All Articles for publication should be sent as 3 hard copies  and an electronic copy (submitted trough the electronic submission portal of the Journal or in a CD format), to the following addresses;

Editor in Chief,

Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka

No 112 Model Farm Road,

Colombo 8, Sri Lanka.

E- mail –

The journal follows the recommendations of the International committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE Recommendations).


In the electronic version, the manuscript should be in Microsoft WORD and the language set to “English (U.K.)“- not English (U.S.)”.  DO NOT SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS IN PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT (PDF) OR ANY OTHER FILE FORMAT.

The font should be Times New Roman and the font size  12. Margins should be set to one inch (2.54 cm) right round and there should be 1.5 line space setting.


Authors must submit 3 copies of the original manuscript. The text should be printed on one side of numbered A4 sheets. A separate title page should include the title, authors’ names with their medical and scientific degrees and current appointments. This page should include full postal address for correspondence along with telephone number(mandatory), fax number(optional) and e-mail address(mandatory). Financial support for work, including equipment and drugs, should be listed on the title page. In “intervention or experimental studies”  involving humans or animals, a statement that an ethical review body has approved the study should be given.  In the case of clinical trials, registration with a Clinical Trials Registry including the registsration number, should be provided.

Documentary proof of such approvals should accompany the article.

Covering letter
This should certify that the contents have not been published elsewhere and the paper is not being submitted elsewhere. It should acknowledge any potential conflict of interest and bring to the notice of the editors any possible overlap with prior publications. In papers with more than one author, a brief statement regarding the contribution of each author to the work reported should be included.


Criteria for authorship

The journal adopts the Criteria for Authorship of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), revised in 2019. The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Guest, gift, and ghost authorship will not be entertained.


Review Process

All unsolicited articles submitted to the journal undergo an initial process of categorization according to the specialty by the Chief/Co editors, and then sent to the relevant editorial committee members to be  reviewed. the articles are inserted into a Double-blind Peer Review Process where each article is reviewed by two Reviewers . If the article is of a highly specialized nature, it will be sent to a Specialist Reviewer as well, on a similar double-blind modality.

Following the peer review process, if any revisions are needed prior to acceptance for publication, the Chief/Co Editors would write to the author/s suggesting that the manuscript be appropriately amended and resubmitted. The author/s would be given a period of a fortnight (two weeks) to resubmit the revised article.

Editorials are written by the Chief/Co Editors. They may also invite a reputed authority on a given subject to write an Invited Editorial.

The Editors may also invite experts in the field of perinatology or related fields to contribute in the form of Leading or Review articles. All such solicited articles are assessed by the Editors and may be revised, when necessary. They are not peer-reviewed.

Any articles submitted by the Editors,  or a member/ members of the Editorial Board will be reviewed independently without any participation of the author/ authors concerned. If necessary, one or more independent external reviewers may be recruited. In this case, the authors do not take part in any of the decision making processes.


Copyright Information

Copyright on any research article in the Sri Lanka Journal of Perinatal Medicine is retained by the author(s).  The authors grant the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka a license to publish the article and to be the original publisher.


Original Articles

Papers should contain original work not published elsewhere. Original articles should present the results of original research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Any research dealing with human subjects or animal studies should have had ethical clearance given. This should be confirmed  in writing by the author/s. Clinical Trials should have been registered with the Sri Lanka Clinical Trials Registry (SLCTR) or an internationally approved Clinical Trial  Register.

The contributions made by each author should be listed in the order of the appearance of the names of the authors, at the end of the manuscript, before the references.  Together with this a declaration to the effect that all authors have agreed to the order of the listing of the names of the authors should also be provided.  Editors retain the right to shorten articles or make changes to conform to the style of the journal and improve clarity.

A structured format should be adhered to, with the headings: Introduction, Objectives, Design, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusions.

Abstract should be structured and not exceed 300 words.

Authors should provide a few key words or phrases for the index, separated by commas (,).

All measurements must be in SI units apart from blood pressure measurements, which should be in

mm Hg. Drug dosages should be in metric units.

Abbreviations should be in parenthesis preceded by words in full at the first appearance in the text. Subsequently the abbreviation could be used.

