INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

Electronic submission of manuscripts is strongly encouraged, provided that the text, tables, and figures are included in a single Microsoft Word file. You may also submit manuscripts as e-mail attachment to the journal Office at: editorijaam@gmail.com

A manuscript reference number will be mailed to the corresponding author within three working days. The cover letter should include the corresponding author's full address and telephone/fax numbers and should be sent to the Editor, with the file, whose name should begin with the first author's surname, as an attachment.

Types of paper

Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication: Editorial, Full Length Article (Original Research Article (Experimental), Original Research Article (Clinical), Case Report (Case series), Short Communication, Review Article, Short Review, Book Review.

Editorial Editorials:

Editorials are written by the Editorial Board member or by Guest Editorials special invited by the Editor-in-chief. Restrict manuscript to about 1500 words and about 15 references.

Full Length Article Original Research Article (Experimental):

Please restrict the structured abstract to 250 words (background, objectives, material and methods, results, conclusions) and the manuscript to about 5000 words (excluding about 70 references) and 8 non-text items. They may include studies meant for standardization of raw drugs and finished formulations, toxicity and efficacy studies, studies exploring significance of Ayurvedic pharmaceutical processes. Studies involving integrative methods/techniques for standardization of drugs and diagnosis of diseases based on Ayurvedic classical guidelines will be appreciated. Authors should mention details of authentication of raw drugs and finished formulations used, animal ethics committee clearance (if applicable) and guidelines followed for the study. For all biochemical/laboratory procedures, either provide sufficient details or a reference for the relevant details. Provide name and address of the manufacturer for trade names or commercial products.

Original Research Article (Clinical):

This section reports clinical research, within the scope of IJAAM. Clinical studies may include clinical trials, cross sectional studies, case control and cohort studies. Research conducted on humans should be in compliance with the Declaration of Helsinki and the principles of Good Clinical Practices wherever applicable. Approval of research by relevant ethics committee is mandatory and should be mentioned wherever applicable. Protection of Patients' Rights to Privacy: Any information that could reveal identity of individuals in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., should not be included in the manuscript unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent should be mentioned in the article. The journal office may ask for copy of the consent form, original data, which should be provided on request.

Restrict the structured abstract to 250 words and the manuscript to about 5000 words (excluding about 70 references) and 8 non-text items. Each manuscript should clearly state an objective or hypothesis; the design and methods (including the study setting and dates, patients or participants with inclusion and exclusion criteria, or data sources, and how these were selected for the study). Authors should include the essential features of interventions; the outcome measures; the results of the study; a discussion section placing the results in context with the published literature and addressing study limitations; and the conclusions. Authors need to provide the details about authentication of raw drugs and finished formulations used, ethics committee clearance, informed consents from patients and guidelines followed for the study. Provide name and address of the manufacturer for trade names or commercial products.

Case Report Case reports:

Case Studies concern successful application of treatment, adverse events or novel observation of a single case. The cases should be unique, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Restrict the manuscript to about 1,500 words (excluding about 20 references), 2 non-text items and include a non-structured abstract of up to 200 words. Please follow CARE Statement available on http://www.care-statement.org for structuring case reports. Patient's identity should not be revealed from the clinical photographs or CT/USG pictures.

Review Article

Reviews may cover particular areas of Ayurveda or integrative medicine of relevance to contemporary issues. Review articles written by individuals who have done substantial work on a subject or by experts in the field are appreciated. They should be systematic, state-of-art comprehensive reviews of the subject including author(s) own inputs. A good review article may have author(s) claim / view after going through scientific literature pertaining to a specific area, reasons behind the claim / view, factual evidences discussing the claim / view and finally novel conclusions drawn after interlinking many research findings. The section titles should depend upon the topic reviewed. Authors submitting a review article should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract. A review article should not be a mere compilation. The journal expects the contributor to give post-publication updates and advances on the subject of review. The update should be brief and should be sent as a letter to editor, as and when major developments occur in the field. Restrict non-structured abstract to 250 words and manuscript to about 6000 words (excluding about 80 references) and about 8 non-text items.

