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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.
  • 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.

The merit of the publication lies in its quality and content. Contributions are invited on any aspect of Pulmonary and critical care medicine. Articles are accepted on the basis of significance, scientific perfection, and practical applicability. Authors are requested to base their papers on the basis of original work carried out by themselves or their groups. Manuscripts should not be submitted to more than one journal at a time.

All articles are subjected to a peer-review process. Each article is assessed blindly by one or more referees depending on the manuscript type and comments sent back to the authors for revision as required. The Editor's decision is final on accepting or rejecting an article.

The types of articles published in the journal are as follows

  1. Editorials
  2. Reports of original research
  3. Critical reviews
  4. Meta-analysis
  5. Case reports (series) with discussions
  6. Radiology pearls
  7. Educational forum
  8. Letters to the editor

Manuslcripts should be submitted by e-mail or CD in MS Word addressed to,

Dr. Venugopal P.

The Editor-in-Chief, Pulmon,

Prof & Head, Dept of Pulmonary Medicine,

Govt T.D. Medical College,

Alappuzha, Kerala - 688005 Ph: 9447761987


Requirements for submission of the manuscript

Presentation of manuscripts should conform with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (see Ann Intern Med 1997;126:36-47). The manuscript should be accompanied by

  1. Covering letter
  2. Undertaking by authors
  3. Copyright transfer agreement form

Covering Letter

The covering letter should explain why the paper should be published in the Pulmon. One of the authors could be identified as the corresponding author of the paper, who will bear the responsibility of the contents of the paper. The name, address, and telephone number of the corresponding author should be provided for all future communication related to the publication of the article. The letter should give any additional information that may be helpful to the editor, such as the type of article and whether the author(s) would be willing to meet the cost of producing colored illustrations

Undertaking by Author(s)

It is necessary that all the authors give an undertaking (in the format specified by the journal) indicating their consent to be co-authors in the sequence indicated on the title page. Each author should give his or her names as well as the address and designation current at the time the work was done, plus a current address for correspondence including telephone and fax numbers and email addresses. A senior author may sign the Undertaking by Authors for a junior author who has left the institution and whose whereabouts are not known and take the responsibility.
Copyright Transfer Agreement

Author(s) will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright agreement, which recognizes the common interest that both journal and author(s) have in the protection of copyright. It will also allow us to tackle copyright infringements ourselves without having to go back to authors each time. (Format for submission of copyright is provided at the end of the session.)


Manuscripts should be presented in as concise a form as possible, typewritten in double space, and numbered consecutively. The contents should be arranged in the following order:

Title page, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion, Summary, Acknowledgement, and References. Abstract, Tables, and legends for Figures should be typed on separate sheets and not in the continuation of the main text. Figures and Photographs should be presented in MEG or GIF format.

Title Page The title page should carry

  1. the title of the article
  2. the name by which each author is known, with his or her highest academic degree and institutional affiliation
  3. the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed
  4. disclaimers if any
  5. the name and address of the author responsible for correspondence and to whom requests for reprints should be addressed
  6. source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these.

The title of the article should be short, continuous (broken or hyphenated titles are not acceptable), and yet sufficiently descriptive and informative so as to be useful in indexing and information retrieval. A short running title not exceeding 6-7 words to be provided at the foot of the title page.


All manuscripts should have a structured abstract (not more than 250 words) with subheadings of Background & objectives, Methods, Results, Interpretation, and Conclusions. The abstract should be brief and indicate the scope and significant results of the paper. It should only highlight the principal findings and conclusions so that it can be used by abstracting services without modification. Conclusions and recommendations not found in the text of the articles should not be inserted in the abstract. A set of suitable keywords arranged alphabetically may be provided.


The introduction should be brief and state precisely the scope of the paper. Review of the literature should be restricted to reasons for undertaking the present study and provide only the most essential background.

Material & Methods

The procedures adopted should be explicitly stated to enable other workers to reproduce the results, if necessary. New methods may be described in sufficient detail and indicating their limitations. While reporting experiments on human subjects and animals, it should be clearly mentioned that procedures followed are in accordance with the ethical standards laid down by the national bodies or organizations of the particular country. A scanned certificate of ethical clearance should be provided along with manuscript manuscripts in a relevant context. The drugs and chemicals used should be precisely identified, including generic name(s), dosage(s), and route(s) of administration.

