Instructions to the Authors

About the Journal

Journal of Comprehensive Health is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by Indian Association of Preventive and Social medicine, West Bengal Chapter.Two issues will be published annually in electronic format in January and July. The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents. The journal’s full text is available online at &

Scope of the journal

The Journal of Comprehensive Health will publish articles of authors from India and abroad with special emphasis on original research findings that are relevant to developing country perspective including India. The journal considers publication of articles as original article, brief research article, special articles, review articles, case series report, CME article, letter to the editor etc. The journal covers population based studies, impact assessment, monitoring and evaluation, systematic review, meta-analysis, clinic-social study in the discipline of public health, specially relevant to national priorities, including ethical and social issues. Articles addressing national health issues and policy implications are preferred.

The Editorial Process

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Journal of Comprehensive Health alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them (corresponding Author) to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors will review for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, lack of a significant message, and not written according to the journal norms are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for formal review are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to suggest two potential reviewers (Name, institution, brief bio data & email address for communication) who have experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript and are not associated as contributor/s. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Based on the comments from the reviewers the editorial team takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions of reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Authorship Criteria

All authors should be listed on the title page or first page of the manuscript. Each author should have participated in the work sufficiently to take responsibility for some part of the content. Others who contributed to the work but are not authors should be named in the manuscript Acknowledgments

Contribution Details

Contributors should provide a description of contributions made by each of them towards the manuscript. Description should be divided in following categories as applicable, concept, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, clinical studies, data acquisition, data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing and manuscript review. One or more author should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole from inception to published article as 'guarantor'.

Conflicts of Interest/ Competing Interests

All authors must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.

Clinical trial registry

Journal of Comprehensive Health favors registration of clinical trials.

Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts must be submitted through electronic mail to Authors do not have to pay for articles. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at

The journal does not charge, at this moment, any fee for receiving and publishing the article for online version    Authors are requested to go through the ‘Instructions to the Authors’ for preparation and submission of the manuscript carefully; the submitted manuscript not conforming the journal norms may be rejected without further correspondence.

Generally the manuscript should be submitted in the form of two separate files (MS word) along with the contributors' / copyright transfer form & checklist.

[1] Title Page/First Page File/covering letter:

This file should provide
  1. The type of article (original article, brief research article ,case report, review article, Letter to editor, etc.), title of the manuscript, running title, full name of all authors( with their highest academic degrees, designation and affiliations) and name(s) of department(s) and/ or institution(s) to which the work should be credited.
  2. The total number of pages, total number of photographs and word counts separately for abstract and for the text (excluding the reference, tables and abstract).
  3. Source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these;
  4. Acknowledgement, if any.
  5. Conflicts of Interest of each author/ contributor. Sources of support in the form of grants, equipment and/or drugs should also be specified here, as should declarations of conflict of interest.
  6. A statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors, that the requirements for authorship as stated earlier in this document have been met; and
  7. The name, address, e-mail, and telephone number of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revision and final approval of the proofs.

[2] Article file:

The manuscript must not contain any mention of the authors' names or initials or the institution at which the study was done or acknowledgement. Page headers/running title can include the title but not the authors' names. The main text of the article, beginning from Abstract till References (including tables) should be in this file. Use doc files. Do not zip the files. Limit the file size to 1MB. Do not incorporate images in the file. The pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the first page of the article file.

[3] Images:

Submit good quality color images. Each image should be less than 4 MB in size. Images should be submitted as jpeg files. Do not zip the files. Legends of figures/images should be included at the end of the article file.

[4] The contributors' / copyright transfer form

The contributors' / copyright transfer form (scanned copy) with the signatures of all the contributors has to be submited through
If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the hard copies of the Contributors’ form / copyright transfer form should be sent to the following address.

The Editor/ Managing Editor,
Journal of Comprehensive Health
Dept of Community medicine
NRS Medical College,
138, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata-700014

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International committee of Medical Journals’ Editors (October 2006). The instruction to author and the is  available online at


Types of Manuscripts

All the articles should contain structured abstract / unstructured summary

Original articles:

These include population based surveys, program evaluations, impact assessment studies, randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test. Outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, cohort studies and case-control studies. The text of original articles with word limit up to 3000 words (excluding Abstract, references and Tables) should be divided into sections with the headings, Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables and Figures.

Abstract should be structured, not more than 250 words, briefly mentioning background, objectives, methods, results and conclusion.
Keywords: Up to 8 key words in alphabetical order should be included when submitting the manuscript. The key words will also assist in cross-indexing the article at abstracting services.

Introduction: State the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study or observation.

Materials and Methods: It should include and describe the following aspects:

Ethical issue:  Approval from the institutional ethical committee is mandatory for original research and brief research articles. Evidence for approval by a local Ethics Committee (for both human as well as animal studies) must be supplied by the authors on demand.


Study design:

Selection and Description of Participants: Describe selection of the study subjects, clearly including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Technical information: Identify the methods, apparatus, and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods.

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;
Discussion: Include summary of key findings, strength and limitations of the study; interpretation and implications in the context of the totality of evidence controversies raised by this study; and future research directions.
About 30 references can be included.

These articles generally should not have more than six authors.

