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Tirunelveli e Journal of Medical Sciences (tejms) a bi annual peer-reviewed in-house journal published by the Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli-627011. The journal is presently non indexed The journal is fully online at www.tvmc.ac.in. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents. Manuscripts are prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the Committee of Medical Journal Editors (October 2006). The uniform requirements and specific requirement of tejms are summarized. The journal will cover studies related to all fields of medical science. The journal gives preference to clinical studies. The Journal would publish peer-reviewed original research papers, case reports, systematic reviews, and brief communications. Review articles on current topics usually are invited by the editor.

Wholly owned and published by the Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli
Name and Address of the Publisher:
The Dean,
Tirunelveli Medical College
Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu
South India
Pin 627011
Ph: 91-462-2572733, 2572944
Email: dean@tvmc.ac.in

Chief Editors Editors    
N. Palaniappan MD T. Hariharan MS R. Geetharani MD S. Soundararajan MS
K. Shantaraman MD Sithy Athiya. Munavarah MD S. Arumugapandian MD A. Maheswari MS
  S. Vallimanalan MD R. Vairamuthuraja MD V. Pandy MS
Online Editorial Group K. Swaminathan MD M. Ravichandran MD M.S. Varadarajan MS
K. Shantaraman MD J. Suresh Durai MD S. Alagesan MD DM S. Meena MD DGO
Lawrence Wesley MBBS M. Saradha MD S. Devikala MD DCH Thirumani Pandian MS MCh
  G. Revathy Balan MD V. Ramasubramanian MD DM C. Ramaswamy MS MCh
  S. Poongodi MD Ravichandran Edwin MD DM E. Chellappa MS Dortho
  Arasi Rajesh MD S. Saravanan MD DM A. Thavamani MD DA
  K. Sunitha MD E. Kandasamy MD DM A. Balakrishnan MD
  B. Meenakshi MD P. Nirmala Devi MD T. Centhil Sivamuthu MS MCh
  J. Ezhil Ramya MD R. Selvakumar MD DV V.V. Kannan MS MCh
  A. Selvamurugan MD S.A. Manimala MD S. Suresh Kumar MS DLO
    K. Krishnamoorthy MD  

The Manuscript
  1. The manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time.
  2. The Editors review all submitted manuscripts initially. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific and technical flaws are rejected. Manuscripts are sent to two or more expert reviewers confidentially.
  3. Each manuscript is assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewer takes the final decision on the manuscript
  4. The authors will be informed about the reviewers' comments and acceptance/rejection of manuscript. The average turnaround time is about 5 weeks.
  5. Articles accepted would be edited for grammar, spelling and print format. Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author to be returned within five days. 
Clinical trial registry: All clinical trials from India must be registered with “clinical trials registry – India” as per Indian Council of Medical Research recommendations
Authorship Criteria
  1. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions only - conception and design of study, collection of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; final approval of the version to be published.
  2. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship.
  3. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors.
  4. For any study from in a single department the number of contributors should not exceed four. For a case-report and review article the number of contributors should not exceed two. A justification should be included, if the number of contributors exceeds these limits.
  5. Only those who have done substantial work in a particular field can write a review article. A short summary of the work done by the author(s) in the field of review should accompany the manuscript.
Contribution Details:
  1. Authors should provide a description of what each of them contributed towards the manuscript. Description should be divided in following categories, as applicable: concepts, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, clinical studies, experimental studies, data acquisition, data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing and manuscript review. Authors' contributions will be printed on the first page of the article.
  2. One or more author should take responsibility of the integrity of the work as a whole from inception to published article and should be designated as 'guarantor'. 
Conflicts of Interest:
  1. All authors of submitting articles to the journal must disclose any conflict of interest they may have with an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented.
  2. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.
  3. Copies of Consents: a copy of the permission obtained must accompany the manuscript
  4. To reproduce published material,
  5. To use illustrations
  6. To report information about identifiable persons
Types of Manuscripts and Limits:
  1. Original articles: Randomized controlled trials, intervention studied, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys with high response rate. Up to 3000 words excluding about 30 references and abstract.
  2. Review Articles (including for Ethics forum, Education forum, E-Medicine, etc.): Systemic critical assessments of literature and data sources. Up to 4000 words excluding about 90 references and abstract. Review articles are invited by the Editor-in-chief from people of eminence with vast personal experience in the field.
  3. Case reports: new/interesting/very rare cases can be reported. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. However, mere reporting of a rare case is not encouraged. Up to 1000 words excluding references and abstract and up to 10 references.
  4. Resident Diary: Complete case records with pathology, autopsy findings and final diagnosis with brief discussion. No abstract or key words required.
  5. Announcements: CME, Conferences, Meetings, Awards, and other items of interest to the campus can be submitted

