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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.
  • Most of the Submisison guidelines are align with ICMJE 2023 unifrm requirements for manuscript submission.
  • 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).
    Obligatory Document 1: Cover Letter
    Obligatory Document 2: Ethical Approval Certificate
    Obligatory Document 3:  Processing Fee Rs. 3000/-
    The text is single-spaced; uses a 14-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.
  • Authors are also reminded to plan for at least six to eight months and those in a hurry should submit their manuscript to some other journal. Processing time can be increased if author’s failure to follow the instructions results in deficiencies which are identified during initial screening and internal review which have to be rectified before it is sent for external review.
  • We will welcome original research while KAP studies, routine surveys etc., are not accepted. Processing fee is non-refundable hence those who have some doubt, are advised to first send us structured abstract with authors details and their affiliations for review to avoid any inconvenience later.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Authors Declaration Form signed by all authors which is available in pdf format. Please scan it and upload it.
  • Ethics Committee/Institution Review Committee approval which is a necessary with every paper for further processing.
  • You may also suggest two to three potential reviewers to accelerate the review process in Covering Letter or as a separate file. Upload it on system as supplementary file. However, Please note only those should be suggested as reviewers who have worked in this area and their comments will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee before taking any final decision. Do send us their name and e mail address and do not forget to mention your submission ref. number.
  • Peer Review: We have reviewers from various countries in our reviewer’s database. We practice Open Peer Review system but at times it is difficult for the reviewers to comment on a manuscript since they do not know the local requirements of the regulatory bodies besides their medical education and health services system. Hence it is essential that at least one of the reviewers of the manuscript must be from that country. As such the authors submitting their manuscripts to JSMC are requested to suggest at least two to three potential reviewers for their study. The Editorial Team might select any one of them for the review alongwith other reviewers from the journal database. However, please note that, only those should be suggested as reviewers who are willing to review, have worked in that area. Their comments will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee before taking any final decision. Do send us their name and e mail address and do not forget to mention your submission reference number - Chief Editor

Author Guidelines


The article processing fee Rs. 3000/- and must be deposited before sending the article for peer review and publication fee is Rs. 13,000/-. Total fee Rs. 16000/- Account No: 2006478107,  Bank of Khyber Mingora, Branch,  Code (0012),  IBAN No: PK95KHYB0012002006478107 A/C Name: Journal of Saidu Medical College, Saidu Sharif, Swat, Kindly deposit article processing and Publication Fee under intimation to this office by sending a deposit slip copy, by attachment through email/ postal service.


JSMC offers a complete or partial fee waiver on a case-to-case basis for Undergraduate Medical students of Pakistan as well as authors from low-income countries (WHO-HINARI Group-A countries list)

EDITORIAL POLICY The "Journal of Saidu Medical College" is the official journal of Saidu Medical College, Swat, Pakistan. We are dedicated to encourage and facilitate research at all levels and in all fields of medicine. We are predominantly devoted to reporting original investigations in the biomedical and health sciences, including research in the basic sciences; clinical trials of therapeutic agents; effectiveness of diagnostic or therapeutic techniques; or studies relating to the behavioral, epidemiological or educational aspects of medicine. We consider articles on all topics pertaining to various disciplines of medicine for publication. Our goal is to provide the reader reports of original research conducted nationally and internationally, original clinical observations accompanied by analysis and discussion, analysis of philosophical, ethical, or social aspects of the health professions or biomedical sciences, critical reviews, case reports with discussions and feedback on articles in the form of letters to editors. The journal is intended primarily for those in the health professions: researchers, practitioners, educators, administrators, and students. The phrase health professionals includes physicians, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, and the many types of allied health professionals in the research and health care delivery systems. We especially encourage local research which has international application and contributes positively to the knowledge of diseases and problems not commonly encountered in the west.


