• Guideline to Authors

    International Archives of Integrated Medicine (IAIM) [ISSN: 2394-0026 (Print) and ISSN: 2394-0034 (Online)] accepts Original research articles/ Case series/ Case report/ Review article/ Short communication etc. in the area of Medical Science, Dental Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Pharmacy, Homeopathy, Herbal medicine and Allied sciences.

    Note: International Archives of Integrated Medicine (IAIM) accepts Manuscript only through e-mail.

    All articles must be send to e-mail ID: iaim.editor@gmail.com

    Preparation of manuscript

    Corresponding author has to submit Cover letter, Manuscript, Copy right form and Author information form. Entire manuscript, table, chart, figures should be done in MS-word file, in Times New Roman, font size 11, line spacing 1.15 with page margin normal and written in American English.

    Manuscripts must be prepared as per “Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals” developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org).

    Cover Letter

    It must include title of manuscript, running title, type of manuscript (Original Research/ Review/ Case Series/ Case Report/ Letter to Editor etc.), Name of authors in order along with designation and affiliation, total number of pages, total number of figures, total number of tables, Source of support, Acknowledgement, Clinical trial registration number and where it is registered, Conflict of interest if any, Contribution of authors etc.

    Original Research Articles

    Research Articles must be typed and all pages are to be numbered.

    Title page

    Title page must include title of the article, running title (if any), full name of the authors (First, Second, Third etc.), designation, affiliation, address, mobile number and e-mail id of each author.

    Abstract

    The abstract should be structured with subheadings of background, aim, material and methods, observation and conclusion. The abstract should be 150 to 300 words.

    Key words

    Five to ten key words should be provided.

    Introduction

    Introduction must be indicating why research has been done, background of research, nature of hypothesis etc. It should be limited to 100-150 words.

    Materials and Methods

    It must clarify how the research was carried out, inclusion and exclusion criteria, study area, study population, study method etc.

    Results/ Observation

    Results must be present with accuracy. Tables, charts or figures must be explained.

    Discussion

    It must be appropriate and related to present and recent topic with proper references should be cited.

    Summary/ Conclusion

    It must be brief and to the point which high light the value of your work. Don’t repeat result findings once again.

    Acknowledgement

    Authors can express their gratitude to people, granting body, university departments, college departments, funding agency should be in a correct manner.

    Source of support

    If any in the form of grants, equipment, drugs etc.

    Conflict of Interest

    If any

    References

    In the text, a reference identified by means of number e.g. [1], [2] etc. 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. Avoid using abstracts as references. 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. The commonly cited types of references are shown here, for other types of references such as newspaper items please refer to ICMJE Guidelines (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html).

    Examples

    Journal
    Rathod GB, Parmar P. Fine needle aspiration cytology of swellings of head and neck region. Indian J Med Sci., 2012; 66: 49-54.

    Tables

    Tables must be numbered as per indicated in result section. It must be in simple and easy to understand manner. Each table must have its title.

    Figures/ Photographs/ Charts

    Figures/ Photograph must be added in manuscript at last with proper explanation of it. Each photograph must be numbered which must correlate with manuscript. Photograph must be of good resolution preferably of 1800 X 1200 pixels and color in JPEG format.

    Note: For Case series, Case reports, Review articles, Short communications etc. try to follow above mentioned guidelines as far as possible.

    Editorial and Review Process

    Immediately after the receipt of paper, Manuscript Reference Number and acknowledgement will be sent to the corresponding author as early as possible. All manuscripts are pre-reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, then discussed with editorial board (if required) and if appropriate, sent for blind peer review process to at least two reviewers. The authors may send two or three reviewers for their manuscript if possible. Depending upon reviewers comments, provisional acceptance will be given as early as possible. If reviewers comments are not favorable for publication then author has to revise and resubmit the manuscript with appropriate answers to reviewers queries. The proof copy of paper will be send to corresponding author before publication. Decision of Editor-in-Chief and members of Editorial board will be final.

    Proof Copy and Printout

    Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Electronic proof will be sent via e mail to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Author has to read it completely and final it for print and publish. Only minor changes can be corrected at the proof stage. Final article will be published online in PDF version at our website (www.iaimjournal.com) which is freely accessible to everyone to download and take print which helps author to increases his citations.

    Rules and Copyright

    Corresponding author as well as co-authors is responsible for originality of work done by them. Manuscript submitted by them must not been published before nor under consideration for publication nor accepted for publication by any other state/ National/ International journal or body. The views and opinions expressed in manuscript are of authors and not of the International Archives of Integrated Medicine (IAIM). Submission of multi authored articles implies that the consent of each author has been obtained and they all agree regarding authorship order. Ethical approval from institute or industry is the responsibility of authors. Journal will not be held liable for any dispute regarding authorship, plagiarism or other legal circumstances. Authors must agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher. No part of this publication can be reprinted or publish without the prior permission of the Editor-in-Chief, IAIM. Every effort has been made by IAIM NOT to publish wrong or misleading information. However, the Editorial board accepts NO liability in any consequences of such statements.

