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Author Guidelines

General information

Aims & scope of journal: The Journal Of Indian Health Sciences(JOIHS) is an official publication of SGT University, Gurgaon to be published thrice a year.The journal publishes original research, reviews, case reports, clinical material, and other material related to Medicine & Health sciences, Dental sciences, Nursing, Allied health sciences. Primary objective is to provide a common platform for research and applications related to all the health and allied sciences.


This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author name(s) are not allowed to be revealed to one another for a manuscript under review. The identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. To facilitate this, please include the following separately: Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including telephone and e-mail address. Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any Acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations.

Ethics in publishing

If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html; EU Directive 2010/63/EU.

For animal experiments http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/legislation_en.htm; Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Submitted manuscripts must be original, written in English, and not published or under consideration elsewhere. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the editor and consultants and are subject to editorial revision.

Types of manuscript accepted

Submissions are invited from Medicine & Health sciences, Dental sciences, Nursing & Allied health sciences. Types of submissions/ papers should follow a standard format as described in the "Manuscript component" section.

Editorials: This is a paper written by the Editorial Board and expresses an opinion on a specific, current and perhaps even controversial subject. The editorials would be limited to 1000 words with up to 10 references. This may contain photographs and figures.

Original Articles: Reports of original clinical and basic research related to Medicine & Health sciences, Dental sciences, Nursing, Allied health sciences, be published as original articles. This should contain original information obtained from a personal study. These may include randomly controlled trials, double blind trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analysis, case-control series, and surveys with a reasonably high response rate. The text would be limited to 3000 words, with an abstract of 250 words, maximum of six tables and figures (total) and up to 40 references.

Reviews and Clinical Debates: Review articles would be invited by the editorial board comprising of a group or team with acknowledged research interest and outstanding experience in a particular area. They would cover a contemporary topic and would generally be wide-ranging overviews of a field of research. Maximum length would be 3000 words with six tables and figures (total) and up to 50 references.

Case Reports: The journal encourages the submission of case reports that highlight practical diagnostic and/or management considerations. Case Reports will be evaluated for completeness and quality of records, quality of treatment, uniqueness of the case, and quality of the manuscript. Case reports should be limited to two or maximum three printed page (text and figures) or a maximum of 2000 words and four figures.

Clinical Innovation: Each issue of IJOHS would carry one or two clinical innovations describing in detail the technique of the procedure/novel technique involved and must be accompanied by illustrations and photographs which make it replicable.

Letters to the Editor: The journal accepts Letters to the Editor that raises some issues related to recently published articles (last 6 months) in the IJOHS. The letters should not exceed 400 words of text and four references. While not all "Letters to the Editor" will be published, those that are judged worthwhile will be forwarded to the authors of the articles in question or to selected experts in order to provide the opportunity for a response. Whenever possible, they will be published with the reply of the author of the published article.

Preparation of manuscript

Title Page

Title page must be placed as the first page of the manuscript text file and should contain the following information.

Title of paper

  • Name and affiliation:

    Full name of each author (first name, middle initial and last name)
    Name of department(s) and institution(s) with which each author is affiliated and to which work should be attributed.

  • Address: Name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail (if available) of corresponding author. Name, address, and telephone number of author to who requests for reprints should be addressed, or a statement that reprints will not be available from the author(s). Cite all funding sources of support for the publication of work or study. A short running head of no more than 45 characters, including spaces, Number of Words/Characters in abstract and manuscript, Number of Figures (color and black/white counted separately).

  • Cite all funding sources of support for the publication of work or study

  • Provide article heading, number of words/characters in abstract and manuscript, number of figures (color and black/white counted separately).

Transfer of Copyright Form

The appropriate form can be downloaded as a PDF from the Instructions for Authors web page at www.ijohs.net and must be signed by all authors of a manuscript. The advanced copy may be submitted either by fax or e-mail as a scanned copy attachment. The original copy of transfer of copyright form must be signed by all authors and sent by post to the Editor-in-Chief after manuscript submission.

