The Editor of the Annals of AbbasiShaheed Hospital and Karachi
Medical and Dental College, welcomesscientific contributions in
the field of Medicine for publication in the journal. The journal
is recognized by PMDC PMDC#PF.11-F-97, ISSN # 1563-3241 and has
been upgraded to Y category by Higher Education Commission from
category Z on 9th Jnauray 2017.All submissions are peer reviewed
by subject specialists.The peer reviewers included are both from
within and outside Pakistan.The peer review is double blind i.e.
the author does not know who will peer review the manuscript and
the reviewer does not know whose article it is. The Annals of
AbbasiShaheed Hospital and KMDC publishes original articles, special
reports, review articles, rapid communications, case reports,
letters to the editor and commentaries on all aspects ofthe field
of Medicine. The journal follows the ICMJE (International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors uniform requirement for manuscripts
submitted to Biomedical Journals (URM). Manuscripts must be prepared
in accordance with the URM (N Engl J Med 1997; 336: 309-15) and
updated at http://www.icmje.org/).
ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONSIDERATION
Articles submitted for publication must be original and not have
been submitted elsewhere for publication or in the process of
publication in another journal. The article should also not have
been published already in another journal (except as an abstract).
The author’s transmittal letter must accompany the manuscript
and contain these statements: The manuscript has been seen and
approved by all authors involved and is neither being published
nor being considered for publication elsewhere. The authors transfer
the copyright to the Annals of AbbasiShaheed Hospital and Karachi
Medical and Dental College, Karachi. Accepted manuscripts may
not be published elsewhere without Annals permission.
If accepted for publication, no part of the article can be published
elsewhere without the consent of the Annals of Abbasi Shaheed
Hospital and Karachi Medical and Dental College in any language.
The Editors and reviewers try their level best to check that the
manuscripts published are credible however; the final and complete
responsibility lies with the authors and not with the Journal,
its Editors or thePublisher. A certificate from the Institutional
Review Board or the Ethics Committee should be submitted. The
certificate should mention the authors involved in the study.
For those authors/investigators that do not have access to formal
Ethics Review Committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration
of Helsinki should be followed. If the study is judged exempt
from review, a statement from the committee should be provided.
Correspondence will only be done with the corresponding author,
as identified initially at the time of submission of the manuscript
by the authors of the manuscript. The sequence of authors will
not be changed, nor any other author added, other than the list
of authors submitted at the time of first submission of the manuscript.
If parents or guardians cannot be located despite all efforts
the Chairperson of the department must sign the statement that
the parents or guardian of the child could not be located for
consent of publication of the case report.
Patient anonymity and Informed Consent
All manuscripts reporting the result of experimental investigation
involving human subjects should include a written statementconfirming
that informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject’s
guardian after approval of the experimental protocol by a local
human ethics committee.
The author is responsible for patients’ anonymity. The authors
should remove patients’ names and other information from
all figures. In case such details are present in figures, tables,
photographs or text, author must provide proof of informed consent
from the patient (i.e. signed permission form from the guardians/parents
of the child). Photographs with bars if used in publication require
permission from the parents of the child patient
Copyright and Submission form
Each author must sign and complete the submission form and transfer
the copyrights of the manuscript if accepted for publication to
the Annals of AbbasiShaheed Hospital and Karachi Medical and Dental
College. All pre-requisites in the form must be completed (date
of submission, title of manuscript, site of conducting research,
name of laboratory if investigations were done, sign of lab incharge
with stamp, sign and stamp of ethical review committee if present
in institute or submit approval letter of ethical review committee
of another institute,source of funding (if applicable), name of
institution, sign and stamp of head of department/institution,
twophotostat copies of manuscript in standard format, two photostat
copies of questionnaire in English and Urdu or another local language
administered during the study (if applicable), copy of manuscript
on CD and a copy sent by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, bank
deposit slip of manuscript processing fees of Rs1200/only, principal
investigator and co-investigator certification and contribution
of each author according to ICMJE guidelines must be completed.
All articles submitted will be checked for plagiarism. In case
of plagiarism on an already published article, the editor would
be obliged to withdraw the article from the journal website and
Pakmedinet. If significant Plagiarism,is detected and proved,
will result in rejection of the manuscript from publication, along
with possible debarment of the author(s) from publishing in the
journal. The period of debarment will depend upon the extent of
the offence and final decision would be taken by the editorial
board of the journal.
All drugs should be mentioned only in generic name. Any equipment
or device etc if mentioned in the text should include anauthentic
published reference of the manufacturer.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS
The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of all statements
and data (including drug dosages) contained in the manuscript,
accuracy of all reference information, and for obtaining and submitting
permission from the author and publisher of any previously published
material included in the submitted manuscript. If the manuscript
is accepted for publication in the journal the corresponding author
will receive an edited manuscript for “Final author approve”.
The author should review this carefully as he is responsible for
all changes in his work including changes made by the copy editor.
