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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, or RTF document 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.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Supplementary Files: Please also submit supplementary files along with your manuscript and also go through BHJ Checklist (must read):
    1. Forwarding letter
    2. Authorship
    3. Declaration
    4. Manuscript preparation guideline
    5. Ethical Approval letter for research article, only
    6. Appropriate reporting guideline checklist (for research article, only), please check below for detail
  • For Case Report: Please download Case Report Consent Form, get it signed, keep the original with the patient chart and submit a copy of it.
  • Please add all co-authors (in stage 3. Enter Metadata) in the list of contributors (add contributor) during the submission process.

Author Guidelines

The Editorial Process 
IJATM follows the principles of COPE, CSE, WAME and ICJME guidelines. The submitted manuscripts are duly acknowledged and initially reviewed for possible publication by the Editors with the understanding that they are being submitted only to the IJATM, have not been published, simultaneously submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Rejection:
More than 95% of the submitted manuscript is rejected by the preliminary in-house review process, mostly due to lack of IJATM format/ templates [to avoid preliminary rejection, please go through submission guideline in detail, follow them strictly and prepare your manuscript accordingly].
On average, 40-60% of the manuscripts with insufficient originality or insignificant message, serious scientific and technical flaws are rejected after peer review. However, we do encourage the author to resubmit after the revision if the research was conducted scientifically. The preliminary rejection of the manuscript is related to; manuscript being out of scope, manuscript not formatted correctly, not following checklist and guidelines accurately, submission below publishable standards, incomplete submission (e.g. lack of ethical approval letter for research article). The rejection could also be due to lack of originality, flaws in the  METHODS section, generalizing and exaggerating the finding not supported by internal and external validity, peer reviewers' comment not adequately answered or unanswered, plagiarism, publication misconduct and more. While declining the submission, we do not make comment on each aspect of the manuscript but give the reason for inadequate IJATM  formatting, which means one or all of the above reasons. If you follow the IJATM  guideline in detail, you will find out the reason for the rejection. If you fail to pinpoint, we request you to consult a modern epidemiologist, methodologist, or medical statistician. Therefore, we request you to go through the author guideline in detail to avoid rejection of your submission.

We truly value your hard work and wish to publish most of the submissions to the IJATM. However, as we stated earlier, we follow the principles of the University Grant Commission (UGC-India), CCIM-India, COPE and ICJME guidelines. Hence, we have to maintain the highest standard of scientific values in our work. Therefore, we urge you to help us to improve science together. We hope that the rejection of your current submission will not deter you to continue submitting your work to the BHJ.

Publication and Decision Time:
Time to first decision overall (average) within3 -5 days for initial decision (without review); 30-45 days (with the review). Those articles which have been submitted six months to a year ago undergo auto-pruning (automatic declining). It happens due to one of the following reasons i) to iii) or due to loss of contact with the authors.
If you find encounter delay and find no update on your BHJ submission account, which could be due to;
i) submission was incomplete or 
ii) submission was without following JNMA format and supplementary documents or 
iii) there is an issue with your submission (e.g. ethical issues or research misconduct or related)
Because of any of the above issues or any other reasons, if you do not receive any information or update about your submission within 2-4 weeks, please contact IJATM as soon as possible. We will make sure that your voice is heard and addressed appropriately.

N.B. Please do not contact on personal email, social media or phone number to Editor-in-Chief, Editorial team (except the mail and number provided) related to your submission. All communication must be made via IJATM official email address only. IJATM best editorial practice ensures that it publishes the highest standard articles. 


The Peer Review Process
The manuscripts are then sent to two expert peer reviewers blinded to the contributor’s identity and vice versa for meticulous review, inputs and comments. The final decision on whether to accept or reject the article are taken by the Editor-in-Chief based on editorial board and peer reviewers. The contributors are informed about the rejection/acceptance of the manuscript with the peer reviewer’s comments. Accepted articles have to be resubmitted after making the necessary changes or clarifying questions made during the peer review process.
The accepted articles are edited for grammatical, punctuation, print style and format errors and page proofs and are sent to the corresponding author who should return them within three days. Non-response to galley proof may result in the delay of publication or even rejection of the article.

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