Guidelines

Author's Guidelines

JUMDC is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal being published quarterly that serves as a medium for the latest advancement of scientific knowledge in all the branches of Medicine and its allied sciences and publication of scientific investigation in these fields.

JUMDC follows the ICMJE guidelines “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly work" in medical journals; available at http://icmje.org/recommendations/

Authorship Criteria

Authorship credit should be based on

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, or 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.  
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Following are the point that every author needs to follow:

Aims and Objective:

The Journal is a peer-reviewed biomedical journal, aims to provide medical and allied health professionals with current information relevant to the diagnosis, investigations, management and other health-related issues. Each issue contains a series of original research papers, systematic review articles, case reports, commentaries, short communications, new techniques, editorials and letters to the editor by scholars of biomedical sciences from Pakistan and abroad covering a range of current topics in medical research. It covers the core biomedical health science subjects, basic medical sciences, and emerging community problems, prepared in accordance with the “uniform requirements for submission to biomedical journals” laid down by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE). All publications of JUMDC are peer-reviewed by subject Specialists from Pakistan and abroad.

Submission format according to Manuscript type

Submission Process:All manuscripts of JUMDC should be submitted through the online submission system through the journal website:  http://jumdc.com/index.php/jumdc. The corresponding/principal author is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and the entire peer-review process. The corresponding author must ensure that all other authors of the manuscript have read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. For submission of the manuscript, the author must Register and Login in to the OJS.

Letter of Undertaking

Title of the Manuscript

Title Page: The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with qualifications, the affiliated department or institution, address for correspondence with telephone numbers,  cell phones, e-mail, and a short running title of the article, source of funding, and total word count.

Abstract:

    • All original articles must accompany a structured abstract of up to 250 words. It should include the Objective of the study, Material and Methods, Results & Conclusions.  Emphasize new and significant aspects of the study or observations. This page should contain structured abstracts and keywords only.
    • The abstract should reflect the content of the article accurately.  Abstract for case report, short communications, clinical note, letter to the editor and narrative reviews should be non-structured up to 150 words.
    • Authors submitting review manuscript should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting and synthesizing data, databases searched and the time period. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.
    • Abstract should be in Structured format with following sub-headings: (NEW)
  • i.Background & Objective
  • ii. Methodology
  • iii. Results
  • iv. Conclusion
  • Keywords: 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.

Introduction: This manuscript part should be composed of as a deductive approach. This should specify the background and the rationale for the study, with reference to national, regional and international literature. It should also describe briefly the purpose of the study. By the end of the introduction, the author should provide a road map that outlines your main points

Methodology: This section should include the following without subheadings in an organized manner.

  • Ethical review statement
  • Study design and settings
  • Study duration
  • Define how you collected or generated data, Sampling method and sample size calculations 
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Details of apparatus (if applicable with manufacture’s name and address) and or drugs/chemicals used. Use generic name/s of drugs/ chemicals along with dose (s) and route(s) of administration
    Statistics should clearly include the tests applied along with the statistical software package used with version.

For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. The statistical method must be mentioned and specify any general computer program used.

Results: The results should justify your claims. This section should summarize your results through text, graphs and tables and figures, report your statistical findings. Avoid repetitions of data shown through tables and figures in the text. 

Discussion: The purpose of the discussion is to interpret and describe the significance of your findings in light of what was already known about the research problem being investigated, and to explain any new understanding or fresh insights about the problem after you've taken the findings into consideration. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived. Strengths and limitations should be mentioned at the end of this section.

Conclusion(s): Briefly summarize the net findings of your study without overemphasizing them.  It should not include any findings/benefits not mentioned in the results. 

Acknowledgments: Names and contributions of people who do not qualify for the authorship but helped in the study may be listed in this section with their permission.

Disclosure/Conflict of Interest: Disclose if the current manuscript has been presented or published in a conference or abstract book or if it is a part of the thesis/project. Any conflict of interest should be declared.  It may include honorarium, funding, credits, and promotion which are not unethical but should be declared. The authors must disclose all sources of funding received along with their expenditure. If there are no funding sources, the authors should include “none to declare”.  When a manuscript is submitted by authors, then editors, reviewers, employees, or members of the editorial board must disclose all financial and personnel relationships 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. 

