Author Guidelines

Author Guildelines

The RGUHS Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences is the official publication of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru. It is a quarterly publication (Mar-Jun-Sep-Dec) since 2010. It is devoted to publishing the research articles and review articles depicting the present status and trends in Pharmaceutical Sciences and related disciplines, including life sciences, articles of special interest covering the areas of pharmaceutical research, case study, teaching and learning, laboratory innovations, education technology, curriculum design, examination reforms, trainings, and other related issues. All manuscripts are subjected to peer review and plagiarism check. The articles of high quality (not previously published and not under consideration for publication in another journal) will be subjected to a peer review process and the authors need to attend to the reviewers comments, incorporate the necessary corrections, clarify queries raised by reviewers within 15 days of the receipt of queries before resubmission for consideration for publication. The authors are required to send authorship responsibility undertaking signed by all the authors of the paper along with the manuscript. 

Types of Papers

The RGUHS Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences will accept the following contributions:

1. Original research articles:

Should not exceed 3000 words and it must include Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References. As a guideline, a full length paper is normally not more than 8 printed pages of the journal, including tables and illustrations (maximum of FIVE tables and illustrations with no duplication of data among them).  

2. Short communications:

The average length should not be more than 3 pages in print (approx. 1000-1500 words, including abstract and references). A maximum of 2 illustrations (tables or figures) are allowed.  

3. Letters to the Editors

Letter to Editors word count should not be more than 3 pages in print (approx. 700-1000 words 

4. Review articles:

Authors intending to publish review articles should consult and send an outline to the Review Editor before preparing their manuscripts. Review articles that address cutting-edge problems, particularly are accepted. Tables, figures, and references are to be arranged in the same way as research article in the journal. A short curriculum vitae (CV) of the lead author/corresponding author is required to be sent to the editor.  

5. Case reports:

Must include Abstract, Introduction, Case description, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, and References. As a guideline, IT SHOULD NOT EXCEED more than 3 printed pages of the journal, including illustrations.  

Before You Begin the Manuscript

Ethics in publishing:

The information pages on ethics in publishing and ethical guidelines for journal publications are available on the RGUHS website. Authors are requested to send their articles strictly according to the given format mentioned in the ‘guidelines to the authors’.

Policy and ethics:

In the covering letter, authors should declare that the study was performed according to the international, national, institutional, and university rules considering animal experiments, clinical studies, and biodiversity rights. Investigations using experimental animals must state as per international accepted principles for laboratory animals use and India as per the The Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) guidelines. The Institutional Animal Ethics Committee permission and letter number must be included in the manuscripts. Similarly, for clinical studies investigations with human subjects as per the guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki and Tokyo for humans and letter approved by the Institutional Human Ethics Committee or equivalent  MUST BE PROVIDED WHENEVER NECESSARY.

Declaration of Interest:

In the article, all the authors should disclose the financial and personal relationships with people or organizations that could otherwise inappropriately influence the research work. Conflicts of interest include consultancies, honoraria, patent applications, employment, and grants or other funding. Authors should mention the declaration of interest statement and if there are no interests to declare-then

Declarations of Interest:

This statement will be published within the article if accepted for publication. 

Changes of Authorship:

Authors are expected to provide carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscripts. Any addition, deletion or rearrangements of author names in the authorships list should be made only before manuscript has been accepted. The request for such a change should be communicated to the editor by the corresponding author only and approved by the editor.

Role of Funding Sources:

Author has to mention clearly the sources of funding with reference number. If the funding sources have no such involvement then this should be stated as - Funding sources: Nil.

Manuscript Preparation

General information

Manuscript should be concisely typewritten in 1.5 spacing in A4 size with 1 inch margin on all sides. The manuscript shall be prepared in TIMES NEW ROMAN using font size 12 pt. The text should be in single-column format. Titles shall be in font size 14 pt bold in Title case. All section titles in the manuscripts should be in font size 12 pt, bold and capital. Subtitles in each section shall be in font size 12 pt, bold face sentence case in italics followed by a colon. Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Use this numbering also for internal cross-reference. To avoid unnecessary errors, authors are strongly advised to use “spell-check” and “grammar check” functions before sending the manuscripts. All the references in the text should be numbered consecutively as they first appear and must be indicated by an Arabic number in superscript after punctuation. All the Figures and Tables cited in the text should be numbered consecutively as they first appear eg, Table 1, Table 2, etc. and Fig.1, Fig.2, etc. Equations should be inserted by applying insert equation function in MSWord .docx. file. In the manuscript, a sentence should not start with a number. Abbreviations like “&” and “etc.” should be avoided. There shall not be any decorative borders anywhere in the text including the title page, tables, and figures.  

Article structure

Title page

 The following information should appear: title of the article in title case (when using title case, do not use capital letters for prepositions, articles, or conjunctions unless one is the first word). Use Times New Roman with font size 14 pt and bold centered with single blank line. The title should be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae, where possible.  

