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International Journal of Integrated Medical Research
Instructions to authors
(Please read carefully and follow it for speedy acceptance and prevention of rejection)
International Journal of Integrated Medical Research [IJOIMR] is an online open-access peer reviewed publication which focuses on research in the field of medical and paramedical sciences including health care in worldwide. The journal encourages articles on original research, case studies and reviews on topic of current interest.
The Journal is published quarterly adopting the continuous publication model and submission is open to researchers in the field of medical and paramedical sciences across the globe. All papers are subjected to screening by the Editorial Board followed by a blinded peer-review by experts in the field. Authors are advised to read our editorial policies to understand our review process. All papers are accepted subject to editorial changes. The articles of journal do not levy any fees and can be accessed on the web free by the global community. The journal does not charge for submission of article. However the journal charges nominal fees for processing and publication of manuscripts including color reproduction of photographs (if requested).
Authorship: All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. Authorship credit should be based only on significant contributions to
  1. Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.
Conditions (1), (2) and (3) must all be met. Authors may include explanation of each author’s contribution separately.
Submission of manuscript: Communications intended for publication must be sent in template available on website All manuscripts are reviewed by an editor and members of the Editorial Board or qualified outside reviewers. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible, and the journal strives to return reviewers’ comments to authors within 2 weeks.
Preparation of the Manuscript (for Original Research Article)
Manuscript must be written in clear and concise English. Either British or American spelling is acceptable. It must be sent in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).General format of the research papers should be as follows in given template:
  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and key words
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. Conclusion
  8. Acknowledgement (if any)
  9. References
In general, the length of full research papers should not exceed 3000 words.
Title Page: The title page should include:
  • The title of the article, which should be concise and informative.
  • Name of all the authors limited to 6 authors (with one forename of each author in full) followed by their affiliations: department, institution, city, pin code and country. If more than one department or institution is involved, authors name should be linked to appropriate institutions/departments by inserting consecutive numbers in superscript after relevant names to which the work should be attributed.
  • Name, mailing address, fax, phone number and e-mail ID of corresponding author.
  • Running title - containing not more than 40 characters.
Abstract and Key Words: The second page should carry an abstract of not more than 250 words. For full research paper, the abstract should be structured into four components-  
  • Background
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion.
Background should clearly but briefly mention why the present study has been taken up and also state the primary objective of the study. Materials and Methods should include basic procedures (study subjects or experimental animals, observational and analytic methods) and results should contain main findings of the study (give specific data and their statistical significance, if possible). Conclusion should clearly define the outcome of the study and briefly mention the implication of the study. Use only approved abbreviations.
Key words: Below the abstract, provide key words (minimum three but not more than six) in alphabetical orders separated by coma.
Introduction: Clearly state the purpose of the study. Briefly summarize the rationale of the study and clearly indicate the lacunae or deficiencies in previous studies for which present study has been taken up. Give only pertinent references. Do not review the subject extensively.
Materials and Methods: Clearly state the department or laboratories where the work was carried out. Mention whether approvals of Institute Research Council and Ethics Committees were obtained prior to commencement of the study. Describe your selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients or experimental animals, including controls) clearly. Identify the methods, apparatus (manufacturer's name and address in parenthesis) and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to repeat the experiments. If the procedures involve an assay, include data on its accuracy, e. g. specificity, sensitivity and recovery. Give reference to established methods including statistical methods. Provide references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known. Describe new or substantially modified methods. Give reasons for using them and evaluate their limitations.
When reporting experiments on human subjects, include whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the committee on human experimentation of the institution in which the experiments were done or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. While reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the Animal Ethics Committee or the National Research Council's guidance for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dosage(s) and route(s) of administration and mention in parenthesis manufacturer’s name and location. Do not use patient's name, initials or hospital numbers. Details of statistical methods adopted for analysis of data including detail of computer software used should be described. Levels of significance should be clearly highlighted.
Results: Include number of observation and the statistical significance of the findings appropriately. Detailed statistical analyses, mathematical derivations, and the like may sometimes be suitably presented in the form of one or more appendices. Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data already given in tables, illustrations or both. Emphasize and summarize only important observations. Each table should be typed continuously with the text. Legends for illustrations/figures should be typed continuously with the text (as shown in the template).
Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions derived from them. Do not repeat in details data given in the results section. Include in the discussion the implications of the findings and their limitations and relate the observations to other relevant studies. Link the conclusion with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by your data. Avoid claiming priority and alluding to work that has not been completed. Discussion should be relevant and an unnecessary lengthy presentation should be avoided.
Conclusion: A very brief summary note of the work with a concluding remark should be given. This should include the novelty and implication of the work and its contribution to the upliftment of the present scientific knowledge in general.
References: Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text and legends by Arabic numerals. Only appropriate references should be cited. Generally, for a full research paper, the number of references should not exceed 25. Use the Vancouver style of referencing, as the example given below which is based on the formats used in the U.S. National Library of Medicine ‘Index Medicus’. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Any manuscript not following Vancouver system will immediately be sent back to author for revision.
Authors can get a comprehensive explanation of the system with practical examples in the following link: Authors must also note that IJOIMR follows following variation in Vancouver style:
  1. Superscripts must be used rather than brackets.
  2. Numbers should be inserted to the left of colons, semi-colons and Full stops.
  3. It is important that the punctuation and form is consistently applied to the whole document.
The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. Examples of correct forms of reference are given below:
Journals: For standard journal article, list all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first three and add et al. For examples:
1. Standard Journal Article
  1. Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV- infected patients.  N Engl J Med. 2002; 347: 284-287
  2. Pugia MJ, Sammer R, Corey P, Lott JA, Anderson L, Gleason S,  The uristatin dipstick is useful in distinguishing upper respiratory from urinary tract infections. Clin Chim Acta2004;341: 73-81.
2. More than six authors:
  1. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, PalmerAM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res2002; 935 (1-2): 40-46.

3. In Press
  1. Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signatureof balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. In press 2002.
4. Books And Other Monographs
  1. Burrow GN. The Thyroid: nodules and neoplasia. In: Fleig P, Baxter JD, Broadus AE, FrohmanLA, editors. Endocrinology and metabolism. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1989: 473-507.
  2. Pal GK and Pal Pravati. Brainstem auditory evoked potential. In: Text book of practical physiology. 2nd ed. Chennai: Orient Longman. 2005: 305-309.
5. Conference Paper
  1. Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Kozas computational effort statistic for genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Kinsdale Ireland.
6. Dissertation
  1. Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University;2002
7. Electronic Material:
<Title of Page>. Available at: <web address>. Accessed on <Month day, year>.
Dengue haemorrhagic fever: diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control. 2nd edition. Geneva: World Health Organization .available at: [accessed on sep 10th 2008]
Correctness of the reference list is the entire responsibility of the author (s).
Tables: Use of tables must be restricted to a minimum. Generally, each article should not have more than four tables. If this is not possible extra reprint charges will be collected from the authors. Do not submit tables as photographs. Numbers tables consecutively and provide a brief title for each. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all nonstandard abbreviations that are used in each table. Identify statistical measures of variations such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean. Cite each table in the text in consecutive order. Please make sure each table is cited within the text, e.g. (Table 3). Tables with more than 10 columns and 25 rows are not acceptable. 
Illustrations: Illustrative materials should be used with economy. Each copy of the manuscripts should be accompanied by one set of figures (if any). Figures should be professionally drawn and photographed; freehand or typewritten lettering are unacceptable. Instead of original drawings, roentgenograms, and other materials, send at least one set of sharp, glossy photographic prints, usually 3 inches or 6 inches by width and maximum length of 9 inches inclusive of legends. Letters, numbers and symbols should be closer and even throughout, and of sufficient size for publications and should appear in legends for illustrations and not on the illustrations themselves. Each figure should have a label properly if photographs of persons are used, either the subjects must not be identifiable or their picture must be accompanied by a written permission to use the photograph. Figures are to be also sent as soft copies, they should be submitted as separate JPEG, TIFF or PDF files. The scanning resolution should be 300 dpi. Please make sure each figure is cited in order within the text, e.g. (Fig 2).
Legends for illustrations: Type legends for illustrations with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrow, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend.
Writing style: In order to make the journal uniform & standard we request that all matters submitted for publication should follow “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals” as published by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
Units of Measurement: Measurement of length, height, weight and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, liter) or their decimal multiples or fractions. Temperatures should be given in degree Celsius. Blood pressures should be given in mm of Hg. Other measurements should be reported in the units in which they were made.
