Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

International Research Journal of Pharmacy (IRJP) is an international peer reviewed monthly online Journal, which publishes original research work that felicitates scientific knowledge in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The aim of IRJP is to increase the importance of pharmaceutical research both in academia and industry. Researchers may submit (1) Original Research Articles (2) Review articles (3) Short Notes (4) Case reports (5) Letter to the editor in following disciple:

Pharmaceutical Sciences
Pharmaceutical Technology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry (Natural Products research), Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Analysis, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical microbiology, Novel Drug Delivery, Biopharmaceutics, Pharmacokinetics, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Drug Design, Pharmacy Practice, Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, Cell Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Pharmacogenomics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and research in marine sources of Pharmaceutical Interest. 

All submissions should contribute to improvement or should enlighten a particular aspect in any of the above mentioned subjects. Every submission should adhere to the journal format and style, legibly written in good English, comprehensive, concise and complete. It is essential that authors prepare their manuscripts according to established specifications. Failure to follow them may result in papers being delayed or rejected. Therefore, contributors are strongly encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission. The manuscripts should be checked carefully for grammatical errors. All papers are subjected to peer review.

Authors manuscript with Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani background must include the terminologies as cited in repository of NATIONAL AYUSH MORBIDITY AND STANDARDIZED TERMINOLOGIES ELECTRONIC PORTAL (NAMASTE - PORTAL).

Types of Manuscripts
Research papers should present new experimental studies in elaborate form that constitute a significant contribution to knowledge. Research Papers should not exceed 10 pages.
Short communications are the one that should present new important findings in a brief form, a maximum of 5 pages including illustrations.
Review articles should bring up the most important current topics or present interpretative and critical accounts, but not simple compilation, on subjects of general interest. They should be around 12 pages.

Requirements for Original Research Articles 
The decision to accept a contribution rests with Editor-in-chief and associate editors which reserves the right to make alterations in manuscripts submitted for publication if they do not conform to accepted scientific standard or if they are too repetitive. All long papers need sub-headings. The author needs to conform to his/her own area of expertise pertaining to the theory or grounds of knowledge covered, and must incorporate a chronological arrangement of ideas and methods when reporting on the research done. 

Manuscripts should be neatly typed, single-spaced throughout, including tables, graphs, figures.  Manuscript should be on A4 size with at least 1.5 cm margins on all sides. Page numbers should be given accordingly.  Prepare the manuscript in Times New Roman font using a font size of 12. Title shall be in a font size 14, bold face capitals. All Headings in the manuscript shall be in font size 12, bold face capitals. Subheading in each section shall be in font size 12, bold face lower case. Italic fonts style should not be used in the main text (Except Latin names or wherever applicable). Standard International Units could be used throughout the text. Authors should not be more than five including corresponding author.  

We do not want any hard copy or CD of the Manuscripts. Only complete article should be submitted to the e-mail: 

The whole manuscript comprising of all the below mentioned contents, should be submitted in ONE single MS word file, we do not accept multiple files or the files in pdf formats.

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract and key words
  3. Introduction
  4. Materials and Methods
  5. Results
  6. Discussion
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. References
  9. Tables
  10. Figures

1.    Title must be brief and comprehensively represent the findings and description as written in the abstracts. Do not use abbreviations in the title or abstract and limit their use in text. 
2.    Complete Author names. 
3.    Address of each author, the author for correspondence & author for reprints must be identified. 
4.    Do not put Dr., Mr., Mrs., Prof. Etc. before names.

As a summary of not more than 250 words abstracts, should be clear and factual in content. Abstract must present the reason of the study (aims & ideas), the main findings and principal conclusions. Emphasis may be made on new and important aspects of the study or may highlight some important observations. Only approvedabbreviations should be used. No abbreviations or references should be cited in the abstract. (Expanded forms of abbreviations should be given in the text where it is mentioned first.) 

To identify the most important subjects covered by the article. (6-7 keyword max.) Authors should not break of or hyphenate words. 

A concise account or a preview is required from the background of the subject, its significance and its relationships to earlier works clarified with pertinent references. Clearly state the purpose of the article. Do not review the subject extensively in the introduction. 

