Scope of the journal
The International Journal of A J Institute of Medical Sciences (Int J AJ Inst Med Sci) is a peer-reviewed, bi-annual, indexed journal published as a medium for the advancement of scientific knowledge in all the branches of Medicine and allied Health Sciences. The scope of the journal also extends to relevant manuscripts related to Medical Education, Medical Ethics and Medical Jurisprudence.

The manuscript should be original and should not be simultaneously submitted or considered for publication elsewhere. All authors should have participated sufficiently in the preparation of the manuscript. Int J AJ Inst Med Sci reserves the copyright of published material. Statements in manuscripts are the responsibility of the authors.
Int J AJ Inst Med Sci preferably publishes under the following broad categories: Original research, Review article, Case report/series, Correspondence, Short/Brief communication and CME Supplement. Manuscripts submitted are subject to peer review. Manuscripts requiring revision will be returned to the authors and the revised manuscript should be submitted within
the specified time.

Original research: This scientific report gives results of data that are statistically analyzed. Such manuscripts should follow the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) format.

Review article: This provides an in-depth review of a specific topic. Authors should preferably be working in and have published papers in the area being reviewed and have sufficient expertise to critically evaluate the relevant literature.

Case report:
This includes one or a series of related cases with specific unambiguous message for the reader that may help a future healthcare provider manage a similar case or its consequences in practice. Rarity alone is never an indication for publication of a case report.

Correspondence: This includes comment or useful critique on manuscripts published in the Journal during the previous 6 months. Short studies, observations and opinions may also be submitted. Int J AJ Inst Med Sci also encourages the publication of short/brief communications and Continuing Medical Education supplements.

Preparation of manuscript
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 'Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals' of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Refer the website: www.icmje.org Manuscripts should be written in clear and grammatical English and should conform to the general style of the journal. It should be typed with double-spacing and wide margins. It should contain the following: Covering letter, Title page, Abstract and Keywords, Text, Acknowledgment (if any), References, Tables and Figures. Covering letter should outline the importance of the manuscript and its appropriateness for publication in the Journal. It should specify the section of the Journal for which the submitted article is to be considered. Conflict of interest, ethical approval, funding and contributorship should also be listed.

Title page should contain the type of the manuscript (Original research, Brief communication, and so on), Title (should be informative and without abbreviations), Authors' names (first and last/surnames written out in full and initials of the middle name[s]) and institutional affiliations, and Corresponding Author's address (Name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number and E-mail address).

Abstract and Keywords: The abstract (250 to 300 words) should be unstructured. Information on the background and aim of the study, methodology, results and conclusions in brief should be mentioned in the abstract. It should be a concise and accurate summary of the manuscript and should not contain abbreviations, tables, figures, footnotes or references. The abstract should be followed by 3-5 keywords.

Text: The text in Original research manuscripts should contain Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion. Other type of manuscripts should contain appropriate headings. Introduction should state why the study was carried out and what the specific aims of the study were. It should describe the background for the study (the available knowledge), its importance and its goals. It should be brief but complete enough for the reader to understand the reasons for the study being carried out without having to read previous publications on the subject. Material and Methods section should contain brief description of the study design, selection of participants, interventions, methods of measurements, data collection and processing and statistical methods used. The new procedures should be described in detail. Studies involving ethical issues must contain a statement that the protocols have been reviewed by the appropriate institutional ethics committee. Details that might disclose the identity of the subjects under the study should be omitted. Results should be presented in a logical, sequential order that parallels the organization of the methods section. It could be presented in text and figures or tables, without repetitions in both forms. Drug names, wherever used, should be generic. SI units should be used. Discussion should be concise and focus on the interpretation of the results. Discussion should summarize how the study findings add to the current knowledge, provide explanations for the findings, critical evaluation of the previously published studies in comparison with the findings of the present study, limitations of the study and the implications for future research. Only those published manuscripts directly relevant to interpreting the results and placing them in context should be cited as references. This section should conclude with a brief summary statement. The conclusion should be based on and justified by the data analyzed and results of the study.

References

References should be cited in the order of appearance in the text by superscript Arabic numerals. These references should be listed at the end of the manuscript in numerical order. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the authors. For further details, refer the webpage http://www.icmje.org.

References to journals should include the authors' last/surname and initials (list all authors when six or fewer; when seven or more, list only the first six and add et al.), full title of the manuscript, journal titles (as abbreviated in Index Medicus/PubMed), year of publication, volume number, first and last page numbers.

