Instructions To Authors
Instructions to Authors for Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be uploaded as a PC Word (doc) file with tables and figures included at the end of the document. No paper version is required.
- Original articles are considered for publication on the condition that they have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
- The publisher reserves the right to edit manuscripts to fit the space available and to ensure conciseness, clarity, and stylistic consistency, subject to the author’s final approval.
- Manuscripts are reviewed and selected in a blinded process peer reviewed by editors and appropriate content experts. Therefore, it is important that submitted manuscripts and illustrations do not contain information that will identify the origin of the paper (except for the title page, which will not be sent to the reviewers).
- Manuscripts that do not follow these outlined instructions will be rejected promptly.
- Manuscript guidelines are based on Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.
1. MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
All submissions must be typed in Word document. Manuscripts should be typewritten with double-spacing (at least 6 mm between lines), with ample margins (at least 2.5 cm) on all four sides. A standard times new roman, at least 12-point, type face should be used. Double-spacing all portions of the manuscript— including the title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, individual tables, and legends—and generous margins make it possible for editors and reviewers to edit the text line by line and add comments and queries directly on the paper copy. Authors should number all of the pages of the manuscript consecutively, beginning with the title page, to facilitate the editorial process.
Length of the manuscript
Original Research Report: Manuscripts submitted as original research reports should be limited to 3500 words including spaces (for title, abstract, descriptors, introduction, methodology, results, discussion, acknowledgements, figure legends, tables and references). A total of 6 figures or table and minimum of 20 references are accepted. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.
Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: By summarizing results of original, quantitative or qualitative studies, these articles are meant to answer a specific question, and should be limited to 3500 words including spaces. The manuscript should detail the search process for retrieving original studies, the selection criteria for studies included in the review and the summary of results obtained from the studies reviewed . There is no limit to the number of references. The abstract must not exceed 250 words.
Clinical/case Report: This type of manuscript describes the author's methods for meeting a patient treatment challenge. It should be no longer than 1500 words and be accompanied by no more than 10 high-quality illustrations. A total of 10 references are accepted. The abstract must not exceed 100 words.
Number of Authors
The number of authors is limited to 6 but may be increased if role of authors is justified.
2. FORMAT FOR SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
- Research/Clinical study: Abstract, Clinical Implications, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgment, References, Tables/Graphs & figures.
- Case report: Abstract, Introduction, Clinical Report, Discussion, Summary, References & figures.
- Systematic review & Meta-analysis: An Abstract - using a structured format (Statement of Problem, Purpose, Results, Conclusions).Text of the review - consisting of an introduction (background and objective), methods (selection criteria, search methods, data collection and data analysis), results (description of studies, methodological quality, and results of analyses), discussion, authors’conclusions, references, tables and figures.
3. FORMATTING INSTRUCTIONS
First Page: The first page should contain the following:
- Type of manuscript(Original/Research article, review or case report),
- Title (descriptive but as concise as possible)
- Names of Author and degree
- Professional affiliation, individual institutional address.
- Running Head: usually no more than 40 characters (including letters and spaces)
- Correspondence Address (complete mailing address with phone number and email address) of the corresponding author.
Second Page: Should contain the following:
Abstract: Structured abstracts are preferred for original research and systematic reviews. The abstract should provide the context or background for the study and should state the study’s purpose, basic procedures, main findings (giving specific effect sizes and their statistical significance, if possible) & principal conclusions. The abstract should be upto 200-250 words.
Keywords: upto 5-8 words.
Main Manuscript should be in following headings:
Introduction: Summarize the rationale and purpose of the study, giving only pertinent references. Clearly state the working hypothesis.
Material and Methods: Present method and materials in sufficient detail to allow confirmation of the observations. Published methods should be referenced and discussed only briefly, unless modifications have been made. Indicate the statistical methods used, if applicable.
Results: Present results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize only important observations.
Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the Introduction or Results section. Relate observations to other relevant studies and point out the implications of the findings and their limitations.
