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Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health


eISSN: 27546349 | ISSN: 09731342
The Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (IACAM) was formed in the year 1988 when a group of mental health professionals committed to the aim of addressing the mental health problems of child and adolescents in India, and was formally created in 1990 in Pune. The first executive council was headed by Late Dr. Roshen Master as its President, Dr. L. P. Shah as its Vice-President and Dr. Savita Malhotra as the Secretary-General. Amongst its various objectives, IACAM focused on the advancement of practice and research in child and adolescent mental health and to extend the knowledge base so generated to the public and professionals by the means of various scientific activities. It is this last objective which formed the foundation stone for conception of a dedicated journal in the field of child and adolescent mental health in India and subsequently the Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (JIACAM) was envisaged.

The first issue of JIACAM was published on 01st January 2005 under the guidance of Prof. Indira Sharma as its Editor comprising various articles contributed by mental health professionals from India and abroad.
 
JIACAM is indexed with, or included in, the following: EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database), SCOPUS and UGC Care List. Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (October 2008). All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by 2 anonymous referees. The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of an article. JIACAM follows the policy of Open Access to Scientific literature. Articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The Journal of Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (JIACAM) is a peer-reviewed quarterly publication of the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (IACAM), whose mission is to publish original manuscripts in all areas of child and adolescent mental health(from age 0-19 years), focusing on public health, clinical epidemiology, basic science and mental health problems. To achieve these aims we publish original scientific studies, review and educational articles, and papers commenting on the clinical, scientific, social, political, and economic factors affecting child and adolescent mental health from all areas across the world. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration for publication by the JIACAM with the understanding that they represent original material, have not been published previously, are not being considered for publication elsewhere, and have been approved by each author. Manuscripts can be submitted under various headings viz. Original Research, Review Articles, Perspectives/Commentary/Debate, Brief Communication, Case Reports/Case Series, Management Guidelines, Letter to Editor, Book Review, Film Review, Point of View, Obituary, etc. The journal caters to mental health professionals and trainees, including psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and psychiatric nurses, as well as other medical professionals (e.g. paediatricians) and paraprofessionals.

Editor
Nitin Gupta Consultant Psychiatrist, Gupta Mind Healing and Counselling Centre, Chandigarh
Executive Editor
Jitender Aneja Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, Bathinda
Associate Editors
Nidhi Chauhan Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh
Nishant Goyal Professor, K.S. Mani Centre for Cognitive Neurosciences and fMRI Centre, Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, India
Assistant Editors
Preethy Kathiresan Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS Jodhpur
Eesha Sharma Assistant Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bengaluru
Prerna Sharma Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, IHBAS, New Delhi
Chief Advisor
Savita Malhotra Ex-Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh
Ombudsman
Vivek Agarwal Professor, Department of Psychiatry, KGMU, Lucknow
Editorial Board
Kavita Arora Consultant Psychiatrist, Children First Institute of Mental Health, New Delhi
M V Ashok Professor, Department of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru
Rachna Bhargava Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi
Deepak Gupta Consultant Psychiatrist, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
Uma Hirisave Ex-Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru
Manju Mohanty Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, PGIMER, Chandigarh
Sujata Sethi Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Pt BD PGIMS, Rohtak
Henal Shah Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, TNMC and Nair Hospital, Mumbai
Chhitij Shrivastava Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
National Advisory Board
Kishor Gujar Consultant Psychiatrist, Pune
R. C. Jiloha Ex-Director Professor & Head Psychiatry, GB Pant Hospital, Maulana Azad Medical College University of Delhi
Adarsh Kohli Ex-Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, PGIMER, Chandigarh
Devasish Konar Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health Care Centre, Kolkata
Manju Mehta Ex-Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, AIIMS, New Delhi
Jitendra Nagpal Consultant Psychiatrist, VIMHANS, New Delhi
Naresh Nebhinani Additional Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, Jodhpur
Rajesh Sagar Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi
Shekhar Seshadri Former Head, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Former Director, NIMHANS, Bengaluru
Pratap Sharan Professor, Department of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi
Prabhat Sitholey Ex-Professor, Department of Psychiatry, KGMU, Lucknow
International Advisory Board
Bruno Falissard Professor of Biostatistics, Paris-Saclay Medical University, Paris, France
Mohammad Ghaziuddin Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, USA
Vinesh Gupta Consultant Forensic Child Psychiatrist, Royal Perth & Bentley Group of Hospitals, Australia
Vincenzo Di Nicola Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Addictions, University of Montreal, Canada
Basant Pradhan Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Cooper University, USA
Andres Pumariega Professor of Psychiatry, University of Florida, USA
Paramala J Santosh Head and Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital, London, UK
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    Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Table of Contents:

