Editorial Policy

The National Journal of Community Medicine brings the vast potential of the Internet to the doorsteps of the biomedical fraternity for publishing various topics of common interest especially of public health or community medicine.

Free Access

NJCM is available online for FREE to all readers. No pre-registration is required and there are no 'logins' and 'passwords'.


All articles accepted for publication in NJCM are peer reviewed, and 'publishing fee' is charged to author(s). The articles are accepted PURELY on the scientific merit of the contents. No fee is being charged at the time of submission of article. It is being charged after acceptance of article by reviewer as well as editorial team.

Copyright Free

The copyright of all the articles published in NJCM shall lie with the author. The articles can be copied, transmitted, stored, reproduced without permission provided the access to publication is unrestricted and due acknowledgement and hyperlink to the source from NJCM is provided. The responsibility to the contents and its authenticity rests solely with the authors.

Archiving Policy

All articles published in the NJCM are archived on LOKSS-PKP PN for long term preservation. Articles can be accessed from it without any charge.

Policy on Conflict of Interest

Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could influence the work. Conflict of interest not only meant to a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation for consultancy work but it also include potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research which may include but are not limited to the following: Research grants from funding agencies (please give the research funder and the grant number), Honoraria for speaking at symposia, Financial support for attending symposia, Financial support for educational programs, Employment or consultation, Support from a project sponsor, Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships, Multiple affiliations, Financial relationships (for example equity ownership or investment interest), Intellectual property rights (e.g., patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights), Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research. All the author needs to submit the conflict-of-interest disclosure forms as mentioned in the 'Instructions for authors'.


The journal carries articles in the following categories:

  • Editorials
  • Current Interest
  • Review Articles
  • Original Work
  • Case Reports
  • Short Communications
  • Opinion
  • Comments/Letters to the Editor
  • CMEs
  • Book Review

All the articles submitted for publication in NJCM are peer reviewed for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. Decision of the reviewers shall be final.

NJCM shall uphold the highest ethical standards of scientific publications. Drug trials sponsored by Pharma industry shall not find favour.

NJCM shall be published every month. However, being an Online Journal, it allows for publication of articles of urgency and critical importance to the medical fraternity. Such articles of 'Current Interest' and relevant editorials may be published more frequently as 'Supplements', on the basis of the needs felt by the editorial board or on the requests/ suggestions of the readers of NJCM.

NJCM shall not take any responsibility for the contents of articles published in the journal and all such responsibility shall lie with the author/s. The opinions expressed in the articles are solely of the author/s and NJCM may not agree with such opinions in part or in full.