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   Instructions to the Authors

Scope:  The journal publishes original research contributions, review articles, short research communications, case reports, letters to the editor, correspondences etc. in the field of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, filaria, Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis, etc with the aim of their control and prevention. All papers submitted for publication in JVBD are subject to double blind peer review process. All accepted papers will be suitably edited before publication.

  1. Research articles: Manuscripts under this category should clearly state an objective or hypothesis, the research design and methodology (including the study design, time period, inclusion and exclusion criteria of participants/patients/animals), data sources and their selection for the study, statistical methods, the main results of the study, a comments section placing the results in the context of published literature and the conclusions drawn from the study with latest references and structured abstract.
  2. Short research communications: Short research communications of original studies or evaluations are also encouraged. Manuscripts should be prepared in a manner similar to the research articles without abstract and division of text into separate headings with one or two tables/figures and 10–12 references.
  3. Case study reports: Case study reports of health impact assessment, clinical reports, epidemiological reports (individual or series), etc. are also encouraged for publication provided they should contribute significantly to the existing knowledge. Manuscripts should be prepared in the manner similar to short research communications.
  4. Review articles: Manuscripts describing systematic, critical assessment of literature and data sources pertaining to the topic(s), emphasising factors such as causes, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, study analysis, population intervention, exposure tests, basic and applied aspects of vector biology, vector genetics, bionomics, vector/parasite resistance, entomology, epidemiology, etc. are encouraged for publication.

Manuscript preparation

The whole text, references, tables and figure legends should be typed in 12 pt Times New Roman font and be fully double-spaced throughout. All pages should be numbered consecutively starting with title page. While preparing the manuscripts the authors should strictly follow the general format of the journal. The manuscript can be typed in MS Word/Adobe Page Maker. Authors are advised to see a recent issue of the journal to get familiar with the format adopted on various elements of a paper.

Title page should contain an appropriate title not exceeding 80 characters or 10–15 words yet sufficiently descriptive and informative, a short running title of 3–4 words, Author(s) name(s), address of the Institute(s)/Organisation(s), corresponding author address with phone, mobile, e-mail and fax number. Subsequent pages should contain—Title, Structured Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement, References, Tables, Figures and figure legends.

Guidelines for preparing structured abstract: The structured abstract should not be more than 250 words as per “Vancouver” style and be divided into the following heads for easy understanding: (a) Background & objectives; (b) Methods; (c) Results; and (d) Interpretation & conclusion. The information presented in abstract and in the article should be ~same.

Remaining text may be typed continuously in the following heads.

Introduction should be pertinent to the context and contain literature review related to the scope of the study, reasons for undertaking the study, properly explained objectives, the work already done in the area of the study and the knowledge to be added to the existing knowledge with essential background.

Material & Methods should contain nomenclature, source of procurement of materials, study design, selection of experimental subjects, equipments and methodology. Statistical treatment of the data should be clearly mentioned. New methods adopted for the first time should be explicited. If the authors are involved in DNA/protein sequencing, the source of obtaining such sequences should clearly be indicated. If the authors are reporting new sequence information, the accession numbers of such sequences after deposition in public domain should be provided. For enzymes only, the trivial names recommended by the IUPACIUB Commission, should be used. At its first citation in the text of the paper its code number and systematic name should be indicated.

Ethical guidelines: Research papers dealing with experiments on human or animal subjects must state in the Material & Methods section that: (i) informed and free consent was obtained from the participants/patients/relatives of the patients/parents or legal guardians of minors and should attach the ethical clearance certificate from the institution/organisation or similar committee/ agency; and (ii) the maintenance and care of the experimental animals is as per the guidelines for use of laboratory animals in research specified by the Animal Ethics Committee of the Institute/Organisation or ethical standards of the country or

Registration of Clinical Trials: We urge to all those who are either conducting and/or planning to conduct clinical trials involving human subjects, to register their trials in CTRI (www.ctri.in) or in any primary clinical trial register (WHO ICTRP: http://www.who.int/ictrp/en/). From January 2010 onwards, we will consider publication of a trial only if it has been registered prospectively if started in or after June 2008; trials undertaken before June 2008 need to be registered retrospectively.
Clinical trial has been defined by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (http://www.icmje.org/clin_trial07.pdf).

Protection of Patients' Right 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, wherever applicable) gives informed consent for publication. Authors should remove patients' names from figures unless they have obtained informed consent from the patients. The journal abides by ICMJE guidelines:

  1. Authors, not the journals nor the publisher, need to obtain the patient consent form before the publication and have the form properly archived. The consent forms are not to be uploaded with the cover letter or sent through email to editorial or publisher offices.
  2. If the manuscript contains patient images that preclude anonymity, or a description that has obvious indication to the identity of the patient, a statement about obtaining informed patient consent should be indicated in the manuscript.

