Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

The NovelMeds publishes the following types of articles:

As long as they are related to the health theme, NovelMeds enthusiasts can send Reviews, Blogs & Narratives, Letter to the Editor, Interviews, Case Reports, Opinion Articles, Debate on Papers, Evidence-based commentaries/op-eds, Clash Articles, Historical Articles, Medical Humanities, blogs on Health, “How to” articles, and stories to be featured in NovelMeds. (in Word / .docx form). In special Issues of NovelMeds, any kind of artwork, including but not limited to comics, sketches, drawings, and photographs can also be sent.

Evidence-based commentaries/op-eds: NovelMeds seeks pieces addressing various public and global health issues from evidenced-based perspectives. Novelmeds is open to all evidenced-based, points-of-view. Reflections on Sustainable Development as dictated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to Health & Well-being is appreciated but not obligatory. The length of these submissions should not exceed 1500 words unless it has been previously arranged with the editorial board

Blog posts and Narratives: Blog posts and Narratives pay more attention to personal experience, opinion and views in comparison to Evidence-based commentaries/op-eds. However, any facts or numbers should be accurate and promptly cited. The length of these submissions should not exceed 1000 words unless previously agreed.

Debates on paper: NovelMeds will also consider evidence-based pieces on hot or emerging public and global health issues from opposing vantage points. The length of these submissions should not exceed 800-1000 words

Letters to the editor: Letters to the editor may reflect on a previously published piece, describe a novel perspective or a critical issue for health Science. In the case of letters addressing previously published articles, they should be submitted latest 05 months after the publication of the respective article. Max Word limit: 400 Words (Excluding Title & Author/Affiliation)

Medical Humanities: NovelMeds pays special attention to the field of Medical Humanities accepting written pieces (fiction, poetry, prose) and artworks (painting, photography). Submitted material must be free of copyright claims. In case copyright-protected content or recognizable people appear on the artwork, the author should provide a written consent form from the respected people or entities.

Medical Humanities pieces ought to be submitted without an abstract. For written pieces, the length should not exceed 1500 words unless previously arranged. Paintings and not written material should be accompanied by a brief text explaining the content and the rationale (200-500 words) If you have questions regarding the eligibility of a written piece or artwork for the humanities’ section, do not hesitate to contact us.

Short reports:

These papers communicate brief reports of data from original research that editors believe will be interesting to many researchers, and that will likely stimulate further research in the field. As they are relatively short the format is useful for scientists with results that are time-sensitive (for example, those in highly competitive or quickly-changing disciplines). The maximum word count for short reports is 1200–1600 words

Short/Mini Reviews:

Main text should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and have no more than 20 references.

FAQs about Manuscript Preparation

Authors are encouraged to follow the following principles before submitting their material:

The article should be written in Microsoft Word. Font: Times New Roman, Body Size 12, Line Spacing 1.15, Heading Font Size: 14.

TITLE: A concise, informative title should be provided. All authors should be listed with academic degrees, affiliations, addresses. If the study was presented in a congress, the author(s) should identify the date/place of the congress of the study presented.

KEYWORDS:

– They should be minimally three. Write these articles at the end of the article.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Conflict of interest, financial support, grants, and all other editorials (statistical analysis, language editing) and/or technical assistance if present, must be presented at the end of the text.

What should senders be careful about while making a submission?

Primarily, senders have to make sure that they are clearly stating their full name, name and faculty of the university, and country by filling the NovelMeds Submission Form. Contact information should also be clear to make sure that the Editorial Team can get in touch with contributors regarding the submissions.

Along with their submissions, contributors should also send a picture of themselves that can be used as an “author photo”. While sending the picture, please make sure that the photograph has a high quality (preferably at least 800 px * 800 px) and facial features of the author can be seen clearly. The author photo can be sent with the title of their article to submission@blog.novelmeds.org.

NovelMeds is a quality content publishing site that values original content and reviews all content submitted by contributors in terms of plagiarism. Therefore, the contributors are encouraged to label clearly all the quotations and material from external sources. It should be kept in mind that sources that are used while writing the article should be stated clearly at the end under the title “References”.

Please keep in mind that articles exceeding the 20% citation limit, meaning that more than 20% of the work is not original, will be rejected by the Editorial Team immediately, and new submissions from the same authors will not be accepted for that issue.

What are the rules of citation?

Citation is “the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source.” [1] It can be referencing a variety of sources, including websites, articles, researches, books, newspapers, videos, magazine issues) for a quote, statistic, research, opinion, etc. While there are a number of ways for citation, the one that is used at NovelMeds is Vancouver. Because manually citing every single source can take a lot of time, there are websites that do most of the work for the author(s). Websites like http://www.citationmachine.net/vancouver/cite-a-website or http://www.citethisforme.com/vancouver can be visited for easy and correct citation.

Just like explained above, authors are also expected to do in-text citation (like this [1]) for better matching between a specific part of the text and the source that is used. 

At the very end of the article, every single source that is referenced to should be stated as a list, like below:

References

1 – What Is Citation? [Internet]. Plagiarismorg RSS. 2017 [cited 2020May28]. Available from: http://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-citation

*Please note that percentage of the citations used within a text cannot be greater than 20% of the total word count.

Can I submit the visual material to be used alongside my article?

Absolutely! However, because DCRC can only publish visuals that are not copyrighted; while sending side photos, author(s) should be careful and only send out content that is copyright free, or created by themselves. There is an easy way of searching for visuals on Google that are free to use:

Go to Google, then click on Images, followed by the sub-menu called “Tools”. When “tools” button is clicked, a screen such as below should be seen:

Within that page, click on the third option and make sure that the option “Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification” is selected. You may use the visuals that are listed in the results page.

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Besides Google image search, you can check dedicated websites which provide copyright-free images. Written below are some websites that provide free CC0 images: (CC0: Free to share, change, and use for profit without any credit to the owner.)

Editorial Team can be contacted by sending an email to submission@blog.novelmeds.org for questions.