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.
Eligibility for Submission:
Submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or preliminary report), and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Accepted File Format:
Accepted file formats are the following: Microsoft word .doc, .docx We do not accept PDF as we will need to submit your manuscript for editorial annd reviewer processing.
Word count:Minimum 150 words - Maximum 250 words including subheadings
Key Words: minimum 2, maximum 5
Your abstract must contain content for the following headings:
6. Conflicts of Interest
Titles should have capital letters only for names of places, institutions, individuals, companies, propietary names, but not diseases, drug formula names. Titles must end with a full stop. '.'
- This section should be the shortest part of the abstract and should very briefly outline the following information:
- What is already known about the subject, related to the paper in question
- What is not known about the subject and hence what the study intended to examine (or what the paper seeks to present)
- What was the research design?
e.g. Diagnostic Study, Etiognostic Study, Prognostic Study, Therapeautic / Efficacy Study -- in addition to the study method: Case report, Case Control, Cohort, Randomised Controlled Trial.
- What type of patients are recruited?
- What was the clinical setting of the study? (if relevant)
- How were the patients sampled
- What was the sample size of the patients? (whole/and or in different groups)
- What was the duration of the study?
- On what research instruments were the patients rated?
- What was the primary outcome measure and how was it defined?
- The number of patients who completed the study; drop out rates in the different groups and their causes
- The results of the analysis of the primary objectives, mentioning statistical method, expressed in words and numbers along with P values in parenthesis
- The results of the analysis of the more important secondary objectives
- Numerical information about the above analysis such as in terms of means and standard deviations, response and remission rates. Wherever possible: effect sizes, relative risks, numbers needed to treat, and similar statistics should be provided along with confidence intervals for each.
- Important negative findings, if any should also be presented: that is, findings that fail to support the authors’ hypothesis
- Data on important adverse events should be included in addition to the data on efficacy
- The primary take-home message
- The additional findings of importance
- The perspective
Our guidelines are based on the following reference:
Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011;53(2):172.
References are in Vancounver style format and URLs are available for online references.
Ethics Adherence declaration:
It is necessary for authors to ensure that a patient’s anonymity is carefully protected and that informed consent is obtained. For experimental reports using human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with current ethical standards. These statements should be within the “Materials and methods” where appropriate.
It is recommended that authors obtain approval from ethics committees in human biomedical research authorities of their corresponding institutions. We accept ethical approval certifications from authorities at universityinstitutional levels, governmental authorities and non-governmental agencies.For experimental reports using human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with current ethical standards.
Submission of ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest
Please download the form at http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/faqs/conflict-of-interest-disclosure-forms/ Please email the filled in form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conflict of Interest declaration in manuscript and abstract:
In the materials and methods section and the abstract please declare whether you have any conflict of interest. There are several categories of conflict of interest.
- Financial ties
- Academic commitments
- Personal relationships
- Political or religious beliefs
- Institutional affiliations