Guide for Authors

Author Guidelines:

We accept only Word file (.doc/.docx/.rtf) of the manuscript/article and the images in JPEG/tiff/png/PSD format on submission. If the file size is too high, please submit in .rar/.zip files.

Font: Times New Roman with font size (12points for text and 12 bold for side headings) and line spacing (1.5). Include line numbers in their manuscript so that it will be easy for editors/reviewers to give their comments. Figures and tables should be at their appropriate place within the text, rather than placed at the end of the manuscript. Tables should be editable.

Length of Article:

No restriction for the length of the article. However, the length of the manuscript must be justified by the relevant scientific content.

Note: While considering case reports and patient photographs, it is always mandatory to obtain written consent of the patients from the respective authors and to ensure their authenticity.

Research Misconduct Policy

SPR takes issues of research misconduct very seriously. Types of misconduct include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, duplication, fabrication or falsification of data (incl. image manipulation), authorship fraud and manipulation of the peer review process. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies. Likewise, in the event that there is evidence of fraudulent activity a submitted or published paper, SPR reserves the right to inform the relevant institutions

Plagiarism Identification Policy

The journal follows a strict policy against plagiarism and follows the guidelines dictated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. All the submitted manuscripts for publication are checked for plagiarism after submission and before starting review.
Plagiarism misrepresents ideas, words, and other creative expression as one’s own. Plagiarism represents the violation of copyright law.
The manuscripts in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism.
>5% Plagiarism: The manuscript will be given an ID and the manuscript will be sent for peer review.
5- 30% Plagiarism: The manuscript will not be given an ID and the manuscript is sent back to author for content revision.
>30% Plagiarism: The manuscript will be rejected without the review. The authors are advised to revise the manuscript and resubmit the manuscript.

Citation and Author Affiliation Falsification Policy

If the submitted manuscripts that are found to include citations whose primary purpose is to increase the number of citations to a given author’s work, or to articles published in a particular journal, will incur citation manipulation penalty. The penalty includes the

·Immediate rejection of the infringing manuscript.

· Immediate rejection of every other manuscript submitted to any journal published by SPR by any of the authors of the infringing manuscript.

· Prohibition against all of the authors for any new submissions to SPR, either individually or in combination with other authors of the infringing manuscript, as well as in combination with any other authors. This prohibition will be imposed for a minimum of 2 years.

If some author found to use the Name of Wrong University and Fraud the affiliation, The SPR journal makes the penalty of banned and blacklist the author and immediate rejection of the manuscript. 

  1. Title page

The title should be more informative, concise but meaningful to the whole readership of the journal.

Authors and addresses:It is necessary to list the names of all the authors first, followed by the complete postal addresses, using superscript numerical identifiers to link an author with an address where appropriate. Author names should be only in English, so we request authors to send your names in English. If an author’s present address is different from the address where the research was carried out, this must be explained in a footnote. Include Fax, Telephone and E-mail addresses on the title page.

Author’s contribution list:Authors must and should submit Author’s contribution list, it is mandatory for Research and progress in healthcare sciences. Those co-authors, who contributed significantly to the article, should not be mentioned in the Acknowledgement section and vice versa.
Note: The Editor in Chief/Associate Editor in Chief and Publisher has complete rights to raise a question based on the information provided in the Acknowledgement section and Author’s contribution list; then the Corresponding author must justify it.

2. Abstract:

An abstract should contain 300-500 words. Your abstract should provide readers concise information about the content of your article. It should be more informative, accessible and should also indicate the general scope of the article, along with the main results obtained and conclusions drawn. The abstract should be complete without table numbers, figure numbers, references or equations should be referred to.Keywords: keywords should be 6-10 and each keyword should be separated by “comma (,) “.

3. Main Body

It is helpful for readers if your article is concise, but clarity is essential. You should maintain consistency within your manuscript/article in matters such as hyphenation and spelling. All units should be consistent throughout the article and acronyms should be explained very clearly, when they first appear in the text. Give a separate section for Abbreviation part. Note: Your article should not contain any repetitive sentences.

