Information for Contributors

SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL

Today’s Clinician is a general medical journal that advances or illuminates medical science or that educates the journal readers. The journal publishes original papers, reviews and other articles relevant to healthcare in India with the aim to inform & educate healthcare professionals. It also gives an opportunity for expression of individual opinions on healthcare.

CATEGORIES OF ARTICLES

– The editors invite contributions based on

– Original articles – Review articles

– Research papers – Editorials

– Selected summaries – Clinical case reports

– Medicine and society – Correspondence

 

Original Articles

Manuscripts dealing with clinical aspects will be considered for publication, provided they contain results of original investigations. These should have a structured abstract and should follow the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) format. Articles need to be of general interest – e.g., crossing the boundaries of specialties & should be of sufficient importance that readers, whatever their specialty, should be made aware of the findings.

 

Review Articles

Review article provides a review of a specific topic. Authors should have published papers in the area being reviewed and have sufficient expertise to evaluate the relevant literature. Appropriate use of tables and figures is encouraged. Where ever relevant, key messages and salient features may be provided. (approx. 3000 to 4000 words) Narrative review articles written by scientist(s)/ expert(s) working in the particular area and who has/have published quality original research will be considered. e article could be about 15-20 typed pages with not more than 100 references (recent & relevant) and an abstract of about 250 words. Tables and Figures could be included as per requirement. Copyright permission should be obtained. e articles under this section will be critical appraisal of different studies on important topics of clinical/public health significance to obtain a quantitative estimate of the effect of an intervention or variable for a defined outcome. e focus could be on cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, prevention, etc. ese would be thoroughly researched articles. ere should be a structured abstract. (2500-3000 words with minimum number of Tables/Figures). Publication will be subject to peer review.

 

Research papers

Research papers reporting original research.

 

Editorials

Editorials will be signed. ese are usually solicited but unsolicited material may also be considered (approx. 1000 to 1200 words). Approx. 12 references may be included. Tables and figures are not necessary.

 

Selected summaries

Selected summaries of articles published. A copy of the original publication should accompany the submission.

 

Clinical case reports

These are short descriptions of a previously undocumented disease process; or an unreported manifestation or treatment of a known disease condition; an unreported complication of treatment. These may be accompanied by one relevant photograph.

Medicine and Society

Articles related to healthcare, having important social, economic or political bearing (approx. 2000 words).

 

Perspectives/Personal View

Articles generally written by a single author bearing the opinion of senior scientists, public

health experts and policy makers. ese should be about (1000-1500) words and may contain references.

 

Correspondence

This includes readers comments on articles published in the journal during the previous 2 issues. Short studies, observations and opinions may also be submitted (approx. 300 to 500 words with a maximum of 1 table or figure and 10 references)

All papers submitted to Today’s Clinician are subject to the peer review process. All accepted papers will be suitably edited before publication.

Papers of routine nature which are merely records of interesting cases as also those dealing with modifications of routine methodology will not be encouraged. Serialization of articles by the same author(s) into various parts (1,2,3, etc.) is discouraged. In such cases the authors are advised to submit independent papers with self-sufficient titles and text.

Today’s Clinician strongly discourages duplication/reduplication of data already published in other journals. If and when duplication is detected after publishing, the journal will be forced to ‘retract’ such articles. Articles based on work carried out in private nursing homes and other non-recognized hospitals/research centers will be discouraged

MANUSCRIPT ARRANGEMENT

Manuscript should be arranged as follows:

– Covering letter –                Title Page

– Abstract –                            Keywords

– Introduction –                     Materials & Methods

– Results –                               Discussion

– Acknowledgement –          References

– Tables –                                Legends to figures

– Checklist –                           Author declaration

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscripts for Medical Journals. (Refer the National Medical Journal of India). The manuscripts may be submitted electronically in the preferred MS Word file format, acceptable formats for pictures, photographs and figures are JPG (high resolution). All files should be formatted using British English spellings and 12-point Times New Roman font. Only standard abbreviations are to be used, throughout the text, Tables and Figures. Generic names of the drugs should be used. If proprietary brands are used in research brand name, name of manufacturer and country should be given in parentheses aer the generic name at the first place of use.

The author to retain a copy of all material sent to Today’s Clinician in case of loss of the manuscript in postal or electronic transit (viz, a virus screening programme deleting attachments from electronic submissions. Hard copies of manuscripts, whether published or not, will not be returned to authors. Each manuscript received by Today’s Clinician, either by post or electronically, is assigned a manuscript number and acknowledged. Please provide the manuscript number in all future communications. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within a week, please send us an email. One author must be identified as the corresponding author. Efforts will be made to convey an editorial decision to corresponding author at the earliest usually within 3 months of submission.

Comments from peer reviewers will be sent to the corresponding author. the corresponding author will communicate/respond to any queries after consulting all the authors and will assume responsibility for all such communication as well as for the work as a whole.

