INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DENTAL AND MEDICAL SPECIALTY, IJDMS
INSTRUCTION TO AUTHORS
THE EDITORIAL PROCESS
The manuscripts submitted to International journal of dental and medical specialty, IJDMS will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere either in part or full.
The Editor in chief will review all submitted manuscripts initially and if found suitable will be sent for Double Blind Peer Review. Each and every step will be informed to the corresponding author.
Manuscripts with unauthentic content, serious scientific flaws or absence of importance of message will be considered rejected. If manuscript confirms to the scope of the journal, it will be sent for technical consideration to check for adherence to “the instructions to authors”. If found appropriate, the manuscripts will be sent to two or more experts for peer review without revealing the identity of the author to the reviewers. Within a period of one week the author will be informed about the editorial review, if found suitable it will followed by double blind peer review for a period of four to six weeks. The contributors will be informed about the reviewer’s comments and acceptance/rejection of the manuscript. Accepted manuscripts would be copy edited by authenticated software for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Final page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and has to be returned back within five to seven days. Corrections received after the stipulated period will not be considered for the upcoming issue. All manuscripts received should be duly acknowledged.
We have been screening manuscripts for plagiarism with authenticated software for the same. Stern action would be taken against handful of authors found involved in ethical misconduct. The screening and decision on articles cost huge time and resources of the Journal.
For the first time we have also decided to give rewards to authors as well reviewer of our Journal for the manuscript under following terms and condition:
1. Rewards will be decided by the Editorial Board after completion of every volume and depending on the revenue generated.
2. Rewards will be given to most downloaded and cited manuscript from the Journal.
3. Except author the reviewer will also be benefited for the reward for the same manuscript.
PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
Submission of a manuscript to International Journal of Dental and Medical Specialty implies:
• That the work described has not been published before and not under consideration for publication anywhere;
• That its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – at the institute or centre(s) where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
• Aware of the publication charges in International Journal of Dental and Medical Specialty, if accepted.
Please note that there are no processing charges, but publication fees and color reproduction fees.
Articles should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online at http://renupublishers.com/index.php/journl/journlpage/id/10
GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
The article has to be prepared in the following manner:
1. FIRST TITLE PAGE:
Prepare the title page, covering letter, acknowledgement etc., using a Microsoft word processor program. All information which can reveal authors and co-authors identity and complete address with working contact number should be here. Do not zip the files.
2. COVERING LETTER:
All manuscripts submitted to the Journal should contain the covering letter.
3. ARTICLE FILE (WITH IMAGES AND TABLES):
The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file. Do not include any information such as acknowledgement, your names in page headers, etc., in this file. Please do not send the manuscript in zip files. Clear, good quality images should be incorporated in the file. If the file size is large, graphs can be submitted as images separately without incorporating them in the article file to reduce the size of the file.
Submit good quality color images. Each image should be less than 400 Kb in size. Size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (keep up to 1024x760 pixels or 5 inches) with 300 dpi. All image formats (jpeg, tiff, gif, bmp, png, eps, etc.) are acceptable; while jpeg is most suitable.
Legends for the figures/images should be included at the end of the article file.
6. COPYRIGHT FORM:
Should be submitted along with the manuscript or also can be sent after editorial review, acceptance for which corresponding author will be informed.
TYPES OF MANUSCRIPT AND INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO SUBMISSION
? Pictorial Essay:
This is a teaching exercise with the message in the figures and their legends. The emphasis is on the quality of imaging features and the utility of the message. It should consist of an Unstructured Abstract and Keywords, and text organised according to the following headings:
• Introduction paragraph not exceeding 60-80 words.
• Section headers of the author’s choosing
• References in Vancouver style.
Length should be about 120 words, 20 figures or 30 figure-parts, and it should contain no more than 15 references.
Should be submitted in MS word format. Images in 300 dpi resolution in png, JPEGformat.
Summary and Conclusion.
? Original Research articles: Randomly controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys with a reasonably high response rate. Up to 3000 words excluding the abstract and the references.
? Review articles/View point (including those related to the Ethics forum, the Education forum, E-Medicine, and so on): Systemic critical assessment of literature and data sources. Up to 4000 words excluding the abstract and the references.
? Case reports or briefs: Novel/interesting/extremely rare cases or rare presentations can be submitted to our journal. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. Up to 1200-1500 words excluding references and abstract and up to 20 references and at least 3-5 updated references.
? Images in dentistry and medicine: A short history, photograph, differential diagnosis, and discussion of a classic and/or rare case. Should not be more than 1200 words excluding up to 12-15 references.
? Letter to the Editor: Should reflect short, decisive observation. Up to 500-600 words and five to eight references.
? Clinicians Corner: Short narrative of a real life experience in the medical and dental sphere during practice. Should contain a clear, informative, educative or enlightening message. Up to 500-600 words.
? Announcements related to dental and medical specialty: of conferences, meetings, courses, awards, and other events of interest to the readers are also invited with the name, address and contact details of the person from whom additional information can be sought. Up to 100 words.
The title page should carry
• Type of manuscript
• The title of the article in BOLD and in sentence case, should be informative and concise
• Running title or short title BOLD and UNDERLINE should not more than 50 characters.
• Name of the authors and co-authors (the way it should appear in the manuscript), with his or her highest academic degree(s) and institutional affiliation(if in institution);
• The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.
• The name, address with pin code, phone numbers with STD code and mobile number, and working e-mail address of the corresponding author and first author who is responsible for correspondence about the manuscript.
• The total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts separately for abstract and for the text (excluding the references and abstract).
• Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these.