Submission of Article
  1. All Articles must be submitted on-line through email or portal www.tvmc.ac.in.
  2. The author may provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted Article, However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor.
  3. Articles that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review. When you submit an article, the following items must be included.
    1. Covering Letter: All information which can reveal your identity should be here. Use doc files. Do not zip the files. The covering letter must include
      1. A full statement to the editor about all submissions and previous reports of the same or very similar work.
      2. A statement of financial or other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest, if that information is not included in the Article itself or in an authors' form
      3. A statement that the Article has been read and approved by all the authors,
      4. Address for Correspondence: The name, address, and telephone number of the corresponding author
    2. Submission & Copyright Form: has to be submitted in original with the signatures of all the authors by email as a scanned image.
    3. Copies of Consents: a copy of the permission obtained must accompany the manuscript
      1. To reproduce published material,
      2. To use illustrations
      3. To report information about identifiable persons
    4. Article file: TEJMS has a policy of confidential peer review.
      1. The Article must not contain any mention of the authors' names or initials
      2. Page headers/running title can include the title but not the authors' names.
      3. The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file.
      4. Legends for the figures/images should be included at the end of the article file. 
      5. Do not incorporate images in the file.
      6. Use doc files.
      7. Do not zip the files.
    5. Images: Submit good quality color images. Each image should be 500 x 400 pixels). Image format jpeg is acceptable.
Preparation of the Article:
  1. The text of original articles should be divided into sections with the headings: Abstract, Key-words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables and Figure legends.
  2. For a Case Report include Abstract, Key-words Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Legends in that order.
  3. Do not use subheadings in these sections.
  4. Use double spacing throughout.
  5. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page.
  6. The language should be American English.
  7. Title Page: The title page should be separate and should have the following heads
    1. Type of Article:  (e.g. Original article, Case Report)
    2. Title of Article: should be concise and informative; not more than 30 words
    3. Authors: Name and Initials and department/institutional affiliation. The affiliations should be given as 1, 2 and 3 but not marked with symbols.
    4. Department:  to which the work should be attributed;
    5. Address for Correspondence
    6. Total number of pages
    7. Total number of photographs
    8. Total word count separately for abstract and for the text (excluding the references and abstract)
    9. Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs etc;
    10. Acknowledgement.
    11. TIREC Approval Reference No / Registration Number of Clinical trial.
  1. Should be given in a separate second page should carry the full title of the Article
  2. Abstract should not be more than 150 words for case reports and 250 words for original articles
  3. The abstract should be structured for original articles. State the context (background), aims, settings and design, material and methods, statistical analysis used, results and conclusions.
  4. Below the abstract should provide 3 to 8 keywords, arranged alphabetically. 
  5. The abstract should not be structured for a case reports,
  6. Do not include references in abstract.
Introduction: State the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study or observation. 
Materials and Methods: The Methods section should only include information that was available at the time the study was planned or protocol written; all information obtained during the conduct of the study belongs to the results section.
  1. Selection and Description of Participants: Describe your selection of patients or laboratory animals, including controls clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population.
  2. Technical information: Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer's name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results.
  3. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods (see below); provide references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations.
  4. Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.
  1. When reporting follow the ethical standards of the TIREC and the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 (revised in 2000)
  2. Available at http://www.wma.net/e/policy/17-c_e.html).
  3. Evidence for approval by
  4. The ethical standards of experiments must be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CPCSEA (animal) and ICMR (human
Statistics: Whenever possible quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Report losses to observation (such as dropouts from a clinical trial). When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Specify the computer software used. Use upper italics (P 0.048). For all P values include the exact value and not less than 0.05 or 0.001. 