The following abbreviations should be used: Unit: U; kilogram: kg; milligram: mg; picogram: pg; hour(s): hr; millimole: mmol; micromole: mmol; nanomole: nmol; picomole: pmol; centimeter: cm; millimeter: mm; liter: L; milliliter: ml; micro liter: ml; microgram: mg, millimeter of mercury: mm/Hg; milliequivalent: meq, curi: ci; angstrom: A; calorie: cal; temperature in degree centigrade or Fahrenheit: °C/°F; intraperitoneal, intramuscular, intravenous and subcutaneous routes of administrations as ip, im, iv and sc respectively.
For statistical terms: Correlation coefficient: r; degrees of freedom: df; not significant: NS; sample number: n; probability (levels of significance): p; standard deviation: SD; standard error of the mean: SEM; Student’s ‘t’test: t test; chi square test: X2; Variance ratio: F; Analysis of variance: ANOVA.
Drug names: Generic drug names should be used.
Contractions: Author should not write in contraction. For example, can’t, don’t, &, and so on. Only proper use of language serves the purpose of effective communication.
Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements section should state person(s) / firms to whom the author has to acknowledge. For more details, please refer to Declaration of authorship responsibility, financial disclosure, competing interest, copyright transfer, and acknowledgement form available along with this guideline.
Short Communication
Brief study or short report will be accepted under short communication. The length should not exceed 2000 words.
Review Papers
Review papers should be in the same format as that of full research paper (Original Article). However, the abstract need not be structured. The topic reviewed should be preferably be on the current medical problems. Author(s) should have contributed substantially in the field of review work. The proposal should include a synopsis or brief outline of the review and a list of publications of the author on the subject of the review. The style of presentation of review paper will be similar to that of full research paper. However, the length of the paper should not exceed 3000 words.
Case Reports
New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. They should be unique, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. These communications could be of up to 1500 words (excluding Abstract and references) and should have the following headings: Abstract (unstructured), Key-words, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Legends in that order. Under heading of Case report should have following subheadings: History, Examination, Investigations and Management. Generally, for a case report, the number of references should not exceed 10.
Letters to Editor, Research letter and Correspondence
The style of presentation of letters to editor will be similar to that of short communication, but without any abstract. Usually, such letters should be related to the articles published in previous issues of IJOIMR. However, some current topics may also be addressed to the editor as "Research Letters". The length of letters to editor should ideally be restricted to one printed page of the journal (800 words) and references should not be more than seven. Those manuscripts which do not fall into research letter or letter to the editor can be submitted as correspondence. 
Copyright: Papers that have been published, become the property of the Journal and permission to reproduce if any form (either the whole article or a part of it) must be obtained from the Chief Editor. Copyright filled and signed by all authors and sent scan copy along with the manuscript to the Chief Editor. Without filled-in and signed authors declaration and copyright form, the paper will not be considered for processing.
Authors Declaration and Copyright Form, Patient consent form, when applicable: available on and should be downloaded, filled in, get signed and emailed to / Ethics committee approval copy, when applicable should also be emailed.
Check list before submitting article:
  • Manuscript is typed in template available on website
Title Page
  • On the first page are typed the title author name(s) and major degree(s), and affiliations(s).
  • The name, address, telephone and FAX numbers, and E‐mail address of the corresponding author are given.
  • The manuscript title is no longer than 100 characters (letters and spaces) and does not
    contain any abbreviations
  • A short running title (no more than 40 characters) is provided at the bottom of the page for use as a running foot.
  • structured abstract is provided. For all kind of articles, this abstract is limited to 200-250
  • Each table is to be mention continuously in text  Tables are numbered with Arabic numerals.
  • Each table contains all necessary information in order that it may stand alone, independent of the text.
  • No table contains data that could be included in the text in several sentences.
  • Each figure is cited in the text.
  • Soft copies of all the pictures with high resolution are submitted.
  • Letters and identifying marks are clear and sharp, and the critical areas of radiographs and photomicrographs are identified.
  • Legends and explanatory material appear in the accompanying caption and not no the figure itself.
  • References correspond to the specifications of the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscript submitted to Biomedical Journals” promulgated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
  • References are Marked in the text as superscript eg., Suman3.
  • Each reference is cited in the text. Those appearing in tables and figures should be cited in the text where the table or figure is mentioned.
  • References are numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. (Vancouver Style)
  • Abbreviations of Journal titles conform to those used National Library of Medicine.
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