Guide For Authors

About the Journal

Bulletin of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Research (BPMR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that provides a platform for national and international researchers to share their latest scientific findings in pharmaceutical and medicinal research. BPMR covers various interdisciplinary fields, such as pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, basic medical sciences, pharmacology, pharmacognosy, and pharmacy practice.

Read the full Aims & Scope of BPMR.

Publication Charges

All submissions to the BPMR are free till December 31, 2023.

Learn more about Submission & Publication Fees.

Open Access

BPMR follows the fully Gold Open Access model, publishing all articles online that are freely accessible to the public upon publication, without any paywalls or subscription fees. The journal is committed to promoting open access publishing to make research more widely available and to support the advancement of medical knowledge. It also adheres to rigorous standards of peer review and editorial oversight to ensure the quality and integrity of the published research.

Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors adhering to the guide for authors outlined below. Non-compliance with the guidelines may result in the rejection of the submission or a request for corrections from the authors. We only accept electronic Microsoft Word (MS) and PDF files. Please note that BPMR exclusively publishes manuscripts in the English language.

Terms of Submissions

At BPMR, we are committed to providing comprehensive author support throughout the review and publication process. We acknowledge that, despite our efforts, certain responsibilities ultimately rest with the authors themselves. Therefore, by submitting a manuscript to BPMR, the authors attest that they have:

  • Carefully read the Aims & Scope of BPMR to ensure that their manuscript aligns with the journal's scope and objectives;
  • Adhered to the instructions for authors provided by BPMR when preparing and submitting their manuscript;
  • Taken full responsibility for the accuracy, integrity, and ethical considerations of their research;
  • Familiarized themselves with BPMR's editorial policies and complied with them;
  • Approved the content of the final submitted manuscript;
  • Not previously published or submitted the same research elsewhere and that the manuscript is only being considered by BPMR;
  • Obtained all necessary institutional approvals (if applicable) for their research.

Article Types

BPMR considers the following types of articles:

Articles

Articles should present the original research study's results and contain between 2,500 and 4,500 words, excluding the abstract and references. The abstract should be written in a single paragraph (unstructured) and not exceed 300 words, following the pattern of a structured abstract (including background and objectives, methods, results, and conclusions). To avoid data fragmentation, authors should not split the results of a single original study into multiple manuscripts. Typically, articles include the following sections chronologically: abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions.

Reviews

Reviews are expected to offer a brief and accurate summary of published literature and the most recent developments in a specific research area that falls under the BPMR scope. Reviews must not exceed 5,000 words and should be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 300 words.

Case Reports

Case reports should provide a detailed description of interesting or unusual cases to inform the research community about the likelihood of a similar phenomenon occurring in the future. They typically describe current or rare conditions and may help to improve healthcare or highlight new diagnostic approaches. Case reports should not exceed 1,500 words, and the abstract (also known as extract) should not exceed 150 words. The number of references should be kept to a minimum.

Case Studies

Case studies are accounts of real-life experiences and interventions within organizations, which can be subjective and may not contribute to original research. The specifications for case studies are the same as those for case reports, with a maximum length of 1,500 words and an extract of no more than 150 words. The number of references should be kept to a minimum.

Viewpoints

Viewpoints (also known as commentaries) should provide the author's opinion and interpretation of content related to techniques, practices, or clinical science. They should be no more than 1,500 words and include a brief summary of no more than 150 words, highlighting the article's key points. The style should be similar to a magazine-style piece of writing.

Communications

Communications comprising 1,500 words describe new results that do not qualify as full-length articles but may extend previously published research. The specifications for communications are the same as for articles.

Letters

Letters should be no longer than 800 words and provide commentary on published articles in the BPMR or other journals. The extract of letters should not exceed 100 words, and the number of references should be kept to a minimum. Letters are subject to peer review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Editorials

Editorials are commissioned, but unsolicited submissions are also welcome. In the latter case, authors are advised to contact Editorial Office ([email protected]) before preparing the editorial. The length of the editorial should not exceed 800 words, accompanied by an extract of not more than 100 words. There is no restriction on the number of references, but they should be kept to a minimum.

Manuscript Preparation

This section contains guidelines to help you get started with the preparation of your manuscript:

File Format

Only electronic files in MS Word format are accepted. PDF files alone are not acceptable at the time of submission.

Font

Authors should use a serif typeface font, such as Times New Roman, in size 12, with 1.5-line spacing.

Margin

Normal margins should be used, with at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) on each side of the document.

Word count

The length of all article types may vary, and authors should refer to the specifications for each respective article type.

