Tokyo Women's Medical University Journal

Instructions to Authors

(Last updated January 1, 2019)


1. Tokyo Women's Medical University Journal (TWMUJ) is the official journal of the Society of Tokyo Women's Medical University. The journal is the peer-reviewed medical journal and aims to introduce achievements in the fields of basic and clinical medicine, nursing, and social medicine. Articles contributed are classified into the following categories: original articles, review articles, case reports, and others.
2. Papers will be received on the understanding that they have not been published in whole or in part elsewhere.
3. A secondary publication of a full-length paper, which is not indexed in Medline, may be considered in TWMUJ only when the manuscript contains important information that deserves to be disseminated to a significantly different readership from that of the original publication. Further details on acceptable forms of secondary publication can be found at
4. All articles are freely accessible online at J-stage, Japan's largest platform for academic journals.
5. The articles must be written in English. It is the authors' responsibility to have their manuscripts checked by a native speaker, and a certificate of the check should be presented when the manuscript is submitted.
6. Authors must omit from their text, tables, figures, and supplemental data any identifying details regarding patients and study participants, including names, initials, date of birth, dates, or medical record numbers. Photographs need to be cropped sufficiently to prevent human subjects being recognized (or an eye bar should be used).
7. To be accepted in TWMUJ, studies must be based on humane experimental practices and observe the latest versions of The Declaration of Helsinki, Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals or the established guiding principles and standards in the relevant field of research. Papers that describe studies using human or animal subjects must include an Institutional Review Board approval statement and number in the Methods. Informed consent should be obtained from all human subjects, and a statement confirming that consent has been obtained must be included in the Methods.
8. TWMUJ accepts manuscripts from members of the Society of Tokyo Women's Medical University. However, co-authors who are not members of Tokyo Women's Medical University need not be members of the Society. Students and interns can submit with the supervisor.
9. The editorial board determines the acceptance or rejection, and the order of publication of manuscripts. The editorial board of TWMUJ reserves the right to edit any articles accepted for publication as it sees fit. Accepted manuscripts are not returned.
10. TWMUJ applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) to all works published in the journal on and after January 1, 2019. The Society of Tokyo Women's Medical University retains ownership of the copyright for all articles in TWMUJ, but anyone may download, reuse, copy, reprint, distribute, or modify content in the journal starting from Vol.3, provided it is accurately attributed. No permission is required from either the authors or the Society of Tokyo Women's Medical University.
11. Except in the case of articles requested by the Editorial Committee, publication expenses are borne by the author. Authors will be notified of the exact sum.
12. Plagiarism is not acceptable in TWMUJ submissions. We use the iThenticate plagiarism detection system. All submissions are processed before being sent for peer review.

Submission of Manuscripts

When submitting a manuscript, please include the following six materials:
1. Three copies of the manuscript
2. Manuscript's data files in an electronic format, such as USB, CD-ROM, e-mails etc. The size of e-mails should not exceed 20 MB. Accepted file formats are docx, pptx, xlsx, and pdf.
3. Certification of English language editing
4. Declaration of Copyright Transfer
5. Submission Checklist
6. Contact Sheet

Types of Manuscripts

1. Original articles are scientific reports with new findings of original experimental or clinical research. Maximum 3,000 words with a maximum of 10 figures and/or tables.
2. Review articles are summaries of specific research areas or themes with information accessible to the general members. Review articles are usually invited by the editorial board. Maximum 3,000 words with a maximum of 10 figures and/or tables.
3. Case reports present the details and observation of novelty and rare medical or clinical cases. Maximum 1,500 words, with a maximum of five figures and/or tables.

Arrangement of Manuscripts

Manuscripts (including references, tables, legends, etc.) must be typewritten using "Times New Roman", size 12, and double spacing on A4-size paper with a 2.5 cm margin and with page numbers indicated on the bottom center. Except for standard, widely understood abbreviations, each abbreviation should be written out in full in its first occurrence, with the abbreviation specified in parentheses. Weights, measures, and symbols must follow the International System of Units (SI). Except for ℃ and %, one space must be inserted between each number and unit.
Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: 1. title page; 2. abstract and key words; 3. main text (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements, Conflict of Interest); 4. references, 5. figures and figure legends; and 6. tables and footnotes.

1. Title page

The first page of the manuscript should include the following:
1) Type of the manuscript.
2) The title of the manuscript in sentence case. No abbreviations other than gene names or in common use.
3) Full names of all authors.
4) Affiliations of the authors indicated by numbers (not symbols).
5) Name, address, , and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

2. Abstract and key words

The second page of the manuscript should contain only the abstract (maximum 200 words) and key words. The abstract must be fully comprehensible without reference to the text.
For Original manuscripts, a structured abstract is required with the following headings: Background; Methods; Results; and Conclusions. For other manuscripts, an abstract should not be structured.
There should be no more than five key words.

