Instructions to Authors

International Journal of Pharma Research (IJPR) is a research journal published by PSG College of Pharmacy, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India. The IJPR half yearly publication is devoted to publishing Reviews, Research Articles, Short Communications and Invited Articles in Pharmacy. Articles from the areas of Pharmaceutical Technology, Biopharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmaceutical / Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Drug Design, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacy Practice, Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, Cell Biology, Genomics and Protemics, Pharmacogenomics, Bioinformatics and Nano Technology, Phytomedicine, Microbiology and Biotechnology of Pharmaceutical. Manuscript can be sent for publication in IJPR. Soft copy manuscripts should be submitted through e-mail to along with a filled form of undertaking/copyright Agreement of Authorship responsibility(see, signed by all authors of the paper.

Manuscripts will be subjected to a peer review process to determine their suitability for publication provided they fulfill the requirements of journal. After the review, the manuscript will be returned for revision along with review’s and / or editor’s comments. One original copy of the final revised manuscript should be submitted through e-mail and in CD, prepared in MS word 2007 or XP version, for publication within two months of receiving the comments.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscript should be concisely typewritten in double spaced in A4 sized sheets, only on one side with a 2 cm margin on all sides. The manuscript shall be prepared in Times New Roman font using a font size of 12. Title shall be in font size of capitals. Subtitles in each section shall be in font size 12, bold face lower case followed by a colon. The pages shall be numbered consecutively with Arabic numbers, beginning with title page and ending with the (last) page of figure legends.

All the references, figures (Fig.) and tables (Table) in the manuscript shall be numbered consecutively as they first appear. The content of the manuscript shall be organized in the following sequence and shall start on separate pages: title page (including at least 4 key words), text (consisting of introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusion and acknowledgement), references, figure, legends, tables and figures. Titles should be short, specific and clear, beginning with the first page of text. Each page should be consecutively numbered. All animal / human experimental procedure followed must be approved by the appropriate ethics committee and relevant documents should be furnished to IJPR. In all studies of plants or animals, specific identification should be made as to the material used, such as by citation of voucher specimen in herbarium or other collections, quoting name of collector, collection numbers (or date), place of collection, etc. Unless otherwise noted, it will be understood that such specimen will be found in the author’s own collection or that of the institution at which the work was done.

For Review Articles, the author(s) is absolutely free to design the paper. Abstract section is needed for review articles too and the articles should not exceed 5 manuscript pages including figures, tables, and references. Authors are encouraged to use flow charts, boxes, cartoons for better presentation. References, figures, and legends shall follow the general guidelines described below.

For Short Communications, Manuscript should not be divided into sub-sections. It may have upto 1400 words with one figure and one table with a maximum of six references.

For all other articles, the following formats shall be strictly followed.

Title Page

The following information should appear: Title of article (a running title or short title of not more than 100 characters) Authors, name and last name. The author to whom all correspondence be address should be denoted by asterisk mark. Full mailing address with pin-code numbers, phone and fax numbers, and functional email address should be provided of the authors for correspondence. Names of the author should be appear as initials followed by surnames for men and one given – name followed by surname for women. Full name may be given in some instances to avoid confusion. Names should not be prefixed of suffixed by titles or degrees.


The abstract is limited to 250 words, and should describe the essential aspects of the investigation. In the first sentence the background for the work should be stated; in the second sentence the specific purpose or hypothesis shall be provided; followed sequentially by summary of methods, results and conclusions. No references should be cited.


A brief background information on what has been done in the past in this area and the importance of the proposed investigation shall be given. Introduction shall end with a statement of purpose of hypothesis of the study.

Material and Methods

This section maybe divided into subsections if it facilitates better reading of the paper. The research design, subjects, material used and statistical methods should be included. Results and discussions shall not be drawn into this section. In animal experimentation, ethical guidelines shall be acknowledged.


This selection maybe divided into subsections if it facilitates better reading of the paper. All results based on methods must be included. Tables, graphic material and figures shall be included as they facilitate understanding of the results.


Shall start with limited backdrop information and then proceed with the discussion of the results of the investigation in light of what has been published in the past, the limitations of the study and potential directions for future research. The figures and graph shall be cited at appropriate places.


In a separate section, the major findings of the study and their usefulness shall be summarized. This paragraph should address hypothesis or purpose stated earlier in the paper.


Acknowledgements should appear on a separate page.