    1. Open Access

    2. Article Processing Charge (APC)

    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & Scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper

    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    4.7 Clinical trials
    4.8 Reporting guidelines
    4.9 Research data

    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Formatting
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Supplemental material
    6.4 Reference style
    6.5 English language editing services

    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstract
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 ORCID
    7.5 Information required for completing your submission
    7.6 Permissions

    8. On acceptance and publication

    8.1 SAGE Production
    8.2 Online publication
    8.3 Promoting your article

    9. Further information

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health is hosted on SAGE Peer Review, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/iam to login and submit your article online. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 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 (either in full or in part; kindly refer to: https://publicationethics.org/case/salami-publication), and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. Open Access

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (JIACAM) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted following peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please view our Open Access FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    There is no article processing charge to publish in Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aim and scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    Manuscripts can be submitted under various headings viz. Original Research, Review Articles, Perspectives/Commentary/Debate, Brief Communication, Case Reports/Case Series, Management Guidelines, Letter to Editor, Book Review, Film Review, Viewpoint, Obituary etc.

    TYPE OF MANUSCRIPTS

    The journal accepts the following paper types for publication:

    1. Original Articles: Original quantitative or qualitative studies are accepted for publication in this journal. The studies shall include original findings of well-designed studies which may include experimental studies such as randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, or screening/diagnostic interventions, as well as observational research such as case-control or cohort studies. The word limit for original articles is 4000 words, excluding the abstract, references and tables. A concise and  structured abstract within 300 words (comprising  Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions) shall be  submitted along with. The authors are also suggested to incorporate 4-5 key messages from the study. The article text should be divided into Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion. The maximum number of tables allowed in the print version is three and the rest shall be submitted as supplementary data (to be published online  only). The authors shall  also submit 3-6 keywords which shall be MeSH terms only.

    2. Review Articles: Reviews (preferably systematic) are usually invited by the Editor but the journal also accepts unsolicited reviews. Review articles should include an abstract of not more than 300 words describing the purpose of the review, collection and analysis of data, and the main conclusions. The word limit is 5,000 words, excluding references and abstract. The maximum number of tables allowed is six. If needed, more tables and other materials can be published as online supplementary material. The authors shall  also submit 3-6 keywords which shall be MeSH terms only.

    It is expected that these articles would be written by individuals who have done substantial work on the subject or are considered experts in the field. A short summary of the work done by the contributor(s) in the field of review should accompany the manuscript.

    3. Brief Communications: The journal also accepts brief communications which should consist of either data from pilot studies or studies done with smaller sample size, worthwhile replication studies, or negative studies of important topics are published. Single case reports do not meet the criteria for this section but can be submitted as Case Report. Brief Communications should not exceed 1500 words (excluding abstract and references). Abstract has to be structured (Background/Objectives; Methods; Results; Conclusions) and should not exceed 300 words. No more than one table or one figure can be included.

    4. Letter to Editor: Brief letters of up to 750 words without an abstract will also be considered for publication. Letters providing evidence based critique of an article published in this Journal will be preferred and these must be received within three months of the article’s publication. Such letters must cite the original article.

    5. Case Report/ Case Series:
    Case Report: Single cases will be considered under this head  only and should not contain more than a single table and figure/image. New, interesting and rare cases or those illustrating a diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers shall be  considered for publication. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. This type of manuscript should not contain more than 10 references.

    Case Series: More than one new, interesting, and rare cases belonging to a particular diagnosis/clinical feature/treatment can be reported in this section. This can be retrospective or prospective. Up to 2000 words and 20 references are allowed. Recommended subheadings are Introduction, Case Series/Case Reports, Discussion, and Conclusion. An abstract is not required.

    Written Informed Consent from the patients on the prescribed format along with assurance of complete anonymity is mandatory, prior to submission.

