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Journal of Pioneering Medical Sciences is an international, quarterly, peer-reviewed and open access journal (ISSN: 2309-7981) that aims to promote research in the broader field of healthcare. 

Journal of Pioneering Medical Sciences publishes original articles, case reports and clinical images. The purpose of these manuscripts is to advance the understanding of disease process and to help clinicians make informed decisions. We also publish editorials on the original research that we publish and news articles to summarize practice changing original research from other journals.

Submissions should be made to the following email address [email protected] or through our online submissions system at submissions.jpmsonline.com.

Articles submitted to Journal of Pioneering Medical Sciences (JPMS) should not have been accepted, published, under review, or submitted for publication to any other journal.

Article Processing Charges:

JPMS is a free of cost journal for authors and there is no fee for any type of article submission or article processing.

Peer Review Process:

Each manuscript will undergo a double-blind peer-review process to maintain the quality and authenticity of the manuscripts. Manuscripts are assigned to the Associate Editor/Senior Editor in Chief who initially evaluates all manuscripts according to the following criteria:

  1. Material is original and timely,
  2. Writing is clear,
  3. Study methods are appropriate,
  4. Data is valid,
  5. Conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data,
  6. Information is important,
  7. Topic has general medical interest. 

From these basic criteria, the Associate Editor/Senior Editor in Chief assess a paper’s eligibility for publication. After the initial brief review, Associate Editor/Senior Editor in Chief assigns the article to at least two Editors/Peer reviewers for peer review. The identities of Editors/Peer reviewers’ are kept confidential. The Editors/Peer reviewers’ evaluations and comments are compiled by the Associate Editor/Senior Editor in Chief for disposition and transmittal to the authors. The Associate Editor/Senior Editor-in Chief will advise authors whether a manuscript is accepted, should be revised or is rejected.

In case of major changes/resubmissions, authors are given timelines to resubmit their article with recommended changes. The edited article will then be re-reviewed by the first assigned Editors/Peer reviewers and the Associate Editor/Senior Editor in Chief.  Manuscripts not revised within the allotted time are subject to withdrawal from consideration for publication unless the authors can provide extenuating circumstances.

Authors may provide the Associate Editor/Senior Editor-in-Chief with the names, addresses and email addresses of up to at least one suitably qualified individual of international standing who would be competent to referee the work (no conflict of  interest), although the Associate Editor/Senior Editor-in-Chief will not be bound by  any such nomination.

The Associate Editor/Senior Editor-in-Chief‘s decision is final. If, however, authors dispute a decision and can document good reasons why a manuscript should be reconsidered, a rebuttal process exists.

Manuscript Submission:

JPMS follows Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals as issued by the ICJME. (http://www.icmje.org/manuscript_1prepare.html ) Authors are required to visit their website and follow the instructions.

Reporting Guidelines:

Reporting guidelines have been developed for reporting different type of studies. JPMS strongly recommends that authors follow the reporting guidelines while writing their paper where appropriate.  The relevant guidelines are listed.

  1. CONSORT Statement(for reporting of randomized controlled trials: please use the appropriate extension to the CONSORT statement, including the extension for writing abstracts)
  2. STARD (for reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies)
  3. STROBE (for reporting of observational studies in epidemiology) ( http://www.strobe-statement.org/index.php?id=available-checklists)
  4. PRISMA(for reporting of systematic reviews)
  5. MOOSE(for reporting of meta-analyses of observational studies)
  6. The Equator Network(Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of health Research) provides a comprehensive list of reporting guidelines. Link: http://www.equator-network.org/resource-centre/library-of-health-research-reporting/library/

More details on these and other reporting guidelines are also available on the website of US National Library of Medicine. (link:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.html )

Guidance on Scientific Writing:

The Equator Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) provides links to many valuable resources for paper writing. JPMS recommends that new researchers utilize them.

http://www.equator-network.org/resource-centre/library-of-health-research-reporting/guidance-on-scientific-writing/

PUBLICATION TYPES

Original Article

Original article should aim to enhance the vistas of medical knowledge with its scientific contribution. Articles should not contain more than 4000 words exclusive of abstract, references, tables, figures and illustrations. A maximum of 40 references are allowed. Meta-Analysis will be categorized in this type. Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 10. Articles must conform to the guidelines given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) required for submission of articles in biomedical journals and should include the following segments:

Abstract: A structured abstract is required which will give the essence of the original article to its reader. Do not use reference, table or figure in the abstract. It must be factual and comprehensive. The use of abbreviations and acronyms should be limited and general statements (e.g. ‘’the significance of the results is discussed’’) should be avoided. It should comprise of the following components:

  • BACKGROUND and OBJECTIVE(S) (stating the purpose of the study),
  • METHODS (a concise design of the study),
  • RESULTS (major outcomes of the study),
  • CONCLUSION (distilling the core of the study)

Word count should not exceed 250 words.

