The “Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences” is a peer reviewed journal, which publishes original research work that contributes significantly to further the scientific knowledge in all fields of Reproduction, including Obstetrics and Gynecology. The journal publishes the articles related to prevention, management and treatment of diseases and the promotion of health in developed and developing countries in concern with the reproductive system. The Journal publishes original research work either as a full Research Paper or as a short communication, review articles on current topics in Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences. Author(s) may submit their manuscripts through online submission system www.scholarscentral.org/submissions/basic-clinical-reproductive-sciences.html
All contributions are evaluated according to the criteria of originality and quality of the scientific content. The manuscript needs to be prepared strictly according to the guidelines provided in the Journal and it should be submitted via online submission system only. All submissions should carry a covering letter, which must state that the present article has neither been published nor under consideration for publication in any other journal.
Peer Review Process
The articles should be submitted in English using, United States spelling. The journal offers assistance to the non-native English speakers that need language services. Each new submission is assigned to a primary editor, who reads the paper, consults with other editors, and decides whether it should be sent for peer review. The Editor-in-chief can reject if the submitted article is not of sufficient interest and lacking novelty.. In addition, articles will be immediately rejected if the manuscript is lacking in creativity, containing significant scientific or technical flaws, or deficient in considerable message. Furthermore, articles that differ markedly from the scope of the journal will also be rejected by suggesting an alternative journal for submission. Once it is accepted for peer review, the corresponding authors will receive a conformation e-mail with a reference number assigned to the paper, which he/she is asked to quote all subsequent correspondence.
As soon as we determine the suitability of manuscripts for publication in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences, two or more experts who have published in that specialty are appointed as reviewers. The duration of the reviewing process mostly depends on the availability and speed of the field editor and the reviewers. Authors may also be requested to disclose the names of two or more experienced reviewers with considerable experience in the study area where their manuscripts may be sent to. However, the suggested reviewers should not have the same affiliation with the authors. Each member of the editorial team is responsible for a manuscript, but the final decision on acceptance lies with the editorial team. After reviewing, the corresponding author receives the comments, and suggestions like acceptance, rejection and amendments in the manuscript. The authors may be requested to provide a point by point reaction to the reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process will be repeated until the reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.
Accepted manuscripts for publications 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 appropriate to include corrections received after that period. The entire process from the submission of manuscript, sending or receiving proofs until the final acceptance for publication is communicated online. To achieve quicker and better propagation of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ immediately on acceptance.
Article processing charge (APC) :
No paper copies of manuscripts will be accepted. All communication will be done electronically. To ensure that the final, published version matches the electronic file, make sure that you use only the following fonts: Arial, Courier, Symbol and Times. The use of nonstandard fonts may lead to missing symbols. The font size should be no smaller than 7 point and no larger than 14 point. It may vary based on the extensive editing, colored effects, complex equations, extra elongation of no. of pages of the article, etc.
Average Article prorcessing time (APT) is 55 days
Human and Animal Rights Policy
The journal ascertains that research studies conducted must be abide by ethical as well as human and animal rights policies provided by the responsible committee of the institution and in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (as revised in Edinburgh 2000), available at Ethical Consideration http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html. Authors may be asked to provide evidence of the ethical approval. Informed oral or written permission must be obtained from human subjects, and this must be clearly stated in the methodology section. Efforts should be made to preserve patient anonymity. Confidentiality of subjects should be strictly maintained by desisting from mentioning participants’ names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. The photographs should be cropped sufficiently to protect the identities of the human subjects; an eye bar can also be placed. Animal experiments must conform to the instructions for the care and use of animals provided by the institution in which the research was carried out.
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has established uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals that each author that has contributed to the manuscript must follow 3 criteria to qualify for the authorship:
The contribution of each author towards the preparation of the manuscript must be stated. One or more author should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole right from the conceptual development to t publication of the article and should be designated as 'guarantor'.
Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest may arise when the author, reviewer, or editor has any financial or personal interests that may influence the final decision making process. The journal insists that the author/s must submit a declaration by stating the conflict of interest if any. The author is expected to disclose this before publishing any article. The author should also declare that the content submitted to the journal by him/her is not under consideration or published elsewhere.
Changes in authorship
Authors are obligate to submit a new covering letter with each revised version together with the reply to the reviewers. During the revision, if there is change in authorship, i.e. Addition or removal of author occurs; authors are requested to clarify the reason for such change and all the authors (including the removed/added ones) need to submit a written consent to this effect.
