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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Pakistan Journal of Health Sciences advises authors to follow updated ICMJE guidelines available at http://icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf before submitting their manuscripts for publication.
Authorship is recommended to be based on FOUR criteria:
1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
3. Final approval of the version to be published;
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
It is the collective responsibility of the authors, not the journal to determine that all people named as authors meet all
four criteria; it is not the role of journal editors to determine who qualifies or does not qualify for authorship or to arbitrate or investigate authorship conflicts. Activities like acquisition of funding; general supervision of a research group orgeneral administrative support; and writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading alone don’tqualify a contributor for authorship. Such contributors may be acknowledged as a group or individually after obtaining written permission from them.Correspondence author will be the one responsible for communication with the journal in all respects including public responsibility of the work and should be nominated by all the authors.
No more than six names of authors will be listed under the title; other names will appear in a footnote.
PJHS accepts non plagiarized original un published work in the field of health and medical sciences according to the following protocol:
Title Page:
It should bear the title of the article (not more than 20 words and avoiding abbreviations), author(s) name(s) with their qualification and affiliation, word count and number of figures and tables.
A structured abstract of not more than 250 words should be included for all research articles, review articles, short and special communications. Abstract should be structured as Background (including objective), Methods, Results and Conclusion. 3 to 10 Key words or short phrases available at Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) of the Index Medicus website should be added at the end of structured abstract.
Units of Measurement:
Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be reported in metric units(metre, kilogram or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperature should be in degrees Celsius
Names of Drugs,Companies and for-profit organizations:
Market names of drugs, companies and for- profit organizations should be avoided in the main body of the article. If there is a comparison and it is unavoidable then code words should be used in place of names.
All references should be written in Vancouver style.
Authoritative reviews, analyses or views of an important topic related to a theme or to one or more papers published in a given issue having not more than 800 words and a maximum of 12 references, can be included as editorial. Editorial requires no abstract and no sub-headings.
Original Research Article:
Original research article should be structured as: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion,Acknowledgements and References. Word count should not be more than 3000 (excluding word count for abstract,figures and tables, acknowledgement and references). Not more than 50 references should be written. The number of tables and figures should not exceed 5.
Case Report:
Only reports of cases of an unusual nature are considered for publication. The text should not exceed 1500 words (excluding references) and the number of references should be kept to a minimum. Case report should be structured as:Introduction, Report of the case, Discussion, and References. No abstract is required. A table or a figure can be included.
Review articles:
Critical assessments of research on topics of relevance to health and medical sciences are also accepted for publication. These should contain sections dealing with objectives, sources, methods of selection, compilation and interpretation of data and conclusions. The text should not exceed 3000 words (excluding the accompanying abstract, references, tables and figures), and should be accompanied by a structured abstract. References should not exceed 100 in number. The number of tables and figures should not exceed 5.
Short communications:
Articles which do not constitute a complete research study but are of particular relevance or importance to health and medical sciences , may be considered for publication. The text should not exceed 1500 words (excluding the accompanying abstract, references, tables and figures), and should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words.
The number of tables and figures should not exceed 3.
Letters to the Editor:
Letters commenting on published articles are welcome. Letters will be sent to the authors of the original article for their comments, and these will be published along with the letter. The text of letters should be kept as short as possible.
PJHS accepts those articles which are in compliance with ethical principles of the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki as well as national and institutional guidelines. Authors may be asked to provide a certificate of ethical approval.
There is no publication fee. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submission or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process for submitting the menuscript. Authors declaration signed by all authors in case of accepted article, needs to be sent through email (editor@pjhs.com.pk). 
Two internal and two external experts of the relevant field will review submitted article. After each review (internal and external),research article will be sent to the correspondence author with reviewers comments for further processing.
[Note: These Guidelines are adopted from International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal (EMHJ) and Journal of Ayub Medical College (JAMC)].

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