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Publishing Policies and Guidelines

1. Authorship
All authors are expected to follow the ICMJE guidelines for authorship. All authorships should be decided and agreed upon prior to submission of the manuscript and written consent of all authors is a must. Any dispute thereafter will not be acceptable.

The journal does not encourage 'guest', 'gift' or 'ghost' authorship. All authors must fulfil all the four ICMJE authorship criteria. Please read the guidelines here:

All persons who do not meet all the ICMJE authorship criteria but have contributed to the research work or manuscript through activities like acquisition of funding, general administrative support, writing assistance and technical writing, language editing, proofreading, etc. should be acknowledged in the 'Acknowledgment' section. Please click here to know more about 'non-author contributors':

In the rare event of change(s) in authorship i.e., addition of a new author or deletion of a named author or change order of the authors, the corresponding author must email the J-AIM Editorial Office ( citing the reason(s) for the intended change(s) in authorship or order of the authors. The email must be copied to all the author(s) and a consent form stating the reasons of change of authorship and signed by each author must be attached. The J-AIM Editorial Office will review the case and a decision will then be communicated to all the authors.

2. Author declaration
All authors must declare their contributions to the manuscript and confirm their authorship by uploading a signed Copyright Transfer Form. Please click here to download both the forms. All authors must also declare their conflict of interest by uploading an ICMJE Conflict of Interest Form duly filled by each author. Please upload the filled, signed forms while submitting the manuscript on our online manuscript processing system, Editorial Manager.

A. Author contributions
The authors must fully declare their contributions to the manuscript. A CReDiT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) Author Statement must be uploaded as part of the Covering Letter. Please click here to download the Author Contribution Form. Please read about the CReDiT Author Statement here:

B. Copyright Transfer
All authors must sign the Copyright Transfer Form at the time of manuscript submission as it is a confirmation from all the authors that they meet the recommended criteria. Signature of corresponding author on behalf of all authors is unacceptable. Please click here to download the Copyright Transfer Form.

C. Conflict of interest
All authors must declare their potential conflict(s) of interest with regards to the work presented in the manuscript. All authors are expected to fill the ICMJE Conflict of Interest form and these forms must be uploaded during manuscript submission. Please click here to download the form. (

3. Book reviews
Book reviews can be solicited by J-AIM editorial staff or may be commissioned ones. Readers are welcome to suggest high quality contemporary or historically important books on Ayurveda and integrative medicine 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.

Please note that the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for both, solicited/commissioned and unsolicited book reviews, will be borne by the publisher/author of the book and not the author of the book review. The APCs will be applicable only after acceptance of the book review.

4. Peer Review
The journal follows a double-blind peer review process, except in case of submissions disseminated as pre-prints. Hence, the authors must ensure that the main manuscript file does not contain author details or any details that may reveal their identity. The acknowledgement section should not be part of blinded file for review.

5. Pre-print
The journal accepts manuscripts that have been published on pre-print servers. However, the author(s) must declare that they have uploaded their manuscript on a pre-print server and provide its details viz., manuscript title, pre-print server name, doi and link in the covering letter. In the event that the author(s) fails to declare the pre-print submissions and provide the necessary information, the manuscript will be rejected. The author(s) should also bear in mind that manuscripts uploaded on pre-print servers will undergo a single blind peer review process as identity of the author(s) is disclosed in a public domain. The articles published previously on pre-print servers will under-go the same editorial quality checks, peer reviews and decision-making process will be as any other manuscript.

6. Reporting guidelines
The authors are expected to follow relevant reporting guidelines prescribed by the EQUATOR Network. Please visit to select the appropriate reporting guideline relevant to your study type:

7. Referencing
All references must be uploaded separately and not as part of the main manuscript file. Moreover, please ensure that all references are in journal style and that all cited articles are from reputed and authentic journals, for example, journals indexed in PubMed and/or Scopus and/or Web of Science.

8. Society and EB members
The journal follows double blind peer review process for all articles. The manuscripts submitted by the Society (i.e., WAF/TDU) and EB members are no exceptions. The Society and EB members are never included in any editorial or review process of their authored submissions. All Society and EB members are expected to mention their association with the journal and declare Conflict of Interest during manuscript submission. APCs as mentioned on the journal website will be applicable for both Society and EB members.

