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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 Microsoft Word 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Preparation of the manuscript

Manuscripts should be submitted using the online submission process as a word document accompanied by a pdf version.  Articles are accepted for publication only at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.  A manuscript may consist of a maximum of 8000 words. The first page must display:  (i) the article title; (ii) the names of all authors; (iii) the name(s) and address(es) of the institution(s) at which the work was carried out (the present addresses of the authors, if different from the above, should appear in a footnote); (iv) the name, postal address, telephone and email address of the author to whom all correspondence and proofs should be sent; (v) a suggested running title of not more than fifty characters, including spaces and (vi) a minimum of six keywords to aid indexing.   

The text should be preceded by a short Abstract (approximately 250 words). All pages must be numbered consecutively from the title page, and include the acknowledgements, references and figure legends. The preferred position of tables and figures in the text should be indicated in the left-hand margin. It is essential that approval for the reproduction or modification of figures and tables published elsewhere is sought and obtained in writing from the authors and publishers prior to submission of papers. The original source must be quoted.  IIJPCM will not send back any submitted material. Please note that if you wish IJPCM to delete your submitted material, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor. 

Acknowledgements and Disclosures

Acknowledgements on any assistance received should be inserted before the References to also include explicitly information on financial support received and conflicts of interest possibly influencing the paper. Also to be included here in the case of papers involving human subjects is information on informed consent and human subject protections such as approval from institutional ethics committees.

Privacy Statement

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Informed consent will be indicated in the published article.

Units and Spellings

Systeme International (SI) units should be used, as given in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (4th edition, 1988) published by the Royal Society of Medicine Services Ltd, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8AE, UK. Other abbreviations should be used sparingly and only if a lengthy name or expression is repeated throughout the text. Spelling should conform to that used in the The Concise Oxford Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press.  The use of jargon or obscure technical terms is strongly discouraged.


These should be in the Vancouver style. References should be numbered sequentially as they occur in the text and identified in the main text by numbers in square parentheses [1] after the punctuation. The following are examples of the style. Where there more than ten authors, the first three should be listed followed by et al.  If there are ten or fewer authors, then all should be listed. Journal titles should not be abbreviated.  Do not use op cit, etc.

[1] Mezzich , J.E., Salloum,  I.M., Cloninger , C.R., Salvador-Carulla,  L., Kirmayer,  L., Banzato, C.E., Wallcraft , J., Botbol , M. (2010). Person-centered Integrative Diagnosis: Conceptual Bases and Structural Model. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 55:701-708.

[2] Montgomery, K. (2006).  How Doctors Think. Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

[3] Zimowski, Z. (2009).  Health care ministry more than bringing communion.  Available at: http://www.zenit.org/article-27346?I=english (last accessed 27 October 2009)

[4] Niiniluoto, I. (1984).  The nature of science?  In:  Is Science Progressive? (ed. I. Niiniluto), pp. 1-9. Dortrecht: D. Reidel Publishing.

Work that has not been accepted for publication and also ‘personal communications’ should not appear in the reference list, but may be referred to in the text (e.g. A. Author, unpubl. observ.; A.N. Other, pers comm.). The Editor-in-Chief  and Publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see http://www.doi.org/ and reference example [3] immediately above for more information.  If an author cites anything which does not have a DOI, they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.  It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.  A letter of permission should accompany the manuscript.


Illustrations should be embedded in your word document. These should be referred to in the text as figures using Arabic numbers, e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc., in order of appearance.  All printed illustrations will be produced as half tones.


Tables should include only essential data. Each table should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, e.g. Table 1, and given a short caption. No vertical rules should be used. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings and not in the body of the table. All abbreviations should be defined in a footnote.


Captions for Tables should be placed above the Table. Captions for Illustrations should be placed below.

Submission of the manuscript

Submissions will only be accepted through the online submission process on the website: www.ijpcm.org .  Manuscripts submitted to the Journal are subject to initial review by the Editor-in-Chief and/or the Submissions Working Group.  If manuscripts are judged to be in accordance with the aims and scope of the Journal and to be of broadly acceptable quality, they will be sent to formal peer review.

Page Proofs

Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file.  The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4MB in size.  Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html    

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Corrections must be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief within 3 days of receipt. Only typographical errors can be corrected at this stage. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted and authors may be charged for excessive amendments.

License and Disclosure Form

Each Author will be required to sign a License and Disclosure Form (LDF) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the LDF is a condition of publication and papers will not be sent to production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the LDF does not affect ownership of copyright in the material.  You will retain all copyright on your article: IJPCM simply requires your permission to publish it.  Following submission, authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances. 

Timing of publication

The Editor-in-Chief retains control over the time of publication and the right to modify the style in accordance with that for the Journal. Any major changes will be agreed with the author(s).