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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Copyright
Copyright on any research article is transferred in full to Delta Medical College Journal upon publication in the journal. The copyright transfer includes the right to reproduce and distribute the article in any form of reproduction (printing, electronic media or any other form).

Creative Commons Licence
Articles in the Delta Medical College Journal are Open Access articles published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License] CC BY License.

This license permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publication.

Charges and Fees:
There are NO article processing charges (APCs) or article submission fees.

Ethical aspects:
Dealing with human subjects relating to ethical aspects should be in accordance with WMA Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, revised in 2008 (www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/). Evidence for approval by the local ethics committee must be supplied by the authors on demand.

Preparation of manuscript:
The journal accepts manuscripts prepared under the guidelines of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (www.icmje.org). Authors should follow the following general framework -

a) Manuscript should be written in English and typed on one side of A4 size white paper.

b) Text should be in Times New Roman font in 12 point.

c) Double spacing should be used throughout.

d) Margin should be 5 cm for the header and 2.5 cm for the remainder.

e) Referencing style should be that of Vancouver approved by U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

f) Each of the following section should begin on separate page:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Text (Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion). Insert tables and legends where they fit.
  • Acknowledgement (if applicable)
  • References

f) Pages should be numbered consecutively at the lower right hand cover of each page beginning with the title page.

g) All scientific units should be expressed in System International (Sl) units. Traditional units may be used where they are widely accepted.

h) All drugs should be mentioned in their generic form. The commercial name may however be used within brackets.

Title Page
Title of the article (should be concise, informative and self explanatory)
Name of each author with highest academic degree
Name and email address of the author to whom correspondence regarding manuscript to be made.
Name and address of the author to whom request for reprint should be addressed

Abstract
Structured with subheadings of Background, Objective, Materials and method, Results, Conclusion.
Not mandatory for review articles and case reports.
Should not exceed 250 words
Should contain only approved abbreviations
Three to five keywords below the abstract

Text
Introduction:
States the purpose of the article and summarizes the rationale of the study
Give only strictly pertinent references
Brief review of the subject

Materials and method:
Should be very clear mentioning study design, place and period
The selection criteria of the study population including controls (if any)
The methods and the apparatus used in the research
The procedure of the study in such a detail so that other workers can reproduce the results
Statistical procedure should be briefly and comprehensively addressed. Specify the computer software used (if any) along with version.

Result:
Presented in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations
Described without comment
Supplemented by concise textual description of the data presented in table and figures only where it is necessary

Table:
Tables should be simple, self explanatory and supplement, not duplicate the text
They should be numbered consecutively with roman numerical (I, II, III, IV, etc.) in order of text
If abbreviations are to be used, they should be explained in footnotes
Captions should in bold (Table I: ------)

Illustrations:
All illustrations must be numbered and cited in the text
Print photograph of each illustration should be submitted
Figures and photographs:
Should be used only where data cannot be expressed in any other form
Numbered in Arabic (1,2,3,etc.)
Captions should in bold (Fig 1: ------)
Photomicrographs should indicate the magnification, internal scale and the method of staining.
Legends for figures:
Legends must be informative and comprehensive without reference to the text. Legends should be in similar font and style as in text.

Discussion:
Should reflect the authors’ comment on the results and to relate them to those of other authors.
The relevance to experimental research or clinical practice should contain well-founded arguments.

Acknowledgements
Individuals, organizations or bodies may be acknowledged in the article and may include -
Name (or a list) of funding bodies and name of the organization(s) and individual(s) with their consent.

References
Must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.
Should be identified in the text by superscript in Arabic numerical (1,2,etc).
Should use the form of references in Vancouver style adopted by US National Library of
Medicine and used in Index Medicine and used in Index medicus.
Some mostly needed examples are given below –

Articles in Journals
1. Standard journal article
List the first six authors followed by et al.
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-87.
2. Organization as author
Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86.
3. Volume with supplement
Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.
4. Issue with supplement
Glauser TA. Integrating clinical trial data into clinical practice. Neurology. 2002;58(12 Suppl 7):S6-12.

