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Philosophy of Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS)

For more information, please see Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS) Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS) provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Guidelines

Contributions to PJNS are welcome in the following categories:

Reviews: – These are authoritative, evidence-based articles on topical subjects. Submission in this category is generally by invitation; however, unsolicited manuscripts are also welcome. Authors are encouraged to discuss an outline of their idea with the relevant editor in their specialty. No abstract needed. Word length 2,000-3,000; up to 20 references.

Original Papers: – These are articles describing original research that holds some relevance to the nervous system. Manuscript should be organized into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. A structured abstract (Background, Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions) of up to 250 words is required. Word length 4,000 max.; up to 25 references.

Issues in Clinical Practice: – These are short papers providing discussion and analysis on practical issues relevant to contemporary clinical practice. Word length 1,000-1,500; up to 10 references.

Issues in Basic Neuroscience: – These are short papers providing informative review and commentary on topics in any aspect of basic neuroscience including systems neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, developmental neuroscience, neuro-pharmacology, and computational neuroscience. Word length 1,000-1,500 words; up to 10 references.

Frontiers of Technology: – These are introductory notes describing cutting-edge technologies relevant to any aspect of neuroscience – basic, clinical, or applied – in a manner accessible to non-specialists. Word length 1,000-1,500 words; up to 10 references.

Neuro-Images: – These are visual displays of interesting material relevant to clinical or basic neuroscience. Typical content in this category includes neuro-radiologic images, electrophysiologic tracings, intraoperative photographs, and clinical photographs, as well as photo-micrographs or other visually eloquent display of neuroscientific data. A caption of up to 100 words is required with each image. Up to 3 references may be included.

Case Discussions: – These are case reports illustrating any novel or interesting aspect in diagnosis or management of neurological, neurosurgical or psychiatric illness. Word length 1,500 words; up to 10 references.

Perspectives: – These are articles based on personal viewpoints articulated through opinion, debate or controversy. Topics should be of broad interest. Word length 1,000 words; up to 5 references.

Book Reviews: – These are critical appraisals of books that would hold interest for professionals in any neuroscience field. Submission in this category is generally by invitation; however, unsolicited manuscripts are also welcome. Word length 500 words.

Letters to the Editor: – These include correspondence related to material published in PJNS, as well short scientific or clinical communications. Word length 400 words; up to 3 references.

All authors are referred to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (N Engl J Med 1997;336:309-15) for style, format and layout. It is assumed that submitted manuscripts will not be under review elsewhere. Only individuals making substantial contribution to the content of a paper should be included as authors. Generic drug names and SI units (except for blood pressure in mmHg and hemoglobin in g/dL) should be used throughout. All submissions (except Letters to the Editor) should be accompanied by a brief covering note explaining why the paper is suitable for PJNS and identifying the appropriate editor for the work. In addition, all submissions (except Letters to the Editor) should begin with a title page including title of the paper, list of authors’ names, institutional or organizational affiliation, and contact information for the corresponding author.

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Formatting Requirements

Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS) has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and eCommons@AKU

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to eCommons@AKU all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of eCommons@AKU, requires credit to eCommons@AKU as copyright holder (e.g., eCommons@AKU © 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from eCommons@AKU provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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Users of the eCommons@AKU website and/or software agree not to misuse the eCommons@AKU service or software in any way.

The failure of eCommons@AKU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between eCommons@AKU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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