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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

International Healthcare Research Journal (IHRJ) is a peer-reviewed, monthly journal. Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with “uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journal" developed by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (December 2013). Submission of a paper is intended to entail that it presents original unpublished work, including the illustrations, which it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Editorial policy – The Editorial board reserves the right to make changes that may clarify or condense papers where this is considered desirable.

Type of submission – Original articles, Case reports, Clinical studies, Short communications/Clinical tip, Letters to the editor.

Covering letter – First author must sign covering letter indicating full responsibility for paper submitted along with the contributory form duly signed by all authors.

Title page – The title page should carry the type of manuscript, title of the article, name of the authors with academic qualification and institutional affiliation, name of the department and institution to which the work should be attributed. Name, address, phone numbers and email address of the contributor responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. 

Manuscript – All submissions must be submitted in Microsoft word compatible format. Specification such as front size 12 and style Times New Roman, double spaced should be followed. Avoid use of outline form. It should contain title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, material & methods, results, discussions, references, tables and figures and legend for tables, figures and graphs.

Abstract/keywords – The second page should carry the full article of the manuscript and an abstract (of no more than 150 words for case reports, brief reports and 250 words for original articles). The abstract should be structured with subsections, Statement of problem, Purpose, Material & Methods, Results and Conclusions. Avoid abbreviations and manufacturing information. Below the abstract, provide 5-6 keywords.

Introduction – It should briefly review the current state knowledge strictly concerning topic of paper. It should also make statement on the reason for undertaking the study and what’s the aim to achieve.

Material & Methods – It should be described giving sufficient relevant information to permit work to be repeated. Statistical analysis method, if used should be specified.

Ethics – When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation.

Results – Present the results in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations, emphasize or summarize only important observations.

Discussion – Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the Introduction or the results section. Relate the observations to other studies. Recommendations, when appropriate may be included.

References – Conform to Vancouver style as a set forth in “Uniform Requirements of Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”. References should be numbered in order which they appear in text and these numbers should be inserted above the lines on each occasion the author is cited.

Tables – Each should be typed double spaced on separate sheet, having underlined title followed by a legend if any in Microsoft word format.

Figures – All photographs should indicate the magnification of the print. Special features should be indicated by arrows or letters in contrast with background. Legends to all photos should be typed on separate sheet paper. 

Case Reports – New/interesting/very rare cases can be reported. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. Upto 2000 words excluding references and abstract and upto 12 references.

Reviews– IHRJ invites new/interesting reviews focusing on a current concept as well as Evidence Based Reviews. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis will be given preference. Upto 3000 words excluding references and abstract and upto 15 references. (As an exception, reviews exceeding the word limit can also be considered for publication, but shall be at the discretion of the Editor-in-chief and inputs from the concerned reviewers)

Short Communications – Upto 1000 words excluding references and abstracts and upto 5 references.

Letter to the editor – Should be short, decisive observation. They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. Upto 400 words and 4 references.  

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