    6. Commentaries, Debates, Perspectives and Viewpoints: These are usually (but not necessarily) invited articles, either commenting/debating on an article to be published in the same issue or fresh submissions on topics of broad relevance to child and adolescent psychiatry. The perspectives and viewpoints of the authors may not be necessarily limited to the articles published in this journal. They are purported to raise awareness, generate meaningful dialogue, and create an atmosphere of healthy debate and controversies. The word limit for such articles should not exceed 3000 words (excluding references, which should be kept to a minimum). Commentaries may be briefer (generally up to 1500 words) and more focused. All formats of such manuscripts (except debates) must be supplied with an unstructured abstract of not more than 300 words.

    7. Clinical Case Conferences: JIACAM encourages the students (MD, DM, PhD, M. Phil in psychiatry or psychology and psychiatric social work) to submit interesting cases with unique diagnostic or treatment descriptions. It should have been critically evaluated in the authors’ respective departmental forums. The submission shall be forwarded through the clinical instructor of the candidate and those without a forwarding letter will not be considered for publication. The word limit for such reports should not exceed 2000 and supplied with  an unstructured abstract of not more than 200 words and a maximum of 10 references.

    3.3 Writing your paper

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

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable
    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    JIACAM follows a double-anonymized peer review policy. It operates a strictly anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    All manuscripts (but see the exceptions below) are typically reviewed by two independent (“anonymized”) reviewers. There are three sequential steps in the review process. 

    First, an initial quick review of the submitted manuscript is made by the Editor or his nominated representative and decision made regarding the necessity and appropriateness for the detailed peer review process. Only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review. If found unsuitable for the Journal, the authors will be usually intimated about this within a  maximum of two weeks of submission with a brief note on the grounds for non-suitability of the submission, so that they may not lose further time with their submission.

    Second, once the submission has been found suitable ‘in principle’ for detailed evaluation, it will be passed through a Checklist for format and style. This checklist will help to spot areas where corrections or improvements are required before the article can be submitted for detailed evaluation. This process will usually be completed within a week. The authors will be advised to rectify and re-submit in case of substantive deficiencies in formatting and style. 

    Finally, following the successful completion of the two previous steps, the article will be sent to two (occasionally three, in case of a ‘tie’) independent reviewers  for a detailed peer review. We aim to typically complete this process in approximately 6 weeks, though it might take longer. All in all, our aim will be to conclude the entire review process in 2-3 months’ time. This detailed review process as mentioned above will not be applicable for certain types of submissions that include “Invited Matter” (Commentaries, Perspectives/Viewpoints, Debates, etc. but not invited reviews which are reviewed as above), “Letters to the Editor”, “Book Reviews” and “Film Reviews.” In these cases the Editor can take a quick decision and provide a feedback directly. However, even if accepted, all submissions will be screened for formatting and style by using the Checklist mentioned above.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process to ensure that there is no ‘Conflict of Interest’.

    4.2 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 include all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre 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 as mentioned above.

    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.

    4.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the 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.

    4.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE and JIACAM reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    4.3.2 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.

    4.4 Funding

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements 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. 

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 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 acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is/are no conflict(s) of interest’.

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

    4.6 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 date of approval and 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 do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

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

    4.7 Clinical trials

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 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 CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs

    Guideline

    Type of Study

    Source

    STROBE

    Observational studies including cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies

    https://www.strobe-statement.org/index.php?id=available-checklists

    CONSORT

    Randomized controlled trials

    http://www.consort-statement.org

    SQUIRE

    Quality improvement projects

    http://squire-statement.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&PageID=471

    PRISMA

    Systematic reviews and meta-analyses

    http://prisma-statement.org/PRISMAStatement/Checklist.aspx

    STARD

    Studies of diagnostic accuracy

    https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/full/10.1148/radiol.2015151516

    CARE

    Case Reports

    https://www.care-statement.org/checklist

    AGREE

    Clinical Practice Guidelines

    https://www.agreetrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AGREE-Reporting-Checklist-2016.pdf

     

    The reporting guidelines for other type of studies can be found at https://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/

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

    4.9 Research Data

    At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 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 Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) http://publicationethics.org/; and to and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism
    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with 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 acknowledgement, or where the 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.