The format of the Annals of AbbasiShaheed Hospital and Karachi
Medical and Dental College, Karachi complies with “Uniform
Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals
published by the International Committee of Journal Editors in
Vancouver British Columbia, in 1979 ( the widely accepted “Vancouver
style”),as described in the Annals of Internal Medicine(1982:96)
[pt 1]:766-71)”with the exception of blood pressure, all
units of measurements and laboratory values must be expressed
in SI units; conventional units may be included parenthetically.
Authors are referred to Annals of Internal Medicine (1987:1061;
114-29) for guidelines in the use of SI units.
Manuscripts including tables, references and figure legends must
be type-written, 1.5 linesspaced on 8 ½ x 11 inch or size
A4 paper, with margins of at least 1 inch.The text itself should
have a font of 12 and 1.5 line spaced. The Theme font is Times
New Roman. Pages should be numbered consecutively on right side,
beginning with the title pageand continuing through the last page
of typewritten material. One original and one photocopy (and email
of the entire manuscript) should be sent, along with the two sets
of photographs, to the Annals office.
Original articles should be approximately 20 pages, line spacing
1.5, the pages have to be numbered, including the title page,
references, figures and tables. Approximately, the following length
targets are suggested for original articles; Structured abstract:
250 words, Introduction:one pageMethods: 2 to 3 pages, Results:
2 to 3 pages, Discussion: 3 to 5 pages, References include only
those essential to the manuscript and should not exceed 30 in
number, tables and figures 3in total.
In the cover letter, provide a statement as to whether the paper
was previously published in any language, including the abstract,
and whether the paper is currently under consideration elsewhere
The title page must contain: 1) Complete manuscript title 2) Full
name of authors, in order, first name (given name) then the last
name (family name), highest academic degree for each. 3) Each
author’s email address, phone number (at which he/she can
be easily contacted), official academic and/or clinical title
and affiliation. 4) Name and address of the institution of all
authors. 5) Name and address, email, including telephone and fax
numbers of author to whom correspondence should be sent, if it
differs from the first author, and 6) and disclaimers, for case
reports, it is recommended that the number of authors be limited
to four 7) all sources of support including pharmaceutical support
that require acknowledgement 8) conflict of interest and disclosure
of funding, if any 9) the word count of the manuscript body (excluding
abstract, keywords, references and figure legends), number of
figures and number of tables.
All original articles must contain an abstract of not more than
250 words. The abstract should not contain references. Abbreviations
should not be used. Strictly, the following subheads are allowed
in an original article: Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion
and Keywords. The Keywords, three to five, should be according
to MeSH (website).
Manuscript / Text Format
Organize the manuscript into 4 main headings: Introduction (the
question the paper intends to answer): Methods (the study design,
sample technique, sample size along with justification definitions
such as for diagnostic criteria, laboratory and statistical methods
and ethical approval): Results (the pertinent findings in logical
sequences of the data analysis, the specific methods used, their
rationale, their assumptions, whetherthe data met these assumptions,
how missing data was handled and statistical methods used). Tables
and figures, as necessary, may be included. If more than a total
of three, whether figures or tables are included, extra cost of
Rs800/- per figure or tablewill be charged by the journal if paper
is accepted for publication)and: Discussion (conclusions based
on findings, evidence from the literature that supports the conclusions,
conflicting evidence, applicability of the conclusions, and the
implication for future research or clinical applications), Acknowledgement
(persons who have helped in the manuscript, however, not sufficient
work has been done by them according to ICMJE guidelines to warrant
Maximum number of words for the different article types: Review
article: maximum 4000 words excluding title page and unstructured
abstract of 150 words. Original article: 3000 words excluding
title page and abstract, short report/short communication: maximum
1300 words excluding title page and unstructured abstract: of
150 words. Letter to editor: maximum 400 words. Editorial: Maximum
800 words. Case Report: maximum 1500 words excluding title page
and unstructured abstract of 150 words.
For a list of standard abbreviations consult standard sources.
Write out the full term for each abbreviation at its first use,
and in each table and figure, unless it is a standard unit of
Key the references (double spaced) at the end of the manuscript.
Please adhere to the reference limits noted for each article type,
original article; 20 to 25, review article; 40, case report; 10,
short communication; 25 to 30, invited commentary; 10and letter
to editor; 3 to 5. List the references, double-spaced, in consecutive
numerical order(order of citation in the manuscript is not alphabetical).
Once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations should be
to the original number. All reference must be in the text or tables.
Unpublished data and personal communications will not be accepted
references. References to journal articles should be according
to Vancouver style and included in the order (1) Authors (2) Title
(3) Journal Name (as abbreviated in Index Medicine), (4) Year
(5) Volume (6) Publisher (7) Year volume and edition numbers and
specific page numbers should be included, when appropriate. If
there are more than 6 authors, use et al. after the 6th author.
Refer to the list of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus for abbreviations
of journal names, or access the list at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html.
The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of
the reference and for their correct textual citation.
