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Guidelines for Authors

The Indian Journal of Sleep Medicine considers for publication original articles dealing with sleep disorders and related fields including anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, physiology. However, only papers that make a significant contribution to the existing state of knowledge in a particular field will be published. The journal publishes original articles, case reports, short communications and book reviews.

Submission of Manuscripts: Manuscripts including figures (in triplicate) should be sent to:
The Editor, The Indian Journal of Sleep Medicine, Room No. 404, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, 3rd Floor, Casualty Building, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi.

Manuscripts should be submitted with the undertaking that they are not under consideration elsewhere nor have been reported earlier partly/totally. Submission of a manuscript indicates tacit acknowledgement that all authors have made significant contributions to the study and have read and approved the contents. Any change in authorship following the original submission must be justified and agreed to in writing by the affected authors (s). Manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt.

Manuscripts are reasons for undertaking the evaluated critically by the Editorial Board with the help of experts. Acceptance of all manuscripts for publication is based on: (a) originality of contribution; (b) proper analysis of scientific data; (c) clarity of presentation; and (d) ethically acceptable design of the study. All accepted manuscripts are subject to manuscript editing: only one copy of rejected manuscripts will be returned.

Preparation of Manuscript

Presentation of manuscripts should conform with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals (for further details see Ann Intern Med 1988; 108: 258-265)

Authors are advised to see a recent issue of the Journal to get familiar with the format adopted in respect of various elements of a paper. All the manuscripts should be organised in the order set forth below. Failure to follow these instruction may result in the manuscript being returned to the author (s) for revision before it will be reviewed.


Manuscripts must be typewritten, double - spaced with wide margin on A-4 size good quality bond paper. Each of these segments of the manuscript should begin on a new page: title page; abstract; introduction; references; legends; tables.

  1. Title Page
    This should be as concise and as informative as possible. List (i) title; (ii) the initials followed by the last name of each author; (iii) the name of the department (s) and institution (s) to which the work should be attributed; (iv) the name and address of the author to whom proofs, queries and requests for reprints should be sent; and (v) a short running title (not exceeding 5-6 words)

  2. Abstract and Key Words
    The second page should carry an abstract of not more than 150 words. It should be written for the readership of both clinicians and basic investigators and should state the hypothesis or central question of the study or investigation, the study subjects or experimental animals, observational and analytical methods, the main findings, and a final statement of the principal conclusions. Three to six key words using, where possible terms of medical subjects headings list form Index Medicus.

  3. Introduction
    It should commence on separate page and should briefly review the current state of knowledge strictly concerning the topic of the paper. It should also make a clear statement on the reasons for undertaking the study being reported and what it hoped to achieve. No mention should be made of the results obtained or conclusions drawn.

  4. Material and Methods
    The material (patients, experimental animals, etc) used for making observations must be described along with all other relevant information. The methods used in the study should be described, giving sufficient information to permit the work to be repeated. If a generally accepted technique has been used, only a reference to that is enough. If, however, such a technique has been modified by the workers, the manner in which this has been done should be clearly stated. If statistical analysis of the data has been done, the methods used for analysis should be specified.

  5. Results
    This section should not include materials suitable for inclusion in “Material and Methods’ or “Discussion”. The results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. The data presented in the tables or figures should not be repeated in the text. Only important and significant observations should be included.

  6. Discussion
    This should be limited to significance of results obtained and what can and what cannot be concluded and why. It should not be a repetition of the findings already given under ‘Results’. Results should be discussed in the light of others’ work in the field. Speculative and purely theoretical discussion to which results presented are not related will not be accepted.

  7. Acknowledgements
    Acknowledge the source (s) of support in the form of grants, equipments, drugs; or all of these; as well as the person (s) who have made substantive contributions to the study. All acknowledgements must be grouped into one page after ‘Discussion’.

  8. References
    Should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References should be typed on a separate page after the text. If an article cited in references is in press, one copy of that article should be included with the submitted manuscript. Unpublished work should not be cited in references, but may be cited fully parenthetically within the text. List all the authors when there are six or fewer; but when there are seven or more, list the first three, then ‘et al’. The titles of the journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in INDEX MEDICUS
    Correctness of the reference list is the entire responsibility of the author(s)

Checklist for Submission of Manuscript

  • Covering letter including copy-right release
  • Three copies of typescript of the article on A - 4 size paper
  • Name and address of author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript, including highest degree and affiliations of each author.
  • Abstract (upto 150 words) along with 3-6 key words
  • Running title (5-6 words)
  • Three glossy prints for each illustration (10 cm x 8 cm), appropriately labeled and each illustration is cited in the text. Submit the legends on a separate sheet in the manuscript.
  • Check all references for accuracy and completeness. Put references in proper format in numerical order, making sure each is cited in the text.

