Instructions To Authors

International Journal of Applied Pharmaceutics (Int J App Pharm) is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly (onward March 2017) open-access journal devoted to excellence and research in pharmaceutics. This journal publishes original research work that contributes significantly to adding scientific knowledge in conventional dosage forms, formulation development and characterization, controlled and novel drug delivery, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, molecular drug design, polymer-based-drug delivery, nanotechnology, nanocarrier-based drug delivery, novel routes and modes of delivery; responsive delivery systems, prodrug design, development and characterization of the targeted drug delivery systems, ligand carrier interactions, etc. Studies on analytical method developments and physical pharmacy are part of the journal's scope. Furthermore, pharmacological and toxicological studies of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and their formulations are considered.

The journal publishes original research work either as an Original Article or a Short Communication. Review Articles on a current topic in the mentioned fields are also considered for publication in the journal.

Special issues on dedicated subjects or conference proceedings within the broader stated scope of the journal shall be considered for publication. Articles in the concerned may be permitted beyond the scope but on the merit of quality and when within the theme of the conference/special issue.

Onward 2021, for instant and swift access to current applied research that may have an impact on the subjects of the journal's scope, including allied subjects having an impact on mass human/living population, especially the cases of endemic/ pandemics (like COVID-19 and H1N1, others), are considered.

International Journal of Applied Pharmaceutics is a (Q2) Scopus-indexed journal.

*Type-written manuscripts prepared using MS Word should be submitted by online submission system ( or email to,

*(Article should be submitted through any mode- email or online submission system).

An online submission system must be preferred.

Manuscripts will be subjected to a peer review process to determine their suitability for publication, provided they fulfill the journal's requirements as laid out in the instructions to authors. After the review, manuscripts will be returned for revision along with the reviewer’s and/or editor’s comments. Prepare the manuscript in Times New Roman font using a font size 12. There shall not be any decorative borders anywhere in the text, including the title page. 
All the tables and figures should be in the text at a suitable place.

Submission of a manuscript to the International Journal of Applied Pharmaceutics for publication implies that the same work has not been either published or is under consideration for publication in another Journal. Authors, in their cover note to the Editor, have to clearly mention whether the manuscript shall be considered as a Research Paper, Short Communication, or Review Article and also confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted to any other Journal for publication. Authors publishing results from in vivo experiments involving animals or humans should state whether due permission for the conduction of these experiments was obtained, from the relevant ethics committees, in the Materials and Methods section. In addition, authors wishing to publish research work involving human studies should also send a notary verified letter of approval from the Ethics Committee or the Institutional Review Board.

The manuscript should be divided into a Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion or Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement, and References.

Title page- In separate lines, the title page should contain the title of the manuscript, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and the mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The title must be specific, concise and informative.

Authors - Avijeet Jain, Amit K Jain ---(12 FONT SIZE, TIMES NEW ROMAN, NORMAL, BOLD) - IN UPPERCASE ONLY

Keywords and abstract- Please include 3-10 keywords for indexing purposes; Full-length manuscript submission should contain an abstract of up to 250 words in a structured form, consisting of Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.


Subheadings- Preparation of extracts

Introduction- It should summarize the rationale, provide a concise research background (not an exhaustive review) and state the study's objective in a single sentence. Please do not include any results or the conclusion of the study.

Materials and methods- All the ethical permission associated with the research work must be specified. It should provide technical information about the study. Published methodological details are not needed to describe what has been published previously. Specifications (including the manufacturer, city, and country) should be given for the main drugs, chemicals, and instruments. Indicate the statistical methods used and identify statistical significance using superscripts (* and **) following the data (*P < 0.05, **P < 0.01).

Results- It should reveal the findings of the works.

Discussion- It should be with the interpretation of the results and their comparison with those of other studies. No need to repeat the results, review literature and textbook knowledge or cite references that do not have a close relationship with the present result.

Conclusion – conclude the study by linking back to the aim of the study.

Abbreviations- At the first appearance in the abstract and the text, abbreviations should be preceded by words for which they stand.

Tables- Tables must be concise and cited consecutively using Arabic numerals in the text (Table 1, Table 2...etc.). The title of the table should clearly indicate the nature of the contents and sufficient detail should be included in the footnote to facilitate interpretation without reference to the text. Use horizontal rules only.

