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    Aim & Scope
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine (JPPCM) is the official journal of Indian Academy of Pharmacists (IAOP). It is an international peer-reviewed journal. JPPCM publishes two issues per year devoted to research and review articles in the field of pharmacy practice, community medicine and related discipline of health sciences. JPPCM aims at facilitating the development of community-based research, education, and health care services. The purpose of this journal is to promote excellence in the pharmacy practice and community medicine and closely related fields. The current emphasis of the journal includes (but is not limited to) the following areas:

    • Pharmacy Practice (including Clinical Pharmacy, Hospital and Community Pharmacy etc)
    • Social Aspects of Pharmacy and community medicine
    • Social and Preventive Medicine
    • Medical Pharmacology
    • Pharmaceutical Health Policy
    • Community and Public Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Patient Management
    • Process and outcome research
    • Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
    • Pharmacovigilance and drug safety
    • Pharmacoeconomics
    • Pharmaceutical and medical education
    • Health promotion, education and health informatics
    • Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine publishes the following article types:
    • Research Articles
    • Review articles/ Systematic reviews and meta analysis
    • Short communications
    • Case Reports
    • Letter to The Editor

    Types of manuscripts 
    Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Community Medicine (JPPCM) is an official journal of “Indian Academy of Pharmacists (IAOP)”. JPPCM, a quarterly publication devoted to publishing research and reviews articles in the area of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. All manuscripts should be submitted in along with “Undertaking form” Signed by all the authors of the paper via online email:

    Original articles:
    These include original research articles in the field of Pharmacy and health sciences (medical, dental, nursing and other related healthcare disciples). The text of original articles amounting to up to 3000 words (excluding Abstract, references and Tables) should be divided into sections with the headings Abstract, Key-words, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables and Figure legends.
    Abstract: The abstract is limited to 250 words, and should describe the essential aspects of the investigation. In the first sentence, the background for the work should be stated; in the second sentence the specific purpose or hypothesis shall be provided; followed sequentially by summary of methods, results and conclusion. No references should be cited.
    Introduction: A brief background information on what has been done in the past in this area and the importance of the proposed investigation shall be given. Introduction shall end with a statement of the purpose or hypothesis of the study.
    Material and Methods: This section may be divided into subsections if it facilitates better reading of the paper. The research design, subjects, material used, and statistical methods should be included. Results and discussion shall not be drawn into this section. In human experimentation, ethical guidelines shall be acknowledged.
    Results: This section may be divided into subsections if it facilitates better reading of the paper. All results based on methods must be included. Tables, graphic material and figures shall be included as they facilitate understanding of the results.
    Discussion: Shall start with limited background information and then proceed with the discussion of the results of the investigation in light of what has been published in the past, the limitations of the study, and potential directions for future research. The figures and graphs shall be cited at appropriate places.
    Conclusion: Here, the major findings of the study and their usefulness shall be summarized. This paragraph should address the hypothesis or purpose stated earlier in the paper.

    Review Articles:
    It is expected that these articles would be written by individuals who have done substantial work on the subject or are considered experts in the field. A short summary of the work done by the contributor(s) in the field of review should accompany the manuscript.
    The prescribed word count is up to 3000 words excluding tables, references and abstract. The manuscript may have about 90 references. The manuscript should have an unstructured Abstract (250 words) representing an accurate summary of the article. The section titles would depend upon the topic reviewed. Authors submitting review article should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizing data. These methods should also be summarized in the abstract.
    The journal expects the contributors to give post-publication updates on the subject of review. The update should be brief, covering the advances in the field after the publication of the article and should be sent as a letter to editor, as and when major development occurs in the field

    Brief Communication:
    Brief Communications are treated like original articles, except that they should be limited to 1500 words, with an “Abstract” of 150 words or fewer and could be supported with up to 15 references. Other aspects are like original articles.

    Case reports:
    New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. They should be unique, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. These communications could be of up to 1000 words (excluding Abstract and references) and should have the following headings: Abstract (unstructured), Key-words, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Legends in that order.
    The manuscript could be of up to 1000 words (excluding references and abstract) and could be supported with up to 10 references. Case Reports could be authored by up to four authors.

    Letter to the Editor:
    These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal. They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. The letter could have up to 500 words and 5 references. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.

    Editorial, Guest Editorial, Commentary and Opinion are solicited by the editorial board.
    Submission of manuscripts to JPPCM
    All contributions must be submitted online as type-written manuscripts prepared using MS Word or it should be submitted by online or email to
    Manuscripts are accepted on the understanding that the authors have obtained the necessary authority for publication. Manuscripts with multi-authors imply the consent of each of the authors. The publisher will presume that the corresponding author has specifically obtained the approval of all other co-authors to submit the article to JPPCM. Submission of an article to JPPCM is understood to imply that it has not been either published or not being considered for publication elsewhere.

    Manuscripts preparations:
    File Formats: Submit word files with tables, photos and graphs (All in black and white only) electronically embedded within the text of the document. Manuscripts should be neatly typed, double-spaced throughout, including tables, on pages of uniform size with at least 2.5 cm margins on all sides.
    Manuscript Title: Top of paper, Times New Roman; Fonts all caps, bold, 14 points.
    Author Names: Last name, followed by initials, corresponding author of the manuscript must be marked with an asterisk and should be list first, font: bold, 12 points.
    Institution Name: Institutional address 12 points.
    E-mail: Email of corresponding author, 10 points.
    Pages should be numbered consecutively; the text should be arranged in the following order: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion or Results and Discussion, conclusion, Acknowledgements, Abbreviation, References Figure and Tables should be appropriately included in the text.
    References: The references should be listed on a separate sheet and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text. Cite in the text by the appropriate Arabic number e.g. 1, 2, 3 and the numbers should be written after finish the sentence [1].

    Format: Author(s) of article (surname initials). Title of the manuscript. Journal title abbreviated Year of publication; volume number (issue number): page numbers.
    Standard journal article (If more than six authors, the first six shall be listed followed by et al.)
    1. Ahmad A, Khan MU, Gogoi LJ, Kalita M, Sikdar AP, Pandey S, et al., Japanese Encephalitis in Assam, India: Need to Increase Healthcare Workers’ Understanding to Improve Health Care. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0135767.
    2. Elkalmi RM, Khan MU, Ahmad A, Srikanth AB, Abdurhaman NS, Jamshed SQ, et al. Knowledge, awareness, and perception of contraception among senior pharmacy students in Malaysia: A pilot study. J Res Pharm Pract 2015;4:94-8.
    Electronic Journal article
    Raosoft. Sample size calculator. Available at samplesize.html (Accessed January 15, 2015)
    Books and other monographs
    Format: Author AB, Author BB, Author CC. Title of Book. Ed, Vol, Publisher, City, year, page numbers.
    Nadkarni KM. Indian Materia Medica. Edn 3, Vol. I, Popular Prakashan, Mumbai, 2000, 242-246.