Indian Journal of Palliative Care
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    Instructions For Authors 

The Indian Journal of Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal published Quarterly. The journal welcomes contributions in the following sections: original articles on clinical research, psycho social, ethical and spiritual issues; review articles, clinical guidelines, case reports, case discussions, narratives, reports on important meetings, book reviews, short reports and letters to the editor. 

Published articles are the property of the Indian Association of Palliative Care.

Electronic submissions are welcome and manuscripts can be submitted from

If article is submitted electronically, there is no need to send a hard copy. The co-authors are requested to send their agreement response on the Digital Copyright sent via a link to their associated emails, within 1 week of submission. The status can be viewed in the 'Manuscript Information page' from the submitting author's area on the submission portal. Articles can, alternatively, be sent as hard copy to:


MSc in Palliative Medicine
Editor IJPC



Email: [email protected], [email protected]



 The entire manuscript must be typewritten double-spaced on A4 paper with margins of at least one inch on each side. The font size should be 12. Each page should be numbered consecutively, in the following order: title page, abstract and key words, main text, tables, references and figure legends. The manuscript should be accompanied by a disc. 

Title Page: 

The first page should have the title of the article, authors' names, designations, departments, institution and degree(s) (maximum of two). Financial support must be acknowledged. The name, address, telephone and FAX numbers, and email address of the corresponding author should be listed on the title page. A short running title of no more than 30 characters and spaces should be provided at the bottom of the title page.


 An original research report should be accompanied by a structured abstract of 250 words or less, having the following headings: Aim, Methods (study design, participants, outcome measures), Results (measurements and level of statistical significance when appropriate), and Conclusions (directly supported by data, along with any clinical implications). For case reports, a structured abstract of less than 125 words should be prepared using the following headings: Background (importance of the subject matter and specific purpose of the report), Case (Summary of pertinent features of the clinical features, treatment and outcome) and Conclusion. For all other types of articles, the abstract should be a single paragraph of no more than 250 words. 

Key Words:

Three to five key words for indexing should be listed in alphabetical order.


In research articles the introduction must state the purpose or objective of the study. A detailed literature review should be avoided in the introduction. Methods of statistical analysis should be identified in the materials and methods section. Any statistical software programs used should be mentioned. The text should comment on, but not repeat, the details in tables or captions. The discussion should include references to literature and be used to raise implications of the results. Unfounded conclusions should be avoided. References in the text may be cited as:

  1. Schaefer (1976) affirms ...
  2. It was started by Slocum and Saunders (1996), Smitz (1968) and Brown et al (1997) that ...
  3. The findings of the present study confirm the observation reported earlier (Pike and Robinson, 1968; McGovern, 1969; and Tomlin et al, 1970).


Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper without vertical lines Tables should be numbered by the Arabic system, and must include a clear and concise title at the top. Explanatory footnotes may be used if needed and should define all abbreviations used. Sufficient information must be included so that the table can be understood by itself. Tables should not be substituted for data that can be described adequately in two or three sentences in the text. 
Figures and Legends: Figures should not be substituted for tables unless understanding is significantly enhanced by the use of a figure. Figures are numbered by the Arabic system. Legends should define any abbreviations or symbols found in the figures. 


Protection of Patients' Right 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 informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients' names from figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:

1)     Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.

2)     If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity, or a description that has obvious indication to the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.

Editorial Process: 

All the manuscripts submitted to the IJPC will be screened by the IJPC editor. Screened manuscripts will be allocated to two external reviewers relevant to the manuscript content. Outcomes and decision of the peer reviewers will be communicated to the authors. After completion of recommended revisions by the authors, external reviewers will be asked to accept/decline or modify the revisions. The final decision of external reviewers will be adopted.

Manuscript charges for submission, processing and publication: 

The journal does not charge for submission and processing of the manuscripts.



References should be listed in alphabetical order without numbering. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references. Lengthy direct quotations, tables or figures from previously published sources must be accompanied by the written permission of the copyright holder. The list of references must be typed double spaced. The type and punctuation of references are illustrated as follows: 

References from journals:
Thomas, DW and Owen, H (1988): Patient controlled analgesia: the need for caution. Anaesthesia, 43:770, 2002.

References from books:

Randall F, Downie RS (1999) Palliative care ethics: A companion for all specialities. 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp 52-55.

References from a chapter in a book:

Bhatia, MT (1990): Practical palliative care: cancer pain program for developing countries. In: Lipton S, Tunks E, Zoppi M, Ed. Advances in pain research and therapy, Vol.13, New York, Raven Press, p. 303 - 307.

Download a PowerPoint presentation on common reference styles and using the reference checking facility on the manuscript submission site.

Covering Letter:

The covering letter should be signed in original by all authors. It should state that the article is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that the authors are responsible for the accuracy of references cited, and consent to be coauthors in the sequence indicated on the title page.


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These ready to use templates are made to help the contributors write as per the requirements of the Journal.

Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program. 
Click open the file and save as the manuscript file.

In the program keep 'Document Map' and 'Comments' on from 'View' menu to navigate through the file. 

Download Template for Original Articles/ABSTRACT Reports. (.DOT file)

Download Template for Case Reports.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Review Articles.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Letter to the Editor.  (.DOT file)


Online since 1st October '05
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