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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

Instructions for Contributors (Revised)

Author(s): Editors

Vol. 29, No. 3 (2004-07 - 2004-09)

The Indian Journal of Community Medicine, the official organ of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM), publishes original research articles, focusing on family health care, epidemiology, biostatistics, public health administration, health care delivery, national health problems, medical anthropology and social medicine, invited annotations and comments, invited papers on recent advances, clinical and epidemiological diagnosis and management; editorial correspondence and book reviews.

All manuscripts sent to the Indian Journal of Community Medicine, must be submitted solely to this Journal, should not have been published in any substantial form in any other publication, professional or lay. All manuscripts will become the property of the publishers. These must be accompanied by the following written statement signed by all authors. "The undersigned author(s) certify(ies) that the article is original, is not under consideration by any other journal and has not been previously published. All copyright ownership of the manuscript entitled (title of article) is hereby transferred to the publishers of the Indian Journal of Community Medicine."

The editor with the help of members of the editorial board will review all material in accordance with strict policy, as the Indian Journal of Community Medicine is a peer reviewed journal. Authors will have an opportunity when appropriate to return reviewer's comments. Persons whose work is communicated upon in Letters to the Editor shall have the opportunity to read and reply to such letters before they are published. Articles will be edited for style and grammar. Technical jargon is to be kept to a minimum.

Instructions for preparing manuscripts: Submit three copies typed in double space (including references), with wide margins. Number all pages in sequence beginning with the title page. Preferably a floppy should also be submitted. Each of the following should begin on a separate page.

Title Page: This should contain the title of the manuscript, the names of all authors, a short title (not more than 40 letters) to be used as the running title, the institution where the work has been carried out and the address for correspondence including e-mail if any.

Abstract: This should be a factual condensation of the entire work not exceeding 200 words. It should be structured under the following headings: Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. It should be accompanied by 5-8 key words adequate to index the subject matter of the article.

Text: It must be concise and should follow the format: Introduction, Material and methods, result, Discussion and Conclusions (if necessary). The matter must be written in a manner, which is easy to understand, and should be restricted to the topic being presented. If there is no separate paragraph of conclusion, the discussion should end in conclusion statement.

Abbreviations: As there are no universally accepted abbreviations authors should use familiar ones and should define them when used first in the text.

Acknowledgments: These should be placed as the last element of the text before references.

Authors are requested to categories their articles and adhere to the word limits and other details as shown in the table.

Word and Text Limit for Articles

S.No. Category
of the
Word Limit
Main Text
Word Limit
No. of
1. Editorial 1000-2000 -NA- 10 Welcome
2. Original article 3000 200 25 5
3. Short articles 1500 -NA- 5 2
4. Letters to editor 500 -NA- 5 1

Conflict of interest: A brief statement on source of funding and conflict of interest should to included.

Contribution of Authors: Briefy mention contribution of each author in a multi author article.

References: In citing other work only reference consulted in the original should be included. If it is against citation by others this should be so stated. Signed permission is required for use of data from persons cited under personal communication.

The journal follows the Vancouver system of reference. References should be numbered and listed consecutively in the order in which they are first cited in the text and should be identified in the text, tables and legends by superscript Arabic numerals. The full list of references at the end of the paper should include; names and initials of all authors up to six (If more than 6, only the first 6 are given followed by et al); the title of the paper, the journal title abbreviation according to the style of Index Medicus: year of publication; volume number; first and last page numbers. References of books should give the book title, place of publication, publisher and year; those of multiple authorship should also include the chapter title, first and last page numbers and names and initials of editors.

Journal: Mehta MN, Mehta NJ. Serum lipids and ABO blood group in cord blood of neonates. Indian J Pediatr 1984; 51:39-43

Book: Smith GDL. Chronic ear disease. Edinburgh; Churchill Livingstone, 1980;

Chapter in the Book: Malhotra KC. Medicogentics problems of Indian tribes. In : Veena IC, ed. Medical genetics in India, vol. 2. Pondicherry; Auroma Enterprises, 1978; 51-55.

Papers accepted but not yet published should be included in the references followed by `in press'. Those in preparation, personal communications and unpublished observations should be referred to as such in the text only.

For more detailed information about the Vancouver system, authors should consult: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. (New England Journal of Medicine 1997; 336: 309-15).

Legends: A descriptive legend must accompany each illustration and must define all abbreviations used therein. They should not duplicate material in the text.

Illustrations: These should be of the highest quality, submit glossy black and white photographs. Graphs should be drawn by the artist. Number all illustrations with Arabic numerals (1,2,3…)

Tables: These must be self-explanatory and must not duplicate information in the text. Each table must have a title and should be numbered with Roman numerals (I, II etc.)

Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be sent to the Chief editor, Indian Journal of Community Medicine, Department of Community Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh, INDIA.

Important: Review of the submitted articles takes any time between one to six months. Authors are requested to quote the reference number of the article (sent in the acknowledgment letters) in all their correspondence with the IJCM. E-mail submission is also eccepted. It should be followed by 2 hard copies of the article alongwith authors' signed declaration.

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