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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF  document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.5 spaced; uses a 12-point font;  and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines



Pakistan Journal of Pathology (PJP) is the official journal of Pakistan association of Pathologists. acceptance criteria for all papers and reviews are based on the quality and originality of the research and its clinical and scientific significance to our readership.


1. Editorial Policy

The Journal will publish research material of interest to the researchers, scientists and medical practitioners. The Journal   publishes peer-reviewed original   papers, reviews, case reports, and editorials concerned with clinical practice and research in the fields of pathology. Manuscripts should   follow the style of the Vancouver agreement detailed in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’. In preparing manuscripts, authors should follow the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submitted to Biomedical Journals updated October 2008, available at" and specific author instructions detailed below.


2. Manuscript Submission

Type the manuscript on A4 size paper with double line space. Begin each section on separate page. Submit a copy of the manuscript along with an electronic copy (CD) or Email to: Editor, Pakistan Journal of Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and Rawalpindi. Phone number 051-56130077, 051-9273649, E­mail: Fax # 051- 9271247. The manuscripts should be accompanied by a covering letter and undertaking from author and co-authors.  The authorship credit should be based on substantial contributions to conception in design, acquisition of data, analysis & interpretation of data, and drafting the article. Persons who have contributed intellectually to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be acknowledged and the contribution may be described in acknowledgements at the end of manuscript. The submitted manuscripts will be reviewed for originality, significance, and for adequacy of documentation.


3. Undertaking

The undertaking must be signed by all authors and must contain following statements

  1. The material submitted for publication is, original and has not been submitted for publication elsewhere 
  2. Co-authors qualify authorship and share the responsibility of contents in manuscript.
  3. The research has been approved by ethical committee, and there is no conflict of interest.


4. Format requirements of original article

A. Title page

The title page of the manuscript should include:

(1) Title: Should be concise and self-descriptive.

(2) Authors: First, middle and last name of each author in sequence of authorship merit

(3) Affiliation for each author, with the name of department and institution.

(4) Corresponding address, telephone, cell number, and e mail address of first author

(5) A short running head or foot line of no more than 40 characters

B. Title page: Abstract should not be of more than 250 words, it must be structured in headings as objective, material & methods, results, and conclusion. Also include 3-5 key words relating to the article subject as abbreviated in the Index -Medicus.

C. Material and Methods: Describe the type, duration & place of study. Summarize the demographic data of the subjects. Provide brief descriptions for methods along-with references. Identify all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name, dose, and route of administration. Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements and protocols. Describe statistical methods used, and specify computer program employed for this purpose.

D. Results: Present results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat text data in the tables or illustrations.

E. Discussion: Justify result findings sequentially one by one. While justifying the findings, cite references that support or negate the findings of your study in a logical way. Compare your findings with other similar studies carried out locally and internationally. In this section limitation of study, recommendations, and conclusions drawn must be clearly mentioned.

F. References: References should be cited in consecutive numerical order at first mentioned in the text and designated by the reference number in parenthesis. The references must be written in Vancouver style. A few examples are given below:

(1) For journal articles, list the first six authors only and add, et alfor the others. For example:  Guilarde AO, Turchi MD, Siqueira JBJr, Mochan DP, Tersi NL, Mouchan L, et al. Dengue hemorrhagic fever in adults: clinical outcome related to the serotypes. J Infect Dis. 2012; 197: 817-24.

(2) For books and book chapters, follow as: DeGroot IJ. Evaluation of adrenal function and adrenal disease. In: DeGroot L, Stanbury J B, eds. The thyroid and its diseases. 5th ed. New York: Wiley, 1985, pp 199-258.

(3) Publications in press follow as:  Benner AI. Molecular mechanisms of alcohol in addiction. N Engl J Med. In press 1999.

(4) Journal article in electronic form, follow as: Cosby AI. Factors in the - emergence of communicable diseases. Emerg Infect Dis [serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar [cited 2000 July 5], Computerized Educational Systems, 2000.

(5) Monograph in electronic form, follow as: CDI, clinical dermatology illustrated [monographs on CD-ROM] Reeves JRT, Maibach H. CMEA Multimedia group, producers 2nd ed. Version 2.0. San Diego: CMEA, 1995.

(6) Conference proceedings follow as: Kimura J, Shibasaki H, editors. Recent advances in clinical neurophysiology. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of EKG and Clinical Neurophysiology, 2000 Oct 19-25, Kyoto, Japan. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1996.

(7) Dissertation, follow as: Webster SJ. Post-hospital general health care the elderly's access and utilization [Thesis]. St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ., 1995.

(8) Volume with supplement, follow as: Lolti HM, Chong AR. Risk assessment of Codmium carcinogenicity and occupational skin cancer. Global Health Perspect, 1999; 102 Suppl 1:274-94.

G.  Tables

Type each table double-spaced on a separate page. Tables should be self-explanatory and should supplement, not duplicate the text. Each table must be cited in consecutive numerical order in the text.


H. Illustrations and legends

Illustrations should clarify and augment the text. Submit two complete sets of glossy illustrations. No hand drawn art will be accepted. Each illustration must be numbered and cited in consecutive order in the text. Legends for illustrations should be concise and should not repeat the text. Legends should be typed double-spaced. Each figure should be cited in consecutive numerical order in the text. Give the figures a number following the word Figure. Use letters to designate parts of illustrations (e.g, A, B, C) and describe each part clearly in the legend. Any letter designations or arrows appearing on the illustration should be identified and described fully.

I. Letter from Institutional Review Board / Ethical Review Committee 

Authors are required to send letter from Institutional Review Board / Ethical Review Committee along with Original articles and Case reports.

J. Permission Letter from Med Dte GHQ (Only for Army Serving Doctors)

Med Dte GHQ permission letter is mandatory for all army serving doctors at the time of article/ case / report submission.

K. Manuscript Checklist

Please check that following has been included in envelop

(1) Original manuscript.

(2) Covering letter

(3) Letter from Institutional Review Board / Ethical Review Committee 

(4) Permission Letter from Med Dte GHQ (Only for Army Serving Doctors)

(4) Undertaking

(5) Permission letter of publisher if published material has been reproduced

(6) CD containing Microsoft word written files of manuscript.