Types of Manuscripts and Limits*

Original article/Student original article: Descriptive, observational, or intervention study; outcome study; or surveyWord count of text is up to 3000 words (excluding references and abstract)
A structured abstract of up to 250 words
References up to 30
May include images
Review article: systematic critical assessment of literature/artwork/film/practice
Word count of text is up to 4000 words (excluding references and abstract)
An unstructured abstract of up to 250 words
References up to 90
May include images
Narrative medicine: narration of experiences of illness from physician or patient point of viewWord count of text is up to 2000 words including an unstructured abstract of up to 200 words
No references usually
May be submitted in an Indian vernacular language, with its English translation
May include images
Disarming Dialogues in Ethics and Professionalism: Student narratives or reflections accompanied by an expert commentaryWord count of narrative up to 1000 words
Perspective: Personal views and opinion on issues pertaining to education and humanities in medicineWord count of text is up to 1000 words (excluding references)
An unstructured abstract of up to 150 words
References up to 10
May include images
Poetry and Fiction: on medicine and the healing artsWord count of 50-1000 words
no references usually
May be submitted in an Indian vernacular language, with its English translation where possible
May include images
History of Medicine: Famous medical quotes; historical milestones in medicine;reputable medical institutions and physicians of yore; artwork pertaining to any of the aboveWord count up to 1000 words
Up to five references
Up to five images
Chhayankan (Visual Art): Paintings, photographs, sketches, cartoons, videos or other visual media pertaining to illness and healthUp to five images or one video, with a self explanatory legend
May include a write up of up to 500 words
Research Brief: A short original article with some limitationsWord count of text is up to 1000 words (excluding references and abstract)
An unstructured abstract of up to 150 words
References up to 10
May include up to two images
Letter to Editor: brief, decisive observationWord count up to 500 words
Up to five references
May include two images
Discover: reviews of books, movies, artwork and other media dealing with health and illness, or pertinent to medical educationWord count of text is up to 1000 words
Include up to five images of the work
Include details of publisher/ Producer and Director / Artist, as applicable
Announcements of conferences and meetings, and other news of interest to journal readersProvide the name and address of the person, and link to website, from whence additional information can be obtained

*If contributors feel that their manuscript does not fit into any of the defined categories or limits, please contact the editor for a possible waiver.