Types of articles
Research article are manuscripts written based on original data, collected through a systemic study. It is called as primary research and it collects the first-hand information on the topic. The research article should justify by maintaining sufficient word limit as the article length must not be less than 1500-3500 words (excluding Abstracts, references and Tables). Research article should strictly follow a structure by including Abstract, Introduction, Materials and method, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, tables, figures and legends in the order specified here.
Review articles should provide systematic, critical assessments of the literature and creative discussion on the topic stated in the article. The word limit for a review article should not exceed 4000 words. Review articles should address topics of general interest. The presentation should include, abstract, introduction, body of the review with headings and subheading, references, figures and tables. The authors of the review articles should also submit the details of the section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting and synthesizing data.
The journal publishes exciting findings, preliminary data or studies that did not yield enough information to make full paper, can be published as short communication. Short communications should not have subtitles such as; introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion. Instead, the entire information centered on a particular issue must be merged as a single text. The word limit should be up to 1500, with a maximum of two tables or figures and 12 references. A brief three sentence summary can be included as a conclusion.
For original research work. up to 700 words with a single table or figure and a maximum of five references.
Case studies present an exclusive overview of patient’s experiences from the medical or clinical point of view. Case studies contribute significantly in advancing our understanding about that particular physiological, clinical or psychological condition. This study is expected to discuss the signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. By providing clear and brief description of the case, case studies must be able to sums up the entire issue. This should be presented within 1000 words with a brief summary. The content should be logically arranged, which may or may not be divided as sections. One table or a figure is allowed in addition to text, and five references may be given.
Letters to the Editor
This category does not follow the writing styles discussed above. Letters to editors generally reflects the reader’s viewpoints related to article that is already published in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Reproductive Sciences. It should be concise, comprehensive and brief in which the reader may accept or differ a particular case or research findings.
Methods and Devices
Articles that describe procedures, techniques or equipment demonstrations that allow the readers to assemble/dissemble a particular work are also welcomed. However, the name of the author, qualifications, position, and place of work should be given.
Article submission Process
Registration is required for the first time users and it is free. Registered authors can keep track of their articles after logging into the site, using their user name and password. Any queries should be directed to [email protected] Manuscripts that do not comply with “Instructions to Authors” would be returned to the authors for technical correction prior to editorial review/ peer-review. The manuscript should be submitted as two separate files:
Page;1, the Title Page and Covering Letter: This page should posses the following details;
Blind peer review of the article file
In this file author’s names or initials or the institution where the study was done and the acknowledgement remains unknown to the reviewers and hence they should not be included in the manuscript. The main article must begin from abstract and ends with the reference and it should not include images. The pages should be numbered consequently, beginning with the first page of the blinded article file. The manuscript which is not in compliance with the Journal’s blinding policy will be returned to the corresponding authors.
Note: To help in formatting images (including tables and figures) or multimedia files, please submit them as separate attachments.
Preparation of manuscript
Please read the following instructions carefully, and the manuscript should be in the following order: The following sections give a brief overview of the main elements of an article.
Materials and Method
Acknowledgement if any, should be specified in one or more statements
The references should be cited in the text in large brackets not in superscript or subscript. A complete reference should comprise the following:
Article in a journal
Author’s Initials, Surname. Name of the journal, year, volume, issue, page no.
MM Youle; DA Hawkins; P Collins; DC Shanson; R Evans; N Oliver; Lawrence A. Lancet, 1988, 2, 341.
Author's Initials, Surname, Title, Edition, Publisher, Place of publication, Year of publication; pageno. RL Ashley. In Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infections, 3rd ed., Marcel Dekker, New York, 1999; pp. 489-513.
Author's Initials, Surname. MSc/PhD/DSc thesis, University (town, country, year of publication). RJ David. PhD thesis on Laboratory Diagnosis of Viral Infections, Edinburgh University (Edinburgh, UK, 1998).
AB Inventor1, CD Inventor, (Holder), Country Code and patent number (registration year).
Revised manuscript submission
The revised version of manuscript should be submitted online in the same manner by following the format adopted initially. It is necessary to submit the covering letter; contributors are requested to include the referee’s remarks along with detail clarification. In addition highlighting of changes did as per reviewers is compulsory.
Reprints and proofs
The author can purchase reprint of the same by making necessary payment at the time of submitting the proof / corrected manuscript.
The journal publishes the article in the website immediately on acceptance and follows a ‘continuous publication’ schedule. Articles are compiled for print as per the demand based on semi-annual issues .