Instruction to Authors

Peer-review Process: Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical Sciences (J Toxicol Pharmaceut Sci) is a peer reviewed journal that publishes full length papers, systemic reviews, short communications, research notes/case report,  full length reviews and mini-review articles advancing knowledge in the field of toxicological and pharmaceutical sciences. It is published Bi-annually by Nexus Science Forum, Pakistan. 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 by the Editorial Office, manuscripts are reviewed by independent and anonymous expert referees.

Publishing Ethics & Disclosures: The manuscripts submitted for publication must be original, written in English and not being considered for publication elsewhere. In an event of misconduct, the editor shall deal with allegation appropriately. It is journal policy to publish correction, clarification and retraction when needed.

  • The journal is dedicated to publishing content with the maximum level of integrity.
  • This journal has a Conflict of Interest policy in place and follows international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for research involving humans and/or animals, as well as informed consent.
  • According to ethical policy of our journal, plagiarism/self-plagiarism will not be tolerated. All papers are checked for plagiarism using software that compares the manuscript’s content to a large database of scholarly publications.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors: This journal is dedicated to maintaining the scientific record’s integrity.
Authors should avoid misrepresenting study results, since this might harm the journal’s reputation, scientific authorship’s professionalism, and, eventually, the entire scientific endeavor. Following are the standards of good scientific practice:

  • The paper should not be sent to more than one journal at the same time for review.
  • The submitted work should be original and should not have been published elsewhere.
  • Authors should make sure they have permissions for the use of software, questionnaires/ (web) surveys and scales in their studies (if appropriate).
  • Research articles and non-research articles (e.g. Opinion, Review, and Commentary articles) must cite appropriate and relevant literature in support of the claims made. Excessive and inappropriate self-citation or coordinated efforts among several authors to collectively self-cite is strongly discouraged.
  • Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process.
  • All authors have significantly contributed to the research.
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  • All authors are obliged to provide list of references and financial support.

Scope: Papers are welcome 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 editor@jtps.com.pk. Upon receipt, the manuscripts are allocated an identification number and reviewed initially by the Editorial Board, and if found suitable then sent out for peer-review. The manuscripts not according to journal format are returned to authors.

Manuscript Handling Charges: No manuscript submission or handling fee is charged. It is absolutely free to publish in JTPS.

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 mentioned 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 exceeding 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 manuscript that should be brief and relevant.

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

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.

Authors’ Contributions: The individual contributions of authors in publishing the manuscript must be specified in this section. This will help to give appropriate credit to each author of the paper according to his/her specific contribution.

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 the 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.

Subscription: JTPS is an open access journal which is published online only.

Publishing Schedule: Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical Sciences (J Toxicol Pharmaceut Sci) is a bi-annual journal that publishes in June and December.

Guidelines for retracting or correcting articles: Journal of Toxicological & Pharmaceutical Sciences (J Toxicol Pharmaceut Sci) follows Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines for retraction or correction articles when needed.
This journal is always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

 Copyright and Access: 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.