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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Any identification like name of author or affiliation is not included in the Main text file

Author Guidelines


VIMS Journal of Physical Therapy accepts the following types of articles for publication :

  • Original Articles( RCT, Cross-sectional Study, etc)
  • Systematic review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Pilot study
  • Case series and Case reports
  • Letter to Editor
  • Book review
  • Instrument Review

General Manuscript Format and Guidelines


The title should identify the research design and topic of the study


Authors and author affiliations. Write in the sequence of Contributions. 


The abstract can be unstructured but should include the following points-

 • Background to the study

 • Method in Short

 • Results

 • Main conclusions

 Keywords: To assist in indexing the journal, list up to 6 keywords (not from the title), which your article could be indexed.

Include an abstract of not more than 150 words.


The introduction is then best constructed as a descriptive funnel, starting with broad topics and slowly focusing on the work at hand. The introduction should include a background to the topic including:

• Background information e.g. pertinent information relating to the research study

• A brief review of pertinent literature related to the study

• The purpose of the study –Last summary sentence may be added stating how the answer to your question will contribute to the overall field of study- i.e. what is novel about this study?

Materials and methods

This section should be the description of the methods used in your study. Each method should be in detail. Standard guidelines such as CONSORT, STROBE, etc may be referred to depending on the type of study. This section must include the following points

  • Research Settings
  • Research Design
  • IEC approval details
  • CTRI registration
  • Sampling method and Sample size ( Detail Calculations)
  • Blinding, allocation method

1. Participants

2. Procedure

3. Patient Photos: Supply images at the highest resolution obtainable from the source. Do not reduce the file size.


Introduce each group of tables and figures in a separate paragraph where the overall trends and data points of particular interest are noted. You also need to indicate the placement of a particular table or figure in the text. The result should include the following details

· Participants flow through the research(Flow Chart)

· Statistical Package used( Ex. SPSS)

· Statistical Tests

· Graphical Representations and tables


The first paragraph should summarize the main findings of the study. The results should be evaluated in terms of accuracy, validity, and uniqueness. Summarize the most important findings and, if applicable, accept or reject the proposed hypothesis Information from the research study should be integrated with information from previous literature. New knowledge should be highlighted and recommendations made It is often informative if a discussion of the potential weaknesses of the interpretation is also included.


Key findings based on Purpose /Objectives and major results. Finally, end with a statement of how this work contributes to the overall field of study


Mention Funding received

Conflict of Interest

It is important to mention a Conflict of Interest related to financial or other personal considerations which may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising a researcher's professional judgment in conducting or reporting research.


Acknowledgments should be provided for anyone who was not an author but helped in the preparation of the article and also for any funding that was provided for the study. State all of the funding sources for the work, ensuring that the statement adheres to the guidelines provided by the funding institution.


Use Vancouver as the referencing system. A few Examples are given Below

Page Limit

The paper should not be more than 10 pages.


All references should be written in Vancouver style.

Books :

Standard format Authors, Title(in italics), Publisher, City of Publication, Year of Publication, page numbers(if appropriate).

Example :

1. Richardson CA, Jull G, Hodges P, Hydes J. Therapeutic exercise for spinal segmental stabilization in low back pain. 1st ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1999. p. 1-170.

Journal Articles : 

Standard format Authors, "Title of the article," Journal name(in italics), Volume (Issue), Pages, Month Year.

Example :

Chien A, Sterling M. Sensory hypoaesthesia is a feature of chronic whiplash but not chronic idiopathic neck pain. Manual Therapy 2010; 15(1): 48-53.

Conference Proceedings Standard Format :

Authors, "Title of the article," in Title of the conference (in italics), Publisher, Pages.

Example :

Leclercq, P. and Heylighen, "A. 5,8 Analogies per hour: A designer's view on analogical reasoning," in 7th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Design, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 285-303.

E-Books :

Standard format Authors, Title of E-book(in italics), Publisher, Date of original publication. [Format] Available: Source.

Example :

T. Eckes, The Developmental Social Psychology of Gender, Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000. [E-book] Available: netLibrary e-book.

E-journal :

Standard format Authors, "Title of Article," Title of Journal(in italics), Volume (Issue), pages, month year. [Format]. Available: Database Name (if appropriate), article number (if given), internet address. [Accessed date of access].

Example :

A. Altun, "Understanding hypertext in the context of reading on the web: Language learners' experience," Current Issues in Education, 6(12), July 2003. [Online]. Available:[Accessed Dec. 2, 2004].

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