Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The TMJ is a multidisciplinary medical journal published three times a year in January-April, May-August and September-December. The journal is produced with due respect for its own objectives of being a scientifically reliable journal that aims at improving all aspects of medicine. To achieve its objectives the journal invites papers on original scientific research, short communications, case reports and letters to the editor, in any branch of medical science. Original articles should present data from original research, which is relevant to the practice of medicine especially in Tanzania, East Africa and the African continent. Papers from other developing and developed countries across Africa are also invited. Review articles and editorials are also accepted but by invitation of the experts in the respective subjects. Reviews must be critical analyses of the fields reviewed, covering a wide range of issues for instance, controversies, ‘gray’ areas, and breakthroughs. Case reports are invited; but the reason for presenting them must be clearly justified. Case reports should be authentic, and should observe the general principles of medical ethics. Letters to he Editor are welcome but must be relevant to other readers and priority will be given to those responding to articles published in the journal within six months.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Original Research

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Edition

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for publication to the Tanzania Medical Journal shall be subjected to unbiased, independent and critical assessment by one or two outside peer reviewers, who are not part of the editorial staff. Manuscripts will be treated as private property of the authors and will be reviewed with due respect for authors’ confidentiality. Peer reviewers will be selected from a data base of experts in the relevant fields/specialties, who have contributed significantly in the medical field especially through publications in journals. The names of the reviewers shall be treated confidentially. Details of the review shall not be disclosed to anyone other than the authors and reviewers. Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscript for their files and are prohibited from sharing it with others, except with the permission of the editor. In the review process the following main points will be considered: i) that the work is original and presents a significant contribution to the medical science; ii) that the experimental designs and methodologies used are satisfactory; iii) that conclusions have been based upon an adequate number of tests with appropriate statistical evaluation; iv) that only appropriate and pertinent references have been cited. Manuscripts with complex statistical components will in addition be reviewed by a statistician.


Publication Frequency

The Tanzania Medical Journal (TMJ) is a multidisciplinary medical journal published three times a year in January-April, May-August and September-December.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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