Tables and Figures: These should be included in the text as per manuscript requirement. These should be easy to interpret and not be repetitive of results/data already discussed in the text. Tables should be numbered in Roman numerals. The title should be short and explanatory and written on the top. A footnote should explain abbreviations if used. Statistical results should include standard deviation and standard error of the mean. The source should be given of any data/table from published articles. Maximum Number of tables and figures for original articles should be 4, for review article should be 5, for case report should be 4, and for short communication should be 2. Refer to table number in the relevant section of your manuscript.

Units of Measurement: For reporting in the text they should be Conventional with System International (SI) units given in parenthesis.  The names of drugs should be written in generic terminology.

References: All references should be cited in Vancouver style and give citations in the text as superscript. While citing articles use references of published articles and avoid personal communications and unpublished observations. These references should also be marked in the text. To minimize errors the author should verify references against the original documents. The References should be written in Vancouver style as per "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in medical journals, updated in December 2015. Available at: http://icmje.org/recommendations/". List all authors when there are six or fewer. If there are seven or more list the first six followed by ”et al” Reference should provide the following information: Author’s name with initials, full title of cited article, name of the journal in which the article appeared (in abbreviated form), Year of Publication, Journal’s Volume, Number and finally first & the last page numbers. Write Page No. like this 120-126. Add DOI number of those references where it is available. 

Examples

Reference from the original article:  Hall RR. The healing of tissue by C02 laser. Br J Surg: 1971; 58:222-5.

Reference from books: Talaro KP, Talaro A. Foundations in microbiology: basic principles. Boston: McGraw-Hill; 2002

Reference from the website: Lewis A. How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior. The scientist: exploring life, inspiring innovation; 2017 Sep 1 [cited 2017 Sep 19]. Available from:  http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/50146/title/How-Microbes-May-Influence-Our-Behavior/

Case Reports: It consists of unique cases either diagnosed or reporting of treatment, In general, all case reports include the following components: an abstract, an introduction, a case, and a discussion.

 Word limits and number of references: Word limit for submission of each manuscript is as under excluding Abstract & References.

 Policy of Screening Plagiarism:

JUMDC is equipped with Turnitin (text-matching / anti-plagiarism software provided by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan). This is used to check for plagiarism and redundancy in submitted manuscripts. All submitted manuscripts are first checked for similarity index on Turnitin. Manuscripts with a similarity index above 19 % will be automatically rejected and sent back to the authors.

Manuscript extracted by an author from his/her M.Phil. Or Ph.D. thesis must have to declare the “title of the thesis”, “Supervisor name”, Department and University name, “year of submission” on the original later paid and submit during the submission process.
Note: Authors must not check plagiarism through unreliable or unauthentic websites or softwares.

  • Allegation of Misconduct: Those found guilty or involved in publication misconduct are liable to be blacklisted. The source of funding for the study should be clearly mentioned. Authors involved in scientific misconduct may be blacklisted and barred from further submissions.
  • Printed Copy: Two printed copies will be supplied to the correspondence author. To ensure safe delivery give complete postal address.

Publication Charges

All manuscripts from Pakistan should be accompanied with a payment of Rs. 3,000/- (Non-refundable). Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors are required to pay publication charges of Rs.7000/-in the name of (University Medical & Dental College), Faisalabad & send us given below address. (Usage policy is according to license applied CC-BY).

Prof Dr.Muhammad Akram Malik
Editor, JUMDC 

The University of Faisalabad,
Sargodha Road, Faisalabad,
Pakistan.
Phone: +92-41-8869910-8869861
Fax: +92-41-8868220
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.jumdc.com

Note: Processing and Publication charges from authors are taken to ensure their Open Access availability for the readers.

Fast Track Processing of Manuscript

The duration of the fast track processing is approximately 40 days. If the author wants to get his/her manuscript through fast track, He/she should clearly mention it on the cover letter. Rs. 3000 additional will be charged (other than processing fee of Rs. 3000) at the time of submission. The fast track charges are non-refundable. The rest of the terms and conditions will remain constant. There is no guarantee of acceptance or publication in fast track. Authors are requested not to opt for fast track processing unless it is extremely essential. 

