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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA March 2012
36 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 42 Number 1 March 2012 INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS CJA topic can use excessive space on the printed page. Small numbers of references to key original papers will often serve as well as more exhaustive lists. Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press” or “forthcoming”; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verifcation that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” with written permission from the source. State pages in books where applicable. 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 communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientifc articles, authors should obtain written permission and confrmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication. The references must be verifed by the author(s) against the original documents. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are frst mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or legends in fgures should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the frst identifcation in the text of a particular table or fgure. Use the style of the examples in Appendix 2, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov). 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CJA June 2012