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AUTHOR INSTRUCTIONS

The Journal of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine (JSRM) follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations. For the latest ICMJE recommendation, Click here.

To submit manuscripts, you should have a pre-registered Author account. Click http://www.pubstemcell.com/onlinejournal/registration_form.htm and sign up by duly filling the data* in the “Author registration form”. Once you are registered as an author, for subsequent article submissions you can use the same login and password, which are permanent (In case of forgotten password and when not sure whether you already have created a login and password, send an e-mail to webmaster@pubstemcell.com. Technical support will be provided Mondays through Fridays, 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM, Indian standard time.)

Upon successful completion of registration, a confirmation email providing both login and password, which are automatically generated by the system will be sent to the same email address that was provided by the author in the “Author registration form”. As mentioned above, the author from whose ID the submissions are accomplished is automatically considered as the corresponding author. All correspondence from JSRM editor’s desk will be directed to author’s email address and all correspondence from authors should be made to editor@pubstemcell.com.

After your successful author registration, you can submit your manuscript files using the online mansucript submission link, which is available at the end of this page.

You will be required to create your manuscript files following the author Instructions below.
The instructions below have the following components

  • Categories of Manuscripts
  • File Configurations
  • Other relevant Instructions

I : Categories of Manuscripts

JSRM accepts manuscripts in the following categories

i. Original Article (JSRM CODE: 03):

Original research articles should be novel and present a work of substantial significance to the readers. It should not be exclusively based on earlier published research. The manuscript should be structured under the following headings: an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, conclusion and References. The abstract can contain a maximum of 300 words; the main text of the Manuscript can contain 4000 words; Tables and figures Maximum 10; Keywords upto 5; References upto 50.

ii. Review Article (JSRM CODE: 02):

JSRM welcomes Reviews that focus on recent clinical and research advances in the allied topics of interest to the readers. The Abstract of a review article can have a maximum of 250 words; the main text of the Manuscript 3000 words; Tables and figures - Maximum 6; Keywords upto 5; References-no maximum limitation.

iii. Brief Communication/Case report (JSRM CODE: 04):

Brief communications can involve short analytical reports; experimental procedures and observations of high quality. Case reports can also be submitted under this category. But incomplete or preliminary findings should not be submitted. In case of a Case Report, a short abstract not exceeding 100 words is mandatory. The Main text can contain 1000 words; Tables and figures Maximum 3; Keywords upto 3 and References upto 10.

iv. Letters to the editor (JSRM CODE: 06):

Letters to the editor in general express the feedback or asking for clarification or comment on earlier published articles in JSRM or a current topic on which a publication of any sort would have appeared in JSRM including the editorial. This can include a short summary of the work of the author also as a reference but not a detailed analytical data of the work. The editorial board may give in reply or get the response of the original author of the paper quoted and publish it as a reply to such letters. The letter can have a maximum 600 words and References upto 10.

v. Proceedings of a meeting (JSRM CODE: 07):

JSRM welcomes proceedings of meetings. Those interested should contact editor@pubstemcell.com

vi. Others (JSRM CODE: 08):

  1. Book Reviews:
    Reviews on published books in the field of Stem cells, Regenerative medicine and other allied fields are welcome but publication of the same rests under the sole discretion of the editorial board.
  2. Opinions:
    These are articles discussing on topics on personal/opinion based standpoint rather than in the form of a more general review. Opinions should be brief and the length should not exceed 1000 words and references upto 25 are allowed. Publication of the same rests under the sole discretion of the editorial board.

The editorial team reserves the right to amend limitations on the above as well as relax the limitations based on the relevance of such relaxation.

II : File Configurations

The submissions are acceptable in two kinds of files ONLY:

           i. MS word document files
           ii. JPEG image files

i. The MS word document files apply for two documents

a. First page file and b. Article file

The FONT can be Gill sans MT Regular or Times New Roman, size 10

a. First Page File:

The “First page file” is created to help in the peer review process and should be given a file name as “last name of corresponding author followed by space, then initials then space then date of submission with the date in two numerical, month in three alphabets and year in two numerical followed by “fp” for title page” For ex. Robert J Smith submitting an article on 08th Jan 2008 will give a title to the title page document as “robert sj 08jan08fp” and the first page file should contain: (i) Title (ii) Authors, (iii) Affiliation of authors, (iv) Persons other than authors** who are acknowledged for contribution, (v) ***Sponsors/grants with whose financial help, the study was accomplished, (vi) Corresponding author's full name, full postal address with Zip code, Country name, Telephone, Fax numbers with International access code, E mail ID, and an alternate Email ID.

The names of ALL the authors to be given in the same order as it should appear in the paper. If two or more authors had contributed equally, please make a mention.

Please note that for Author Names, Please provide Full Names of all the authors in one section, For ex: Robert J. Smith, John McLaughlin etc. and in another section below the full names section titled as “For Indexing”, Please provide the Last names only with initials as following; For ex: Robert J. SMITH be written as “Smith RJ” and John McLaughlin be written as McLaughlin J. This is for publication and indexing purposes

In case the manuscript is a part of a series or has been published earlier in the form of an abstract or is associated with previously published papers, the authors should clarify this in the first page file by including the journal name, paper title, publication date, etc.,

**Acknowledgements for the contributions and mentioning names of the contributors, institutional affiliations of those acknowledged.

