D Y PATIL JOURNAL OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Authors Instructions

Editorial Process

Manuscripts submitted for publication in DYPJHS should not have been published /accepted for publication in other journals. The corresponding author should submit a covering letter along with the publication. Evidence for approval by a local Ethics Committee must be supplied by the authors at time of submission of the manuscript. Where animal research studies are to be published, authors should attach approval taken from the respective Institutional Animal Ethics Committee.


Manuscripts should be submitted as electronic copy as well as a hard copy. Hard copy should be sent by courier/registered post. On submission, editor-in-chief review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in DYPJHS are sent to two expert reviewers. The Associate Editors select the reviewers for a publication. Reviewers are expected to be critical and thereby maintain a high quality of the journal. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers and the editorial board’s decision are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.


Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It is the authors’ responsibility to go through the proof meticulously and correct errors if any. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.


Instruction to Authors for Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be typed with 1.5line spacing in a single column in A4 size only. It should be paginated on the upper right hand corner of each page, beginning with the title page. The language of manuscript must be simple and explicit. Submission by email is compulsory.


The manuscript should contain the author names, affiliations and name of institution where the study was done.


Text of Manuscript
Font name and size: Times Roman 12 size with 1.5 line spacing


Margin


1 inch margin from all four sides of A4 size paper.


Types of manuscripts and word limit
Review articles

Review articles should be written by experienced researchers and should review the recent trends or advances in that field in the light of their own work. The major portion of the above articles should deal with the up-to-date developments in the field in the last 3-5 years. Authors are advised to search Medline and other databases on the Internet, apart from collecting information using conventional methods. Word limit not exceeding 6000.


Original research articles
A full length original article should be arranged in following order. Word limit not exceeding 3200.

Covering letter: A brief note on the topic. It should contain name, address, and contact details including mobile number of the corresponding author. Conflict of interest and financial support must be disclosed.


Title page: It should contain title(max 125 characters), authors’ names and affiliations, running title(max 50 characters), address for correspondence including e-mail address and also the total number of pages, figures and tables.


Abstract and Key words: It must start on a new page carrying the following information: (a) Title (without authors’ names or affiliations), (b) Abstract, (c) Key words (3-5), (d) Running title. It should not exceed 250 words excluding the title and the key words. The abstract must be concise, clear and informative.

The abstract must be in a structured form: BACKGROUND, OBJECTIVES, METHODS, RESULTS and CONCLUSIONS. It should highlight only the principal findings and conclusions.


Introduction: It should start on a new page. Essentially this section must introduce the subject and briefly say how the idea for research originated. Give a concise background of the study. The purpose/objective  of the study should be stated.


Materials and Methods: This section should describe ho the study was carried out. The number of subjects, the number of groups, the study design, sources of drugs with dosage regimen or instruments used, statistical methods and ethical aspects must be mentioned under the section. The data collection procedure must be described. If a procedure is a commonly used, giving a previously published reference would suffice. If a method is not well known (though previously published) it is better to describe it briefly. Give explicit descriptions of modifications or new methods so that the readers can judge their accuracy, reproducibility and reliability.


Results: State the results concisely. It should be presented in logical sequence in the text with appropriate reference to tables and/or figures. The data given in tables or figures should not be repeated in the text. The same data should not be presented in both tabular and graphic forms. Simple data may be given in the text itself instead of figures or tables. Avoid discussions and conclusions in the results section.


Discussion: This section should deal with the interpretation. Avoid repeating the results. It is important to discuss the new and significant observations in the light of previous work. Discuss also the weaknesses or pitfalls in the study. New hypotheses or recommendations can be put forth. Conclusions must be drawn considering the strengths and weaknesses of the study. They must be conveyed in the last paragraph under Discussion. Make sure conclusions drawn should tally with the objectives stated under Introduction.


Acknowledgement: These should be typed on a new page. Acknowledge only those who have contributed to the scientific content or provided technical support. Sources of financial support may be mentioned.


References: It should begin on a new page. The number of references should normally be restricted to a maximum of 25 for a full paper. Majority of them should preferably be of articles published in the last 5 years. References are to be cited in the text by superscribed number and should be in the order in which they appear. References cited only in tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or illustration. As far as possible mentioning names of author(s) for reference should be avoided in the text.


Format of Reference:
Standard Journal article:List the first six authors followed by et al.
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer Am, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res 2002;935:40-6.

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 3p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm

Books
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
.


Tables: checklist

  1. Serially numbered in Arabic numerals(1,2,3 etc)?
  2. Short self explanatory heading given?
  3. Columns have headings?
  4. Units of data given?
  5. ‘n’ mentioned?
  6. Mean ± SD or Mean ± SEM given?
  7. Statistical significance of groups indicated by asterisks or other markers?
  8. P values given?
  9. Rows and columns properly aligned?
  10. Appropriate position in the text indicated?


Figures: Each figure must be numbered and a short descriptive caption must be provided. Checklist for figure:

  1. Serially numbered? Self explanatory caption given?
  2. X and Y axes graduated?
  3. X and Y axes titled (legend)?
  4. Units mentioned (if necessary)?
  5. Different symbols/markers for different groups given?
  6. SD or SEM represented (graphically)?
  7. Statistical significance indicated?
  8. Approximate position in the text marked?


Photos: They should be submitted in JPEG format with at least 300dpi resolution.


Statistical data analysis: Statistical software with version and statistical tests used for analysis should be mentioned.


Letter to Editor

This may either be a small research communication or a commentary on a contemporary issue or remarks/queries on a recently published article in DYPJHS. Word limit not exceeding 800.


Case Reports:

Interesting clinical cases may be considered for publication. Those with photographs stand a better chance. The case reports should have an unstructured abstract, introduction, case history and a brief discussion. Word limit not exceeding 1000.


REVISED MANUSCRIPT
The authors should revise the manuscript immediately after receipt of the comments from the DYPJHS. A note mentioning the changes incorporated in the revised text as per referee’s comments (point by point) should be sent. The revised manuscript has to be submitted online within the stipulated time. Calling for revision does not guarantee acceptance. A revised manuscript which underwent major changes is likely to be sent to referees for re-review. If the authors have substantial reasons that their manuscript was rejected unjustifiably, they may request for reconsideration.  


PROOFS
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for final checking. It is the authors’ responsibility to go through the proof meticulously and correct errors if any. Corrections should be restricted to printer’s error only and no substantial addition/deletion should be made.


PLAGIARISM

Authors should note that:  

  1. Copying verbatim text, tables or illustrations from any source (journal article, book, monographs, thesis, Internet/any electronic media or any other published or unpublished material) and passing it as ones own is considered plagiarism whether or not a reference to the copied portion is given.
  2. listing the source of copied material under 'References' does not absolve the authors of plagiarism.
  3. If a few lines of text are to be reproduced from any source, 'the author' and 'the source' must be clearly indicated in the text. The reproduced lines must be in italics and given within quotes. If it is a paragraph it must be slightly indented also. To reproduce large portions of text, permission from the copyright owner(s) must be obtained and submitted to the DYPJHS.
  4. To reproduce tables or illustrations, permission from the copyright owner(s) must be obtained and a copy of the permission letter must be submitted to the journal. The source must be clearly acknowledged below the table or illustration as required by the copyright owner(s).