Authors Guidelines

Instruction to Author

 Submission of article

The manuscripts shall be reviewed for possible publication presuming that they are being submitted to this journal only and have not been published or simultaneously submitted or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

The article should be sent to the journal office only by email at the following mail address

The copyright and authorship (See template for submission)

About The Journal

Journal of Integrated Health Sciences (JIHS) is a peer reviewed open access, official journal of Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, a Deemed to be University u/s 3 of UGC Act 1956. The university has vision and mission of Evidence Based Education System introduced in Health and Allied sciences, Research and Community services. The journal publishes original research articles focusing on various streams of health sciences like medical, dental, physiotherapy, nursing, pharmacy, medical education, dental education, public health administration, health management, health economics, health promotion, medical sociology/anthropology, social medicine, family medicine. The journal also invites case reports, review papers, short communication and editorial correspondence. The journal has special section for Evidence Based Education System (EBES) which includes Evidence Based Practices in Health Sciences. The journal will be published bi-annually, in the month of June and December each year. Journal of Integrated Health Sciences is committed to publish articles which are reviewed in an unbiased, independent, anonymous and confidential manner. Manuscripts submitted for publication in this Journal will be evaluated by the blinded peer review process.

All articles should mention how human and animal ethical aspect of the study was addressed. Whether informed consent was taken or not? Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. When reporting experiment on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. ( ).

 Preparation of Manuscript -

Manuscripts to be submitted should begin each section on a new page and number the pages consecutively beginning with the title page. Use Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced throughout with a margin Left 1.5”, Right 1.00” Header 1.00” Footer1.00” Do not insert any headers, footers or footnotes.


Your submission should consist of anonymous versions of your manuscript –Anonymous version–this version should not contain any information that may identify the authors and their respective institutions. The Title page and Acknowledgement section should not be included in this version.


Non-anonymous version– this version should include the title page and acknowledgement. This version of the manuscript will be used in preparation for print, if it is accepted for publication.


Title Page

  • The title page should be a first page of non-anonymous version of manuscript that provides:
  • The title of the article, which should be concise and informative;
  •  The full name of all authors; indicate in parenthesis the family/last name and initials, e.g. Prakash Mukesh Patel [Patel PM].
  • The designations/appointments (e.g. Physician, Assistant Professor, Professor) of all authors;
  • A maximum of latest academic degrees (e.g. MBBS, MD) of each author;
  •  The full address of all authors’ institutions, including postal/zip code;
  •  Respective/concern departments of the author(s);
  • Telephone/mobile  number (preferably of the corresponding author’s institution/clinic), inclusive of country code;
  •  Facsimile number (preferably of the corresponding author’s institution/clinic), including the country code;
  •  Email addresses of all contributing authors.

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to justify their authorship.


In the manuscript, each of the following sections should begin on a new page:

  1.       Abstract and Keywords
  2.       Text
  3.       Acknowledgements (if any)
  4.       References
  5.       Figure legends


Abstract and Keywords

The Abstract should be an informative synopsis/summary of your manuscript. There are 2 kinds of abstracts:Unstructured and Structured.

Structured – Organize the abstract according to the following headings:

(1)  Introduction – states the purposes/aims of the study/investigation
(2)  Methods – describes the selection of study subjects/experimental animals, observational and analytical methods
(3)  Results – provides specific data and its statistical significance, if possible
(4)  Conclusion – succinct emphasis on new and important aspects of the study or observations

No additional subheadings are to be assigned. The word count for abstract should not exceed 250 words.

Unstructured – There is no need to divide the abstract into different sections, unlike the structured abstract. The word count should not exceed 150 words.

Below the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords that will assist in the cross-indexing of the article. These will be published with the abstract.

Tip: check and confirm that the keywords are the most relevant terms found in the title or the Abstract, and are preferably also listed in the medical subject headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus (



Submit all tables in Microsoft word format only and in the body of manuscript. Tables should be:

  • Number the tables consecutively in Roman numerals (e.g. Table I, Table II, Table III) in the order of their first citation in the text
  • Provide a brief title, which should be shown at the top of each table
  • Place table explanations in the footnotes of the table
  • Explain all non-standard abbreviations in the footnotes of the tables
  • Identify statistical measures of variations such as Standard Deviation (SD) and Standard Error of the Mean (SED)
  • Obtain permission for publication before submission of the manuscript and acknowledge fully if data from another published source is used

Do not:

  • Use internal horizontal and vertical rules
  • Use too many tables in relation to the length of the text
  • Duplicate the results in table, text and graph



Abbreviate "Figure" as "Fig.", e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2.

