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Author Guidelines

The authors should submit their manuscript in MS-Word (2003/2007) in double column, 1.5-line spacing as per the following guidelines. The manuscript should be organized to have a Title page, Abstract with key words, Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and Acknowledgment followed by References.

Types of Manuscript and word limits

  • Original Article: Randomised controlled trials, interventional studied, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series. Up to 2500 words excluding references (up to 30) and abstract (up to 250).

  • Review Article: Systemic critical assessments of literature and data sources. Up to 3000 words excluding references (up to 50) and abstract (250).

  • Medical education: Any article related to medical education with abstract and references, word limit may vary.

  • Case Report: New/interesting/very rare cases with clinical significance or implications can be reported. Up to 1000 words excluding references (up to 10) and abstract (up to 100), up to three photographs.

  • Letter to the Editor: These should normally be no more than 750 words in length, may have up to 5 references and a maximum of three photographs. There are no sub-headings within the letter.


  • Take a margin of 1 inch (Left, Right, Top, and Bottom) on A 4 paper.

  • The Title of the paper should be in bold and title case. The subtitle to the main title should be in small case.

  • Keywords: About 5–6 keywords to be indicated

  • The title should be followed by the author’s name followed by the name of the co-authors.

  • Name of the corresponding author should be highlighted with an asterisk. This is the author with whom all future correspondences will be made. Providing e-mail id is must.

  • The affiliation and complete official addresses (including the e-mail) of all the authors should be mentioned against their names in full. This information is absolutely essential.

  • All such information will be left aligned only.

Use the following font specifications

Title: 14-point bold (title case and small case for sub-title), Author’s name: 12-point bold, Author’s affiliation: 12-point normal, Headings: 12-point bold, Sub-headings: 11-point italics, Body text: 11-point normal

  • The manuscript must be in English.

  • Manuscripts should not exceed 20 printed pages including illustrations for research manuscript, 10 pages for short communications and 40 printed pages for the Reviews.

  • Manuscripts are accepted on the basis that they may be edited for style and language.

  • Use Times New Roman as the font.

  • Special words and quotes should appear in single quotation marks. Quote within a quote should be placed in double quotation marks.

  • Lines should have 1.5 line spacing (with one additional line space separating two different paragraphs).


  • Tables must be inserted in the same files as the text and at the place where their mention is made in the text. The table numbers should be mentioned correctly in the text and the tables should appear in the vicinity of their mention

  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.

  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.

  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

  • All tables should have caption. The format to be followed is table (number): title of the Table. Also, all tables should have a mention of the source they have been taken from (if the case may be). The source should be mentioned below the table and details for the same must be provided in references. A list of tables including their headings must be given separately in a page for reference.

Scientific style

  • Please always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units, SI units.

Scientific style

  • Genus and species names should be in italics.

Figures/Artwork/ Illustrations / Plates Guidelines

  • All figures should have caption. The format to be followed is Figure (number): title of the figure. Also, all figures should have a mention of the source they have been taken from (if the case may be). The source should be mentioned below the figure and details for the same must be provided in references. A list of figures including their headings must be given separately in a page for reference.

  • For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in an electronic format either in jpg or tiff files. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail.

  • Colour Art

  • Color art is free of charge for online publication.

  • If black and white will be shown in the print version, make sure that the main information will still be visible. Many colors are not distinguishable from one another when converted to black and white. A simple way to check this is to make a xerographic copy to see if the necessary distinctions between the different colors are still apparent.

  • If the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to color in the captions.

Figure Numbering

  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).

  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text.

Figure Captions

  • Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.

  • Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.

  • No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.

  • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.

Permissions for Earlier Published Figures

  • If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format. Please be aware that some publishers do not grant electronic rights for free and we will not be able to refund any costs that may have occurred to receive these permissions. In such cases, material from other sources should be used.

  • Photographs and illustrations: Image files should be optimized to the minimum possible size without compromising on the quality. The photos and illustrations should have a resolution of 300 dpi (minimum)

  • Colour figures should be used when details cannot be adequately observed on black and white photographs

  • Authors pay the full cost for the reproduction of their colour artwork in the print issue

  • Figures that are black-and-white in the print issue but colour in the online version are free of charge

  • Abbreviations should be expanded the first time they appear in the text and the abbreviation should be placed first followed by the full form in brackets. The full out should be given only the first time they appear in the text.

