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Types of Papers

  • Word limit 5000 (excluding references).
  • Maximum of 40 references
  • Maximum of 10 tables/figures
  • Original Articles must follow IMRaD format. Methodology must include specifically:
      a) Type of the study.
      b) How was the sample size calculated?
      c) What is the power of the study?
      d) Method of Randomisation
      e) Inclusion/ Exclusion criteria
      f) Primary and Secondary endpoints should be clearly defined
      g) Separate section on " Statistical Analysis" clearly defining in details the tests and tools used to analyse data.

  • Word limit 2500 (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 20 references
  • Maximum of 5 tables/figures

  • Word limit 6000 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 60 references
  • Maximum of 10 tables/figures

  • Can be supported by videos if required
  • Word limit 2000 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 10 references
  • Maximum of 3 tables/figures

  • Word limit 500 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 4 images

  • These articles describe new techniques or instrumentation
  • Word limit 2000 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 10 references
  • Maximum of 3 tables/figures

  • Word limit 2000 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 10 references
  • A platform for the junior members where they can express their view point as to how to make the specialty of CTVS attractive and intellectually stimulating. Through this section, they can write on varied topics related to training, work hours, curricula, physician burn out etc. They may also work as roaming microphones for giving reports on various conferences and CME programs that they attend besides virtually anything and everything which incites and excites them in the specialty

  • Could be in the form of a letter to editor
  • Word limit 1000 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 5 references
  • Maximum of 2 figures
  • No tables allowed

  • Word limit of 1000 words (excluding references)
  • Maximum of 10 references
  • The aim of this section is to review important recent trials in cardiac sciences. The structured review will focus on four aspects
      i) aim of the trial and its relevance to cardiac surgical practice
      ii) methodology focusing on design (randomized trials, registry data, systemic reviews and meta-analysis)
      iii) scrutiny of results from a clinical (outcomes reported and adequacy of follow up) as well as statistical perspective (test of superiority, equivalence or non-inferiority, sample size, dropout rates, statistical accuracy)
      iv) strengths and weaknesses of the study and finally
      v) the conclusion drawn upon review of the trial (take home message of the trial).

  • Multimedia articles are papers where the heart of the article is video and, generally, only an abstract and references are included as text. The duration of the video clip should not exceed 9 minutes/ 30 MB. Dynamic articles are regular articles with video(s) included as electronic supplementary material. Video clips should not exceed 3 minutes and each manuscript should not contain more than 3 videos. Any narration should be in English language. The content of these files must be identical to that reviewed and accepted by the editors of Indian Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Multimedia file for review: MPEG-1 or Quicktime MOV file with the largest frame size (usually 320 x 240 pixels) that will fit on a CD and will be playable on a Windows-based computer
  • Multimedia file for final submission if accepted for publication: “generic” Microsoft AVI file, full screen video 640 × 480 or 720 × 480 pixels (using Cinepak or similar CODEC), Microsoft DV AVI 720 × 480 pixels (NTSC format), or Quicktime MOV file full-screen video 640 × 480 or 720 × 480 pixels written to a CD (short submission) or data format DVD (-/+R or RW) (long submission)
  • Once accepted, full screen video files for archiving and transcoding (the process of preparing the file for streaming over the internet) will be requested from the author. The MMA process is summarized below:
    Capture Video » Edit Video » Submit final copy on DVD (or CD for short submission) if accepted.

Video Submission Illustration by Dr. P. Narayan FRCS (Associate Editor-IJTCVS)

Copyright and authorship

Copyright on all accepted manuscripts will be held by Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons (IACTS). It is mandatory that the Copyright/Authorship Form is signed by all the authors, expressly transferring copyright to IACTS in the event the manuscript is accepted for publication. 

Manuscript Submission

Manuscript Submission
Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Online Submission
Please follow the hyperlink “Submit manuscript” on the right and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.
Please ensure you provide all relevant editable source files. Failing to submit these source files might cause unnecessary delays in the review and production process.

  • Title Page
    Please make sure your title page contains the following information.

    The title should be concise and informative.


  • Author information


    • The name(s) of the author(s)
    • The affiliation(s) of the author(s), i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
    • A clear indication and an active e-mail address of the corresponding author
    • If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s)

    If address information is provided with the affiliation(s) it will also be published.

    For authors that are (temporarily) unaffiliated we will only capture their city and country of residence, not their e-mail address unless specifically requested.

  • Abstract
    Please provide a structured abstract of 150 to 250 words which should be divided into the following sections:

    • Purpose (stating the main purposes and research question)
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusion

    For life science journals only (when applicable)
    Trial registration number and date of registration
    Trial registration number, date of registration followed by “retrospectively registered”

  • Keywords
    Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

  • Declarations
    All manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Declarations'.
    If any of the sections are not relevant to your manuscript, please include the heading and write 'Not applicable' for that section.
    To be used for all articles, including articles with biological applications

  • Funding
    Information that explains whether and by whom the research was supported

  • Conflicts of interest/Competing interests
    Include appropriate disclosures

  • Availability of data and material
    Data transparency

  • Code availability
    Software application or custom code

  • Authors' contributions
    Optional: please review the submission guidelines from the journal whether statements are mandatory
    Additional declarations for articles in life science journals that report the results of studies involving humans and/or animals

  • Ethics approval
    Include appropriate approvals or waivers

  • Consent to participate
    Include appropriate statements

  • Consent for publication
    Include appropriate statements
    Please see the relevant sections in the submission guidelines for further information as well as various examples of wording. Please revise/customize the sample statements according to your own needs.
    Please note: All personal information (including names, email address, institution and prior publications) should be stated only in the title page and not even in a supplementary file.

  • Text Formatting
    Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.

    • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
    • Use italics for emphasis.
    • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
    • Do not use field functions.
    • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
    • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
    • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
    • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).
  • Headings
    Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.

  • Abbreviations
    Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

  • Footnotes

    If any of the sections are not relevant to your manuscript, please include the heading and write 'Not applicable' for that Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.
    Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.
    Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.

  • Acknowledgments
    Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

  • References
    Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in square brackets. Some examples:

    • Negotiation research spans many disciplines [3].
    • This effect has been widely studied [1-3, 7].
  • Reference list
    The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.
    The entries in the list should be numbered consecutively.
    If available, please always include DOI numbers or full DOI links in your reference list.

    • Journal article
      Smith JJ. The world of science. Am J Sci. 1999;36:234–5.
    • Article by DOI
      Slifka MK, Whitton JL. Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. 2000;
    • Book
      Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.
    • Book chapter
      Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.
    • Online document
      Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999.

      Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see LTWA


      If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.
      For authors using EndNote, Springer provides an output style that supports the formatting of in-text citations and reference list.

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