Types of paper

Contributions falling into the following categories will be considered for publication:
Editorial, Opinion Paper (Thought Leadership Article), Full Length Article (Original Research Article (Experimental), Original Research Article (Clinical), General Article, Pedagogy), Case Report (Case series), Short Communication, Review Article, Short Review, Discussion (Discussion Kernel, Commentary), Feature Article (Life Profiles, Vignette, Initiatives, Review of landmark articles), Correspondence (Letters), Product Review, Book Review, Practice Guidelines, and E-Publication (News and comments, Future events, Conference Report)

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.

Opinion Paper
Thought Leadership Article: Please restrict non-structured abstract to 250 words and manuscript to about 2000 words (excluding about 20 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. Experimental Research articles report authors' original (other than clinical) research of a more technical and specialized nature. 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. Please follow ARRIVE guidelines for reporting in-vivo research (

Original Research Article (Clinical): This section reports clinical research, within the scope of J-AIM. 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. Clinical trials (interventional studies) only those are registered with Clinical Trials Registry- India (CTRI) will be considered for publication. The authors need to mention CTRI registration number in covering letter and in the article file. All the randomized controlled trials should be described on the basis of revised CONSORT statement, which is available at Authors need to mention 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.

General Article: General articles report authors' original work of a non-clinical nature, concerning topics, either within the scope of J-AIM and experimental areas, or otherwise relevant to contemporary issues in Ayurveda, and Integrative Medicine. Please restrict non-structured abstract to 250 words and the manuscript to about 3000 words (excluding about 50 references) and 5 non-text items.

Pedagogy: Articles by experienced Ayurvedic scholars of relevance to contemporary issues in education, teaching methods and approaches are expected in this section. Articles exploring epistemology, fundamental concepts and principles of Ayurveda, Yoga, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathic medicines for its better understanding, literary studies on historical, sociological and classics influencing current healthcare scenario are appreciated. Restrict the manuscript to about 3000 words (excluding about 40 references) and 5 non-text items. An abstract is not required for a Pedagogy article.

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 for structuring case reports. Patient's identity should not be revealed from the clinical photographs or CT/USG pictures.

Case Series: Case Series are collection of cases with similar exposure and / or outcomes. The case series about application of Ayurveda or Integrative Medicine to a specific pathology and illustrate efficacy of an unusual application of a traditional treatment, hopefully indicating a solution to some contemporary medical problem will be considered for publication. Restrict non-structured abstract to 250 words, manuscript about 3000 words (excluding about 40 references) and 4 non-text items.

Short Communication
Short communications may include important preliminary studies and reports. Please provide non-structured abstract to 250 words and restrict the manuscript to about 1,500 words (excluding about 20 references) and 2 non-text items.

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.

Short Review
A short review is expected up to 2000 words with 20 references and non-structured abstract up to 200 words.

Discussion Kernel: A short pithy article concerning some issue of wide potential interest, which requires, and is designed to stimulate, further discussion and debate will be considered in this section. Restrict manuscript to about 1500 words (excluding about 20 references), 3 non-text items and non-structured abstract up to 200 words.

Commentary: Commentary is generally solicited from reviewers on very important papers. The limit is 500 words with no abstract.

Feature Article
Life Profile: Life profile of a legendary personality, physician/scientist of today or from the past who has contributed to Ayurveda, traditional medicine and integrative medicine will be considered for publication. The article should be legible, to the point, balanced, without any prejudice or prepossession in mind and telling about the person to the fullest. The number of words spent on personal life should be limited and the article should be more focused towards his/her contribution in the field of Ayurveda or integrative medicine. The article should clearly pick up the qualities of the person which made him an important personality in the field and should illustrate the important scientific/scholarly works, and contribution to philosophy or clinical practice. Use of quality reference material is expected. Abstract is not required and restrict manuscript to about 2000 words (excluding about 20 references).

