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Author Guidelines

Gomal Journal of Medical Sciences (GJMS) is published quarterly by Gomal Medical College, Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan. It follows the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE) guidelines as “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” available at:

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts containing original material are accepted only. Neither the article nor any part of its essential substance should be submitted for publication elsewhere before appearing in this journal. Please submit the manuscript in MS word format by creating an account or login to an existing account.

Title Page

  • Please make sure to include the information regarding all authors during the submission process. This list should identify the Principal author and Co-authors in order desired to appear in the print.
  • The person responsible for future inquiry should be identified and his address along with telephone /fax /cell number /e-mail address should be given.


  • The native languages of Editors are Urdu and Pushto but GJMS is published in English.
  • Try to follow the British English but do not hesitate to use American English where convenient.


It should be provided on a separate page, not exceeding 350 words. It should have the following sub-headings: Background, Material and Methods, Results, and Conclusion.


Two to ten key words per manuscript should be given. These should be included in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of U.S. National Library of Medicine, available at:

Original Article

The main part of the original research article should have the following sub-headings: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion.


  • Standard abbreviations should be used only.
  • For every abbreviation the full word should be given at first with abbreviation in parenthesis.

Tables and Illustrations

  • Each table should have a number and brief title.
  • Illustrations should be of good quality.
  • Each table or illustration should have an accompanying legend.
  • If a table or an illustration has been reproduced from a published work the source must be given.
  • The author must obtain permission to reproduce the previously published material or illustrations that may identify human subject.


  • References should be given in digits as superscripts within the text, as in the standard medical journals.
  • Vancouver style should be followed, e.g. 1. Ishaq T, Khattak MI, Amin S, Haq NU. Frequency and risk factors for hepatitis C among pregnant women. Gomal J Med Sci 2011; 9:166-9.
  • Journal titles should be abbreviated as in Index Medicus. If not in Index Medicus then it should be abbreviated as by the journal itself
  • In case of more than six authors, et al should be added after six authors.

Units of Measurements

Systems International (SI) units to be preferred where possible.

Drug Names

Generic names of drugs are preferred. Where essential the brand names can be given in parenthesis. 


Material taken from other sources must be accompanied by written statement from both the author and publisher giving permission for production.

Review and Publication

Gomal Journal of Medical Sciences (GJMS) is a peer-reviewed journal. Manuscripts are initially examined by the Editorial Board and then sent to at least two reviewers, one from Pakistan and another from a developed country in the field of medical research. Comments of reviewers are conveyed to the authors if deemed necessary for correction. Rejected manuscripts are archived and authors are notified. Accepted ones are kept on the waiting list for publication.
Please also visit the web sites of World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE), Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC) and Higher Education Commission of Pakistan to get more information.

Plagiarism/ Similarity Index

Plagiarism is representation of language, text, thoughts, ideas, or expressions of some other authors as one’s own original work. It also includes self-plagiarism, which includes duplicate/ redundant publication, text recycling and salami slicing. GJMS follows COPE, ICMJE, & HEC (Higher Education Commission), Pakistan guidelines, standards and policies regarding plagiarism. GJMS checks the similarity index by using TURNITIN and the reports are conveyed to the authors if it is up to 50%. If it is >50%, it will be rejected without review and further processing. Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan requires a similarity of less than 20% for authenticity of the work. Authors can also submit the similarity report as supplementary file if they have already checked the manuscript using the same software. Attempt of plagiarism is academic dishonesty. If it is proved after the article is published, it will be retracted and the authors may be debarred permanently or temporarily and the parent institution may be intimated for departmental proceedings against the author. If it is proved before the publication, the current article will be rejected and the authors may be debarred for one or more years for future submissions in this journal.

Authorship Criteria

The GJMS follows the International Committee of Medical Journals Editor (ICMJE) guidelines for authorship criteria as “Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors” available at:

Allegations of Misconduct

The GJMS follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on allegations of misconduct as available at:

Complaints Process

The GJMS follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on complaints process as available at:

Conflicts of Interest

The GJMS follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on conflicts of interest as available at:

Self-archiving Policy 

Authors are permitted to deposit all versions of their paper in an institutional or subject repository:

  1. Preprint
  2. Author’s Accepted Manuscript
  3. Version of Record 

No embargo is applied.

Data Sharing Policy

Authors are encouraged to deposit their data in any public repository and share the information/ link under this heading at the end of the submitted manuscript.  



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Does not infringe patients privacy; An informed consent obtained if such information was essential for scientific purposes. (Copy uploaded as “Supplementary File” if applicable.)
  8. When reporting experiments on human subjects, the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards and the Helsinki Declaration. When reporting experiments on animals, the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Copyright Notice

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Readers may “Share-copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format” and “Adapt-remix, transform, and build upon the material”. The readers must give appropriate credit to the source of the material and indicate if changes were made to the material. Readers may not use the material for commercial purpose. The readers may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

The authors will retain the copyrights of their submitted manuscripts for all purposes.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission & Review Charges (Only for National Authors- Non-Refundable): 2000.00 (PKR)
Authors of original and review articles are required to submit PKR 2,000 as submission & review charges at the time of submission.

Fast-Track Review (Only for National Authors- Non-Refundable): 6000.00 (PKR)

With the payment of Fast-Track Review (PKR 6,000 for National & 40$ for International Authors), the review, editorial decision, and author notification on this manuscript is guaranteed to take place within 8 weeks.

Note: If the Turnitin shows similarity index of > 50%, the manuscript will be rejected without review and further processing.

Article Publication & Printing Charges (Only for National Authors): 8000.00 (PKR)

Article Publication & Printing Charges: PKR 8,000 for National and 60$ for International Authors.

Authors of original and review articles are required to submit Publication & printing charges at the time of acceptance.

The authors are requested to submit the fees in the name of EDITOR (GJMS) GMC DIK online Account No. PK85 KHYB 0004 0000 0682 0001, Bank of Khyber, D.I.Khan, Pakistan. The receipt must be shared via email


Waivers Policy:
If an author have no funds to pay such charges, he may request for full or partial waiver off. We do not want charges to prevent the publication of worthy work.

Hard Copies:
Two free copies of GJMS are provided to the principal author. However, more copies can be ordered on payment of PKR 750 per copy.