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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 file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The Annals of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), appearing quarterly welcomes the submission of original contributions in all topics of biomedical sciences. Submission of a manuscript for publication in this journal implies that it has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The Annals follows the Guidelines of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Authors and reviewers should ensure that the scholarly work conforms to the requirements available on

Review articles will be featured only by invitation. In the case of a multi-author submission, the contribution of each author must be clearly stated. The authors must declare conflict of interest, if any.


Three copies of the manuscript and a CD containing the manuscript complete with tables and figures should be submitted to: The Editor. Annals of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (India), NAMS House, Ansari Nagar, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, New Delhi-110 029.

Preparation of Manuscript


Type the manuscript on one side of bond paper of standard size with 2.5 cm margin all around in double spacing throughout, including the title page, text, acknowledgement, references, tables and legends to illustrations.


The title page should carry (1)the title of the article; (2) a short running title of not more than 40 characters;(3) name of each author: first name, middle initial and surname: (4) name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work is attributed; (5) name and address of the author responsible for correspondence.


The second page should carry an abstract of not more than 150 words and should state the purpose of study, basic procedures main findings and the principal conclusions. Below the summary three to ten
key words or short phrases that will assist indexers should be provided. The third page should begin with the main text which should usually, but not necessarily, be divided into sections with headings: Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRAD). In Discussion, emphasis should be given to the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions. The data given in the Results should not be repeated. The Discussion should include the implications of the findings and their limitation and observations should be related to other relevant studies. Conclusions should be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data should be avoided. At the end of the text under Acknowledgement(s), persons who have made substantial contributions to the study may be acknowledged. A running title of 10-12 words should be given.

Authors should also mention contribution by author/s.



References to literature cited should be numbered by arabic numerals in parenthesis in the text. At the end of the text on a new page the list of references by numbers as cited in the text should be provided. The style of the examples as given below should be used. The title of the journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus and printed in its January issue each year. Some examples are given below:


   Standard journal article

    List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first three and add et al. You CH, Lee KY, Chey WY and Menguy R (1980). Electrogastrographic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology 78: 311-314.

    Corporate author

    The Royal Marsden Hospital Bone- Marrow Transplantation Team (1977). Failure of syngeneic bone-marrow graft without preconditioning in post hepatitis marrow aplasia. Lancet 2: 242-244.


    No author given

    Anonymous (1981). Coffee drinking and cancer of the pancreas (Editorial). Br Med J 283: 628 Books and Monographs

    Personal author(s)

    Eisen HN (1974). Immunology: An Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Principles of the Immune Response. 5th ed. New York: Harper and Row, 406-416.

    Editor,  compiler, chairman as author

    Dausset J and Colombani J eds. (1973).Histocompatibility Testing 1972Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 12-18.

    Chapter in a book

Weinstein L and Swartz MN (1974). Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms, in: Pathologic Physiology: Mechanisms of Disease. Sodeman WA Jr and Sodeman WA (eds), Philadelphia: WB Saunders. 457-472.

Legends for Illustrations

Type legends of illustrations and figures double spaced, starting on a separate page, with arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustration, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend. Explain internal scale and identify method of staining in photomicrographs.

Off Prints: A maximum of twenty-five offprints of the article will be provided free of charge on request if there is only one author. If the article has two or more authors, maximum of fifty off-prints will be provided on request free of charge. Request for further copies should be sent to the Editor, Annals of the NAMS (India).

The Annals does not charge any fees from authors for processing the articles for publication.


Letter to editor

Letters to the Editor are considered for publication (subject to editing) provided they do not contain material that has been submitted or published elsewhere. They may be related to articles published in Annals or may be unrelated also. There can be no more than 3 authors. The letter should not exceed 200 words.

Case Reports

Case reports will only be considered if it adds significantly to new information or convey very important message to biomedical scientists

Images in Medicine

Visual display of variations for very common conditions which provides a way to learn medicine will be included after peer-review.

At the discretion of the Editor, images may appear in the print version of the Annals, the online version, or both. 

Legend should not be more than 100 words

Review Article

State-of-the-art review articles or systematic, critical assessments of literature are also published. The authors may consult the Editor before submitting such articles, as similar reviews may already be in submission. Normally, a review article on a subject already published in Annals in last 3 years is not accepted. The typical length for review articles is 2500-3000 words (excluding tables, figures, and references). Authors submitting review articles should include an abstract of around 200 words describing the need and purpose of review, methods used for locating, selecting, extracting and synthesizing data, and main conclusions. The number of references should be limited to 50.  The number of authors should usually be limited to four.

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