Introduction: It should state the objective of the study concisely and explicitly. To develop interest in the original article, introduction should grab the attention of the readers. Published medical knowledge about the topic should be stated first progressing to aspects still unknown, culminating into the purpose of the study which aims to fill the gap in scientific literature. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and the custom of CUT-COPY-PASTE is strongly discouraged.

Materials and Methods: An explicit account of the study design must be mentioned. Resources and instruments, such as the questionnaire, employed in the study should be clearly given along with a detailed account of the sample size, study site, software used for statistical analysis and the precise p-values and their significance. As it facilitates the progression of the study, this segment should be written prior to completion of the study and must conform to the standard protocols.

Results: The principal findings of the study should be reported under this heading. The use of tables, graphs and charts is encouraged.

Discussion: This section should comprise of the following:

1- First paragraph reporting the major outcomes of the study.

2- Compare and contrast the results of your study in the light of previous studies. Elucidate, elaborate and extrapolate each aspect of the outcomes of the study referencing previously reported data as evidence. To be covered in two/three paragraphs.

A paragraph on biological relevance or clinical implications of the study should be included.

3- Inadequacy or restraint of the study explained in a paragraph as limitations.

4- Concluding remarks and recommendations guiding further research to the uncovered aspect of the study should be discussed in a separate paragraph.

Review Article

A minimum of 1500 words and 20 references are mandatory for a review article. However, good reviews should have 3500+ words with more than 80 references. Figures/illustrations/tables/charts are encouraged and maximum of 10 are allowed. An article should divide the topic in appropriate subheadings to make the content easy to comprehend.

Short Report

Articles lagging in creativity and novel approach which otherwise would have been deemed as original articles come under this section. Short reports should be of maximum 1500 words (excluding summary and references) and must include the following:  an unstructured abstract of maximum 150 words, introduction (1 paragraph), methodology, results and discussion. Journal may return an article not found fit for publication as an original article to be rewritten as a short report.

Case Report

It includes unique and appealing cases that captivate the attention of readers. They can be unusual/rare medical conditions whose diagnoses prove to be very challenging. Explanation must be provided of the ways to diagnose them. A concise abstract must explain the main idea, and the case should include the presentation, history, examination, diagnosis and results to enhance the knowledge of readers. Authors should bear in mind that case reports are read by practicing physicians and healthcare professionals so complexity should be evaded by excessive clarification of the topic. The word limit for a case report is 1500 with a maximum 20 references. Authors are encouraged to add figures/pictures/illustrations/charts for comparison and clarification.

Letter to Editor

Letter can contain a discussion regarding any article from the journal or any other significant scientific development. The maximum limit is 500-700 words for letters discussing a journal article. A maximum of 3 authors is allowed and it must have no more than 5 references and one table or figure. Case reports and research articles, which lack novelty, can be submitted as letters.

Editorial

Editorials are often solicited but rarely unrequited editorials are also entertained. These are articles that contain annotations and deduction of original articles that have been published previously in the journal. They can have any topic related to scientific knowledge and may reflect personal opinions. They can contain one table or a figure with maximum 10 references and 900 words. Editors and Peer Reviewers are eligible for writing editorials. A maximum of three editorials are allowed per issue. JPMS follows the policy of personal invitations to renowned scholars to submit Guest Editorials.

Clinical Images

In this section, authors are expected to explore beyond the vistas of written published documents. Data is reported in the form of archetypal clinical images which is not a case report, rather an unusual visual aspect of prevailing medical conditions. Images should be accompanied by a written explanation of not more than 300 words deducing its principal didactic outcomes. The images, maximum two in number, should be submitted in JPEG, TIFF or GIF format in a high resolution image. Maximum number of references should be 5. Submission of the consent form giving approval of the patient is mandatory. Editorial may request the author to covert a submitted case report into a clinical image.

