Journal of Indian
for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
to Authors for Manuscript Submission
About the Journal
The Journal of
Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (JIACAM)
is a quarterly publication of the Indian Association
and Adolescent Mental Health (IACAM), whose mission is to publish
manuscripts in all areas of child and adolescent mental health,
on public health, clinical epidemiology, basic science and mental
problems. To achieve these aims we publish original scientific studies,
and educational articles, and papers commenting on the clinical,
social, political, and economic factors affecting child and adolescent
The journal has been selected for indexing in the EMBASE (Exerpta Medica Database). It
the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical
(Updated 2005) (http://www.icmje.org). All manuscripts are
by 2 anonymous referees.
JIACAM follows the policy of Open Access to Scientific literature.
Authors who publish in JIACAM retain copyright to their work.
of a manuscript to an Open Access journal also implies that readily
materials described in the manuscript will be freely available to any
wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. Thus authors may use
own articles for the following purposes without asking our permission
subject only to acknowledging first publication in the JIACAM and
a full reference or web link, as appropriate).
1. Posting a pdf of their own article on their own personal or
website for which no charge for access is made.
2. Making a reasonable number of copies for personal or non commercial
use. This includes the contributor’s own teaching purposes.
3. Republishing part or the entire article in a book or other
edited by the author (except for multiple contributions in the same
or publication, for which permission needs to be sought).
4. Using individual figures or tables or extracts of text (up to 250
in other publications published by a third party.
5. Using the article in a course pack or compilation (whether paper or
in the authors’ institution. This does not apply if a commercial charge
made for the compilation or training programme.
The Journal of Indian Association of
and Adolescent Mental Health (JIACAM) is a quarterly
of the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental
whose mission is to publish original manuscripts in all areas of
and adolescent mental health. The journal has been selected for
in the EMBASE (Exerpta
Database). It follows the Uniform Requirements for
Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Updated 2005) (http://www.icmje.org).
follows the policy of Open Access to Scientific literature.
Submission of a manuscript to JIACAM implies that all authors have read
agreed to its content, and that any experimental research that is
in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an
ethics committee. A statement to this effect must appear in the Methods
of the manuscript. Any manuscript submitted to the journal must not
have been published in another journal or be under consideration by any
journal, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server.
that are derived from papers presented at conferences can be submitted
they have been published as part of the conference proceedings in a
reviewed journal. All opinions stated are exclusively that of the
and need not represent the views of the editors or the publisher.
All manuscripts must meet the
for one of the various manuscript categories of the journal.
Original Articles: Original articles
articles reporting research work which has not been published and is
under consideration for publication elsewhere. The length of the
article should not exceed 5000 words.
Review Articles: Reviews are usually
by the editor. But unsolicited reviews will also be considered. The
of the review article should not exceed 5000 words.
Editorials: Editorials are mostly written
the editors or the editorial advisory board members. But unsolicited
on topics of current interest will also be considered. Maximum number
words for editorials will be 1500.
Assessment and Management Guidelines: Such
would be commissioned by the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent
Brief Communications: Original, but
manuscripts, with preliminary results or results of immediate relevance
be considered in this section with a word limit of 1000 words (with a
of 10 references and no more than one table or one figure). They must
accompanied by a suitable abstract and key words.
Letter to Editor: Scientific letters
with reference to an article published recently in the journal or on a
of contemporary interest will be considered for publication. Case
of interesting cases should be submitted as letters. Letters should not
500 words and 5 references.
Book Review: These are critical reviews of
published books, guiding readers regarding their characteristics and
utility. They must be brief and be written by experts in the subject,
the work and offering opinions. Reports must open with the complete
reference for the book and close with the name(s), academic degree(s)
institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s) of the review.
Point of View and Historical Review: Such
should be limited to less than 1000 words. Number of references should
exceed 10. They must be accompanied by a suitable abstract and key
Manuscript Preparation and Submission
All manuscripts are
be submitted online at: www.jiacam.org or
mail to the Editor (Professor Pratap Sharan, Department of
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110029, INDIA)
and if that is not possible, then by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org along with cc to all the authors. All manuscripts
be in Microsoft Word format.
