Guide for Authors

  • Editorial policies

    The Indian Heart Journal commits to high ethical and scientificstandards. Submitted manuscripts are considered withthe understanding that they have not been published previouslyin print or electronic format (except in abstract orposter form) and are not under consideration by anotherpublication or electronic medium.

    Statements and opinions expressed in the articles publishedin the Journal are those of the authors and not necessarilyof the Editor. Neither the Editor nor the Publisherguarantees, warrants, or endorses any product or serviceadvertised in the Journal.

    Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by two or more referees,who determine which articles will be considered forpublication based on their scientific merit, originality, validityof the material presented and readability. Accepted articlesare edited, without altering the meaning, to improveclarity and understanding. Decision about provisional or finalacceptance is communicated within 8-12 weeks.

    Manuscript submission

    The Indian Heart Journal accepts online submissions in electronicformat. All new manuscripts must be submittedthrough Indian Heart Journal online and review Website( Please follow the followingsteps to submit your manuscript:
    1. Open the homepage of the Journal's Website
    2. Register yourself for free by clicking on register on the topand create a user profile with a desired username andmandatory details. On submission of the information, youwill receive an e-mail confirming your registration alongwith the "Password".
    3. Click "Log In" on the main navigation menu at the top ofthe journal screen to open the login page.
    4. Enter your username and password in the appropriatefields (e-mailed to you at the time of registration).
    5. Click "Author Log in", this takes you to the "Author MainMenu".

    Types of manuscripts

    The following categories of articles are accepted by theIndian Heart Journal:

    1. Original Research Article: Original, in-depth clinicalresearch that represents new and significant contributionsto medical science. The entire manuscript shouldnot exceed 5000 words and should have maximum50 references.
    2. Review Article: These are comprehensive review articleson topics of current clinical interest in Cardiology targetingspecialists. The entire manuscript should not exceed10,000 words with not more than 50 references. Followingtypes of articles can be submitted under this category:
    • Newer drugs
    • New technologies
    • Review of a current concept
    Please note that generally review articles are by invitationonly. But unsolicited review articles will be consideredfor publication on merit basis.
    3. Case Report: Brief patient reports of special interest witha teaching angle. Manuscript should be limited to 1200words with maximum 2 illustrations and a maximum of15 references.
    4. Arrhythmia Graphics: This will include any ECG and/orEP tracing which is interesting and makes a teachingpoint. The graphics need to be limited to 4 and should befollowed by a brief commentary to describe the illustration.The commentary should focus on the graphic/s ratherthan on the clinical presentation/management/outcome.
    5. Cardiovascular Images: A short summary of the case followedby good quality illustrations (ECG, homodynamictracings, chest X-ray, angiograms, etc.).
    6. Letter to the Editor: The letters related to an articlepublished in the journal within the preceding 20 weeks.A letter must not exceed 500 words, not have more than3 authors and 5 references. There should be no tables orfigures. Authors of the original article cited in the letterare invited to reply.
    7. Interesting Photograph: These are unsolicited photographs,not necessarily related to the mandate of the Journal, publishedas space fillers. There are no restrictions on subjectmatter, but photographs of familiar people are generallynot published. A digital picture of 300 dpi or higher resolutionin eps, tif, or jpg format needs to be submitted.

    Besides these, following may be submitted with the editorsfor publication in the journal:
    1. Book Review: A critical appraisal of selected books oncardiovascular medicine and surgery. Potential authors orpublishers may submit books, as well as a list of suggestedreviewers, to the editorial office.
    2. Calendar of Conferences: Information regarding futureimportant meetings and courses are published in eachissue. Course directors/organizers are advised to send fullinformation about educational events to the Editor.

    Covering letter

    The covering letter should explain any deviation fromthe standard IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results, andInstructions to authorsDiscussion) format and should outline the importance anduniqueness of the work. It should include the signed declarationfrom all authors on:
    1. The category of manuscript (original research, review articles,case reports etc.)
    2. Statement that the material has not been previously publishedor submitted elsewhere for publication (This restrictiondoes not apply to abstracts published in connectionwith scientific meetings.)
    3. Transfer of copyright to the Indian Heart Journal upon theacceptance of the manuscript for publication
    4. All authors have reviewed the article and agreed with itscontents
    5. Information about any conflicts of interest of any of theauthors
    6. Sources of research support, if any, including funding,equipment, and drugs
    The covering letter should also include the mailing address,telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of thecorresponding author.

