Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
ISSN: 1022-386X (PRINT)
ISSN: 1681-7168 (ONLINE)
The JCPSP agrees to accept manuscripts prepared in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements submitted to the Biomedical Journals” as approved by ICMJE –International Committee of Medical Journals Editors – guidelines, published in the British Medical Journal 1991; 302:334-41, printed in the JCPSP, Vol. 3 No. 2, April-June, 1993, and updated again in December 2008, Vol. 18 (12).
Once the manuscript is received in the JCPSP office, acknowledgement letter is sent to the corresponding author along with authors’ certification proforma. The ACP should be duly filled-in and signed by all authors and returned to the JCPSP office.
All manuscripts received are initially assessed by the in-house members of the editorial staff for worth of its publication. It is ensured that manuscript is prepared in accordance with the uniform requirements submitted to bio-medical journal as approved by ICMJE guidelines. It is also assessed to see that it is written in accordance with the JCPSP format and technically correct. The manuscript is also assessed for statistical analysis by the Journal’s statistician.. Deficiencies found by editor and statistician are communicated to author for redressing the article at the initial stage.
Once the redressed article is received from the author, the manuscript is sent to two independent peer reviewers of the specialty the article belongs to. A sufficient time of 3 weeks are given to the reviewers to return their comments on a proforma or on additional papers/sheets. If reviewers fail to send back their feedback in the stipulated time, reminders are sent. Comments from two reviewers are mandatory for review of a manuscript. These reviewers are paid honoraria. About 40 percent of articles are sent abroad for review in the developed countries. Once the reviewed manuscript is received from both the reviewers, their comments/suggestions are communicated to the author for revision.
The revised version received from author is re- assessed by editor. It is further checked for correctness of bibliographic references and verified that manuscript is free from plagiarism by journal’s bibliographer. If found fit, is sent for editing which is done by the specialized editor. Edited manuscript is sent to language editor for editing and proofreading of text for correct grammar, spelling and medical terminology, ensuring incorporation of all the necessary/relevant minutest details in the article. Editor, Assistant Editor, Language Editor and Editorial Assistant are involved during the whole process.
The assessment, external review process and editorial decision on a manuscript are usually longer.
Once all articles are corrected, pages are numbered, datelines, short titles and authors’ names are inserted on each page, finally content page is made. The final proofs are e-mailed to corresponding authors for verification/approval of correctness of manuscript. Three days are given to author to return their feedback on a separate covering letter identifying any discrepancy. If authors fail to respond in the stipulated time the manuscript is processed as final. The Managing Editor checks final proofs at the dummy stage before sending them for printing.
JCPSP provides free service to the researchers/authors. There is absolutely no processing fee or charges for publication of articles in JCPSP