Peer Review Process
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery is a peer-reviewed journal and follows double-blind review i.e. both the authors and reviewers are kept unidentified during the review. Every manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers. In case of conflict in the review, a third review can be performed to reach the decision. Editorial team members can also review a manuscript following the double-blind review process. In any case, reviewers must declare a conflict of interest before starting the peer review.
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery will follow the biannual publishing model for initial 1-2 years. The decision to change the publication frequency will be taken later. The electronic version of the issue will be published first on the journal's website before it is sent for printing (Print version).
Issue 1 (Jan-Jun) is published before the 10th of January
Issue 2 (Jul-Dec) is published before the 10th of July.
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.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...
Publications Ethics and Malpractice Statement
These guidelines are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Publishers for publication ethics.
The authors should present an accurate account of the intellectual work along with an objective discussion to describe the significance. The paper should contain pertinent details with support from references, especially from recent literature to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. The authors should not publish manuscripts presenting the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. 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.
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given like publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere, or submitted in some other journal or accepted/ under the review of some other journal at the time of submission. We have a checklist including this statement. Without agreeing with this statement no author can submit their manuscript to our journal.
All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors and those who have participated in certain substantive aspects should be acknowledged. The statement regarding authorship criteria can be seen at ICMJE Authorship Criteria.
The corresponding author should ensure that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and have agreed to its submission to the Journal for its publication.
The authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest and source of funding. The authors should also agree to the double-blind peer review policy of the journal.
In case of significant error or inaccuracy of the published work, the authors promptly notify the Journal editor for retraction or correction of the manuscript.
Finally, authors should know about what plagiarism means and what are the types of plagiarism. We have the policy to subject the paper to a plagiarism check before sending the paper to review. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Wherever a required statement verbatim it should be given in double-quotes with a proper reference.
Peer review is imperative to optimize the standard of the manuscript and also assists in the editorial decision. However, the reviewers should also follow certain guidelines to help implement publication ethics guidelines.
Reviewers should keep all information, provided for review, confidential. The reviewer should not use the authors' report or research for reproducing the same or similar research as it is considered an unethical practice as a review is a privileged responsibility. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism to the author. The reviewers should do justice to the review and comment on originality, usefulness to the scientific fraternity, and any relevant published work missed or ignored by authors to cite properly. The reviewer should also notify the editor if there is personal knowledge of a duplication publication or submission.
Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest, or not related to their area of interest or experience, or they are not in a condition to review at that time.
Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article based on the content and overall quality. Editors should improve the paper based on the authors’ perspective to publish and the readers’ expectations when editing to improve the manuscript. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content and base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity, and relevance to publication's scope and should not decide on a race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. The editors should not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, editorial board, and the publisher.
Editors should have a clear picture of research funding sources. Editors should not disclose the identity of reviewers. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to international ethical guidelines. The editors should avoid any conflict of interest with authors, reviewers, or any third part of interest. Editors should ask other editorial members to handle the manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest.
Editors should act according to COPE’s guidelines if they suspect misconduct in a published or unpublished manuscript and attempts to resolve the problem.
Authors and Reviewers must declare any conflict of interest if any.
The manuscripts submitted from editorial board members or their institutes are handled separately by other editors, and the concerned editor is not involved in the decision making review process.
Consent and Copyrights Issues
By submitting the manuscript, Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication.
By submitting the manuscript, the authors agree that they have taken informed consent from patients/Parents/Caretakers for publication of clinical material belonging to the patient. The consent form must be submitted along with the manuscript.
By submitting the manuscript, the authors also confirm that they have taken permission of copyrighted material from concerned authorities if it is used in the manuscript, however, in that case, the authors have to disclose it to editors during the submission process and a statement must be written as a caption regarding permission of copyrighted material. The permission should be submitted as supplementary material during the submission process.
Journal uses creative commons license (CC-By) which allows re-use of the content for educational purposes by acknowledging author and journal.
At present, the journal is not charging article processing charges (APC) as well as article publishing charges. The policy may be revised next year.
Print Version Subscription Fee
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Surgery in an open-access journal. All the manuscripts published are available on our website, along with the full-texts, without any subscription or cost. However, for the print version, an annual subscription has been started. The readers can subscribe to print copies with RS 1000 (Pak Rupee) per year. Subscriptions are only started for local readers. International readers can contact the editorial office for a subscription to print copies.
The subscribers can submit Rs 1000 to Jazz Cash account # 03014420262 (Title Nasir Shamshad). The receipt of submission can be sent to the WhatsApp no. (03014420262) and email address email@example.com along with subscriber's full name, designation, affiliation, and mailing address. A confirmation email will be sent to the subscribers. The subscribers will receive print copies as per the journal's publication schedule. Please feel free to contact in case of any query at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The journal follows COPE guidelines to address Plagiarism. The editorial office is pursuing to use Ithenticate or Turnitin for the detection of plagiarism however currently Plagiarisma is being used to detect plagiarism. In case, significant plagiarism (>25%) is detected, the authors will be notified and will be asked to explain it. The authors will be given chance to correct in case of small percentage of plagiarism (<25%).