Books
1. Personal author(s)
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
2. Editor(s)/compiler(s) as author
Gilstrap LC, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.
3. 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.
4. 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.

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

Scientific or technical report
Akutsu T. Total heart replacement device. Bethesda MD: National Institutes of Health, National Heart and Lung Institute; 1974 Apr. Report No.: AFRLSRBLTR020123.

Dissertation
Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [thesis/dissertation]. Michigan: Central Michigan University; 2002.

Unpublished Material
Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Science. In press.

Electronic Material
1. Journal article on the Internet
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6). Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htmArticle.
2. Homepage/Web site
Cancer-Pain.org [Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.

Manuscript submission:
Two typed copies (hard copies) of the article and one soft copy on a CD / DVD processed in MS Word should be submitted to the executive editor. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter with a statement that the manuscript has been read, approved and signed by all authors. Alternatively, manuscripts may also be submitted electronically via email to the executive editor where corresponding author is liable for the consent of coauthors. Scanned authorization letter must be provided by the principal author on demand. If the work has been conducted abroad the manuscript must be accompanied by a certificate from the institute head.

Editorial process:
All submitted manuscripts are subject to scrutiny by the executive editor and/or any member of the editorial board. Manuscripts containing materials without sufficient scientific value and of a priority issue, or not fulfilling the requirement for publication may be rejected or it may be sent back to the author(s) for resubmission with necessary modifications to suit one of the submission categories. Manuscripts fulfilling the requirements and found suitable for consideration are sent for peer review. The journal follows a double blinded peer review process. Articles found suitable for publication by the reviewer, may need revision/modifications before being finally accepted. Editorial board finally decides upon the publishability of the reviewed and revision/modifications after submission. All accepted manuscripts will be edited according to the journal’s style. The editorial board reserves the right to edit and if necessary, shorten any material, crop/trim any illustration to ensure relevance for publication. Acceptance letter may be provided upon the request of the principal author.

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  • As part of submitting an article for publication, you will need to provide personally identifying information which will be used for the peer review process, and will be published. This can include ‘Affiliation’, ‘Competing interests’, ‘Acknowledgements’.

2.2 why we collect the data

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  • Personal data submitted with the article or book is collected to allow follow good publication ethics during the review process, and will form part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

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  • Published personal data that accompanies an article or a book forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.

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3.1 what data we collect

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  • When registering an account we ask you to log in and provide certain personal information (such as your name and email address), and there is the option to register using an ORCiD which will pre-fill the registration form.
  • Reviewers can also be registered by editors who invite them to review a specific article. This requires the editor to provide the reviewer’s First Name, Last Name, and Email address. Normally this will be done as part of the process of inviting you to review the article or book.
  • On submitting a review, the reviewer includes a competing interest statement, they may answer questions about the quality of the article, and they will submit their recommendation.

3.2 why we collect the data

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  • If you submit a review then the details of your review, including your recommendation, your responses to any review form, your free-form responses, your competing interests statement, and any cover letter are recorded.

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  • Data that is retained post final decision is kept to conform to publication ethics and best practice, to provide evidence of peer review, and to resolve any disputes relating to the peer review of the article or book.
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  • The requested personal data for co-authors are at the bare minimum; first name, last name, institution, country, email address. This can also include; ORCID ID, Title, Middle Name, Biographical Statement, Department, Twitter Handle, Linkedin Profile Name or ImpactStory ID.

4.2 why we collect the data

  • Assuming that it is accepted for publication, this data forms part of the official published record in order for the provenance of the work to be established, and for the work to be correctly attributed.
  • Author names, affiliations and emails are required for publication and will become part of the permanent cited record.

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  • The co-author’s personal data is stored in the author database. This personal data is only used in relation to the publication of the associated article.
  • Any co-author data collected is added to the author database and is only used in association with the article the user is co-author on.

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  • To conform to publication ethics and best practice any personal data that is published alongside an article or book cannot be removed. If you have a query about a publication to which you are attributed please contact info@ubiquitypress.com

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)