Conclusion: Summarize the evidence based conclusions that can be made according to the material presented in the paper.
Acknowledgments : Grant or other financial support should be specified, citing the name of the supporting organization and grant number.
References: Bibliography should list references in order of their appearance in the text (not alphabetically) and should follow PubMed Central guidelines along with Vancouver Style. Visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pmcdoc/tagging-guidelines/article/style.html and search for specific reference citations under the section “Fully-Tagged Citations”. Point 2.3 needs to be followed. All references must be cited in the text in superscript. The examples of the references have been mentioned below:
- Le Huec JC, Jouve JL, Szpalski M. Surgical techniques in pediatric spine surgery. Eur Spine J. 2014 May 9. [Epub ahead of print].
- Kanter AS, Morr S. Response. J Neurosurg Spine 2014 Apr;20(4):473.
- Miladi L, Mousny M. A novel technique for treatment of progressive scoliosis in young children using a 3-hook and 2-screw construct (H3S2) on a single sub-muscular growing rod: surgical technique. Eur Spine J. 2014 May 9. [Epub ahead of print].
- Lee KY. Comparison of pyogenic spondylitis and tuberculous spondylitis. Asian Spine J 2014 Apr;8(2):216-223.
Authored Book: Keith H Bridwell, Ronald L DeWald. The textbook of spinal surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins 2011. 2112 p.
Article or Chapter in an Edited Book: Suken A Shah, Harvey Smith. Operative treatment of neuromuscular spinal deformity. In: Thomas JE, Baron SL, Andrew WM., editors. Surgical Management of Spinal Deformities. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier, 2009;p 157-166.
Article in an Edited Book with Volume: Mayer M. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: A surgical manual. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer 2005;2 496 p.
Ali A Baaj, Praveen V Mummaneni. Handbook of Spine Surgery. 2011, 480 p. Available at:
Place the number of the references at the end of the sentence to which the reference is related. Use commas to separate multiple reference numbers. For example:
"Bond strength of composite resin to dentin is influenced by the presence of a smear layer.4,5,8-15
If more than one reference is contained in a sentence, then number the reference immediately following the text that refers to the reference. For example:
"Bailey2 found that 46% showed signs of metastasis while Varner3 found only 28%."
Tables: Tables should be self-explanatory and should supplement, not duplicate the text. Provide all tables at the end of the manuscript, after the reference list. Type each table with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper. Do not submit tables as photographs. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading.
Figures: Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. If a figure has been published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. Figures should be in JEPG or GIF format and minimum of 300 dpi.
Legends for Illustrations (Figures): Type or print out legends for illustrations using double spacing, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.
Manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter signed by all coauthors. This must include
- information on prior or duplicate publication or submission elsewhere of any part of the work as defined earlier in this document;
- a statement of financial or other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest [see below];
- 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; and
- the name, address, and telephone number of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the proofs.
Proofs will be sent to the authors. Only printer's errors must be corrected; no change in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed at this stage. The corrected proofs must be returned within 2 days of receipt, preferably by e-mail. If the Editor receives no reply after approximately 2 weeks, the assumption will be made that there are no errors to correct and the article will be published after in-house correction.
4. ARTICLE PROCESSING CHARGES
Article processing charge would be deposited after final acceptance of the manuscript by the editorial board.
For Indian authors:
For Review, Original Research and Case Reports- INR 3000/-
For Short Communication- INR 2500/-
For Review, Original Research and Case Reports- US$ 38 or equivalent.
For Short Communication- US$ 30 equivalent.
Payment Should be done though electronic NEFT/RTGS:
Account Number: 480110310000192
Account Holder: MANISH GOUTAM
BANK: BANK OF INDIA
BRANCH NAME: GIRIDIH
IFSC CODE: BKID0004801
MICR CODE: 815013002
Kindly send Details of transaction on firstname.lastname@example.org along with assigned manuscript number.