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Medico Legal Update
Publisher: Institute of Medico-Legal Publications
Print ISSN: 0971-720X
Online ISSN: 0974-1283
Number of issues per year: 2
Print frequency: Half-Yearly
Month(s) of publication: June and December
Medico Legal Update is a double-blind peer reviewed journal which brings latest knowledge regarding changing medico legal scenario to its readers. The journal caters to specialties of Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, DNA fingerprinting, Toxicology, Environmental hazards, Sexual Medicine, Forensic Anatomy, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Odontology, public laws, articles of immense medico-legal importance etc. The journal has been assigned international standard serial number (ISSN) 0971-720X. The journal is registered with Registrar of Newspaper for India vide registration numbers 63757/96 under Press and Registration of Books act, 1867. The journal is also covered by Scopus EMBASE from 1997 till date.
Prof (Dr) R K Sharma
Former Head, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
All-India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi- 110029
Information For Authors
Guidelines for authors for submitting a manuscript
All authors are advised to read first following policies before submitting article to journal and agree to it-Copyright and Licensing Policy
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:-
-Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
-Authors continue to retain publishing rights to the article without restrictions.
Articles in Medico-legal Update journal are Open Access articles published under the Creative Commons CC BY License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ . This license permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work and source is properly cited.5.
Review Policy for articles– The journal follows double blind peer review policy for all articles. Once the article is received, it is forwarded to our two reviewers after removing names of authors and their affiliations. Authors are also not informed names of reviewers. Reviewers send their comments in due course of time and these comments/ queries are forwarded to authors to make corrections or offer explanations. Once the reviewers are satisfied with corrections in manuscripts or explanations given by authors, authors are conveyed the decision of acceptance of article. If author/s refuses to make corrections as suggested by reviewers, manuscript is rejected for publication.
Plagiarism checking policy- The journal has zero tolerance policy for plagiarism. We regularly use software Dupli checker for detection of plagiarism.
The Journal follows ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journals Editor) guidelines. Authors are requested to visit http://icmje.org/on how to prepare article. Please go through latest recommendations and then submit article.
The following is reproduced from their site.
The manuscript should be in English and prepared on the following guidelines: –
Title should be brief, specific, and informative.
Names of authors to be typed, unaccompanied by their degrees, titles etc. Superscripting must be done to number authors.
Address of the institution where the work was carried out be given below the name(s) of author(s). Present address of correspondence should be given indicating by asterisk the author to whom the correspondence is to be addressed.
Abstract need to be introduce in three parts (Background/Methods/Conclusion). The Abstract should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the experiments, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The Abstract should be in about 150 to 200 words. Standard nomenclature should be used, and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited.
Following the abstract, key words not more than 8 that will provide indexing references should be listed and in alphabetical order.
This should be brief, and the review of the literature should be pertinent to the theme of the paper. Extensive review and unnecessary detail of earlier work should be avoided.
Materials and Methods:
It should inform the reader about appropriate methodology etc. but if known methods have been adopted, only references be cited. It should comprise the experimental design and techniques with experimental area and institutional with year of experiment. Authors need to indicate when (year/period) and where (university/institute) the present experiment was conducted.
Results and Discussion:
It should be combined to avoid repetition. The results should not be repeated in both tables and figures. The discussion should relate to the significance of the observations.
Conclusion and Acknowledgement
Table numbers should be followed by the title of the table, Line drawings/photographs should contain figure number and description thereof. The corresponding number(s) of Tables, Figures etc should be quoted in the text.
The author should use the author-date format for citations and references (e.g., Hebbar et al. 2006; Subba Rao, 2001). A List of all the references quoted should be provided at the end of the paper. It should be prepared alphabetically with surname of all the authors followed by these initials and year of publication in brackets. The titles of the articles should be mentioned. Full journal name should be used and be typed in italics. Volume numbers need to be in bold type and pagination in normal type.
Authors are requested to mention Page number and Line number to each line in the MS for easy and quick review. Text Alignment, line spacing, word count, figures, tables etc must be as per format. Kindly go trough below sample paper for the reference.
The journal invites the following kinds of submissions:
1.Full-length articles (not exceeding 3,000 words including references but excluding Tables and Figures). 2.Short theoretical articles (not exceeding 2,000 words including references).
3.Review Articles (not exceeding 6000 words).
Send one file only including Text, Tables and Figures.
All the papers are double blind peer reviewed. The responsibility for any statement in the article rests with the author(s).
E mail address for sending manuscript Pl send all articles at
The journal is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. This statement spells out ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article for this journal, i.e., the author, the editors, the peer-reviewers, and the publisher. This statement is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
DUTIES OF EDITORS – Decision on the Publication of Articles
The Editor of journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles accepted for publication after undergoing double blind peer review should be published. The Editor may be guided by the policies of the journal subject to such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. However, Editor does not have the authority to influence the reviewers who are conducting the blind review of the articles submitted for peer review.
Manuscripts shall be evaluated solely on their intellectual merit without regard to authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy.
The Editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by anyone who has a view of the manuscript (while handling it) in his or her own research without the express written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers, Contribution of Double-Blind Peer Review
Double Blind Peer review assists the reviewers in making editorial decisions, while editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. The reviewers don’t know the author’s identity, as any identifying information will be stripped from the document before review. Reviewers’ comments to the editors are confidential and before passing on to the author will be made anonymous. The names of the reviewers remain strictly confidential; with their identities known only to Editor.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the assigned manuscript or unable to provide a prompt review should notify the Editor and excuse himself/herself from the review process.
Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to, or discussed with, others except as authorized by the Editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. There shall be no personal criticism of the author. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been previously reported elsewhere should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Privileged information or ideas obtained through double blind peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Conflict of Interest
Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
DUTIES OF AUTHORS
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain enough detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and is unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such, if practicable, and should in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this must be appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The Corresponding Author
The Corresponding Author is the author responsible for communicating with the journal for publication. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Acknowledgment of Funding Sources
Sources of funding for the research reported in the article should be duly acknowledged at the end of the article.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Editor and cooperate with the editors to retract or correct the paper.
Aim and scope of Journal
1.The journal intend to publish articles related to research in specialties of Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, DNA fingerprinting, Toxicology, Environmental hazards, Sexual Medicine, Forensic Anatomy, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Odontology, public laws, articles of immense medico-legal importance etc
2.Case reports, original articles and review articles are welcome.
3.The research regarding new concepts is encouraged.
4.We encourage research from developing countries.
5.The journal is open access.
Manuscript Submission fee – There is no fee for manuscript submission. Manuscript can be submitted any time. Submission is always open Manuscript Processing Charges- We charge for manuscript processing from authors. Authors must pay charges only if the article is accepted for publication. The charges are per article. If some author does not want to pay, he can withdraw his article.
The charges are as follows 1. India and SAARC countries- Indian Rupees 10000/ 2. Rest of world – US $ 200