The text of observational, experimental and review articles should
be divided into sections with the headings - Introduction,
and Discussion. Long articles may need subheadings within some sections
the Results and Discussion sections) to clarify their content. All
of the manuscript— including the title page, abstract, text,
references, individual tables, and legends—should be double spaced and
generous margins. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered
beginning with the title page.
The title page should carry the following information:
The title of the article.
Authors’ names and institutional affiliations.
The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work
Disclaimers, if any.
Corresponding authors. The name, mailing address, telephone and fax
and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence about
Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of
Word count: for the text only (excluding abstract, acknowledgments,
legends, and references).
The number of figures and tables.
Conflict of Interest Notification Page
Authors are required to complete a declaration of competing interests.
should be included on a separate page or pages immediately following
title page. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing
read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.
should describe the role of the study sponsor(s), if any, in study
in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing
the report; and in the decision to submit the report for publication.
In order to give appropriate credit to each author of a paper, the
contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this
An "author" is generally considered to be someone who has made
intellectual contributions to a published study. To qualify as an
one should 1) have made substantial contributions to conception and
or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) have
involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for
intellectual content; and 3) have given final approval of the version
be published. Authors should meet all conditions (1, 2, and 3). Each
should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
for appropriate portions of the content. Acquisition of funding,
of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not
authorship. One or more authors should serve as “guarantors,” i.e.
who take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from
to published article.
Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the study by making
contributions to conception, design, acquisition of data, or analysis
interpretation of data, or who was involved in drafting the manuscript
revising it critically for important intellectual content, but who does
meet the criteria for authorship. Authors should obtain written
for this from all those mentioned in the acknowledgements. Please list
source(s) of funding for the study, for each author, and for the
preparation in the acknowledgements section.
Abstract and Key Words
Observational and experimental manuscripts and reviews should be
by a structured (Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions)
of 250 words. Other manuscripts should have unstructured abstracts of
a 100 words.
Following the abstract, the authors should also provide 3 to 5 key
or short phrases that capture the main topics of the article. Terms
the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus should be
Provide a context or background for the study (i.e., the nature of the
and its significance). State the specific purpose or research objective
or hypothesis tested by, the study or observation.
Describe the source population and the selection criteria for study
Identify the methods, apparatus, and procedures in sufficient detail to
other workers to reproduce the results. Authors submitting review
should describe the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting,
synthesizing data. Describe statistical methods with enough detail to
a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the
results. When possible, quantify findings and present them with
indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence
Specify the computer software used.
Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations.
graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate
in graphs and tables. Where scientifically appropriate, analyses of the
by variables such as age and sex should be included.
Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the
that follow from them. For experimental studies it is useful to begin
discussion by summarizing briefly the main findings, then explore
mechanisms or explanations for these findings. Compare and contrast the
with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and
the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical
References should follow the Vancouver Style, in accordance with the
shown below. References should be numbered consecutively in the order
which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in
tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited
in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the
established by the first identification in the text of the particular
or figure. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to
style used in Index Medicus. Personal communications should be cited
absolutely necessary (in the text) but should not be included in the
of references. In the reference section, list all authors' names when
are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first six and
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Article within a journal supplement
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Book chapter, or article within a book
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Other types of references should follow the guidelines set forth in the
Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver group) statement,
at www.icmje.or, October 2005.
Type or print each table with double spacing on a separate sheet of
Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the
and supply a brief title for each. Do not use internal horizontal or
lines. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the
Explain in footnotes all nonstandard abbreviations. Be sure that each
is cited in the text.
Figures should be submitted as photographic quality digital prints in
files of figures in a format (e.g., JPEG or GIF) that will produce high
images in the web version of the journal. Figures should be made as
as possible. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends,
not on the illustrations themselves. If photographs of people are used,
the subjects must not be identifiable or their pictures must be
by written permission to use the photograph. Figures should be numbered
according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text.
or print out legends for illustrations using double spacing, starting
a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the
When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of
illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend.
Sending the Manuscript to the Journal
The manuscripts should be accompanied by a covering letter, which
the following information:
A statement that all authors have read the manuscript and have
to the work.
A statement that the material submitted has not been published
nor is it under consideration for publication elsewhere.
The telephone numbers, fax and email addresses of the authors should be
The name and contact details of the corresponding author should be