SBV Journal of Basic, Clinical and Applied Health Sciences, (JBCAHS) is a biomedical, peer reviewed and open access journal published quarterly. It publishes reviews, original research papers, short communications, research correspondence/letters to editor, Opinion/Hypothesis/Viewpoint, interesting images, emerging techniques, case reports and book reviews from basic sciences, medical, dental and nursing specialties including allied health sciences. It also welcomes articles pertaining to translational research.
Our journal follows the recommendations and guidelines of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) for Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. The criteria for authorship and acknowledgement are to be decided as per their guidelines. For more details authors are advised to refer the website http://www.icmje.org
This journal is published with four issues in January, April, July and October of each year.
THE EDITORIAL PROCESS
A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to the journal alone and has not been published anywhere. Authors need to certify in the covering letter that this manuscript has not been submitted to any other journal simultaneously.
All manuscripts are subject to peer review process. All manuscripts are screened initially at the editorial office for suitability for consideration for publication. Those found suitable are sent to 2-3 technical reviewers and one statistical expert based on the need. The journal follows the double blind peer review process.
After peer review process, manuscripts considered suitable for publication are suitably edited before publication.
All articles will be screened for plagiarism and manuscripts with substantial plagiarism will be immediately rejected. The authors are strongly encouraged to review their manuscript and avoid plagiarism before submitting to the journal.
The processes of submission of manuscript, peer review, communication of final decision and sending proofs are done through online system.
TYPE OF MANUSCRIPTS
1. Review articles
Review articles and systematic reviews are normally invited from scientist(s) / expert(s) working in the particular area for several years. However, authors who have made significant contribution in their research areas can also submit review articles. The article should not be more than 3500 words with not more than 100 references (recent & relevant) and a structured abstract of about 250 words. Tables and Figures could be included as per requirement.
2. Original articles
The size of the original articles should not exceed more than 3000 words (excluding Abstract, references and Tables). It should have separate sections of structured abstract (max 250 words) and key-words, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion and references, Tables and Figures should be given in separate pages with suitable legends. Each Table and Figure should be self-explanatory and stand alone. About 35 references can be included.
3. Short Communications
Short communications would be about 2000 words and contain an abstract with a combined Results & Discussion section. It can have maximum of 2 tables or figures (or) 1 table and 1 figure. The total number of references should not exceed 15.
4. Research Correspondence / Letter to Editor
A research correspondence would be either a preliminary/pilot study or a post-implicative report with no abstract. It can be around 1000 words and can contain either a Table or a Figure. The total number of references should not exceed 6.
These are opinions/hypothesis based on scientific evidence that should be about 1000-1500 words. No anonymous articles will be published.
6. Interesting Images
Clinical images that are rare/interesting may be presented under this section. High resolution images (up to 3-4 or as panels; JPEG/TIFF format with at least 300 dpi resolution) along with the write up of around 250 words describing diagnosis, treatment methods inclusive of patient consent form should be submitted.
7. Case reports
New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. These communications should be up to 1000 words (excluding abstract and references) and should have a structured abstract along with up to 10 references.
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
The Journal does not charge for submission and processing of the manuscript.
All manuscripts submitted for publication should encompass:
Manuscript must contain a Cover page giving the title of work, names of authors, their affiliations and e-mail addresses. Contact details of the Corresponding Author should be clearly presented. Furthermore, a short running title with 4-6 key words is required.
Manuscripts (excluding research correspondence/letters to editor, Opinion/ Hypothesis/ Viewpoint, interesting images and book reviews) should have a structured abstract with the following subheadings: Background & Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
A set of 4-6 key words should be provided. The key words should not be taken from the title of the study
The introduction should have brief review of literature, highlight the lacunae in the existing knowledge, justification and objectives of carrying out the study.
Material & Methods
The procedures used in the study should be clearly stated so that other researchers could reproduce the published results later in their work. Standard methods need to be mentioned with genuine references. Experiments on human subjects and animals should be in accordance with the established ethical standards. Appropriate information should begiven on the care and use of laboratory animals, source of animals, strain, age, sex, housing and nutrition. If required, proper certification should be provided along with the submission of the manuscripts. Generic name(s), dosage(s) and route(s) of administration of the drugs and chemicals used should be clearly indicated.
The type of statistical test used and the software should be mentioned. The authors are encouraged to mention the exact p value.
Data generated from the study should be included. Interpretation of the data should not be presented under the Results.
The discussion should contain the interpretation of results without repetition of the information already mentioned under Results. Limitations of the study should also be mentioned. The conclusions can be related with the aim of the study.
Acknowledgment should recognize scientific/technical assistance and financial support only. It should not be given for providing routine departmental facilities, encouragement and for help in the preparation of the manuscripts (including typing or secretarial assistance).
The journal follows the Vancouver system of referencing. The cited references should be sequentially numbered and kept at the end of the manuscript. In the pertinent text, they should be indicated as superscript.
Articles in Journals: The titles of the journals should be presented in Vancouver style viz.,
1. Standard journal article
Sharma H, Singh GN. Adverse events associated with anti-diabetics: An analysis of vigiFlow data. Innov Pharm Pharmacother 2013; 1:91-4.