Figures and Tables

Glossary print photographs (in triplicate) are required (usually 10cmx 8cm); good black and white contrast is essential for good reproduction. All illustrations must be numbered and cited in the text. Legends should be provided for each illustration, listed on a separate page. All lettering must be done professionally. Freehand or typed lettering is not acceptable. All figures should bear authors name, short title and an arrow indicating top of the figure in pencil on the back of the photographs.

Each table should be typed double - spaced on a separate sheet. They should have and underlined title followed by a legend, if any. Explanatory matter should be in a footnote, not in the title. The approximate position of each table in the text should be indicated in the margin of the manuscript.

Page Proofs and Reprints
A proof will be sent to the corresponding author which should be returned within 72 hours. Corrections should be limited to printers errors only and no substantial additions/deletions should be made. No change in the names of authors (by way of additions and / or deletions) is permissible at the proof stage.

Ten reprints of the article will be sent free of cost to the corresponding author.

Papers which have been accepted/published become the properly of the Indian Journal of Sleep Medicine and permission to re-publish them must be obtained form the Editor.


We, the undersigned, give an undertaking to the following effect with regard to our article entitled:

submitted for publication in the Indian Journal of Sleep Medicine.

  1. The article mentioned above has not been published or submitted to or accepted for publication in any form, in any other journal.
  2. We also vouchsafe that the authorship of this article will not be contested by anyone whose name(s) is / are not listed by use here.
  3. We also agree to the authorship of the article in following sequence:
Author’s Names (in sequence)Signature of authors


  1. All the authors are required to sign this form independently in the sequence given above.
  2. Each author should have generated at least a part of the intellectual content of the paper.
  3. Each author should be able to defend publicly in the scientific community, that intellectual content of the paper for which he/she can take responsibility.
  4. No addition / deletion/ or any change in the sequence of the authorship will be permissible at a later stage, without valid reasons and permission of the Editor.

This journal and the individual contributions contained in it are protected under copyright by Indian Sleep Disorders Association, and the following terms and conditions apply to their use.


Single photocopies of single articles may be made for personal use as allowed by national copyright laws. Permission of the publisher and payment of a fee is required for all other photocopying, including multiple or systematic copying, copying for advertising or promotional purposes, resale, and all forms of document delivery. Special rates are available for educational institutions that wish to make photocopies for non-profit educational classroom use.

Permissions may be sought directly from Indian Sleep Disorders Association via their homepage (http://www.isda.co.in). Alternatively you can send an e-mail to: jcsuri@rediffmail.com or fax to 91-11-26190958.

Derivate works

Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution.

Permission of the publisher is required for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations.

Electronic storage or usage

Permission of the publisher is required to store or use electronically any material contained in this journal, including any article or part of an article.

Except an outlined above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher.

Address permissions requests to: Indian Sleep Disorders Association at the mail, fax and e-mail addresses noted above.


No responsibility is assumed by the publisher for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material herein. Because of rapid advances in the medical sciences, in particular, independent verification of diagnosis and drug dosages should be made.

Although all advertising material is expected to conform to ethical (medical) standards, inclusion in this publication does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement of the quality or value of such product or of the claims made of it by its manufacturer.

Publication information: Indian Journal of Sleep Medicine (ISSN:0973-340X). Subscription prices are available from the publisher or from this journal’s website (http://www.indiansleep.in). Subscriptions are accepted on a prepaid basis only and area entered on a calendar year basis. Issues are sent by standard mail. Priority rates are available upon request. Claims for missing issues should be made within six months of date of dispatch.

Author enquires

For enquiries relating to the submission of articles (including electronic submission) please visit the website (http://www.indiansleep.in) or contact the editorial office at our email: jcsuri@rediffmail.com. The author Gateway also provides the facility to track accepted articles and set up e-mail alerts to inform you of when an article’s status has changed, as well as detailed artwork guidelines, copyright information, frequently asked questions and more.

Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, are provided when an article is accepted for publication.

Advertising information Advertising orders and enquiries can be sent to : Dr. J. C. Suri, Editor in Chief, Room No. 404, Ward-32, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, 3rd Floor, Causality Building, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi

Orders, claims and product enquiries: please contact the Indian Sleep Disorders Association, Room No. 404, Ward-32, Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, 3rd Floor, Casualty Building, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi.

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