News Articles

Type of Articles Published in this Section:

News: This section reports marked developments in various fields of medicine that have or are likely to have significant impact in the lives of general population, for example, an unknown aspect of a rampant disease or a novel measure taken for its treatment. These developments have either appeared in other journals or included in forum discussions in renowned symposia or conferences across the globe.

Editor’s Pick: Written by the editorial board, this section contains a topic or an aspect of a topic that the editors feel is imperative to be brought into the reader’s knowledge.

Personal Views:  This may be one of the most interesting parts of the journal for readers. It gives a narrative account of a personal experience in which the individual himself has gone under a particular phenomenon or has observed closely how others coped up with a situation or a crippling ailment. Authors are given the freedom to write this section non-scientifically and on an aspect which is controversial. It should contain no more than 500-650 words.

Eye Spy:  Commissioned by the editorial board, this is a short document reporting unusual findings and eccentric discoveries in medicine that have appeared as articles in other journals. Important details about the study design as given in the original article are included.

Perspective Article

Recent motivating topics related to medicine and health which can give rise to new researches and developments may be discussed in perspective articles. These must be restricted from 1000-1200 words and may include one/two figure(s) and up to 10 references.

STRUCTURE OF THE MANUSCRIPT

The length of manuscripts must adhere to the specifications under the section Publication Types. Manuscripts should be presented in the following order:

  1. Title page;
  2. Abstract and Key words;
  3. Text;
  4. Acknowledgments;
  5. Disclosure;
  6. References;
  7. Figure legends;
  8. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);

Title Page:

The title page of each manuscript must contain:

  1. The title of the manuscript. Authors should include all information in the title that will make electronic retrieval of the article both sensitive and specific.
  2. The full names of the authors and their affiliations
  3. The full postal and email address, plus telephone numbers, of the corresponding author.

Style of Manuscript:

JPMS follows the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors “revised” Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication. All authors are advised to follow same style while submitting.

References:

In the text, references should be cited using Arabic numerals in round brackets in which they appear consecutively [e.g., “cancer-related mortality (19)”; “heart failure (29, 30)”]. If cited in tables or figure legends, number according to the first identification of the table or figure in the text. In the reference list, the Vancouver system of referencing should be used. Cite the names of all authors when there are three or fewer; when three or more, list the first three followed by et al. Do not use ibid. or op cit. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data). All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list. Names of journals should be abbreviated in the style used in PubMed. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Acknowledgements:

All authors/contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. All Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Tables:

Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. Number tables consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals. Type tables on a separate page with the legend above. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. If tables have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.

Figures:

All illustrations (line drawings and photographs) are classified as figures. Figures should be cited in consecutive order in the text. Magnifications should be indicated using a scale bar on the illustration. If figures have been reproduced from another source, a letter from the copyright holder (usually the Publisher), stating authorization to reproduce the material, must be attached to the covering letter.

JPMS POLICIES

Plagiarism Policy:

JPMS requires authors to provide a statement at the time of submission attesting that none of the parts of manuscripts is plagiarized from any other source. Proper reference should be provided whenever anything is extracted from a source. JPMS editors use plagiarism detection tools to ensure the originality of the article.  JPMS considers self-plagiarism as equally condemn-able as any other kind of plagiarism.

If any article is proved to be plagiarized, JPMS committee would take immediate and strict actions against the authors ranging from rejection of the manuscript to preclusion of the authors from any future publication in the journal.

Ethical Considerations:

Authors must state that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitably constituted Ethics Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken and that it conforms to the provisions of in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013, available at: http://www.wma.net/ en/30publications/10policies/b3/%20index.html.

The journal retains the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct of either human or animal studies. All investigations on human subjects must include a statement that the subject gave informed consent. Patient anonymity should be preserved. Photographs need to be cropped sufficiently to prevent human being recognized.

Competing Interest:

Journal of Pioneering Medical Sciences intends to publish credible articles that are exempted of competing interests. JPMS follows ICJME’S guidelines for the competing interests. JPMS publishes the list of sponsors of the study as acknowledged by the authors. Competing Interest are present when the author, editor or reviewer has affiliations, either exclusive or economical, which may affect the authenticity of the published articles.

Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work at the time of submission. Authors must state openly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist.

We also demand the authors to state at the time of submission, if any competing interest is present with anyone who should not be given the charge of that particular manuscript.

