Guide for STED Authors

Guide for STED Authors – 2018

Journal of Continuing Medical Education (STED) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Turkish Medical Association every two months to update and improve the knowledge and skills of the primary care physicians.  The Journal has been indexed in TUBITAK Turkish Medical Index between 2005-2007 and at the beginning of 2012, it was included again in this Index. Research papers, reviews, case reports in the study field of primary care are published in STED.

Requirements for the articles to be published

  • Articles must not have previously been published elsewhere. Topics should be discussed in a solution-oriented way. Articles should be written in clear and plain Turkish. An inclusive and humanitarian language should be used, gender and race discrimination should be avoided.
  • Articles should be of quality to contribute to primary health care; particular attention should be paid to choosing the subjects concerning most common problems and emphasizing most frequently encountered forms and aspects of the diseases.
  • Ethics committee approval must be obtained for clinical and experimental studies requiring ethical approval and it must be stated and documented in the text. National and international rules of ethics must be adhered to (See Such kind of studies without ethical approval will not be taken under review.
  • The article must be comprised of the following sections:
  • Title Page: This page must include:
    • Title: Title should be concise (maximum 90 characters), informative and attractive.
    • Authors: Full names, academic degrees, affiliations, contact details, e-mail addresses and ORCID IDs ( ) of all contributing authors must be included. For the articles with multiple authors, all authors’ names must be given if there are six authors or fewer. If there are seven or more authors, first six names must be indicated, followed by “ve ark.”
    • Name, e-mail address and full postal address of the corresponding author, word count for manuscript and the numbers of figures and tables must be given; financial support and other funding sources must be declared.
  • Abstract and Key Words: Abstracts in Turkish and English that must begin on the second page should include the purpose, basic design, primary findings and major conclusions of the study or research. Abstracts may contain 150-175 words. English abstract must be exactly the same as the Turkish abstract. 10 key words must be provided immediately after the abstracts. Key words must be chosen in compliance with “Medical Subject Headings” (MeSH) published by Index Medicus. For Turkish key words, “Türkiye Bilim Terimleri” (, which includes Turkish equivalents of MeSH terms, should be used.
  • Introduction: This section should contain the background related to the topic, the rationale and purpose of the study.
  • Materials and Method: In this section, the materials and method of the study should be specified in detail. Give appropriate references for the methods. Describe the methods that are new. State the procedures carried out to comply with the rules of ethics and applicable documents that were adhered to. Explain the statistical methods and computer programs that were used in detail.
  • Results: Present the findings through text, tables and figures. Emphasize and summarize major findings in the manuscript. Technical details may be given in appendices. Display the findings in numbers and percentages.
  • Discussion: Underline the new and fundamental aspects of the study. The significance of the findings and limitations of the study should be described. The findings should be explained as related to the purpose of the study. The conclusions and explanations, which were not verified should be avoided. Recommendations may also be included in this section.
  • Acknowledgements: In this section, an acknowledgement may be provided for the persons and institutions that contributed to the study, helped technically, provided financial support and equipment.
  • References: Attention must be paid for the sources cited in the article to be more recent and the information provided in the text to be up-to-date. The references must be numbered in their order of appearance in the text. The references in the manuscript, tables and footnotes must be displayed in numbers (1,2,4-7). The journal titles cited in references must be abbreviated as in Index Medicus. “Unpublished observations” and “personal conversations” cannot be used as references. The number of references should not exceed thirty (30).

References should be written as shown below:

Typical journal article: Vega KJ, Pina I. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med 1996;124:980-3. or 1996 Jun 1;124(11):980-3.

Book: Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany: Delmar Publishers;1966.

Book chapter: Murray IL. Care of the elderly. In: Taylor RB, ed. Family medicine: principles and practice. 3rd ed. New York: Springer - Verlang;1988. p.521-32.

Website: Clinical evidence on tinnitus. BMS Publishing group. Accessed November 12, 2003, at


  1. Tables: Tables must be numbered according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. Each table must have a title. A short or shortened title should be written in each column. Non-standard abbreviations appearing in the tables and explanations must be placed in footnotes. The order of the symbols to be used to indicate footnotes is as follows: *, †, §. Horizontal and vertical lines should not be used in the table. If data from another source are used, author(s) permission must be obtained and these data must be properly attributed to the original source.
  2. Figures and Photographs: Figures and photographs must be numbered according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. Figures that have previously been published elsewhere must be attributed to the original source.

Formatting Guidelines

  1. Page numbers: Pages must be numbered starting from the title page and consecutive page numbers must be placed in the bottom right corner of each page.
  2. Titles: Main titles of the text must be written in all capital letters and the first letter of each word of subtitles must be capitalized and followed by lower case letters.
  3. Units: Metric units must be used. A period must not be placed after metric symbols (e. g.  3,5 mmol/L, 11,6 mg/kg). All hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements must be reported using the metric system of the International System of Units (SI). 
  4. Numbers: The numbers smaller than (and not including) ten must be written out in words unless they are used as the units of measuremenst such as dosage units, percentage, temperature and metric measurement. Numerals must be used for numbers greater than nine. Use commas, not periods, to separate decimals from whole numbers.
  5. Drug names: Use non-proprietary names of all the drugs. Brand names may be provided in parentheses at their first mention in the article.
  6. Abbreviations: Abbreviations must be avoided in the text except for standard forms and units of measurement. An abbreviation must be given together with its expansion at first mention in the article. Abbreviations should not be used in title and abstract.
  7. Percentages: Percentage symbol (%) may be used.
  8. Length of the article: Articles should not exceed 4,500 words (minimum 1500 words).
  9. Translation: For the articles translated from another language, the name, title and affiliation of the translator must also be stated, a copy of the original text must be submitted as well.


Submission: Articles submitted to STED must be accompanied by a cover letter signed by all contributing authors. This letter must include the statements that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and the copyright agreement has been reached. Articles should be submitted online through; When imperfections were detected, Editorial Board of the Journal may edit and correct the articles accepted for publication. Unpublished articles will not be returned to the authors. For clinical and social research articles, the approval from local Ethics Committee must have been obtained. If a local ethics committee does not exist, necessary information might be requested via following e-mail address: Bu e-Posta adresi istenmeyen posta engelleyicileri tarafından korunuyor. Görüntülemek için JavaScript etkinleştirilmelidir..

Articles submitted for publication must be accompanied by Copyright Transfer Form. The studies that do not include this form will not be taken under review.