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The Annals of Medical and Health Scciences Research is a bi-monthly multidisciplinary medical journal. We publish original research investigations, review articles (systematic and narrative), short communications, editorials, case reports and letters to the editor on basic and clinical, issues in medicine.
Multidisciplinary research which integrates basic medical science with clinical component will be given preference. We may occasionally publish book reviews and technical reports on special topics.
The Journal focusses on all branches of basic medical and health sciences such as: Anaesthesia & Pain Management, Emergency Medicine & Trauma, General & Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Health & Social Care, Nursing & Midwifery, Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Surgery, Medical Devices, Pharmacology, Sports Medicine, and Holistic Medicine.
The Journal also covers highly specialized medical disciplines such as: Infectious Disease & Microbiology, Pediatrics, Neurology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Oncology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Cardiovascular Disease, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Gastroenterology & Hematology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Ophthalmology & Optometry, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Respiratory Medicine, and Rheumatology.
All submissions are initially subjected to review by the editorial board and then sent for double blinded peer review to referees in appropriate specialties who have published recently on the subject. We will consider manuscripts for publication from any part of the world, but most particularly manuscripts that would be of interest to readers in the third world.
Manuscripts are published in English, using United States spelling. However, we shall not reject any article purely on the basis of a lack of acquaintance with the style of written English language. The editors will provide support for authors whose first language is not English. We hope that the publication of this journal will bring an exciting opportunity for international scholarly communication and research. For all matters related to the manuscript, a corresponding author should be appointed by the authors. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged and reviewed in the beginning by our editors for suitability for our journals before proceeding for the formal peer review. We will immediately reject manuscripts with insufficient creativity, grave scientific or technical flaws, or deficient in considerable message. Furthermore, articles that differ markedly from our scope will be rejected. However, an alternative journal may be suggested.
As soon as we determine the suitability of manuscripts for publication in Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research, two or more expert reviewers who have published in that specialty are appointed. Authors may also be requested to indicate the names of two or more experienced reviewers with considerable experience in the study area where their manuscripts may be sent to. However, the suggested reviewers should not have the same affiliation with the authors. The double-blind review process, in which the reviewers and authors are oblivious of each other’s identity, is adopted. Each member of the editorial team is responsible for a manuscript, but the final decision on acceptance lies on the editorial team. The corresponding author receives the comments, and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) and he may be requested to provide a point by point reaction to the reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript. Accepted manuscripts for publications 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 appropriate to include corrections received after that period. The entire process of submission of the manuscript to an ultimate conclusion and sending and receiving proofs is concluded online. To achieve quicker and better propagation of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ immediately on acceptance.
All submissions shall be accompanied neither by a covering letter which must sate that the article has neither been published nor under consideration for publication in any other journal. It must also state clearly that there is no conflict of interest. This restraint does not apply to results published as abstracts of communications, letters to the editor or as preliminary reports. Authors should also declare financial supports that may pose a possible conflict of interest.
Annals of Medical and health Sciences Research favor registration of clinical trials. This should be registered in the clinical trial registry. Please, visit the following websites; http://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. This only applies to clinical trials that have begun enrolment of subjects in or after June 2008. Retrospective registration is required for enrolments that started before 2008, with a clinical trial registry that allows unlimited online free admission to the public.
All submitted articles involving human experiments should be performed only in accordance with the ethical standards provided by the responsible committee of the institution and in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Edinburgh 2000),
available at http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html. This must be clearly stated in the document. Authors may be asked to provide evidence of the ethical approval. Informed oral or written permission must be obtained from human subjects, and this must be clearly stated in the methodology section. Efforts should be made to preserve patient anonymity. Ensure confidentiality of subjects by desisting from mentioning participants’ names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. Indeed photographs should be cropped sufficiently to prevent the recognition of human subjects being. An eye bar can be used if necessary. Animal experiments must conform to the instructions for the care and use of animals provided by the institution at which the research was carried out.
The International Committee of Medical, Journal Editors (ICMJE) has established uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, including that each author of a manuscript must have made a significant contribution to the following 3 criteria to qualify for authorship: (1. Conceiving and designing the work represented by the article or analysing and interpreting the data, (2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for effective intellectual content, and (3. Giving final approval of the version to be published.