 

 

 

 

Covering letter

A covering letter explaining why the paper should be published. In case there is more than one author, one of the authors to be identified as the corresponding author of the paper, who would be responsible for the contents of the paper as also answer any queries.

 

Title page

Title of the article should be short, continuous & not hyphenated and yet sufficiently descriptive and informative so as to be useful in indexing and information retrieval. Title page should include name(s) of author(s) with departmental affiliations, complete postal addresses with e-mails. e address for correspondence should have full name & qualifications, details of department & institution; postal address & email.

 

Abstract

All manuscripts should have a structured abstract (of about 250 words) with subheadings of Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Interpretation & Conclusions. Abstract should be brief and indicate the scope and significant results of the paper. It should only highlight the principal findings and conclusions.

 

 

Keywords

A set of suitable key words (6-8 in number) arranged alphabetically may be provided

 

Introduction

Introduction should be brief and state precisely the scope of the paper. Review of literature should be restricted to reasons for undertaking the present study and provide only the most essential background.

 

Material & Methods

The nomenclature, the source of material and equipment used, with the manufacturers details in parenthesis, should be clearly mentioned. e procedures adopted should be explicitly stated to enable others to reproduce the results, if necessary. New methods may be described in sufficient detail indicating their limitations. While reporting experiments on human subjects and animals, it should be clearly mentioned that procedures followed are in accordance with the ethical standards laid down by the national bodies or organizations of the particular country. Adequate information should be provided on the care and use of laboratory animals, source of animals, strain, age, sex, housing and nutrition, etc. Whenever needed, appropriate certification should be provided at the time of submission of the manuscripts. The drugs and chemicals used should be precisely identified, including generic name(s), dosage(s) and route(s) of administration.

Study design: Selection of the observational or experimental participants i.e. (patients or laboratory animals, including controls, whether randomly or consecutively) and basis of sample size calculation should be mentioned clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population.

Period (with month and year) and place of the study should be clearly stated. Studies based on clinical trials: All clinical trials should be registered in a Primary Clinical Trial Registry and the Registration number be given under Material & Methods. Articles presenting with results of randomized clinical trials should provide information on all major studies, including the protocol, assignment of interventions, and the method of making. It should be clearly stated that study protocol was approved by the institutional/local ethics committee and written consent obtained from the participants. Unless absolutely necessary for a clear understanding of the article, detailed description of statistical treatment may be avoided. Articles based heavily on statistical considerations, however, need to give details particularly when new or uncommon methods are employed. Standard and routine statistical methods employed need to give only authentic references.

 

 

Results

Only such data as is essential for understanding the discussion and main conclusions arising from the study should be included. e data should be arranged in a way that the report develops clearly and logically. Data presented in Tables and Figures should not be repeated in the text. Only important observations need to be emphasized or summarized. The same data should not be presented both in tabular and graphic forms. Interpretation of the data should be taken up only under ‘Discussion’ and not under ‘Results.’

 

Discussion

The discussion should deal with the interpretation of results only. It should relate new findings to the known ones and include logical deductions. It should also mention any limitations/lacunae of the study. The conclusions can be linked with the aims of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data should be avoided.

Acknowledgment

Acknowledgment should be brief and made for specific scientific/technical assistance and financial support only.

 

References

The total number of References should normally be restricted to a maximum of 30. All references in the text should be numbered & should be indicated above the line (superior). The table of References to literature cited should be accordingly numbered (as appearing in the text) and placed at the end of the manuscript. As far as possible, mentioning names of author(s) under references should be avoided in the text matter.

Tables

Tables should be typed separately and numbered consecutively with Roman numerals (I, II, III, etc). They should bear brief title and column headings should also be short. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the headings. Statistical measurement variations should be identified. Tables should not be submitted as photographs.

 

Illustrations

Illustrations should be submitted in JPEG format, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals with appropriate title and explanation of symbols in the legends for illustrations. Photomicrographs should have scale markers giving degree of magnification to facilitate reduction in size in the final print. Symbols, arrows and letters used in the photomicrographs should contrast with the background.

 

Author Declaration

All authors are encouraged to specify their individual contributions at the bottom of the title page or on a separate page. e Journal will not publish an item unless it has the signatures of all the authors. Participation in obtaining of funding or the collection of data or supervision does not justify authorship. Any part of an article critical to its main conclusions must be the responsibility of at least one author.

