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Author Guidelines

Health Renaissance is a scientific, biomedical journal of B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal and is published three times in a year. It aims at publishing articles pertaining to various disciplines of medical science, health-related issues, primary health care and medical education. It publishes original articles, review articles, case reports, brief communications and letters to the editor.

All materials submitted for publication must be submitted exclusively to Health Renaissance and should be accompanied by a covering letter bearing the following statement signed by the corresponding author: "The undersigned author warrants that the manuscript entitled, "..... " submitted is original, has not been published elsewhere and is currently not under consideration for publication by any other journal (except in the form of an abstract; if applicable in such cases, please quote the reference). If accepted for publication in Health Renaissance, it will not be published elsewhere in whole or in part, without the editor's written permission".

All materials submitted for publication will be scrutinized by the Editorial Board and reviewed by independent experts. If accepted, the manuscripts are subject to editorial revisions.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject the manuscript submitted for publication.

The journal also accepts announcements for the forthcoming scientific events free of cost.

Preparation of manuscript

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" complied by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (N Eng J Med 1977; 336: 309-15).

For spellings and grammer, Oxford style of English should be followed

The entire manuscript must be typed on one side of standard A4 size paper with a minimum side of 2.5 cm margin all around and double spaced.

The manuscript should be arranged in the following sequence: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement if any, References, Tables, Legends to figures.

The manuscript should not exceed 3000 words and 30 references for an original article, 4000 words and 50 references for a review article, 1000 words and 10 references for a case report, and 1000 words and 10 references for a brief communication, 500 words and 5 references for a letter to the editor

Title page should include a brief and appropriate title, name and academic designation of the author(s), name of the department(s) and the institution(s) where the work was carried out and its location, and address for correspondence. A short title not exceeding 50 characters should also be included.

An structured abstract not exceeding 250 words for original and review articles and 50 words for case reports should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. A list of 3 to 10 key words of Medical Subjects Headings from Index Medicus should be added to bottom of the abstract page.

References should be in Vancouver style and serial number of each reference in the text must be given as superscript. Personal communications may be cited in the text but should not be included in the list of references. List all authors when there are six or fewer; if more than six, list first six then, et al. Journal abbreviations should be as used in the Index Medicus. References should be quoted as follows:

From a journal
Newton C R, Peshu N, Kendall B. Brain swelling and ischaemia in Kenyans with cerebral malaria. Arch Dis Child 1994; 70:281-7.

From a book
Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany, New York: Delmer Publishers; 1996.

From a chapter in a book
Phollips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysioloyg, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78

Each Table should be typed on a separate page and should be numbered in Arabic numerals e.g. 1,2,3 etc. in the sequence in which they are quoted in the text. Their appropriate positions in the text must be indicated.

If required, three complete sets of black and white photograph(s) or figure(s) on glossy paper should be submitted. These should be numbered in Arabic numerals e.g. 1,2,3 etc. in order of their appearance in the text and should be marked lightly with a pencil on the back with the title of the article and an arrow to indicate the top of the photograph. Legends to photographs should be typed on a separate page and should be brief and expressive. These should be kept in a separated envelope to be enclosed with the manuscript. Recognizable photographs of the individual(s) should be accompanied with the written consent of the individual(s) or guardian(s).

All pages should be numbered consecutively beginning with the abstract page.

Sending the manuscript
Three complete sets of articles and a Copyright Transfer Form should be submitted for possible publication. In order to expedite the time of publication, authors are requested to provide a copy of their manuscript either as an attachment to an e-mail or a IBM compatible 1.44 MB floppy diskette (3 1/2") in Microsoft Word in addition to three sets of hard copies.

Authors are requested to send complete mailing address including e-mail address, if any, for revision, proof checking and reprints.

Authors are urged to keep at least one hard copy with them as the articles not accepted for publication will not be returned to the author(s).

Mailing Address

The Editor, Health Renaissance
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences,
Dharan, Nepal

Tel: # 0977-25-525555, 521017
Fax: #


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Copyright Transfer Statement:
(Must be submitted with the manuscript)

The copyright to this article is transferred to The Editorial Board of the Health Renaissance effective if and when the article is accepted for publication by the journal. However, both users and authors have the right to distribute a fair quantity of an article for academic purpose.

The published articles may be made available online (, and any other website) for free access at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

We undersigned declare that below-mentioned manuscript has been read by all authors/co-authors and warrant that this contribution is original, has not been published elsewhere and is currently not under consideration for publication by any other journal. If accepted for publication in Health Renaissance, it will not be published elsewhere in whole or in part without the Chief Editor’s written permission.

Please complete the form found at: and either post or email the scanned copy of the form to:

The Chief Editor
Health Renaissance
BPKIHS, Dharan, Sunsari, Nepal
Fax: +977-25-520251

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