Journal of Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College (JAFMDC)
The Journal of Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College is an open access biannual medical journal that has received recognition from the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and is indexed with DOAJ. It offers a platform for medical professionals and scholars to publish their research in all fields of medical study, including advance, basic, and clinical research. The journal aims to provide the latest updates and advancements in the medical field, and facilitate the synchronization of medical knowledge.
The journal is published twice a year, both in print and online, with no cost to authors for submissions and publications. All articles submitted undergo a rigorous double-blind peer-review process by two expert reviewers, to maintain the quality of articles, build public trust in the profession, and ensure trust among readers, authors, contributors, researchers, and reviewers. The journal follows the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) for editing and ethics.
The journal's accomplishments in obtaining recognition from HEC and being indexed with DOAJ, IMEMR Index Medicus, Plastic, and Scilit are noteworthy. It is also a member of Crossref, and it assigns digital object identifiers (DOI) to each article to enhance visibility. In the future, the journal intends to expand its indexing to other databases, such as Web of Science, Scopus, EBSCO and Medline, to increase its visibility and influence in the scientific community.
The aim of the JAFMDC is to promote innovative research in academia and to provide free of cost platform to researchers with eminence contribution towards the scientific community to publish their value research work in form of original articles, systemic reviews/meta-analysis,short communications and case reports. Being a medical journal we also aims is to improve the health care system focusing on all the areas of health and medical sciences . We publish the articles in all the fields of medical, dental, nursing and Allied health sciences. We also encouraged the articles of medical education.
It is a open access double blind peer reviewed medical journal for the provision, promoting consistency in pursuing relevent scientific themes and dessimination of high quality medical research worldwide. We aim to index our journal with various databases for easy search of scientific literature and increasing citations.
Open Acess Policy
JAFMDC provides online free and open access to all of its research publications as Research is the outcome of an investment by society and hence its fruits should be returned to all people without any limitation or discrimination, thence serving society universally and in a transparent fashion.
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.
ICMJE Recommendations for Authorship & Acknowledgement
i) Authorship criteria:
The ICMJE recommends that authorship should be based on the following 4 criteria:
ii) Acknowledgement 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.
Authors retain copyright of their work and can deposit their publication in any repository. The work can be freely shared and adapted provided that appropriate credit is given to actual source . JAFMDCis fully compliant with open access mandates, by publishing its articles under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
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.
Correction and Retraction Policies:
Author found guilty in any type of misconduct including falsification /fabrication will be dealt with COPE guideline. Information on COPE Retraction Guidelines can be found on link below: https://publicationethics.org/files/u661/Retractions_COPE_gline_final_3_Sept_09__2_.pdf
As suggested by ICMJE, corrections are needed for errors of fact. During proof stage, before publication, JAFMDC sends the final PDF version of the article to the corresponding author to identify any errors to be corrected by the journal and publish article after approval of the final version by the author .
Significant Errors identified after publication by authors or readers are corrected in PDF copy of the online version.
Data availability statement:
Authors are encouraged to give the data availability statement in manuscript whether data supporting finding of the article is publically available or available on request or not.
Digital Archiving Policy:
JAFMDC supports digital archiving to ensure the security and accessibility of the data. it maintains archives through CLOCKSS
It is to be mentioned that we donot courage adveritisement in the scholarly scitific medical journal hence we do not accept any kind of advertisement.
Publication Schedule and number of article:
Journal publishes on regular Biannual (Two issues/ year) basis and aims to improvise the standard in term of quality and material. Minimum 5 original articles per issue are being published as per HEC Guidelines for Recognition of Publications and journals. 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
Manuscript Submission and publication fees
JAFMDC does not charge the submission & publication fees of manuscripts
Provision of printed copies to authors: Complimentary copies are provided to all authors of articles published in JAFMDC free of cost
Subscription Details: All subscribers receive free hard copy of journal.
Website/ Online Publication