|Indian Journal of Medical Research|
Indian Journal of Medical Research-a monthly Journal with
international circulation, entertains original communications on all
aspects of biomedical research that contribute significantly to the
advancement of knowledge in medical sciences. It is issued monthly, in
two volumes per year.
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contain the results of original investigations. Papers of routine nature
which are merely records of interesting cases as also those dealing with
modifications of routine methodology will not be encouraged. Further,
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are advised to submit independent papers with self-sufficient titles,
IJMR strongly discourages duplication/repetition of data already
published in other journals (even when certain cosmetic
changes/additions are made). If and when duplication is detected after
publishing in IJMR, the Journal will be forced to `retract' such
papers accepted are subject to editorial modifications.
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citing reference to research papers published in scientific journals,
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GS, Kinsky RG. Effect of immunization with sperm specific lactate
dehydrogenase with and without muramyl dipeptide as adjuvant. Indian J
Med Res 1994; 100 : 98-105.
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publication in the Indian Journal of Medical Research :-
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given above. In case an author has left the institution/country and
whose whereabouts are not known, the senior author may sign on his/her
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authorship will be permissible at a later stage, without valid
reasons and permission of the Editor.
5. If the authorship is contested at any stage, the article will be either returned or will not be processed for publication till the issue is solved.