Author names and affiliations:

In manuscript, clearly indicate the given names(s) and family name(s) of each author and order. Please check that all names are accurately spelt eg, V M Chandrashekhar (Name: Chandrashekhar; Surname V; and Family name: M/Chandrashekhar Venkaraddi Magannavar). Present the authors affiliation addresses (where the actual work is done) below the names. Mention all affiliations with a lower case superscript letter immediately after the authors name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including country name and if available, the e-mail address of each author.  

Corresponding author:

Clearly indicate the author for correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication and post-publication.  


The abstract must not exceed 250 words and should describe the essential aspects of the investigation. The author should divide the abstract with the headings – Background, Aim of the study, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions. No references should be cited.  


At least 4-6 keywords, each separated by a semicolon and a full stop at the end should be used. This keyword will be used for indexing purposes. Abbreviations firmly or popularly established in the field may be eligible.


It is brief background information on what has been done in the past in this area avoiding a detailed literature survey or summary of the results. Importance of the proposed investigation including justification shall be given. Introduction shall end with a statement of the purpose or hypothesis of the study. The full form for an abbreviation should precede its first appearance in the text, unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

Materials and Methods:

The research method or design, animals, subjects, materials used, and statistical methods should be included with suitable references. Results and discussion shall not be drawn into this section. In animal/human experimentation, ethical guidelines shall be acknowledged and ethical clearance certificate with reference number and date must be mentioned. Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Any modification to existing method should also be described.


This section may be divided into subsections for better reading of the paper. All results based on methods must be included in a clear and concise manner. Tables, graphs, and figures shall be included in sequence as they facilitate understanding of the results.


It shall start with limited background information and then proceed with the discussion of the results of the investigation and explore the significance of the results of the work, and not repeat them.  


In a separate section, the major findings of the study and their usefulness shall be summarized. This paragraph should address the hypothesis or purposes stated earlier in the introduction.  


If the research is funded, acknowledge the funding agency with sanction letter number and date. Facilities of instruments availed at laboratories/institutions should also be acknowledged.  


Each table should be given on a separate page. Each table should have a short descriptive title and numbered in the order cited in the text. Abbreviations should be defined as footnotes in italics at the bottom of each table. Tables should not duplicate data given in the text or figures. Only MS word table format should be used for preparing tables. Tables should show lines separating columns with those separating rows. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the column headings. Column headings or captions should not be in bold face. It is essential that all tables have legends, which explain the contents of the table. Tables should not be very large that they run more than one A4-sized page. If the tables are wide, which may not fit in portrait form of A4 size paper, and then it can be prepared in the landscape form. Authors will be asked to revise tables not conforming to this standard before the review process is initiated. Tables should be numbered as Table No. 1–Title…., Table No. 2–Title….Etc. Tables inserted in word document should be in tight wrapping style with alignment as center.  

Figures, Photographs, and Images:

Graphs and bar graphs should preferably be prepared using Microsoft Excel and submitted as Excel graph pasted in Word file. These graphs and illustrations should be drawn to approximately twice the printed size to obtain satisfactory reproduction. [Specification of Legends/Values in Graphs – Font type – Arial, Font size - 10 pt, Italics - None] Photographs and photomicrographs should be submitted as 'jpeg/TIFF with the resolution of 600 dpi or more' images. Figure and Table titles and legends should be typed on a separate page with numerals corresponding to the illustrations. Keys to symbols, abbreviations, arrows, numbers, or letters used in the illustrations should not be written on the illustration itself, but should be clearly explained in the legend. In case of photomicrographs, magnification should be mentioned either directly on or in the legend. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Method of staining should also be mentioned in the legend. The complete sets of original figures must be submitted. Legends should be in the present tense (eg, Illustration shows…). Subjects’ names must not appear on the figures. Labels should contrast well with the background. Images should be uniform in size and magnification. Illustrations should be free of all identifying information relative to the subject and institution. Line drawings should be professional in quality. Written permission for use of all previously published illustrations must be included with submission, and the source should be referenced in the legends. Written permission from any person recognizable in a photograph is required. Legends must be double spaced and figures are numbered in the order cited in the text. The quality of the printed figure directly reflects the quality of the submitted figure. Figures not conforming to acceptable standards will be returned for revision. Figures should be numbered as Fig.1, Fig.2, etc. Figures inserted in the word document should be in square wrapping style with horizontal alignment as center.  


Drawings made with Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw (IBM/DOS) generally give good results. Drawings made in Word Perfect or Word generally have too low a resolution; only if made at a much higher resolution (1016 dpi) can they be used. Files of scanned line drawings are acceptable if done at a minimum of 1016 dpi. For scanned half tone figures a resolution of 300 dpi is sufficient.

Chemical terminology:

The chemical nomenclature used must be in accordance with that used in the Chemical Abstracts.

Symbols and abbreviations:

Unless specified otherwise, all temperatures are understood to be in degree centigrade and need not be followed by the letter ‘C’. Abbreviations should be those well known in scientific literature. In vitro, in vivo, in situ, ex vivo, ad libitum, et al. and so on are two words each and should be written in italics. None of the above is a hyphenated word. All foreign language (other than English) names and words shall be in italics as a general rule. Words, such as carrageenan-induced inflammation, paracetamol- induced hepatotoxicity, isoproterenol-induced myocardial necrosis, dose-dependent manner are all hyphenated.  

