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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

Instructions for Contributors (Revised 2005)

Author(s): Editors

Vol. 30, No. 1 (2005-03 - 2005-03)

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. The article has been read and approved by all of us. These must be accompanied by the following written statement signed by all authors. "The undersigned author(s) certify(ies) that the article is orginal, is not under consideration by any other journal and has not been previously published. The article has been read and approved by all of us. All copyright ownership of the manuscript entitled (title of article) is hereby transferred to the publishers of the Indian Journal of Community Medicine." Conflict of interest if any should be mentioned in covering letter.

The IJCM is sincerely committed to an unbiased, independent, anonymous and confidential review of articles submitted to it. All articles submitted to IJCM are sent for outside review to at least 2 referees, whose comments are communicated back to authors. The revised drafts are again sent back to referee for further action. In case the articles are not found suitable for IJCM, the same is communicated to the author along with the comments of the referee for improvement of their for submission elsewhere.

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.

Ethical considerations: All articles should mention how ethical aspect of the study was addressed, whether informed consent was taken or not. Identifying details of patients/study area should be omitted if they are not essential. (http://www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm)

When reporting experiment on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. For reports of randomized controlled trials, authors should refer to the CONSORT statement (www.consort_statement.org)

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. Authors are requested to consult "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals" before submission of manuscript to IJCM. (http://www.icmje.org). 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, source of support in the form of grants, equipments, drugs or all of these the institution where the work has been carried out and the address for correspondence including e-mail if any.

One of the authors should be identified as the guarantor of the paper who will take responsibility of the article as a whole from inception to publication. Word count of the abstract and main text, numbers of figures and tables mentioned in the title page.

Abstract: This should be a factual condensation of the entire work not exceeding 200 words. It should be structured under the following headings: Background, 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 IMRAD 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.

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

Acknowledgment: These should be placed as the last element of the text before references. Written permissions of persons/agency acknowledged should be provided. Authors are requested to categorise 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 Article Word limit Main Text Word Limit Abstract No. of References Tables, Illustrations
1 Editorial 1,000 - 2,000 NA 10 welcome
2 Original Article 3,000 200 25 5
3 Short Articles 1,500 NA 5 2
4 Letters to the Editor 500 NA 5 1

Conflict of interest : A brief statement on source of funding and conflict of interest financial or otherwise should be included. It should be included on a separate page or pages immediately following title page.

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 IJCM now follows ANSI standard style adapted by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). For sample reference citation formats, authors are requested to consult http:// www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html. 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 Arabic numerals in paran theses. 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: Venna IC, ed. Medical genetics in Indi, vol. 2. Pondicherry; Auroma Entrprises, 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. Illustration : 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.)

Each table should be typed in double space, on a separate sheet of paper. No internal horizontal or vertical lines should be used. All tables should be cited in text.

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 al their correspondence with the IJCM. E-mail submission is also accepted. It should be followed by 2 hard copies of the articles alongwith authors' signed declaration. e-mail: [email protected]

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