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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The articles and all editorial correspondence must be sent to Editor, JQIMS C/O Quetta
Institute of Medical Sciences, Chiltan Road. Quetta Cantt. Quetta or e-mailed to
The editorial is written by someone who is well known in his or her discipline or a member of
the editorial board as requested by the editor. The editorial is a short review or opinion on
current topics relating to medicine and health sciences.
JQIMS will accept article in following categories:
Review Articles:
Review articles are usually invited manuscripts from experts in different fields. Topics from
current problems or advancements in the field of medicine are usually chosen. Word limit is
3500 words, with no limit on references, tables or figures.
Short Communications:
Short communication is a research manuscript on a novel and interesting topic. It may be an
abbreviated research paper which cannot be included in the “original papers” section. Word
limit is 1500 words.
Systematic Reviews and Meta analysis:
Good systematic reviews and meta analysis are at the top of evidence pyramid. Systematic
reviews and meta analysis about important topics will be accepted by the journal provided
they fulfil the PRISMA checklist available from http://www.prismastatement.
org/PRISMAStatement/PRISMAStatement.aspx. Word limit is 3500 words
excluding headings and references.
Letter to Editor:
This is a short opinion written usually about any of the articles published in JQIMS.
Preference would be given to objective critique of recent articles. Word limit is 400 words,
excluding headings and references.
Case Reports and Case Series:
Although, case reports and case series are considered at the bottom of the evidence pyramid,
nevertheless they can be a great source of knowledge for rare diseases. These can be a good
start for the beginners and as such JQIMS will encourage submission of case reports and
series. We will publish up to five case reports in a single issue. Maximum word limit for case
reports is 1500 words. These reports should comprise of :
 Abstract: It should be a non structured abstract, summarising the case report. It
should not exceed 200 words.
 Introduction: A brief background of the case or the disease.
 Case presentation: The actual case, clinical presentation, management and outcome.
 Discussion: This should include the context in which the case is being reported.
 References: Maximum 15 references in Vancouver style, preferably from the last five
Original Paper:
Original papers are research manuscript written by the authors undertaking the research.
It should be divided into following sections, as per ICMJE guidelines (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/manuscript-preparation/).
 Title page: This should include:
o Title of the article
o Authors information
o Conflict of interest
o Source of funding
o Word count
 Abstract
 Introduction
 Materials and Methods
 Results
 Discussion
 Conclusion
Word limit is 3500 words with maximum of 30 references.
The manuscript should be accompanied by certified form (JQIMS undertaking form) signed by author and all co-authors certifying that
 They have approved the final version
 They certify originality of the manuscript.
 Manuscript has not been submitted to any other journal.
 Transfer of copyright to JQIMS
The manuscript should be very revealing, systematically referenced and straightforwardly readable with fluency of language. All manuscripts should have double spacing with A-4 size page setting and one inch (25 mm) margin on both sides.
Conflict of Interest: During the submission of the manuscript, all the financial assistance must be disclosed. Authors must be explicit of the potential conflicts that may or may not exist during the work done. The authors of study funded by an agency with financial interest in the outcome must sign a statement that they had full excess to all data in the study and are responsible for the integrity and accuracy of the data analysis. This statement should be submitted along with the manuscript.
Authors Contributions: Authors should meet the following conditions in line with ICMJE
1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition,
analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related
to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and
An author should meet all of the above criteria.
Acknowledgements: It should include all the contributors of the study who do not meet the
criteria for authorship. This may include, but not limited to technical helpers, writing
assistance and institutional assistance that only provided general support. Financial and
material support should also be acknowledged. Individuals contributed in sample collection
who do not meet authorship criteria can be listed as “clinical investigators” or “scientific
References: All the references listed numerically and consecutively in parentheses. Fifty
percent of the references should b from the last five years. The final bibliography should be
written in Vancouver Style and must be in the order in which they are cited in the text.
References mentioned in a table or figure should be numbered serially with text.
Details of how to cite references can be found at ICMJE website.
4. Tables and Figures: 3–5 figures and/or tables are allowed. The tables should be
completed with legends and footnotes. These should be placed at the end of manuscript.
5. Proof Reading: For proof reading, the final version of manuscript is sent to the
corresponding author before publication.
Note: All articles submitted to JQIMS must only be submitted to this journal and may not
have been published elsewhere in part or total. The authors will be requested to sign an
agreement to give the copyright to the publishers.
Approval certificates / letter from Institutional Review Board / Biomedical Ethical
Committee / Ethical Review Committee are necessary for acceptance of articles.
JQIMS supports the open access initiative “to provide unrestricted access to scientific
literature for rapid dissemination of recent updates in various disciplines of science and
technology”. The contents of Journal will be freely available online.
The “Journal of Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences” follows "CC BY NC "creative
commons" licensing. For more details visit the website (http://creativecommons.org/).

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