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The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

 Manuscript Preparation: Guidelines for Authors

The Indian Journal of Pediatrics is a monthly journal that publishes original articles, review articles, case reports which provide new information, letters in relation to published articles, scientific research letters and picture of the month, announcements (meetings, courses, job   advertisements); summary report of conferences and book reviews.

Original articles should ordinarily be limited to 2500 words with about 30 references.  Review articles should not exceed 3000 words with not more than 45 references. Clinical  Briefs must not exceed 800 words with one figure and about 10 references.  Scientific  research letters should be within 350 words, with 5 references. Picture of the Month should  have a brief case history and a commentary, all fitting on one page along with the picture(s). Commentary should run to maximum 1000 words with 10 latest references.

All Manuscripts submitted to the Indian Journal of Pediatrics should not have been published in any form in any other publication, and become the property of the publishers. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a signed Copyright Transfer Form which is available at

This can be submitted as a scanned copy. This form states that “The undersigned author(s) certify(ies) that the article is original, is not under consideration by any other journal, and has not been previously published. All copyright ownership of the manuscript entitled (title of article) is hereby transferred to the publishers of the Indian Journal of Pediatrics.”  The authors should state in the manuscript that ethical clearance was obtained for the research project. The journal has the right to ask for a copy of ethical clearance.

Articles will be edited for style and grammar. Technical jargon is to be kept to a minimum. The book entitled “Scientific style and format. The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers,”7th edition, published by Council of Science Editors is a good guide. American spellings are used in the Journal.

All statement and opinions expressed in the manuscripts are those of the authors, and not those of the editor(s) or publishers. The editor(s) and publishers disclaim any responsibility for such material.

The editor(s) and publishers also do not guarantee, warrant or endorse any product or service advertised in the Journal, nor do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such product of service.


Online Submission

Authors must submit their article online at ( Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times. The articles appear on the internet within 2-3 weeks of acceptance as online first articles.

Title page should include:

A concise and informative title

The name(s) of the author(s)

The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)

Address, telephone and fax number of the corresponding author including E-mail.

Conflict of Interest and Role of Funding Source.

Abstract should be as follows:

For original articles a structured abstract of 250 words which should be divided into the following sections:Objectives (stating the main purposes and research question),Methods, Results and Conclusions.

Clinical Brief and Review article: A non structured abstract running into 150 and 250 words respectively should be provided.

Scientific Letter to the Editor/ Correspondence / Picture of the Month / Commentary: No abstract is required.


Provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes. (For Original articles, Clinical Brief and Review articles only).


Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word.

Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman)

Use italics for emphasis.

Use the automatic page numbering function .

Do not use field functions.

Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.

Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.

Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.

Note: If you use Word 2007, do not create the equations with the default equation editor but use the Microsoft equation editor or MathType instead.

Save your file in doc format. Do not submit docx files.

Original Articles must consider and follow the format: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. The matter must be written in a manner which is easy to understand, and should be restricted to the topic discussed.  Do not use vertical lines or underlining in the text.


Abbreviate measurements (cm, ml) according to the style of CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers, 7th edition, published by Council of Science Editors. Abbreviations should be used sparingly and must be preceded by the full form initially. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract.  Year, month, week, day, hour, minute and second should be abbreviated as y, mo, wk, d, h, min, and s, respectively.

Acknowledgements should be placed as the last element of the text before references.

Submissions to the Indian Journal of Pediatrics should also include at the end of the article (i) Each author’s contribution (ii) Conflict of interest (iii) Funding source.


In citing other work, only references consulted in the original should be included.  If it is against citation by others this should also be stated.

The Journal follows the Vancouver system of references. References should be numbered and listed consecutively in the order in which they are first cited in the text.  Responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of references lies with the author.

References citations in the text should be identified by numbers in square brackets. Some examples:

1. Negotiation research spans many disciplines [3].

2. This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman [5].

3. This effect has been widely studied [1-3,7].

Reference list

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.The entries in the list should be numbered consecutively.

Journal article: Last names and initials of all authors (unless more than 6 when only 1st  three are given followed by et al). The title of the paper;  journal title abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus, year of publication; volume no; first and last page number.

1. Mehta MN, Mehta JN. Serum lipids and ABO blood groups in cord blood of neonates. Indian J Pediatr.1984; 51: 30-43.

2. Smith JJ. The world of science. Am J Sci.1999; 36:234–5.

Article by DOI

Slifka MK, Whitton JL. Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. 2000; doi:10.1007/s001090000086

Book : Give authors’  name followed by the book title, edition no, place of publication, publisher and year.

1. Smith GDL. Chronic Ear Disease. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1980.pp.78-81

2. Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.  

Book Chapter: Provide authors’ names, chapter title, editor names, book title, place of publication, publisher & year

1. Malhotra KC. Medicogenetic problems of Indian tribes. In: Verma IC, ed. Medical Genetics in India, Vol. 2. Pondicherry: Auroma Enterprises; 1978.pp. 51-55.

2. Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR. Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, Jeon KW, eds. International review of     cytology. London: Academic; 1980. pp. 251–306.

Online document

1. Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. of subordinate document.  Accessed 15 Jan 1999.

Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to Pub Med.

Papers accepted but not yet published should be included in the references followed by “In press”. Those in preparation, personal communications and unpublished observations should be referred to as such in the text only.

For more detailed information about the Vancouver system, authors should consult “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals’ (Br Med J. 1982; 284: 1766-70).


All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.

Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in an electronic format. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the artwork provided.

Electronic Figure Submission

Supply all figures electronically.

Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.

For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format. MS Office files are also acceptable.

Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.

Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.


If you include figures that have already been published elsewhere, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format.

Proofs and Reprints

The corresponding author of the accepted article shall be supplied with the proof by Springer. The proofs should be returned to Springer with a copy of corrections to editorial office within 48 hours to avoid any delay in printing.  Corrections on the proof should be restricted to errors only and no substantial additions/deletions should be made.  No addition or deletion in the names of the authors is permissible at this stage. The article will first appear online on Springerlink website ( within 2-3 weeks of acceptance, and later will appear in printed form. A copy of the issue carrying the article is supplied free of charge to the authors.  Reprints may be ordered on payment in advance to Indian Journal of Pediatrics’ editorial office.

Manuscript Submission Checklist

Online submission.

- Name, Email and address of author responsible for correspondence.

- For Original article structured abstract of 250 words with 4-6 key words.

- For Review articles and Clinical Briefs non- structured abstract of 250 and 150 words respectively with 4-6 key words.

- References should be cited consecutively in the text in parenthesis.

- Covering letter, including statement of originality and signifying approval of final copy by all authors.

- Copyright Transfer Certificate

- References of latest edition of standard texts like Nelson should be quoted.

- Clearance of the research project by the Institutional Ethics Committee, where ever required.

-Conflict of Interest and Role of Funding Source.

 All editorial correspondence should be sent to Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 125 (2nd Floor), Gautam Nagar, Behind South Café, New Delhi 110 049. Telephone: 41345105.

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