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Guidelines for authors:
Genetic Clinics is a quarterly newsletter published by the Society for Indian Academy of Medical Genetics The newsletter aims to provide a forum for enhancing the practice and education of medical genetics in India. Articles of interest to medical professionals, related to the field of medical genetics, are welcome. The newsletter publishes articles pertaining to various aspects of medical genetics including the genetic basis of diseases, chromosomal disorders, dysmorphic syndromes, congenital malformations, Mendelian disorders, genetics of complex diseases, genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis, perinatal autopsy, teratogenesis, genetic counseling, laboratory practices, professional issues and psychosocial and legal aspects of medical genetic practice.The articles undergo limited peer-review and are also subjected to editing of content and style. The different categories under which articles are published include:
1.GeNeDit is the regular editorial feature written by the editor/editorial board member of the newsletter; editorials may also be invited from other eminent geneticists.
2. GeNeVista includes review articles on common genetic disorders (including the molecular pathology, genetic basis, clinical features, differential diagnosis, management options and recent developments) as well as on genetic laboratory techniques (including the principles, methodology and relevance to clinical genetic practice).
3. GeNeFocuspresents the views and perspectives of experienced clinical geneticists on specific areas of clinical importance such as guidelines/ recommendations for diagnostic work-up, management and genetic counselling of specific genetic disorders.
4. DeNoVo includes original articles with new findings relevant to clinical genetics; findings of randomized clinical trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, cohort studies and cross-sectional studies are all considered under this category.
5. Clinical Vignettesare case reports of patients with rare known genetic conditions/ syndromes, unusual clinical features or interesting lab findings.
6. GeNeXpress includes excerpts/ abstracts from recent papers published in reputed national and international journals which highlight novel research findings and exciting new developments in the field of medical genetics; it is intended to serve as a guide for further reading.
7. HearToHearTalk offers a platform for clinicians to share personal emotional and psychosocial experiences encountered during their interaction with families with genetic disorders; articles in this section are meant to address issues from a human interest point of view.
8. GeNeToons includes cartoons, poems, jokes and witty one-liners which add a little fun and art to the science of medical genetics.
9. PhotoQuiz is a regular photo-based quiz feature where readers are asked to diagnose interesting/ unusual genetic conditions/ syndromes on the basis of clinical photographs and a brief clinical summary of the salient presenting features.
10. GeNeMails are letters to the editor related to contents of the previous issues and other correspondence with comments and suggestions for the editorial board.
11. GeNeQueries is a forum through which clinicians can seek expert opinion for the work-up/ diagnosis/ management of unusual cases they may encounter in clinical practice. The clinical features of the case of interest can be posted along with the specific query; the opinions of experts with respect to the further course of action are then sought by the editorial team and both the question and the answer are published in the same issue.
12. EvEnts are brief notices about forthcoming conferences, workshops and continuing medical education programs related to the field of medical genetics.
13. GeNeImage Creative artwork and interesting images related to the field of genetics can be submitted under this category.
Manuscripts submitted to Genetic Clinics should not have been published in any form or be under publication in any other journal. Case reports and clinical photographs should be accompanied by a statement from the authors that informed consent was obtained from the patient or guardian, as appropriate. Copyrighted material (tables/ figures/ photographs) published elsewhere must not be submitted to the journal unless the authors have requisite rights to reproduce it (with proper identification of the source). Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the technical requirements mentioned below:
1. Manuscripts should be written in grammatically correct American English.
2. Manuscripts should be in the double-spaced format in a 12 point size Times New Roman or Arial font.
3. The following details should be mentioned in the cover page of each submission: the category under which the article is to be considered, the title of the article, names and affiliations of the contributors and the e-mail address for correspondence. The full address of the corresponding author will not be published and is not necessary.
4. Manuscripts submitted under the GeNeVista and DeNoVo categories should be in a structured format which includes a summary (abstract), introduction, materials/patients and methods, results and discussion. Clinical vignettes (case reports) should include a summary, case description and discussion.
5. The manuscript should contain the main text, tables, references and legends to the figures/ images.
6. Tables and figures should be properly labelled with Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear in the text.
7. Figures and images should be submitted separately in the PPT/ TIFF/ JPEG format and should be of good resolution (>300 dpi).
8. The specifications for individual article categories are as follows:
      a.GeNeVista: word limit of 1500-2500 words; number of references not to exceed 10.
      b. DeNoVo: word limit of 2000 words; number of references to be restricted to 15.
      c. Clinical Vignette: word limit of 1000 words; number of references not to exceed 5.
      d. GeNeXpress: the salient features of each new research paper of interest to be presented in a brief summary notexceeding 200 words.
     e. PhotoQuiz: Good quality clinical photographs depicting the hallmark features of the specific genetic condition to be provided along with a brief clinical summary of the salient clinical findings in three to four sentences. A concise answer to the question posed with relevant details of the genetic condition including OMIM number, must also be submitted in the form of a single paragraph not exceeding 250 words.
9. The newsletter follows the Vancouver system of references. References should be numbered and listed consecutively in the order in which they are first cited in the text. The references should be denoted by superscripted Arabic numerals in the text. The list of references at the end of the text should include: name and initials of the first author only followed by et al, the journal title abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus, year of publication, volume number, and the first and last page numbers (E.g.: Brickwood S, et al. J Med Genet 2003; 40: 685-9). References of book chapters should give the name and initials of the first author only followed by et al, title of the book, edition, year of publication, and first and last page numbers (E.g.: Sillence DO, et al. In: Emery & Rimoin's Principles and Practice. Fifth edition. 2007. p 3692-708).
Contributions are welcome from all medical practitioners interested in medical genetics. Contributors are requested to follow the specifications listed above while drafting the manuscript. All submissions and follow-up correspondence should be addressed to editor@iamg.in