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Focus and Scope
Asian Journal of Medical Sciences receives original material of interest to the practitioners and scientists in the field of Medicine related to the recent developments in Medical Sciences. Articles describing original clinical or laboratory investigations and case reports will be considered for publication. From time to time invited articles, editorials and review of selected topics will be published. Manuscripts, including illustrations, tables and figures must be original and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Peer Review Process
On submission of manuscripts to Asian Journal of Medical Sciences (AJMS), the editor checks whether the submission falls within the scope of the journal. Once it passes this stage, the Editor edits the article and deletes all the information related to the author and other relevant information which can give a clue to peers.
The editor appoints three peer reviewers based on the area of expertise required to review the article of which one peer reviewer is not from AJMS Editorial board but an outsider. They are given one week time to indicate to the editor, whether the article is acceptable in AJMS or not. If found acceptable, the letter of acceptance is issued to the author followed by double blind peer review process.
The peer reviewers are allotted 3-4 weeks time to submit the review report. During the process of review the peers are advised not to communicate to authors by any means and submit their reports to the editor.
The editor goes through the report and accordingly the review report is sent to the concerned author for revision. The author is given one week time to submit the revised version by email to the editor. The revised version need not be uploaded once again as a new submission.
Upon receipt of the revised version by the editor, the revised version is then forwarded to the same peer reviewer to ensure sufficient revision is done in the article as per their comments. Once the peer gives the final decision, the revised version is further processed for publication. The whole process takes about five weeks to arrive at the decision whether to accept or reject the article.
AJMS will be publishing six issues/ year from 2015 onwards.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Patrons of the Journal
Prof. T M Mohapatra
Institute of Medical Sciences,
Banaras Hindu University,
Prof. Ramiah Sivakanesan
Prof. & Head,
Department of Biochemistry,
Faculty of Medicine,University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Prof. Ananda SB Wijekoon
Dean, Faculty of Medicine,
& Head, Department of Pediatrics,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Prof. Shampa Anupurba
Head, Department of Microbiology,
Institute of Medical Sciences,
Banaras Hindu University,
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement of Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
The publication of an article in a peer reviewed journal is an essential model for our journal "Asian Journal of Medical Sciences".
It is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher.
Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.
The editor of the journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Duties of Authors
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Data Access and Retention
Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
Chief Editor, AJMS
Indexing of Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
AJMS is a new journal whose inaugural issue was published in May 2010. Full text articles available.
It is included in the following indexing services
Included in the National Library of Medicine
Index Medicus for WHO South East Asia Region (IMSEAR)
the Directory of Research Journal Indexing (DRJI)
HINARI, Indian Science Publications, Genamics Journal Seek
EBSCO Publishing Electronic Databases
Expanded Academic ASAP
Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory
UC San Diego Library Catalog
Zurich Open Repository and Archive Journal Database
State Library of New South Wales
Petra Christian University Research Center Journal Directory
Scientific Indexing Service
Article Processing Fees
The article processing fee for local authors is USD 70.00 which includes, copy editing, language editing and PDF layout. Local authors can pay in the local currency equivalent.
The article processing charge for foreigners is USD 125.
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