Rwanda Medical Journal


The Rwanda Medical Journal (RMJ) is a medical journal publishing articles in the areas of general medical practice as well as the medical sciences in Rwanda. Topics published in RMJ are of interest to clinicians, researchers, resident doctors, epidemiologists, medical and paramedical teachers, biomedical scientists, health managers and other professionals. The RMJ publishes on a quarterly basis original articles, review articles, clarification articles, rapid dissemination of scientific information, clinical cases and letters to editors on health topics. The Editorial Team may also suggest a number of major topics for a specific edition and announce them at the beginning of the quarter. The RMJ is currently hosted by the canadian web publisher bioline.

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Manuscripts shall be sent to:

- Rwanda Medical Journal
- Secretariat
- B.P. 4586 KIGALI
- Tél. : (250) 570401/02
- E-mail: with copy to:

The manuscript preparation and submission recommendations hereunder refer to those of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors that may be viewed on


Every author should have contributed significantly to the work in order to assume responsibility for the content and to the public on the basis of his/her contribution to:

  • The design of the research work, analysis and interpretation of results;
  • The article drafting process or review of its content; and
  • The approval of the final version for publication.

One of the authors shall be designated as corresponding author by his/her peers and shall be in charge of communication with the Editorial Team and his/her co-authors, namely on issues of editing work at each step of the manuscript review, until approval of the final version for publication.

Manuscript Submission

Articles may be submitted in either English or French. An electronic file (Word or PDF format) with all the above information shall be sent electronically or by flash disk or CD-ROM to the Review Secretariat. The name of the file shall be the one of the corresponding author and the date of article submission (e.g. kanamugire10dec05).

1. Original Article :

The first page of the manuscript shall include a brief title of the article, authors’ names preceded by initials of their first names, affiliated institutions, as well as the name and full address of the corresponding author. On the next page an Abstract of about 200 words shall appear with up to five key words in each of the languages used in the Review. The page numbering shall be on a consecutive basis starting from the cover page.

a) Abstract (200-300 words) : The 200-300 words abstract shall closely follow the article structure, focusing on the research objectives, methodology, results as well as the conclusion and main conclusions recommendations. The abstract shall be clear, concise, legible, and shall reflect the most important information from the article. It shall appear at the beginning of the article in both English and French.

b) Key Words : Authors shall provide up to five key words that describe the submitted article; they shall be provided in both English and French.

c) The Text : The article shall be presented in Normal style, typed on only one side of the article, with double line spacing, using Times New Roman Font size 12 and justified to the left, with neither indenting nor tabulations at the beginning of paragraphs; paragraphs shall be clearly presented using evident line spacing and quotations shall be in italics. Abbreviations shall be restricted to the strict minimum. Three copies of each table, figure, photography and any other visual support clearly labeled on their back with the name of the corresponding author shall be provided and numbered in order of appearance in the text, with their legends provided on a separate page. Names of any credited photography agency or photographer shall be indicated.

d) References : Authors shall be responsible of the reliability of their references which shall be presented in accordance with current international standards ( References shall be in alphabetical order of authors’ names (names and initials of first names) if they do not exceed three authors; otherwise only the first three shall be mentioned followed by « et al. >

- Original Article.: Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002; 347:284-7.
- Book: Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
- Book chapter: Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

2. Articles for rapid dissemination of scientific information :

Articles for rapid dissemination of scientific information shall not exceed 1500 words and 2 tables; the format shall be the same as the one for Original articles.

3. Letters to the Editor :

Letters to the Editor shall relate to any subject of interest to readers. Any letter relating to an article published in the Rwanda Medical Journal shall be submitted to the relevant authors whose replies shall also be published.

Accompanying letter

The accompanying letter shall be signed by all co-authors; the letter shall affirm that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and indicate the name of the corresponding author. Information relating to previous article publication or submission or any other part of the work, elsewhere than in the Rwanda Medical Journal, shall be communicated.

Articles Approval and Publication

Every article shall be reviewed by a minimum of two critics or advisors members of the Committee on reviews before they are accepted. In case the committee believes that the article would require a substantial redrafting, suggestions shall be made and the reviewers shall proceed with a review of both style and language. All co-authors shall check, make changes and approve the final version prepared by the corresponding author. Articles shall remain the authors’ property even after publication.

Off prints

For any published article, the author shall receive, on order, 15 off prints whose price shall be determined on the basis of the length of the article.


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