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. Extra or supplementary materials and technical detail can be placed in an appendix where it will be accessible but will not interrupt the flow of the text; alternatively, it can be published only in the electronic version of the journal. When data are summarized in the Results section, give numeric results not only as derivatives (for example, percentages) but also as the absolute numbers from which the derivatives were calculated, and specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess its support. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. "Where scientifically appropriate, analyses of the data by variables such as age and sex should be included.

Discussion: Include summary of key findings (primary outcome measures, secondary outcome measures, results as they relate to a prior hypothesis); Strengths and limitations of the study (study question, study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation); Interpretation and implications in the context of the totality of evidence (is there a systematic review to refer to, if not, could one be reasonably done here and now?, what this study adds to the available evidence, effects on patient care and health policy, possible mechanisms); Controversies raised by this study; and Future research directions (for this particular research collaboration, underlying mechanisms, clinical research).
References: References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. Eg:
Sumathy C, Suresh Durai J, Swaminathan K, Vallimanalan S, Sithy AM; Supravital Stained Rapid Wet Mount Preparation of Fine Needle Aspirates – A Cyto-morphological Study; tejms; 2012;3: 62-66, http://tvmc.ac.in/images/library/tejms/mar-2012/OA201200300620066.pdf
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) gives written informed consent for publication. Authors should mask patients' eyes and remove patients' names from figures unless they obtain written consent from the patients and submit written consent with the Article. 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.

  1. Covering letter
  2. Signed by all authors
  3. Previous publication / presentations mentioned
  4. Source of funding mentioned
  5. Conflicts of interest disclosed
  1. Name initials provided
  2. Author for correspondence, with e-mail address provided
  3. Number of authors restricted as per the instructions
  4. Identity not revealed in paper except title page
Presentation and format
  1. Double spacing
  2. Margins 2.5 cm from all four sides
  3. Title page contains all the desired information
  4. Running title provided (not more than 50 characters)
  5. Abstract page contains the full title of the Article
  6. Abstract provided (about 150 words for case reports and 250 words for original articles)
  7. Structured abstract provided for an original article
  8. Key words provided (three or more)
  9. Introduction of 75-100 words
  10. Headings in title case (not ALL CAPITALS)
  11. The references cited in the text should be after punctuation marks, in superscript with square bracket.
  12. References according to the journal's instructions, punctuation marks checked. Check references facility of the website used.
Language and grammar
  1. Uniformly American English
  2. Write the full term for each abbreviation at its first use in the title, abstract, keywords and text separately unless it is a standard unit of measure. Numerals from 1 to 10 spelt out
  3. Numerals at the beginning of the sentence spelt out
  4. Check the Article for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
  5. If a brand name is cited, supply the manufacturer's name and address (city and state/country).
  6. Species names should be in italics
Tables and figures
  1. No repetition of data in tables and graphs and in text
  2. Actual numbers from which graphs drawn, provided
  3. Figures necessary and of good quality (colour)
  4. Table and figure numbers in Arabic letters (not Roman)
  5. Labels pasted on back of the photographs (no names written)
  6. Figure legends provided (not more than 40 words)
  7. Patients' privacy maintained (if not permission taken)
  8. Credit note for borrowed figures/tables provided
  9. Write the full term for each abbreviation used in the table as a footnote

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