All manuscripts must be submitted online through the website at http://www.njmsonline.org New users will have to register at this site. Registered authors can keep track of their articles after logging into the site using their user name and password. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at [email protected]
Prior to sending your electronic submission, please ensure that the manuscript has been prepared according to this Instruction, with special emphasis on the style of the manuscript and reference list. The submitted manuscripts that are not as per the “Instructions to Authors” would be returned to the authors for technical correction before they undergo peer-review.
To submit manuscript, authors should prepare manuscript in the form of two separate files:
- Title Page and Cover Letter:
- The type of manuscript (original article, case report, review article, Letter to editor, etc.);
- Title should be concise and informative, do not use ” Effects of …” or ” Study of …”, fewer than 150 characters. Do not use abbreviations and formulae;
- The names of all authors (with their affiliations) and name(s) of department(s) and/or institution(s) to which the work should be credited. All information which can reveal author’s identity should be here;
- The total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts (excluding the references, tables and abstract);
- 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;
- If the manuscript was presented as part at a meeting, the organization, place, and exact date on which it was read.
- Registration number of a clinical trial and where it is registered (name of the registry and its URL)
- The name, address, e-mail, and telephone number of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the proofs.
- Blinded Article File:
The manuscript must not contain any mention of the authors’ names or initials or the institution at which the study was done or acknowledgements. Page header can not include the authors’ names. The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file. Do not incorporate images in the file. The pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the first page of the blinded article file. The file should include main title of the article.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with “Instruction To Authors” of National Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences. Before submitting a manuscript, authors are requested to check for the latest instructions of the journal.
All manuscript published in National Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences must be written in English. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the ‘spell-check’ and ‘grammar-check’ functions of your word processor.
ENGLISH-LANGUAGE EDITING SERVICES
To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use the services of a professional English-language editing company.
Please be aware that an author’s use of the services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.
Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:
- Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
- Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and Final approval of the version to be published. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors.
Conflicts Of Interest
All authors must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest, including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations, with the study. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.
Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use direct quotations, tables, or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted form elsewhere, along with complete details about the source. Any permission fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the borrowed material.
Patient Anonymity And Informed Consent
It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’s anonymity be carefully protected, and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. Authors should mask patients’ eyes and remove patients’ names from figures unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit written consent with the manuscript.
SENDING REVISED MANUSCRIPT
The revised version of the manuscript should be submitted online in a manner similar to that used for submission of the manuscript for the first time. When submitting a revised manuscript, authors are requested to include, the ‘referees’ remarks along with point to point clarification. In addition, they are expected to mark the changes as highlighted text in the article.
The designated corresponding author will receive notification of availability of page proofs by e-mail. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proofs. Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections sent back within 72 hours of receipt, as requested in the electronic cover letter accompanying the page proofs.
The journal provides no free reprints, since all articles are now available as free PDF files on the website, from the day of publication of the issue, or sometimes even before.
All articles published in National Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences are “open access”. This indicates that articles published online can be freely accessed at the journal’s website by all users. The journal automatically provides open access to the published articles while publications are online.
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES is committed to meet and follow the standards of ethical behavior at every stage of the publication process. We follow closely the professional associations, such as International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Directory Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements; (https://doaj.org/bestpractice).
OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATION AND CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSING
NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial -Share Alike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.
AHEAD OF PRINT POLICY/ ONLINE FIRST
Articles published online first under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted. NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.
REDUNDANT OR DUPLICATE PUBLICATION
The NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES strongly discourages duplication/ reduplication of data already published in other journals (even when certain cosmetic changes/ additions are made). If and when duplication is detected after publishing in NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES, the journal will be forced to ‘retract’ such articles. All papers submitted to NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES are subject to peer review process. All accepted papers will be suitably edited before publication.
Duplicate or redundant publication is a publication that overlaps substantially with one already published, in press, or in an electronic media submission.
