Author Guidelines

Narayana Journal of Research in Dental Specialties (NAJORDS)

Instructions to Authors

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be prepared in English language only. They should be typed clearly in MS Word files via online submission. The papers will be refereed within one month of submission.

Terms of Submission

Papers should be submitted on the understanding that they are original and are not undergoing review process with another journal, have not been accepted for publication or published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal published by any publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article’s submission for publication has been approved by all the other co-authors. It is also the author’s responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. The authors submitting the paper for publication are agreeable to permit editing of the paper for readability.

Ethical Guidelines:

Studies involving experiments on human or animals, the following ethical guidelines must be observed. For any experiments on humans, all the work done must be conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (1964). Papers describing any experimental work which carries a risk of harm to human subjects must include a statement that the experiment was conducted with the human subjects’ explicit understanding and consent, and scope for voluntary withdrawal from the study without any untoward consequences as well as a statement that the responsible Ethical Committee has approved the experiments. In the case of animal experiments, the authors must provide a full description of any anesthetic or surgical procedure used, as well as evidence that all possible steps were taken to avoid animal suffering at each stage of the experiment.

Peer Review

All manuscripts are subject to peer review to meet acceptability of standards of academic excellence. Submissions will be considered by the editor only if not rejected by peer reviewers, whose identities will be kept anonymous to the authors under all circumstances.

Title and Authorship Information

Information required to be included:

  • Title of Article
  • Author(s) full names
  • Institutional Mailing Address
  • Corresponding author’s email, fax, mobile number

Abstract

The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be structured, citation-free and should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should briefly state the purpose, materials and methods, results and conclusions of the work. Abstracts of review articles need not be structured.

Keywords: 5-6 keywords should be given below the abstract.

 

Releases

If any material in the manuscript is from a prior copyrighted publication, the manuscript must be accompanied by a letter of permission from the copyright holder.

Text

Article written in MS Word alone will be accepted for review. Avoid document extension other than *.doc, *.docx.

Articles written in poor English will be rejected without any scientific review. Any article which does not meet the writing guidelines will be rejected. Any articles that have been plagiarized will be rejected, and the authors will be banned from publishing in the journal.

Authors should use correct symbols for physical or technical terms. Authors should use subheadings to divide the sections of their manuscript: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.

Format of Headings

Sections should be numbered numerically for example: as 1, 2, 3   and subsections as 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2 respectively. Capital letters should be used for the initial letter of each noun and  adjective in the section titles; the section should be formatted as left, bold, Times New Roman, and 12pt font size. For subsections (left, bold, Times New Roman, and 10pt), the initial letter of the first word should be capitalized and also similarly for other sub-subsections (left, bold, Times New Roman, and 9pt).

 

Figures, Photos and Tables

A table, figure, equation, and the corresponding text which is describing it should be placed on the same page or on the page immediately following it. Do not keep irrelevant photos in your article. Photos must be clear with high resolution (3600 dpi i.e. approx. 3000 X 2000 pixels ) in jpg format to allow visibility of fine details.

The photo must be explained suitably. Any table, figure or picture must have a caption (Fig.1, Table 1, etc.) followed by a proper description.

All graphics must be generated using the same software. (Excel, Origin, etc.) Importing graphics into the article as images (JPG, BMP, PNG, etc.) should be avoided.

Labels of figures and tables

A figure or photo should be labeled with “Fig.” and a table with “Table.” It must be assigned with Arabic numerals as a figure or a table number; the figure number and caption should be placed below the figure or photo. The first letter of the caption should be in capital letters.

The table number and caption should be placed at the top of the table. All the tables in the article must be similarly created irrespective of the number of columns.

Materials and Methods

This part should contain sufficient detail so that all procedures can be repeated.

Results

Original results without any manipulations should be presented. The statistical methods employed should be clearly mentioned. Correct units of measurement should be mentioned. If any formulae, regression equations etc. are used, they should be explained.

Discussion

The results obtained in your study maybe compared with those obtained by other authors doing similar studies. The factors influencing the results may be discussed along with probable causes of variations in findings with similar studies. Drawbacks and limitations of the study or research maybe discussed.

Conclusion

In this section, the conclusions of the study maybe mentioned on the basis of the results obtained. highlighting its importance and relevance. The conclusions of the article may serve the purpose of proving or disproving the aims of the study done.

Acknowledgements

People who have helped in doing the work, but do not meet the requirements for authorship maybe mentioned here. Appreciation and acknowledgement should not be extremely flowery or show excess verbosity. If the work has been supported by a grant, the grant source name should be mentioned along with details of date and number.

References

Citation of online published papers and other material should be done with a DOI (digital object identifier).

References within the text should cite the author'(s) names followed by publication date, in chronological date order, e.g. (Shafer 1964, Barnaby 1973, Chambers 1984). Where there are more than two authors, the first author’s name should be followed by et al., but all authors should be cited in the reference list. ”et al.” should be presented in italics followed by a full stop only. Page numbers should be given in the text for all quotations..e.g. (Chambers 1984, p35-38).

All references should be cited from primary sources. Where more than one reference is being cited in the same pair of brackets, the reference should be separated by a comma; authors and dates should not be separated by a comma, thus (Shafer 1964, Barnaby 1973).

When a article is cited, the references list should include author’s surnames and initials, date of publication, title of paper, name of the journal in full (not abbreviated), volume number, and first and last page numbers.

Example:

Watson R, Hoogbruin AL, Rumeu C, Beunza M, Barbarin B, MacDonald J & McReady T (2003) Differences and similarities in the perception of caring between Spanish and United Kingdom nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing 12, 85-92.

When a book is cited, the title should be stated, followed by the publisher and town, county/state (and country if necessary) of publication.

Example:

Smith GD & Watson R (2004) Gastroenterology for Nurses. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Where the reference relates to a chapter in an edited book, details of author and editors should be given as well as publisher, place of publication, and first and last page numbers.

Example:

Chalmers KI (1994) Searching for health needs: the work of health visiting. In Research and its Application (Smith JP ed.), Blackwell Science, Oxford, pp. 143-165.