    Manuscript preparation

    The manuscripts should comply with the following guidelines.Title page (Page 1) should contain:
    • Title and key words for the article
    • Brief abstract of the article (For Original articles, review articlesand case reports)
    • Name(s) of author(s), their academic qualifications andcurrent affiliations
    • Name, mailing and e-mail addresses of the correspondingauthor
    • Acknowledgement of financial support, if any.
    The title represents the subject matter of the manuscript.A subtitle can be added if necessary. The title should be briefand comprehensive. A structured abstract not more than250 words long, should be provided with 3-5 key words. Keywords should be the listed terms in the medical subject'sheadings (MeSH) of the Index Medicus, to help in easyindexing.

    The manuscript should be well organized and written insimple and correct English under appropriate headings.Preferably, no statement should be supported by more thanthree references. The abbreviations and acronyms should bespelled out when they occur first time.

    The Introduction should address the subject of the paper.The Methods section should describe in adequate detail thelaboratory or study methods followed and state the statisticalprocedures employed in the research. This section shouldalso identify the ethical guidelines followed by the investigatorswith regard to the population, patient samples or animalspecimens used. The Results section should be concise andinclude pertinent findings and necessary tables and figures.The Discussion should contain conclusions based on themajor findings of the study, a review of the relevant literature,clinical application of the conclusions and future research implications.Following the Discussion, Acknowledgements ofimportant contributors and funding agencies may be given.The editorial office must receive written, signed consentfrom each contributor recognized in the Acknowledgementsbecause the statement can imply endorsement of data andconclusions.


    At the end of the article, a list of references should be included.In general, the number of references should not exceed 50for original and review articles and 15 for case reports. Theauthors are responsible for the accuracy and completenessof the references and their citations in the text.
    1. References should be numbered consecutively in the orderin which they are first mentioned in the text.
    2. References in text, tables and legends should be identifiedby superscript Arabic numerals at the end of the sentenceoutside any punctuation. If several different studies orpapers are cited within one sentence, the number shouldbe placed where it will accurately identify the correctstudy.
    3. The names of authors in the text should concur with thereference list.
    4. References cited only in tables or in legends to figuresshould be numbered in accordance with a sequenceestablished by the first identification in the text of theparticular table or illustration.
    5. Abstracts as references may be used; "unpublished observations"and "personal communications" may not be usedas references, although references to written, not oral,communications may be inserted (in parentheses) in thetext.
    6. Papers accepted but not yet published may be included asreferences by adding "In press" after the journal name.Information from manuscripts submitted but not yetaccepted should be cited in the text as "unpublishedobservations" (in parentheses).
    7. In general:
    • All authors/editors should be listed unless the numberexceeds three, when you should give three followed by"et al."
    • Full page number for first page and as many digits as arechanged for final page need to be mentioned.For more details and examples of correct forms of references,please refer to ICMJE guidelines sheet at


    1. Number tables in the order of their find it citation in thetext. Each table should be cited in the text.
    2. Titles should be brief and a short or abbreviated headingfor each column should be given. Explanatory mattershould be placed in footnotes and not in the heading.
    3. Abbreviations in each table should be explained in footnotes.Instructions to authors
    4. The data presented in a table should not be repeated inthe text or figure.

    Figures and graphics

    1. For graphics, a digital picture of 300 dpi or higher resolutionin eps, tif, or jpg format should be submitted.
    2. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to theorder in which they have been first cited in the text, if thereis more than 1 figure. Each figure should be cited in the text.
    3. Each figure/illustration should be provided with a suitablelegend, that includes enough information to permit itsinterpretation without reference to the text.
    4. All photomicrographs should indicate the magnificationof the prints.
    5. When symbols, arrows, numbers or letters are used toidentify parts of the illustrations, each one should beexplained clearly in the legend.


    Units of measurement should be given in metric units. Allbioclinical measurements should be given in conventionalunits, with Systeme International d'unites (SI) units given inparenthesis. Generic rather than trade names of drugs shouldbe used.


    • Covering letter mentioning.
    • Manuscript category.
    • Single-journal submission affirmation.
    • Sources of funding, equipment, drugs.
    • Copyright transfer/author declaration statement.
    • Informed patient consent statement.
    • Funding agency's role in data interpre


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