Equations: Each equation should appear in a new line in the text. The equations referred to in the text should be numbered sequentially with their identifier enclosed in parenthesis, right justified. The symbols in these equations, where referred to in the text, should be enclosed in single quotation marks.

E = mc2 ….. (1)


The papers in the references list must be cited in the text in the order in which they appear in the text. In the text, the citation should appear in square brackets “[ ]” as per the Vancouver’s style.

Reference list

  • The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

  • Some samples for reference details including those for books, book chapters, journals, online, conferences, magazines, etc. are given below.

    Journal article

    • Standard journal article (for up to six authors): Shukla N, Husain N, Agarwal GG, Husain M. Utility of cysticercus fasciolaris antigen in Dot ELISA for the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis. Indian J Med Sci 2008;62:222-7.

    • Standard journal article (for more than six authors): List the first six contributors followed by et al. Nozari Y, Hashemlu A, Hatmi ZN, Sheikhvatan M, Iravani A, Bazdar A, et al. Outcome of coronary artery bypass grafting in patients without major risk factors and patients with at least one major risk factor for coronary artery disease. Indian J Med Sci 2007;61:547-54

    • Volume with supplement: Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-82.

    • Issue with supplement: Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women's psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1, Suppl 2):89-97.

    Books and Other Monographs
    1. Personal author(s): Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.

    2. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

    3. Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. pp. 465-78.

    Electronic Sources as reference

    • Journal article on the Internet

      • Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 3 p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm

    • Monograph on the Internet

      • Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074029/html/.

    • Homepage/Web site

      • Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.

    • Part of a homepage/Web site

      • American Medical Association [homepage on the Internet]. Chicago: The Association; c1995-2002 [updated 2001 Aug 23; cited 2002 Aug 12]. AMA Office of Group Practice Liaison; [about 2 screens]. Available from: http://www.amaassn.org/ama/pub/category/1736.html


    Susan MK. Hospital acquired infections: Role of antibiotic resistance [dissertation]. St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 2002.

    Online document Journal (online)

    Gibbs MJ, Ziegler A, Robinson DJ, Waterhouse PM, Cooper JI, 1996. Carrot mottle mimic virus (CMoMV): a second umbravirus associated with carrot motley dwarf disease recognized by nucleic acid hybridization. Molecular Plant Pathology Online [http://www.bspp.org.uk/mppol] 1996/1111gibbs.

  • Papers “in press” which are cited but not yet available as a DOI or in print should be submitted (as a .PDF file) as “Supporting Information not for publication”

  • Personal communications in the text should be cited as: initials, name, brief address, personal communication

  • Journal names and book titles should be italicized.

  • Only papers accepted for publication or published may be cited

  • In the text, cite by author and date in chronological order. Use & between names of 2 authors; use et al. for 3 or more authors

  • At the end of the paper, give full details as per the examples below


The manuscript must be submitted in MS-Word (2003/2007) through online submission gateway available on www.indianjournals.com. Please follow the hyperlink “Online Submission” on the left and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen. Queries regarding submission can be sent at submission@indianjournals.com.

Peer Review Policy

Review System: Every article is processed by a masked peer review of double blind and edited accordingly before publication. Authors will be communicated within Two months from the date of receipt of the manuscript.

The Editor-in-Chief may be reached at:


Authors will be notified by e-mail when the proofs are ready to download as a .PDF. Authors should correct their proofs promptly within 3 days, and return them by e-mail to the Editorial Office (……….). Major alterations to the text will be charged to the author and may delay publication.

Submission Of Copy Right Form

After acceptance of the paper, the authors should send a signed declaration form mentioning that the matter embodied in the manuscript is original and copyrighted and that the other material and references used for the preparation of the manuscript have been duly acknowledged. The copyright form will be provided along with acceptance of the paper.

The declaration should also carry consent of all the authors along with their signatures for submission in journal. It will be the responsibility of the corresponding author to secure requisite permission from his or her employer that all papers submitted are understood to have received clearances for publication. The journal will be published both online and print form (hard copy) through IndianJournals.com (India). First author will be supplied free copy of the journal in print form and soft copy can be downloaded from the website www.indianjournals.com.

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