Author Guidelines

The Indian Practitioner is a monthly journal dedicated to Medicine, Surgery and Public Health, which was established in 1947. The Indian Practitioner has on its editorial board highly experienced doctors in various aspects of medicine which ensure qualitative medical articles and features.

Scope of the journal The journal covers the entire spectrum of medicine and medical establishments which include private & government hospitals and clinics, private practitioners, physicians & surgeons, medical directors of pharma companies and medical institutes / universities.


Original Article – word limit 2500 (excluding references), 40 references maximum not more than 10 years old, not more than 6 figures and or tables. Any old reference that may have historical importance could be an exeption. OR a couple of references of historical importance could be an exeption.It should include a structured abstract of 200-300 words

Review Article – word limit 2500 (excluding the references), 50 references  including those from emerging literature, not more than 8 figures and or tables. It should include an abstract of 250 words

Case Report – word limit 1000-2000 (excluding references), 10 references maximum not more than 10 years old, illustrations or images preferable. Unusual finding or case report will be appreciated. The journal encourages the submission of unread cases and/or unusual findings of known conditions. Consent for publication must be obtained from the patient.

Book Review - word limit 700 (excluding references), image of the book cover, ISBN and Publisher details required

Correspondence (Letter to the Editor) – word limit 600 words (excluding the references), 5 references.

Online Submission
Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.

Submission of Manuscripts
All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the website First time users will have to register at this site. Registration is free but mandatory. Registered authors can keep track of their articles after logging into the site using their user name and password. Authors do not have to pay for submission, processing or publication of articles. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at editor submitted manuscripts that are not as per the “Instructions to Authors” would be returned to the authors for technical correction, before they undergo editorial/ peer-review. Generally, the manuscript should be submitted in the form of two separate files:

(1) Title Page/First Page File/covering letter
The title page of the manuscript should include the following:

  • Manuscript type:
    The type of manuscript, (original article, case report, review article, Letter to editor, Clinical Photograph for the cover page and book review) along with the title should be submitted online in a text/rtf/doc files. Do not zip the files.
  • Authors:
    Names of all authors/ contributors (with their highest academic degrees, designation and affiliations) and name(s) of department(s) and/ or institution(s) to which the work should be credited should be mentioned. The name, address, e-mail, and telephone number of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the proofs, must be included in the manuscript itself.
  • Page and Word count:
    The total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts for abstract and for the text (excluding the references and tables) are to be submitted separately.
  • Source of support:
    Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these should be mentioned.
  • Acknowledgement:
    Acknowledgement if any should be included in the title page of the manuscript and not in the main article file. One or more statements should specify:
    1) Contributions that need acknowledging but do not justify authorship, such as general support by a departmental chair;
    2) Acknowledgments of technical help; and
    3) Acknowledgments of financial and material support, which should specify the nature of the support.
  • Ethical issues:
    Registration number & Ethics Committee approval in case of a clinical trial and where it is registered (name of the registry and its URL) should be mentioned
  • Conflict of Interest:
    Conflicts of Interest of each author/ contributor for an industry sponsored article should be mentioned.
  • Author Consent:
    A statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors, that the requirements for authorship as stated earlier in this document have been met, and that each author believes that the manuscript represents honest work. Every article will be subjected to plagiarism check before it proceeds for peer reviewing.
  • Copyright: (To discuss)
    Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the author.

(2)Article file:

  • Main Text
    The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file..
  • Keywords
    Please provide 4-6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.
  • Abstract
    For Original Articles please provide a structured abstract of 200-300 words. Organize it into background/ purpose of the study, methods, results and conclusion. The structured abstract should state the purpose of the study or investigation, basic procedures (study subjects or experimental animals and observational and analytical methods), main findings (give specific data and their statistical significance, if possible), and the principal conclusions For Review Papers please provide a running/unstructured abstract of 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

    Please note:
  • Manuscripts not in compliance with the Journal's manuscript submission guidelines will be returned to the corresponding author.
  • Use rtf/doc files. Do not zip the files.

The Editorial Process
A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to The Indian Practitioner alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, the senior editor reviews all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to The Indian Practitioner readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in The Indian Practitioner are sent to two or more expert reviewers. The selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor.  Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication  will be informed to corresponding author..