***Name(s) of funding agencies, with their address.

b. Article File:

The “Article file” should be given a file name as “last name of corresponding author followed by space, then initials then space then date of submission with the date in two numerical, month in three alphabets and year in two numerical followed by “ar”. For ex. Robert J Smith submitting an article on 08th Jan 2008 will give a title to the article file as “robert sj 08jan08ar” and the file will include:

The title, abstract and key words (when applicable) in one page, (b) full text of the main article (c) References list (As per Index medicus) and the format is given below (d) All tables (e) Figures along with the legends.

For Tables: Each table should be double-spaced on a separate page and numbered consecutively in order of first citation in the manuscript text. The title of the table should be brief (not more than 16 words) and footnotes should be self explanatory of the table.

ii. Image Files:

During manuscript submission all the figures should be incorporated in the article file itself. Figures should not be submitted as separate files. If the article is accepted, the authors will be asked to provide the source files of the figures during when the figures should submitted as separate files by email. When submitting by email, each Image’s resolution should be 300 dpi to 900 dpi (Halftone images with 300 dpi, Line art + Halftone with 600 dpi and Line art images with 900 dpi). All images should be either in ‘.tif or .eps’ formats. In case it is difficult to send all your images by email due to large file size, kindly send us through any FTP server. Please save images extension of the article file name as said above for eg. robert sj 08jan08fig1.tif to ensure it can be ready by all platform and graphics packages.

Figures should be numbered sequentially as like cited in the text. The legends should be complete, specific and brief. The figure and the legends should appear on a separate page after the tables (if any) or else after the reference section. All the abbreviations should be explained in the legends. Images can be clinical, pathologic, molecular study, Immunohistochemistry and others.

iii. Supplementary Data:

Any supplementary data in the form of written content, images, tables, videos etc., are welcome. The supplementary written content, images, tables must be included in the article file itself at the end of the manuscript after the main figures and legends with a title as "Supplementary Information". Video files have to be submitted by email to webmaster@pubstemcell.com, mentioning the article ID generated after online manuscript submission. In case it is difficult to send the videos by email due to large file size, it may be sent through any FTP server.

III : Other relevant instructions

Authorship:

Authorship should be credited based on all of the four following criteria:

1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
3. Final approval of the version to be published
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Those contributors who do not meet all the above four criteria should be acknowledged under the acknowledgement section of the manuscript. It should be understood that all individuals who meet the 1st and/or 2nd criterion should be given the opportunity to meet the rest of the criteria.
It is the collective responsibility of the authors and not JSRM to determine that to name all people who meet all four criteria as authors. In case an agreement cannot be reached, the institution(s) where the work was performed should take the responsibility to name the authors.

In case an author's name has to be removed once the manuscript is accepted for publication and/or if the article is published, a signed statement of agreement for the requested change from all the listed authors of the manuscript and from the author to be removed or added should be sent via email to editor@pubstemcell.com.

If an author changes affiliation before the work is published the current affiliation and contact details should be listed in the acknowledgment section.

Informed consent and ethics:

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Any identifying information should not be published unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. The editor(s) may ask for the signed informed consent forms if required.

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were according to the existing local and international guidelines/regulations and if the studies have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the latest version of the Helsinki Declaration.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare (http://veteditors.org/ethicsconsensusguidelines.html).

As per ICMJE recommendations, all clinical trials should be registered in any registry that is a primary register of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) (www.who.int/ictrp /network/primary/en/index.html) or in ClinicalTrials.gov, which is a data provider to the WHO ICTRP, at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial number should be mentioned at the end of the abstract and in the Materials and Methods Section of the manuscript. Further all clinical trials should comply with the ICMJE’s clinical trial registration policies (More information available at http://www.icmje.org/update.html and www.icmje.org /faq_clinical.html) .

References:

References should be typed doubled spaced. References are to be numbered in the order of citation within the article. Citations in the main text should appear as superscript Arabic numerals within square brackets. Individual references must be based on the recommended style for references of the National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 (R2010) Bibliographic References as adapted by the National Library of Medicine, USA for its databases available from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html.

However please note that all the authors must be listed in the individual references of the citation list.

Copyright

Upon submission of any article, the corresponding author will be sent a Copyright transfer form by email. It is the duty of the corresponding author to ensure that that all the authors of the manuscript sign the Copyright transfer form and the scanned copy of the duly signed form must be returned to JSRM by email. Only on receipt of the Copyright transfer form will the manuscript be eligible for publication.

Conflict of Interest:

It is mandatory for each author to disclose all relevant potential financial and other interests that might be influencing the results and contents of the manuscript. On submission, the corresponding author will be sent the Conflict of Interest Declaration form by email and It is the duty of the corresponding author to ensure that that all the authors of the manuscript sign the Conflict of interest declaration form and the scanned copy of the form must be returned to JSRM. Only on receipt of the Conflict of interest Declaration form will the manuscript be eligible for publication.

Please note that several instructions have been adapted and reproduced from the ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. The ICMJE has not endorsed nor approved the contents of these instructions.

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