Instructions

Instructions

Editorial course of action
A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Journal of Periodontal Medicine and Clinical Practice 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. On submission, editors review 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 found suitable for publication in Journal of Periodontal Medicine and Clinical Practice are sent to two or more proficient reviewers. The selection of reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other's identity. 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/ modifications 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 manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online. To achieve faster and greater propagation of understanding and information, the journal publishes articles online as 'Ahead of Print' instantaneously on acceptance.
Authorship Criteria 
Authorship credit should be based only on significant contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:

1. Concept and design of study 
2. Drafting the article for logical content; and
3. Final approval of the manuscript to be published.
Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative input of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors. 

Conflicts of Interest 

All authors of must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.

Submission of Manuscripts 

All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the website www.jpmcp.com. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at editor@jpmcp.com
The 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:
This file should provide
1. The type of manuscript (original article, case report, review article, short communication, Letter to editor, images etc.) title of the manuscript, running title, 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, . All information which can reveal your identity should be here. Use doc files. 
2. The total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts separately for abstract and for the text (excluding the references, tables and abstract), word counts for introduction + discussion in case of an original article;
3. Source(s) of support 
4. Acknowledgement, if any. 
5. If the manuscript was presented as part at a meeting, the organization, place, and exact date on which it was read. 
6. Registration number in case of a clinical trial and where it is registered (name of the registry and its URL)
7. Conflicts of Interest of each author/ contributor. 
8. 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, if that information is not included on the manuscript itself.
[2] Blinded Article file: The manuscript must not contain any mention of the authors' names or initials or the institution at which the study was done or acknowledgements. Page headers/running title can include the title but not the authors' names. The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file. Use doc files. Do not zip the files. Limit the file size to 1MB. Do not incorporate images in the file. 
[3] Images: Submit good quality color images. Each image should be less than 3 MB in size. Images can be submitted as jpeg files. Do not zip the files. Legends for the figures/images should be included at the end of the article file.
[4] The contributors' / copyright transfer form (template provided below) has to be submitted in original with the signatures of all the contributors within two weeks of submission via email at submission@jpmcp.com as a scanned image. 

Preparation of Manuscripts 

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (October 2008). The uniform requirements and specific requirement of Journal of Periodontal Medicine and Clinical Practice are summarized below. Before submitting a manuscript, contributors are requested to check for the latest instructions available. 

Copies of any permission(s) 

It is the responsibility of authors/ contributors to obtain permissions for reproducing any copyrighted material. A copy of the permission obtained must accompany the manuscript. 

Types of Manuscripts 

Original articles:

These include randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, case-control series, and research surveys with high response rate. The text of original articles amounting to up to 3000 words (excluding Abstract, references and Tables) should be divided into sections with the headings Abstract, Key-words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables and Figure legends.
Introduction: State the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study or observation.
Materials and Methods: It should include and describe the following aspects:
Ethical Clearance: When reporting studies on human beings, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (available at http://www.wma.net/e/policy/17-c_e.html). When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institutions or a national research council's guide for, or any national law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. 

Study design:

Selection and Description of Participants: Describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly. 
Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT Statement (http://www.consort-statement.org).
Statistics: When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyze them.
Results: Present your results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize or summarize only important observations. Tables and graphs are best to interpret your results.
Discussion: Include summary of key findings, limitations of the study, implications in the context of the totality of facts.

Review Articles:

It is expected that these manuscripts would be written by persons who have done sizeable work on the subject or are considered experts in the field. The prescribed word count is up to 3000 words excluding tables, references and abstract. The manuscript may have about 75 to 90 references. The manuscript should have an unstructured Abstract (250 words) representing a precise summary of the article. The journal expects the contributors to give post-publication updates on the subject of review. The update should be brief, covering the advances in the field after the publication of the article and should be sent as a letter to editor, as and when major development occurs in the field.

Case reports:

New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. They should be distinctive, describing a great 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.
The manuscript could be of up to 1000 words (excluding references and abstract) and could be supported with up to 10 references. Case Reports could be authored by up to four authors.

Letter to the Editor:

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. They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. The letter could have up to 500 words and 5 references. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.

Short Communication:

Up to 1000 words excluding references and abstract and up to 8 references. A short communication contains only a short report of the case (only pertinent details) and a short discussion and references upto a maximum of 8. 
Other:

Editorial, Guest Editorial, Commentary and Evidence based synopsis are solicited by the editorial board.

References

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript with square bracket after the punctuation marks. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Use complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals.

Tables

• Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material.
• Number tables, in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each.
• Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading.
• Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table.
• For footnotes use the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ||,¶ , **, ††, ‡‡
• Tables with their legends should be provided at the end of the text after the references. The tables along with their number should be cited at the relevant place in the text.
Illustrations (Figures)
• Upload the images in JPEG format. The file size should be within 3 MB in size while uploading.
• Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text.
• Legends for illustrations: Type or print out legends (maximum 40 words, excluding the credit line) for illustrations using double spacing, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. The Journal reserves the right to crop, rotate, reduce, or enlarge the photographs to an acceptable size.

Protection of Patients' Rights to Privacy 

Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, sonograms, CT scans, etc., and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives written informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients' names from figures unless they have obtained written informed consent from the patients. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the article and copy of the consent should be attached with the covering letter.

Manuscript submission, processing and publication charges 

Journal charges a nominal fee as logistics charges for publication. The same shall be intimated to authors via email on manuscript acceptance.
Copyrights 

The entire contents of Journal of Periodontal Medicine and Clinical Practice are protected under Indian and international copyrights. The Journal, however, grants to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, perform and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works in any digital medium for any reasonable non-commercial purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights. The journal also grants the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal non-commercial use under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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