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The Journal of SOCHNI (JSOCHNI) is the official publication of Society of Community Health Nurses of India. The journal considers for publication original articles (research) dealing in the field of Community Health Nursing Education , Administration and Research; case reports related to any of these fields; review articles and columns (short communications pertaining to community health nursing practice, education and administration). Only papers that are likely to make a significant contribution to the existing state of knowledge in community health nursing practice, education and administration will be published.

The opinions and views expressed in the manuscripts are of the authors only and will be their sole responsibility.

Submission of Articles

Manuscripts must be sent to the:

Editor in Chief, Journal of Society of Community Health Nurses of India.

Telephone: +91 9888038248

E-mail: sushmadr_saini@yahoo.com

Manuscript should be submitted

In the format recommended below.

  • In a compact disk (CD) or as an attachment through email using Microsoft word (MS) along with

  • two hard copies.

  • With an undertaking that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and have not

  • been reported earlier partly or totally (see format given in the end of the article).

  • With an indication that all authors have made significant contributions to the study and have read as well as approved the content of the final approved manuscript.

Manuscripts that are received will be

  • Acknowledged upon receipt (Number will be assigned by the publication officer of the RGNS). failing which it will be returned to authors for revision before its review.

  • Reviewed critically by the Editorial Board and then peer reviewed by at least two referees.

  • Accepted for publication based on significance; originality and validity of material; acceptable design and ethical approval; appropriate statistical analysis of data; clarity of presentation. All accepted manuscripts will be subjected to manuscript editing.

  • Any clarifications and inquiry about a manuscript could be directed to the Editor in Chief and must include the number assigned to it.

Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscripts should conform with requirements for manuscript submitted to biomedical journals.


  • Type each component on a separate paper.

  • See that Tables and Illustrations are in separate paper. Reference of Table or Illustration must be indicated in the text.

  • Use double space type written throughout, on only one side of the paper with 1-inch margin.

  • Ensure use of UK English, Arial font, size 12 on A4 size good quality bond paper.

  • See that Abbreviations are expanded when used at the first instance unless it appears in the title. In such a case ensure it is expanded in the text at the first instance.

  • Use simple and short sentences.

  • Spell check and edit manuscript for grammar and style of writing.

  • Ensure that manuscript is not more than 10 pages (roughly 3000 words).


1. First / Title Page:

  • Title: Remember the title must be concise and convey meaning as it may be used by electronic search engines to identify and categorize the article. Type write using Arial, 12 font size, upper case, right and left  justified.

  • Initials followed by last name of authors first; - Authors department and institution including address; - Name, address and telephone number, fax or email address of the corresponding author.

  • Do not use any professional titles or qualifications.

2. Second Page - Abstract and Key Words


  • Structure abstract for original articles

(introduction and objectives, design, setting, patients, interventions, results, conclusions).

  • For Review articles, case reports (introduction, purpose of paper, text and conclusion).

  • Type write in Arial 10 font size, single spaced and justified with maximum word limit 300.

Key words:

  • Maximum up to 10 words ranging between 3-8 words.

3. Third Page onwards

The format for main text is as follows

I. For Original Articles: IMRAD


  • It should be 3-4 paragraphs and consist of brief background of the problem studied. Provide a critique of at least eight relevant research articles that are referenced as per Vancouver style. Clearly state the purpose / objectives and hypothesis tested.

Materials and Methods

  • It should highlight the setting where the study was done, sample size and method of selection. A brief description of the demographic variables of the sample could be provided in 2-3 sentences.

  • It should also have a description of the design, tools or instruments used for collecting data; ethical approval and ways by which privacy and confidentiality of subjects were maintained; how data was collected; pilot study (if done) with any modifications made thereof and any methodological limitations.


  • It must be presented in a logical sequence ideally in concordance with listed objectives and or hypothesis. It will be more economical in terms of space and colour to use the narrative form than a table or illustration to describe significant findings. However this does not override the importance of tables or illustrations.


  • It should emphasise the new and important aspects of the study, implications of the results and the conclusions that follow. Relate the main findings with relevant studies; implications of findings for nursing; recommendations for further research; and limitations of the study. The discussion must end with a conclusion.


  • It is important to acknowledge those persons who have made some contributions to the study for example the person who typed the manuscript; someone who helped with some of the data collection; etc.


  • Please avoid the use of only internet sources or text books for references in all types of manuscripts but more so in an original article. It is essential that you have adequate research article references.

  • Follow the Vancouver system (refer to for more details http://www.icmje.org/). This means that the text that has a particular reference must have the appropriate superscript number. References must appear in the list sequentially according to the number allocated in the text of the manuscript.

a. Journal

Type all Authors name (s). Title. Journal name. Year; volume (issue): pages

Smithline HA, Mader TJ, Ali FM, Cocchi MN. Determining pretest probability of DVT: clinical intuition vs. validated scoring systems. N Engl J Med. 2003Apr 4; 21(2):161-2.

More than 6 authors

  • Gao SR, McGarry M, Ferrier TL, Pallante B, Gasparrini B, Fletcher JR, et al. Effect of cell confluence on production of cloned mice using an inbred embryonic stem cell line. Biol Reprod. 2003; 68(2):595-603.

.b. Book

  • Authors name (s). Text book title. Edition (if not first), Place of publication, Publishers. Year: pages.

Personal Authors

  • Carlson BM. Human embryology and developmental biology. 3rd ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2004: p12-15

Edited Books

  • Brown AM, Stubbs DW, editors. Medical physiology. New York: Wiley; 1983.p25-39

Chapter in Book

  • Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, editors. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976. p. 165-78.

c. Internet Sources

  • Aylin P, Bottle A, Jarman B, Elliott, P. Paediatric cardiac surgical mortality in England after Bristol: descriptive analysis of hospital episode statistics 1991- 2002. BMJ [serial on the Internet]. 2004 Oct 9;[cited 2004 October 15]; 329:[about 10 screens]. Available from:  http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full /329/7470/825

Book/monograph from internet

  • Donaldson MS, editor. Measuring the quality of health care [monograph on the internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 1999 [cited 2004 Oct 8]. Available from: http://legacy.netlibrary.com/.

II. For Review Articles:

  • Systematic reviews would be preferred over narrative reviews. However if only narrative reviews are received for publication they will be reviewed based on topics of interest, content, adequate references. Use the following format for review articles – introduction, body, conclusion, references.

III. For Case Reports/Critical Incidents:

  • Case reports /critical incidents must be in the narrative form. Use the following format for case reports/critical incidents -introduction, description of the case/critical incident, discussion, acknowledgment and references


  • Should be as minimal and only when needed to clarify the text. They should be of good resolution and must be planned to fit the resolutions of the page. Each illustration must be accompanied with a legend (in capitals only) and numbered using Roman numbers. The illustrations must be in JPEG / TIFF format and should be included in the soft copy along with the word document. An additional hard copy must be sent along with the hard copy of the manuscript.


  • Should be labeled consecutively in Arabic numerals. It is preferable that they do not duplicate information in the text or in an illustration.

Abbreviations and symbols:

  • Use only standard abbreviations and symbols.

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