Instruction to Authors

Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical Sciences (J Toxicol Pharmaceut Sci) is a peer reviewed journal that publishes full length papers, short communications, research notes/case report,  full length reviews and mini-review articles advancing knowledge in the field of toxicological and pharmaceutical sciences. All submitted manuscripts are subjected to initial appraisal by the Editor in understanding that they are original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Upon preliminary evaluation and checking for plagiarism and format by the Editorial Office, manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by independent and anonymous expert referees.

Ethics for Publication: The manuscripts submitted for publication must be original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscript should be free from plagiarism. As a publishing policy of the journal, all the manuscripts are checked for plagiarism before reviewing process. Its authors’ responsibility to prepare a paper according to the layout and style of the journal.

Scope: Papers are welcomed from all areas of toxicological and pharmaceutical sciences including Medical toxicology; Veterinary toxicology; Plant toxicology; Aquatic toxicology; Insect toxicology; Pesticide toxicology; Genotoxicology; Toxicokinetics; Nanotoxicology; Drug toxicology; Chemical toxicology; Environmental toxicology;  Detoxification; Bio-pharmaceutics; Pharmaceutical biotechnology; Pharmaceutical nanotechnology; Pharmaceutical formulation; Pharmaceutical analysis; Pharmaceutical polymers; Novel drug delivery; Drug targeting; Drug devices; Drug metabolism; Microencapsulation; Clinical pharmacology; Safety pharmacology; Pharmacognosy; Pharmacokinetics; Pharmacoeconomics; Pharmacodynamics; Natural product research; etc.

Manuscript submission: Authors should ensure that papers conform to the scope of the journal and submit manuscript to editor at Upon receipt, the manuscripts are allocated an identification number and reviewed initially by the Editorial Board, and if found suitable is sent out for review. The manuscripts not on the format are returned to authors.

Preparation of Manuscript: Manuscript must be written in English on one side of A4 page, double spaced, with 1 inch margin on each side and paginated at the bottom of each page using MS Word. Manuscript should be prepared with utmost conciseness under classified headings such as Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Declaration of interest, Acknowledgments, and References.

Original full length article: It must not exceed 6000 words with significant experimental or theoretical work, authors are asked to write their manuscripts in a clear and concise manner and to only include the data crucial for arriving at final conclusion.

Short Communications: These are preliminary reports limited to approximately 2,500 words (including tables, figures and references). They must be of sufficient importance and general interest to justify accelerated publication.

Research notes/Case reports: These should contain an Abstract of about 150 words and not exceed about 2000 words. It may include Introduction, History, Clinical Examination and Postmortem Findings of the case if applicable, Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis, Treatment adopted, Discussion and References, Tables and Figures.

Reviews and mini-reviews: These must address subjects related to toxicological and pharmaceutical sciences. These articles must digest at least 70 articles published on the subject matter. An abstract not exceeding 300 words be provided. These articles must contain an introduction, text with appropriate headings and a conclusion section. Introduction should elucidate the importance of the subject; the text should be comprehensive and meticulous. Review article must not exceed 8000 words including references and be supported with the original published studies.

The manuscript should be in the following format:

Title page includes: The title page must be formatted as follow;

Manuscript type: Original Research Article/Short communication/case report/Review article

Title: Complete title of your manuscript that should be brief and relevant.

Authors and affiliations: Full names of the contributors along with their affiliation.

Address for correspondence: E-mail address of the corresponding authors must be given.

Running Title: Should not be more than 60 characters.

Second and subsequent pages: The second and subsequent pages must be formatted as follow;

Abstract: The abstract should be concise containing the objectives, methodology, main results and conclusions. It should not exceed 300 words.

Keywords: Appropriate four to six key words must be provided.

Introduction: It should be concise, to the point, and must explain clearly the objectives of the study by giving essential background in context to relevant literature.

Materials and Methods: It must explicitly describe the materials used, the analytical techniques followed and procedures employed for the data analysis. When using standard method, provide complete reference. Experimental design (if applicable) and statistical techniques employed for data analysis must be mentioned clearly. In vitro studies must be conducted in accordance with the animal welfare laws of the country. Ethical consent must also be taken where humans involve in the study.