Structured Abstract

The purpose of the structured abstract is to concisely present the data contained in the manuscript and should be self-explanatory. It should not be more than 250 words. A list of keywords must be included at the end of abstract.

Text of manuscript/article for original research

We wish to emphasize the importance of clarity and succinctness of the presentation of material. Please respect the relevance of all material to the Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRD ) and avoid unnecessary repetition. Do not repeat the results and conclusions in the Introduction. Conclusions should not be stated throughout the Results section. Results should not be restated throughout the Discussion section. Avoid simply restating the Results in the Discussion rather than explaining how each result advances the overall conclusions of the study. The final part of the Discussion should refer back to the rationale for the study and explain how the findings have advanced the area. We strongly recommend authors to employ the format and guidelines detailed below. The International system of Units (SI units) is recommended. It is desirable to include appropriate conversion factors to aid the reader.


This should clearly state the purpose of the study and identify what issues are going to be addressed.

Material and Methods

This section should carefully describe the selection of the observational or experimental subjects (human or non human) and methods and materials used, including sample size and statistical approaches. Commonly used techniques or methods should be referred to appropriate references and should be described in brief. For studies involving living subjects, please see section, below, on Ethical and Humane Considerations and the information regarding mandatory clinical trial registration.


This section should succinctly state the results without any lengthy discussion or interpretation of individual data. Data should be presented using tables, illustrations and graphs. Data in table or illustration form should be referenced in the text, not repeated (e.g. detailed information should not be given in text and tables). Statistical tests should be clearly defined and statistical significance should be shown in both figures and tables with the help of superscripts such as a, b, c, rather than *, ¶, # or other nonsequential symbols.


The discussion should focus on the new and important findings of the study. The observations should be related to other relevant studies in a logical sequence. It should summarize, but not repeat the Results. The Discussion should end with a summary of the data and conclusions. The conclusions should be linked with the aims and objectives of the study and should clearly state whether the objective was achieved. Limitations of the study should also be mentioned.

Manufacturer Name

Please provide the name of manufacturer of all products used in paper.


The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references. Place the references (double-spaced) at the end of the manuscript. Cite the references numerically in the text in the order of appearance. If there are more than three authors, name only the first three authors and then use et al. Refer to the List of Journals indexed in Index Medicus for abbreviations of journal names, or access the list at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/terms_cond.html.

References to journal articles should include, in this order, (1) Authors (list all authors and/or editors up to 6; if more than 6, list the first 3 and “et al”), (2) Title, (3) Journal name as abbreviated in Index Medicus, (4) Year, (5) Volume number, (6) Issue number, and (7) Inclusive page numbers.

References to books should include (1) Authors (list all authors and/or editors up to 6; if more than 6, list the first 3 and “et al), (2) Chapter title, if any, (3) Editor, if any, (4) Title of book, (5) Year, (6) City, and (7) Publisher. Volume and edition numbers, specific pages, and name of translator should be included when appropriate.

For references to articles published online before print follow the following order: Author, Article title, Journal title, Year, Month, Day; (Epub ahead of print). Accessed on mm/dd/yyyy. Available at: Website (exact Website, or enough to lead the reader to the link). Sample references are given below.

Online journal:

Horton MA, Boyde A, Rimmer EF What is it all about? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med [serial online] Available at: http://www.amaassn.org/sci-pubs.html. Accessed November 10, 2001.

Journal article:

Hay ID, Grant CS, Bergstralh EJ, et al. Unilateral total lobectomy: Is it sufficient surgical treatment for patients with AMES lowrisk papillary thyroid carcinoma? Surgery 1998;124:958-966.

Photoelastic stress analysis in mandibular bone surrounding bar-clip overdenture implants. Pigozzo MN, Laganá DC, Sesma N, Souza GF, Ichi AL. Braz Oral Res. 2014 Jan;28(1):1-8. Epub 2013 Dec 17.

