Publication Processes & Peer Review

Pakistan Journal of Neurological surgery is a multidisciplinary, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access, quarterly journal, published in both printed and online versions by Pakistan Society of Neurosurgeons (PSN) and Department of Neurosurgery, Punjab Institute of Neurosciences (PINS), Lahore General Hospital (LGH), Lahore Pakistan.

Submission of Articles in OJS:
Authors are welcome to submit their scholarly work related to all neurological areas and/or some fields of allied health sciences, in the form of original research, review, case report, short report, mini-review, or opinions via. OJS (open journal system) registration and logins. OJS platform has its own article submission, processing, editorial reviewing, and peer-reviewing systems.  Each of the publication steps (submission, editorial evaluations, peer review, revision, galley proofs etc.) is handled via OJS. A manuscript number will be assigned to the submitted article. Authors are required to quote the manuscript number whenever they want to enquire about the manuscript update. Otherwise, OJS will automatically show the status of the manuscript.

Authors Forms and Ethical Approval:
Authors are required to submit the msword copy of the manuscript, all figures in good resolution (300dpi), tables, supplementary information (if required), letter of study/research approval letter from governing institutional ethical review board, proof of APC (article processing charges), author declaration and checklist forms on OJS. Authors are required to carefully read the editorial policies and guidelines. Articles should be aligned with the journal format and style. Only those articles will be processed who will meet the criteria of required authorship and align with the aims and scope of the journal.

Plagiarism Checking:
Every article will be checked for the similarity index (SI) and plagiarism through turnitin software. The reports will be shared with the authors in case of high SI. All articles will be immediately rejected if they found plagiarized.

Editorial Corrections:
 Editorial staff will assess the submitted article for initial general corrections before sending it to the independent peer reviewers. All those points will be initially checked, which are mentioned in the checklist form (see author guidelines section).

Assigned to Editor:
 Initially, the editors will read the submitted manuscripts for the pre-evaluations including potential interest to the global readership. They will judge the article for its strength and suitability. Editors will select the suitable peer reviewers matching topic of the article.

Peer Review (double-blinded) Policy:
 We ensure an unbiased, transparent, and fair review of all articles. Editors can ask to mention the peer reviewers from the authors, but they will not bound to select the potential reviewers mentioned by the authors. Reviewers’ identification will not reveal to the authors. Once editorial corrections will be done, the paper will be processed further to assign the section editor, who will forward the manuscript to the relevant peer review (double-blinded) for the feedback comments for improvements and required corrections.

            We consider a strict compliance with the editorial and peer review revisions. The editor can send the article to more than two peer reviewers. The comments of the review will be communicated to the authors through the OJS platform. Authors are required to submit the revised version through OJS as well. The revised manuscript will be sent to the reviewer to check if revision is properly incorporated or if any additional changes are required.

After successful revision of the article, the final copy will be sent to the editorial board and editor in chief. Acceptance/rejection of the manuscript will only be decided by the editor in chief. The decision of the editor in chief will be final and will be communicated to the authors.

Response Sheet:
Authors are required to submit the revised manuscript along with the response sheet, where they will write the response(s) to the reviewer’s every query. Authors will submit the revised paper with a tracked-change version of the file. They can also highlight the corrections in different colors of the text. Authors can provide their rebuttal statement in case they do not wish to revise the paper according to the comment(s).

Typeset and Proofs:
After acceptance, authors will receive the PDF typeset proof before publishing. They are required to check their names and affiliations. The minor correction will be possible at this stage, but in the case of major corrections, they may be extra charged. One printed hard copy will be available to the corresponding author.

For Reviewers:
  Peer reviewers are required to fill a review proforma and write some confidential comments to the editor in chief and write some corrections and improvement comments to the authors. Reviewers can suggest minor or major revisions. They are required to upload the review form on OJS. Reviewers are required to keep the confidentiality of the article’s contents and authors’ names. They will not be provided the authors' names and their affiliations. Reviewers will check the article for the study’s significance, validity, key finding, data, methods, statistical analysis, clarity of the text, study design, reference citations, rationale of the study etc. They will rate the article based on the checklist provided to the reviewers. 

Pakistan Journal of Neurological Surgery

Chief Editor
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Anwar Chaudary
Professor (Neurosurgery)-Lahore General Hospital (LGH), Lahore Pakistan
Farooq Hospital, Lahore Pakistan
Editor in Chief- Pakistan Journal of Neurological Surgery (