Author guidelines


  1. Types of articles that we accept
  1. Original research articles
  2. Case reports
  3. Editorial
  4. Review article
  5. Letter to the editor
  6. Brief research


    Please submit all the following documents while submitting your new manuscript :
  2. Forwarding letter
  3. Authorship letter
  4. Manuscript
  5. Ethical clearance letter


  1. Manuscript preparation
  2. Official language of the SFHJ is English
  3. Should be submitted as a Word document
  4. Manuscript should have the following order:
  5. Title page(including abstract and keywords in a separate file, named as “Title page“)
  6. Abstract. It should be structured (only for original research as Introduction, Materials and Method, Results and Conclusions) and consist of no more than 250 words for research article, 150 for case report and other article. The abstract should be followed by up to five key words.Terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus should be used. It should be on the separate page.
  7. Keywords: Arranged in alphabetical order use MeSH, separated by semi-colon. Provide keywords at the end of the abstract
  8. Main textwith following sections in the same order (IMRAD STRUCTURE) in a separate file, named as “Manuscript” :
    1. Introduction
    2. Materials and Methods
    3. Results
    4. Discussion
    5. Conclusion
  9. References in a separate file named as “References
  10. Tables: All tables in a separate file named as “Tables
  11. Figures/Image: They should be submitted as such. They should not be pasted in word file for submission.
  12. Institutional Review Board/Committee (IRB/IRC) approval letter is a must.


  1. This section should be explained in detail so that others can recreate your study to replicate similar results.
  2. Type of study design
  3. Period of study
  4. Study population should be described in detail
  5. Describe the basis of selection of participants including both the inclusion and exclusion criteria
  6. If standard procedure or methods are used then please give the reference
  7. Statistical data should be explained in detail, mention the software used for data analysis
  8. If any drug is used, the generic name should be written


  1. Results should be written in logical sequence. Results with important findings should be presented first.
  2. Only the summary should be presented in the text. Once data is presented in the figure or table, it should not be repeated in the text.
  3. While writing percentage, the corresponding frequency and the sample size for calculating that percentage should be written.
  4. Mean should be presented with standard deviation as well. Range should be written for median.
  5. While mentioning results of statistical tests like Chi-square or student-t test, value of test statistics (Chi-square or t value), sample size for that test, degree of freedom, and P value should also be mentioned.
  6. Confidence interval should be written wherever possible.


  1. Any new and important facets of the study should be described.
  2. There should be no repetition of information from results or any section.
  3. Main conclusion should be summarized first than the other findings, then
    • Give the possible explanation or mechanism of those findings
    • The results should be compared and contrast compare with other similar studies
    • write the clinical implication of the findings
  4. Limitations of the study should be mentioned.
  5. Write the issues that are new or unexplained, for future research


  1. Conclusion should be linked with the title and objectives of the study.


  • Provide acknowledgements if any

Figures and Images: They should be added as separate files.


  1. Tables should be prepared in Word format.
  2. They should not be colored and not be merged.
  3. They should be placed at the end of the main text.
  4. They must be numbered and cited in the main text in numerical order.
  5. Title are placed above the table. Title should follow legend “Table x: ” without quotes. Ensure that your table title is brief but explanatory.
  6. Each column should have a heading. 
  7. Standard abbreviations and symbols, such as % or no. may be used in headings without further explanation.
  8. Notes are placed below the table and preceded by * sign.
  9. If P value is to be used, its real value should be used; not as >0.05, <0.05 or significant.


  1. References should be in NLM/Pubmed (National Library of Medicine) format. The name of journal should be abbreviated in accordance with the Index Medicus. If the journal is not listed in Index Medicus then it should be written out in full


  1. Only published or in press articles should be cited and included in the reference list.
  2. Citation should be consecutive starting from one.
  3. The citation in the text should be identified by Arabic numerals within the square brackets immediately after punctuation (with no word spacing) – for example .[2] not [2].
  4. If, in the text, an author cites a piece of work more than once, the same citation number should be used.
  5. With more than one references in a sentence, they should be separated by comma without spaces.
    1. eg: Several studies have examined the effect of ……………….[6,7,8,9,13,15]
  6. Citing author’s name in the text: One can use the author’s name in the text, but s/he must insert the citation number as well. If a work has more than one authors, use ‘et al.’ after the first author.
    1. eg: Simons et al. state that ………………..


  1. References should be as recent as possible; newer than three years old but not older than five years. Older references may be used if absolutely necessary.
  2. The number of references should be in consecutive order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
  3. References should be at the end of the manuscript.
  4. List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first six and add et al.
  5. Use one space only between words up to the year and then no spaces.
  6. References should include DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and PMID (PubMed ID) if they have one. Those who do not have both should contain web-link to the page containing that article.
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