'Annals of Jinnah Sindh Medical University' (AJSMU) is a biannual peer reviewed journal  of biomedical sciences published by the Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi, Pakistan. It is indexed and abstracted in Pakmedinet and WHO's Index Medicus East Mediterranean Region. 

 Aims and Objectives of AJSMU:
AJSMU's aim is to disseminate and promote original and relevant research in medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, public health, and medical education by providing a sharing platform for researchers.

Objectives:
• Knowledge dissemination through research publications in medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, public health, and medical education
• Maintain and enhance the research profile of Jinnah Sindh Medical University

Authors are invited to submit articles with a wide spectrum of coverage reporting original work in medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, public health, and medical education. Basic research with clear clinical implications will also be considered. Review articles of current interest and high standard are welcome for consideration. There are also sections for Case Reports, Short Communication, Clinical Technique, and Letter to the Editor. All submissions must conform to the Uniform Requirements for Biomedical Journals of International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE).

Open Access Policy: 

Annals of Jinnah Sindh Medical University © 2015 by Jinnah Sindh Medical University is licensed under CC BY 4.0

AJSMU is copyright under the Berne Convention. All rights reserved. AJSMU is an Open Access journal and will not charge readers, or their institutions for access. From the Budapest Open Access initiative (BOAI) definition of open access, the reader has the right to “read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the articles”. Articles published in AJSMU are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial
License (CC BYNC). Readers may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work, and make derivative works based on it for noncommercial purposes with the proper citation of the original work. Please note, however, if an article contains a figure from another source that is protected by copyright, the republication is not allowed without seeking permission from the original source of publication.

Publication Fee:

There is no publication fee.

Source of Funding: 

The University bears all the expenses of publication.

Advertisement Policy 

AJSMU accepts advertisements relevant to the target readership of health sciences academics and professionals. Advertisements shall be printed in the journal’s hard copy and will be made available online as well. Advertisements shall not affect editorial decisions and policies in any way. Any attempts to influence the journal through advertisement or undue benefits shall be considered valid reason for disqualification of the article in question and banning of the advertiser from AJSMU. 

Peer Review Policy 

AJSMU is a peer reviewed journal, following the guidelines set by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. -HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION JOURNALS AND PUBLICATIONS POLICY, page 6 ‘Principles of Transparency and Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing’:
1. Original Articles and Review Articles are sent to two or sometimes more external peers for review, according to recommendation. "Peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers/experts in the field who are not part of the journal's editorial staff."--HEC Journals and Publications Policy, Principles of Transparency and Best Practices in Scholarly Publishing
2. Case Studies, Letters to the Editor, and Short Communications may be sent to at least one peer reviewer.
3. Invited editorials are internally reviewed by the Editorial team or members of the Editorial or Advisory Boards according to the subject of the article. 
4. All peer reviews are double-blind.
5. All reviews are completed electronically through the OJS system.
6. Short peer review times and acceptance of articles is not guaranteed at any stage of the process.
 
Reviewers are required to comment on several aspects of the following: 
Abstract, Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, General 
 

Plagiarism Policy 

Higher Education Commission defines plagiarism as:

 Verbatim copying, near-verbatim copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's paper or unpublished report without citing the exact reference.

  • Copying elements of another author's paper, such as equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, or copying or purposely paraphrasing sentences without citing the source.
  • Verbatim copying portions of another author's paper or from reports by citing but not clearly differentiating what text has been copied (e.g. not applying quotation marks correctly) and /or not citing the source correctly”
  • "The unacknowledged use of computer programs, mathematical / computer models / algorithms, computer software in all forms, macros, spreadsheets, web pages, databases, mathematical deviations and calculations, designs / models / displays of any sort, diagrams, graphs, tables, drawings, works of art of any sort, fine art pieces or artifacts, digital images, computer-aided design drawings, GIS files, photographs, maps, music / composition of any sort, posters, presentations and tracing."
  • "Self-plagiarism, that is, the verbatim or near-verbatim re-use of significant portions of one's own copyrighted work without citing the original source."2.

 Process of Dealing with Plagiarism Cases:

Annals of Jinnah Sindh Medical University (AJSMU) follows the guidelines of plagiarism policy of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE),  and Higher Education Commission (HEC). The above mentioned definition of plagiarism of HEC will be followed to discuss the plagiarism cases related to AJSMU. It is the responsibility of authors to acquaint themselves for the rules and regulation regarding the plagiarism, including paraphrasing and self-plagiarism as defined in the above definition of plagiarism. The cases of plagiarism of AJSMU would be dealt by the Plagiarism Standing Committee of AJSMU (AJSMUPSC). The suspected articles submitted to the AJSMU could be sent to the other agencies or institutions for verification and authentications.

Suspected submitted manuscript of the plagiarism would be ceased for processing/consideration and the corresponding author would be requested for explanation. The cc (carbon copy) of this email would also be sent to other authors of the manuscript. If the response of the corresponding author is not satisfactory, the case would be forwarded to AJSMUPSC for further action and recommendation. If the article has already been published, it would temporarily be retracted and explanation would be asked from the corresponding author, and cc would be sent to other authors. The case would be posted on the AJSMU website. If the corresponding author does not respond in the stipulated time or the response is unsatisfactory, the case would be forwarded to AJSMUPSC and its decision would be final. If the decision of the AJSMUPSC is directed that the article was plagiarized, then it would be retracted permanently from the AJSMU archives and the information would be sent to HEC, PMDC, and authors’ institutions. The author (s) would be on watch, however the author(s) could plead their case with documentary proof against the decision.

 https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/Documents/Plagiarism/Plagiarism%20Policy.pdf

http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/scientific-misconduct-expressions-of-concern-and-retraction.html

https://www.hec.gov.pk/english/services/faculty/Plagiarism/Pages/default.aspx