Generic names should be used for drugs and, the brand name if necessary, may follow in brackets.

The manuscript should not exceed 3000 words and should not have more than 15 references.

Short reports/case reports and picture stories

Case reports – Length must not exceed 500 words, including tables, illustrations and references.

Picture Stories – Length must not exceed 300 words with maximum of 3 pictures.

Authors should provide a few keywords or phrases for the index.

Leading articles, current practice and guest editorials
These are commissioned by the editors, who welcome suggestions for topics or authors. Length usually will not exeed 2500 words.

Authors should provide a few keywords or phrases for the index.

Tables, graphs, figures, drawings, illustrations, images and photographs
All these should be presented separately at the end of the manuscript or as separate supplementary files. Tables should have the heading or the descriptive legend at the top of the table. All other inclusions such as graphs, figures, drawings, illustrations, images and photographs should have the headings or descriptive legends at the bottom of each. These should be separate from the word document (but can be in the same compact diskette).

Ultrasound scans, x-rays, etc. should be arrowed on an overlay to indicate areas of interest.

If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects should not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the images.


Fees –

No fees are charged from the authors as submission fees, review process fees or publication fees. However, the author is expected to bear the cost of printing of colour images and photographs, the  total cost  not exceeding Rs 3000/=



The journal requires all references to be in VANCOUVER STYLE only.  Other forms of reference listings will not be accepted. The references should appear in the text as superscripts, numbered in order of appearance. They should be listed at the end of the article. They should have the names of up to six authors, followed by initials. No titles as prefixes or qualifications as postfixes should be used. If there are more than six authors, first six should be given, followed by et al.

The journal requests that the authors include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in the references whenever these are available. The DOIs of the articles listed in the references could be accessed through CrossRef (



 Examples of references:

Journal articles
More than six authors
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitator concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain  2002;935(1-2):40-6 6.

Organization as author
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin & proinsulin in participants with imp. tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.    PMid: 12411462 PMCid: PMC2516377
Both personal authors and an organization as author
Vallancien G, Emberton M, Harving N, van Moorsel RJ; Alf-One Study Group. Sexual dysfunction in patients suffering from lower urinary tract symptoms. J Urol. 2003;169(6):2257-61.  PMid: 12771764

No author given
21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail.  BMJ.2002;325(7357):184.

Volume with supplement
Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42Suppl 2:S93-9.  PMid: 12028325

Issue with supplement
Glauser TA. Integrating clinical trial data into clinical practice. Neurology. 2002;58(12 Suppl 7):S6-12.  PMid: 12084862

Books and other monographs
Personal author(s)
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby;2002.

Editor(s ), compiler(s) as author(s)
Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw 2002.

Chapter in a book
Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathologic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, editors. Pathophysiology of disease. Phoenix: Saunders; 1975. p. 450-55.

Conference proceedings
Harnden P, Joffe JK, editors. Germ cell tumours V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Conference

 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.

Conference paper
Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of computational effort statistics for gene programming. In: Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, editors. Genetic programming. Euro GP 2002: Proceedings of the Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer; 2002. p. 182-91.



Electronic material

Anderson SC, Poulsen KB. Anderson’s electronic atlas of haematology [CD-ROM]. Phoenix:

ippincott Will 2000.



Preminger GM, Tiselius HG, Assimos DG, et al. Guideline for the management of ureteral calculi. American Urological Association, 2007. (accessed on Feb 20, 2011)


When hard copies of the manuscript are submitted, a computer CD-ROM should also be submitted in MICROSOFT WORD.


Data sharing

Authors may be required to share data on request of the Editor or a reader. By submitting an article to the journal the author/s automatically agree to such sharing of data.

Submission Preparation Checklist

Authors are required to check off their submission with the following check list.

Those submissions not conforming to the check list will be  returned to the authors without review;


  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the instructions to authors.


Copyright Notice

Copyright on any research article in the Sri Lanka Journal of  Perinatal Medicine is retained by the author(s). The authors grant the Perinatal Society of Sri Lanka  a license to publish the article and to identify itself as the original publisher.

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