Book chapter Dilworth TF. The nerves of the larynx. In: Jackson C, Jackson CL (Eds). Diseases of the nose, throat and ear. Philadelphia: WB Saunders;1945.

Entire book:

Sedjwick C: Major problems in clinical surgery, Philadelphia, 1974, WB Saunders Electronic Pre-print article.

References to articles published online before print:

Agarwal A, Gupta SK, Sukumar R 2009 Hyperparathyroidism and Malnutrition with severe Vitamin D Deficiency. World J Surg. Published online April 29, 2009; doi: 10. 1007/s00268-0044-0.


Epi Info [computer program]. Version 6. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;1994.

Figures and Tables

Tables and illustrations should not include data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences. Tables and illustrations should complement each other and not repeat the text. Type each table on a separate page. Submit tables separately from the manuscript text file. Use Arabic numerals to number tables and cite the tables consecutively in the text. Multipart figures must be labelled (i.e. A, B, C). Please use small, capital letters and place them in Arial font when using figure headings/labels. Each table must contain all necessary information in the table title. Each table must be accompanied by explanatory legends, including definition of any abbreviations.

Illustrations or Figures

Do not submit the original drawings or roentgenograms. Illustrations or figures must be submitted electronically as high resolution individually numbered TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) or EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) files online. The authors must obtain and keep on file a written signed permission from the patients and in case of minor from their parents when submitting the photographs of the patient. A scanned copy of this specific consent form must be submitted along with the figure files. The authors must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, text, and abstracts if taken from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher or the sponsoring society holds the copyright of an article, not the author) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other investigator/s. Please submit figures that are close to publication size to ensure the clarity and legibility when figure is reproduced or reduced in size.

Photographs: Colored photos with minimum 300 dpi resolution of 4 × 6 inch should be sent. Labels citing the legend, figure number, author and title of the manuscript should be pasted on back of "photograph". Legends should have detailed explanation of the illustrations.


Use only standard abbreviations for units of measurement, and approved abbreviations when citing journals in your manuscript’s Reference section. The following sources contain complete listings of abbreviations.

Clinical Report

The clinical report describes the author’s methods for meeting a patient treatment challenge. It should be not more than 2000 words and be accompanied by no more than 4 high-quality illustrations. In some situations, the Editor may approve the publication of additional figures if they contribute significantly to the manuscript.

Abstract: Provide a short, nonstructured, 1-paragraph abstract that briefly summarizes the problem encountered and treatment administered.

Introduction: Summarize literature relevant to the problem encountered. Include references to standard treatments and protocols. Please note that most, if not all, references should first be cited in the Introduction and/or Clinical Report section.

Clinical Report: Describe the patient, the problem with which he/she presented, and any relevant medical or dental background. Describe the various treatment options and the reasons for selection of the chosen treatment. Fully describe the treatment rendered, the length of the follow-up period, and any improvements noted as a result of treatment. This section should be written in past tense and in paragraph form.

Discussion: Comment on the advantages and disadvantages of the chosen treatment and describe any contraindications for it. If the text will only be repetitive of previous sections, omit the Discussion.

Summary: Briefly summarize the patient treatment.

References: See Reference Guidelines and Sample Manuscript

Legends for illustrations: Concisely describe each illustration without directly duplicating the main text

Topic Review and Systematic Review Articles:

The review can be a topic review or systematic review. It should cover a topic of interest for the general practitioner and should address a clinical problem, diagnosis, or treatment. Reviews should offer a broad view of the field. The review Abstract should have not more than 250 words and include: Objectives, Data Sources, and Conclusion. The main text should be divided into Introduction, Data Sources, Resources Selection, Review, Discussion, and Conclusion. Search strategies must be described and the use of evidence-based systematic approaches is expected. The Discussion and Conclusion should address the relevance to the general practitioner and should be supported with clinically relevant photographs.

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