Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript Preparation: 

Covering Letter: 

Please attach a cover letter with your manuscript explaining why your manuscript deserves to be published on plus and how it will add to the existing body of scientific knowledge. Your manuscript will be assigned to a specialty editor in the specialty you submit it for. Please feel free to recommend a specialty editor in any other specialty on plus if you feel (s)he may have a better grasp on the subject matter in question. We will always try to match a manuscript with the most appropriate specialty editor.

Main Manuscript File:

Please ensure all the relevant article sections including illustrations (tables, figures, pictures etc.) are submitted in one main manuscript file. Authors can additionally submit illustrations (tables, figures, pictures etc.) in separate files too. Please ensure you select appropriate labels (such as main manuscript, illustrations, covering letter etc.) while uploading files during article submission. Please number the pages consecutively and organise the manuscript in the order indicated below.

  1. Title Page: The title page or the first page of the manuscript should include the title of the article, names, educational qualifications, and affiliations of all authors, email id and telephone number of the author for correspondence and key words.
  2. Abstract: Each article must be accompanied by an abstract. For original research articles and trials, the abstract should be structured under the headings: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abstract should not be more than 250 words. Case reports and review articles may have a non-structured abstract, which will usually be shorter. Abstract should not include any abbreviations and cite any references.
  3. Text of the Manuscript: Please type manuscripts (including references) double-spaced. Each section of the manuscript in the main manuscript file should start on a fresh page.
  4. References:Please list references double-spaced and list them in consecutive, numerical order as they appear in the text (not alphabetically). Identify reference citations in the text by numbers in square brackets (e.g., [1]). Please note that once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations should be to the original number. We follow ICMJE guidelines. Please see sample examples here.
  5. Abbreviations
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Legends to Illustrations
  8. Illustrations
  9. Competing Interests
  10. Source(s) of Funding
  11. Author Contribution

File Formats:                                           

Our web portal can accept all commonly used file formats. Kindly upload your illustrations in JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, DOC formats.

Source(s) of Funding: 

We require our authors to clearly state all the sources of funding for their study and the role, if any, the funding body or person has had in the conduct of study or preparation of the manuscript. 

Style: 

We advise authors to write in a clear, direct, and active style. Articles should be done in plain and simple English as much as possible. Please avoid using long and complicated sentences. We do not impose restrictions regarding use of British or American English as long as authors consistently follow one style throughout their manuscript.

Scientific measurements should be given in SI units, except for blood pressure, which may be expressed in mm Hg. If it is not possible to use SI units, please include SI values within parenthesis. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their work, including all statistical calculations and drug doses. Drugs should normally be referred to by their generic names to avoid confusion. When quoting specific materials, equipment and proprietary drug names the name and address of the manufacturer must be given in parentheses. It is also common practice to spell out numbers less than 10.

plus does not impose unnecessary restrictions on authors. Our authors are free to present the information in a way they think it would be easiest for the reader to comprehend.

Statistics: 

We advise our authors to seek appropriate professional statistical advice at an early stage in the conduct of a research and make sure that all the data analysis is done using sound statistical practices. It is not possible for biomedical researchers to have a thorough grasp of what is clearly a very difficult stream of science and we advise all our authors to run their final manuscript past a qualified statistician to weed out discrepancies and inaccuracies. It is good scientific practice to detail the statistical methods and techniques used in the manuscript for the benefit of individual reader. Please provide the original data in additional files where necessary. This would further enable readers to judge your manuscript accordingly. And it would help reviewers in future to analyse the data presented in your study.

Equations:

Please upload equations as illustrations. You may choose to copy all equations in a word file (.doc or .docx) and allocate numbers in the order of appearance. They would need to be referenced in the manuscript. Please note that the equations would appear at the end of the manuscript.

Abbreviations: 

Abbreviation use must be minimised and they should be defined upon first use in the manuscript as is the common practice amongst most scientific journals. A list of abbreviations should be provided at the end of the manuscript. 

Illustrations:

All Illustrations (figures, tables, pictures, images etc.) should be submitted in commonly used file formats. [Kindly upload your illustrations in JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, DOC formats] They must all be accompanied by a separate legend in the main manuscript file. Authors should try and submit all illustrations in one file if possible. It will be acceptable to submit illustrations of different types in different files. 

Role of WebmedCentral plus support team:  

Most of our publication process is automated and author driven. Authors will be able to submit their manuscripts (online only) using our sophisticated technical platform. Manuscripts are then seen by our speciality editors, editorial board members, and reviewers. Upon final acceptance for publication, our support team will upload the manuscript on to our publishing portal and generate a pdf for author(s)’ approval. Manuscript is published after authors approve it. All authors are emailed at various stages of development but only submitting authors will be able to make changes or carry out actions from his/her user account. We do not offer routine copyediting but are able to advise authors of appropriate service provides if they ask. Our editors may insist that manuscript be copy edited before it can undergo peer review. 

Post publication Peer Review: 

plus has features enabled for the scientific community to rate articles, comment on them, and review them after publication. Authors will in turn be able to respond using Author Response feature on each article page. 

Article Categories: 

Please click here for a list of article categories in which we accept articles.

Subject Categories: 

Please click here for a list of subject categories in which we accept articles. If your specialty is not included in this list, it is probably because we are still looking for the right editors for this area. Please consider joining our editorial team. We only cover those specialties on plus that have at least two specialty editors and four editorial board members.