Information For Readers


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. As per Open Access policy of Pak J Pathol, copyright holder of a scholarly work grants usage rights to others using an open license (Creative Commons or equivalent) allowing for immediate free access to the work and permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose.



Any article submitted to Pak J Pathol must not be previously submitted to any other journal and must not be published in part or total. The authors will be requested to sign an agreement to give copyright to the publishers. The authors will also be requested to assist the editors in final proof reading of their articles before publication.

  • On submitting article to Pak J Pathol we agree that all copyright ownership is transferred to the Pak J Pathol even the article can be declined after the acceptance as per decision of the Editorial Board.
  • All the content available on Pak J Pathol website is the property of Pak J Pathol if created by Pak J Pathol, or of the person or entity who or which owned it prior to submission to Pak J Pathol.



Pak J Pathol has policy on data sharing. We require that the data generated by research supporting the article be made openly and publicly available upon publication of article.  Pak J Pathol require data from clinical trials to be made available upon reasonable request.

Clinical trials that begin enrolling participants on or after 1 January 2019 must include a data sharing plan in the trial's registration according to the ICMJE's policy regarding trial registration. If the data sharing plan changes after registration this should be reflected in the statement submitted and published with the manuscript, and updated in the registry record.

Data sharing statements indicates the following: whether individual deidentified participant data (including data dictionaries) what data in particular is shared; whether additional, related documents is available (e.g., study protocol,  informed consent form, statistical analysis plan, clinical study report etc.); when the data is available and for how long; by what access criteria data is shared (including with whom, for what types of analyses, and by what mechanism). Data are available indefinitely immediately after publication of article.




Plagiarism is not acceptable in Pakistan Journal Pathology. Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from own publications, without giving credit to the original source.

If plagiarism is detected during the initial editor’s triage, the manuscript may be rejected.
It is the policy of editorial committee of Pak J Pathol to blacklist any author found to be guilty of plagiarism. The name of author(s) committing plagiarism will also be disseminated to editors of other medical journals, PM&DC and HEC. Data presented must be original and not inappropriately selected, manipulated, enhanced, or fabricated. This includes

1)        Exclusion of data points to enhance significance of conclusions,
2)        Fabrication of data
3)        Selection of results that support a particular conclusion at the expense of   contradictory data,
4)        Deliberate selection of analysis tools or methods to support a particular      conclusion.



Author Self-Archiving Policy

As Pak J Pathol is an Open Access journal authors are entitled to make their article publicly available according to the terms of the CC BY license:

  • CC BY-NC
  • Authors who have published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license may share and distribute     their article on non-commercial websites and repositories.


Re-use guidelines for open access content

When posting, distributing or reusing Open Access articles, the journal should be clearly attributed as the original place of publication and correct citation details should be given. Authors should also deposit the URL of their published article in any repository, in addition to the Version of Record.

When making their article available according to the terms of their Open Access license, we strongly encourage authors to deposit the Version of Record. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from such repositories and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.

As there are many ways you can share the different versions of your article as it moves through the stages towards publication a summary is provided as follows.



Article versions

Author’s Original Manuscript (AOM)

What is it? Your original manuscript before you submitted it to a journal for peer review.

How can I share it? You can share your AOM as much as you like, including via social media, on a scholarly collaboration network, your own personal website, or on a preprint server intended for non-commercial use (for example arXiv, bioRxiv, SocArXiv, etc.). Posting on a preprint server is not considered to be duplicate publication. If you do decide to post your AOM anywhere, we ask that, upon acceptance, you acknowledge that the article has been accepted for publication as follows:

“This article has been accepted for publication in Pakistan Journal of Pathology.

Accepted manuscript (AM)

What is it? If your article is accepted for publication it becomes the Accepted Manuscript. This version has been through the peer review process and been accepted by a journal editor. When you receive the acceptance email from the Editorial Office, keep a copy of your AM for any future posting.

How can I share it? You can post your Accepted Manuscript (AM) at any point after acceptance (this includes posting to Facebook, Google groups, and LinkedIn, plus linking from Twitter). To encourage citation of your work, we recommend that you insert a link from your posted AM to the published article with the following text, including the URL.

“This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications on [date of publication], [Article URL].”

Version of Record (VOR)

What is it? This is the final, definitive, citable version of your paper, which has been copyedited, typeset, had metadata applied, and has been allocated a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). This is the published version.

How can I share it?  On publication you can link to the VOR using the URL or you can post the article PDF on any non-commercial websites and repositories.

Connecting the different versions of your article

By the time your article is published, you may have already shared your AOM and AM in various places. It is a good idea to link these to the VOR after publication, by adding some text such as:

“This is an [Accepted Manuscript / Author’s Original Manuscript] of an article published in Pak J Pathol on [date of publication], available at [Article site url].”

By using a link containing the url, article downloads, Altmetric data, and citations can all be tracked and collated. All this data can help you to assess the impact of your work.



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Pak J Pathol is a quarterly medical journal. Timelines for print and online publications are as under:-

Issue No




January – March

31st March



30th June



30th September



31st December