Examples:
  • Monteiro FN, Kanchan T, Bhagavath P, Kumar GP, Menezes RG, Yoganarasimha K. Clinico-epidemiological features of viper bite envenomation: A study from Manipal, South India. Singapore Med J 2012;53:203-207.
  • Monteiro FN, Bhagavath P, Rao L, Pai ND, Kanchan T, Menezes RG, et al. Descending thoracic aortic aneurysm rupture during postpartum period: An autopsy case report with review of literature. J Forensic Sci 2011;56:1054-1057.

  • References to a book

    Ellenhorn MJ. Ellenhorn's Medical Toxicology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Human Poisoning. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Williams and Wilkins, 1977.

    References to chapters in books

    Isselbacher EM. Diseases of the aorta. In: Braunwald's Heart Disease-Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. Libby P, Bonow RO, Mann DL, Zipes DP (editors). Philadelphia: Saunders; 2007.p.1457-1489.

    Refrain from using online references if possible. When referring to internet sources, for example Wikipedia, please state so clearly, and indicate if this information can be re-checked and on which date you visited the online source.

    Preparation of tables and illustrations

    Tables and figures should have an appropriate title and should be numbered with Arabic numerals according to their appearance in the text. All the tables and figures with title and footnotes should be furnished at the end of the manuscript after the section on references. Photographs should be saved in JPEG or TIFF format.

    Journal Policies

    The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit all articles for purposes of style, format and clarity. All manuscripts submitted to Int J AJ Inst Med Sci will be subjected to external and/or editorial review. Authors may be required to revise their manuscripts for reasons of style and content. Rejected manuscripts will be destroyed. Int J AJ Inst Med Sci does not have page charges. The Editors, Editorial Board, Reviewers and Publisher will not be held responsible for plagiarism, if any, by the authors. Adhering to publication ethics is the responsibility of the authors.

    Protection of human subjects and animals in research

    All interventional studies conducted on human subjects or animals should be specifically approved by the institutional ethics committee or the review board of the institution where the methodology was performed. When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed (see ICMR guidelines: icmr.nic.in/ethics_SOP.pdf and icmr.nic.in/animal_ethics.htm).

    Patient confidentiality

    Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patient's names, initials or hospital numbers, should not be revealed in written descriptions and photographs. If it is not possible to ensure anonymity, written, informed consent should be obtained from the patient and submitted to the Journal. Identifying details should be omitted if these are not essential but patient data should not be altered to attain anonymity.

    Copyright

    Authors must agree in writing to transfer to the Journal the copyright for all material submitted, in case of its publication by the Journal. The published manuscript should not be reproduced elsewhere, wholly or in part, without the prior written permission of the Journal.

    Permission

    Wholesale reproduction of all previously published tables, charts, figures and photos will require written permission from the editorial board of Int J AJ Inst Med Sci. Reproduction of adapted data will require at least a reference citing.

    Journal copy

    The corresponding author will receive one print copy of the Journal. Further copies will be available at suitable price (as fixed by the publisher), on request before publication. Electronic version (PDF format) of the Journal will be made available to the corresponding author, on request.

    Author's declaration

    We, the first author and/or corresponding author of the manuscript titled……………, hereby submit it for consideration for publication in the ‘International Journal of A J Institute of Medical Sciences’ on behalf of all the authors.

    We agree to the following:
    1. This manuscript is our original work and is free from plagiarism.
    2. This manuscript or a substantial part of it has not been simultaneously submitted to any other journal for publication. It has also not been published previously.
    3. The data in this study have not been used for any other manuscript published by us. Nevertheless, if the data are reanalyzed considering a different objective, this should be brought to the notice of the Editor.
    4. Each of the authors individually takes full responsibility for the design and conducts of the study, had full access to the data and controlled the decision to publish the study.
    5. We agree to the order of authorship as stated on the title page of the manuscript.
    6. All the authors have seen the final version of the manuscript submitted for publication and have approved of it.
    7. All conflicts of interest and funding are stated in writing.
    8. In the event of publication of this manuscript by Int J AJ Inst Med Sci, the copyright to this work shall stand transferred to the Journal.

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    Submission of manuscripts
    Manuscripts can directly be sent to the following E-mail : ajimsjournal@gmail.com

    The corresponding address is:

    Dr. Francis N.P.Monteiro MBBS, MD, DNB, DCL, PGDCFS, PGDPPHC, PGCTM, PGCMNCPA

    Editor-in-Chief: International Journal of A J Institute of Medical Sciences
    Member: World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)
    Professor: Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
    Member: Medical Education Unit
    A J Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre
    NH 66, Kuntikana, Mangalore - 575 004, India.
    E-mail: ajimsjournal@gmail.com
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