Instructions for Authors

The ‘APICARE’ agrees to accept manuscripts prepared in accordance with the Uniform Requirement for Submission of Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals published in the British Medical Joumal 1991 ;302:334N1,

All material submitted for publication should be sent exclusively to the ‘APICARE’.


If tables, illustrations or photographs, which have been already published, are included, a letter of permission for their re-publication should be obtained from author(s) as well as the editor of the journal where it was previously printed. Permission to reproduce photographs of patients whose identity is not disguised should be sent with the manuscript otherwise the eyes will be blackened out.


The material submitted for publication may be in the form of an Original Research, a Review Article, a Case Report, Recent Advances, New Techniques, Debates, Book Review/CDs on Clinical/Medical Education, or a Letter to the Editor. Original articles should normally report original research of relevance to clinical anaesthesiology, pain management, intensive care or resuscitation, and may appear either as papers or as short communications. The paper should be of about 2000 words, with no more than six tables or illustrations, short communications should be of about 600 words, with one table or illustration and no more than five references. Clinical case reports and brief or negative research findings may appear in this section. Review article should consist of structured overview of some relatively narrow topic providing background, recent development with refrence of original literature.
Letters should normally not exceed 400 words, have no more than 10 references, and be signed by al the authors. An article based on dissertation submitted as part of the requirement for a fellowship of the postgraduate degree awarding medical institutions can be sent for publication after the Research and Training Monitoring Cell (RTMC) have approved it. Editorials are written by invitation.
Each manuscript should include a title page (containing e-mail address, fax and phone numbers of the corresponding author), abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, and legends.
Each component should begin on a new page, in the following sequence: title page: abstract and keywords: text; acknowledgments; references; tables (each table, complete with title and footnotes, on a separate page); and legends for illustrations.
The manuscript should be typed in double spacing on 8 1/2″ x 11″ (21.5cm x 28.0cm) white bond paper with one-inch (2.5cm) margin on both sides. It should not exceed 20 pages, excluding tables and references. There should be no more than 40 references in an Original Article, and no more than 100 in a Review Article.


Tables and illustrations should be submitted separately, and legends to illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet. Each table should have a title and be typed in double space without horizontal and vertical lines on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ (21.5 x28.0 cm) paper.Tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals in the order they are mentioned in the text. Page number should be in the upper right corner, if abbreviations are used, they should be explained in footnotes. When graphs, scatter grams, or histograms are submitted, the numerical data on which they are based should be supplied.


System Intemational (Sl) Unit measurements should be used. All drugs must be mentioned in generic form. The commercial name may, however, be mentioned with in brackets.


Should be sent only when data cannot be expressed in any other form. These must be unmounted, glossy prints in sharp focus, 5″ x 7″, (12.7 x 17.3 cm) in size. These may be in black and white or in colour. Negatives, transparencies, and X-ray films should not be submitted. The number of the figure, the name of the author(s) should be printed on the back of each figure/photograph, and must be cited in the text in consecutive order. Legends must be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Legends for photographs should indicate the magnification, internal scale and the method of staining. Photographs in published articles will not be returned.


Should be numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text. At the end of the article, the full list of references should give the names and initials of all authors (unless there are more than six when only the first six should be given followed by et al). The authors’ names are followed by the title of the article; the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of the Index Medicus. e.g.: Hall, RR. The heading of tissues by Co, laser. BrJ. Surg: 1971 58:222-225. Reference to books should give the names of editors, place of publication, publisher, and year.


Every paper will be reviewed by a member d the editorial review committee, and one or more external reviewers. Statistical analysis wail be examined by a statistician.


Abstracts of onginal article should be prepared with a structured format. The elements addressed could include objectives, design, setting, patients or other participants, interventions, and outcome measures, the result, and conclusions. Please label each section clearly with the appropriate subheading. Review article, Case report and other require a short, unstructured abstract Commentaries do not require abstract.


This should include the purpose of the article. The rationale for the study or observation should be summarised; only strictly pertinent references should be cited; the subject should not be extensively reviewed Data or conclusions from the work being reported should not be presented.


The selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients or experimental animals, including controls) should be described clearly. Tar is methods and the apparatus used should be identified (with the manufacturers name and address in parentheses), and procedures described in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results References to established methods should be given, including statistical methods; references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not wall known should be provided; new or substantially modified methods should be descriebed, giving reasons for using them, and evaluating their limitations. All drugs and chemicals used should be identified precisely, including generic name(s), dose(s), and route(s) of administration.


These should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. All the data in the tables or illustrations should not be repeated in the text; only important observations should be emphasized or summarised.


The authors comment on the results, supported with contemporary references, including arguments and analysis of identical work done by other workers. A summary is notrequired. Brief acknowledgement may be made at the end.

For more details please visit ‘The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals’available at


The authors will give a signed declaration that the copy rights of the manuscript will be transferred to ‘Anaesthesia, Pain & Intensive Care’ Journal, once the manuscript is accepted for publication.


This form will be filled by the corresponding author and send with the manuscript. Alternatively, the authors’contribution may be added after the conclusion and before the References.


Apicare is an open access journal, and is freely available online to viewers and researchers. Even the print copies are provided to medical libraries free of charge. To meet the ever increasing cost, the management committee has decided to charge minimal fee from the authors with effect from 01 January 2017 as follows;
  • Manuscript Processing Fee: Required to be deposited with the manuscript
  • Rs. 3000  (inland authors); US $30 (overseas authors).
  • Publishing Fee: Required to be deposited after acceptance for publishing
  • Case Report: Rs. 3000  (inland authors): US $30 (overseas authors)
  • Original Article: Rs. 7000  (inland authors): US $70 (overseas authors).