Guide for Authors

Editor-in-chiefDr. Yashbir Dewan

Contact Information:Dr. Yashbir Dewan
Senior Consultant Neurosurgery
Fortis hospital Noida

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 accepted articles edited 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 that an informed consent was 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 that the terms of the Helsinki Agreement were adhered to will be necessary.

Manuscripts must conform to the instructions given below:

Submission of manuscriptsThe Indian Journal of Neurotrauma accepts online submissions in electronic format. All new manuscripts must be submitted through The Indian Journal of Neurotrauma online and review website ( Please follow the following steps to submit your manuscript:

  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 email 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).
  5. Click "Author Log in", this takes you to the "Author Main Menu".

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 at 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 Information

Original Research Articles are full-length papers that address research questions with exhaustive study design and methodology. The entire manuscript including abstract, tables, figures and references should not exceed 15 typed pages in double space or 2500 words and should not contain more than 25 references.

Brief Communications should not contain more than 2000 words (including abstract, figures, tables and references) describing important new observations in craniofacial research.

Reviews of basic and clinical topics of interest to the readership will be solicited by the editors. The length of review articles should not exceed fifteen typed pages.

Case reports should be limited to 1200 words, should not have more than 4 authors and should not contain over 2 illustrations and 10 references. Case reports submitted as 'Case Report and Review of Literature', must also conform to these rules.

Letters to the editor containing interesting observations and comments on the articles published in the journal are welcome for publication. Due care should be taken in the formation of the letter to avoid any misunderstanding. The replies to such letters will also be published as and when received from the authors. The letter and the reply should not exceed 300 words and should not contain more than 5 references.

The manuscript would be forwarded to an associate editor and two reviewers. Manuscripts that are outside the range of interest of The Indian Journal of Neurotrauma readership or that fail to satisfy the technical requirements would be rejected and promptly returned to authors without further review. The rejected manuscripts would be destroyed. Manuscripts returned to authors for modification should be returned back to editorial office as early as possible but not later than 3 months, after which the article would be filed and not considered for publication. The editorial board reserves the right to assess suitability of the language, modify the letter and text, and improve the photographs and illustrations to enhance clarity of expression and presentation without affecting the message and meaning being conveyed by the article.

Manuscript Preparation

Type the manuscript (using 'Times New Roman' font, size 10) in single space throughout. Please arrange the manuscript as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables and Figure legends. Number all pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Figures, tables and references must be cited by numbers in the manuscript. All weights and measures must be given in metric units. Avoid use of full stops in the middle of abbreviations (ECG, not E.C.G). Serial number of each reference should be superscripted and not written in parenthesis.

Use generic names of drugs. Do not use abbreviations in the title. Define unusual abbreviations with the first use in the body of the manuscript. Text footnotes should be typed on a separate page. For references, the names of all authors should be mentioned instead of using et al. The abbreviations used for name of a particular journal should be standard.

Title page
Type the full names and affiliations of all authors. The title should not exceed 100 characters including spaces between words. Number all pages consecutively beginning with the title page; include an abbreviated title of not more than 40 characters.

State the problem considered, methods, results and conclusions in less than 250 words, and key words.

Type double-spaced on separate sheets; each table should have a title and be numbered in the order of appearance in the text. Use superscript letters to indicate footnotes typed at the bottom of the table.

High-resolution photographs of all figures including graphs, black and white light and electron micrographs and color photographs, must be submitted. The use of color illustrations is encouraged, but authors should contact the editor prior to their preparation for advice and assistance. All figures should be clearly labeled. Photomicrographs should be sized to fit one column (8cm) or two columns (17cm); the maximum plate size is 17 × 22 cm.

Legends should state degree of magnification or scale bars to be used on the photograph. Graphs must be of professional quality. Computer generated graphs should be of laser quality. High contrast prints of roentgenographic photographs and electron micrographs are essential.

References should be typed on a separate page and numbered in the order of appearance in the text, with only one reference to a number. Citation of unpublished observations or personal communications (include separately, permission to quote from appropriate individual) should be placed in the text in parenthesis. Reference number in the text should be typed as superscript and not in brackets.

E.g. Hyperlipidemia after transplant10.

Journal article

Author(s), title, journal, year of publication; volume: page numbers.

Example: Sharma RK, Bansal SB, Gupta A, Gulati S, Prasad N, Kumar A. Ribavirin monotherapy for Hepatitis C virus infection in renal transplant recipient. Ind J Transplant, 2005; 1: 13-16.


Yoo KH, Norwood VF, Chevalier RL. Regulation of angiotensin II AT1 and AT2 receptors in neonatal unilateral ureteral obstruction (Abstract). J Am Soc Nephrol 1995; 6: 1035.

Chapters in Book

Author(s), chapter title, book title, edition, editor(s), city of publication and publishers, year, page.

Example: Broune WE. The immunobiology of different types of renal allograft rejection, in Contemporary issues in Nephrology, Renal transplantation, ed. Milford EL, Brenner BM, Stein JH, New York. Churchill, 1989 p 45-96.

Checklist for the Manuscript

1. Include the original typed manuscript

2. Send high-resolution photographs of figures (300 DPI JPG/TIF scanned image of the figures; low resolution files of figures i.e. less than 300 DPI are not good for printing) to be included along with each manuscript.

3. Include a cover letter containing a copyright transfer statement.

4. Include all authors personal signatures on the statement that each author has approved the final version of the manuscript and takes public responsibility for the work, including an undertaking that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication in any other journal and if accepted for publication in The Indian Journal of Neurotrauma will not be published in whole or in part without the editor's written permission. The declaration by authors should also state that all clinical investigation described in the manuscript has been under taken in accordance with the guidelines proposed in the Declaration of Helsinki.

5. Designate a corresponding author and provide a telephone number, fax number, email and mailing address.