Author Guidelines-Instructions

  • The minimum word limit for a manuscript in JHSMS is 4000-5000 for quantitative studies and 6000-10000 words for qualitative and mixed-method studies, including the list of references.
  • The manuscripts should be edited by an English language expert, preferably a native speaker, before submission to JHSMS-IDEA.
  • Style of the referencing and citation should be ensured as per APA guidelines (latest edition).
  • An in-text citation style should be used with a list of references at the end of the manuscript.
  • JHSMS-IDEA reserves the right to edit, modify, or make additions and deletions to the article or may request the corresponding author to do so.
  • The text of the article shall be single-spaced, in 12-point font, and italics employed, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables shall be placed within the text at the appropriate points rather than at the end of the manuscript.
  • A maximum of two manuscripts by an author shall be published in a single issue, one as the principal author and another as a co-author.
  • The manuscript already submitted elsewhere and under review for publication shall not be submitted to or accepted by the JHSMS.
  • The corresponding author shall ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the principal author and the co-authors.
  • The corresponding author shall ensure that the manuscript is free of plagiarism, that the overall similarity is not more than 19%, that similarity from a single source is not more than 5% as per HEC-Pakistan policy, and that it is properly cited with the original source(s).
  • The international standards of research ethics must be followed and ensured by the authors/co-authors. 
  • Complete affiliation details of the authors/co-authors shall be provided at the submission stage of the manuscript.
  • The Email ID of the corresponding author and ORCID of all authors will be published in the final accepted/approved manuscript.
  • A manuscript, once accepted for the peer-review process in JHSMS, cannot be withdrawn by the author(s).
  • The manuscripts considered for the peer-review shall not be submitted/published elsewhere unless rejected by JHSMS.
  • A manuscript accepted for editorial review or peer-review does not mean approval for the publication of the article.
  • An acceptance letter may be issued for a manuscript after the peer-review, only if approved by the editorial board for publication.
  • Peer-reviewed and approved manuscripts are published with a date of submission and a date of online publication.
  • The author(s) will sign an agreement/undertaking allowing JHSMS the non-exclusive right to circulate the article and all other derivative works, such as translations.
  • The author(s) are advised to carefully read the author guidelines and ensure that all the requirements and conditions of JHSMS are fulfilled before submission of the manuscript.
  • The manuscript shall be submitted online as an MS Word file to the editorial team after the corresponding author registers and/or logs in to the user account on the JHSMS website/online system.

 

[Last updated: April 6, 2024]