Book reviews:

Book reviews can be solicited by IJAAM editorial staff or commissioned ones. Readers are welcome to suggest high quality contemporary or historically important books on Ayurveda for review. Offers to review such books will also be considered. For unsolicited book reviews, the reviewer needs to upload a permission letter from the authors of the book. Please note that in both the cases (solicited or unsolicited book review) publisher / author(s) / reviewer(s) needs to send a copy of the book reviewed or to be reviewed to the Editorial Office at Pune. Reviewer should highlight who the expected readers are, introduce readers to the book's content (but avoid repeating its table of contents), focus on the subject, its approach and novelty; inform readers about what is happening in the area which the book addresses; what is the state of knowledge in the subject; and how this new book adds, changes or breaks new ground in our knowledge of this subject. If the book is an edited collection of essays, or chapters by different individuals, give some idea of the overall theme and content, but be free to focus on specific chapters you consider particularly significant or worthwhile. A book review may include an introduction to the author(s), including the author's title and place of work and some information stating who the author is; a summary of the intended purpose of the book and its contributions to Ayurveda and integrative medicine; a description of the way the author approaches his or her topic; the rigor of research and scholarship; the logic of the argument and the readability of the prose. If possible, a comparison with earlier or similar books in the field, and an evaluation of the book's merits, usefulness, and special contributions may be included. Abstract is not required and restrict the manuscript to about 2000 words and a jpeg image of the cover page of the book reviewed should be uploaded separately.

Conference Report:

Please restrict manuscript up to 1200 words with maximum two non-text items. Please ensure that you select the appropriate article type from the list of options when making your submission. Authors contributing to special issues should ensure that they select the special issue article type from this list.

Article Processing Charge

Manuscripts submitted will be required to pay an Article Publication Charge (APC) if their manuscripts are accepted for publication in International Journal of Ayurveda & Alternative Medicine (IJAAM). The standard Open Access APC is set at 1800 INR for Indian author &US$ 250 for non-Indian author per article; however, IJAAM is offering various discounted APC's as below. Open Access Fee will be US$ 100 per article for individual contributors from low and middle-income countries as per World Bank 2018 classification.

World Bank List of Low and Middle-Income Countries, 2018

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Submission checklist

You can use this list to carry out a final check of your submission before you send it to the journal for review. Please check the relevant section in this Guide for Authors for more details.

Ensure that the following items are present: One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details:

  • • E-mail address
  • Full postal address

All necessary files have been uploaded: Manuscript:

Include keywords

All figures (include relevant captions)

All tables (including titles, description, footnotes)

Ensure all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided

Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'

All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa

Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)

A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare

Peer Review Policy

This journal operates a double-blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final.

Double-blind review

This journal uses double-blind review, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. More information is available on our website. To facilitate this, please include the following separately: Title page (with author details): This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgements and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address. Blinded manuscript (no author details): The main body of the paper (including the references, figures, tables and any acknowledgements) should not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations. Use of word processing software It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article.

Article structure

Introduction

State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods

Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described.

Results

Results should be clear and concise.

Discussion

This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

Conclusions

The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.

Essential title page information

Title

Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations.

Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. You can add your name between parentheses in your own script behind the English transliteration. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author.

Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. This responsibility includes answering any future queries about Methodology and Materials. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Present/permanent address.

If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

Abstract

A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Keywords

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Acknowledgements

Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

Tables

Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables can be placed either next to the relevant text in the article, or on separate page(s) at the end. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.

Figures

Figures on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution JPEG or Powerpoint before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Fig 1).

References:

References should be cited in the article continuously according to appearance in Arabic numerical superscript in square bracket. (not in alphabetical order)

Book reference (example)

Authors:

Valiathan MS. The Legacy of Caraka. 1st ed. Chennai: Orient Longman; 2003.

Editor(s), compiler(s):

Sharma PV, Guru Prasad Sharma, editors. Dhanvantari Nighantu. 4th ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Orientalia; 2005.p.78.

Chapter in a book:

Upadhyay SN. Therapeutic potential of immunomodulatory agents from plant products. Immunomodulation. In: Upadhyay SN, Editor. New Delhi: Narosa Publishing House; 1997. p. 149-54.

Article reference(example)

1. Winter CA, Risley EA, Nuss GW. Carrageenan induced edema in hind paw of rat as an assay for anti- inflammatory drugs. Proc Soc Exp Biol 1962; (111):544.

Website reference(example)

1. http://www.weebly.com/weebly/instructionsforauthors.php [Accessed date 25.10.2013]