Word Count : 3000 words
Points to Cover
The text of original articles should be divided into sections with the headings: Abstract, Key-words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables and legend to figures. For a Case report include Abstract, Key-words Introduction, Case report, Discussion, References, Tables and Legends in that order. Do not use subheadings in these sections. Use double spacing throughout. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. The language should be American English and the font Times new Roman font with size 12.
The title page should carry
1. Type of manuscript (e.g. Original article / Case Report etc)
2. The title of the article, which should be concise, but informative;
3. Running title or short title not more than 50 characters;
4. The name by which each contributor is known (Last name, First name and initials of middle name) and institutional affiliation. Please mention only the current affiliation and do not include any previous ones. The affiliations should be given as 1, 2 and 3 and not marked with symbols. 5. Contributions made by each author separately should be specified.
6. The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed;
7. The name, address, phone numbers, facsimile numbers and e-mail address of the contributor responsible for correspondence (address for correspondence) about the manuscript;
8. The total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts separately for abstract and for the text (excluding the references and abstract);
9. Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these;
10. Acknowledgement, if any; one or more statements should specify 1) contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship, such as general support by a departmental chair; 2) acknowledgments of technical help; and 3) acknowledgments of financial and material support, which should specify the nature of the support. This should be included in the title page of the manuscript and not in the main article file.
11. If the manuscript was presented as part at a meeting, the organization, place, and exact date on which it was read / presented.
12. Mention the Registration number of clinical trials.
13. Institutional Ethical committee reference number must be mentioned in the title page.
The second page should carry the full title of the manuscript and an abstract (of no more than 150 words for brief reports and 250 words for original articles and other article types). The abstract should be structured for original articles ONLY. State the context (background), aims, settings and design, material and methods, statistical analysis used, results and conclusions. Do not include references in the abstract.
Below the abstract should provide 3 to 8 keywords, arranged alphabetically.
State the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study or observation.
Materials and Methods
The Methods section should only include information that was available at the time the study was planned or protocol written; all information obtained during the conduct of the study belongs to the results section.
Selection and Description of Participants: Describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Because the relevance of such variables as age and sex to the object of research is not always clear, authors should explain their use when they are included in a study report; for example, authors should explain why only subjects of certain ages were included or why women were excluded. The guiding principle should have clarity about how and why a study was done in a particular way. When authors use variables such as race or ethnicity, they should define how they measured the variables and justify their relevance.
Technical information: Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods (see below); provide references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.
Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT Statement (http://www.consort-statement.org).
Reference Style : Harvard