Wavier Policy

Eligibility Criteria to Apply for Waiver:

Peer Review Policy

Once a manuscript clears the initial screening, it is sent for peer review.

  • Double-blind: We use a review process in which, names of reviewers and authors are not revealed to each other.
    Generally, we send the article to 3-4 reviewers.

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The peer review is completed once all the reviewers send the journal a detailed report with their comments on the manuscript and their recommendation. We request to reviewers to complete their reviews within 3-4 weeks.

  • Final decision: The journal editor or editorial board considers the feedback provided by the peer reviewers and arrives at a decision. The following are the most common decisions that are made:
      • Accept without any changes (acceptance): the journal will publish the paper in its original form
      • Accept with minor revisions (acceptance): the journal will publish the paper and asks the author to make small corrections
      • Accept after major revisions (conditional acceptance ): the journal will publish the paper provided the authors make the changes suggested by the reviewers and/or editors
      • Revise and resubmit (conditional rejection): the journal is willing to reconsider the paper in another round of decision making after the authors make major changes
      • Reject the paper (outright rejection): the journal will not publish the paper or reconsider it even if the authors make major revisions

    The first option (accept without any changes) is rare. The second decision (accept with minor revisions) is typically the best outcome authors should hope for. Once a journal rejects a paper outright, authors are well-advised not to resubmit to the same journal. If the journal wanted to reconsider the paper, they would have issued a conditional rejection. An outright rejection means that the journal thinks the paper will not meet its publication standards or interests even after heavy revisions.

    Open Access Statement:

    Journal of University Medical & Dental College, JUMDC, is the official peer-reviewed Journal of University Medical & Dental College, constitution college of The University of Faisalabad. JUMDC is an open-access journal being published quarterly.

    ORIGIONAL research articles, review articles, practical updates, case reports, letters to the editor of medical and allied health sciences are being evaluated by the editorial board and peer reviewers before publication in the journal. Under the following terms:

      • Attribution: — you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
      • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

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    Journal of University Medical & Dental College is an open-access journal being published since Jan 2010.  The journal only publishes open access content and legacy.
    These articles are published in open access under CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). The CC BY license allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials and is preferred by many research funding bodies. Under this license users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
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  • Benefits of open access:

    Open access publications lead to:

      • Increase citation and usage
      • Faster public engagement
      • Greater impact
      • Broader collaboration
      • Increased interdisciplinary interaction

    Ethical Approval of the Research Ethics approval is normally required from the organization that is responsible for the participants in a study that is mandatory.

    Examples of research which has implications requiring ethical approval include in particular:

      • Any data collection that involves an individual such as questionnaires, interviews, clinical trials or direct observation
      • Research on any of the following, including the use of questionnaires and surveys: children (those under 18), those unable to give informed consent, minority groups, vulnerable categories, pregnant women or women in labour and persons with a physical or mental disability
      • Any research involving the collection of personal information whether directly from individuals or via individual records
      • Research on human tissue or involving a direct physical intervention.
      • Research involving animals.

    Strict adherence to ethical standards should be observed while dealing with subjects. Studies on human subjects must indicate explicitly that the procedures followed were in line with the revised “Helsinki Declaration” of 1983. Detailed guidelines are available from the following link: https://www.wma.net/what-we-do/medical-ethics/declaration-of-helsinki/doh-oct1983/. Manuscripts of animal studies should clearly indicate that National Research Council guidelines on care & use of laboratory animals were followed. The guidelines on animal research ethics are available from; http://veteditors.org/ethicsconsensusguideline.html to safeguard the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in biomedical research, ethical approval must be obtained for all manuscripts from the Hospital/ Institutional Ethical Committee(s) of the concerned organization(s). All the ethical approval(s), in the case of multicenter studies, should accompany the manuscript in writing. Conflict of interest Any conflict of interest should be declared. It may include honorarium, funding, credits, and promotion which are not unethical but should be declared.

    Complaint Process

    For any kind of complaint please contact here [email protected]  

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    Withdrawal Policies:

    Author Withdrawal Policy
    From time to time, an author may wish to withdraw a manuscript after submitting it. Changing one's mind is an author's prerogative. And an author is free to withdraw an article at no charge  as long as it is withdrawn within 7 days of its initial submission.If you have concerns or questions about it, please contact us for further discussion. We welcome your input.