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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The submission file is prepared as per instructions in the Author Guidelines.
  • This is an original work of the authors and contains no copyright violations or plagiarism.
  • This submission has the concurrence of all authors of the work.

Author Guidelines

Preparing the manuscript for submission to Telangana Journal of IMA is a process that requires meticulous planning, diligent writing and attention to details.

The following word processor file formats are acceptable for the main manuscript document typed in unjustified format, using Arial font size 11 and 1.5 line spacing.

  1. Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX)
  2. Rich Text Format (RTF)
  3. Open Document Format (ODT)

General Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

  1. The title page should be a separate document that contains the title of the paper, the category of submission, detailed author information, and full contact details of corresponding author. Full names of authors must be used with initials expanded. Any one author can be corresponding author. The title page should be uploaded as a supplementary file while submitting the manuscript (see submission guidelines).
  2. The first page of the main document should contain the title, abstract and keywords followed by the full text of the article. The full text should incorporate everything including images, tables and references in appropriate places. This helps to provide our reviewers with a single file and avoiding them the trouble of searching through multiple documents.
  3. Plagiarism is a very common pitfall while writing scientific papers, and it often happens inadvertently. We use a robust and highly accurate plagiarism checking engine. Please make sure to avoid all kinds of plagiarism including auto-plagiarism before submitting.
  4. Authors should try their best to use a professional writing style and avoid lay language.
  5. Figures and tables should be sequentially numbered and pasted in appropriate locations in the document and should be resized to fit inside the page.
  6. Graphs and Charts should use simple, two dimensional styles without any designer effects.
  7. Tables should use simple wireframe styles without any colours or effects and should be editable. Best created in the word processor programme itself.
  8. Original full resolution jpeg versions of photographs (if any) should be uploaded as supplementary files while submitting the manuscript.
  9. Endnotes section should contain List of abbreviations with expansions, Explanations of terminologies as required, Conflicts of Interest statement, Acknowledgements and Financial Support.

(A conflict of interest or competing interest exists when your interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by your personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations. Authors must disclose any financial competing interests; they should also reveal any non-financial competing interests that may cause them embarrassment were they to become public after the publication of the article.)

  1. References should be created in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) format also known as the Vancouver style. Up-to-date information on this style of referencing can be found on the official ICMJE page. We recommend using the free reference management programme Zotero for creating references.
  2. Format used for data collection should be uploaded as supplementary file while submitting the manuscript.

Additional Guidelines for Research Articles (download model template for research article)

  1. Word limit is 6000 for Original Research and 2500 for Brief Communication.
  2. Title should be descriptive and should contain enough information for readers to understand what the study is about.
  3. Abstract should not be of more than 600 words and should be structured, containing background, objectives, methods, results and conclusions.
  4. Keywords – four to eight comma separated keywords representing the topic of the article.
  5. Full text should contain Background and Rationale, Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, End Notes and References.
  6. Background – elaborating the existing knowledge scenario with regard to the research question and how this study would add to it.
  7. Objectives of the Study – Numbered output indicators that the study tries to look into (aims of the study).
  8. Methods – includes study design, study subjects, inclusion and exclusion criteria, sample size and sampling methods, materials used, duration, data collection, data analysis and ethical considerations.
  9. Results – the findings of the study presented in the form of statistical indicators, figures and tables.
  10. Discussion – Evaluation of the results in the light of existing evidence.
  11. Conclusions – Final deductions arrived at and new knowledge obtained at the end of the study.
  12. Limitations – describes the limitations of the study.
  13. Endnotes section should contain List of abbreviations with expansions, Explanations of terminologies as required, Conflicts of Interest statement, Acknowledgements and Financial Support.
  14. References should be in Vancouver style.

Original Research

The approximate length of article should preferably be less than 3000 words (excluding Abstract and References). Original research articles should include a structured abstract (of 200 words maximum) under four subheadings: (i) Background & objectives, (ii) Methods, (iii) Results, and (iv) Interpretation & conclusions, followed by 3-8 key words arranged alphabetically. The main article should include the sections in following order: Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement (if any), Conflicts of Interest and References. The permission from the Ethics Committee/ Institutional Review Board (IRB) is mandatory for all studies on human subjects and animals and this should be mentioned in the Material & Methods section. Registration of clinical trials is mandatory and registration number/CTR number should be mentioned. Maximum number of references should be less than 40.

Review Article

The articles under this section will be critical appraisal of different studies on important topics of clinical/public health significance to obtain an unbiased quantitative estimate of the overall effect of an intervention or variable for a defined outcome. The focus could be on cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, prevention, etc. These would be thoroughly researched articles giving a comprehensive and balanced perspective. There should be a structured abstract. Systematic reviews should be preferably less than 4000 words with a minimum number of Tables/Figures. These will be published subject to peer review. Maximum number of references could be upto 75.

Case report / Case Series

New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. They should be unique, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. These communications could be of up to 1000 words (excluding Abstract and references) and should have the following headings: Abstract (unstructured), Key-words, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Legends in that order; and could be supported with up to 10 references. Case Reports could be authored by up to four authors. For accepted Case Reports, time to publication may be higher depending upon the backlog.  Maximum number of references should be less than 20.


These are primarily opinion pieces written by senior scientists, public health experts and policy makers. Such papers will be generally written by a single author. No anonymous articles will be published. These should be about 1000-1500 words and should contain references. Except for commissioned pieces, all submissions will be published subject to peer review. Maximum number of references should be less than 20.


These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal (except these articles: Editorial / Guest Editorial / Editorial Commentary). They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. The letter could have up to 500-700 words and 10 references. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.

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