Indian Journal of Geriatric Care is the official publication of Geriatric Society of India & OCT. The journal considers for publication original articles dealing with
different branches of Medical Sciences and in the fields of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Forensic Medicine, Internal Medicine & it’s further specialties and Community Medicine as well as social sciences. Only papers that make a significant contribution to the existing state of knowledge in a particular field will be published. The journal publishes original articles, review articles, special articles, case reports, technical communications, medical intelligence articles, book reviews.
Submission of Manuscripts:
Manuscripts should be submitted in a compact disk (CD) or Microsoft (MS) word format or e-mail (in addition to two hard copies). Typescripts including figures (in duplicate)
should be sent to The Editor, Indian Journal of Geriatric Care at the secretarial office of GSI.
Manuscripts should be submitted with the undertaking that they are not under consideration elsewhere and have not been reported earlier partly/totally. Submission of a manuscript indicates tacit acknowledgement that all authors have made significant contributions to the study and have read and approved the contents. Manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt.
Manuscripts are evaluated critically by the Editorial Board and then they are peer
reviewed by at least two referees. Acceptance of manuscripts for publication is based on
i) significance, originality and validity of the material presented; ii) proper analysis of
scientific data; iii) clarity of presentation; and iv) ethical, acceptable design of the study.
All accepted manuscripts are subject to manuscript editing.
Preparation of Manuscript:
Presentation of manuscripts should conform with the uniform requirements for
manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals.
Manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced with wide margin on A-4 size good
quality white, bond paper. Each of the above mentioned components of the manuscript
should begin on a new page maintaining the sequence. Type or print on only one side of
the paper using double spacing throughout. Number the pages consecutively in the upper
right hand corner of each page, beginning with the title page.
Format, Style and Grammar: The article is expected to be written in simple and small
sentences. Care has to be exercised by all the authors towards spelling, grammar and style
of writing. The article needs to be written in ‘past-participle passive voice’ format.
- Title Page: This page should be as concise, functional and informative. It
should be accurate and not be misleading. Very short and cryptic titles are to
be avoided as the words in the title may be used by electronic search engines
to identify and categories the article. List i) title, ii) the initials followed by
the last name of each author, iii) the name of the department(s), and
institution)s) to which the work should be attributed, and iv) the name and
address, telephone number and e-mail ID of the author to whom queries,
proofs, and requests for reprints should be sent.
- Abstract and Key words: The second page should carry a structured abstract
(summary) of not more than 200 words with subheadings and Background and
objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions (unstructured abstract for case
reports). It should be written for the readership of both clinicians and basic
investigators and should state the hypothesis or central question of the study
or investigation, the study subjects, controls or experimental animals,
observational and analytical methods, the main findings, and a final statement
of the principal conclusions. The abstract should reflect the paper and describe
the message succinctly and accurately. A list of up to five key words relevant
to the article’s content should be provided to assist indexers and archivists.
- Introduction: It should commence on separate page and should briefly
review the current state of knowledge strictly concerning the topic of the
paper. It should also make a clear statement on the reasons for undertaking the
study being reported and what it hoped to achieve. Only 3-4 pertinent
references for case reports, 10-12 for original articles and review articles may
be given. No mention should be made of the results obtained or conclusions
- Material and Methods: The material (patients, experimental animals, etc)
used for making observations must be described along with all other relevant
information. The methods used in the study should be described, giving
sufficient information to permit the work to be repeated. If a generally
accepted technique has been used, only a reference to that is enough. If
however, such a technique has been modified by the workers, the manner in
which this has been done should be clearly stated. If statistical analysis of the
data has been done, the methods used for analysis should be specified. This
segment should answer the following questions: How the study was designed?
How the study was carried out? And How the data were analyzed? The details
of all drugs or chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and
route(s) of administration are to be clearly stated. If necessary brand names
may be mentioned in brackets.
- Ethics: While reporting experiments on human subjects, it is necessary to
mention whether the procedures followed were in accordance with ethical
standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation and
with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 as revised in 2006.
