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General Guidelines

Manuscripts and other communications should be relevant to the broad area of pharmacy and submitted in English. All articles that are submitted, except editorials are subject to the peer-review process and should include appropriate references. Editorials are subject to be approved by the editor. Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they have not been published in other journals or publication media and they are not concurrently under review elsewhere.

Pharmacy students are highly encouraged to submit manuscripts. These manuscripts will be reviewed and judged by the reviewers. Students are particularly encouraged to team with an experienced faculty member or other pharmacist. Senior faculty members' guidance can be invaluable.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word and will be peer-reviewed in the format submitted. Do not submit manuscripts as a pdf (Acrobat Reader) format. Please read carefully the Manuscript Preparation section below. If a submitted manuscript does not comply with the prescribed below format, no action will be taken and the corresponding author will be notified.

Manuscript Submissions

Manuscripts are to be submitted via electronic uploading process. The author(s) should retain an original copy in case file uploaded becomes corrupted. The author that submitted the article will be considered the corresponding author, and will supply their full name, mailing address, phone, fax number, and email address, within the provided space in manuscript submission form at Submissions . Receipt of initial manuscript submission from the corresponding author will be acknowledged.

Review Process and Notification

Manuscripts are examined by the editorial staff and generally by two reviewers. Decisions regarding publication are made by the editor and are final. All material associated with the manuscript accepted for publication is subject to copyediting. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of their manuscripts, including references, proper credit for use of the work of others (i.e. freedom from plagiarism), figures, tables, etc. Neither the editor, nor the editorial staff, reviewers, nor publisher, are responsible for inaccurate or misleading data, conclusions or statements.

Corrections and/or recommended changes to manuscripts will be accomplished as much as possible via email and phone after the review process is complete. The corresponding author of accepted manuscripts will be notified via email from the editor.

Online Document Maintenance Fee

The author will be charged an online document maintenance fee:

Indian authors: 2025 INR

Foreign authors: 225 USD

Details for mode of payment will be sent by email after the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

Manuscript Preparation

Deviations from the below manuscript preparations will cause the manuscript to be returned without action.

Margins, Type and Font: Set the word processor pages for 1" margins (top/bottom, left/right) and font to Arial, size 10. Double-space the type except when dividing sections within the body. Number the title page as one (1), then consecutively throughout the article. Indent at the beginning of each new paragraph. Set your word process to left-hand justified (or align left). Do not fully justify your manuscript.


Title Page: The title page (page 1) should include: the title of the article; full name(s) of the author(s) with degree(s), affiliations (job title, department, institution, city, and state, or country).


Abstract and Key Words: Page 2 should include the title of the article followed by the abstract, which should be about 250 words. The abstract should summarize the main points of the article. Immediately following the abstract, list five key words for indexing.


References: Begin the references on a new page at the end of the article and title the page "References." Single space within the individual references, but double space between the completed references. References are to be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Place the citation number in superscript where appropriate. Guidelines for referencing can be downloaded from the link Guidelines for referencing.

Tables: Each table will have a brief title and be numbered as they are cited in the text. Define all abbreviations and indicate the units of measurement for all values. If table data are from another source, cite the source at the bottom of the table and also in the Reference Section. Place the table in the body of the text in the sequence that the author desires it to be read. Tables may also have to be slightly resized due to conversion to pdf. If a table has been previously published, acknowledge the original source and obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. Also, when developing tables, the table function within the word processor must be used. A graphic produced table is unacceptable.

Figures: Most figures will also be converted to a pdf format. Place the figure in the body of the text in the sequence that the author desires it to be read. Figures may also have to be slightly resized due to conversion and spacing. Figure captions are to be placed at the bottom of the figure and numbered consecutively as they are cited in the text. If a figure has been previously published, acknowledge the original source and obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material.

Drug Names: Generic names should be used. When proprietary brand names are used, include the brand name in parentheses following the generic name and capitalize the drug name. Registered symbols () do not have to be used with brand names.


Numbers: Use numerals for all units of measure and time. Numbers should be used to express numbers in most circumstances; exceptions are numbers beginning a sentence, title, subtitle, or heading, which are spelled out. Ordinals first through ninth are also to be spelled out.


Abbreviations: The first time an abbreviation appears it should be spelled out, then followed by the abbreviation listed in parentheses.


Acknowledgments: In the acknowledgment section, the authors should note all funding sources (corporate, academic, and institutional associations). The authors should disclose all financial, institutional, or consultant sponsorship that is related to the submission and any association that might pose a conflict of interest with the submitted manuscript.

Copyright
Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, a copyright transfer form will be emailed to the corresponding author for completion. The manuscript will not be published until this form is returned from the corresponding author.

 

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