Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


Promotion of research in medical and allied sciences in local, national, regional and global context.


Subject areas in medical sciences;
1. Basic Medical Sciences
2. Public Health
3. Clinical Sciences
4. Medical Education
5. Health Policy & Hospital Administration

Subject areas in allied sciences, when related to human health;
1. Pharmacy
2. Microbiology 
3. Biotechnology 
4. Biological Sciences &
5. Behavioral Sciences


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Students' Corner Original Articles

To facilitate and promote research culture in under graduate and post graduate medical & allied specialties students.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letter to Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Gomal Journal of Medical Sciences (GJMS) is a double blind, peer-reviewed journal. Each manuscript is reviewed by a panel of experts in the field, one from Pakistan and another from a developed country. The comments of reviewers are conveyed to the authors for incorporation of the reviewers’ comments. Further evaluation is conducted by the respective section editors and finally by the chief editor. If accepted, authors are informed and manuscripts are kept on the waiting list for publication. In case of rejection, authors are informed and the manuscripts are archived.


Publication Frequency



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

The contents of all the 47 issues from Vol. 1 to Vol. 18, from year 2003 to 2020 are archived and available in LOCKSS  Publisher Manifest Page  in Public Knowledge Project Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN).


GJMS Crossmark Policy Statement


Research is no more a static process. It is rather a dynamic process; process is a never ending activity. With research through advancing tools, the knowledge base is expanding. Existing knowledge may be updated, modified or replaced. Being a process, research is not completed with publication, until it gets consensus of a larger community of researchers in that field. 
The current literature may be questioned. Going through a series of authors, reviewers and editors, when a research document is published, the global readers (research community) are supposed to appraise it critically for its design, population, sampling, data collection, data analysis & its interpretation. 
With open access, research contents are readily available to readers. The authors, editors and publishers should ensure that their contents are not only valid and reliable but also verifiable, replicable and reproducible. 
“Crossmark is a multi-publisher initiative from Crossref to provide a standard way for readers to locate the current version of a piece of content. By applying the Crossmark logo, Gomal Journal of Medical Sciences (GJMS) is committing to maintaining the content it publishes, and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur. Clicking on the Crossmark logo will tell you the current status of a document, and may also give you additional publication record information about the document.”

Each content published in GJMS will bear a Crossmark. In case of minor changes in the contents such as spelling corrections or formatting changes, it will stay as current. In case of editorially significant changes that are likely to affect “the interpretation or crediting of the work”, its status will be updated. There are 12 defined types of accepted updates within Crossmark:
1. Addendum
2. Clarification
3. Correction
4. Corrigendum
5. Erratum
6. Expression of concern
7. New edition
8. New version
9. Partial retraction
10. Removal
11. Retraction
12. Withdrawal
Any such update in the contents will be published as a regular document in the coming issue, bearing regular pagination and DOI, with a link to its parent content/ document/ work. 
Readers are encouraged to submit their comments regarding our published work as “Editorial Correspondence”. These comments will be shared with the authors to respond and then these comments with author responses will be published in coming issue. If the authors could not respond/ explain properly, then editorial board will decide regarding the fate of that document. 
The readers can also submit their comments online as “ADD COMMENT” option on each published work. The authors can respond online by post or email. These posts are saved and any reader can see these without registration.