Vignettes: Vignettes retell incidents in the lives of great Vaidyas/scientist, which encapsulate and illustrate an important point about the philosophy, knowledge or practice of Ayurveda, a related AYUSH system, or integrative medicine. Focused interviews are also considered. Please restrict the manuscript to about 2000 words and 2 Photographs if available. For Vignettes, an abstract is not required.

Initiatives: Initiatives recount the history, philosophy, mission and activities of some important projects, institutions, organizations and associations making contributions to advance Ayurveda or Integrative Medicine healthcare, either locally or globally. Restrict the manuscript to about 3000 words (excluding about 30 references). Abstract is not required. Illustrative pictures and diagrams will be appreciated. Initiatives articles are solicited. The article may include points like focal theme of the initiative, planning and preparations done before implementation, problems faced during establishment of the initiative and how they were solved, current situation, on-going projects / programs, current problems if any, importance of the project / organization to Ayurveda or Integrative Medicine, contribution and response of Ayurveda and Biomedicine fraternities, future plans and directions, expectations from government authorities or stakeholders, appeal for feedback ( if any) and important links.

Review of Landmark Article: Review of Landmark Articles gives deep insights into a scientific paper representing a turning point in the history of any aspect of Ayurveda or Integrative Medicine. Articles will be solicited or commissioned. Please restrict non-structured abstract to 250 words and manuscript up to 3000 words (excluding about 50 references) with 5 non-text items.

Letters: Letters are welcome from all readers on topics and issues pertaining to articles in recent editions of J-AIM, or to the worlds mainly of Ayurveda, other AYUSH systems and traditional medicine or Integrative Medicine. Letters should be brief, concise and to the point. Restrict manuscript to about 1000 words (excluding about 15 references) and 1 non-text items.

Product review: Product review includes brief and evidence based information about any product, devise, instrument or tool useful in clinical practice, research or translation. Restrict the manuscript up to 500 words with maximum two non-text items.

Book reviews:
Book reviews can be solicited by J-AIM 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.

The 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 an d restrict the manuscript to about 2000 words and a jpeg image of the cover page of the book reviewed should be uploaded separately.

Practice Guidelines
Guidelines about clinical practice, research and education about Ayurveda, traditional medicine or Integrative Medicine will be published in this section. Please follow expected guidance for developers of reporting guidelines, available on

Following article types will be published as e-Publication only.

Conference Report: Please restrict manuscript up to 1200 words with maximum two non-text items.

News and comments: These are written by J-AIM editorial staff. Readers may suggest topics and events for publication pertaining recent activities in the field of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Please contact

Future events: These are generally written by J-AIM editorial board members. Please submit requests for particular events to be covered. In this case, suggestions for the person to write the report will also be welcome. Please contact

Authors may use the equator network site for sourcing these guidelines

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 from 1st February, 2019 will be required to pay an Article Publication Charge (APC) if their manuscripts are accepted for publication in Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (JAIM). This will not affect manuscripts submitted before 1st February, 2019.

The standard Open Access APC is set at US$3000 per article; however, JAIM is offering various discounted APC's (excluding taxes) as below. Authors will not be limited by the number of pages, number of figures, or colour figures.

  • Open Access Fee will be US$80 per article for individual contributors from low and middle-income countries as per World Bank 2018 classification. For avoidance of doubt, these countries are defined in the World Bank List of Low and Middle-Income Countries, 2018 set forth.
  • For individual members of Transdisciplinary University, Bangalore and World Ayurveda Foundation, Open Access Fee is US$40 per article.
  • For all individual contributors not covered by the above two criteria, Open Access Fee is US$1800 per article

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

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:
• 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
• Indicate clearly if color should be used for any figures in print
Graphical Abstracts / Highlights files (where applicable)
Supplemental files (where applicable)

Further considerations
• 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
• Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
• Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements

For further information, visit our Support Center.

Ethics in publishing

Please see our information pages on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication.

