Common Instructions for Authors

The GRJ complies with the December 2019 version of the  Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).  Please consult the ICMJE web site for  the most recent version of the recommendations.

The GRJ also complies with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing ( outlined jointly by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).  The GRJ  follows the guidelines of COPE ( on issues of ethical misconduct.

The authors are responsible for assuring that the submitted work has not been published previously and is not being considered for  publication in another journal at the time of submission. Work presented in  a scientific congress and published in the abstract book can be submitted with clear information on where and when it was presented. All authors should have read the final manuscript being submitted and have given consent for its publication. 

Article Types

GRJ accepts original clinical and basic science research papers, review articles (Expert review, systematic reviews & meta-analysis), case reports and technical notes with videos. Letters to the editor are not published unless a serious ethical issue is present, but sent to the authors for a reply. Please note that the instructions for the title page, references, figures, tables and supplementary material are identical for all types of articles. The structure of the abstract, main body of the text  and video properties differ for  each type of article. The recommended number of authors is indicated in the table, however exceptions can be made for specific situations, multi-centric studies and consensus statements) after consulting with the editor-in-chief.

Article TypeMaximum number of wordsMaximum number of referencesAbstract type & word countMaximum number of authors
Original Research400035Structured Max. 350 words6
Systematic Review & Meta-analysis450045Structured Max. 350 words6
Expert Review350035Single paragraph Max. 350 words3
Technical Note150010Single paragraph Max. 200 words3
Case Report100010Structured Max. 1503

General Comments

  • The GRJ accepts manuscripts written in English. Please use English (U.S.A) for spell checking.
  • International System of Units (SI) (metric system) should be used for reporting the results.
  • The reporting of results should not exceed the accuracy of the measurement method; (ie. if your goniometer is accurate to 1 degree do not report your results as 2.546 degrees.)
  • Use consecutive line numbering for the entire manuscript starting with the abstract. This will make it easier for the reviewers to comment on your paper.
  • Make sure that the manuscript is less than 5 MB in size. Do not paste any pictures and graphics into the manuscript but send them as separate files containing the name of the first author and consecutive numbering.
  • Use a universal font (Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica) so that data and symbols do not get lost during conversion.
  • You may use one level of sub-headings, more than two levels of subheadings make the manuscript difficult to follow and should be avoided.
  • The manuscript can be submitted in the following formats.
    • Microsoft Word (.doc and . docx)
    • Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
    • Apple Pages (.pages)
  • Additional data files can be submitted as Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlx) and Apple Numbers (.numbers)

Please refer to tabs of specific article types for further instructions