Journal of Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College (JAFMDC)
Journal of Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College journal is biannual , double blinded peer medical journal . It provides platform for advance, basic and clinical medical research for all the fields of medical professionals and scholars. It provides cutting edge updates and developments in the medical arena and will help to synchronize the knowledge of medical community.
It publishes biannually as print version and Open Access online with minimum financial burden on researchers. Submissions and publications of scientific manuscripts in JAFMDC are totally Free of cost. All submitted articles are vetted by the double blind peer-review process by two expert reviewers in order to maintain the quality of the articles, public’s trust in our profession and the trust of our readership, authors/contributors, researchers, and reviewers. It follows guidelines of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and committee of publication ethics (COPE) for editiong and ethics.
Affiliation with HEC and PMDC recognition, indexing with various data bases including Pakmedinet will be first priorities of this journal.
The aim of the JAFMDC is to promote innovative research in academia and to provide platform to researchers with eminence contribution towards the scientific community.
Selection of editorial board:
JAFMDC will follow the recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), COPE guidelines, higher education commission (HEC) policies in selection of editorial board, peer reviewer, authorship and all the steps till publication of articles.
Plagiarism and similarity index:
This journal strongly opposes the practice of duplicate publication or any type of plagiarism.
Credit for publication of research papers as per PMDC criteria
ICMJE Recommendations for Authorship & Acknowledgement
The ICMJE recommends that authorship should be based on the following 4 criteria:
Contributors who do not meet all the above mentioned four criteria for authorship, but helped in the study, may be listed in the acknowledgement section.
Detailed contribution made by each author will be required at the time of submission of the manuscript.
Peer reviewer: (COPE guidelines/ ICMJE).
Peer reviewers play a pivotal and critical part in the review process and ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record. Peer reviewer should be aware of ethical obligations recommended by COPE and review article with responsibility and unbiased. If reviewer has conflict of interest should report to editor to prevent bias.
Appropriate expert reviewers from various disciplines will be selected by editorial board for unbiased, independent, and critical assessment of articles to improve the quality of manuscript. Reviewers with various specialties can be modified according to their responses.
Submitted manuscripts will initially undergo internal peer review. A manuscript with plagiarism and poor quality will be rejected in house and appropriate articles will be sent for double-blind external peer reviews by two subject experts. Any publication misconduct will be dealt according to COPE's guidelines.
Original articles authored by the editorial board are also externally peer reviewed.
Editorials authored by the editor-in-chief will not be subjected to an external peer review.
Conflict of interest:
All participants including author, peer reviewer and editorial board must disclose conflict of interest if any. Reviewers and editorial board must rescue themselves from reviewing and taking final decisions about a specific manuscript if they have a conflict of interest. (ICMJE guidelines)
Prior to research, informed consent should be taken from each participant by the researcher and information about the patients should be kept confidential and not be published. (ICMJE guideline)
All the manuscripts submitted to JAFMDC will be kept confidential as they are the author’s private, confidential property. Peer Reviewers also must maintain the confidentiality of reviewed manuscripts. This applies both during and after the publication process. Journal keeps a record of published articles for at least three years and rejected articles are deleted from backup (ICMJE criteria).
Editors will ensure the timely processing of manuscripts with the resources available to them.
Ethical Approval of Research:
Every original article submitted to JAFMDC should have ethical approval by the ethical review board of the institution.
All case reports require approval from the head of the department. A statement should be included showing informed consent prior to publication of a case report.
Editorial decisions will be based on the relevance of a manuscript to the journal and on the manuscript’s originality, quality, and contribution to evidence about an important questions.
The corresponding author of articles will have a responsibility to respond to substantial criticisms of their work using those same mechanisms and will be asked by editors to respond. Authors of correspondence will be asked to declare any competing or conflicting interests.
Publication Schedule and number of article:
Initially, two issues/ year will be published and after recognition with HEC the frequency of publication will be increased. Journal will be published on regular basis and will try to improve the standard in term of quality and material. Minimum 5 original articles per issue will be published as per PMDC Guidelines for Recognition of Publications and journals.2018. We also encouraged publishing case reports, systemic review or short communication/ commentaries and letter to editor.
Targeted audience (who will be able to publish article)
Types of manuscript
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