- Legal considerations: It is necessary to avoid the use of names, initials,
and hospital numbers which might lead to recognition of a patient. The
patient must not be recognizable in the photographs unless written consent
of the subject has been obtained. A table or illustration that has been
published elsewhere should be accompanied by a statement that
permission for reproduction has been obtained from the publishers.
- Statistics: It is desirable to obtain information from a statistician while
planning the study. The statistical methods provide details to verify the
reported results. There should be a brief note on how you arrived at the
chosen sample size of the study. The exact tests used to analyze the data
statistically are to be provided.
- Units of measurement: All measurement-length, height, weight and
volume, etc should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or
their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degree Celsius.
Blood pressure should be given in millimeters of mercury. All
haematological and clinical chemistry measurement should be reported in
the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI).
- Abbreviations and symbols: It is advised to use only standard
abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract. The full term
for which an abbreviation stands for should precede its first use in the text
unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
- Results: This section should not include materials suitable for inclusion in
‘Material and Methods’ or ‘Discussion’. The results should be presented in
logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. The data presented in the
tables or figures should not be repeated in the text. Only important and
significant observations should be included.
- Discussion: This should be limited to significance of results obtained and
what can and what cannot be concluded. It should not be a repetition of the
findings already given under ‘Results’. Results should be discussed in the
light of others’ work in the field. Speculative and purely theoretical discussion
to which results presented are not related will not be accepted.
- Conclusion: It is necessary to link the conclusions with the goals of the study.
Avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by
- Acknowledgements: Acknowledgement should be brief and made specific
for scientific/technical assistance and financial supports in the form of
grants/drugs/equipment only and for not providing routine departmental
facilities and for help in the preparation of manuscript including
- References: References form the corner stone on which the work of the study
has been built. References should be typed on a separate page after the text
and these should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are
first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by
Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figure
legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by
the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. References
should be quoted in ‘Vancouver style’. The titles of journals should be
abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Consult the List of
journals indexed in Index Medicus, published annually as a separate
publication by the library and as a list in the January issue of Index Medicus.
The list can also be obtained through the library’s web site
(http://www/nlm.nih.gov). The references must be verified by the author(s)
against the original document. Unpublished work should not be cited in
references, but may be cited fully parenthetically within the text. List all the
authors when there are six or fewer; but when there are seven or more, list the
first six, then ‘et al’. Examples of correct form of references are given here:
Articles in Journals Examples:
1. Standard Journal article
Pasternak B, Hviid A. Use of Proton-Pump Inhibitors in Early Pregnancy and
the Rick of Birth Defects. N Engl J Med 2010: 363; 2114-23
More than six authors
Gooley TA, Chien JW, Pergam SA, Hingorani S, Sorror MI, Boeckh M, et al.
Reduced Mortality after Allogeneic Hematopoietic-Cell Transplantation. N
Engl J Med. 2010: 363; 2091-101
2. Books and other monographs
(a) Personal author(s)
Behera D, Text Book of Pulmonary Medicine. Second Edn (in two volumes),
New Delhi, Japee Brothers. 2010
(b) Editor(s), complier as authors
Shankar PS. (Ed) Respiratory Futurology, Mumbai, Academy of Respiratory
© Chapters in a book
Secli JR, Sandford K. Molecular mechanisms of disease in Boon NA, College
NR, Walker BR, Hunter JAA (eds) Davidson’s Principles and Practice of
Medicine, 20th edn, Edinburgh, Churchill Livingstone, 2006
Figures and Tables
Figures: Good quality, un-mounted, glossy print photographs (in
duplicate0 are required (usually 10 cm x 8 cm); good black and white contrast
is essential for good reproduction. All illustrations must be numbered and
cited in the text. Legends should be provided for each illustration, listed on a
separate page. All lettering must be done professionally. Freehand or typed
lettering is not acceptable. All figures should bear author’s name, short title
and an arrow indicating top of the figure in pencil on the back of the
Tables: Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet.
They should have an underlined title followed by a legend, if any. Explanatory
matter should be in a footnote, not in the title. The approximate position of
each table in the text should be indicated in the margin of the manuscript.
Papers which have been accepted published become the property of the
Indian Journal of Geriatric Care and permission to re-publish them must be
obtained from the Editor.