Manuscript Title

The title of the manuscript should be concise and clearly convey the content of the article.

Author's Information and Acknowledgements

The names of all the authors who have significantly contributed to the manuscript should be provided in the order in which authors would like them to publish. The following details are mandatory for each author:

  • Author Name
  • Email Address, preferably institutional email
  • Affiliation

We act in compliance with the standards defined by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and fully support the transparent application of ethical standards on published work. Those individuals who have not contributed to the scholarly work but supported the authors in some way and those who do not want to be associated with the work should not be featured in the list of authors but in the acknowledgements section. All authors must verify their contributions to the manuscript. Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for understanding the authorship and contributors' criteria.

Biographies (optional)

Authors may include a brief professional biography of no more than 100 words in a separate MS Word file. This is optional but encouraged.

Research Funding

All manuscripts submitted to BPMR must disclose any funding sources describing the funders' role in the research process.

Conflict of Interest

BPMR requires authors to include a statement of conflicts of interest on the title page of their manuscript. This statement should declare any financial or non-financial competing interests related to the work presented in the manuscript. If authors have no potential conflicts of interest, they should include the following statement:

Conflict of Interest: The author(s) declare(s) no conflicts of interest.

Availability of Data

Authors must provide a statement in the manuscript regarding the availability of data. If authors choose not to share their data, they must provide a reason for not doing so (see Editorial Policy for Data Sharing).

Abstract or Extract

The abstract should be written in an unstructured format following the pattern of structured abstract (background & objectives, methods, results, and conclusions). All types of articles may require a different length of abstract or extract (a condensed form of an abstract), and authors should refer to the specifications of the respective article type.

Graphical Abstracts (optional)

Logixs Journals invites authors to provide a graphical abstract to accompany their article. A graphical abstract is a concise visual summary of the main findings of the article. It can be either a concluding figure from the article or a figure designed specifically for this purpose. Including a graphical abstract can help readers quickly understand the article's content. Please note that the graphical abstract will only appear in the HTML version of the article. Upon acceptance of the article, authors will receive specific instructions on how to create the graphical abstract.

Keywords

Authors should provide up to seven keywords that best describe the central theme of the manuscript. These keywords will aid in indexing the article and improving its discoverability. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, some keywords may be replaced with more appropriate terms to ensure consistency with global publications.

Headings

Authors should use concise headings. We accept maximum fourth-level headings following the below-mentioned format:

  • The first-level heading should be in bold.
  • The second-level heading should be in bold italics.
  • The third-level heading should be in italics.
  • The fourth-level heading should be italicized at the beginning of the paragraph, immediately followed by the colon (:).

Footnotes

Manuscripts submitted to BPMR should not contain footnotes. Instead, authors are advised to incorporate any additional information or explanatory text into the main body of their article. However, footnotes are allowed for tables.

Figures

Authors should insert all figures in the main text close to their first citation when submitting their manuscript. Each figure must have a concise caption and be numbered using Arabic numerals in consecutive order (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2). The figures must also be appropriately cited in the manuscript's main text. Both greyscale and high-resolution color figures are acceptable, provided that the text and numbers are legible. Authors should be prepared to provide figures in one of the acceptable formats (JPEG, TIFF, GIF, AI, XLS, XLSX, DOC, or DOCX), and we may request that figures be submitted in a specific format.

Tables

Tables should be incorporated within the main body of the manuscript and submitted in an editable format rather than as an image. Each table should be numbered consecutively using Roman numerals and accompanied by a brief but descriptive title (e.g., Table I: Summary of Results). The table number and title should be placed above the table, and the table should be cited in the relevant text of the manuscript. Any notes related to the table should be placed at the end of the table, and superscripts and asterisks should be used to link them to the relevant information in the table. Tables should provide new information and not simply duplicate information already presented in the text.

References

BPMR adopts the Vancouver style for citing and referencing. Authors must ensure that every reference cited in the text is included in the reference list and vice versa and that all citations are accurate, complete, and consistent. In-text citations should be indicated by Arabic numerals in square brackets, such as "[3]" or "[6, 7]", and should be numbered sequentially starting from the first citation. References should also be numbered in square brackets in the list at the end of the manuscript in the order they appear in the text. The abstract should not include any references. Please use the following examples to format your references.

For Journals (print or online)

  • Author AA Author BB, Author CC. Title of article. Abbreviated title of the journal. Year of publication;volume number(issue number):page numbers.
  • Khaliq IH, Mahmood HZ, Akhter N, Sarfraz MD, Asim K, Gondal KM. Comparison of two public sector tertiary care hospitals' management in reducing direct medical cost burden on breast carcinoma patients in Lahore, Pakistan. J BUON. 2018;23(1):143-9.