3. Main text

Section headings of the manuscripts should be divided into the following sections and presented in this order:
Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgements; and Conflict of Interest. Subheadings are numbered in the order of 1. → 1) → (1).
Acknowledgements should include the names of the supervisors and collaborators, the nature of the assistance provided, and academic publications. It is recommended, but not mandatory, to acknowledge the sources of funding and previous presentations at scientific meetings. All sources of funding should be acknowledged with a sentence, such as "This works was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number XXXXXXXX". For studies that have been presented at a scientific meeting, acknowledgement should include a sentence, such as "A part of this study has been presented at the XXth Annual Meeting of XXXXX (Month Year, City)".
Conflict of Interest should disclose, if applicable, any relationships with for-profit entities that may have any interest in the subject matter, materials, or process(es) discussed in the manuscript.

4. References
References, including those given in tables and figure legends, should be numbered sequentially in the order they appear in the text and listed in numerical order at the end of the manuscript under the heading "References". In the text, the numbers should be set to the right of the reference in superscript. Three or more consecutive citations should be indicated as a range using a hyphen, e.g. "3-5". Journal titles should be abbreviated as shown in MEDLINE. When there are 4 or more authors, include only the first three and add "et al". Author's name(s) should be written as Last Name then First Name. Please note the following examples.
1. Yokota J, Shinozaki A, Kamo T et al: A Questionnaire Study on the Prevalence of Premenstrual Syndrome, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, and Related Coping Mechanisms among Female Medical Students. TWMUJ 1: 1-7, 2017
2. Nagano H, Tachibana Y, Ueno M et al: Role of the Internal Iliac Node Dissection in Radical Hysterectomy for Cervical Cancer: A Retrospective Analysis. TWMUJ 2018. doi: 10.24488/twmuj.2018005 (Accessed Dec 6, 2018)
3. Suga S, Ihara T, Asada K et al: Shoni niokeru Shinshusei infuruenzakin, Haienkyukin Kansensho 2013nen. IASR 35: 233-234, 2014. (Accessed Dec 6, 2018)
1. Okamoto T: Totsu no chiryo ha dosurunodeshoka. In Shinkeinaika Clinical Questions & Pearls Chusudatsuzuiseishikkan (Kira J eds), pp 363-366, Chugai Igakusha, Tokyo (2018)
2. Cole CN: Part 3. The nucleus. Chapter 9. Nuclear structure and transport. In Lewin's cells, 3rd ed (Plopper G, Sharp D, Sikorski E eds), pp 402-450, Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, Massachusetts (2015)
3. Bargman JM, Skorecki K: Part 9. Disorders of the Kidney and Urinary Tract. Chapter 305. Chronic Kidney Disease. In Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20ed. The McGraw-Hill Companies,
New York.
bookid=2129§ionid=186950702 (Accessed Dec 6, 2018)
5. Figures and figure legends

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be submitted on separate pages at the end of the manuscript using a separate page for each figure. Digital photograph files should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Figures should be numbered in order of appearance with Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). Figure citations in the text should be boldface. Each figure must have an accompanying legend, which should be understandable without reference to the text. All of these legends should be collected together on a separate page rather than placed under the figures they refer to.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce or modify materials from other sources, including adaptations. Permission letters from the copyright holder of the original source must be submitted with the manuscript. The works from which figures are borrowed should be cited in the reference list. A full credit line should be added to the figure legend.

6. Tables and footnotes
Tables with suitable titles and numbered with Arabic numerals should be placed at the end of the text on separate sheets (one table per page).Tables should be numbered in order of appearance with Arabic numerals (e.g. Table 1, Table 2). Table citations in the text should be boldface. They should be understandable without reference to the text. Column headings should be kept as brief as possible and indicate units. Footnotes should be labeled a), b), c), etc. and typed on the same page as the table they refer to. Tables must be configured in a horizontal layout only.

Publication Fees

Payment of publication fees (as a contribution to the costs of production) is required after a manuscript has been published. The article publication charges, excluding tax, are as follows: JPY 5,000 per page; JPY 1,000 per figure; JPY 2,000 per table; and PDF production fee of JPY 400 per page. The page charge is waived for original and review articles of up to four pages and for reports of up to two pages.

The Journal Editorial Office

Please address all queries related to submissions, editing, and printing to the following: Society of Tokyo Women's Medical University, 8-1 Kawada-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8666, JAPAN
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Instructions to Authors

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