Guide for Authors

  • Manuscripts submitted should not have been published earlier or be under simultaneous consideration for publication by any other Journal. Violation may lead to a retraction of the published article by the Journal and other actions as deemed necessary by the editor. All articles (including invited ones) will be peer-reviewed, and the accepted articles shall be edited and formatted according to the Journal's style. Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the Journal and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the editor.

    Studies involving intervention in human subjects or animals should have received the approval of the Institutional Ethics Committee. A statement to this effect and an informed consent obtained from participating human subjects must be included in the manuscript text. If the institution has no formal ethics committee, a statement by the authors confirming adherence to the terms of the Helsinki Agreement will be necessary.

    Manuscripts must confirm to the instructions given below:

    Submission of manuscripts

    Two hardcopies of the manuscript with figures, illustrations, photographs, along with one soft copy in a CD should be sent to the Chief Editor at the address mentioned for correspondence. In addition, the manuscript also needs to be submitted online in electronic format through the journal's online submission and review website (

    Please follow the following steps to submit your manuscript online:

    1. Open the homepage of the Journal's website
    2. Register yourself for free by clicking on 'Register' on the top and create a user profile with a desired username and mandatory details. On submission of the information, you will receive an E-mail confirming your registration along with the password.
    3. Click 'Log in' on the main navigation menu at the top of the journal screen to open the login page.
    4. Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields (e-mailed to you at the time of registration).
    3. Click 'Author Log in', this takes you to the 'Author Main Menu'.

    Note: Please note that the username and password combination required for Elsevier Editorial System (EES) is different from your username and password combination used to 'Track your paper' on the Elsevier 'Authors' Home' website.

    By submitting a manuscript online, the author agrees to the following:

    1. The work is original and free from plagiarism.
    2. It has not been submitted for publication/is not under consideration for publication by another Journal.
    3. All authors are aware of the order of authorship. The submitting author shall be solely responsible in case disputes arise.
    4. Once published, copyright of manuscript shall stand transferred to the Journal.
    5. 'Conflict of Interest' if any, must be explicitly stated at the end of the manuscript.

    General: Type the manuscript (using 'Times New Roman' font size 10) with single space throughout. Please arrange the manuscript as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Number all pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Figures and Tables must be referred to in the manuscript. Consult a recent issue of the Journal for details. Only the Title page should bear the names and addresses of the author(s).

    Length of articles: Text of original articles should be between 2000 and 4000 words. Case Reports should have about 500 words. Case reports and other short submissions need not have an abstract or all the headings of a full article. These may have a short introduction, case description followed by discussion. Please keep the number of illustration and references to minimum. Only 5 references are permitted.

    Title page: In animal studies, the title should state the species; all other titles will refer to human studies. State names of authors (including first names), the departments, and the institution where the work was done. The Journal reserves the right to ask for the contribution of each author to an article. A short, running title, not exceeding 40 characters, should be provided. Please provide the name, postal address with PIN code, facsimile number and E-mail address of the author to whom communications and proofs are to be sent.

    Abstract: The abstract should summarize the most important points in the study. Original articles should include a structured abstract of about 250 words under the following headings: Background/Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions [see Ann Intern Med 1990;113:69-76]. References should not be included. Less than 10 keywords, not present in the title, to assist indexing, should be typed in alphabetical order below the Abstract; these may be obtained from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database of 'Pubmed'.

    References: Number the references in the order in which they first appear in the text and identify the reference numbers in the text in superscript. References may be placed at the end of the manuscript. Publications as abstract should be so identified in parentheses. The responsibility for accuracy of references lies with the respective authors. The Journal is in agreement with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( The general arrangement, abbreviations of Journal names and punctuations followed are as per the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals ( Please pay attention to the style of references and punctuations as follows:

    Journal article

    List all authors when six or less as shown in the example below:

    Jalili VP, Sidhu S.S., Kharbanda OP, Status of Malocclusion in Tribel Children of Mandu (Central India) J Ind Ortho Soc 1993:24:41-46.

    When there are seven or more authors, list only the first three and add et al.

    Book or monograph

    Personal Author(s)
    Orossamn LI. Endodontic Practice. 10th ed. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1981; 176-9.

    Chapter in book
    Cole A A, Eastoe JE. The Oral environment. In Biochemistry and Oral Biology, 2nd ed. Bristol: Wright 1998;

    Tables: Each table should be typed on a separate page and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Necessary explanatory notes and expanded abbreviations, if any, may be given below the Table.

    Figures/Illustrations/Photographs: Illustrations should be clear enough and of appropriate size (5 inch × 7 inch or larger) for better reproduction. If illustrations are scanned, then they should be scanned at minimum of 300 dpi. Color images must be CMYK. Line art drawing must have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi. Photographs and X-rays should be sent as black and white glossy prints. Photographs may be submitted as 'jpeg', or 'tiff' files in a zipped folder. In clinical photographs, identity of the subjects should be suitably masked, in case this is not possible, a written permission from the concerned person should accompany the manuscript. Permission to reproduce any borrowed illustration must be obtained from the author and the publisher.

    Legends to Figures: The Figure number (numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals), title and explanations of the
    Figures should appear in the legend (not on the Figure). Type the legends on a separate page. Enough information should be included in the legend to interpret the Figure without reference to the text.

    Units: All measurements must be in metric units, preferably with corresponding SI units in parentheses.

    Address all correspondence to: Prof V.P. Jalili, Editor-in-Chief, Kala Niwas, 5 Mishra Vihar Colony, Near Geeta Bhawan Mandir, Indore 452001, Madhya Pradesh, India. E-mail:


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