    Clinical trial registry

    IAIM favors registration of clinical trials and will publish clinical trials that have been registered with a clinical trial registry that allows free online access to public. Registration in the following trial registers is acceptable: http://www.ctri.in/ ; http://www.actr.org.au/ ; http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ ; http://isrctn.org/ ; http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp ; and http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr

    Authorship Criteria

    Credit of authorship should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:

    • Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
    • Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
    • Final approval of the version to be published.

    Participation only for funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript. The order of authors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors.

    Contribution Details

    Contribution should be divided in following categories, as applicable: concept, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, clinical studies, experimental studies, data acquisition, data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing and manuscript review.

    Conflict of interest/ Competing interests

    All authors must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.

    Conflict of interest statement

    Public trust in the peer review process and the credibility of published articles depend in part on how well conflict of interest is handled during writing, peer review, and editorial decision making. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author’s institution), reviewer, or editor has financial or personal relationships that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions (such relationships are also known as dual commitments, competing interests, or competing loyalties). These relationships vary from those with negligible potential to those with great potential to influence judgment, and not all relationships represent true conflict of interest. The potential for conflict of interest can exist whether or not an individual believes that the relationship affects his or her scientific judgment. Financial relationships (such as employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony) are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and the most likely to undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors, and of science itself. However, conflicts can occur for other reasons, such as personal relationships, academic competition, and intellectual passion.

    – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

    Ethics

    All the studies on human beings must be in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (available at http://www.wma.net/e/policy/17-c_e.html). For prospective studies involving human participants, authors are expected to mention about approval of (regional/ national/ institutional/ independent Ethics Committee or Review Board, obtaining informed consent from adult research participants along with confidentiality of subjects. When reporting experiments on animals, authors must follow Institutions/ National Research Councils guidelines or any national law on the care and use of laboratory animals.

    The ethical standards of experiments must be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CPCSEA and World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Humans for studies involving experimental animals and human beings, respectively). The journal will not consider any paper which is ethically unacceptable. A statement on ethics committee permission and ethical practices must be included in all research articles under the Materials and Methods section.

    Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT Statement (http://www.consort-statement.org). Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs must be in accordance with CONSORT/ STARD/ QUOROM/ STROBE/ MOOSE.

    Statement of human rights

    When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

    Statement of informed consent

    Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.

    The requirement for informed consent should be included in the journal’s instructions for authors. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the published article.

    – International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”) — February 2006

    http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf

    Plagiarism

    IAIM is committed to publish only original material, i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from a manuscript by other authors, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism.

    Duplicate Submission

    Manuscripts that are found to have been published elsewhere, or to be under review elsewhere, will incur duplicate submission/ publication. If authors have used their own previously published work, or work that is currently under review, as the basis for a submitted manuscript, they are required to cite the previous work and indicate how their submitted manuscript offers novel contributions beyond those of the previous work.

    Citation Manipulation

    Submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given authors work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation.

    Data Fabrication and Falsification

    Submitted manuscripts that are found to have either fabricated or falsified experimental results, including the manipulation of images, will incur data fabrication and falsification.

    Improper Author Contribution or Attribution

    All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims. It is important to list everyone who made a significant scientific contribution, including students and laboratory technicians.

    Redundant Publications

    Redundant publications involve the inappropriate division of study outcomes into several articles.

    Policy for violation of rules

    As soon as IAIM receives any complain for above said issue, committee will be made to look into that matter and clarification asked from the policy breakers. After looking into justification given by respondent and complain made by complainant, IAIM will take final decision from below.

    • Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript.
    • Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to IAIM by any of the authors of the infringing manuscript.
    • Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions to IAIM, either individually or in combination with other authors of the infringing manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors. This prohibition will be imposed for a minimum of 36 months.
    • Prohibition against all of the authors from serving on the Editorial Board of IAIM.

    In cases where the violations of the above policies are found to be particularly egregious, the IAIM reserves the right to impose additional policies beyond those described above. If manuscript will be found of plagiarism even after publication, then it will be removed from our database.

    Publication charge per article:

    • For Indian authors: INR 5000/-
    • For Foreign authors: USD 100/-

    Note: If author wants hard copy of issue then author has to pay additional printing and postal charges as mentioned below.

    • For Indian authors: INR 1000/-
    • For Foreign authors: USD 70/-

    Fee must be paid only after acceptance of article and before its publication. Print copy of entire issue will be provided to authors after prior request made by them and deposition of additional printing and postal charges. However, journal encourages concept of save trees and make the world paper free.