Focus and Scope

Journal of Lumbini Medical College (JLMC) is a biannually, peer reviewed, open access, Scientific Medical Journal published in English by Lumbini Medical College in Palpa, Nepal.

Subjects covered include all aspects of health and diseases including clinical and experimental studies and medical education (in the form of original full papers, short communications, critical reviews, editorial commentaries, conference summaries and book reviews).

Peer Review Process

  1. Submission completed by author(s)
    • Once the submission is completed, it will be presented to chief editor or associate editor.
  2. Initial evaluation by chief or associate editor.
    • The chief-editor or associate-editor decides whether the article meets the authors guideline (authors guideline link), and the scope and standard of the Journal.
    • If found suitable, he then forwards it to one of the editors (now onwards will be referred to as “Focal editor”) of the editorial board based on expertise and availability to carry out the review process.
    • The rest of the review process will be carried out by focal-editor.
  3. Submitting the article for review to the reviewer.
    • Focal editor reviews the article himself in addition to forwarding it to peer reviewers.
    • Peer reviewers will be selected based on expertise of subject of the paper, availability and past goodwill (timely and quality review).
    • Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, ideally three.
    • Focal editor sends email invitation for review to peer reviewer.
    • Email contains information about the Journal, title, abstract, date, review deadline (usually 2 weeks).
    • It will be a double blind review process; neither peer reviewer knows the author nor the author knows the peer reviewer.
  4. Reviewer should not accept article if he has competing interest
    • Despite blind review, reviewer recognize the author and think this makes his evaluation strongly biased.
    • Reviewer is aware that he lacks sufficient scientific background to perform a substantive review of the manuscript.
  5. Time
    • Reviewer should reply the invitation email indicating his acceptance or refusal for review within 5 days and finish the review process within 15 days of receiving email.
    • This will prevent unnecessary delay in review process.
  6. Confidentiality
    • Reviewer should keep the manuscript and its contents confidential, both while doing the review and afterwards.
    • Review documentation should be stored in a secure manner to prevent unauthorized access. When it is no longer required, it must be destroyed.
    • Comments made during the review of an application or conclusions must never be discussed or disclosed with individuals not involved in the review process.
  7. Writing the Review
    • The purpose of the review is to provide the editor with an expert opinion regarding the quality of the manuscript under consideration, and should also supply authors with explicit feedback on how to improve their papers so that they will be acceptable for publication.
    • For maintaining complete transparency, there should not be confidential comments for the editors. Reviewers should assume that all the comments they make may be relayed to the authors.
    • We encourage reviewers to go through the reviewer’s guideline and mark their comments and suggestions in the manuscript as part of their review. The manuscript file will be activated to track changes. Reviewers have to upload the file as part of their review. Please remember to anonymize your comments.
    • Editing reviewers’ reports
      - The focal editor does not edit any comments made by reviewers unless the language is deemed inappropriate or the comments contain information considered confidential.
  8. Focal editor issues one of the decision based on his own and peer review comments.
    1. “decline submission,”
    2. request for “resubmit for review,”
    3. request for “minor revisions required,” or
    4. “initial acceptance, pending editor approval.”
      - Such manuscript will be reported to the chief editor and will undergo editorial review.
      - Once editors are satisfied that the manuscript is suitable to be published, the Editor-in-chief will issue the final “acceptance letter”.
      - The article then enters the production phase.
  9. Resubmit or revisions
    1. Author(s) who receives resubmit or minor revisions required, has to do so within a month.
    2. There is no guarantee that manuscript will be accepted after that.
    3. Resubmitted manuscript will follow the original submission and will be acted upon by the focal editor with or without the reviewers input. Generally, it will be sent for the original reviewers for their opinion.
    4. Manuscript resubmitted with minor revisions will generally be assessed by the focal editor and will not be sent to the reviewers.
  10. Next correspondence with author(s)
    1. Author will be sent a “copyedit” form of the manuscript by the production team. Author should review and approve the accuracy of contents. Substantial changes are not allowed without the permission of editor-in-chief.
    2. Another final version of the manuscript will be presented to author to review the typographical errors.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Lumbini Medical College is published biannually.

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.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Prof. Dr. Bhagavat Prasad Nepal
Department of Ophthalmology,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Managing Editor

Dr. Anup Acharya
orcid.org/0000-0003-1638-1103

Department of ENT Head and Neck Surgery,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal
anupent@gmail.com

Editors

Dr. Neeraj Thapa
Department of Surgery,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Ms. Parbati Nepal
College of Nursing,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Dr. Mahesh Sharma
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Dr. Shreyashi Aryal
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Dr. Rupesh Sharma
Department of Radiodiagnosis,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Dr. Neeraj Gautam
Department of Medicine,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Dr. Sudeep Regmi
Department of Pathology,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Dr. Naresh Karki
Department of Pharmacology,
Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Subject Editors

Dr. Anup Sharma
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery,
Nepalgunj Medical College, Kohalpur, Nepal

Dr. Bishal KC
Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology,
NAMS, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Dayaram Pokharel
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry,
Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal

Dr. Dev Thapa
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal

Dr. Junu Shrestha
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal

Dr. Nabin Pokharel

Associate Professor, Department of GI Surgery,
NAMS, Bir Hospital, Nepal

Dr. Pankaj Pant
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine,
Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Rima Shrestha
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology and Venereology,
KIST Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr. Rabin Koirala
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery,
Nepal Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prof. Sami Lama

Department of Psychiatric Nursing, BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

Prof. Dr. Sanjit Kumar Kar
Department of Physiology,
Universal College of Medical Sciences, Bhairahawa, Nepal

Dr. Shivendra Jha
Additional Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal

Dr. Tirtha Lal Upadhayaya
Associate Professor, Department of Endocrinology,
Gandaki Medical College, Pokhara, Nepal

Dr. Yagya Pokharel
Family Physician, Patan Academy of Health Sciences,
Patan, Nepal

International Editors

Prof. Dr Ravi Shankar
Department of Clinical Pharmacology
Xavier University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba
Netherlands

Prof. Dr Neeraj N. Mathur
Department of ENT Head and Neck Surgery
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital
New Delhi, India

Editorial Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. B. Bharadwaj
Prof. Dr. Bipin Bihari Rath
Prof. Dr. B.N. Raman
Prof. Dr. K.C. Jain
Prof. Dr. M.M. Singh
Prof. Dr. Nirmala Mishra
Prof. Dr. Nil Raj Sharma
Prof. Dr. Priya P. Lanjekar
Prof. Dr. Ramji Rai
Prof. Dr. S.K. Jain
Prof. Dr. Sushma Pant
Dr. Suresh Pant
Prof. Dr. Y.G. Tambay

PATRONS

Prof. Dr. Vikram Singh Chowhan,
Principal, Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Mr. Gopal Pokharel,
Executive Chairman, Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Mr. Santosh Lal Shrestha,
Executive Director, Lumbini Medical College, Palpa, Nepal

Sources of Support

The Journal of Lumbini Medical College is supported by

Journal History

The journal was first published in June of 2013 as a print only, and has been regularly published. From June of 2016, JLMC has gone online and the editors are busy maintaining the online version of back issues.