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Guidelines for article submission

Please note that we follow Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals International Committee of Medical Journal Editors February 2006.
http://www.icmje.org/2006_urm.pdf
Please submit paper in following format as far as applicable

  1. Title
  2. Names of authors
  3. Your Affiliation (designations with college address)
  4. Corresponding author- name, designations, address/li>
  5. Abstract with key words
  6. Introduction or back ground
  7. Material and Methods
  8. Findings
  9. Conclusion
  10. Conflict of interest – see below
  11. Source of Funding- self or other source
  12. Ethical clearance – see below
  13. References in Vancouver style
  14. Word limit 2500-3000 words, MSWORD Format, single file
  15. Please quote references in text by superscripting

Review process:
Nearly more than half of the submitted manuscripts are rejected after an initial Editorial board review. The most common reason for rejections at the initial stage are insufficient originality, serious scientific flaws, major ethical issues, absence of a message, article not related to physiotherapy or Occupational therapy and rehabilitation, not submitted in desired format, not of interest to majority of readers, or not in accordance with the current priorities of the journal. Decision on such papers is communicated to authors within two weeks. Remaining articles are sent to reviewers having sufficient experience on the subject, in a ‘masked fashion’. Manuscripts are reviewed with due respect for authors’ confidentiality. As he Journal follows double blind peer review, so the reviewer the identity is kept confidential. Period of submission to first decision varies from 2 weeks to 6 weeks depending on availability of reviewers, and timely response from them.

Duplicate submission and plagiarism:
Manuscripts during the time of submission are taken with the understanding that they have not been published previously anywhere either in print or electronic format and are not under consideration by another publication or electronic medium. The authors should inform the editor about any of the prior submission of partial or some related work if has been published. A paper submitted to the Indian journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy should not overlap by more than 10% with previously published work, or work submitted elsewhere. If any doubt, authors should submit the copies of earlier published work or material submitted elsewhere to the editorial board to take the decision. If plagiarism or duplicate publication is detected, authors should expect prompt rejection/retraction, Editorial board’s action such as barring the author from submitting articles in future, notification in the journal/website, and informing the authors’ institute or other medical editors. A previously rejected article should not be resubmitted again under the original or modified title, especially if the content remains substantially same. Authors should provide full information regarding previous submission, if any.

Previous publication:
Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy would not publish material that has been already published anywhere else; but journal can consider papers that have been published as abstracts or have been partially presented at scientific meetings.

Embargo policy:
Authors need to maintain confidentiality of contents of their manuscript, once accepted for publication. Information contained in or about the accepted articles should not be released in print/electronic form to any individual/media/agency, till the manuscript is published in Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

Proofs and reprints:.
A galley proof is provided to the corresponding author by e-mail, prior to publication. Corrections on the proof are restricted to the printing errors or errors in figures or data only, and should be submitted within 48 hours of receipt of the proofs. The authors should inform even if no corrections are needed. No addition, deletion, alteration in the sequence of authors or change of corresponding authorship is permissible at this stage. Reprints may be ordered on payment. And Secondly- About how we have improved our title- After introduction of evaluation process, we have found the quality of the journal improved tremendously. It has brought quality and newer concept to the Journal.

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

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.

Statement of Human and Animal 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

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