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   Submission of Manuscripts: Top

All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the website 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. Authors do not have to pay for submission, processing or publication of articles. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at editor @ ijpm . info

   Preparation of Manuscripts: Top
Use text/rtf/doc files. Do not zip the files. Limit the file size to 2 MB. Do not incorporate images in the file. If file size is large, graphs can be submitted as images separately without incorporating them in the article file to reduce the size of the file. Submit the manuscript in the following order.
Submitted manuscripts that are not as per the “Instructions to Authors” would be returned to the authors for technical correction, before they undergo editorial/ peer-review.
  1. Title Page: This page (page 1) should include
    1. title (no more than 12 words)
    2. name, highest degree, and affiliation of each author
    3. running title of 50 characters or less that must not contain the authors' names.
    4. type of manuscript (original article, case report, review article, clinical practice, letter to editor, clinical images, etc.)
    5. date and place of the meeting if the paper was presented orally
    6. name, telephone number, email address and mailing address of the author to whom correspondence or requests for reprints should be directed
    7. total number of pages, word counts for abstract, and for the text (excluding the references), and total number of images and tables must also be mentioned in this page.
  2. Abstract. Abstracts should be constructed under the following headings:
    1. Original Articles: structured Abstract - Background (the rationale for the study), Methods (how the study was done), Results (the main findings), and Conclusions (a discussion of the results) within 250 words.
    2. Review articles: an unstructured abstract within 200 words.
    3. Brief Communication: an unstructured abstract within 200 words.
    4. Clinical Images, Clinical Practice, Letters: abstract not required.
  3. Text. The text of original articles should be divided into sections with the headings: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion. For a brief communication include Introduction, Case report, and Discussion.
    1. Use double spacing throughout all portions of the manuscript— including the title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, individual tables, and legends.
    2. Use font size 12, Times New Roman / Arial font, color black.
    3. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page, in the upper right hand corner.
    4. The language should be American English.
    5. Ethics: In the Methods section of the manuscript, authors must name the ethics review board that approved their study and provide details of informed consent from human subjects plus the manner it was obtained (written or oral).
    6. Symbols and Abbreviations: Internationally accepted units, symbols, and abbreviations, including those of the Système international d'unités (SI), must be used. On first appearance in both abstract and text, place abbreviations and acronyms in parenthesis following the term in full.
    7. Names of drugs: Use the official (generic) name throughout; trade (proprietary) names may be placed in parenthesis the first time the drug is mentioned, if necessary.
    8. Numbers: Numerals from 1 to 10 are spelt out. Numerals at the beginning of the sentence are also spelt out. Numerical equivalents must precede all percentages – eg: of 100 patients 30 (30%) had visual field changes.
    9. Statistics: Whenever possible quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Authors should report losses to observation (such as, dropouts from a clinical trial). When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Avoid non-technical uses of technical terms in statistics, such as 'random' (which implies a randomizing device), 'normal', 'significant', 'correlations', and 'sample'. Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. Specify the computer software used. Use upper italics (P 0.048). For all P values include the exact value and not less than 0.05 or 0.001. Mean differences in continuous variables, proportions in categorical variables and relative risks including odds ratios and hazard ratios should be accompanied by their confidence intervals.
  4. Acknowledgment: Acknowledgments are listed on a separate page after text.
    1. Granting and sponsoring agencies must be clearly acknowledged. Any source of funding must be mentioned here.
    2. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. People who have aided the author's work in any other important way may also be thanked in this section.
  5. References: Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Multiple citations in support of a single statement should be avoided.
    • References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first
      mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order).
    • Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript without
      bracket after the punctuation marks.
    • References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with
      the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.
    • Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in
      Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Use complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals.
    • Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as
      "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source.
    • Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not
      available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, contributors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.

