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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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point 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

The manuscript should be double-spaced with 30mm margins and all pages should be numbered consecutively including those of acknowledgements and references. Do not insert page breaks at the end of sections. Do not insert a double space at the end of sentences.

The text of original and review articles should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. When quoting specific materials or drugs, authors should give their approved names with, if necessary, proprietary names in parenthesis with the name of the manufacturer. Abbreviations should be unambiguous and only used where appropriate. Their meaning should be clearly explained when they are first introduced. Measurements of height, length, mass (weight) and volume should be given in metric units (metre, kilogram, litre) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius and blood pressure in mmHg. Other measurements including laboratory measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI).

Reference citations

References cited in the text should be given as numbers in square brackets in order of citation, e.g. .[1]. [4-7]

References cited more than once should retain the first number throughout the text.

References should be listed in numerical order at the end of the article using the following format:

  1. Moreno I, Martin G, Bolufer P et al. Incidence and prognostic value of FLT3 internal tandem duplication and D835 mutations in acute myeloid leukemia. Haematologica2003;88(1):19-24.
  1. World Health Organisation, 2005. URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/index.html


It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that references quoted in the text are included in the list of references and vice versa.The accuracy of the references is the responsibility of the author(s).


Online submission of figures

Figures should be uploaded upon submission via our online submission system at https://jmlstsa.smltsa.org.za in one of our preferred formats.



The following instructions only apply if your article and artwork have been accepted for publication in The Journal of Medical laboratory Science and Technology of South Africa.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish any figures or illustrations that are protected by copyright, including figures published elsewhere and pictures taken by professional photographers.

Images cannot be published if downloaded from the Internet without appropriate permission. All images downloaded from the Internet must conform to size and resolution specifications, in accordance with the AUTHORS’ GUIDELINES.


Lettering – Lettering on figures should be in a clear sans-serif typeface (e.g. HELVETICA or ARIAL) and, if possible, the same typeface in approximately the same font size should be used for all figures in a paper. Use SYMBOL font for Greek letters. Labelling must be of sufficient size and contrast to be readable after appropriate reduction. Where possible, avoid placing lettering over images or shaded areas. Minimum text size should be 6pt.

Sizing – All figure files, tables and/or images must be supplied in high resolution for print publication (300-600dpi) with a  standard image size of no smaller than 86mm across (the size of one column). All tables and figures must be referred to in the text. Line weights and strokes must be set between 0.5 and 1pt.

Formats – Acceptable electronic formats are as follows:

JPEG (highest resolution 300-600dpi) We can accept OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format., but linked images MUST be 86mm across or larger, at a resolution of not less than 300dpi.

We cannot accept Freehand or Corel DRAW files.



Original articles are first reviewed by an editorial advisory group who have the right to recommend rejection or referral for review. JMLSTSA obtains: (a) two reviews on ALL MATERIAL except case reports (b) one review on case reports from an expert in the subject. Reviewers consider the material in terms of whether it contains new information, if there is proof thereof, if appropriate methods and statistical analyses were used and what could be done to improve the manuscript in terms of grammar, and clarity of meaning. In addition, comments are made on the relevance of tables, figures in terms of illustrating key points. Reviewers advise the editor whether to accept reviewed material for publication. The JMLSTSA uses a grading system for peer reviewers: reviewed material should be returned to the editor within fourteen (14) days. Persons who are experts in their fields and who have published material are invited to review material on a voluntary basis. Interested persons are welcome


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