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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Arial font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


Articles must be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document format via our online submission system.  Submissions are considered for publication on the understanding that the article is not under consideration by another printed or electronic journal. Submissions should focus on quality improvement in the fields of anesthesia and peri-anesthesia care.  Authors should consult the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence guidelines for suggestions on manuscript preparation:   SQUIRE 2.0 Guidelines


In keeping with open access trends, authors retain the copyright to their article published in MJAQS.  Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for the reproduction of pictures, tables, quotations etc.

Stylistic Requirements

Articles must include the following sections

  • Title Page:  
    • Title of manuscript
    • Names, titles, affiliations, and contact information for all authors
    • List of 3-5 keywords
    • Statement of financial support and conflict of interest, if any
  • Abstract:  unstructured, 250 word maximum
  • Introduction
  • Methods and Materials:  A statement concerning IRB approval and consent procedures must appear at the beginning of this section
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References 

Formatting requirements include the following

  • Single-spaced
  • 12-point Arial font
  • employ italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables must be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Standard Word default margins of 1in should be left at the sides and top and bottom of each page
  • All text should be justified at left and right margins
  • The title and sub headings should be clear and concise and the latter aligned to the left hand margin.
  • Subheadings should be firstly formatted in bold.
  • Paragraphs should not be indented but rather separated by a gap of one line.
  • There should be a gap of one line between the subheading, and the paragraphs directly before and after it. Reference lists should also be formatted in this fashion.


 Use the following reference formats:

  • Journal: Howard M, Fine L, Howard C.  Title of Article goes here with Appropriate Capitalization.  J of Irreproducible Results. 2002; 97:540-9
  • Book: Howard S, Besser J.  Textbook Name, 3rd edition. Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 2002, pp 23-4

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Plagiarism can occur in two forms: 1) author(s) intentionally copy someone elses work and claim it as their own, or 2) author(s) copy her or his own previously published material either in full or in part, without providing appropriate references - also called as "self-plagiarism" or "duplicate publication".

Plagiarism before publication
The editors of the MJAQS will judge any case of plagiarism on its own merits. If plagiarism is detected, either by the editors, peer reviewers or editorial staff at any stage before publication of a manuscript - before or after acceptance, during editing or at page proof stage, we will alert the author(s), asking her or him to either rewrite the text or quote the text exactly and to cite the original source. If the plagiarism is extensive - that is, if at least 25% of the original submission is plagiarized - the article may be rejected and the author's institution/employer notified.

When is plagiarism check done?
Every manuscript submitted for publication to the MJAQS is checked for plagiarism after submission and before being sent to an editor for editorial review.

How is plagiarism check done?
The MJAQS editorial staff use CrossCheck  to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality.