BMJ WEST AFRICA EDITION (BMJWA)The BMJ West Africa edition ( BMJWA) is one of the Local Editions of the BMJ across the Globe. As a member of the BMJ global family it abides by obligation under the same authorship guidelines as the parent BMJ in London..

Please read the Notes below and let us know if you need any assistance or clarifications. Good luck as you prepare your manuscript for submission to the BMJWA.

All local editions of the BMJ operate under the same central peer review terms for original research papers. Locally commissioned editorials and commentaries and opinions on already published papers are peer reviewed locally and may not go to London..

Authors submit research manuscripts to local editions like the BMJ West Africa and the articles undergo local first screening / peer review and those that pass are submitted to BMJ London for standard BMJ global peer review. Those that pass the global peer review are published in the BMJ. The citation reference shall be from BMJ. .

Article requirements for The BMJ

Please ensure that anything you submit to the BMJ conforms to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations 2013).

The ICMJE recommendations are long and comprehensive, and the BMJ also has specific requirements for different types of articles and particularly detailed ones for research articles. We urge you to look carefully at all of these..

Here, however, is an overview of the requirements for all BMJ manuscripts:

Title - all manuscripts - Title page

•Names, addresses, and positions of all authors plus email address for corresponding author, ensuring that all people listed as authors fulfil the criteria for authorship - all manuscripts

•Copyright/license for publication - all manuscripts

•A competing interest declaration - all manuscripts

•Details of contributors and the name of the guarantor - all original research articles

•Signed patient consent forms - all manuscripts with personal information about a patient

•Statements regarding ethics approval; informed consent from participants; funding; the role of the study sponsor in study design and the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and the writing of the article and the decision to submit it for publication; the independence of researchers from funders and sponsors; and the access of researchers to all the data - all original research articles

•All the information recommended in the relevant reporting statement, for example CONSORT. We do not use reporting guidelines as critical appraisal tools to evaluate study quality or filter out articles. We're simply aiming to make research articles so clear that peer reviewers, editors, clinicians, educators, ethicists, policy makers, systematic reviewers, guideline writers, journalists, patients, and the general public can tell what really happened during a study - all original research articles.

•If you are submitting a report of a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) please send with your manuscript a completed checklist and flowchart in accordance with the appropriate CONSORT guidelines, the trial protocol, and the registration details of the trial. In accordance with ICMJE uniform requirements, trials commenced after July 2005 must have been registered prospectively before patient recruitment; for older trials retrospective registration will be acceptable but only if done before submission of the manuscript to the journal.

•If you are submitting a report of: a systematic review or meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and other evaluation studies please follow the PRISMA guidelines (these have superceded the QUOROM guidelines) and submit as a supplemental file the study protocol, if there is one

•a meta-analysis of observational studies please follow the MOOSE guidelines and submit as a supplemental file the study protocol, if there is one

•a study of diagnostic accuracy please follow the STARD guidelines

•an observational study please follow the STROBE guidelines and submit as a supplemental file the study protocol, if there is one.

•a clinical guidelines paper we encourage you to follow the GRADE guidance for grading evidence, but will not insist on this.

•a health economics paper, please follow the CHEERS statement.

Currently, HRI West Africa JOURNALS are published monthly


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This Journal welcomes submission(s) of manuscript(s) with innovative insight and scientific discussions that have impact and rigour. It shall publish:

  1. Original articles on basic and clinical medicine and health topics.
  2. Case reports and case series studies.
  3. Invitational / spontaneous expert critical reviews, opinions and commentaries.
  4. Relevant news and current affairs in medicine and health.

The journal shall contain other materials such as News, commentaries, analysis and editorials.

BMJWA operational and editorial obligation is to inform author(s) of the decision on their manuscript(s) within six weeks of submission.

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