All articles published in the Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons are fully open access. Online publication will allow the author to use and share their published article with others under the agreement described in the licensing rights with creative commons (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), with appropriate attribution to JCPSP. However, re-submission of the full article or any part for publication by a third party would require prior permission of the JCPSP.
After the initial assessment, the manuscripts selected are subjected to peer review by two external peer reviewers belonging to the subject specialty as identified by the Editor. The journal follows a double blind peer-review procedure. An average of two weeks time is given to reviewers for reviewing the manuscript. A single manuscript is sent to any reviewer at a time. In case of conflict or disputed articles, the matter is discussed with the Chief Editor and finally to a third reviewer as nominated by him. Every reviewer is awarded honorarium, and the reviewers of OA and SRA are awarded 3 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits by the CME unit of CPSP. The editors do not serve as peer reviewers for the journal but the editors reserve the right to edit the accepted article to confirm the house style of the journal.
Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan is the owner of all copyright to any work published by the journal. Authors transfer the copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The manuscript submission is accompanied by Authors Certification Proforma (ACP) signed by all the authors confirming exclusive submissions to the journal.
The Journal accepts only original material for publication with the understanding that except for abstracts, no part of the data has been published or will be submitted for publication elsewhere before appearing in this journal. The Editorial Board makes every effort to ensure the accuracy and authenticity of material printed in the journal. However, conclusions and statements expressed are views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Editorial Board or the CPSP. Publishing of advertising material does not imply an endorsement by the CPSP.
In case the manuscript is rejected, the copyright transfers back to the authors.
JCPSP follows the ICMJE, PMC and HEC guidelines/criteria for all types of plagiarism. The same can be accessed at www.icmje.org , https://www.pmc.gov.pk/ and www.hec.gov.pk . All the submitted manuscripts are subjected to plagiarism checking through the software Turnitin JCPSP follows the ICMJE, PMDC and HEC guidelines/criteria for all types of plagiarism. The same can be accessed at www.icmje.org , https://www.pmc.gov.pk/ and www.hec.gov.pk . All the submitted manuscripts are subjected to plagiarism checking through the software Turnitin (courtesy HEC). Manuscripts with a similarity index of more than 19% are not processed further unless rectified. It is the authors' responsibility to apprise themselves of plagiarism in any form including paraphrasing and self-plagiarism. Manuscripts submitted to JCPSP can be sent to HEC, other medical journals' editors, and international agencies for authentication of originality. The disciplinary committee of JCPSP would deal with cases of plagiarism and comprise of the staff, editors, and the Chief Editor or his representative.
For a plagiarized article (multiple submissions) in processing, the identification of the act will lead to the dropping of the article from further processing/consideration of publication. The corresponding author will be required to give an explanation on demand. In case of an unsatisfactory reply, the matter will be referred to the disciplinary committee that may decide the course of action. For published articles, the allegedly plagiarized article will be temporarily retracted from publication and a notice to the effect will be published in the JCPSP. The author will be served an explanation demand. In case of non-response in the stipulated time or unsatisfactory explanation, the article will be permanently retracted and the author will be blacklisted. HEC, PMC and author's institute will also be notified. In case of multiple submissions, other editors will also be informed. The author(s) will have to provide documentary proof of retraction from publication if such a defense is pleaded. Those claiming intellectual / idea or data theft of an article must provide documentary proof in their claim.
As the authors transfer the copyright of the article to JCPSP on submission, so an article already published on a pre-print website would not be acceptable to JCPSP.
According to JCPSP's copyright policy, the copyright belongs to the Journal upon submission of the manuscript. Moreover, it is considered unethical to submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at the same time.
If the authors want to withdraw the manuscript during its processing, an email has to be sent notifying their intention. A final letter from the editorial office for withdrawal of the manuscript will be sent to confirm the withdrawal.
Please note that without a formal email of withdrawal, a manuscript is not considered withdrawn and use of such a manuscript elsewhere will be construed as ethical misconduct.
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Human Resource policies in relation to the selection of Editors, Reviewers, other Editorial Board members, and their job descriptions are based upon the vision and mission of CPSP. Decisions are taken by the Executive Council which is an elected body of Fellows of the college.