Authorship Criteria:

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) has formed the following criteria for authorship:

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.

Authors should meet all three conditions.

At the time of Submission the first author/corresponding author should make sure that:

  1. Everyone who meets the criteria mentioned above is included in correct order in the list of authors.
  2. Each author should have contributed sufficiently in the research to take public responsibility of the content.
  3. Contribution of each author in the research is mentioned separately.
  4. No gift or ghost author is included in author’s list.
  5. Acknowledge all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship in an Acknowledgements section at the end of the article.
  6. Any alteration in the order of authors or addition/deletion after submission must be approved by all the authors.

Any person included in the list of authors not meeting the authorship criteria constitutes gift authorship. JPMS considers gift authorships’ as violation of medical ethics. In case of any dispute in authorship follow the guidelines published by COPE (Commission on Publication Ethics) http://www.publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines

Copyrights:

We believe the authors have major rights on their scientific production. However, once submitted for publication to Journal of Pioneering Medical Sciences (JPMS), an article cannot be submitted to any journal unless rejected by JPMS. An official rejection letter will be sent to the authors. Any violation of this policy will be strictly dealt with.

JPMS holds the copyrights; articles are published under a Creative Commons (CC) Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 Un-ported License. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/The term: “author” used in this CC license refers to JPMS. Under this license, personal use to “Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work” and “to Remix — to adapt the work”, free use of tables, charts, figures or abstracts is allowed under the following conditions: That you will cite the source as references, and permission would be required for commercial usage for photocopying, including multiple or systematic copying, resale, copying for advertising and promotional purposes, compilations and all forms of document delivery. Furthermore, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise for commercial purposes. JPMS allows free usage for educational, and research purposes by non-profit educational classrooms and universities.

Reprints/Permissions/Translations:

All inquiries related to reprints, permissions, translations and retractions must be directed to the publisher and written consent is mandatory. Email to [email protected]

Retractions:

If a problem related to an article is beyond a simple erratum or correction notice, JPMS has the right to retract in cases of plagiarism, unsubstantiated data, pervasive error or scientific misconduct. The journal will also publish a notice of retraction which will explain the reason for retraction. 

Acceptance Rate:

The acceptance rate for JPMS is only 25-30%.

Advertising Policy:

As per policy, JPMS does not take advertisements.

Disclaimer:

No responsibility is assumed by the Publisher for any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter of products liability, negligence or otherwise, or from any use or operation of any methods, products, instructions or ideas contained in the material in this journal.

The content of the journal are not influenced by sponsors. The information contained herein should NOT be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. The information provided here is for educational and informational purposes only. In no way should it be considered as offering medical advice. Please check with a physician if you suspect you are ill.

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

For Authors:

JPMS respects the privacy rights of patients and believes that patient’s rights should be not be violated and any identifiable information is submitted after obtaining an informed consent. JPMS requires the author’s to submit an informed consent signed by the patient in case any patient identifying information is shared in the article including names, initials, hospital record numbers, photographs, pedigrees or any other description. Patients should be made aware about the nature of publication and that their information will be available on internet. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the article. All nonessential identifying details in the articles should be omitted.

For Reviewers and Editors:

Submitted scientific work is a privileged communication and property of authors. Editors and Peer Reviewers should respect authors’ confidentiality while handling and reviewing the submitted manuscripts. All Editors and Peer Reviewers have the right to decline any article assigned to them for review. The following points must be kept in mind:

  • Editors and Peer Reviewers are not allowed to disclose information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, status in the reviewing process, comments of reviewers, or decision about acceptance/rejection) to anyone other than the Associate Editor/Senior Editor in Chief and Managing Editor.
  • Editors and Peer Reviewers must not publicly discuss the authors’ work or their ideas before the manuscript is published.
  • Editors having any serious concerns about a manuscript from a publication ethics perspective can contact the editorial office in confidence.
  • Editor and Peer Reviewers are not allowed to make copies of the manuscript for their files and are prohibited from sharing it with others, except with the editor’s permission.
  • Editor and Peer Reviewers should return or destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting reviews.
  • Editor and Peer Reviewers should not keep copies of rejected manuscripts.
  • The only condition allowing the confidentiality to be breached is an alleged dishonesty or fraud.

JPMS does not publish reviewer’s comments.

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