Instructions to Authors

Journal of Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College (JAFMDC) follow the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly work in medical journals.  Available at:http://icmje.org/recommendations/” modified.

While submitting manuscripts, please carefully follow the instructions given below:-

  1. Submit the manuscript with our online journal system at www.journal.afmdc.edu.pk in MS Word in one file starting from title of the manuscript to references including tables. E-mail of each author is required Journal of Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College during the submission process. All submitted manuscripts must be exclusively contributed to JAFMDC. Covering letter should also state what information this study adds to medical literature and how it will influence clinical practice.
  2. Plagiarism: Manuscripts are screened for plagiarism using Turnitin software. Articles with similarity index within more than 19% will not be published
  3. Do not submit tables as photographs.Make sure that each figure, table is cited in the text.
  4. The figures should be sent in JPEG format with atleast 300 dpi of resolution as separate file (upload as supplementary file).
  5. All manuscripts by multiple authors must be signed by all the authors and contain details of individual authors contribution.
  6. Informed consent of the patients participating in the study should be undertaken.
  7. 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.
  8. The authors as well as reviewers are expected to declare the conflict of interest if any.
  9. Source of funding for the study should be clearly mentioned.
  10. 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:-

  1. Title Page: should contain 1) complete title of the manuscript 2) the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications 3) the department or institution to which they are attached 4) institutions to which work should be attributed 5)  mobile no 6) e-mail, address with telephone numbers for correspondence 7)  short running title of the article 8) source of funding, 9) total word count of abstract and manuscript  10)  number of figures, tables 11) and total number of pages.
  2. Abstract: All original articles must accompany structured abstract up to 250 words. It should state Objective of the study, Methodology, Results & Conclusions. Emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. 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. This page should contain structured abstract and key words only.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Methodology: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 programme used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. References: The References should be written in Vancouver style as per "Recommendations for the Conduct. 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.
  10. 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.

About Manuscript Formatting:

The article should be formatted accordingly on MS Word:

  • Font Type: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: 14 for article title, 12 for article text
  • Line spacing should be set at 2 throughout the text
  • Alignment: Justified throughout
  • Page numbers should be added
  • Begin the abstract, introduction, methods, results, conclusion, references, and each table and figure on a new page.
  • Tables should be included at end of the manuscript and not in the middle of the text.
  • The figures should be sent in JPEG format with atleast 300 dpi of resolution as separate file (upload as supplementary file).