Declaration of interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential competing interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors must disclose any interests in two places: 1. A summary declaration of interest statement in the title page file (if double anonymized) or the manuscript file (if single anonymized). If there are no interests to declare then please state this: 'Declarations of interest: none'. This summary statement will be ultimately published if the article is accepted. 2. Detailed disclosures as part of a separate Declaration of Interest form, which forms part of the journal's official records. It is important for potential interests to be declared in both places and that the information matches. More information.

Submission declaration and verification

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis, see 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' for more information), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service Crossref Similarity Check.

Use of inclusive language

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Content should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader; contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition; and use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, stereotypes, slang, reference to dominant culture and/or cultural assumptions. We advise to seek gender neutrality by using plural nouns ("clinicians, patients/clients") as default/wherever possible to avoid using "he, she," or "he/she." We recommend avoiding the use of descriptors that refer to personal attributes such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, disability or health condition unless they are relevant and valid. These guidelines are meant as a point of reference to help identify appropriate language but are by no means exhaustive or definitive.

Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.


The authors need to upload a scanned copy of the 'consolidated copyright form' duly undersigned by all the contributors at the time of submission. Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'. Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Permission of the society is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article.

Article transfer service
This journal is part of our Article Transfer Service. This means that if the Editor feels your article is more suitable in one of our other participating journals, then you may be asked to consider transferring the article to one of those. If you agree, your article will be transferred automatically on your behalf with no need to reformat. Please note that your article will be reviewed again by the new journal. More information.

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Role of the funding source

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.

Open access

Please visit our Open Access page for more information.

Elsevier Researcher Academy
Researcher Academy is a free e-learning platform designed to support early and mid-career researchers throughout their research journey. The "Learn" environment at Researcher Academy offers several interactive modules, webinars, downloadable guides and resources to guide you through the process of writing for research and going through peer review. Feel free to use these free resources to improve your submission and navigate the publication process with ease.

Language (usage and editing services)
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's Author Services.

Submission to this journal proceeds totally online. Use the following guidelines to prepare your article. Via the homepage of this journal Editorial Manager you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files. The system automatically converts source files to a single Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the article, which is used in the peer-review process. Please note that even though manuscript source files are converted to PDF at submission for the review process, these source files are needed for further processing after acceptance. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail and via the author's homepage, removing the need for a hard-copy paper trail. If you are unable to provide an electronic version, please contact the editorial office prior to submission, please e-mail:

Additional Information

Tables and figures may be presented with captions within the main body of the manuscript; if so, figures should additionally be uploaded as high resolution files.

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. For more information on the types of peer review, please visit:

Double anonymized review

This journal uses double anonymized 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.
Anonymized 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. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. When preparing tables, if you are using a table grid, use only one grid for each individual table and not a grid for each row. If no grid is used, use tabs, not spaces, to align columns. The electronic text should be prepared in a way very similar to that of conventional manuscripts (see also the Guide to Publishing with Elsevier). Note that source files of figures, tables and text graphics will be required whether or not you embed your figures in the text. See also the section on Electronic artwork.
To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor.


If the LaTeX file is suitable, proofs will be produced without rekeying the text. The article should preferably be written using Elsevier's document class "elsarticle", or alternatively any of the other recognized classes and formats supported in Elsevier's electronic submissions system, for further information visit our Support Center. The Elsevier "elsarticle" LaTeX style file package (including detailed instructions for LaTeX preparation) can be obtained from the Quickguide: It consists of the file: elsarticle.cls, complete user documentation for the class file, bibliographic style files in various styles, and template files for a quick start.

Article structure

Subdivision - numbered sections
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

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.

A Theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further work. In contrast, a Calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.

Results should be clear and concise.

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.

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.

If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Fig. A.1, etc.

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 lower-case 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.


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.


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.

Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field in a footnote to be placed on the first page of the article. Such abbreviations that are unavoidable in the abstract must be defined at their first mention there, as well as in the footnote. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

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.).

Formatting of funding sources
List funding sources in this standard way to facilitate compliance to funder's requirements:

Funding: This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA [grant number zzzz]; and the United States Institutes of Peace [grant number aaaa].

It is not necessary to include detailed descriptions on the program or type of grants and awards. When funding is from a block grant or other resources available to a university, college, or other research institution, submit the name of the institute or organization that provided the funding.

