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Guidelines to Authors/Contributors

Correspondence: All correspondence and submissions shall be addressed to Dr. C.B. Jani, Editor, Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine. Hard copies shall be sent to “Professor & Head, Forensic Medicine Department, P.S. Medical College, Karamsad-388 325, Dist. Anand (Gujarat)”. Electronic submissions may be mailed as attachment to fm.chetan@gmail.com.

Publication Particulars: The Journal of Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine is the official publication of the Indian Academy of Forensic Medicine, published quarterly since 1991.

Contents and Scope of the Journal: The journal accepts a range of articles of interest, under several feature sections as follows:
Original papers: Includes conventional observational and experimental research.

Commentary: Intended for Reviews, Special Article, Case Reports, Preliminary report and Scientific Correspondence.

Letter to the editor: Designated to be an avenue for dialogue between the authors of the papers published in the journal and the readers restricted to the options expressing reviews, criticisms etc. It could also published letters on behalf of the current affairs in the field of Forensic Medicine in the country.

Editorial: Intended as a platform for the Editor and for others with a keen interests in Forensic Medicine that wishes to comment on the current affairs. Special features: “In the history of Indian Forensic Medicine” “Book review” “Abstracts”, “Announcements” etc that appears frequently, but not necessarily in every issue.
Notes and news: Intended for providing information members and activities of the Academy and its Chapters of State level/other such other organizations affiliated to the academy. May appear frequently and not in every issue.

Consideration for Publication: Articles are considered for publication on condition that these are contributed solely to JIAFM, that they have not been published previously in print and are not under consideration by another publication. In the selection of paper and in regard to priority of publication, the opinion of the Editor will be final. The Editor shall have the right to edit, condense, alter, rearrange or rewrite approved article, before publication without reference to the authors concerned.

Authorship: All persons designated, as authors should qualify for authorship. only on significant contributions to:

(a) Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data: and to

(b) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and on

(c) Final approval of the version to be published.

Responsibility: The contents of the articles and views expressed therein are the sole responsibility of the author/s and Editor/Editorial Board cannot be held responsible for the same.

Copy right: All articles published in the journal become the property of the journal and should not be published or reproduced in any form, in full or in part, without the written permission of the Editor.


  1. Manuscripts must be submitted in precise, unambiguous and easy to read English.

  2. The number of authors should not exceed six.

  3. Manuscripts should be submitted in triplicate, preferably along with the article on a 3.5 inch floppy diskette in MS Word (Window). They should be typed only on one side of the paper with double spacing (space between two lines not less than 6 mm) and at least 2.5 cm margin at both sides, top and bottom.

  4. Manuscripts not accepted for publication will not be returned to the authors. Authors should keep one copy of their manuscripts for reference.

  5. Separate pages should be used for different sections.

(a) Title page: The title page should include the title of the article which should be concise but informative, name(s) of author(s) with his/her (their) academic qualification(s) and designation(s) and complete postal address including pin code of the institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.

(b) Abstract: The 2nd page should carry an abstract of no more than 150 words and should contain the purpose of the study or investigations, basic procedure, main findings and their implications along with key words.

(c) Text: The text of Originals and Papers should conform to the conventional division of abstract, introduction, material and method, results discussion and references.

(d) Authorship credit should be based Other types of articles such as Practioners Series, Case Notes, Current Topics, GP Forum etc. are likely to need other formats.

(e) Statistical evaluation: Descriptions of the statistical method and used should either be given in detail in the “material and method” section of the article or supportive reference may be cited.

(f) Abbreviations: Standard abbreviations should be used and be spelt out when first used in the text. Abbreviation should not be used in the title or abstract.

(g) Units of measurement: Metric units should be used in scientific contributions. If the conventional units or SI units were actually followed in measurements that should be given in parentheses.

(h) Tables: Tables should be simple, self-explanatory and should supplement and not duplicate the information given in the text.

(i) Illustration: Graphs, Charts, diagrams or pen drawing must be drawn by professional hands in Indian ink (black) on white drawing paper. In case of X-ray, miniature photo prints should be supplied. Photographs should be supplied in high quality glossy paper not larger than 203 mm X 254 mm (8”X10”). In case microphotograph, stain used and magnification should be mentioned. Each illustration should bear on its back the figure number and an arrow indicating the top. All illustrations should be black and white and should be submitted in triplicate with suitable legends.

(j) References: References should be numbered in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Only verified references against the original documents should be cited. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references and for correct text citation.

For example,

Mathiharan K and Patnaik A K
. Modi’s Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology. 23rd edition. New Delhi: Lexis Nexis;2006.p.37.

Kanchan T, Rastogi P and Mohanty M K
. Profile of Near Drowning Victims in a Costal Region of Karnataka. J Indian Acad Forensic Med. 2007; 29(4): 5254.

The number of reference should be kept limited to 20 in case of major communications and 10 for short communications. Recent references are preferred.

Medical journal abbreviations should follow those used by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. (ICMJE). Unpublished work, work in preparation and personal communications should only be mentioned in the text and not be used as references.

However, work accepted for publications may be included in the reference list as ‘In Press’ giving the name of journal. ‘Quoted by’ references should be avoided.

Forwarding Letter: The covering letter accompanying the article should contain the name and complete postal address of one author as correspondent and must be signed by all authors. The correspondent author should notify change of address, if any, in time.

Declaration: A declaration should be submitted stating that “the manuscript represents valid work and that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under the present authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere and the authorship of this article will not be contested by any one whose name(s) is/are not listed here, any that the order of authorship as placed in the manuscript is final and accepted by the coauthors.” All the authors in the order in which they are mentioned in the original manuscript should sign declarations.

Journal of I.A.F.M.

Professor & Head,
Department of Forensic Medicine,
P.S. Medical College, Karamsad,
Dist. Anand-388325 (Gujarat)

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