THE EDITORIAL TEAM
Pakistan Journal of Medicine and Dentistry (PJMD) is headed by Managing Editor and Editorial Board Members. The Editors and Editorial Board is appointed on the basis of the journal’s need for representation from a particular area. The board is committed to maintaining high journal standards and is supported by an Editorial Office Team.
THE REVIEW PROCESS
Pakistan Journal of Medicine and Dentistry (PJMD) comprises of an editorial office policy for manuscript reviewing.
Manuscripts are internally reviewed by in-house editors for its originality and quality of work. Accordingly, manuscript may be rejected at this stage or be sent back to the authors for corrections. Manuscripts that do not meet the standards of the journal are returned to authors with decisions.
Peer reviewing; the corrected manuscript resubmitted after incorporation of initial comments is sent to content expert reviewers. The peer reviewed manuscript is accepted or rejected on the basis of reviewer’s comments.
All authors who submit manuscripts to PJMD are required to transfer all copyright ownership of the manuscript to PJMD. Authors agree to execute copyright transfer of their form (Authors consent form) as requested with respect to their contributions accepted by the journal.
After publication, any material reproduced will require permission from the editorial board.
All authors are required to sign the copyright policy statement after submission of the manuscript.
In case the manuscript is rejected, the copyright transfers back to the authors.
By submitting the article in Journal, the corresponding author certifies that the article is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration by any other journal and does not infringe any existing copyright.
Authors by submitting a paper in PJMD, grant PJMD a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher.
ETHICAL APPROVAL OF RESEARCH
When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation and with the latest version of Helsinki Declaration.
The use of patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, in text and illustrative material is not permitted.
When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed. Further guidance on animal research ethics is available from the International Association of Veterinary Editors’ Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare (http://veteditors.org/ethicsconsensusguidelines.html).
DECLINING A MANUSCRIPT
PJMD may refuse a manuscript if the findings are not novel, provide sufficient new insights, do not contain enough new information or is too preliminary to warrant publication
DECLINING MANUSCRIPT – APPEALS
Authors whose articles have been rejected have the right to send a letter of appeal giving detailed explanations. This will be reviewed in-house and a decision will be taken accordingly.
Revised articles will not be considered at this stage.
According to PJMD copyright policy, upon submission of the manuscript copyright belongs to the Journal.
It is considered unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time.
Authors if chooses to withdraw the manuscript than he can do that during its initial processing. The policy for withdrawing after peer reviewing is very strict at PJMD and the author may be black listed after that.
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All publication misconducts are dealt by first asking the corresponding author an explanation in view of the available evidence. The manuscript is dropped from consideration if unpublished and retracted if published in case of non -response or unsatisfactory response from the authors.
The authors will be blacklisted and authors’ institutional Head will also be informed. His/Her further submissions will not be considered and the other Editorial Associations may also be informed.
Plagiarism and other publication misconduct, fabrication (picture as well), falsification, salami slicing, duplication submission, redundant publication, multiple submission, selective and misleading reporting, selective and misleading referencing are liable to strict action.
POLICY OF SELECTION OF EDITORS, REVIEWERS, OTHER EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS
For selection of Editors, Reviewers, other Editorial Board members, human resource policies will be followed and their job descriptions are based upon vision and mission of PJMD