If no funding has been provided for the research, please include the following sentence:

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Nomenclature and units

Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI. Authors wishing to present a table of nomenclature should do so on the second page of their manuscript.

Math formulae
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• Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
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• Submit each illustration as a separate file.
• Ensure that color images are accessible to all, including those with impaired color vision.

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You are urged to visit this site; some excerpts from the detailed information are given here.
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Color artwork
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Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Reference links
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A DOI is guaranteed never to change, so you can use it as a permanent link to any electronic article. An example of a citation using DOI for an article not yet in an issue is: VanDecar J.C., Russo R.M., James D.E., Ambeh W.B., Franke M. (2003). Aseismic continuation of the Lesser Antilles slab beneath northeastern Venezuela. Journal of Geophysical Research, Please note the format of such citations should be in the same style as all other references in the paper.

Web references
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

References in a special issue
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Reference management software
Most Elsevier journals have their reference template available in many of the most popular reference management software products. These include all products that support Citation Style Language styles, such as Mendeley. Using citation plug-ins from these products, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article, after which citations and bibliographies will be automatically formatted in the journal's style. If no template is yet available for this journal, please follow the format of the sample references and citations as shown in this Guide. If you use reference management software, please ensure that you remove all field codes before submitting the electronic manuscript. More information on how to remove field codes from different reference management software.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals with square bracket around, after the punctuation marks. Reference to a journal publication: Standard journal article (for up to six authors):
Shetty SN, Mengi S, Vaidya R, Vaidya AD. A study of standardized extracts of Picrorhiza kurroa Royle ex Benth in experimental nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. J Ayurveda Integr Med 2010;1:203-10

Standard journal article (for more than six authors): List the first six contributors followed by et al.
Daar AS, Singer PA, Persad DL, Pramming SK, Matthews DR, Beaglehole R, et al. Grand challenges in chronic non-communicable diseases. Nature 2007;450:494- 6.
Vaidya AB, Rajgopalan TG, Mankodi NA, Antarkar DS, Tathed PS, Purohit AV, et al. Treatment of Parkinson's disease with the cowhage plant-Mucuna pruriens Bak. Neurol India 1978;26:171-6.

Volume with supplement:
Patkar KB. Herbal Cosmetics in ancient India. Indian J Plast Surg Suppl 2008;41:S134. Chibelean B. Minimally invasive surgical treatment of complex genital prolapse in elderly women: Impact on quality of life. Eur Urol Suppl 2009;8:664.

Issue with supplement:
Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women's psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1, Suppl 2):89-97.

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

Editor(s), compiler(s):
Burtis CA, Ashwood ER, Editors. Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry. 3 rd ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders and Company; 1999. p. 450, 617-721.

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.

Referencing Ayurvedic Classics
Text from a classic:
Sharma S, editor, (1st ed.). Ashtanga Samgraha of Vagbhata, Sootra Sthana; Dravadravya Vidnyaniya: Chapter 6, Verse 10-16. Varanasi: Chowkhambha Sanskrit Series, 2006; 37-38.
Verse /Text in a commentary on classic: Sharma S, editor, (1st ed.). Commentary Shashilekha of Indu on Ashtanga Samgraha of Vagbhata, Sootra Sthana; Dravadravya Vidnyaniya: Chapter 6, Verse 10-16. Varanasi: Chowkhambha Sanskrit Series, 2006; 37-38.

Please note that if the references from a classical text (e.g. Samhita) are more than three, then please cite once the reference of the text and add numbers of verses in running text.

Regional language books:
Phanasalkar SD. Ayurvediya Rasayana Chikitsa (Marathi). 2nd ed. Pune: Manakarnika Publication; 2011.
Nanal RM (editor). Purushottamopanishada (Marathi). 1st ed. Mumbai: Madhavi Prakashan; 1999. p. 139, 145-46.

Please note that J-AIM accepts references from authentic journals those are indexed in Scopus, PubMed and Science Citation Index.

Journal abbreviations source

Journal names should be abbreviated according to
Index Medicus journal abbreviations:;
List of title word abbreviations:;
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service):

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