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PAKISTAN POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL JOURNAL (Pak Postgrad Med J) publishes quarterly.
While submitting manuscripts, please carefully follow the instructions given below:-
Submit the manuscript with our online editorial system at www.ppmj.org.pk World in one file starting from title of the manuscript to references including tables. E-mail of each author is required during the submission process. All submitted manuscripts must be exclusively contributed to Pakistan Postgraduate Medical Journal. Covering letter should also state what information this study adds to medical literature and how it will influence clinical practice.
Do not submit tables as photographs. Give each column an abbreviated heading. Identify statistical measures such as standard deviation and standard error of the mean. Make sure that each figure, table is cited in the text.
The figures should be sent in JPEG format with at least 300 dpi of resolution as separate file (upload as supplementary file).
We accept only those manuscripts or data that have not been previously published or submitted elsewhere for publication. However, re-analysis of previously published data can be accepted.
In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other Journal and was rejected, the authors must provide full information as to why it was rejected, for proper analysis.
All manuscripts by multiple authors must be signed by all the authors and contain details of individual authors contribution. In case of suspicion of gift authorship, the journal may refuse further processing of the manuscript. Maximum of four authors are allowed in single center studies. Please also note in case of KAP Studies, routine surveys and similar manuscripts the maximum number of authors allowed will be four. Manuscripts with more than four authors will not be accepted for further processing and will be rejected.
Informed consent of the patients participating in the study should be undertaken.
All studies must be approved by the relevant Ethics Committee/Institution Review Boards of the respective institutions and approval letter should be submitted along with the manuscript.
The authors as well as reviewers are expected to declare the conflict of interest if any.
Source of funding for the study should be clearly mentioned. Authors involved in scientific misconduct may be black listed and barred from further submissions.
The journal will accept:-
(a) Guest Editorials on important subjects of current interest
(b) Original Articles
(c) Review Articles
(d) Case Reports
(e) Clinical Updates
(f) Short Communications
(g) Book Reviews
(h) Case Studies
(i) Clinical Notes
(l) Letters to the Editor
We do not accept Knowledge, Attitude, Practice (KAP) studies, routine surveys and cross-sectional studies. Only selected animal studies are entertained. The authors can suggest two reviewers at the time of making submission who may be contacted by the editor if required.
The desired position of any figure or table should be marked in the manuscript.
Manuscripts except short communications & Guest Editorials should contain the following sections:-
Title Page: The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications, the department or institution to which they are attached, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, cell phones, e-mail, Fax number and short running title of the article, source of funding, number of figures, tables, total word count and total number of pages.
Conflicts of interest: When authors submit a manuscript they must disclose all financial and personnel relationship that might bias their work. Authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist. They should do so in the manuscript on the title page. Additional details can be provided if necessary in a covering letter which accompanies the manuscript.
Authors of study funded by an agency with proprietary or financial interest in the outcome must sign a statement that they had full access to all the data in the study and take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. This statement should be submitted along with the manuscript.
Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It should state Objective of the study, Methodology, Results & Conclusions. (Selection of study subjects or experimental animals; observational and analytical methods, give specific data and their statistical significance, if possible). Emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. This page should contain structured abstract and key words only. Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately. Single digit figures should be written in words i.e. 2 should be written as two.
Key Words: Below the abstract give few key words not more than ten that will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of index medicus, if suitable MeSH terms are not yet available for recently introduced terms, present terms may be used.
Case Report/Review Article: All review articles and case reports should be preceded by a summary. Authors submitting review manuscript should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting and synthesizing data, data bases searched and the time period. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.
Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor it should have data or conclusions of the study.
Methods: This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, it’s manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author is able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents. Extra or supplementary materials and technical details can be placed in an appendix where it will be accessible. It may be omitted from the printed version but may be published in the electronic version of the journal.
Discussion: This should emphasize present findings & the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. Detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.
References: These should be type in superscript. Maximum References: Original Article 25, Case Report 10, Reviews 40. These references should also be marked in the text. The author should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. The References should be written in Vancouver style as per "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly work in medical journals. Updated Dec. 2015. Available at: http://icmje.org/recommendations/". List all authors when there are six or fewer. If there are seven or more list the first six followed by ”et al” Reference should provide the following information: Author’s name with initials, full title of cited article, name of the journal in which the article appeared (in abbreviated form), Year of Publication, Journal’s Volume, Number and finally first & the last page numbers. Write Page No. like this 100-105. Add DOI number of those references where it is available. Reference from the books should have Authors name and initials, full title of cited article, complete title of book, Name of Editors, address (city) the publisher, first and last page numbers and finally the year of publication.
In case of multicenter study or trial, the reference should be given as Name of the Group or of study, exact title of the study, full results or partial results, Name of the Journal, Volume and Number, pages and the year.
Citation of personal communications and unpublished observations should be strictly limited and given in brackets in the text. These should not appear in the list of references. A paper may not be cited as “Under Publication or in Press” unless it has been accepted for publication & the name of the Journal is given.
Letter of Undertaking: Manuscripts must be accompanied by a letter of undertaking signed by all the authors. A scanned copy of the Letter of Undertaking should also be uploaded to our online editorial system. Note: Peer Review may take four to five months. Authors who are in a hurry must first enquire before making a submission.
Publication Fee: PPMJ is currently not charging any fee. All the submissions are free of cost.