It is necessary that all the authors give an undertaking (in the format specified by the journal) indicating their consent to be co-authors in the sequence indicated on the title page. Each author should give his or her names as well as the address and designation at the time the work was done, plus a current address for correspondence including telephone and fax numbers and email address. A senior author may sign the Undertaking by Authors for a junior author who has le the institution and take the responsibility. A paper with collective authorship must specify the key persons responsible for the article; others contributing to the work should be recognized separately. Undertaking By Authors – Form

We, the undersigned, give an undertaking to the following effect with regard to our article entitled “______________” submitted for publication in Today’s Clinician:

  1. The article mentioned above has not been published or submitted to or accepted for publication in any form, in any other journal.
  2. We also vouchsafe that the authorship of this article will not be contested by anyone whose name(s) is/are not listed by us here.
  3. I/We declare that I/We contributed significantly towards the research study i.e., (a) conception, design and/or analysis and interpretation of data and to (b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and on (c) final approval of the version to be published.
  4. I/We hereby acknowledge Today’s Clinician conflict of interest policy requirement to scrupulously avoid direct and indirect conflicts of interest and, accordingly, hereby agree to promptly inform the editor or editor’s designee of any business, commercial, or other proprietary support, relationships, or interests that I/We may have which relate directly or indirectly to the subject of the work.
  5. I/We also agree to the authorship of the article in the following sequence:-

Authors’ Names (in sequence) Signature of Authors

  1. ______________________________ ___________________________
  2. ______________________________ ___________________________
  3. ______________________________ ___________________________
  4. ______________________________ ___________________________

Important

  • All the authors are required to sign independently in this form in the sequence given above. In case an author has left the institution/country and whose whereabouts are not known, the senior author may sign on his/her behalf taking the responsibility.
  • No addition/deletion/or any change in the sequence of the authorship will be permissible at a later stage, without valid reasons and permission of the Editor.
  • If the authorship is contested at any stage, the article will be either returned or will not be processed for publication till the issue is solved.

 

COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AGREEMENT

All published material should be acknowledged and copyright material should be submitted along with the written permission of the copyright holder. Author(s) will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright agreement, which recognizes the common interest that both journal and author(s) have in the protection of copyright. It will also allow us to tackle copyright infringements ourselves without having to go back to authors each time. This document must be signed by all authors and submitted with the manuscript.

 

COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AGREEMENT – FORM

Today’s Clinician is published quarterly by the TRUST OF CLINICIAN, 3 Floor, Dempo Trade Center, Patto Plaza, EDC Complex, Panaji, Goa, 403001. The Journal and Authors hereby agree as follows: In consideration of Today’s Clinician reviewing and editing the following described work for first publication on an exclusive basis:

Title of manuscript: ___________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The undersigned author(s) hereby assigns, conveys, and otherwise transfers all rights, title, interest, and copyright ownership of said work for publication. Work includes the material submitted for publication and any other related material submitted. In the event that Today’s Clinician does not publish said work, the author(s) will be so notified and all rights assigned hereunder will revert to the author(s).

The assignment of rights to Today’s Clinician includes but is not expressly limited to rights to edit, publish, reproduce, distribute copies, include in indexes or search databases in print, electronic, or other media, whether or not in use at the time of execution of this agreement, and claim copyright in said work throughout the world for the full duration of the copyright and any renewals or extensions thereof.

All accepted works become the property of Today’s Clinician and may not be published elsewhere without prior written permission from the Journal. e author(s) hereby represents and warrants that they are sole author(s) of the work, that all authors have participated in and agree with the content and conclusions of the work, that the work is original, and does not infringe upon any copyright, propriety, or personal right of any third party, and that no part of it nor any work based on substantially similar data has been submitted to another publication.

Authors’ Names ( in sequence) Signature of Authors

All files should be formatted for A4 sized paper with a 1-inch margin all around. All pages should be numbered consecutively beginning with the title page. One hard copy of the manuscript and the author’s declaration would need to be submitted to Today’s Clinician, postal address. It should include references, tables and legends to figures. e manuscripts must be typed double-spaced throughout. A checklist and author’s declaration, both provided at the end, should accompany the manuscript.

Check list for Manuscript Submission

  • Covering letter and Title page should be submitted as single file in First page file.
  • Abstract & Key words with main article should be submitted as article file.
  • Tables and Figures should be submitted as images.
  • Scanned images of Undertaking and Copyright Transfer Agreement Form duly signed by all authors should be submitted as single file.

 

PROOFS AND REPRINTS

Authors of accepted articles are supplied 2 sets of printer’s proofs either by post or through email. Corrections on the proof should be restricted to printer’s errors only and no substantial additions/deletions should be made. No change in the names of the authors (by way of additions and deletions) is permissible at the proof stage. If there are valid reasons for such a change, after acceptance of a paper, the permission of the Editor must be sought.

Proof reading marks may be obtained on request from the Editorial Office, through email, todaysclinician@gmail.com

 

CONFLICT OF INTERESTS

A conflict of interest exists if authors or their institutions have financial or personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence their actions. A conflict can be actual or potential, and disclosure to the Editor is required. If there is no conflicts of interest, authors should state so.

 

DISCLAIMER

The information and opinions presented in the Journal reflect the views of the authors and not of the Journal or its Editorial Board or the Publisher