    5.1.2 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.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement.  Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 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.

    A few points to be kept in mind while preparing your manuscript:

    1. Submit good quality colour images. Each image should be less than 400 kb in size. Size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images (keep up to 800 pixels or 4 inches). All image formats (jpeg, tiff, gif, bmp, png, eps, etc.) are acceptable; jpeg is most suitable. Do not zip the files.
    2. For original articles the abstract should be structured and state the Context (Background), Aims, Settings and Design, Methods and Material, Statistical analysis used, Results and Conclusions. Below the abstract one should provide 3 to 6 keywords.
    3. Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material. Tables with more than 10 columns and 25 rows are not acceptable. Limit the number to minimum required.
    4. Number tables in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief caption for each.
    5. Place explanatory matter in table notes, not in the heading. Explain in notes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table. Please use superscripts a, b, c, …, for this purpose.
    6. Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text.
    7. Figure captions (maximum 40 words, excluding the credit line) should be given in Arabic numerals. When symbols, arrows or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the caption. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.
    8. Article title/headings should be in title case.
    9. References are to be cited in superscript in the text without bracket.
    10. References should be according to the journal’s instructions.
    11. Avoid abbreviations in abstracts, at the beginning of sentences, and as definitions in headings.
    12. Don’t use commas for 4-digit numbers.
    13. US spellings (z variant).

    6.2 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 color will appear in color online.

    6.3 Supplemental 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 supplemental files.

    6.4 Reference style

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.

    Reference citations represented by superscripted numbers; the numbers are ordered in sequence from the first mention of the cite in text and correspond to a numbered reference list:

    In a study by Smith et al,….

    Smith and Jones21 demonstrated that …

    … according to studies12,14-17; in addition …

    In the reference list, names of all the authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors should be used, followed by “et al.”

    Examples:

    Journal article (in print, published ahead of print):

    Crews DW, Gartska WR, Meyer B, et al. The physiology of the garter snake: an analysis. Sci Am. 1981;245:158-159.

    Armstrong DD. Rett syndrome neuropathology review [published online May 3, 2001]. Brain Dev. doi:10.1002/CD1023.

    Book:

    Voet D, Voet JG. The Science of Biochemistry. 3rd ed. New York, NY: J Wiley; 1990.

    Chapter in a book:

    Kuret JA, Murad F. Adenohypophyseal hormones. In: Gilman AG, Taylor P, eds. The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. 8th ed. Orlando, FL: Grune & Stratton; 1976:1334-1360.

    Paper presented at a conference:

    Eisenberg J. Market forces and physician workforce reform: why they may not work. Paper presented at: Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges; October 28, 1995; Washington, DC.

    Online journals

    Blackburn TA. Updating autologous chondrocyte implantation knee rehabilitation. Orthopedic Tech Review. 2003;5:30-33. http://www.orthopedictechreview.com/issues/julaug03/pg30.htm. Accessed January 7, 2005.

    Websites:

    FDA resources page. Food and Drug Administration website. http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/sodium.txt. Accessed June 23, 2000.

    6.5 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.

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/IAM to login and submit your article online. 

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/IAM to login and submit your article online. (Website yet to be created)

    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. 

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    ABSTRACT: A summary of the review, research and brief communication articles must be in the form of a structured abstract of no more than 250 words using the format below. However, abstract may be unstructured for ‘Perspectives/Viewpoint/Debate’ articles (as mentioned above). Commentaries, Case reports, letters, and film/book reviews do not require any abstract.

    Key words: 3-6 key words that will assist indexers in cross-referencing the article should be supplied. Use of the medical subject headings (MeSH) list from Index Medicus is encouraged but not mandatory.

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article in the form of a Cover Letter providing these details to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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).

    7.4 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.

    7.5 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. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. 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).

    7.6 Permissions

    Please 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 Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Thereafter the manuscript is sent ahead for production process and subsequently published online.

    8.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly in the time-period so specified. Delay in returning the proofs can lead to withdrawal of the article from the Issue and being postponed to a future issue of the Journal.  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 authorizing the change.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

    8.3 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 maximize your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health editorial office as follows:

    The Editor, Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    E-mail: nitingupta659@yahoo.co.in

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