• If the manuscript was presented as part at a meeting, the organization, place, and exact date on which it was read.
• Understanding of publication charges, on acceptance as mentioned before.
Format of manuscript for submission [in short]
• Double spacing
• Margins 2.5 cm from all four sides
• Title page contains all the desired information prior to submission
• Running title provided (not more than 50-70 characters) BOLD and UNDERLINE
• Abstract page contains the full title and required keywords of the manuscript.
• Abstract provided (about 150-250 words for case reports and 250-300 words for original articles)
• Structured abstract should be provided for an original research article
• Key words provided (three to seven)
• Introduction of 100-150 words.
• Headings in title case (not ALL CAPITALS but BOLD)
• References cited in square brackets and superscript
• References should be according to the journal's instructions, punctuation marks checked
Language and grammar
• Uniform American English. Authenticated software to check.
• Abbreviations if used should be mention in full for the first time.
• Numerals from 1 to 10 should be written in full.
• Numerals at the beginning of the sentence spelt out.
Tables and figures
• No repetition of data in tables and graphs and in text
• Actual numbers from which graphs drawn provided.
• Figures necessary and of good quality (color).
• Table and figure numbers in Arabic letters (not Roman)
• Labels pasted on back of the photographs (no names written)
• Figure legends provided.
• Patients' privacy maintained (if not permission taken).
• Credit note for borrowed figures/tables provided.
The second page should carry the full title of the manuscript and an abstract (of no more than
150-250 words for case reports, brief reports and 250-300 words for original articles). The abstract should be structured for original research manuscript and state the Context (Background), Aims, Settings and Design, Methods and Material, Statistical analysis used, Results and Conclusions. Below the abstract should provide 3 to 7 key word.
This part should define the background and significance of the study by considering the relevant literature, particularly the most recent publications. Mention the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study or observation.
Materials and Methods
Describe the selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly. However, only truly new procedures should be described in detail; previously published procedures should be cited, and important modifications of published procedures should be mentioned briefly. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods; 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 (Moher D, Schulz KF, Altman DG: The CONSORT Statement: Revised Recommendations for Improving the Quality of Reports of Parallel-Group Randomized Trials. available at http://www.consort-statement.org/).
Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.
When submitting an experiment on human subjects, corresponding author should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (available at http://www.wma.net/e/policy/17-c_e.html). Do not use patient’s name, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institutions or a national research council's guide for, or any national law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
When possible, quantify verdicts and give them with relevant symbols of measurement error or preferentially (such as reliance intervals). Report losses to observation (such as dropouts from a clinical trial). Insert a common description of material and methods in the Methods section. When data are organized in the Results section, describe the statistical methods which were used to analyze and interpret them. Bypass non-technical applications of technical terms in statistics, such as 'random' (which implies a randomizing device), 'standard,' 'significant,' 'correlations', and 'sample.' Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. Use upper italics (P < 0.05).
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 summaries only important observations.
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. Include in the Discussion section the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. In particular, contributors should avoid making statements on economic benefits and costs unless their manuscript includes economic data and analyses. Avoid claiming priority and alluding to work that has not been completed. State new hypotheses when warranted, but clearly label them as such. Recommendations, when appropriate, may be included.
As an appendix to the text, 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.
3. Acknowledgments of financial and material support, which should specify the nature of the support. This should be the last page of the manuscript.
The references / bibliography should be in Vancouver style. References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). References in text, tables, and legends should be marked by Arabic numerals. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM.
Author should use complete title of the journal for non-indexed journals. Don’t use abstracts as references in submitting manuscript. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, contributors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.
If the number of authors is more than FIVE, list the first five authors followed by et al.
Standard journal article
Kulkarni SB, Chitre RG, Satoskar RS. Serum proteins in tuberculosis. J Postgrad Med 1960; 6:113-120.
Volume with supplement
Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-282.
Issue with supplement
Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women's psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1, Suppl 2):89-97.
Books and Other Monographs
Personal author(s) Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.
Editor(s), compiler(s) as author Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.
Chapter in a book Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. pp 465-478.
Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material.
• Tables with more than 12 columns and 27 rows are not acceptable.
• Type or print out each table with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper. If the table must be continued, repeat the title on a second sheet followed by "(contd.)".
• Number tables, in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each.
• Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading.
• Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table.
• Obtain permission for all fully borrowed, adapted, and modified tables and provide a credit line in the footnote.
• For footnotes use the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ¦, *,*, ††, ‡‡
• Figures that have already been quoted in the text, should be numbered consecutively according to the order.
• Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background and should mark neatly with transfer type or by tissue overlay and not by pen.
• Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends for illustrations not on the illustrations themselves.
• When graphs, scatter-grams or histograms are submitted the numerical data on which they are based should also be supplied.
• The photographs and figures should be trimmed to remove all the unwanted areas.
• If photographs of people are used, either the subjects must not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. Mere Masking of eyes is not acceptable. Cropping of areas of Interest alone is advised. In cases where full face is required, written consent is absolute essential.
• If a figure has been published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. A credit line should appear in the legend for figures for such figures.
• The Journal editor/publisher reserves the right to reduce, rotate, crop, or enlarge the photographs/image to an acceptable size.
SENDING OF A REVISED MANUSCRIPT
While submitting a revised manuscript, contributors are requested to include, along with single copy of the final revised manuscript, a photocopy of the revised manuscript with the changes underlined in red and copy of the comments with the point to point clarification to each comment. The manuscript number should be mentioned without fail.
The authors' form and copyright transfer form has to be submitted in original with the signatures of all the contributors at the time of submission of revised copy.