Guidelines for Authors

International Journal of Indigenous Herbs and Drugs (Bimonthly Published Scientific Journal) welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. Papers will be published approximately within two months after acceptance.

Article Types

Three types of manuscripts may be submitted:
Original research articles: These should describe new and carefully confirmed findings and experimental procedures should be given in sufficient detail for others to verify the work
Short Communications: A short communication is suitable for recording the results of complete small investigations or giving details of new models or hypotheses, innovative methods, techniques or apparatus.
Review: Submissions of reviews and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged.

Author Guidelines

International Journal of Indigenous Herbs and Drugs (IJIHD) publish the following manuscript types:
• Original Research Articles
• Short communications
• Review Articles


Manuscript preparation

The manuscript should be prepared in English using ‚MS Word‛ with 1 inch margin on all sides (Top, Bottom, Left and Right side) of the page. ‚Times New Roman‛ font should be used. The font size should be of 12pt (Title, Main headings and Subheadings). Manuscript should be concisely typewritten in 1.5 spaces in A4 sized sheets. The pages shall be numbered consequently. The length of articles should not exceed 25 manuscript pages to include figures, tables and references. No abbreviations on acronyms shall be used in the titles or abstract acronyms except for measurements. There shall not be decorative borders anywhere in the text including the title page. These entire MS word document with graphs and illustration pasted in it shall not exceed 10 MB.

Sequence for manuscript submission

  • Article Title
  • Authors and Co-Authors details and their affiliations
  • Abstract (200 to 250 words)
  • Key words (maximum 6)
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgement
  • References
  • Figures
  • Tables


The title must be as brief as possible, comprehensive and descriptive. It should not be more than 20 words. Title should be of 12pt bold uppercase.


Each author must provide their full name including their forenames and surname. The corresponding author of the manuscript must be marked with an asterisk and should be listed first. In addition the corresponding author must include telephone and e-mail address at the bottom left corner of the title page. If any of the co-authors are from different organizations, their addresses too should be mentioned and indicated using numbers after their names. Maximum 5 authors should be allowed.


It should start on a new page after the title page and should present the novelty of the study, the main findings or object of present work and principle conclusions, not more than 250 words. All the three categories, original research papers, short communications and review articles should have an abstract.


4-6 keywords are to be provided by the authors. These keywords should be typed at the end of the abstract on the same page.


The introduction should not be an extensive literature review although it should provide sufficient background information for the reader to understand and evaluate the results of the present study


The section should include sufficient technical information to allow the experiments to be performed. Procedural detail that has been published previously should be referred to by citation.


Results should be described as concisely as possible in one of the following ways: text, table(s), or figure(s). The reproducibility and statistical significance of measurements, material or biological data, must be included where relevant.

Discussion should provide an interpretation of the results and their significance with regard to previously published work. There should not be any significant repetition of the experimental procedures or reiteration of the introduction.


A short, paragraph summarizing the most important finding(s) of the research is required.


The source of any financial support, gifts, technical assistance and advice received for the work being published must be indicated in the Acknowledgments section.


Referencing is a standardized way of acknowledging the sources of information and ideas that you have used in your research work and which allows the sources to be identified. It is important to be consistent when you are referencing. The Vancouver style of referencing is predominantly used in the medical field and Para medical science. When referencing your work in the Vancouver style, it is very important that you use the right punctuation and that the order of details in the reference is also correct.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order).

For Journal Reference
Desai BG, Annamalai AR, Divya B, Dinesh BM. Effect of enhancers on permeation kinetics of captopril for transdermal system. Asian J Pharma 2008; 2: 35-37.

For Book Reference
Ancel HC, Allen LV, Popovich NG. Pharmaceutical dosage forms and drug delivery systems. 5th ed., New Delhi: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005: 311-12.

For Chapters in Book Reference
Porter RJ, Meldrum BS. Antiepileptic drugs. In, Katzung BG(ed). Basic and clinical pharmacology. 6th ed., Norwalk (CN): Appleton and Lange; 1995; 361-80.

Government publications
Government of India. Ministry of health and family welfare. Indian Pharmacopoeia Vol. I & II. The Controller of Publication, New Delhi; 1996: 762-10.


• Figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (i.e. Figure 1, 2, 3 etc.).
• Provide a brief title with each figure.
• All figures should be cited in the text.
• File formats accepted are Microsoft Word (figures must be a single page), PowerPoint (figures must be a single page), PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, CDX (ChemDraw) or TGF (ISIS/Draw).


• Tables should be numbered consecutively (Table 1, Table 2 etc) and each table must start on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.
• Each table must have a title. Each table legend, in paragraph form, should briefly describe the content and define any abbreviations used. If values are cited in a table, the unit of measurement must be stated.
• Tables should be created using Microsoft Word table formatting tools (do not use the tab key to form rows and columns of data as tab information is lost when the document is processed.


Review articles should not be more than 25 pages and contain comprehensive coverage of relevant literature. Review articles should preferably be written by scientists who have in-depth knowledge of the topic. All format requirements are similar to those applicable to research papers. Review articles need not to be divided into sections such as materials and methods and results and discussion, but should definitely have an abstract and introduction.


The research and technical communications section of this journal (maximum 3,000 words) is open to interesting results worthy of publication without requiring extensive introduction and discussion. This section should be organized as follows: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion and conclusion (combined). Not more than 10 references should be provided. Tables, figures and references are to be arranged in the same way as for research papers. Brevity of presentation is essential for this section.


The cover letter should include name, degree, address, telephone, fax and email of the corresponding author. A statement that all authors have contributed to, read and approved the final manuscript for submission should be included if there are multiple authors. The author(s) may also suggest two to four reviewers for the manuscript (IJIHD may designate other reviewers).


Submission of the manuscript represent that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not considered for publication elsewhere. Authors would be required to sign a CTA form (Copy Right Transfer Agreement) once the manuscript is accepted which would be sent to the corresponding author’s email. The corresponding author can download the form and after getting authors and co-authors signature it can be send as an attachment file after scanning to along with the publication charges payment receipt.


Electronic proofs will be sent (e-mail attachment) to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage. Authors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.


Authors involving in the usage of experimental animals and human subjects in their research article should seek approval from the appropriate Ethical committee in accordance with “Principles of Laboratory Animal Care”. The Method section of the manuscript should include a statement to prove that the investigation was approved and that informed consent was obtained.


Manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Indigenous Herbs and Drugs are assumed to be submitted under the open access publishing model. There is no charge for the processing of papers but author(s) of accepted paper is required to pay a publication charge of 1500 Rupees for Indian authors & 75 USD for International authors. Published papers appear electronically and are freely available from our website.


The use of the international System of Units (SI) is recommended


The chemical nomenclature used must be in accordance with that used in the chemical abstracts.


Unless specified otherwise, all temperatures are understood to be in degrees centigrade and need not be followed by the letter ‘C’. Abbreviations should be those well known in scientific literature. In vitro, et al. and so on are two words each and should be written in italics. All foreign language (other than English) names and words shall be in italics as a general rule. Words such as carrageenaninduced inflammation, paracetamol-induced hepatotoxicity, isoproterenol-induced myocardial necrosis are all hyphenated.


Names of plants, animals and bacteria should be in italics.


The trivial names recommended by the IUPAC-IUB Commission should be used. When the enzyme is the main subject of a paper, its code number and systematic name should be stated at its first citation in the paper.


These should be as in the concise oxford dictionary of current English.


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