General guidelines for units and symbols:

The use of the International System of Units (SI) is recommended eg, meter (m), gram (g), kilogram (kg), second (s), minute (m), hour (h), mole (mol), liter (l), milliliter (ml), and microliter (µl). No pluralization of symbols is allowed. There shall be one character spacing between number and symbol. A zero has to be used before a decimal. Decimal numbers shall be used instead of fractions.

Biological nomenclature:

Names of plants, animals, and bacteria should be in italics.

Enzyme nomenclature:

Names recommended by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-International Union of Biochemistry (IUPAC- IUB) Commission should be used. When the enzyme is the main subject of a paper, its code number and systematic name should be stated at its first citation in the paper.


These should be as in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. 

Page layout

Page size letter portrait: 8 × 11; Margins: All Margins, 1" Page numbers: Numbered as per the assigned page; absolutely no break or missed sections


None; absolutely no tab


A short running title as the header/footer Title: 14 pt Times New Roman, bold, centered followed by a single blank line Text: 12 pt Times New Roman, full justification 1.5 line spacing between paragraphs. No indentation.


These should have individual rows and columns for each value expressed. All text should be fully justified. Please put all primary section titles in UPPER CASE letters (eg, INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, REFERENCES) and sub-heading in both upper and lower case letters (italics). Do not number your subtitles (eg, 1.0 Introduction; 2.0 Background; 2.1.1 are not acceptable). Do not use the tab key to indent blocks of text, such as paragraphs of quotes or lists, because the page layout program overrides your left margin on its own and the tab ends up in mid-sentence.  


Literature citations in the text must be indicated by Arabic numerals in superscript, each reference separately in the order as it appears in the text. The references should be cited at the end of the manuscript in the order of their appearance in the text. In case of formal acceptance of any article for publication, such articles can be cited in the reference as “in press”, listing all authors involved. References should strictly adhere to the Vancouver style of citing references.  Standard journal article (If more than six authors, the first three shall be listed followed by et al.)


Author(s) of article (surname initials). Title of article. Journal title; year of publication; volume number (issue number): page number(s). You CH, Lee KY, Chey WY, Menguy R. Electrogastrographic study of patients with unexplained nausea, bloating and vomiting. Gastroenterology 1980;79:311-4.  

Books and other monographs

Format: Author(s) of book (surname initials). Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher; year of publication.  

Personal author(s)

Eisen HN. Immunology: An introduction to molecular and cellular principles of the immune response. 5th ed. New York: Harper and Row; 1974.  

Editor, compiler, as author

Dausser J, Colombani J, editors. Histocompatibility testing 1972. Copenhagen: Munksgaard; 1973.

Chapter or article in a book

Format: Author(s) of chapter (surname initials). Title of chapter. In: Editor(s) name, editors. Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication. page numbers.

Organization as author and publisher

Institute of Medicine (US). Looking at the future of the Medicaid program. Washington: The Institute; 1992.  

Conference proceedings

Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EMG and Clinical Neurophysiology; 1995 Oct 15-19; Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 1996.  


Kaplan SJ. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and utilization [dissertation]. St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995.  


Larsen CE, Trip R, Johnson CR, inventors; Novoste Corporation, assignee. Methods for procedures related to the electrophysiology of the heart. US patent 5529 067. 1995 Jun 25.  

Electronic journal article

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infec Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 1996 Jun 5];1(1):[24 screens]. Available from: URL: ncidod/EID/eid.htm.  

World Wide Web

Format: Author/editor (surname initials). Title [online]. Year [cited year month day]. Available from URL: World Wide Web page McCook A. Pre-diabetic Condition Linked to Memory Loss [online]. 2003 [cited 2003 Feb 7]. Available from: URL:  

Copyright and permission

Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors would be required to sign a copyright form (to be supplied by the Editor) transferring copyright before the manuscript can be published.  

Ethical matter

Authors publishing results from in vivo experiments involving animals or humans should state whether due permission to conduct these experiments was obtained from the relevant ethics committees, in the Materials and Methods section. Authors are requested to send their research articles strictly according to the given format mentioned in the guidelines to the authors.

Online Submission of Manuscript

RGUHS Journal of Physiotherapy accept articles only through For online submission, please provide your complete manuscript in the form of a single file (MS Word Format) containing all the material. Please place table and figures at appropriate places in the text. Before submitting a manuscript, authors are encouraged to read the submission instructions carefully. You will be able to monitor the status of your manuscript online throughout the editorial process. Submission of revisions Authors submitting a revised manuscript after review are asked to include the following:

• A rebuttal letter, indicating point-by-point how you have addressed the comments raised by the reviewers. If you disagree with any of the points raised, please provide adequate justification in your letter.

• Manuscript revisions will be made by using track change or by highlight in response to the reviewers’ comments in order to aid the Editors and reviewers.

• A clean file and track change/highlighted manuscript should be submitted with cover letter and rebuttal letter.

For any queries related to paper feel free to contact editor

Editor RJPS

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