Guidelines for Submitting Articles

Types of article


Editorials are short articles or comments concerning a specific paper in the Journal or a topical issue in the field. Although editorials are normally invited, unsolicited editorials may be submitted and will be given due consideration.

• Word limit: 1,200 words

• References: no more than 15

Review Articles

These should aim to provide the reader with a balanced overview of an important and topical subject in the field. They should cover aspects of a topic in which scientific consensus exists as well as aspects that remain controversial and are the subject of ongoing scientific research. All articles and data sources reviewed should include information about the specific type of study or analysis, population, intervention, exposure, and tests or outcomes. All articles or data sources should be selected systematically for inclusion in the review and critically evaluated.

• Word limit: 3,500 - 4,000 words

• References: up to 100

• Tables/Figures: 6 maximum

Original Articles

These articles typically include randomized trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, laboratory and animal studies, cohort studies, cost-effectiveness analyses, case-control studies, and surveys with high response rates, which represent new and significant contributions to the field. Sections should involve: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflicts of Interest Statement (if any), Acknowledgments (if any), and References.

Format guide (not more than 6 authors).

• Abstract: up to 250 words. Structure including "Objectives, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusion".

• Word limit: 2,000 - 4,000 words

• References: up to 60

• Tables/Figures: up to 4 maximum


Short Communications

These reports should be concise presentations of research results or novel techniques or use of equipment, pioneering instruments, or advanced surgical skills.

The editors reserve the right to decide what constitutes Short Communication.

Format guide

• Word limit: 2,000 words, unstructured abstract

• References: up to 10

• Tables/Figures: 4 maximum

Perspective Article

A short article of current interest of the minimally invasive community; by invitation only.

Format guide

• Word limit: 2,000 words, no abstract.

• References: up to 5

• Tables/Figures: 4 maximum

Case Reports

These are short discussions of a case or case series with unique features not previously described that make an important teaching point or scientific observation. They may describe rare cases, complications or morbidities from an educational perspective, or new information on diseases of interest. Section headings should be: Abstract, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Acknowledgments (if any), and References.

Format guide

• Word limit: 1500 words

• References: up to 10

• Tables/Figures: 2 maximum


Clinical Images

These comprise clinical images, photographs or diagnostic tests with educational value (such as ultrasound scans, MRI films, endoscopic photographs, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, photomicrographs, DNA blots, or pictures of molecular studies). The report should be of a specific case and focus on the image(s).

The use of multimedia components such as additional images or video clips is acceptable.

Format guide

• author: no more than 4

• Word limit: 800 words

• References: up to 6

• Tables/Figures: 4 maximum


Letters to the Editor

Letters are welcome in response to previously published GMIT articles, and may also include interesting cases that do not meet the requirement of being truly exceptional, as well as other communications of general interest. Letters should have a title and include appropriate references and include the author's mailing and e-mail addresses. Letters are edited, sometimes extensively, to sharpen their focus. They may be sent for peer review at the discretion of the Editors. Letters are selected based on clarity, significance, and space.

• Word limit: 350 words

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