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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

  • The minimum word limit for a manuscript in JHSMS-IDEA is 4000-10000 words including the list of references.
  • Before, submission to JHSMS-IDEA, the manuscripts should be edited by an English language expert, preferably a native speaker.
  • Style of the referencing and citation should be ensured as per APA guidelines (latest edition).
  • An in-text citation style should be used with a list of references at the end of the manuscript.
  • JHSMS-IDEA reserves the right to edit, modify, or make addition/deletions to the article or may request the corresponding author to do so.
  • Text of the article shall be single-spaced, used 12-point font, and employed italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables shall be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end of the manuscript.
  • A maximum of two manuscripts of an author shall be published in a single issue, one as principal author and another as co-author.
  • The manuscript already submitted elsewhere and under review for publication shall not be submitted to or accepted by the JHSMS-IDEA.
  • The corresponding author shall ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the principal author and the co-authors.
  • The corresponding author shall ensure that there is no plagiarism in the manuscript, that the similarity is less than 19%, and is properly cited with original source(s).
  • The international standards of research ethics must be followed and ensured by the authors/co-authors. 
  • Complete affiliation details of the authors/co-authors shall be provided at the submission stage of the manuscript.
  • The Email ID of the corresponding author and ORCID of all authors will be published on the final accepted/approved manuscript.
  • A manuscript, once accepted for the peer-review process in JHSMS-IDEA cannot be withdrawn by the author(s).
  • The manuscripts considered for the peer-review shall not be submitted/published elsewhere unless rejected by JHSMS-IDEA.
  • A manuscript accepted for editorial review or the peer-review does not mean approval for the publication of the article.
  • An acceptance letter may be issued for a manuscript after the peer-review, only if approved by the editorial board for publication.
  • Peer-reviewed and approved manuscripts are published with a date of submission and a date of online publication.
  • Author(s) will sign an agreement/undertaking allowing JHSMS-IDEA the non-exclusive right to circulate the article and all other derivative works such as translations.
  • The author(s) are advised to carefully read the author guidelines and ensure that all the requirements and conditions of JHSMS-IDEA are fulfilled before submission of the manuscript.
  • The manuscript shall be submitted online in an MS Word file to the editorial team after registration and/or log-in by the corresponding author to the user account on the website/online system of JHSMS-IDEA.


Last updated: November 09, 2022

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