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Narayana Medical Journal: INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

GENERAL

NMJ is a biannual peer-reviewed journal published by the Narayana Medical College, NMJ publishes original articles that offer significant contributions to knowledge in all the broad and super specialties. NMJ is designed to serve as a medium for rapid dissemination of new and important information about medicine. Articles that are accepted for publication are done so with the understanding that they, or their substantive contents, have not been and will not be submitted to any other publication. The journal will cover technical, clinical and bioengineering studies related to human well being including ethical and social issues. The journal gives preference to clinically oriented studies over experimental and animal studies.

Editorial Process: A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to NMJ alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the NMJ readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself. Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in NMJ are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but this is not mandatory. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a single-blind review process, wherein the authors are unaware of each reviewers identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.

TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS

The Journal would publish peer-reviewed original research papers, case reports, systematic reviews and meta-analysis

Letters to the Editor: Letters should pertain to material previously published in NMJ. Letters should not exceed 500 words with no more than five references, the first of which should be the manuscript on which you wish to comment.

BOOK REVIEWS: NMJ is pleased to receive new books published in the English language for consideration of review. Such Book Reviews will be published at the discretion of the editorial board.

NMJ will also consider for publication the following types of manuscripts by invitation only:

Invited Symposium Papers

Invited Review Articles

Invited Commentaries on manuscripts we publish

Editorials on published materials

Authorship Criteria:

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:

  1. Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. 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. The journal prescribes a maximum number of authors for manuscripts depending upon the type of manuscript, its scope and number of institutions involved (vide infra). The authors should provide a justification, if the number of authors exceeds these limits.

REPORTING OF RANDOMIZED CLINICAL TRIALS

Randomized clinical trials should be reported following the CONSORT criteria.

For information on the Consort and to download the Consort E-Checklist and the E-Flowchart, go to:www.consort-statement.org

All randomized clinical trials should be registered through a national or international registry. Registration in the following trial registers is acceptable: www.ctri.in/; http://www.actr.org.au/; http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/; http://isrctn.org/; http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp; and http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr.

ONLINE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS VIA E Mail

Manuscripts are submitted online http://my.scopemed.org/nmj/

and upload your manuscripts following the instructions given.

Electronic files of the manuscript text

Electronic files of the manuscript figures, illustrations, and tables

Electronic files should be uploaded in rich text format (RTF). You will be required to upload graphics in their required format. The file size should not exceed 10 MB

RTF (Rich Text Format) is a common export property of most popular word processors. MS Word and WordPerfect both contain this function. After uploading the RTF for text upload graphics. Common graphics files such as JPEG, TIFF are acceptable. Keep copies of your word-processing and graphics files, you may need to revise the manuscript during the review process and will need the original files to do so. You will also be notified by email that your submission was successful.

If you are experiencing problems to submit your manuscript, please contact the editorial office:

Subbarao K.S.V.K; Editor-in-Chief

Narayana Medical Journal Editorial Office

B1 First floor

Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

Chinthareddypalem, Nellore 524003

Tel: 861 2317963 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 861 2317963 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Ext 2199)

E-mail: kasturi.subbarao@gmail.com

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