Should be presented with sufficient clarity and detail. The section of Experimental in Full Length Papers should include concise details on the methodology adopted; sufficiently elaborate to repeat the experiment. Data must be adequate and experimental design should be proper and accurate. Methods for which adequate references from published work can be cited are not to be described. All Physical and Spectral data should be reported. Method of Analysis should be validated. Experiments on human subjects are to be done in accordance with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) protocol or approved by an Institutional Ethical Committee. For the care and use of laboratory animals, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India and OECD notified guidelines should be strictly followed. 

All possible effort must be made to give mechanism of reactions. Use System International (SI) Measurements. Cite instruments details e.g. UV, IR, NMR, MS etc. Model, company, place etc. at appropriate place (If any).

In case of work related to plant materials, a sample of the authentic materials is to be deposited at any one of the designated institutions and their accession number or a reference of the same be quoted in the manuscript.

Rationale for selection of certain solvent extracts of herbs/plants along with characterization (by way of spot tests, TLC pattern etc.) of such extracts evaluated for any activity should form part of manuscript. Use of positive and negative controls in experiments should be highlighted. In case of natural products articles, plants name should be italic.

The original and important findings should be stated in a logical sequence. Illustrate the results with figures or tables where necessary, but both must be kept to the minimum and should be cited as per the sequence given above. Result must be precise and comprehensive and should not suffer from vagueness. 

It should contain a critical review of the results of the study with the support of relevant literature.

  1. The principal conclusions drawn from the results and their important implications should be discussed. Do not repeat in detail data already stated in results. Recommendations where appropriate may be included.
  2. Use generic names of drugs only unless the specific trade name of a drug used is directly relevant to the discussion.

Sources of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs as gift samples may be included. Only scientific personnel who have made substantial and essential contributions to the study should be acknowledged. Authors must state clearly the name and address of the expert (for botanical verification) who has authenticated the plant material, or botanical specimen. References to brand names obtained for research may not be referred in the text. Please avoid using co-authors names in acknowledgements. 

References should be in Vancouver style and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. Avoid using abstracts as references and do not cite any references in discussion and conclusion section. The total number of references shall not exceed more then 40. The commonly cited types of references are shown here:

Articles in Journals

  1. Devi KV, Pai RS. Antiretrovirals: Need for an Effective Drug Delivery. Indian J PharmSci 2006; 68:1-6. List the first six contributors followed by et al
  2. Volume with supplement: Shen HM, Zhang QF. Risk assessment of nickel carcinogenicity and occupational lung cancer. Environ Health Perspect 1994; 102 Suppl 1:275-82. 
  3. Issue with supplement: Payne DK, Sullivan MD, Massie MJ. Women’s psychological reactions to breast cancer. Semin Oncol 1996; 23(1, Suppl 2):89-97. 

Books and Other Monographs

  1. Personal author(s): Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996. 
  2. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996. 
  3. Chapter in a book: Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78. 

Electronic Sources as reference

Journal article on the Internet

Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial on the Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 3 p.]. Available from:


Monograph on the Internet

Foley KM, Gelband H, editors. Improving palliative care for cancer [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:


Homepage/Web site [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from:

Patents Online 

B. Gabetta, G. Pifferi, and E. Bombardelli. Complexes of flavanolignans with phospholipids,preparation thereof and associated pharmaceutical compositions. US Patent 4764508. August 16, 1988.


  • Tables - Only MS word table format (With rows and columns visible) should be used for preparing tables. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and bear a brief title in capital letters normal face. Units of measurement should be abbreviated and placed below the column headings. It is essential that all tables have legends, which explain the contents of the table. Tables should not be very large that they run more than one A4 sized page. 
  • Figures - Figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and bear a brief title in lower case bold face letters below the figure. Graphs and bar graphs should preferably be prepared using Microsoft Excel and submitted as Excel graph pasted in Word. As far as possible, please avoid diagrams made on white drawing paper, cellophane sheet or tracing paper with hand written captions or titles. In case of photomicrographs, magnification should be mentioned either directly on them or in the legend. Symbols, arrows or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background. Prepare figures in JPEG/PNG formats.