Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal aims at promoting the art and science of medicine to improve healthcare besides being a useful source of CME for healthcare professionals offering healthy, balanced and constructive debates on controversial issues that effect medicine, keeping up the professional ethics in medical journalism.

Quarterly PAKISTAN JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES follow the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) revised in October 2004 and recognized by HEC & PM&DC . This Journal is Indexed by WHO Index Medicus (IMEMR) for EMRO Region, ExtraMed, is covered by EXCERPTA MEDICA, Netherlands, CAB Abstract and Global Health of UK, is registered with International Serials Data System of France bearing ISSN No. 1017-4699. It is included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) on Internet. It is also approved by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council since 1989. Hence, all those whose manuscripts are accepted and published will get the necessary credit. (Abbreviated form: PaK J Med Sci.)

All articles published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

 

Section Policies

View Point

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Editorial

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Guest Editorial

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Leading Article

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Original Articles

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Review Article

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Clinical Case Series

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Case Reports

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Special Communications

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Continous Medical Education

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Correspondence

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Short Communication

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Brief Communication

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Conference Proceedings

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Retraction

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Publication Audit

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Special Supplement

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Systematic Review

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Peer Review Process

All articles on receipt for publication are immediately acknowledged but this does not mean that it has been accepted for publication. The manuscript is sent to two or more than two Reviewers. We practice open peer review system. The whole review process may take from three to four months time, although the ultimate authority to accept or reject the manuscript rests with the Editor. Authors have the right to communicate to the editor if they do not wish their manuscript to be reviewed by a particular reviewer because of potential conflicts of interests usually professional, but they may be asked to explain or justify their concerns which is important for the editor in deciding whether to honour such request. The author can also suggest the name of possible reviewers but it is up to the editor to accept it. Some manuscripts may be processed earlier at a fast pace keeping in view their importance. On receipt of the comments from reviewers, and if approved, letter of acceptance is issued to the author stating the likely date of its publication. If required, clarifications are sought from the authors. No article is rejected unless similar comments are received from at least two reviewers.

 

Publication Frequency

Bimonthly Medical Journal

Published in January, April, July and October

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

"Authors may self-archive the author’s accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later. He/ she may use the publisher's version (the final article), which is posted on PJMS, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on PJMS's website.  The link must be provided by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “The final publication is available at PJMS via http://dx.doi.org/[insert DOI]”."

All papers published in PJMS are also archieved at PubmedCentral starting from 2013.

 


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