Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Journal of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University

Ethical approval of the manuscript by IRB and/or Ethics Committee is required?

Yes. Ethical approval by Institutional Review Board and/or Research Ethics Committee is required. For authors from STMU and SIHL, IRB&EC form is available on the University and Hospital's website.

Authors submitting from other institutions should submit/send scanned copy of approval from thier respective organization's committee(s).

How online submission is made to the journal?

Visit the link https://j.stmu.edu.pk/online-submission/, to find out all the relevant information. The online submission requires creation of an account (FREE) with the Online Journal Management System followed by submission of manuscript as per workflow of the system. The manuscript submission system is very ellaborative, user friendly and easy to use. 

Article lingustic & formatting information are avaialble [Here

What is the Plagiarism policy of JSTMU?

We adhere strictly to the HEC approved plagiarism policy available at https://j.stmu.edu.pk/plagiarism-policy/. The journal employs standard prescribed tools (Turnitin and iThenticate) to validate the simalrity index of all the submissions.

Submissions having similarity index equal to or more than 19%, with atleast one match more than 5% are not accepted for further processing and returned to the author. Higher forms of plagiarism might result in blacklisting and intimation to other journals.  

How much time is taken from manuscript submission to appearance of paper online?

It varies and based on quality of article. A good quality article without plagiarism will be online in two months after blind review process, while others not fulfilling such criteria might take long.

Is there a checklist for submissions to the journal?

Yes. The following checklist will help you to meet all requirements of the journal;

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Title page with complete authorship details.

 

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Manuscript prepared as per JSTMU guidelines.

 

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Duly signed author/copyright agreement form.

 

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Ethical approval of the manuscript by IRB&EC.

 

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Consent forms for patient photographs, if any.

 

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Written permission from the publisher to reprint previously published figures and tables, if any.

 

What should be the contents of title page?

Title page should have title of article, names of all the author’s in order of authorship sequence with thier complete affiliations; corresponding authors complete address including e-mail and telephone numbers.

What are the citing and referencing requirements for JSTMU?

The journal follows Vacouver referencing style. 

Vancouver is a numbered referencing style commonly used in medicine and science, and consists of: citations to someone else's work in the text, indicated by the use of a number. A sequentially numbered reference list at the end of the document providing full details of the corresponding in-text references. 

How can I clarify further queries or questions?

The fastest and most reliable way to communicate is through email. You can send your suggestions and queries at;

Editor: editor@j.stmu.edu.pk 

Managing Editor: m.editor@j.stmu.edu.pk