The statistical analysis is done and the statistical significance of the findings when appropriate should be mentioned. Unless absolutely necessary for a clear understanding of the article, a detailed description of statistical treatment may be avoided.


Only such data as are essential for understanding the discussion and main conclusions emerging from the study should be included. The data should be arranged in a unified and coherent sequence so that the report develops clearly and logically. Data presented in tables and figures should not be repeated in the text. Only important observations need to be emphasized or summarised. The same data should not be presented both in tabular and graphic forms. Interpretation of the data should be taken up only under the Discussion and not under Results.


The discussion should deal with the interpretation of results without repeating information already presented under Results. It should relate new findings to the known ones and include logical deductions. It should also mention any weaknesses of the study.

Summary and conclusions

The summary should provide a brief account of most of the relevant observations and conclusions based on the observed data only. This should be linked with the objectives of the study. Statements and conclusions not supported by the data should be avoided. Claims of ongoing studies should also be avoided.


Acknowledgment should be brief and made for specific scientific/technical assistance and financial support only and not for providing routine departmental facilities and encouragement or for help in the preparation of the manuscripts (including typing or secretarial assistance).


References should be typed on a separate page after the text. The total number of References should normally be restricted to a maximum of 30. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. In the text, they should be indicated above the line (superior). As far as possible avoid mentioning the names of the author(s) in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figures or legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence in which they appear in the manuscript.

Style of citing references

Use the style of the examples below. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Avoid using abstracts as references. References of papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as ? in pressor? forthcoming. Authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as? unpublished observations with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a personal communication, unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of personal communication. Please refer to http://wwwicmje.org for further details.

All references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents.

1. Standard Journal article

List the first six authors followed by et al. The usual style is surname followed by initials as shown below Vega KJ, Pina I, Krevsky B. Heart transplantation is associated with an increased risk for pancreatobiliary disease. Ann Intern Med 1996; 124:980-3.

2. Organization as author

The Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Clinical exercise stress testing. Safety and performance guidelines. Med J Aust 1996; 124:282-4. 3.Books and other Monographs

3. Books and other monographs

Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.

4. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author

Norman I), Redfern S). editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

5. Chapter in a book

Philips SJ, Whisnant JP Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner I3M, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press;1995.p.465-78.

6. Unpublished Material

Ire press LeshnerAl. Molecular mechanisms of cocaine addiction. N Engl J Med. In Press 1996.

7. Journal article in electronic format

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerge Infect Dis [serial online) 1995 Jan-Mar (cited 1996 Jun 5); 1 (1):124 screens]. Available from: URI: http://wwwcdc.gov/ncidod/E


Type each table with double spacing on a separate sheet of paper. Do not submit tables as photographs. Number the tables consecutively (in Arabic numerals) in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory matter as footnotes, and not in the heading.. For footnotes use the following symbols, in this sequence: t, §, I I, -1. ", tt, —. Explain in footnotes all abbreviations that are used in each table. Illustrations (Figures) Figures should be either professionally drawn and photographed, or submitted as photographic-quality digital prints. For x-ray films, scans, and other diagnostic images, as well as pictures of pathology specimens or photomicrographs, send sharp, glossy, black-and-white, or color photographic prints, usually 127 x 173 mm (5 x 7 inches).

Letters, numbers, and symbols on figures should be clear and consistent throughout, and large enough to remain legible when the figure is reduced for publication. Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers.

Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background.

Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. Titles and explanations should be provided in the legends, not on the illustrations themselves. Each figure should have a label pasted on its back indicating the number of the figure and the running title. Do not write on the back of figures, scratch, or mark them by using paper clips.

Legends for Illustrations (Figures)

Type or print out legends for illustrations using double spacing, 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 illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the figure. Photographs of potentially identifiable people must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. Color printing requires additional costs that will be communicated to the author. An electronic version of the figures in MEG or GIF should be provided for the web version. The authors should review the images of such files on a computer screen before submitting them to be sure they meet their own quality standards.

Units of Measurements

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. Blood pressures should be given in millimeters of mercury. All hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI). Editors may request that alternative or non-SI units be added by the authors before publication.

Abbreviations and Symbols

Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurements.

Proofs and reprints

Authors of accepted articles are supplied printer proofs either by post or through e-mail. Corrections on the proof should be restricted to printer's errors only and no substantial additions/deletions should be made. No change in the names of the authors is permissible at the proof stage. Reprints up to 10 would be supplied as per request of the corresponding author.

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