  • Number the figures consecutively in Arabic numerals (e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2) in the order of their first citation in the text.
  • Submit the images as TIFF/jpg files with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI. Colour images should be submitted in CYMK format, instead of RGB format.
  • For drawings and graphs, state the most important points leading to the desired conclusion.
  • A separate file should be submitted for each Figure or Figure part (Authors are advised to keep backup files of all images). Also keep figure in the body of manuscript.
  • Letters, numbers and symbols should be clear and even throughout, and of sufficient size so that when they are reduced in size for publication, each item shall be clearly identifiable.
  •  If a Figure has been previously published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material.
  • Authors’ names and affiliations should not appear on the images.
  • All Figures/Figure-parts relating to one patient should have the same Figure number.
  • Symbols, arrows or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background.
  • Incorporate only appropriate and concerned photographs/illustrations/images.
  • Provide appropriate descriptions for every figure/figure-part provided.


Abbreviations and Symbols

  • The full term for which an abbreviation or acronym stands should precede its first use unless it is a standard unit of measurement
  • In general, symbols and abbreviations should be those used by British Chemical and Physiological Abstracts
  • Weights, volumes, etc. should be denoted in metric units. The use of S.I. Units (International System of Units) is encouraged



The Vancouver style of referencing is adopted by the Journal. The detailed style of the different types of citations can be found below


Journal References

1. Single/Multiple Authors
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25; 347(4): 284-7.

2. More than six authors
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002; 935(1-2): 40-6.

3. Organization as Author
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002; 40(5): 679-86.

4. Unknown Author
21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002; 325(7357): 184-5.

5. 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 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6): [about 3 p.]. Available from: Note: Plant/Micro organisms, in-vivo, in-vitro should be in italics.

6. Personal author(s)
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Paller MA. Medical microbiology . 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

7. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author
Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.

8. Author(s) and editor(s)
Breedlove GK, Schorfheide AM. Adolescent pregnancy. 2nd ed. Wieczorek RR, editor. White Plains (NY): March of Dimes Education Services; 2001.

9. Organization(s) as author
Royal Adelaide Hospital; University of Adelaide, Department of Clinical Nursing. Compendium of nursing research and practice development, 1999-2000. Adelaide (Australia): Adelaide University; 2001.

10. Chapter in a book
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

11. Conference proceedings
Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumors V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour Conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.

12. Thesis
N. Khoshakhlagh. The compositions of volatile fractions of Peganum harmala seeds and its smoke. Pharm. D. Thesis, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. (2002).

13. Website [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:


It is the authors’ responsibility to check all references with superscript very carefully for accuracy and completeness. Authors should avoid using abstracts as references. “Unpublished observations” and “personal communications” may not be used as references; if cited, a letter (from the person quoted) granting permission must be submitted. Subject to editorial approval, the person quoted will be cited in parentheses in the text and not in the reference section.


State contributions that need to be acknowledged, but do not justify authorship. Acknowledgeable contributions include (not in exhaustive order) general support by a Department Head or Chairman, technical help, and financial and/or material support (including grants). Mention conflicts of interest, if any.





The format for the text varies depending on the type of article. The list of article types and their respective formats are as follows:
Original Article, Review Article, Case Report, Continuous Medical Education (CME), Short communication and Letters to Editors and EBES articles.  

Original Article

It should consist of a Structured Abstract and Keywords, and text organized according to the following headings:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References

There should be no more than 8 authors. Word limits 3000 words.

Short communication

It should consist of a Structured / Unstructured Abstract and Keywords, and text organized according to the following headings:

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results & Discussion
  • References

There should be no more than 6 authors. Word limits 1000 words.


Review Articles

It is usually a solicited/invited article written by an expert, providing a critical analysis and recent information on a given specialty. It should consist of an Unstructured Abstract and Keywords, and text organised according to the following headings:

  • Introduction
  • Relevant section headings of the author’s choice.
  • Conclusion
  • References

There should be an adequate number of references to support the review.

Word limit 2000. 


Case Report/Case Series

This is a brief discussion of a single case or cases with unique features not previously described.
It should consist of an Unstructured Abstract and Keywords, and text organised according to the following headings:

  • Introduction
  • Case Report
  • Discussion
  • References

Maximum word limit for case series is 2000 and 1500 words for case report, maximum six figures, and it should contain no more than 10 references. There should be no more than 4 (four) authors (one of whom should have been in clinical charge of the patient).


Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor and replies should either offer objective and constructive criticism of published articles in JIHS or discuss matters of general scientific or medical interest to readers. No abstract is required. Standard formal letter format is advisable with optimum 750 words.


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Articles

Invited or sent articles on recent advances for the purpose of CME will be considered by the Editor in this section.  


Student Research Communiqué

In this section, articles written by students of health sciences and their mentors will be considered. A conclusive research article which could be original research work, short communication, case reports, EBES articles and scientific, authenticated research round table discussion shall be incorporated. Optimum Word limit is 2000.   


EBES articles

This section will receive articles which are in relation with evidence based medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy and other allied health sciences including evidence based practices. This section is specially designed to generate own evidences in relation to our region and country. The section would also include meta-analysis, review, CME, evidence based guidelines and policy adopted from various Indian associations and organizations. Word limit is 2500 words.





JIHS is published in English language. The use of British English is strongly encouraged. The Editorial Office does not offer major copyediting services; therefore, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that the English language is thoroughly revised before submitting the work for publication. Authors whose native language is not English, they may seek adequate assistance.

Note that the Editorial Office reserves the right for publication of a manuscript.



The word plagiarism is derived from Latin word Plagiarius which literally means kidnapper. Though the strata of academicians are talking about plagiarism more strongly of late but this unhealthy practice exists since centuries with the incidences rampantly rising recently.

There does not exist any universally accepted/ adopted definition of academic plagiarism; however, according to Bela Gipp it encompasses: “The use of idea, concepts, words or structures without appropriately accommodating the source to benefit in a setting where originality is expected.”

In some context it is considered as theft or stealing of someone else’s intellectual property. It is also referred as academic dishonesty or academic fraud. Numerous guidelines are formulated and are framed basically to warn the author with a clear message that if this particular work is not yours and if you are incorporating into your work; you simply must extend credit to the original author.

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Here, authors can find some additional tips on how to write each section of the manuscript: 

This is meant to be a platform/starting point from which the readers will delve into the work being presented in the text.


  • State the purpose of the article.
  • Summarise the rationale for the study or observation.
  • Only provide strictly pertinent information and references.


  • Review the subject extensively.
  • Include data or conclusions from the work being reported.


Describe precisely your selection of the observational/experimental subjects (patients, participants or laboratory animals, including controls).
Identify the following in sufficient detail, so that there is enough information to reproduce the method presented in your study:

  • Methods
  • Procedures
  • Apparatus. Please list the manufacturer, city, state and country of all generic drugs, equipment and software used in parenthesis.
  • All drugs and chemicals used. Please list their generic names, manufacturer’s name, city and country in parenthesis, e.g. (Zoloft, Pfizer Inc, New York, NY, USA), and their exact doses and routes of administration.
  • Statistical methods should also be described in this section. There should be enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader to verify the reported results.
  • Where possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals [CI]).
  • Avoid relying only on statistical hypothetical testing, such as the use of p-values, which fail to communicate important quantitative information.
  • Discuss the eligibility of experimental subjects.
  • Provide details about randomization.
  • Describe the methods for, and success by, blinding of observations.
  • Report treatment complications.
  • Report losses to observation (e.g. dropouts from a clinical trial).

Please cite the standard source (this could be a manual, textbook, or the like), with page numbers stated in the References section, for the study design and statistical methods, instead of citing it directly from the article.

Specify any general-use computer programmes used (e.g. SPSS Inc, Chicago, IL, USA). Avoid the non-technical use of technical terms in statistics; words like “random”, “significant”, “correlations” and “sample” should not be used unintentionally. Define statistical terms, abbreviations and symbols.




  • Present your results in a logical sequence in the text, Figures (if available) and Tables (if available).
  • Use Graphs as an alternative to Tables, if the Tables require too many columns/rows.
  • Present the results of your statistical study/analysis.
  • Emphasize or summarize only the important observations.


  • Repeat all the data found in the Figures and Tables in this section.

In this section, emphasize the new and important aspects of the study, and the conclusions that follow them.


  • Include the implications of the findings and their limitations, including the implications for future research.
  • Please, adequately evaluate the limitations of new and substantially modified methods.
  • Relate the observations to other relevant studies, and cite their reference sources. [e.g. A study in 2000 done by Lin et al also supports this conclusion.(1)]
  • Link the conclusions with the goals of the study.
  • State new hypotheses when warranted, but clearly label them as such.
  • Include recommendations when appropriated.


  • Repeat in detail, the data or other material given in the Introduction or the Results section.
  • Make statements or draw conclusions that are not completely supported by your data
  • Claim priority and allude to work that has not been completed.



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