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Journal of Neonatology

Journal of Neonatology

Published in Association with National Neonatology Forum

Editor
Mohit Sahni Nirmal Hospital Pvt Ltd, Surat, India


eISSN: 09732187 | ISSN: 09732179 | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 2-3 Frequency: Quarterly

Journal of Neonatology, the official scientific publication of the NNF, is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal which provides educational and scientific content for health professionals for neonatal care in India and other parts of South-east Asia. The journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of original research articles, case reports, review articles, commentaries, and letters on topics pertaining to perinatal and neonatal conditions and healthcare services. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts about innovative, cutting-edge research in neonatal-perinatal medicine, as well as replication studies, and studies with negative results.

The National Neonatology Forum (NNF) was founded in 1980 by a group of pioneering paediatricians committed to improving neonatal care and outcomes in India. Its objectives are to disseminate knowledge about, and encourage scientific research in neonatology and perinatal medicine across the country.



Journal of Neonatology, the official scientific publication of the NNF, is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal which provides educational and scientific content for health professionals for neonatal care in India and other parts of South-east Asia. The journal aims to provide a forum for the publication of original research articles, case reports, review articles, commentaries, and letters on topics pertaining to perinatal and neonatal conditions and healthcare services. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts about innovative, cutting-edge research in neonatal-perinatal medicine, as well as replication studies, and studies with negative results.

The National Neonatology Forum (NNF) was founded in 1980 by a group of pioneering paediatricians committed to improving neonatal care and outcomes in India. Its objectives are to disseminate knowledge about, and encourage scientific research in neonatology and perinatal medicine across the country.

 

Executive Editor
V P Goswami President, National Neonatology Forum (NNF)
Secretary
Lalan K Bharti Secretary, National Neonatology Forum (NNF)
Associate Editors
Sarad Gedam Government Medical College, Vidisha, MP
R Kishore Kumar Senior Consultant Neonatologist, Bangalore
Advisory Board
B D Bhatia Heritage Institute of Medical Sciences, Varanasi, India
A K Deorari All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
Monika Kaushal Consultant Neonatologist, Emirates Specialty Hospital
Praveen Kumar Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
Corrado Morreti UENPS President, Professor
Prakesh Shah Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada
Editorial Board
Deepak Chawla Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh, India
K K Diwakar Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kerala, India
A K Jaiswal HOD, Patna Medical College
Nandkishor Kabra Surya Hospitals, Mumbai, India
Sheila Mathai Institute of Naval Medicine, Mumbai, India
Ashish Mehta Arpan Newborn Center, Ahmedabad, India
Kiran More Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar
Srinivas Murki Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad, India
Somashekhar Nimbalkar Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India
Sharja Phuljhele Pt. JNM Medical College & Dr BRAM Hospital. Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Neetu Sangwan Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, PGIMS, Rohtak
M Jeeva Sankar All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
S Sitaraman HOD, SMS Medical College, Jaipur
Pradeep Suryawanshi BVU Medical College, Pune, India
Usha Ukande Principal CHRC Nursing College
  • J-Gate
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Neonatology

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Journal of Neonatology recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit [https://peerreview.sagepub.com/nnt] to create account and submit your manuscript.

    Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Neonatology will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Reporting guidelines
    2.8 Data

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Promoting your article

    7. Further information
     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Neonatology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types

    1. Original Articles (approx. 3000 words excluding abstract, tables, figures and references; abstract word limit is 250 words and 3–5 keywords)
    2. Review Articles (approx. 3000 words excluding abstract, tables, figures and references; abstract word limit is 250 words and 3–5 keywords)
    3. Case Reports (approx. 2000 words)

    1.3 Writing your paper
    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Journal of Neonatology adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship
    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicenter group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgments

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
    Please supply any personal acknowledgments separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Journal of Neonatology requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgments page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests 

    It is the policy of Journal of Neonatology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgments and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

     

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

     

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

     

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

     

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
     

    2.7 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

     

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

    2.8 Data
    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
     

    Journal of Neonatology requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at [email address].

    3. Publishing Policies
     

     3.1 Publication ethics
    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    Journal of Neonatology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgment, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement, which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    Journal of Neonatology offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website . For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
     

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
     

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines   

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal of Neonatology adheres to the AMA reference style. Please review the guidelines on AMA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the AMA output file here.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the AMA reference style. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any questions, please contact the journal editor at nnfjournaleditor@gmail.com

    Several points to keep in mind:

    • For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.
    • Cite references in consecutive order using superscript Arabic numbers. Use commas to separate multiple citation numbers in text. Corresponding references should be listed in numeric order at the end of the document. Unpublished works and personal communications (oral, written, and electronic) should be cited parenthetically (and not on the reference list). For eg, As reported previously, 1,3-8,19
    • Page numbers are required for direct quotations.
    • For >6 authors in the reference list, use first 3 authors followed by et al.
    • Appendices should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.
    • Avoid using abbreviations in the title and subtitle, unless space considerations require an exception or unless the title or subtitle includes the name of a group that is best known by its acronym. In both cases, the abbreviation should be expanded in the abstract and at first appearance in the text.
    • Footnotes should be avoided in text, but are allowed on the title page. They are placed in the following order: author affiliations, death of an author, information about members of a group, corresponding author contact information.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Neonatology is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/nnt to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.

    5.1 ORCID
    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication
     

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
     

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
     

    6.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

     

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal Administrator at https://peerreview.sagepub.com/nnt .

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