The contribution of each author towards the preparation of the manuscript must be stated. Description should be divided in following categories, as applicable: concept, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, clinical studies, experimental studies, data acquisition, data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing and manuscript review. One or more author should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole from inception to the published article and should be designated as 'guarantor'.
All authors of must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with the publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is critical to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.
These include randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys with high response rate. Original articles should contain between 1500-3500 words (excluding Abstract, references and Tables). The content of the paper must justify its length. The presentation should be structured; abstract, introduction, patients/methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, tables figures and legends.
Review articles will be highly selective. The body of the text should not exceed 4000 words. Review articles should address topics of general interest. They should provide systematic, critical assessments of the literature and creative discussion of relevant topics. The presentation should be structured and presented as a brief structured abstract, Introduction, Body of the review with headings and subheadings, References, and Figures and/or Tables where appropriate. Authors submitting review article should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesising data.
Up to 1500 words, with a maximum of two tables or figures and 12 references. A brief, three sentence summaries should be included.
For original research work. Up to 700 words with a single table or figure and a maximum of five references.
Case Reports/Case Series
This should be up to 1000 words. A brief summary is required. The contents should be logically ordered, but division into sections is optional. One table or figure is allowed in addition to text. Up to five references may be given.
Letter to the Editor
Correspondence is welcomed on any subject, including editorials or articles that have appeared in Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research. Letters may also be a appropriate approach for presenting experiences or observations that are too brief for Short Reports.
Methods and Devices
Articles that describe procedures, techniques or equipment tailored by readers to their own situation of work are also welcomed. The name of the author, qualifications, position, and place of work should be given.
All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the website Online Manuscript Submission System First time users will have to register at this site. Registration is free but mandatory. 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]. Manuscripts that do not comply with “Instructions to Authors” would be returned to the authors for technical correction, before they undergo editorial/ peer-review. The manuscript should be submitted in the form of two separate files:
This file should provide
Upload signed copyright form so we can proceed further. There may be additional comments attached by referee. Please also use them for correction
Journal Article on the Internet
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2010 Sept 24];102(6):[about 6 am]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm
Monograph on the Internet
Foley KM and Gelband H. (Eds). Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2010 Sept 20]. Available from: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074029/html/.
Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2009 Jun 21; cited 2010 Aug 15]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.
Part of a homepage/Web site
American Medical Association [homepage on the Internet]. Chicago: The Association; c1995-2002 [updated 2001 Aug 23; cited 2002 Aug 12]. AMA Office of Group Practice Liaison; [about 2 screens]. Available from: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/1736.html.
The commonly cited types of references are shown above, for other types of references such as newspaper items please refer to ICMJE Guidelines (http://www.icmje.org or http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html).
Tables should be self explanatory and must be prepared using the Table feature of the word processor. Tables should not duplicate information given in the text .Tables must be concise and cited consecutively using Arabic numerals in the text (Table 1, Table 2…etc.). Each table should be typed on a separate sheet. The title of the table should clearly indicate the nature of the contents and sufficient detail should be included in the footnote to facilitate interpretation without reference to the text. Vertical rules are not allowed. Use horizontal rules only. Tables with more than 10 columns and 25 rows are not acceptable. 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: *, †, ‡, §, ||,¶ , **, ††, ‡‡.Tables with their legends should be provided at the end of the text after the references. The tables along with their number should be cited at the relevant place in the text.
The revised version of the manuscript should be submitted online in a method similar to that used for submission of the manuscript for the first time. While submitting a revised version, there is no need to submit the “First Page” or “Covering Letter” file. Referees’ remarks along with point to point clarification at the beginning in the revised file itself should be included. Additionally, the authors should mark the changes as underlined or colored text in the article.
Journal provides no free printed reprints. Authors can purchase reprints, payment for which should be done at the time of submitting the proofs.
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding authors by email approximately 2 weeks before the publication date.
Article processing charge (APC):
Average Article prorcessing time (APT) is 55 days
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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 Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research, in the event that such work is published by the Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research. The Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research shall own the work, including:
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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These ready to use templates are made to help the contributors write as per the requirements of the Journal.
Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program.
Click open the file and save as the manuscript file.
In the program keep 'Document Map' and 'Comments' on from 'View' menu to navigate through the file.
Download Template for Original Articles/ABSTRACT Reports. (.DOT file)
Download Template for Case Reports. (.DOT file)
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Download Template for Letter to the Editor. (.DOT file)