Three copies of any figures or photographs should be included
with the submitted manuscript photographs must be high contrast,
glossy, black and white prints, uncounted and untrimmed, with
preferred size between 4x5 inches and 5x7 inches (10x13 cms and
13x 18 cms). Coloured transparencies are preferred. Figure number,
name of senior author and an arrow indicating “top”
should be typed on a gummed label and affixed to the back of each
illustration. Pictures must also be submitted on line with the
paper by email as .jpg files. Written permission must accompany
any photograph in which the subject can be identified or any illustration
that has been previously published. All illustrations (figures)
must be numbered as cited in the text in consecutive numeric order.
Each figure must be saved and submitted as a separate file. Figures
should not be embedded in the manuscript text file.
Each figure must have alegend. Legend should be brief and should
be typed on a separate manuscript page, directly following the
manuscript list. Captions for the figures must be typed double-spaced,
and must not appear on the figures. For photomicrographs, the
legends should include the original magnification and stain used.
Remember to cite the figures consecutively in your manuscript.
Number the figures in the figure legend in the order in which
they are discussed. Upload the figures consecutively to the journal
website and number the figures consecutively in the description
The tables should be cited consecutively in the text and numberedin
that order. Each table should be submitted as a separate word
document in text format. Each table must have a title. Use foot
notes to define abbreviations and for other explanatory detail
in a legend below the tables. The tables should be self-explanatory
and must supplement, rather than duplicate the material in the
text. Each table should be typed double-spaced including all headings.
Verify tabular statistics to make sure the tally and match data
cited in the text.
The Annals of AbbasiShaheed Hospital and Karachi Medical and Dental
College, Karachi accepts manuscripts on personal disks; 1) Submit
electronic copy of manuscript on CD and e-mail it to email@example.com
2) the file should be in Microsoft Word 2007 3) Label the disk
with type of software used and version number and the disk format.
Include the manuscript title and author name(s) on the manuscript
that exactly match the disk file(s). Prepare art as Camera-ready
copy; Laser prints are accepted.
EDITORS OF THE ANNALS of ASH &
The manuscript submitted by members of the editorial board, editorial
staff and student editors are subject to peer review and all the
policies described above.
The journal allows 2 student editors every two years. These students
are chosen from the Karachi Medical and Dental College. Generally
these are 3rd year or early 4th year students. Keenly interested
students of third or fourth year students are chosen keeping in
mind that theclinical studies of the students are not affected
when they reach final year MBBS. It is the motto of our journal
to give an exposure of the editorial office, to teach the youngsters
at early age an understanding of the importance of manuscript
writing, submission and interaction with senior editors and faculty
submitting manuscripts. The work is voluntary.
PRE-SUBMISSION CHECK LIST
1. Submission form completed, duly signed with IRB, copyright
transfer agreement by every author and processing fees. Without
the IRB manuscripts will not be entertained.
2. Title page, on a separate page from the remaining manuscript.
Title should be brief and to the point.No abbreviations should
be present in it.
3. Authors details, with primary author, followed by co-authors.
Given name and family name mentioned. Make sure that the current
institute where theyare working has been specified and their qualifications
and designations are correct.
4. Abstract structured, page numbers on the manuscript starting
from title page, formatting according to the journal requirement.
Keywords according to MeSH. No additional headings other than
5. The manuscript should have the length and format as per type
of article submitted and word count is checked and written on
6. The figures should have a legend and each figure should be
on a separate page and not in the text itself. Cite the figures
in the text of the manuscript. The tables should also not be embedded
in the text. Check that Table legends are present. Total of 4
tables and figures should be present.
7. Authors are advised to follow Equator guidelines www.equator-network.org/including
CONSORT (reporting RCT), PRISMA (reporting systematic review)
and STROBE (reporting epidemiological studies). The website provided
gives additional information and is self-explanatory. In case
of revised manuscripts, each point of the reviewer should be answered
separately point wise. Also the journal requires that all changes
made in the manuscript should be highlighted or made bold. Also
a grid is required to answer each query which is forwarded to
authors for revised manuscripts only.
Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding
author will receive electronic page proofs, portable document
format (PDF). It is the author’s responsibility to ensure
that there are no errors in the proofs. Only most critical changes
will be made. The authors must read the proof very carefully and
must submit within a period of 24 hours. Rs. 800/- per side of
PDF will be charged as publication fee upon acceptance of the
manuscript for publication in the journal.The authors will receive
an acceptance letter, along with information of the cost for the
publication. The article once published is available on pakmedinet
and on the annals website, free of cost.
From Now onwards Annals of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Karachi Medical and Dental College supports Sarajevo declaration of integrity and visibility of scholarly publication.
ANNALS OFFICE CONTACT
Cell # 0302-8317-789, Landline# 021-99260300-1, Ext 251
Submission form along with pre-requisites has to be submitted
by authors: between10.00am to 12.00 noon in Annals office KMDC
1st Floor, Karachi Medical & Dental College Block M. North