The "Journal of Saidu Medical College" is a peer reviewed, quarterly published journal and follows the uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors as revised in 1997 published in N Eng J Med 1997; 336:309-15. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has produced and updated the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals". Detailed information can be downloaded from

All manuscripts should be accompanied by a covering letter from the author responsible for correspondence regarding the manuscript. The covering letter should contain the following copyright disclosure statement. We, the undersigned co-authors of this article, have contributed significantly to and share in the responsibility for above. The undersigned stipulate that the material submitted to Journal of Saidu Medical College, is new, original and has not been submitted to another publication for concurrent consideration. Upon acceptance by Journal of Saidu Medical College, all copyright ownership for the article is transferred to Journal of Saidu Medical College. It is attested that all human and/or animal studies undertaken as a part of the research are in compliance with regulation of our institution(s) and with generally accepted guidelines governing such work. It is attested that we have disclosed any and all financial or other relationships which could be construed as a conflict of interest and that all sources of financial support for this study have been disclosed and are indicated in the acknowledgment. This statement must be signed by all the major co authors. The covering letter should also contain statement that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors and should give any additional information which may be helpful to the Editor. If there has been any prior publication of any part of the work, this should be acknowledgement and appropriate written permission included. The journal is approved by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council and indexed with MEDLIP. It is available online on and

AUTHORS DECLARATION FORM: Download this form, complete it and sign it. Send us the Scanned copy of it with your submission. File should be submitted as Supplementary file.


While submitting manuscripts, please carefully follow the instructions given below: 

Summary of Technical Requirements 

1. The journal will accept: 
(a) Original research articles (b) Review articles (c) Special Articles (d) Short Comminication (e) Case reports (f) Case Series (g) Letter to the Editor and (h) Editorials. 
2. It should be typed in double space on one side of the A-4 size paper with clear margins on both sides. 
3. Begin each section or component on a new page. 
4. Review the sequence: title page, abstract and key words, text, acknowledgments, references, tables (each on separate page), legends.
5. Illustrations, un-mounted prints, should not be larger than 203 × 254 mm (8 × 10 inches). 
6. Include permission to reproduce previously published material or to use illustrations that may identify human subjects. 
7. Keep copies of everything submitted. 

All manuscripts of original research should contain following sections:
a) Title Page 
The title page should carry 
1) The title of the article, which should be concise but informative. 
2) Full name of each author, with his or her highest academic degree(s) and institutional affiliation.
3) The name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed.
4) Disclaimers, if any. 
5) The name and address of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. 
6) The name and address of the author to whom requests for reprints should be 
addressed source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs, or all of these. 
7) A short running head or foot line of no more than 40 characters (count letters and spaces) at the foot of the title page. 
b) Abstract and Key Words 
The second page should carry structured abstract of not more than 250 words. 
The abstract should state the Background: Brief introducation of the subject Objective: purpose of the study or investigation, Materials and Methods: basic procedures as selection of study subjects or laboratory animals; observational and analytical methods; Results: main findings giving specific data and their statistical significance, Conclusion: and the principal conclusions. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. Below the abstract authors should provide, and identify as such, 3 to 10 key words or short phrases that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article and may be published with the abstract. Terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus should be used; if suitable MeSH terms are not yet available for recently introduced terms, present terms may be used. 

c) Introduction 
State the purpose of the article and summarize the rationale for the study or observation. Give only strictly pertinent references and do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported. 
d) Materials and Methods
The selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients or laboratory animals, including controls), age, sex, and other important characteristics of the subjects should be clearly desribed. The guiding principle should be clear about how and why a study was done in a particular way incusion and exclusion criteria should be mentioned. For example, authors should explain why only subjects of certain ages were included or why women were excluded. Authors should avoid terms such as "race," which lacks precise biological meaning, and use alternative descriptors such as "ethnicity" or "ethnic group" instead. Authors should specify carefully what the descriptors mean, and tell exactly how the data were collected (for example, what terms were used in survey forms, whether the data were self-reported or assigned by others, etc.). Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol (study population, interventions or exposures, outcomes, and the rationale for statistical analysis), assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding). Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.


When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised in 1983 and updated in 2013. Do not use patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution's or a national research council's guide for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. The provision of Ethical Approval Report is a MUST, for all the Original Articles, after 1st January 2014.

Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. When possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Avoid relying solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as the use of P values, which fails to convey important quantitative information. Discuss the eligibility of experimental subjects. Give details about randomization. Describe the methods for and success of any blinding of observations. Report complications of treatment. Give numbers of observations. Report losses to observation (such as dropouts from a clinical trial). References for the design of the study and statistical methods should be to standard works when possible (with pages stated) rather than to papers in which the designs or methods were originally reported. Specify any general-use computer programs used. Put a general description of methods in the Methods section. When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess its support. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. Avoid nontechnical uses of technical terms in statistics, such as "random" (which implies a randomizing device), "normal," "significant," "correlations," and "sample." Define statistical terms, abbreviations, and most symbols. 
e) Results 
Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize or summarize only important observations. 
f) Discussion 
Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data or other material given in the Introduction or the Results section. Include in the Discussion section the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data. In particular, authors should avoid making statements on economic benefits and costs unless their manuscript includes economic data and analyses. Avoid claiming priority and alluding to work that has not been completed. State new hypotheses when warranted, but clearly label them as such. Recommendations, when appropriate, may be included. 
g) Acknowledgments 
List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed under a heading such as "clinical investigators" or "participating investigators," and their function or contribution should be described for example, "served as scientific advisors," "critically reviewed the study proposal," "collected data," or "provided and cared for study patients." Because readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions, all persons must have given written permission to be acknowledged. 
h) References 
References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in parentheses. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, published annually as a separate publication by the library and as a list in the January issue of Index Medicus. The list can also be obtained through the library's web site Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press" or "forthcoming"; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication. The references must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. The Uniform Requirements style (the Vancouver style) is based largely on an ANSI standard style adapted by the NLM for its databases. Notes have been added where Vancouver style differs from the style now used by NLM. 

i) Illustrations and legends 
Illustrations should be numbered in the order of their mention in the text and should be marked lightly on the back with the first author's last name and an arrow to indicate the top edge. Special charges will be made by the publisher for publishing figures in color. Before publication the corresponding author will be sent a cost estimate; at that time he or she may decide to pay the costs or print the illustration in black and white. Only good photographic prints of original drawings should be supplied. All lettering must be done professionally. Do not send original artwork, x-ray films, or ECG tracings. Glossy photographs are preferred; good black-and-white contrast is essential. Preferred size for submitted illustrations is 5 x 7 inches. Suitable figure legends should be typewritten double spaced on a separate sheet of paper and included at the end of the manuscript. If a figure has been taken from previously copyrighted material, the legend must give full credit to the original source and letters of permission must be submitted with the manuscript. Articles appear in both the print and online versions of the Journal, and wording of the letter should specify permission in all forms and media. Failure to get electronic permission rights may result in the images not appearing in the online version. Illustrations cannot be returned by the publisher. Figures should be submitted in electronic format. All images should be at least 5 inches wide. Graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, not presentation software such as PowerPoint, CorelDraw, or Harvard Graphics, should be used in the creation of the art. Color images need to be CMYK, at least 300 DPI, and be accompanied by a digital color proof, not a color laser print or color photocopy. Please include hardware and software information, in addition to the file names.

j) Tables 
Tables should be self-explanatory and numbered in Roman numerals in the order of their mention in the text. Provide a brief title for each. Type each double-spaced on a separate page. Abbreviations should be defined in a double-spaced footnote at the end of the table. If any material in a table or a table itself has been taken from previously copyrighted material, a double spaced footnote must give full credit to the original source and permission of the author and publisher must be obtained. Send letters of permission to the Editor with the manuscript.
k) Short Reports 
Short Reports should be limited to three type written pages on current research, a short introduction, material and methods andresults should be written under the same heading followed by brief comments and six to ten reference.
l) Letters to the Editor 
Letters to the Editor are considered for publication (subject to editing and abridgment) provided they do not contain material that has been submitted or published elsewhere. The letter must be typewritten and double-spaced. Its text, not including reference, must not exceed 250 words if it is in reference to a recent journal article, or 400 words in all other cases (please provide a word count). It must have no more than five references and one figure or table. Letters referring to a recent journal article must be received within four weeks of its publication. Please include your full address, telephone number, fax number an e-mail address.



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