POLICIES AND SOPs OF Annals of Punjab Medical College (APMC)

NAME OF JOURNAL

• Annals of Punjab Medical College (APMC)

INSTITUTION

• it is official publication of Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad

STARTING YEAR

• 2007

PATRON

• Prof. Dr. AL Fareed Zafar, Vice Chancellor, Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad

CHIEF EDITOR

• Prof. Dr. Safdar Hassan Javed, Dean Nephro-Urology & Kidney Transplantation, Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad. chiefeditor@apmc.com.pk

EDITOR

• Dr. Ghulam Mahboob Subhani, Associate Professor Urology & Kidney Transplantation, Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad. editor@apmc.com.pk

AIMS AND SCOPE

• The objective of this research journal is to improve and share recent developments and evidence based medical knowledge nationally and internationally without any political or money making intention. It deals with the publication of research in all medical fields including surgical, medical, oncology, basic medical sciences etc. from inside the country and abroad. It contains original articles, review articles and case reports.
Manuscripts submitted for publication must describe human research studies which should have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards laid down in Helsinki Declaration in 1964. In case of animal research studies, “Principals of laboratory animal care (NIH Publication No. 86-23, Revised 1985) should have been followed.
The Chief Editor reserves the right to reject manuscripts which do not comply with the instructions to authors and other ethical requirements.

REGULARITY

• It is published quarterly in a year. Each volume of the issue has four numbers in a year i.e. number 1 on 1st April, number 2 on 1st July, number 3 on 1st October and number 4 on 1st January of every year.

EDITORIAL BOARD

• This journal has a diverse Editorial Board comprising of national and international scholars from the different medical fields. It is revised every year. It holds its meetings regularly.

INDEXATION

• It is indexed with International Standardized Serial Number (ISSN) and eISSN and indexation with other bodies is in progress.

RECOGNITION

• it is recognized by the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) and Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad

SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES

• Research Articles for Publication in APMC should be written in the light of instructions to the authors as given in the website and hard copy of the Journal. It can be submitted online on editor@apmc.com.pk, or soft copy / Hard Copy personally at the APMC Editorial Office (Urology Department, FMU/Allied Hospital, Faisalabad-Pakistan. It should be accompanied by a “Undertaking” stating that the said article is not submitted to any other Journal for publication and is preferably approved from ethical committee.

PROCESSING

• Research articles are processed on first come first serve basis. After submission of an article, it is evaluated by the Editor / Editorial Board. If it fulfills all the criteria for the publication it is put in further process line. Processing time is generally 3 weeks to 3 months.

PLAGIARISM

• Plagiarism is strictly condemned and research articles are accepted only if similarity index is less than 19%.

PEER REVIEW

• Each article is peer reviewed by the two peer reviewers. One internal from the parent Institution and other external from the outside (inside the Country and Abroad). Peer review is conducted on the double blind basis. If the reports of the two peer reviewers contradict then article is sent to the 3rd peer reviewer. Finally, the report of the majority is accepted. Then according to the final report the article is accepted for publication or sent back to the author to make suggested minor / major changes or re-write accordingly. Peer reviewers do their work on voluntary basis and nothing is paid to them in any form. The authors are kept fully aware of the progress of the publication process at different steps.

DISTRIBUTION

• After completion of the publication process, the Journal is uploaded on its website www.apmc.com.pk and copies are printed as well in time. The printed copies are sent through post mail to all authors, members of the editorial board and to different medical libraries free of any charges. It can be viewed, copied and cited from online source without any payment. All the issues of the journal are available on the website in Current Issue and Archive.

WEBSITE

• This Journal owns its own website (www.apmc.com.pk) which contains all the previous issues from 2007 – to date which can be viewed online 24/7 free of cost.

FEEDBACK

• Authors and other segments of the people related to the Journal are encouraged to send their feedback to improve the quality of publication and facilitation of the authors and peer reviewers.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

• The meetings of the Editorial Board are held quarterly to keep the quality of the Journal at a high level during different phases of its publication.

PAYMENTS

• It is fully funded by the Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad and no payment is received from any other source like author, advertisement or any other funding agency. Chief Editor and Editor are working on voluntary basis and rest of staff and gadgets of APMC office are provided by Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad.

WITHDRAWAL AND RETRACTION OF ARTICLE

• The author can withdraw research article before the peer review process. The Editorial Board can retract the research article even after the publication if some misconduct is proved on the part of author. Whole responsibility will be on the author and he / she can be blacklisted by the Editorial Board depending upon the gravity of misconduct.

OPEN ACCESS

• Annals of Punjab Medical College is an open access journal. All parts of its publication can be accessed, downloaded, distributed, cited and reported free of charges without making any alteration in the published material. There are no submission or processing charges for the research articles submitted to APMC for publication. It is distributed free of cost to authors and the libraries of the medical institutions.

CONTACT US

• APMC Editorial Office, Urology Department, Allied Hospital / Faisalabad Medical University, Faisalabad-Pakistan.
Phone & Fax No.: +92 41 8816170, +92 41 9210095 (Ext: 2319).
Email: editor@apmc.com.pk,
URL: www.apmc.com.pk