Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscript Submission Overview
While preparing the manuscript:
- Read the Aims & Scope to gain an overview and assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal.
- Use the Microsoft Word template to prepare your manuscript. A Sample Template is linked here.
- Make sure that issues about publication ethics, copyright, authorship, figure formats, data, and references format have been appropriately considered.
- Ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript.
Type of Publications
PJAR has no restrictions on the length of manuscripts, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. PJAR requires that authors publish all experimental controls and make full datasets available where possible and when required. The Manuscripts submitted to PJAR should neither be published before nor be under consideration for publication in another journal. The main article types are as follows:
Articles: Original research manuscripts. The journal considers all original research manuscripts provided that the work reports scientifically sound experiments and provides a substantial amount of new information. Authors should not unnecessarily divide their work into several related manuscripts. The quality and impact of the study will be considered during peer review.
Review Articles: These provide concise and precise updates on the latest progress made in a given area of research. Systematic reviews should follow the normally applicable standard guidelines.
Preprints, Case Reports and Conference papers: PJAR does not accept/publish preprint case reports and conference proceedings. However, expanded and high-quality conference papers can be considered as articles provided, they fulfill the following requirements:
- The paper is expanded to the size of a research article.
- The conference paper should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.
- In case authors do not hold the copyright of the published conference paper, authors seek the appropriate permission from the copyright holder;
- Authors must disclose that it is conference paper in their cover letter and include a statement on what has been changed compared to the original conference paper.
PJAR does not publish pilot studies or studies with inadequate statistical power.
Manuscripts for PJAR should be submitted through the online submission system at http://pjar.propelmas.com/. The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. To submit your manuscript, register and log in to the OJS. All co-authors can see the manuscript details in the submission system if they register and log in using the e-mail address provided during manuscript submission.
Research manuscripts should comprise:
- Front matter: Title, Author list, Affiliations (Designation, Department, University), email, Abstract, Keywords.
- Research Manuscript Sections: Introduction, Objective, Literature Review, Research Methodology and Design, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Future Direction.
- Back matter: Acknowledgments, Author Contributions, Conflicts of Interest, References.
These sections should appear in all manuscript types
- Title: The title of your manuscript should be concise, specific, and relevant. It should identify if the study reports trial data, or is a systematic review, meta-analysis, or replication study.
- Author List and Affiliations: Authors' full first and last names must be provided. The initials of any middle names can be added. complete address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and all email addresses. At least one author should be designated as the corresponding author, and his or her email address and other details should be included at the end of the affiliation section.
- Abstract: The abstract should be a total of about 200 words maximum. The abstract should be a single paragraph and should follow the style of structured abstracts. It should be an objective representation of the article: it must not contain results which are not presented and substantiated in the main text and should not exaggerate the main conclusions.
- Headings: 1) Background: Place the question addressed in a broad context and highlight the purpose of the study; 2) Methods: Briefly describe the main methods or treatments applied. 3) Results: Summarize the article's main findings; and 4) Conclusion: Indicate the main conclusions or interpretations.
- Abbreviations: All abbreviations should be defined in parentheses the first time they appear in the abstract, main text, and in figure or table captions and used consistently thereafter.
- Preregistration: Where authors have preregistered studies or analysis plans, links to the preregistration must be provided in the manuscript.
- Keywords: Three to ten pertinent keywords need to be added after the abstract. We recommend that the keywords are specific to the article, yet reasonably common within the subject discipline.
Research Manuscript Sections
- Introduction: The introduction should briefly place the study in a broad context and highlight why it is important. It should define the purpose of the work and its significance, including specific hypotheses being tested. The current state of the research field should be reviewed carefully, and key publications cited. Please highlight controversial and diverging hypotheses when necessary.
- Objective of Study: Briefly mention the main aim of the work and highlight the main conclusions. Keep the introduction comprehensible to researchers working outside the topic of the paper.
- Literature Review: The literature review must be brief and relevant to work. This part of the study must consist of at least 10 references from most recent studies conducted in last 5 years.
- Research Methodology and Design: This should be described with sufficient detail to allow others to replicate and build on published results. New methods and protocols should be described in detail while well-established methods can be briefly described and appropriately cited. Give the name and version of any software used and make clear whether computer code used is available. Include any pre-registration codes.
- Results: Provide a concise and precise description of the experimental results, their interpretation as well as the experimental conclusions that can be drawn.
- Discussion: Authors should discuss the results and how they can be interpreted in the perspective of previous studies and of the working hypotheses. The findings and their implications should be discussed in the broadest context possible, and limitations of the work highlighted. Future research directions may also be mentioned. This section may be combined with Results.
- Conclusions: This section is not mandatory but can be added to the manuscript if the discussion is unusually long or complex.
- Patents: This section is not mandatory but may be added if there are patents resulting from the work reported in this manuscript.
- References: References must be in latest APA format / version. We recommend preparing the references with a bibliography software package, such as EndNote, Reference Manager, or Zotero to avoid typing mistakes and duplicated references. Manuscript reference (Vancouver style) prepared without bibliography software package will be rejected.
Preparing Figures, Schemes, and Tables
- File for Figures and schemes must be provided during submission in a single zip archive and at a sufficiently high resolution (minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). Common formats are accepted; however, JPG, JPEG, EPS, and PDF are preferred.
- All Figures, Schemes, and Tables should be inserted into the main text close to their first citation and must be numbered following their number of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, Table 1, etc.). However, at the time of publishing the article, editor has the right to resize or move them to make adjustment with the length of page.
- All Figures, Schemes, and Tables should have a short explanatory title and caption as prescribed in APA formats.
- All table columns should have an explanatory heading. To facilitate the copy-editing of larger tables, smaller fonts may be used, but no less than 8 pt. in size.
- Authors should use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables.
- Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color (RGB at 8-bit per channel). There is no additional cost for publishing full-color graphics.