2. Standard Journal article with more than 6 authors
Gillespie NC, Lewis RJ, Pearn JH, Bourke ATC, Holmes MJ, Bourke JB et al. Ciguatera in Australia: occurrence, clinical features, pathophysiology and management. Med J Aust. 1986;145:584-90.
3. Article published electronically ahead of the print version
Seiler E, Limacher A, Mean M, Beer HJ, Osterwalder J, Frauchiger B et al. Derivation and validation of a novel bleeding risk score for elderly patients with venous thromboembolism on extended anticoagulation. Thromb. Haemost 2017 24;117(10). doi: 10.1160/TH-17-03-0162. [Epub ahead of print]
4. Books and Other Monographs
Book: Single Author
Hoppert M. Microscopic techniques in biotechnology. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH; 2003.
Book: Two or More Authors
Gilstrap LC, Cunningham FG, Van Dorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.
5. Chapter in a book
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.
Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumours V: Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002.
7. Other Published Material
van Belle G, Fisher LD, Heagerty PJ, Lumley TS. Biostatistics: a methodology for the health sciences [e-book]. 2nd ed. Somerset (NJ): Wiley InterScience; 2003 [cited 2005 Jun 30]. Available from: Wiley InterScience electronic collection.
Lavelle P. Mental state of the nation. Health matters [document on the Internet]. ABC online; 2005 May 19 [cited 2005 Jul 1]. Available from: http://abc.net.au/health/features/mentalstate/.
3. Published Thesis
Gruszczynski L. Regulating health and environmental risks under WTO law: a critical analysis of the SPS agreement. New York: Oxford University Press; 2010.
Tables should be presented separately and numbered serially. Short title and column headings should be written. Abbreviated Units of measurement should be mentioned below the specific column headings. All other non-standard abbreviations should be mentioned in the footnotes of each table. Statistical measurement variations like SD and SE should be indicated. Tables should be provided at the end of the text after the references. The table number should be cited at the relevant place in the text. Tables should not be submitted as images.
Figures should be submitted as separate images. High resolution images (JPEG/TIFF format with at least 300 dpi resolution).
Published material need to be duly acknowledged and if required, copyright must be submitted along with the written permission of the copyright holder.
Only standard abbreviations are to be used. They must conform to the International System of Units (SI), in the text, Tables and Figures. Generic names of the drugs should be used, however, if proprietary brands are used in research, brand name, name of manufacturer and country should be provided in brackets after the generic name at the first place of use.
Individual contributions of all authors of the manuscript need to be specified on the title page.
Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:
- Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
- Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
- Final approval of the version to be published.
Authorship cannot be justified based on participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data. General supervision of the research group is also not enough for authorship.
PROTECTION OF PATIENTS' RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives written informed consent for publication. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the article and copy of the consent should be attached with the covering letter.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. If there are no conflicts of interest, authors should state so.
ETHICAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
All studies conducted on patients/ volunteers/ human biological material/ animals should follow Ethical Guidelines and a statement to this effect should be made in the manuscript. If requested a scanned copy of Ethical Clearance Certificate should be submitted to the Editorial office.
UNDERTAKING BY AUTHOR(S) & COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AGREEMENT
All the authors should give an undertaking (in the format designed by the journal) showing their consent to be co-authors in the order mentioned on the title page.
Author(s) need to sign a transfer of copyright agreement, which identifies the common interest that both journal and author(s) have in the protection of copyright.
The revised version of the manuscript should be submitted online in a manner similar to that used for submission of the manuscript for the first time. However, there is no need to submit the “First Page” or “Covering Letter” file while submitting a revised version. When submitting a revised manuscript, contributors are requested to include, the ‘referees’ remarks along with point to point clarification at the beginning in the revised file itself. In addition, they are expected to mark the changes as underlined or colored text in the article.
Proofs for accepted manuscripts will be sent to the Corresponding author through e-mail. These must be returned to the Journal Office within 3 days through e-mail.
Reprints The corresponding author will be provided a pdf file of the paper after its publication in the Proceedings. No hard copy reprints are provided.
- Signed by all contributors
- Source of funding mentioned
- Conflicts of interest disclosed
- Last name and given name provided along with Middle name initials (where applicable)
- Author for correspondence, with e-mail address provided
- Number of contributors restricted as per the instructions
Presentation and format
- Double spacing
- Margins 2.5 cm from all four sides
- Page numbers included at bottom
- Title page contains all the desired information
- Running title provided (not more than 50 characters)
- Abstract page contains the full title of the manuscript
- Abstract provided
- Key words provided (4 to 6)
- The references cited in the text should be after punctuation marks, in superscript.
- References according to the journal's instructions, punctuation marks checked
Tables and figures
- No repetition of data in tables and graphs and in text
- Actual numbers from which graphs drawn, provided
- Figures necessary and of good quality (colour)
- Figure legends provided (not more than 40 words)
- Patients' privacy maintained (if not permission taken)
- Credit note for borrowed figures/tables provided
- Write the full term for each abbreviation used in the table as a footnote