveness, the Burma Medical Association became more representative of the entire medical profession in the country. One of the first tasks carried out by the newly established Burma Medical Association was to re-launch the Burma Medical Journal. The first issue of the Burma Medical Journal was published in May/June of 1953 with Dr. R.S. Grewal as its editor. A message was sent to the Burma Medical Journal from the first Honorable Prime Minister of the Union of Burma U Nu expressing his delight to see the revival of the Journal and wished success to the enterprise.
Since 1953, the Burma Medical Journal has been published quarterly each year. However, there has been a break in its publication during some years due to administrative problems. The journal was renamed as Myanmar Medical Journal in 1989 when the country changed its name from Burma to Myanmar. The Myanmar Medical Association is giving great importance to the publication of this journal and has allocated resources to ensure that this publication is sustained.
The aim of the journal is to foster and promote the advancement of scientific and medical knowledge amongst members of the medical profession in the country. The Journal is a peer reviewed journal that is published quarterly. It can be freely accessed (open access) on line at the Myanmar Medical Association’s web site www.mmacentral.org Printed copies of the journal are also available and they are being distributed to the members, various departments in the medical colleges, medical libraries and departments under the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Publish Your Research In The Myanmar Medical Journal

The Aim of the Journal

  • The Myanmar Medical Journal, instituted solely for the purpose of advancing medical science, serves as one of the main forums for the publication of original research papers in the fi eld of medicine and health in Myanmar.
  • The journal also aims to serve as a medium for “continuing medical education” for medical practitioners. As such, it publishes case reports, review and educational articles, abstracts, and articles of general interest.
  • Being the official organ of the Myanmar Medical Association, the journal functions as a bulletin board for dissemination and exchange of news of the activities of the various member societies and individuals

Guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts

The manuscript must be accompanied by a letter stating the category to which the manuscript belongs, and that it has not been submitted to any other journal. For original article, the research should be carried out within the past 5 years.

Preparation of manuscripts

  1. The manuscript should be typed / printed single spaced on one side of an A4 (22 x 30 cm) fi ne paper with wide margins. When word processor (Microsoft Word document or Page Maker) is used, the font should be Arial or Times New Roman, size 11 for text, 14 for the title, and 10 for the rest (authors, acknowledgements, tables, figures, references).
  2. Pages, including the figures and tables, should be numbered. Text of the final article should not be more than 5 pages.
  3. Manuscript should include the title page, the abstract, text, references, figures, tables, and photographs (if any) in that order. Ethical clearance by the body concerned must be submitted as required. Preferably, Soft copy containing the manuscript should accompany the printed copy.

Title page

Print the title (use fewest possible words that describe the content of the paper, and omit all superfluous words such as “A study of ……..”, “Observations on ……….”, etc.), the full name(s) of the author(s), the academic qualifications, designations and affiliations, the contact address(es) including phone numbers and email addresses.

Abstract

Concisely state (not more than 200 words) the objectives and scope of the investigation, the summary of results and principal conclusion(s).

Tables

Tables (numbered and titled) should be on separate sheets identified with the title of the manuscript on the back or the margin. Tables or figures should not be more than 4.

Figures

It should be also on separate sheets. Use bold strokes. They must be of sufficient size to allow 50% reduction. Photographs of patients should be accompanied by written permission, and their identities should be masked. Roentgenograph must be high contrast print. Indicate the stain for photomicrographs. Tables or figures should not be more than 4.

References

All references cited in the text (identified with Arabic numeral superscripts) must be in Vancouver style and listed in numerical order (by which they were cited and marked in Arabic numeral superscripted) in References section following the text. Each reference should include the following in the order given: the name(s) of the author(s), the title of the article cited, name of the journal (full or in abbreviations based on those of the Index Medicus), the year of publication, volume number, and first and last page numbers. For books, number of edition, publisher and place of publication should also be included.

Examples:

1) Miller AC, Harvey JE. Guidelines for the management of spontaneous pneumothorax. British Medical Journal (or Br Med J) 1993; 307: 114-116.
2) Pickup JC, Williams G (eds). Textbook of Diabetes. 2nd ed. 1997. Blackwell Science, Oxford. pp 25-26.
3) SIGN website is diabetic neuropathy
The manuscript is to be submitted in the form of hard copy (print form) as well as soft copy (CD) that is to be sent to:
The Editor, Myanmar Medical Journal, Myanmar Medical Association,
No. 249, Theinbyu Road, Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township, Yangon, Myanmar. E-mail: [email protected], website: www.mmacentral.org

The right to revise or reject any manuscript is reserved. Once accepted and published, it becomes the property of the Myanmar Medical Association.

 

Guidance for case reports in MMJ

Case reports to be published in MMJ should conform with the format below.

Title of Case Do not include “a case report”
Summary Up to 150 words summarising the case presentation and outcome
(this will be freely available online)
Background Why you think this case is important – why did you write it up?
Case Presentation Presenting features, medical/social/family history
Investigations If relevant
Differential Diagnosis If relevant
Treatment If relevant
Outcome and Follow-
Up
Discussion Include a very brief review of similar published cases
Learning Points/ Take
Home Messages
3 to 5 bullet points – this is a required field
References Vancouver style (Was the patient involved in a clinical trial? Please reference related articles)
Figure/Video Captions figures should NOT be embedded in this document
Patient’s Perspective Optional but encouraged