4. Article structure

Ⅰ. Introduction

This should be concise and describe the nature of the problem under investigation and its background. It should also set your work in the context of previous research, citing relevant references. Introductions should expand on highly specialized terms and abbreviations used in the article to make it accessible for readers.

Ⅱ. Materials and Methods

This section should provide sufficient details of the experiment, simulation, statistical test or analysis carried out to generate the results so that the method can be repeated by another researcher.

Ⅲ. Results

The results section should detail the main findings and outcomes of your study. You must include tables only to improve shortness or where the information cannot be given adequately in other ways such as histograms or graphs. Tables should be numbered in sequence and should reflect the same in the text by number (Table 1, etc.). Each table should have a caption which should be as concise as possible and also need to be explanatory.

Ⅳ. Discussion

This part should discuss the significance of the study and the results and then compare using relevant references with the previous work.

Ⅴ. Conclusion

This section should be used to highlight the novelty and significance of the work, and any plans for future relevant work.

Ⅵ. Acknowledgments

This section gives an opportunity to thank people who helped with the study or preparation of the paper for authors.

Ⅶ. Funding Sources

  1. All sources of financial support for the project must also be disclosed in the Funding Sources section.
  2. The name of the funding agency and the grant number should be given, for example:
  3. This work was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through a National Cancer Institute Grant Number’.

Ⅷ. Conflicts of Interest

All authors and co-authors need to disclose a conflict of interest if any while submitting their article.

Ⅸ. References

Where there are up to five authors, all authors’ names should be given in the reference list. Where there are more than five authors, only the first name should appear, followed by et al.


Citing Published Documents

  1. Journal articles
  2. Standard journal article: Petitti DB, Crooks VC, Buckwalter JG, Chiu V. Blood pressure levels before dementia. Arch Neurol. 2005 Jan;62(1):112-116.
  3. Journal article with organization as author: Institute of Medical Illustrators. Photography of cleft audit patients. J Audiov Media Med. 2004 Dec;27(4):170-174.
  4. Books
  5. Parts of Books: Riffenburgh RH. Statistics in medicine. 2nd ed. Amsterdam (Netherlands): Elsevier Academic Press; c2006. Chapter 24, Regression and correlation methods; p.447-486.
  6. Contributions to Books: Rojko JL, Hardy WD Jr. Feline leukemia virus and other retroviruses. In: Sherding RG, editor. The cat: diseases and clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229-332.

Reference labelling systems: reference numbering in the text: References are numbered sequentially through the text. The numbers should be given in square brackets, e.g. [1], [2-7] etc., and one number can be used to refer to several instances in the same article. The reference list at the end of the article should be listed in numerical order, not alphabetically.


Carefully chosen and well-prepared figures, such as diagrams and photographs, can greatly enhance your article. We strictly order authors to organize figures which should be clear, easy to read and understand that is of the best possible quality. Characters should appear as they would be set in the main body of the article. We use figures as submitted; hence it is author’s responsibility to ensure that they are legible and technically correct.

Note: If you are intended to use figures of previously published articles, you must and should obtain a Written Consent from the copyright holder before using them in your article.

Figure legends

Your figures should be numbered in the order in which they are referred to in the text. If there is more than one part to a figure (e.g. figure 1(a), figure 1(b) etc.), the parts should be identified by a lower-case letter in parentheses close to or within the area of the figure.

Note: Captions should be included in the text and not in the figures.

Supplementary data

SPR encourages all the authors to submit supplementary data (if any) on submission to enhance the article impact and online versions of published articles. This data might include multimedia files such as video clips, sound files, animations, large tables, additional figures, or appendices. Supplementary files will be hosted online with free of charge, in Research and progress in healthcare sciences, which are accessible to the whole readership along with the published article.

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