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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

Instructions for Contributors

Author(s): Editors

Vol. 28, No. 2 (2003-04 - 2003-06)

The Indian Journal of Community Medicine, the official organ of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM), publishes original articles, focussing 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 correspondences 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 and will become the property of the publishers. All manuscripts 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 editors with the help of members of the editorial board review all material in accordance with strict policy as the Indian Journal of Community Medicine is a critically referred journal. Authors will have an opportunity when appropriate to return reviewer's criticism. 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. Contributors are referred to the paper by S. Aaronson on Style in Scientific Writing (Current Contents 20: 200-15, 1977).

All statements, opinions expressed in the manuscripts are those of the authors and not those of the editor(s) or publishers. The editor(s) and publishers disclaim any responsibility for such material.

The editor(s) and publishers also do not guarantee, warrant or endorse any product or service advertised in the journal nor do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such product or service.

Instructions for preparing manuscripts:

Copies of typed script: Submit two copies typed in double space (including references), with wide margins. Number all pages in sequence beginning with the title 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 all correspondence.

Abstract: This should be a factual condensation of the entire work not exceeding 200 words. It should be structured under the following headings: Research Questions, Hypothesis, Objectives, Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, Statistical analysis, Results, Conclusions. It should be accompanied by 5-8 key words adequate to index the subject matter of the article.

Text Articles: Must be concise and follow the formal: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, discussion and Conclusion (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 conclusions the discussion should end in a summary statement.

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