International Committee of Medical Editors
Duplicate or redundant submission is the same manuscript (or the same data) that is submitted to different journals at the same time. International copyright laws, ethical conduct, and cost effective use of resources require that readers can be assured that what they are reading is original. (International Council of Medical Editors. http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/overlapping-publications.html). Submitted manuscripts should not have been published or currently submitted elsewhere. Duplicate publication is a violation of the APA code of ethics (APA Publication Manual, 2010) and will be grounds for prompt rejection of the submitted manuscript. If the editor was not aware of the violation and the article has been published, a notice of duplicate submission and the ethical violation will be published.
In response to complaints, allegations and recognitions of research misconduct and breaches in publication ethical standards on the part of readers, authors, reviewers, advisors and editors along with corresponding opportunities for appeals in these regards, NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES abide by COPE Retraction Guidelines. (http://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines_0.pdf)
Plagiarism is when an author attempts to pass off someone else’s work as his or her own. Duplicate publication, sometimes called self-plagiarism, occurs when an author reuses substantial parts of his or her own published work without providing the appropriate references. This can range from getting an identical paper published in multiple journals, to ‘salami-slicing’, where authors add small amounts of new data to a previous paper.
Many online softwares are now available to detect possible plagiarism which an author may use before submitting a manuscript to NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES.
On detection of plagiarism following actions can be taken:-
- Immediate rejection of the manuscript.
- Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions either individually or in combination with other authors of the manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors.
- Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES.
If an author submits a manuscript to NATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL AND ALLIED SCIENCES with significant overlap with a manuscript submitted to another journal simultaneously, and this overlap is discovered during the review process or after the publications of both papers, the editor of the other journal is notified and the case is treated as a severe plagiarism case.
In the case of a publication being submitted that was originally published in another language, the title, date and journal of the original publication must be identified by the authors, and the copyright must be obtained. The editor may accept such a translated publication to bring it to the attention of a wider audience.
In case Author wants to use material from the other Authors Article then it is mandatory to cite the same in references. Else the Author needs to change the language completely and use his/ her own language.
ETHICS COMMITTEE APPROVAL
All articles dealing with original human or animal data must include a statement on ethics approval at the beginning of the Methods section. This paragraph must contain the following information: the name and address of the ethics committee responsible; the protocol number that was attributed by this ethics committee; and the date of approval by the ethics committee.The paragraph could read, for example:
“Ethical approval for this study (Ethical Committee N° NAC 207) was provided by the Ethical Committee NAC of Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, on 12 February 2007.”
In addition, and as stated above, for studies conducted on human participants you must state clearly that you obtained written informed consent from the study participants; please also look at the latest version of the Declaration of Helsinki. Similarly, for experiments involving animals you must state the care of animal and licensing guidelines under which the study was performed and report these in accordance with the ARRIVE (Animals in Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments) statement. If ethics clearance was not necessary, or if there was any deviation from these standard ethical requests, please state why it was not required. Please note that the editors may ask you to provide evidence of ethical approval. If you have approval from a National Drug Agency (or similar) please state this and provide details, this can be particularly useful when discussing the use of unlicensed drugs.
(to be modified as applicable and one signed copy attached with the manuscript)
Manuscript Title: ___________________________________________________________
I/we certify that I/we have participated sufficiently in contributing to the intellectual content, concept and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have my/our name listed as a contributor.
I/we believe that the manuscript represents valid work. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my/our authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. I/we certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. I/we attest that, if requested by the editors, I/we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support of the project are named in the covering letter.
I/We hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise convey(s) all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the National Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences, in the event that such work is published by the National Journal of Medical and Allied Sciences. The Journal shall own the work, including copyright; the right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee; the right to produce preprints or reprints and translate into languages other than English for sale or free distribution; and the right to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format.
We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.
All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgment and have given me/us their written permission to be named. If I/we do not include an Acknowledgment that means I/we have not received substantial contributions from non-contributors and no contributor has been omitted.
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