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 JPAD does not accept articles already published on pre-print websites due to copyright transfer upon submission.


The JPAD agrees to accept manuscripts prepared in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscript Submission to the Biomedical Journals” approved by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE). The manuscript should be submitted online by visiting JPAD website. Emailed articles are not accepted. Manuscripts should bear the title of the paper, name and address of each author, together with the name of the hospital, laboratory or institution where the work has been carried out. The name and full address of corresponding author along with phone number should be given on the first page. Pages should be numbered. Authors should keep a copy of the manuscript.

The editor reserves the right to make corrections, both literary and technical, to the papers. Papers received are supposed to have been submitted exclusively to the Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists and all authors must give a signed consent to publication in a letter sent with the manuscript. Authorship implies a significant contribution. In case of clinical trials, the names of pharmaceutical sponsors should be mentioned.

Types of articles

JPAD welcomes original and review articles, case reports, quizzes, items of correspondence etc. addressing any aspect of dermatology. The original article should be of about 2000 words, with no more than 6 tables or illustrations. Letters should not normally exceed 400 words and have more than 10 references.

Parts of the paper

The manuscript should be prepared as below.

Title: In addition to the full title of the paper, a short version not more than 50 characters, for a running head, be provided.

Author(s) details: Name(s) of the author(s) should be given as initial(s) followed by surnames, and should be clearly linked to the respective addresses by the use of symbols e.g. *, †,‡ etc.

Abstract: All articles other than correspondence should have an abstract. The original articles should have a structured abstract comprising of 4 subheadings: background, methods, results and conclusions. Key words £ 5 should be provided to aid indexing.

Main text: The main text should appear in the following sequence: introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, tables and legends for illustrations. Each section should begin on a new page. Generic names of the drugs should be used. Full names with abbreviations must be used given with the first mention, thereafter the abbreviation will be used. Abbreviations should be used for unwieldy names or where the names occur frequently. For all quantitative measurements the International System of Units (SI) should be used.


Only papers closely relevant to the author’s work should be referred to. References should be in the Vancouver style i.e. references should be written as unbracketed superscript numbers in the order in which they appear in the text e.g. ‘our previous reports1 and that of Cohen et al.2…..’. At the end of the article, references should give the name(s) and initials of author(s). If there are more than six authors, include the first six authors followed by et al., title of paper, title of the journal abbreviated in the standard manner (as published in the Index Medicus), year of publication, volume number, and first and final numbers of the article, e.g. Grattan C, Powell S, Humphreys F. Management and diagnostic guidelines for urticaria and angio-oedema. Br J Dermatol 2001; 144: 708-14.  References to books should give the name(s) followed by initials of author(s) or editor(s), chapter (if relevant), book title, edition, place, publisher, year, and pages referred to e.g. Friedman WF, Child JS. Congenital heart disease in the adult. In: Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isselbacher KJ et al., editors. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th edn. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1998. p. 1300-9.


There should be as few tables as possible and these should include only essential data. These should be printed on separate sheets and should be given Arabic numbers. No horizontal or vertical rules should be used. Avoid wordy, over-full tables. Legends should be provided.


Three sets of illustrations should be sent with each manuscript. Illustrations should be referred to in the text as ‘Figures’ and be given Arabic numbers. Each figure should be marked on the back with the name of the author(s), the title of the paper and the reference number used in the text. Orientation of the illustration should be indicated by marking the top with arrow. Photographs should be unmarked glossy prints. Diagrams should be on separate sheets and a legend should be provided for each illustration.


Page proofs will be emailed, without the original manuscript, to the corresponding author for proof correction and should be returned to the editor within three days. Major alterations from the text cannot be accepted. Any alterations should be marked, preferably in red.



The processing fee for the manuscript is as follows:

Original article: For local authors within Pakistan; the article processing charges (APC) is Rs.10,000 and for authors from other countries is US $100/-

Review article/ Case report/ Editorial/ Surgical Commentary/ Clinical Audit/ Short Communications/ PhotoDermDiagnosis/ Biostatistics/Others: For local authors within Pakistan; the APC is Rs.5,000 and for authors from other countries is US $50/-

Authors have to deposit the APC when the JPAD office will communicate the author regarding the acceptance of the manuscript.

Account details:

Bank name:  Habib Bank Ltd.
IBAN#/ Account#:  PK15HABB0000650060155001
Title: Pakistan Association of Dermatologists
Postal Code: 75510

IMPORTANT: Please mention purpose to transfer money as:  Research # XXXX publication fee.

Where XXXX is your 4 digit tracking ID.

The publication fee is non refundable.

After transferring/deposit of processing charges, please share screenshot/picture of the receipt at and whatsapp at +923442445596 (PAD Office Karachi).


All content featured in the Journal of Pakistan Association of Dermatologists is openly available to the public. The final article version freely accessible on the JPAD website without subscription fees. Authors retain the right to share their published content, with due credit to JPAD. Authors cover "article processing charges" for publication after double-blind peer review. Over 100 copies are distributed to various public and private institutions nationwide.