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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.

Online Submission

The corresponding author has to create an account or login to an existing account on our website. Then he has to follow a 5-step easy submission process. The manuscript must be blinded, not showing authors details; names, designations, departments, institutions, cities etc. The details of authors are to be uploaded in metadata. The supplementary files, including data files, fee submission document etc. may be added, if desired.


GJMS is published in English. Try to follow the British English but do not hesitate to use American English where convenient.

Writing style & format

Please use Times New Roman, size 12, justified with 1.5 line spacing. Put tables and illustrations (figure/ chart/ image) where stated, not at the end of the document.

Title of the manuscript

It must show the design, objectives and variables of the study. It should also show the attributes and geographical location of the population of interest. Don’t use abbreviations. For example;
1. Prevalence of diabetes mellitus and its distribution by sex, age groups and residence in adult population of district Lahore, Pakistan: a cross-sectional enquiry
2. Hypertension, diabetes mellitus and obesity as determinants of coronary artery disease in adult population of Islamabad city, Pakistan: a case-control approach
3. Age groups, gravidity, parity and place of delivery as predictors of postpartum haemorrhage in women of Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia through cohort approach
4. Urethrocutaneous fistula following Snodgrass versus two stage Aivar Bracka repair of distal penile hypospadias in male children of district Peshawar, Pakistan: a randomized control trial
5. Post-operative oral antibiotics in reducing frequency of surgical site infection following non-perforated appendectomy in population of South Waziristan Agency, Pakistan: a randomized control trial
Key words
Five 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:


Standard abbreviations should be used only. For every abbreviation the full word should be given at first with abbreviation in parenthesis. Well known and frequently used abbreviation may be used as such.

Tables and Illustrations

1. There is no limit on the number of tables and illustrations (graphs/ charts/ images). These should be as per rational demand of the manuscript.
2. Each table and illustration should stand by itself; showing all its contents/ meanings without going into the text.
3. Each table and illustration must have a serial number and a title; above the table and below the illustration. The title of table and illustration should be summary of the tile of the manuscript.
4. Illustrations should be of good quality.
5. Where required, table or illustration should have an accompanying legend.
6. If a table or an illustration has been reproduced from a published work the source must be given.
7. The author must submit the permission from the author/ publisher to reproduce the previously published illustration.


1. Vancouver style must be followed.
2. References should be numbered serially and given in digits as superscripts within the text, as in standard medical journals.
3. Add authors. Give last/family/surname in full, then first letter of 1st and 2nd names as capital with no gap. Add six authors. In case of more than six authors, et al should be added after six authors.
4. Journal titles should be abbreviated as in Index Medicus/Medline/PubMed/NLM Catalogue. If not in Index Medicus, then it should be abbreviated as by the journal itself.
5. Add DOI where available; otherwise add online link.
6. Here is an example for a journal article: 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.

Units of Measurements

Please use Systems International (SI) units, where possible.

Drug Names

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



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 Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is in Times New Roman, 1.5 line-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. (Upload copy 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 guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were 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.

Review Charges (Non-Refundable): 10000.00 (PKR)

Authors of original articles, review articles and case reports are required to submit PKR 10,000 as Review Charges at the time of submission.

PKR 10,000 for National & 50$ for International Authors.

Note: If the Turnitin shows similarity index of >40%, the manuscript will be rejected without review and further processing.

Publication Charges (Refundable): 20000.00 (PKR)

Article Publication Charges: PKR 20,000 for National and 100$ for International Authors.

Authors of original articles, review articles and case reports are required to submit Publication Charges at the time of acceptance.

The authors are requested to transfer the fees to the following account and share the receipt via email

Title of account:  EDITOR (GJMS) GMC DIK

IBAN: PK36 KHYB 0004 0020 0170 2222.


Bank of Khyber, Circular Road, D.I.Khan, Pakistan

Waivers' Policy:
Due to economic crisis our Journal is unable to provide any waivers' Policy. 

Hard Copies:
Two free copies of GJMS are provided to the principal author in Pakistan only. However, more copies can be ordered on payment of PKR 2,000 per copy.