Table Format – It should be designed using table tools of MS Word and exactly the same as below.

Table 1:  ---(12 font size, times new roman, normal, bold)


Change in body weight (unit)



Negative control







Figures -Figures (photographs, drawings, diagrams and charts) should be clear, easily legible and cited consecutively using Arabic numerals in the text(fig. 1, fig. 2...etc.). Please supply figures 1.5 to 2 times the size at which they will be finally reproduced. For line work, submit black-ink drawings of professional quality. Micrographs or other glossy photographs must be of the highest quality. Use standard symbols: ○, ●, ×, □, ■, △, ▲. Freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. If a figure comprises more than one glossy photograph, these should be marked A, B, C...etc. Figure legends should be marked clearly with their corresponding letters. Legends should contain sufficient detail to permit figure interpretation without reference to the text. Scale markers should be indicated in the photographs. Color plates are also welcome. The Editor will make the choice of cover art illustration.

Figure format –

Fig. 1:  ---(12 Font size, Times New Roman, Normal, Bold)

Manuscripts that fail to conform to the requirements of the Journal, as specified under 'Instructions to Authors', will be rejected outright.

Tables and figures should be cited in the text in numerical order. Table 2 should not be first cited before Table 1.

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

Physical quantity

Base unit

SI Symbol


































Amount of substance




square meter



cubic meter

















Correct style

Use lowercase for symbols or abbreviations,



Symbols are not followed by a period, exception the end of the sentence



Do not pluralize symbols



When numbers are printed, symbols are preferred

100 meters

100 m

Space between number and symbol



2 mol
10 mg
60 ˚C

Place a zero before a decimal



Decimal numbers are preferable to fractions



Space used to separate long numbers except four-digit numbers 


1 500 000


References should be 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 parenthesis/brackets like- [1]. 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. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) style should be used for the references. Use the complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals. Avoid using abstracts as references. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, contributors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of personal communication.

The commonly cited types of references are shown here; for other types of references, such as published, unpublished, and/or electronic materials, etc. please refer to uniform requirements of NLM ( or ICMJE Guidelines (

Articles in Journals

  1. Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.
  2. Volume with supplement: Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.
  3. Issue with supplement: Glauser TA. Integrating clinical trial data into clinical practice. Neurology. 2002;58(12 Suppl 7):S6-12.

Books and Other Monographs

  1. Personal author(s): Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.
  2. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.

Chapter in a book: Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113. 

Journal abbreviations source

Journal names should be abbreviated according to CAS Source Index (CASSI) Search Tool abbreviations:

Short Communication

The journal publishes exciting findings, preliminary data, or studies that do not yield enough information to make a full paper as short communications. These have the exact format requirements as full papers but are only up to 5 pages in length. Short Communications should not have subtitles such as Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion - all these must be merged into the running text. Short Communications preferably should have only 3-4 illustrations.

Review Articles

It should be about 18-30 pages long, contain up-to-date information, comprehensively cover relevant literature and preferably be written by scientists with in-depth knowledge. All format requirements are the same as those applicable to full papers. Review articles need not be divided into sections such as Materials and Methods and Results and Discussion but should definitely have an Abstract and Introduction, if necessary. An extra copyediting fee may apply to manuscripts with more than 30 pages.

Conflict of Interest Statement

It must be declared by the authors.


IJAP is an open-access journal, free to access, read and print. There is no pay-per-view, pay-per-print fee for the published articles. No editorial/peer review charges are being solicited from the authors. However, the journal charges a minimum amount towards author registration (on the accepted article, after peer review) for publishing and maintaining the content online, outsourcing facilities, tools and resources towards the article's publication. The fee will be as follows.


Indian authors
(up to 4 authors)

Indian authors
(more than 4 authors)

Foreign authors

(up to 5 authors)

Foreign authors

(more than 5 authors)

Original Research Article,
Short Communication,
Case Study,
Letter to Editor etc.

Review Article

INR 20000 per article

Additional INR 4000 per Author

US$ 500 per article

Additional US$ 150 per Author

The fee paid once is not refundable.

Last Updated: 11 March 2024