Research Guidelines for Authors

Author Guidelines

Ayurvedic health care journal (AHCJ) is open access yearly journal, which all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication. Non-commercial use and distribution in any medium are permitted, provided the author and the journal are properly credited.

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Ayurvedic health care journal (AHCJ) alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the Ayurvedic health care journal (AHCJ) readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself. Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and
sending and receiving proofs is completed online. Processes for appeals the authors do have the right to appeal if they have a genuine cause to believe that the editorial board has wrongly rejected the paper. If the authors wish to appeal the decision, they should email the editorial office explaining in detail the reason for the appeal. The appeals will be acknowledged by the editorial office and will be investigated in an unbiased manner. The processing of appeals will be done within 6 – 8 weeks. While under appeal, the said manuscript should not be submitted to other journals. The final decision rests with the Editor in Chief of the journal. Second appeals are not considered. Anti-Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism includes duplicate publication of the author’s own work, in whole or in part without proper citation or mispresenting other’s ideas, words, and other creative expression as one’s own. The Journal follows strict anti-plagiarism policy. All manuscripts submitted to Ayurvedic health care journal (AHCJ) undergoes plagiarism check with commercially available software. Based on the extent of plagiarism, authors may be asked to address any minor duplication, or similarity with the previous published work. If plagiarism is detected after publication, the Journal will investigate. If plagiarism is established, the journal will notify the authors’ institution and funding bodies and will retract the plagiarised article.


All manuscripts can be submitted through mail ([email protected]) once there is a call for papers. After that all manuscripts will be provided with a manuscript reference number (ID) and all correspondence is done through e-mail. Please always refer to the manuscript reference number for any further enquiries.


Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in Ayurvedic health care journal (AHCJ) are sent to two or more expert reviewers. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. The revised version of the manuscript should be submitted online in a manner similar to that used for submission of the manuscript for the first time. When submitting a revised manuscript, contributors are requested to include, the ‘referees’ remarks along with point-to-point clarification at the beginning in the revised file itself. In addition, they are expected to mark the changes as underlined or coloured text in the article.


Confirmation of acceptance will be given once the author satisfies the comments and comply with the changes suggested. Confirmation about the acceptance of the manuscript will be sent to the Email address of the corresponding author


After final corrections, approved articles are uploaded in the website constantly in the current issue


General Instructions: The manuscript must be prepared in Microsoft Word or Open Office file format in A4 size page with margin 2 cm on all sides, Arial, single-spaced throughout, including tables, graphs and figures. Article Title should be font size of 14, in bold sentence case. All other section titles in the manuscript shall be in font size 12, bold sentence case. Subtitles in each section shall be in font size 12, bold sentence case. Multiple Spacing (1.5) has to be followed. Tables and figures must be inserted at the appropriate place in the article.
Language and Grammar: Whole article must be in English language in sentence case and free from grammatical mistakes. Ayurvedic terms are to be made italics and the relevant English meaning of the Ayurvedic terms should be given in the bracket in whole manuscript.

Preparation of Manuscript
1. Original Research Articles: Original Research papers should present new experimental studies in elaborate form that constitute a significant contribution to knowledge. A research paper should be arranged into the following sequence.




All manuscripts should start with a title page. The title should be as short as possible on the first page, which provides precise information about the contents, followed by names of authors/ author (including affiliation) with a numerical superscript. After that all authors must provide a brief institutional address. In addition, the corresponding author must indicate his or her complete mailing and postal address after that.


Abstract should not be more than 250 words and be informative, completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, important observations and conclusion. Standard nomenclature should use; abbreviations and references should be avoided.


All the manuscripts should include keywords. Keywords reflecting the major features of the work should be inserted about four to six. These keywords will be used for the indexing purpose.


Introduction should include background of the subject, earlier works carried out, signify the relationship with the proposed work and aims and objectives of this study.


It should be complete enough to allow experiments to be reproduced. All the procedures should be described in detail. For example, diagnostic methods, description of the eligibility of the inclusion and exclusion criteria, methods adopted for the study along with the references to the established method, dosage, route of administration should be mentioned in detail.


The observations of the study must illustrate with figures or tables wherever necessary. The research with appropriate statistical analysis described in the methods section should be self- explanatory.


The major findings of the work highlighting its importance, relevance and their usefulness of the study shall summarize. The conclusions of this study must discuss a short summary and further scope in the field should describe in this context.


All acknowledgments be typed in one paragraph directly preceding the reference section and may include supporting grants, presentations, and so forth.


References should be in Vancouver style and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Cite the references in the text by the appropriate number with superscript e.g.  [1], [2,3], [4-6], [7,8-10]  and the numbers should be within square brackets. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. Avoid using abstracts as references and do not cite any references in discussion and conclusion section.