Results should be presented in concise, focussed and coherent manner highlighting the principal findings without loose endings referring to tables/figures and illustrations. Only important observations need to be emphasised or summarised. Systeme International measurements should be used (Ref. The SI for Health Professional WHO, Geneva 1977). Use of the 24 hr time system e.g. 0830 hrs but not 8.30 A.M. should be followed. Abbreviations as per the list printed at the end should be followed. Numbers less than 1 should contain zero before decimal point.


Tables and figures should be numbered in the order of their citation in the text. Captions/legends should be self-explanatory and be typed on separate sheets. Graphs/Illustrations should be glossy prints with sharp focus and good contrast and the captions/ legends should not appear on the face of the photographs/figures. Author(s) should mention their identity on the back of the graph/ figure—their name, title in brief, number and caption/legend. Their sizes should conform to single (8.5 × 21 cm) or double (17.5 × 21 cm) column sizes. Photographs should be supplied in original, and tables and graphs should be prepared in MS-Word/
Excel/CorelDraw. Images, gel photographs, pictures, etc. should be submitted in JPEG/TIFF formats with more than 300 dpi resolution as separate files.

Discussion should deal with interpretation and comparison of results without repetition of results already present in the results section, hypotheses with supporting evidences and literature, and logical conclusions drawn from the study.

Acknowledgements should be made only to scientific, financial and technical assistance and not for routine departmental and typing/secretarial assistance. This section should be typed on a separate sheet.

The submissions should include disclosure of any/all Conflict of interest associated with an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is significant to the outcome of the study presented.

References should be presented as per the order cited in the text. Providing correct and complete references is the sole responsibility of the author(s). Only published references or papers in the press (accepted for publication) should be given. References should be given in numbers as superscripts in the text. As far as possible mentioning name(s) of author(s) under references should be avoided in the text. Citations of unpublished work and personal communication should be cited in the text only. Titles of periodicals cited in the references are to be abbreviated as in the World List of Scientific Periodicals. Complete reference— (i) Author(s) name(s) with full initials, (ii) title of the paper in full and subtitle (if any), (iii) name of the journal, (iv) year of publication, (v) volume and issue number, and (vi) page number should be given. The references should strictly be as per the format of the journal (Vancouver style). The references should normally be restricted to a maximum of 30. Few examples are provided below.


Standard journal article

Sharma Indu, Sharma YD. Malarial mitochondrial genome: The 6 kb element. Indian J Malariol 2001; 37: 45–6.

More than six authors

Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res 2002; 935: 40–6.

Volume with part

Abend SM, Kulish N. The psychoanalytic method from an epistemological view point. Int J Psychoanal 2002; 83(pt 2): 491–5.


Kondrashin AV, Jung RK, Akiyama J. Ecological aspects of forest malaria in Southeast Asia. In : Sharma VP, Kondrashin AV,editors. Forest malaria in Southeast Asia: Proceedings of an informal consultative meeting. WHO/MRC, 18–22 February 1991.New Delhi: World Health Organization 1991; p. 1–28.

Electronic material


Anderson SE, Poulsen KB. Anderson's electronic atlas of haematology [CD-ROM]. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2002.

Journal article on the Internet

Abbod S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet] 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12]; 102(6): [about 3 p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htm

Monograph on the Internet

Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academic Press 2001 [cited 2002 July 9]. Available from: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074029/html/.


Cancer-pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York : Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc. c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.

Editorial review and publication: All manuscripts are reviewed by a panel of subject experts in each discipline and also by the Editorial Board. Peer reviewer and author identities are kept confidential to solicit unbias comments. The articles are accepted only after the recommendation by the reviewers and the Editorial Board. Accepted manuscripts are copy edited and galley proof/ page proof are sent to the corresponding author through e-mail or by post. Authors are advised to check the galley proof thoroughly and return the corrected copy within the stipulated time period mentioned. Major corrections should be avoided. The corresponding author is responsible for scientific accuracy and statements expressed in the article.

Page charges: There are no page fees or article processing charges (APCs) for processing and publishing articles in the journal.

Open access, Copyright and Authorship undertaking: The published papers become the copyright of the Journal of Vector Borne Diseases, National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR). Manuscripts are accepted for publication with the understanding that these have not been published previously in print or electronic format and are not under consideration by any other publication or electronic medium. The articles published in the journal are available free to readers and can be accessed from our website www.mrcindia.org/journal; www. nimr.org.in/jvbd.html. Manuscript without signed Authorship undertaking form shall not be considered for publication. The authors who are submitting their manuscripts electronically through e-mail (exceptionally), should send the authorship undertaking form through surface/air mail separately.


  • Articles can be submitted online at http://www.journalonweb.com/jvbd; www.nimr.org.in/submit-article.html
  • One is required to register as a new author by signing up as an author in the above links.
  • Before submitting the article/manuscript, one should make sure that his manuscript has been formatted as per journal’s style and according to instructions provided at www.nimr.org.in/instructions-to-authors.html
  • In case of experiencing any difficulty while article submission, authors may send their queries to: [email protected][email protected]

Statements and opinions expressed and published in the Journal of Vector Borne Diseases are solely of Author(s)/contributor(s). The Editorial Board/Publisher disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of statements made by the authors/contributors.



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