Each table should be given on a separate page. Each table should have a short, descriptive title and numbered in the order cited in the text. Abbreviation should be defined as foot notes in italics at the bottom of each table. Table should show lines separating columns with those separating rows. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the column headings. Column headings or captions should not be in bold face. It is essential that all tables have legends, which explain the contents of the table. Table should not be very large that they run more than one A4 size page. If the tables are wide which may not fit in portrait form of A4 size paper, the it can be prepared in the landscape form; tables should be numbered as Table No. 1 – Titles, Table No. 2 – title, etc. Tables inserted in word document should be in tight wrapping style with center alignment.

Figures, Photographs and Images

Graphs and bar graphs should preferably be prepared using Microsoft Excel and submitted as Excel graph pasted in word. Photographs and photomicrographs can be submitted as ‘jpeg/TIFF with a resolution of 600 dpi or more’ images. Figure and titles and legends should be typed on a separate page with numerals corresponding to the illustrations. Keys to symbols, abbreviations, arrows, numbers or letters used in the illustration should not be written on the illustration itself but should be clearly explained in the legend. In case of photomicrographs, magnifications should be mentioned either directly in them or in the legend. Symbols, arrows or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background.

Chemical Terminology

The chemical nomenclature used must be in accordance with that used in the chemical abstracts.

Symbols and Abbreviations

Abbreviation should be those well known in scientific literature. In vitro, in vivo, in situ, exvivo, ad libitum, et al. and so on are two words each and should be written in italics. All foreign language (other language) names and words shall be in italics as a general rule. Words such as carrageenan-included inflammation, paracetamol-included hepatotoxicity, isoproterenol-included myocardial necrosis, dose-dependent manner are all hyphenated.

General guidelines for units and symbols

The use of the International System of Units (SI) is recommended.

Biological nomenclature

Names of plants, animals and bacteria should be in italics.

Enzyme nomenclature

The trival names recommended by the IUPAC-IUB Commission should be used.

Physical Quantity Base Unit SI Symbol
Length meter m
Mass gram kilogram microgram g kg mg
Time second minute hour day week month year s min h d w mo y
Amount of substance mole mol
Area square meter m2
Volume cubic meter liter milliliter microliter m 3 l ml µl
Specification Example Correct Style
Use lowercase for Symbols or abbreviations kilogram kg
Symbols are not followed by a period, exception end of sentence meter m
Do not pluralize symbols kilograms kg
When numbers are printed symbols are preferred 100 meters 100 m
Space between number and symbol 2mol 2 mol
Place a zero before a decimal 10mg 10 mg
Decimal numbers are preferable to fractions 0.75 10 mg
Space used to separate long number exception four digit numbers 15000001000


There should be as in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English.


Literature citations in the text must be indicated by Arabic numerals in superscript. Each reference separated in the order it appears in the text. The reference should be cited at the end of the manuscript in the order of their appearance in the text. In case of formal acceptance of any article for publication, such articles can be cited in the reference as ‘in press’, listing all author’s involved.


Author(s) of article (surname initials). Title of article, Journal title, Year of Publication; volume number (Issue number); page numbers.

Standard journal article

If more than six authors, the first four shall be listed followed by et al.


Ampicillin prodrugs: amide conjugates from aminoacids and ampicillin, pharmazle 2001, 56(7), 588.

Books and other monographs

Personal author(s): C. Vijaya Raghavan and Judith Justin. Experimental Biopharmaceutics Pharmacokinetics. 1 st Edn. India: New Century Book House Publisher: 2006.

Editor(s), Compiler(s) as author

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Liivingstone; 1996

Chapter in a book

Philips SJ, Whistant JP. Hypertension and Stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension:pathophysiology, diagnosis and management. 2nd Edn. New York: Raven Press; 1995.p.465-78.

Conference proceeding

K. Velayutham, V. Harikrishnan, R. Prasath. Drug Delivery and Drug Targeting Research. Proceedings of the 1 st Pharm Tech IAPST International Conference; 2008 Jan 19-20; Kolkata, India.


Kalpana SJ. Post-hospital home health care; the elderly’s access and utilization (dissertation). St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995.


Nilani. P, Sankar. V, Chandrasekharan. A. K. Herbal Ant Repellant. INDIA Patent: 2007-09-14, files 2004-09-29.

Electronic journal articles

Morse SS. Factors in the mergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infec Dis (serial online) 1995 Jan-Mar (cited 1996 Jun 5); L(1); (24 screens).

Available from URL

World Wide Web format

Author/editor (surname initials). Title (online). Year (cited year month day).

Available from URL

World Wide Web Page: McCook A. Pre-diabedic Condition linked to Memory Loss (online). 2003 (cited 2003 Feb 7).

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