Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Philippine Journal of Pathology (PJP) is an open-access, peer-reviewed, English language, medical science journal published by the Philippine Society of Pathologists, Inc. Committee on Publications. It shall serve as the official platform for publication of high quality original articles, case reports or series, feature articles, and editorials covering topics on clinical and anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine and medical technology, diagnostics, laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, as well as laboratory quality assurance.

The journal's primary target audience are laboratorians, diagnosticians, laboratory managers, pathologists, medical technologists, and all other medical and scientific disciplines interfacing with the laboratory.

IMPORTANT: PJP does NOT charge any Article Processing or Submission Fees from authors. It likewise does not charge any Subscription Fees or Download Fees to access scholarly content.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Recognized leaders in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine may be invited by the Editor-in-Chief/Editorial Board to present their scientific opinion and views of a particular topic within the context of an issue theme or issues on scholarly publication. No abstract or keywords necessary.

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Feature Articles

The PJP may feature articles, either as part of an issue theme or a special topic on pathology by a local or international expert or authority. The abstract should be from 50 to 75 words and should not be structured. A manuscript for feature articles should not exceed 25 typewritten pages (including tables, figures, illustrations and maxium of 30 references) or 6000 words.

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Original Articles

Original articles include but are not limited to clinical trials, comparative studies, meta-analyses, observational studies. Manuscripts submitted under this section must have been reviewed and approved by an ethical review board that is explicitly stated in the methodology.

The abstract should contain no more than 200 words with a structured format consisting of the objective/s, methodology, results and conclusion. A manuscript for original articles should not exceed 25 typewritten pages (including tables, figures, illustrations and maximum of 30 references) or 6000 words.

You may download the PJP template for Original Research to guide you.

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Reviews

Review articles, both solicited and unsolicited, provide information on the “state of the art.” PJP reviews not only summarize current understanding of a particular topic but also critically appraise relevant literature and data sources, describe significant gaps in the research, and future directions. The abstract should be from 50 to 75 words and should not be structured. A manuscript for reviews should not exceed 15 typewritten pages (including tables, figures, illustrations and maximum of 50 references) or 4000 words.

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Case Reports

This type of article pertains to single or multiple reports of well-characterized cases that are highly unusual, novel, or rare; or with a unique or variant presentation, evolution or course; or that represent an unexpected or uncommon association of two or more diseases or disorders that may represent a previously unsuspected causal relationship; or that are underreported in the literature. The abstract should be from 50 to 75 words and should not be structured. A manuscript for case reports should not exceed 10 typewritten pages (including tables, figures, illustrations and maximum of 15 references) or 3000 words.

You may download the PJP template for Case Report to guide you.

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Autopsy Vault

The PJP highly welcomes articles on autopsy protocols of cases. The article must include a summary presentation of the history, evaluation and work-up, clinical course of a case, followed by the autopsy procedure performed, gross and microscopic findings, discussion, learning points and conclusion.  The PJP recognizes the instructional and educational value of articles under this section. The abstract should be from 50 to 75 words and should not be structured. A manuscript for the Autopsy Vault should not exceed 25 typewritten pages (including tables, figures, illustrations and maximum of 30 references) or 6000 words.

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Brief Communications

Brief Communications are short reports intended to either extend or expound on previously published research or present new and significant findings which may have a major impact in current practice. If the former, authors must acknowledge and cite the research which they are building upon. The abstract should be from 50 to 75 words and should not be structured. A manuscript for brief communications should not exceed 5 typewritten pages (including tables, figures, illustrations and maximum of 10 references) or 1500 words.

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Images in Pathology

Images of unique, interesting, or highly educational cases encountered in hematology, cytology, histopathology, or medical microbiology, may be submitted under this section, and may include photomicrographs, gross pictures, machine read-outs, among others. A brief history, the photograph(s) and short discussion of the case. No abstract is required. A manuscript for Images in Pathology should not exceed 500 words, with maximum of 10 references. This is distinct from the Case Report which is a full write up.

You may download the PJP template for Images in Pathology to guide you.

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Letters to the Editor

PJP welcomes feedback and comments on previously published articles in the form of Letters to the Editor.  No abstract or keywords are necessary. A Letter to the Editor must not exceed 2 typewritten pages or 500 words.

You may download the PJP template for Letter to the Editor to guide you.

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Special Announcements

Special announcements may include upcoming conventions, seminars or conferences relevant to pathology. The Editors shall deliberate and decide on acceptance and publication of special announcements. 

Please coordinate with the Editorial Coordinator for any request for special announcements.

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Diagnostic Perspectives

Editors
  • Amado Tandoc III
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Authors Guidelines

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Others

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Peer Review Process

To promote objectivity in manuscript selection, the PJP shall employ a double blind peer review, in which case, neither author nor reviewer is aware of each other’s identity. A manuscript shall be sent to two peer reviewers.  The peer reviewers shall decide on the merits of the manuscript using an official evaluation form to reject, revise or accept the manuscript for publication. 

A third peer reviewer may be needed as a tie-breaker in case the first two reviews are discordant or in disagreement.  Manuscripts with statistical analysis shall be sent routinely to a statistician.  Manuscripts with radiologic figures shall be sent routinely to a radiologist. 

The Editor-in-Chief shall make the final deliberation after considering all reviews, editorial board recommendations and statistician comments.

You may want to download the PJP Guide for Reviewers on using the online journal system to guide you.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles are published on the PJP website as soon as the review and editing processes are complete.  Articles are batched at the end of May and November of each year and presented as an issue on the PJP website for June and December, respectively. Printed copies of the journal can be made available for areas with limited internet access.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Compliance with International Standards

In terms of editorial policies, journal operations and publication ethics, the PJP shall adopt standards developed by journal experts, such as those set by the International Council for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and Council on Publication Ethics (COPE).  These are open-access standards, guidelines, and recommendations that are internationally accepted and freely available on the web .

 

Indexing

In terms of improving journal visibility and searchability, the PJP shall aspire to be included in established journal indexes such as PubMed by the US National Library of Medicine, Elsevier’s Scopus and Thomson Reuters’ ISI that maintain and update catalogs of quality manuscripts. To be indexed, journals are subjected to a stringent screening process using international standards prior to being indexed in literature databases.  Journal quality, and its eventual success, are quantified through a set of metrics like manuscript citation, article influence and impact factor, all of which the PJP shall eventually utilize in measuring its performance.

 

 

Online Presence

In terms of visibility and accessibility, the PJP shall create and maintain a website that shall serve as a portal for manuscript submission and tracking, subscription and information sharing. Online presence is a significant advantage with the ever-increasing usage of the worldwide web as a research tool.

 

 

Distribution

All articles of the PJP shall be open-access, available and downloadable online. 

A limited print copy shall be produced.  The printed copy of the PJP shall be distributed FREE to all members of PSP.  For promotions purposes, copies of the journal shall be provided to other pathology societies, medical technology societies, laboratory and research facilities, medical schools, libraries and other institutions.