Authors Guidelines

Overall Criteria

Type of Manuscript

JCMS mandates that authors choose the suitable manuscript type for their paper and adhere to the manuscript type explanations outlined in the JCMS's 'Types of Articles' section, accessible through the 'For Authors' tab on each JCMS journal page. Kindly take careful note of the specified word count restrictions.

Formatting Guidelines

When utilizing Microsoft Word, kindly make use of our provided Word templates. Should you opt to submit your article in LaTeX format, we suggest employing our LaTeX templates. In the case of LaTeX submissions, please ensure that all pertinent manuscript files—such as the .tex file, PDF, and .bib file (if the bibliography is not integrated within the .tex file)—are uploaded. Throughout the collaborative review process, authors are advised to furnish versions with track changes enabled. It's important to note that editors and reviewers have access solely to the PDF rendition of the submitted manuscript.

Length of Manuscript

JCMS promotes adherence to the specified word count parameters outlined on the 'Article Types' page of the respective sections of this journal. The manuscript's length encompasses the primary content, footnotes, and in-text citations, while excluding elements such as the abstract, section headings, captions for figures and tables, funding details, acknowledgments, and references in the bibliography. Kindly denote the word count, along with the tally of figures and tables integrated into your manuscript, on the initial page.

Language and Style

For manuscripts to be considered for publication, JCMS necessitates that submitted works adhere to international English language standards. The standard language style is American English. Should you desire your article to be formatted in British English, kindly indicate this preference on the initial page of your manuscript.  

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  • Integrate a substantial portion of these keywords within the opening two sentences of the abstract.
  • Employ several of the chosen keywords within Level 1 headings.

Manuscript Submission:

To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

  • Submit a typed manuscript with double-spacing, maintaining 1-inch margins.
  • The manuscript's length should be within 10 to 12 pages, excluding references, legends, and tables. Sequential page numbering is required.
  • Employ generic drug names, with trade names optionally provided in parentheses.

Title

The title should be brief, avoiding implied terms and, when feasible, serving as a declaration of the primary outcome or conclusion showcased in the manuscript. Steer clear of using abbreviations within the title.

While imaginative or clever titles are appreciated, they should only be employed if pertinent and kept within reasonable bounds. Reflect on whether a thought-provoking title might inadvertently convey offense or alarm. In exceptional cases, the editorial office reserves the right to reject a title and suggest an alternative. Authors should refrain from:

Creating titles that are purely questions without providing corresponding answers.

Opting for unambitious titles, such as those commencing with 'Towards,' 'A description of,' 'A characterization of,' or 'Preliminary study on.'

Utilizing vague titles, such as those commencing with 'Role of,' 'Link between,' or 'Effect of,' without specifying the particular role, link, or effect.

Incorporating terms that are irrelevant, such as taxonomic affiliations apart from species names.

For Corrigenda, General Commentaries, and Editorials, the manuscript title should follow this format:

'Corrigendum: Title of Original Article'

General Commentaries: 'Commentary: Title of Original Article' 'Response: Commentary: Title of Original Article'

'Editorial: Title of Research Topic'

The running title must not exceed five words in length.

Authors and Affiliations

List all names in a collective manner, utilizing commas to separate them. Furnish precise and accurate author names, as these will be cataloged in official repositories. Affiliations must be linked to the respective author's name through superscript numbers and arranged as follows:

Laboratory, Institute, Department, Organization, City, State abbreviation (for United States, Canada, and Australia only), and Country (without specific address particulars like city zip codes or street names).

For instance: Department of Chemistry, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan.

Correspondence

Identify the corresponding author(s) in the list of authors by affixing an asterisk. Allocate a distinct section to present the precise email address for contacting the corresponding author(s). For instance: Mehr-un-Nisa* [email protected].  If any authors intend to incorporate an updated address, list the current address(es) beneath the correspondence information, using a distinctive superscript symbol that corresponds to the author(s) in the author list.

Abstract

The primary objective of the abstract is to render the general significance and conceptual advancement of the work readily comprehensible to a wide readership. This abstract should be concise, confined to a solitary paragraph, and potentially organized. The use of abbreviations should be minimized, and references, figures, or tables must not be cited. For clinical trial articles, kindly include the distinct identifier and URL of the publicly-accessible website where the trial is registered.

Keywords

For all types of articles, a minimum of five and a maximum of eight keywords are mandatory.

Text

The entire document should be formatted with single spacing and should incorporate page and line numbers to facilitate the review process. Authors are required to compose the manuscript using either Word or LaTeX, as detailed in the provided templates mentioned earlier.

Sections

The manuscript is structured through the use of headings and subheadings. The selection of section headings should align with the specific field of study and the nature of the research. Within your manuscript, you have the option to include up to five levels of headings (e.g., 3.2.2.1.2 Heading Title).

For Original Research articles, it's advisable to arrange your manuscript into the subsequent sections, or their equivalents as appropriate for your field:

Introduction: This section should be succinct and devoid of subheadings.

Materials and Methods: Subdividing this section with subheadings is permissible. It's important to provide comprehensive details, allowing readers to replicate the procedures when combined with cited references. For experiments involving outcomes from research on animals or human subjects, an ethics approval statement should be integrated within this section

Results: This section may be partitioned by subheadings. Footnotes are not to be utilized and should instead be incorporated into the main text.

Discussion: Subdividing this section with subheadings is acceptable. The discussion should encompass the key findings of the study. Delve into any previous research associated with the subject to contextualize the novelty of your discoveries. Address potential limitations and constraints on interpretations, integrate these findings into the present comprehension of the issue to showcase advancements, ponder on potential future research directions, and openly propose theories that could undergo testing in the times to come.

