Instructions to Contributors

            The Journal publishes original work in all fields of basic, applied and clinical cancer research. The work should not be previously published or is being considered for publication elsewhere. All submitted manuscripts will be critically reviewed and only papers of good scientific caliber will be accepted.

Types of Papers :

  • Full length research papers.
  • Short Communications and Technical Notes providing a brief account of a certain piece of work , research plans or work in progress.
  •  Review articles including a critical coverage of clinical or laboratory research in a relevant field of oncology. Authors intending to submit a review article are advised to write to the Associate Editor before submission.
  • Case reports dealing with interesting or rare cancer cases.
  • Letters to the Editor giving comments on a topic of current interest or on a material that has been published in the Journal.
  • Announcements of forthcoming events (meetings, awards ..etc.).

Preparation of Manuscripts :

  • Type or print out the manuscript on white A4 paper, with margins of at least 25mm (1inch).
  • Type or print on only one side of the paper.
  • Use double spacing throughout.
  • The length of the paper should not exceed 10 printed pages for a full length research paper and 4 pages for a short communication. Extra pages will be subject of an additional charge.
  • Please do not include more than 10 tables and/or illustrations in the manuscript of a full length research paper and more than 2 tables and/or illustrations in a short communication.
  • Please number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page.
  • The article is to be divided into sections with the following headings, each started on a separate sheet :
Title page:

should carry 1) the title of the article, which should be concise (not more than 90 characters), but specific and informative; 2) Names of author and coauthors, academic degree; 3) affiliation for each author (department, hospital, or academic institution) to which the work should be attributed; 4) name and full address (including phone, fax number, and e-mail address) of the author with whom correspondence will be made regarding the processing of the manuscripts and mailing of reprints; 5) a short running title of no more than 40 characters to be used in the header of the article.


of 200-300 words should be given on a separate sheet. The abstract should concisely give the main aspects and features under the following clearly labeled sections: Objective (or background and purpose), material and methods, results, and conclusions.

  Key Words: 3-6 key words for indexing should be given on the same page of the abstract.
State the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study. Give only strictly pertinent references and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.

  Material and Methods:

Describe your selection of the experimental subjects (patients or laboratory animals, including controls).Identify the age, sex, and other important characteristics of the subjects.
Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.

Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader to access to the original  data to verify the reported results. Specify any computer programs used.
Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations. Emphasize or summarize only important observations.
Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet. Do not use internal horizontal and vertical lines. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according to the order of their appearance in the text. The table number is to be followed by a brief informative descriptive title. Footnotes and explanations are to be typed underneath the table.
Limit the illustrations to those which clarify and reinforce the text while avoiding illustrations that demonstrate the same features. Photographs, line drawings, and graphs should be of a high artistic and technical quality. A manuscript can be rejected on the basis of the poor quality of illustrations. Line drawings or graphs should be in India ink or very sharp high contrast prints on glossy paper. If photographs of people are used, the subjects must not be identifiable. Illustrations should be submitted unmounted and untrimmed. Color photographs are accepted with extra charge. Each illustration should be identified by slightly inscribing its number on the back along with the family name of the first author and an arrow indicating its upper border.
  Legends to Figures:
Legends should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals according to the order of their citation in the text. Legends should be brief and specific.
Emphasize the new and new important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Relate the observations to other relevant studies.
References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parenthesis e.g. (2-5, 15). References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.
      Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated “in press”.
      Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communications should be cited in parentheses in the text.
a:Standard journal article reference
A standard journal reference should be given in the following order: author(s), initial(s), article title, journal name abbreviation, publication year, volume number in Arabic numerals, issue number, if any, between parentheses, first and last page numbers.
 If authors are ≤ six in number, list them all. If they are more than 6, write the names of the first six authors followed by et al. , example:
Awwad HK, El-Badawy S, El-Ghamrawy K, El-Mongy M, Risk S. Late tissue reactions after single-fraction half-body irradiation (HBI) in patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 1990; 19: 1229 – 32.
b:Abstract References
If the reference is an abstract, this should be indicated at the end of the original reference by adding (Abst) as in the following example. 
Perez CA, Graham MV, Emami B. A fully integrated CT-stimulator: Conceptual design and clinical applications. (Abst). Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 1993; 27(1): 140.
c:Book References

  • For a book reference with personal author(s) (no editors), the order should be as follows: author(s), initial(s), title, volume (if more than one), edition number (other than the first), city, publisher, year, page numbers. For example:
Alpen ED. Radiation biophysics. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall Advanced Reference Series, Physical and Life Sciences; 1990, pp. 74 – 90.
  • For a book reference with editor(s) as author(s), it is to be written as the following example:
Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996, pp. 1-10.
  • If the reference is a chapter in a book, it is to be written as the following example:
Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypotension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner GM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd edition. New York: Raven Press; 1995, pp. 465 – 78.      
d:Electronic References
If your reference is in electronic format, write it as the following example
Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious disease. Emerg Infect Dis  [serial online] 1995. Available from:

 NB. Authors are absolutely responsible fro the bibliographic accuracy of the manuscript and should carefully revise every reference in both the original manuscript and the proofs.

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts are to be submitted to
Professor Nadia M. Mokhtar, Editor-in-Chief
National Cancer Institute, Fom El-Khalig,
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: 23645641, FAX: 23644720
Please send an original and 3 copies of each manuscript, with 4 copies of each table and illustration. A floppy diskette or CD should be submitted along with the hard copy.