Results: Result should be clear and concise. Repetition of the results in different form such as in tabulation or graphics is discouraged. Do not provide tables and figures in the text but include at the end of the manuscript after references.

Discussion: Summarize the findings without repeating in detail the data in results section. Relate your observations to important relevant studies; point out the implications of the results and their limitations.

Conclusion: It should be brief and reflect the essence of the work.

Disclosure statement: Each manuscript must include disclosure statement before references.

Acknowledgement: If any, should be as brief as possible. In general, strive for a clear straightforward style that shapes up only from an imaginative use of precise, intelligible language.

References: References in text should be cited in following style; Author name(s) and dates (Raza, 2015; Raza & Muhammad, 2014); If more than two authors the first author should be given followed by et al. (Muhamad et al., 2013). In the text two or more references should be placed in chronological order (James, 1999; Hess, 2002). If more than one reference by the same author(s) published in the same year are cited, they should be distinguished from each other by placing a, b, etc. after the year. References at the end of paper should be alphabetically arranged. Names of all authors should be included. References should be set as follows:

Journal reference: Journal references must be in following format:

  • Muhammad F 2016. Beta-glucans as antibacterial polysaccharides. Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical sciences, 5, 45-57.
  • Muhammad F and Raza A 2016. Beta-glucans as antibacterial polysaccharides. Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical sciences, 5, 45-57.
  • Muhammad F, Anwar MI, Akhtar B and Raza A 2016. Beta-glucans as antibacterial polysaccharides. Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical sciences, 5, 45-57.

Book/edited book/chapter in book reference: References must be in following format:

  • Book: Kenakin TP 1987. Pharmacologic analysis of drug-receptor interaction. Raven Press: New York, USA.
  • Chapter in a book: Muhammad F and Riviere JE 2006. In vivo Models, In: Dermal Absorption Models in Toxicology and Pharmacology, Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, London, 49-70.
  • Edited books: Rall TW and Schleifer LS, 1985. Drugs effective in the therapy of the epilepsies. In: Gilman AG, Goodman LS, Rall TW, Murad F editors. The pharmacological basis of therapeutics, 7th Macmillan Publishing Co, New York, 446-472.

Proceedings: References must be in following format:

  • Iftikhar I, Javed I, Aslam B, Khaliq T, Majeed W and Raza A 2016. Nephroprotective effect of leaves of Aloe barbadensis against toxicity induced by diclofenac sodium. May 13-15, 3rd National Computational Science Conference. Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Abbreviations and Units: Use of abbreviations should be minimized. Abbreviations are not allowed in the title, running head, or key words. Do not begin a sentence with an abbreviation. Do not abbreviate units of measures that are not preceded by a number. The international Systems of Units (SI) and metric units should be used.

Tables: Each table must be typewritten on separate sheet and Arabic numbered according to its sequence in the text and arranged at the end of text. All numbered tables must be referred to in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Table should be few in number, carefully designed, uncrowded containing only essential data. Keep column headings and descriptive matter brief.

Figures and illustrations: Soft copy of all figures and illustrations (at least 300 dpi)/graphs prepared in Excel program be provided so that quality or size be adjusted. Figures provided as electronic files should be saved in JPEG/TIF format. Captions should describe the contents so that each illustration is understandable. Figures must not be embedded in the manuscript text but arranged at the end of the text.

Chemical structures: Structures should be produced with the use of a drawing program. Files should be saved in TIFF format to allow use of electronic files in production. The chemical names for drugs should be used. Trade names and laboratory codes should not be used except as additional information.

Copyright policy: The copyright of manuscripts accepted for publication belongs to JTPS. All contributions are subjected to editorial revision. Editorial Board/Editor’s decision regarding manuscript acceptance/rejection will be final and can’t be challenged anywhere.

Proofs: Upon satisfactory revision and acceptance, the manuscripts are typeset. Proofs will be sent to authors for correction via E-mail, which should be returned within 72 hours. Only minor corrections/changes at this stage are possible.

Reprints: A web link will be provided to access the published paper. Reprints will not be provided, if it is deemed necessary to have reprints, authors have to place order well in time on extra payment.