Acknowledgments

This concise passage serves to express gratitude for the support rendered by particular colleagues, institutions, or agencies that have contributed to the authors' endeavors. If the manuscript's content has been previously accessible online, as in a thesis or preprint, this should be acknowledged here, alongside the inclusion of the source within the reference list.

Figure and Table Guidelines

Figure Submission Guidelines

JCMS mandates that figures be submitted individually, maintaining the same sequence as their references in the manuscript. These figures will be automatically integrated at the conclusion of the submitted manuscript. It's essential to mention each figure in the text, following numerical order.

For figures with multiple panels, distinctly label the panels as (A), (B), (C), (D), etc. However, avoid overlaying these labels onto any part of the image, as they will be substituted during typesetting in accordance with our JCMS journal style. Graphs should feature self-explanatory labels (including units) along each axis.

Regarding LaTeX files, incorporate figures within the provided PDF. Upon acceptance, our production office might necessitate high-resolution versions of the figures included in the manuscript, formatted in EPS, JPEG, or TIF/TIFF.

To streamline the process of uploading multiple figures, compile the labeled figures (in the order of appearance in the manuscript) within a zip file and upload this as 'Supplementary Material Presentation.'

Please be aware that figures not adhering to these guidelines could lead to significant delays during the production process.

Figure Captions

Begin each caption with the relevant label, such as 'Figure 1.' Place the captions for figures at the conclusion of the manuscript. For referencing figure panels, employ bold capital letters enclosed in brackets: (A), (B), (C), (D), and so forth.

Guidelines for Image Size and Resolution

When preparing figures, take into account the PDF layout. Each individual figure should not exceed the length of one page, while its width should align with either one column (85 mm) or two columns (180 mm).

All images must possess a resolution of 300 dpi at their final size. Assess the resolution of your figure by magnifying it to 150%. If the image appears blurred, pixelated, or exhibits a jagged appearance, this indicates inadequate resolution.

Ensure that text is legible and of superior quality. The smallest discernible text should be at least eight points in height when viewed at actual dimensions.

Solid lines should remain continuous without breaks. Any lines within the graphic should be no thinner than two points.

Please bear in mind that directly saving a figure as an image file (JPEG, TIF) can drastically impact its resolution. To circumvent this, one alternative is to export the file as a PDF and then convert it into TIFF or EPS formats using graphic software.

Chemical Structures

Generate chemical structures using ChemDraw or a comparable software tool. If employing ChemDraw, kindly utilize our provided ChemDraw template. Should you opt for an alternative software, adhere to the subsequent directives.

Drawing Configurations 

Set the chain angle to 120°, bond spacing to 18% width; maintain a fixed length of 14.4 pt; establish a bold width of 2.0 pt; line width at 0.6 pt; margin width of 1.6 pt; and hash spacing of 2.5 pt. Maintain a scale of 100%. For Atom Label settings: employ Arial font and select a size of 8 pt.

Label each chemical compound with a prominent Arabic numeral in sequential order as they appear in the manuscript text.

Table Specifications and Formatting Guidelines

Incorporate tables at the conclusion of the manuscript in an editable format. If employing a word processor, construct your table within Word. For those using a LaTeX processor, create the table in LaTeX. Ensure that an empty line is present both before and after the table.

Position table captions directly before the corresponding table. Begin captions with the appropriate label, such as 'Table 1.' Utilize a single paragraph format for the caption.

Verify that each table is referenced within the text and in a sequential numerical order.

It's important to note that extensive tables spanning multiple pages cannot be included in the final PDF due to formatting constraints. These tables will be published separately as supplementary material.

Tables that do not adhere to the aforementioned guidelines can result in significant delays during the production process.

Referencing Style: 

APA 6th

Your reference list should be ordered alphabetically by author and then chronologically by year of publication. The APA 6th style requires the references to be indented as illustrated below in the examples. For instances of multiple articles with the same authors and years of publication, please see the complete guide. If you have the DOI for the journal article, you should include it in the reference, otherwise, it is not necessary.

Book

Lumby, J. (2001). Who cares? The changing health care system. Sydney, Australia: Allen & Unwin.

Book Chapter

McKenzie, H., Boughton, M., Hayes, L., & Forsyth, S. (2008). Explaining the complexities and value of nursing practice and knowledge. In I. Morley & M. Crouch (Eds.), Knowledge as value:

Illumination through critical prisms (pp. 209-224). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi.

Journal Article

Boughton, M., & Halliday, L. (2008). A challenge to the menopause stereotype: Young Australian women's reflections of 'being diagnosed' as menopausal. Health & Social Care in the Community, 16(6), 565-572. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2008.00777.x

Webpage With An Author

Welch, N. (2000, February 21). Toward an understanding of the determinants of rural health. Retrieved from http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/welch.htm

Webpage With No Author

ANCI national competency standards for the registered nurse and the enrolled nurse. (2000). Retrieved from http://www.anci.org.au/competencystandards.htm

Newspaper Article

Bagnall, D. (1998, January 27). Private schools: Why they are out in front. The Bulletin, pp. 12-15.

Government Publication

The Health Targets and Implementation (Health for All) Committee. (1988). Health for all Australians. Canberra, Australia: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Company and Industry Reports

Magner, L. (2016). IBISWorld Industry Report OD5381. Coffee Shops in Australia. Retrieved from IBISWorld database.

Research Thesis

Iqbal, M. (2016). Wastewater treatment. PhD Thesis, University of Agriculture, Faisalabd