      Articles in Journals
      • Standard journal article: Vinekar A, Dogra MR, Sangtam T, Narang A, Gupta A. Retinopathy of prematurity in Asian Indian babies weighing greater than 1250 grams at birth: Ten year data from a tertiary care center in a developing country. Indian J Ophthalmol 2007;55:331-6
      • List the first six contributors followed by et al.
      • Volume with supplement: Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-82.
      • Issue with supplement: Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women's psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1, Suppl 2):89-97.

      Books and Other Monographs

      • Personal author(s): Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.
      • Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.
      • Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. pp. 465-78.

      Electronic Sources as reference

      • 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:
      • Monograph on the Internet
        Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:
      • Homepage/Web site [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:
      • 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:
  6. Legends to Figures and Tables: Type legends (maximum 40 words, excluding credit line)
    1. Captions should briefly explain the figures / tables without the use of abbreviations and
      should be understandable without reference to the text.
    2. Using double spacing, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations.
    3. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations,
      identify and explain each one in the legend.
    4. Explain the internal scale (magnification) and identify the method of staining in
   Cover Letter: Top

All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter. Please write clearly the manuscript title. In the cover letter

  1. Mention whether the manuscript is being submitted as an Original Article, Review Article, Brief Communication, Letter to Editor, Abstract, or Other.
  2. Include a statement to the editor that the paper being submitted has not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.
  3. Include a statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors, that the requirements for authorship as stated earlier in this document have been met, and that each author believes that the manuscript represents honest work.
  4. The author must declare that the manuscript, to the best of the author’s knowledge, does not infringe upon any copyright or property right of any third party.
  5. The author must list out any attachments (if any) being sent along with the cover letter:
    1. Consent from patients
    2. Permission from the copyright owner to reprint any previously published material
      Please download the template for cover letter provided.
   Images Top
  1. Acceptable graphic files include TIFF or JPEG formats. Graphs can be submitted in the original program files. Minimum resolution is 300 dpi or 1800 x 1600 pixels in TIFF format. Each image should be less than 1024 kb (1 MB) in size. Size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (keep up to 1240 x 800 pixels or 5-6 inches
  2. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text.
  3. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background.
  4. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends for illustrations not on the illustrations themselves.
  5. When graphs, scatter-grams or histograms are submitted the numerical data on which they are based should also be supplied.
  6. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be present in images unless the information is essential for scientific purposes. If any identifiable images are used, the patient (or parent or guardian) should give written informed consent for publication.
  7. If a figure has been published elsewhere, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. A credit line should appear in the legend for such figures.
  8. The Journal reserves the right to crop, rotate, reduce, or enlarge the photographs to an acceptable size.
  9. Do not send graphs or diagrams as free hand drawings.
   Tables Top
Please do not duplicate information in the text.
  1. Number of tables - Review / Original Articles: Maximum of six; Case Reports: Maximum of two.
  2. Type or print each table with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper.
  3. Tables with more than 10 columns and 25 rows are not acceptable.
  4. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each.
  5. Be sure that each table is cited in the text.
  6. For footnotes use the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ||,¶ , **, ††, ‡‡
  7. Abbreviations should be explained. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading
  8. If means are used, the standard deviation (or error) and "n" should be included.
  9. Report actual values of p > 0.01 to 2 decimal places and p < 0.01 to 3 decimal places; report p < 0.001 as "p < 0.001" only.
  10. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge them fully.
   Revised Manuscripts Top

The following guidelines must be followed.

  1. For major revisions, the authors must provide a letter addressing each of the reviewers'
    comments separately and in point form by first recording the reviewer's comment and following it with the author's response.
  2. The author must track all changes made in the revised manuscript.
   Proofs Top
The editor reserves the right to correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation, to clarify obscurities and remove redundancies, to improve infelicities of style, to enhance or make appropriate the paper's organization, and to ensure that the paper (text and graphics) conforms overall to the requirements of the journal. No major changes will be made without consulting the author.
   Copyrights Top

Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program. 
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