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Author Guidelines

Prerequisites, considerations, and criteria for publication in JAHM

No substantial part of the manuscript may be under consideration by any other journal, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server.

Authors also have to make sure that any experimental research reported in their submission has been performed with the approval of an appropriate ethics committee.

Authors from pharmaceutical companies are required to adhere to Good Publication Practice (GPG) guidelines for Pharmaceutical companies, which are available on

Authorship credit should be solely based only on contributions to each of the three elements cited below: 

  1. Concept and design of study or collection of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically
  3. Final approval of the manuscript version to be published.

Copyright policy

The author(s) will retain copyright and permit the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that permits others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the author and initial publication in this journal.

The entire contents of the JAHM are protected under Indian and international copyrights. The Journal, however, allows free, irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, perform and display the work publicly and to make and distribute works in any online website for any non-commercial purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights. The journal also permits the right to make small numbers of printed copies for their personal non-commercial use under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

In case of JAHM does not publish said work, the author(s) will be so notified and all rights assigned hereunder will be given back to the author(s).

All accepted works should not be published anywhere without prior written permission from JAHM. The author(s) hereby declare that they are sole author(s) of the work, that all authors have contributed and agree with the content and conclusions of the work, that the work is original, and does not infringe upon any copyright, propriety, or personal right of any third party, and that no part of it nor any work has been submitted to another journal.


The main aim of the Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine (JAHM) is to provide a platform for sharing knowledge among the Ayurveda and CAM researchers.  JAHM is indexed in more than 25 international databases.

Authors may submit Original Research Articles, Review articles, Short Reviews, Case Report, Case series, Letter to the editor in the following disciple:

Ayurveda: Kayachikitsa, Roganidana, Panchakarma, Rasayana, Vajikarana, Samitha, Moulika Siddhanta, Prasooti & Striroga, Kaumarabhritya, Bhuta vidya, Manasa Roga, Shalakyatantra, Shalyatantra, Swasthavritta, Agada Tantra, Sharira Rachana, Sharira Kriya, Dravyaguna, Rasashastra, Bhaishajya Kalpana, .

Allied Sciences: naturopathy, yoga, medicinal plants sciences, pharmacology, Pharmacognosy, phytochemistry, Pharmaceutics, analytical chemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry.


All manuscripts must be submitted on-line through the website New users must have to register at JAHM website. Registration is free but mandatory. After registration, login and click on new submission and complete 5 step submission process. Registered authors can know the status of articles after logging into the site. If you experience any problems, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at and

Word limits

1. For Original Research Articles (Clinical and Experimental) - 4000 words (max 80 references) and six tables and six photos. 

2. For Review Articles - 4000 words (max 80 references) and six tables and six photos.

3. Short Review Articles - 2000 words (max 30 references) four tables and four photos.

4. Case Studies - 1500 words (max 15 references)-four tables and four photos.

5. Book Review - 2000 words (max 15 references) and four tables and four photos.

6. Case Series- 2000 words (max 20 references) - four tables and four photos.

Editorial and Peer Review Process

The submitted manuscripts that are not written as per the “Instructions to Authors” would be either rejected or sent back to the authors for correction, before they undergo editorial/ peer-review. The manuscript should be submitted in two separate files:

[1] Title Page:

This file should provide

(a)    The type of manuscript (original article, case report, review article, Letter to editor etc.), title of the manuscript, names of all authors (must include academic degrees, designation and affiliations) and name of the department and/ or institution to which the work should be credited.

(b)    Source of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these;

(c)   Acknowledgement 

(d)   Ethics committee approval letter no. with a scanned copy of the letter is mandatory for all original research articles. Write the CTRI registration number and its URL in case of a clinical trial (Desirable not mandatory).

(g)   Conflicts of Interest of each author/ contributor. 

(i)     The name, address, e-mail, and telephone number of the corresponding author, who is responsible for communicating with the other authors about revisions and final approval of the proofs, if that information is not included in the manuscript itself.

[2] Blinded Article file: The Article must not contain any mention of the author’s name, the institution name. The main text of the article, starting from Abstract to the References (including tables) should be in this file. Insert the tables and images in the article file itself at the relevant place.

copyright form (template provided below) -to be submitted in original with signatures of all the authors while submitting the article as an additional file or supplementary file.

 Manuscripts Preparation

Manuscripts must be written as per the "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (October 2006).  

Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs


Type of Study



Randomized controlled trials


Studies of diagnostic accuracy


Systematic reviews and meta-analyses


Observational studies in epidemiology


Meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology


Case reports

Copies of any permission(s)

It is the duty of authors to take permission for reproducing any copyrighted material (photo or image of flow chart, table, etc.). A copy of the permission obtained must accompany the manuscript. 

Writing References in JAHM

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

Don't use the automatic referencing (endnote) tool in MS world. reference no. should be added manually.

Reference no. should be written Superscript in the bracket before the full stop, comma etc. as  [1]

Don’t use prefix Prof, Vaidya, Pt (Pandit), Acharya etc.

For classical text references the mentioning of chapter no., verse no., edition no.  & page no. is mandatory.

Follow all punctuations as per JAHM style for writing references

Write the complete name of a journal for non-indexed journals.