Formats and examples of different references –

1. Journal – Authors. Article title. Journal title. Date of publication;Volume (Issue). Page no

  • Standard journal article (for less than six authors): Bhadra Dev P, Murthy P H  C. Clinical Evaluation of Panchavaktra Ras in the Management of Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis). International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine. 2012; 3(1).22-39.
  • Standard journal article (for more than six authors): List the first six contributors followed by et al.: Daar AS, Singer PA, Persad DL, Pramming SK, Matthews DR, Beaglehole R, et al. Grand challenges in chronic non-communicable diseases. Nature 2007; 6.450-494.
  1. Books or any other monograph – Author. Title. Edition. Place of Publication.Publisher. YearofPublication;Pageno.
    Example : GN. The Surgical Instruments of the Hindus. Vol.-2. Calcutta.Calcutta University Press.1913;225-230.
  2. Web references – Author. Title. Name of publisher. Date of publish. accessed date; URL.
    Example: Hinsdale, Hypertension, Dialysis & Clinical Nephrology, Hinsdale, Med textInc.1995-2001, accessed on 2001 Mar 8; http://www.medtext. com/hdcn.htm
  3.  AyurvedicClassics- Editor.Edition. Book.Sthana. Chaptername.chapterno.Verse.Placeofpublication.Publisher details.Year of publication; page no.
    Example:Sharma S.1st ed.Ashtanga Samgraha of Vagbhata.Sootra Sthana.Dravadravya Vidnyaniya.Chapter 6. Verse 10-16. Varanasi.Chowkhambha Sanskrit Series.2006; 37-38



Manuscripts should include details about the funding agency/ sponsors, grant number and the role of funders. If the funders have no role to play or the study did not receive funding, a statement declaring the same should be mentioned. 


If the author (s) wish to acknowledge any support, he/she may write their name, designation and brief institutional details.


All manuscripts for articles, original research reports, editorials, comments, reviews, book reviews, and letters submitted to the journal must include a conflict-of-interest disclosure statement or a declaration by the authors that they do not have any conflicts of interest to declare. If the articles are authored by the editorial board, the conflict of interest must be clearly stated


Tables should be typed in MS word table format (with rows and columns visible) and be numbered consecutively in numerals and bear a brief title in bold sentence case normal face and must cited in within the text. Title and table number needs to be mentioned on above left side of the text. Abbreviations should be defined as footnotes in italics at the bottom of each table. Please do not duplicate material that is already presented in the tables.


Title and figure no. need to be mentioned on above left side of the text. Figures must be in the text and bear a brief title in lower case bold face letters above the figure. Photographs, drawings, diagrams and charts are to be numbered in one consecutive series of the numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text and abbreviated as Fig. 1, Fig. 2 etc., Photos or drawings must have a good contrast of dark and light. Legends of figures should be brief, but complete and self- explanatory so that the reader can easily understand the results presented in the figure.


  1. Review Articles: Reviews are systemic critical assessments of literature and data sources in a particular field. Usually, reviews are invited from researchers with considerable experience in the field concerned. The purpose of these manuscripts is to discuss in detail the existing state of knowledge, critical analysis of different opinions, and up-to-date developments on the subject of current interest.
  2. Book Reviews: Introduction, Author's recognition, Subject matter of book at a glance, Analysis of particular methodologies and techniques mentioned in the book, Chapter Discussion, Indices, Practical aspects, Demerits of the text, Conclusion.
  3. Short Communication/ Research Letter: Original research work that does not fulfil the criteria for a full-length research paper can be published as a short communication or research letter. For short communication, prepare the manuscript exactly as described under Research paper category and for research letter, prepare the manuscript exactly as described under Research paper category without any subheadings.
  4. Case Reports/case series: Clinical cases with unusual presentation of a disease as well as unreported adverse drug reaction cases can be submitted under this category. The authors must be able to provide a statement that the patient described in the case report has given their informed consent for the case report to be published. The case reports should include unstructured abstract, key words, introduction, case report, brief discussion and conclusion with references.
  5. Letter to the Editor/Correspondence: Comments on previously published articles in the International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharma Research or are relevant brief reports of preliminary data that can be published if they provide new insights. Letters must have a title.


Author(s) is fully responsible, if the submitted manuscript contains any such type fabrication, fraud, or plagiarism. If any objections or complaints regarding the submitted article, Chief Editor have full rights to modify or delete the whole or part of the written content even after publication also.


It is a condition of publication that manuscripts submitted to the journal have not been published and will not be simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden, and by submitting the article for publication the all authors agree that the Chief Editor have the legal right to take appropriate action against the authors, if plagiarism or fabricated information is discovered. Corresponding author required to sign on behalf of all co-authors in Copyright Agreement and Authorship Responsibility Form once the manuscript is accepted.


Page proofs and correction format are sent to the corresponding author through email. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the galley proofs are returned within 3 days of receipt. If require any corrections in article, if yes, and then use the correction format, which is attached. If there are no corrections then give us permission [by sending a reply mail as NO correction] to upload it on website.


The names, email addresses, phone numbers entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

*100% WAIVED OFF FOR 2022

There are no charges during the submission of articles. Only after acceptance of the manuscript, Authors are required to pay publication fee for web maintenance, processing and editing purpose. 
For Indian Authors- Authors are required to pay online publication charges Rs. 3000/- per
article. If author is interested to take a print copy of Journal, then pay Rs. 3500/- per article. Author(s) will get one copy of the printed journal for one article. Authors can also get additional copies of the printed journal by paying Rs. 500/- within India.

For Foreign Authors: Authors are required to pay online publication charges 80 USD, if author is interested to take a print copy of Journal, then pay 100 USD per article. Authors can also get additional copies of the printed journal by paying 30 USD per each copy.


If you do not have funds to pay such fees, and your work needs a platform then you will have an opportunity to waive fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work. The decision of the fee waive off solely depends on the editorial board of the journal.


Authors are requested to send their articles strictly according to the given format mentioned in the guidelines to the author.