In case of the article contains more than six (06) authors, the sixth author must be followed by et al. Online articles having a date of issue (DOI) must be mentioned at the end of references.

  • Khaliq IH, Khaliq FH, Abdullah Y, Mahmood HZ, Sarfraz MD, Ahmad S, et al. Students' perceptions of the role of pharmacists in the healthcare system in Lahore, Pakistan. Trop J Pharm Res. 2018;17(4):687-93. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/tjpr.v17i4.18

For Books (print or online)

  • Author AA. Title of book. # edition [if not first]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Year of publication. Pagination.
  • Carlson BM. Human embryology and developmental biology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2009. 541 p.

For Book Chapters (from edited print or e-book)

  • Author AA, Author BB. Title of chapter. In: Editor AA, Editor BB, editors. Title of book. # edition. Place of Publication: Publisher; Year of publication. p. [page numbers of chapter].
  • Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, editors. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976. p. 165-78.

For Websites

  • Name of the Organisation. Title of the page. Date of Year of Publication  [cited Day (DD) Month (in full) Year (YYYY)]. Available from: URL.
  • United Nations Children's Fund. UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women. 2019 [cited 08 August 2022]. Available from: https://data.unicef.org/topic/education/literacy/.

For further details, the authors should refer to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals and also view Samples of Formatted References.

Title Page

The information contained on the title page of the manuscript will be kept separate from the manuscript during the peer-review process and will not be shared with the reviewers. The title page should include the manuscript title, the names and affiliations of all authors, a complete address for the corresponding author (including an email address), acknowledgments, a conflict of interest statement, an availability of data statement, author contributions, and funding source.

Anonymized Manuscript

BPMR follows a double-anonymized peer review policy (also known as double-blind peer review) and ensures the confidentiality of author and reviewer identities throughout the review process. To prepare a manuscript for double-anonymized peer review, authors must take into account the following points to ensure that their identity remains unidentifiable:

  • Remove authors' names, affiliations, acknowledgments, funding sources, data availability statements, and biographies from the manuscript.
  • Use the third person to refer to any work the authors have previously published.
  • Use an anonymized statement to describe any conflicts of interest, if present.
  • Ensure that figures and tables do not contain any reference to author affiliations.
  • The trial registration number and date are anonymized.
  • Carefully select file names and ensure that file properties are anonymized. If using Microsoft Office 2007 or later, the Document Inspector Tool may be used prior to submission.
  • Avoid inadvertently uploading identifying information within any of the files shared with reviewers. Please note that all file types, except for the title page and cover letter, are typically included in the version of the manuscript shared with reviewers.

Units of Measurement

Authors should use simplified units of measurement by using the International System of Units (SI).

Reporting Guidelines

We require authors to adopt appropriate reporting guidelines while preparing manuscripts for the BPMR to ensure the maximization of transparency and reproducibility. We particularly encourage the use of the following reporting guidelines:

AGREE Clinical Practice Guidelines
ARRIVE Animal Experiments
CARE Case Reports
CHEERS Economics Evaluations
CONSORT Randomized Controlled Trials
PRISMA Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses
 SQUIRE Quality Improvement Studies 
 STARD  Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
SRQR Qualitative Studies
STREGA Genetic Association Studies
STROBE Observational Studies
TREND Non-Randomized Trials

AI Use Disclosure

Generative AI is not an author. If you have used generative AI or AI-assisted technology while creating your manuscript, it is essential to acknowledge this. Please include the following statement just before the references section at the end of your manuscript:

“During the preparation of this work, the author(s) employed [Name of Assistive Technology] to enhance language quality and readability. After utilizing this assistive technology, the author(s) thoroughly reviewed and edited the content as necessary, assuming full responsibility for the accuracy, scholarly integrity, and ethical soundness of the publication.".

Submit Manuscript

Authors must use the online submission system, e-Manuscript Manager (eMM), provided by Logixs Journals, to submit their manuscript.

Note: We apologize for any inconvenience caused, as we are currently upgrading our eMM System to enhance users' experience. The system will remain unavailable until further notice. During this period, we request authors to submit their manuscripts via email to the journal's editorial office at [email protected].

The manuscript should be submitted in two separate files:

  • The title page, which should include the authors' details, complete address, telephone, and email address of corresponding author.
  • An anonymized manuscript with no author information.

The corresponding author must also sign the License Agreement for all contributing authors, which must be submitted with the manuscript.

For author support, contact: [email protected]