Referencing Ayurvedic Classics

  1. A verse in a classic:

Yadavaji Trikamaji (editor). Charaka Samhita of Charaka, Sutrasthana, chapter 27, verse no.349. 2nd edition, Varanasi; Chowkhambha Sanskrit Sansthan;2002:174 

  1. Verse /Text in a commentary on classic:

Yadavaji Trikamaji (editor). Commentary: Ayurveda Deepika of Chakrapani on Charaka Samhita of Charaka, Sutrasthana, chapter 11, verse no.54, 2nd edition, Varanasi; Chowkhambha Sanskrit Sansthan;2002:174 

Referencing Articles in Journals

Standard journal article (for up to six authors):

[1] Gupta MA, Gupta AK, Haberman HF. Psoriasis and psychiatry: an update. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 1987; 9: 157–166.

Standard journal article (for more than six authors): List the first six contributors followed by et al.

Gupta MA, Gupta AK, Kirkby S, Schork NJ, Gorr SK, Ellis CN, et al . A psychocutaneous profile of psoriasis patients who are stress reactors: A study of 127 patients. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 1989;11:166-73

Books and Other Monographs

  1. Personal author(s):

Patil Vasant. Principles & Practice of Panchakarma (A Comprehensive Book For UG, PG, Researchers & Practitioners); 4th edition, Choukhamabha Sanskrit Sansthan; Varanasi; 2012;283

  1. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author:

Christopher Haslett, Editor. Davidson’s principles & practice of medicine, 18th ed, Harcourt publisher Limited;2000;900

  1. Chapter in a book:

Upadhyay SN. Therapeutic potential of immunomodulatory agents from plant products. Immunomodulation. In: Upadhyay SN, Editor. New Delhi: Narosa Publishing House; 1997;149-54

Electronic Sources as reference

  1. Journal article on the Internet:

Patil V, Rodd M. AYURVEDIC TREATMENT PROTOCOL FOR COVID 19. JAHM [Internet]. 2021May3 [cited 2021May24];9(1). Available from: 

  1. Monograph on the Internet:

Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington:

National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:

  1. Homepage/Web site: [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01

[updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:

  1. Part of a homepage/Web site:

American Medical Association [homepage on the Internet]. Chicago: The Association; c1995-2002 [updated 2001

Aug 23; cited 2002 Aug 12]. AMA Office of Group Practice Liaison; [about 2 screens]. Available from:

For other types of references such as newspaper, items please refer to ICMJE Guidelines ( or

Language and formatting 

  • Use English translation in the bracket for all non-popular Sanskrit words for the first appearance in the article. 
  • Use English words for self-explanatory (e.g. use ‘sleep’ instead of ‘Nidra’)
  • All Sanskrit words should be in italics 
  • Remove capitalization (caps) of headings in doc and table. 
  • Remove capitalization done for English terms used in the bracket for Sanskrit terms
  • Remove special formatting for bullets, page border, upper and lower margin, etc.
  • Write the headings in Capital letter except for Introduction, objectives, material & methods, Results, Discussion, conclusion, references.


  • All tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end
  • Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate text matter.
  • Tables with more than 8 columns and 16 rows are not acceptable.
  • Number the tables within Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text, and write a brief title.
  • Provide no. and heading at the top of the table 
  • Write explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading.
  • Explain all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table in the footnotes.
  • Obtain permission for all fully borrowed, adapted, and modified tables and write a credit line in the footnote.
  • For footnotes use the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ||,¶ , **, ††, ‡‡

Illustrations (Figures)

  • Upload the images in JPEG format with a file size below 1024 kb.
  • Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first mentioned in the text.
  • Write the number and heading at the top 
  • All illustrations and figures are placed within the text at the appropriate place, instead of at the end or separate files.
  • If photographs of individuals are used, attach the written consent to use the photograph.


Covering letter

  • Signed by all contributors
  • Previous publication / presentations mentioned
  • Source of funding mentioned
  • Conflicts of interest disclosed


  • Last name and given name with Middle name initials
  • Author for correspondence, with the e-mail address provided
  • Identity should not be revealed in the paper except the title page (e.g. name of the institute or center in Methods, mentioning the previous study as 'our study', names on figure labels, name of the institute in photographs, etc.)

Mandatory for all types of articles

Write MORBIDITY CODES - AYURVEDA for all diseases in the bracket. search morbidity codes by clicking the below link-

Write STANDARDIZED AYURVEDIC TERMINOLOGIES CODES-for all ayurvedic terms in the bracket. search Ayurvedic terms Codes by clicking the below link- 

Presentation and format

  • Double spacing
  • Page numbers at the bottom
  • The title page should contain all the required information
  • Running title not more than 50 characters can be mentioned
  • The abstract page contains the full title of the manuscript
  • Abstract provided (structured abstract of 300 words for original articles, unstructured abstracts of about 200 words for all other manuscripts excluding letters to the Editor)
  • Keywords provided (three or more)
  • The references cited in the text in superscript with a bracket like this after the full stop, comma, etc. as  [1]
  • References according to the journal's instructions, punctuation marks checked

Language and grammar

  • Uniformly US English
  • Write the full term for all abbreviations at their first use in the title, abstract, keywords, and text separately unless it is a standard unit of measure.
  • Check the manuscript for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • If a brand name is cited, supply the manufacturer's name and address (city and state/country).
  •  Latin names and Species names should be in italics

Publication Fees: (With Effect from March 16th, 2023)

A. For Indian Authors - article processing charges - For Clinical and Experimental - Rs.1300. Others (Review article, Short Review, Book Review, Case Report, Case Series ) Rs.1000.00 (INR)  

B. For Foreign Authors- article processing charges of US$50.00 for all articles. 

Original Research Article- Clinical Research

Upload IEC approval letter (For Pilot study not mandatory)  

CTRI registration desirable (Mandatory for funded research)



Original Research Article- Experimental Research

AEC approval Must

CTRI registration desirable 

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