Review Articles:

It is expected that these articles would be by invitation, written by individuals who have done substantial work on the subject or are considered expert in the field. Article by other public health experts can be accepted on the basis of merit of article. A short summary of the work done by the contributor(s) in the field of review/their area of expertise should accompany the manuscript.
The prescribed word count is up to 3000 words excluding tables, references and abstract. The manuscript may have about 90 references. The manuscript should have an unstructured summary (250 words) representing an accurate summary of the article.

Review articles could be authored by up to six authors.

Brief Research article

Brief research article should contain interesting observations/ brief reports of original studies presenting the authors' views on a topic of current interest. Brief research article in Journal of Comprehensive Health is to provide additional insights into topics of current public health concerns. Brief research article should be limited to 1500 words with unstructured summary not exceeding 150 words, no more than two tables and/or figures, and no more than 10 references. Brief research article could be authored by up to six authors. Ethical consideration as per original article should be followed.

Case study and Case series report:

New, interesting and intriguing case studies relevant to public health, can be reported. They should be unique and have demonstrated methods to overcome any public health challenge by use of novel tools and techniques and provide a learning point for the readers. Case studies with public health significance or implications will be given priority. and should have the following headings: Summary ( unstructured summary not exceeding 150 words), key words, introduction, and case report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Legends in that order.
The manuscript could be of up to 1000 words (excluding references and abstract) and could be supported with up to 10 references. Case Reports could be authored by up to four authors.


CME articles are usually solicited by editorial board. They should review, discuss and deliberate on recent advances in public health practices and research Focus should be on methodological issues related to tools and techniques in public health research, operational issues of practice of public health and scaling up of interventions. The manuscript should be up to 1000 words (excluding references and summary) and could be supported with up to 10 references. An unstructured summary not exceeding150 words should be provided. Number of authors should be restricted to maximum four.

Letter to the Editor:

These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal. They should be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. The letter could have up to 500 words and 5 references. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.


References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). Identify references in text, tables and legends in Arabic numerals in superscript with square bracket after the punctuation marks. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Use complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals. Avoid using abstract as references. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted/ published should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source, Avoid using a personal communication unless it provide essential information not available from public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in the parentheses in the text.

The journal recommends the Vancouver Style for reference (available at The commonly cited types of references (ICMJE guidelines) are also available at (

Articles in Journals

  1. Standard journal article (for up to six authors): Shukla N, Husain N, Agarwal GG, Husain M. Utility of cysticercus fasciolaris antigen in Dot ELISA for the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis. Indian J Med Sci 2008;62:222-7.
  2. Standard journal article (for more than six authors): List the first six contributors followed by et al. Nozari Y, Hashemlu A, Hatmi ZN, Shekhvatan M,Iravani A, Bazdar A et al. Outcome of coronary artery bypass grafting in patients without major risk factors and patients with at least one major risk factor for coronary artery disease. Indian J Med Sci 2007;61:547-54

Books and Other Monographs

  1. Personal author(s): Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.
  2. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone;1996
  3. Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management.2nd ed.New York: Raven Press; 1995. pp. 465-78.

Electronic Sources as reference
Journal article on the Internet

Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 j un[cited2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 3 p.]. Available from:

Tables & Figures

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 scienticfic purpose and the patient (or parent or guardian, wherever applicable) gives written informed consent for publication.

Sending a revised manuscript

The revised version of the manuscript should be submitted in a manner similar to that used for submission of the manuscript for the first time. However there is no need to submit the Title page file while submitting a revised version. When submitting a revised manuscript, contributors are requested to include the referees comments and point to point clarification at the beginning in the revised file itself. In addition, they are expected to mark the changes as underlined or colored text in the article. .

Manuscript submission, processing and publication charges

The journal has an editorial board and several reputed subject experts as ‘referees’. They review the manuscripts, according to their area of expertise. Decision to reject a paper will be made by the editors. The editorial board keeps the right to regret publication of any article recommended by the referee on backlog of articles, if any, beyond the capacity of the journal to publish during that year. The editors and the publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for statements and opinions expressed in review articles, original papers, brief research article, editorials and supplements published in the Indian Journal of Comprehensive Health. Neither the editors nor the publisher guarantee, or endorse any products in publication, nor guarantee any claims made by the manufacturer of such product or service. At this moment, no publication charge is required.

The editorial policy is subject to periodic modifications by the decision taken on Annual General Meetings.


The entire contents of the Journal of Comprehensive Health are protected under Indian and international copyrights. The Journal, however, grants perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, perform and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative with reasonable non-commercial purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights.


Covering letter


Presentation and format

Language and grammar

Tables and figures

Contributors' form

(To be modified as applicable and one signed (scanned) copy attached with the manuscript) Manuscript Title:

I/we certify that I/we have participated sufficiently in contributing to the intellectual content, concept and design of this work or the analysis and in as well as writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have my/our name listed as a contributor.

I/we believe that the manuscript represents valid work. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my/our authorship for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. I/we certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study been or will be published separately. I/we attest that, if requested by the editors, I/we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributor in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support of the project are named in the covering letter.

I/We hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise convey(s) all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to Journal of Comprehensive Health in the event that such work is published by the Journal of Comprehensive Health. The Journal of Comprehensive Health shall own the work, including

  1. copyright;
  2. The right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee;
  3. The right to produce preprints or reprints and translate into languages other than English for sale or free distribution; and
  4. The right to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.

All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgement and have give me/us their written permission to be named. If I/we do not include an Acknowledgment that means I/we have not received substantial contributions from non contributor and no contributor has been omitted.

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