About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Journal of Gandaki Medical College-Nepal (JGMC-N) is an official, open access, peer-reviewed, biannual, biomedical, scientific journal published by Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital & Research Centre Pvt Ltd, Pokhara, Nepal. The JGMC-N publishes original scientific articles (not published or submitted for publication elsewhere) written in English from all over the world, related to research in the field of biomedical sciences in all the disciplines of the medical sciences, public health, medical education, health care management, including ethical and social issues pertaining to health. The journal publishes original articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, case reports, editorial articles, viewpoints, and letters to the editor.

The Editorial Process

The editors review/screen all submitted manuscripts initially for format and style as per the guidelines and if not matched, the paper will be returned for resubmission as per the guidelines. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific and technical flaws or lack of a significant message are rejected. If good articles are written poorly, then authors will be requested to revise and resubmit according to the JGMC-N format.

On acceptance at the first stage of screening, each manuscript will be assigned a number and subjected to the peer-review process. The manuscripts are sent to two expert reviewers without revealing the identity of the authors. The peer-review process will be double-blinded. A reviewer is asked to review the manuscript and process it within three weeks. On average, the whole peer-review process will take about two months. Each manuscript is meticulously reviewed by the JGMC-N editorial board, and based on the comments from the reviewers, a final decision on the manuscript will be taken by Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts that need improvement as suggested by the reviewers and editorial committee will be returned to the corresponding author for correction and incorporation of the comments made and the corrected version of the manuscript should be submitted within a month to the Editor-in-Chief. The contributors will be informed about the reviewers’ comments and acceptance/ rejection of the manuscript. Authors are encouraged to review their manuscripts by experts or colleagues before submitting it for publication. Each reviewer makes a specific recommendation for the manuscript based on the following aspects that are applicable:

  • Importance of the research
  • The originality of the work
  • Appropriateness of the approach and experimental design
  • Adequacy of experimental techniques
  • Soundness of conclusions and interpretations
  • Relevance of discussion
  • Clarity of presentation and organization of the article
  • English composition

Articles accepted would be copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. The Editor-in-Chief of JGMC-N reserves the right to accept or reject any article submitted for publication.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published biannually in June and December.

Article Processing Fees

JGMC-Nepal does NOT charge authors article submission or processing fees.

Responsibilities of Editors

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for making a decision on paper publication. The publishing decision is based on the recommendations of the journal’s reviewers. Current legal requirements regarding copyright infringement and plagiarism should also be considered. The Editor-in-Chief, Managing editors and the Editorial committee must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, editorial advisors, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial committee members for their research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent. The editors should ensure timely peer review and publication and should avoid unnecessary delays. Editors should consider how best to share information with corresponding authors about any delays that occur. Editor-in-Chief and Editorial committee members should not be involved in editorial decisions about their own scholarly work. If Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Committee members contribute his/her papers, these papers will be reviewed by those reviewers outside the journal team.

Responsibilities of Reviewers

The peer review process assists the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial committee in taking editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper. Any selected reviewer/referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor-in-Chief and withdraw from the review process. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the Editor-in-Chief. Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting comments. Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers should notify the Editor-in-Chief of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge. Ideas or privileged information obtained through paper review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

The reviewer should make a recommendation regarding an article as follows:

  • Rejected due to poor quality, or out of scope
  • Accept without revision
  • Accept but needs revision (either major or minor)

In the latter case, identify what revision is required, and indicate to Editor-in-Chief whether or not you would be happy to review the revised articles.

Responsibilities of Authors

Authors must furnish an ethical declaration of their role in research paper writing and submission to the journal office from the organization/institution where they are working. A statement on contribution must be furnished that the paper is exclusively written by the author/s and his/her team with most data used in the text, tables and figures were collected from own experiments/ or various published sources. The authors should declare that the data used in the manuscript will be kept intact until next three years. This data should be made available to anyone who desires to see them. Author(s) are requested to declare the funding source if any, and briefly describe the role of sponsor(s), if any. Author(s) should provide their given name(s) and family name(s). The affiliation addresses (where the actual work done) should be below the names. Authors should provide the complete postal address of each affiliation with country name and email address of each author and check that they are accurately spelled. Author(s) of articles of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. The article should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or making inaccurate statements knowingly constitute unethical behavior and are not acceptable. Reviews and other articles should also be accurate and objective, and must cite the work on which they are based.

Author(s) may be asked to provide raw data in connection with an article for editorial review and should be prepared to retain for a reasonable time after publication to provide public access to such data, if practicable. Author(s) must ensure that the submitted work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language, and if the author(s) have used the work and/or words/ statements of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Applicable copyright laws and conventions must be followed. Plagiarism in any form, including the touting of material contained in another paper (of the same author or some other author) with cosmetic changes as a new paper; copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another paper (without attribution), and claiming results from research conducted by others are among the numerous forms of plagiarism. Plagiarism, in all its forms, constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is not acceptable.

Author(s) should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is not acceptable. Acknowledgement of the work of others that have been influential in determining the nature of the submitted work must be given (cite the publications). Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source.

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the research work. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors is not possible after the manuscript has been accepted for publication. All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the Editor-in-Chief and cooperate to retract or correct the paper. If the Editor-in-Chief learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the Editor-in-Chief of the correctness of the original paper.  

Post-Publication Corrections

Post-publication corrections can be done upon reasonable request from the authors. The mistakes or clarifications in articles published in earlier issues can also be written as letters to editors.

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.

Copyright Transfer

Copyright Information
Copyright on any research article in the Journal of Gandaki Medical College-Nepal is retained by the author(s). The authors grant Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital and Research Center Pvt. Ltd. a license to publish the articles and identify them as the original publisher. If accepted for publication, the article should not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without obtaining consent from the Editor-in-Chief.

Licence

Creative Commons Licence
The articles in the Journal of Gandaki Medical College Nepal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). All content is made freely available for non-commercial purposes. Users are allowed to copy and redistribute the material but do not permit the commercial re-use of the article.

Dual Publication

If the same paper whole or in part appears simultaneously elsewhere or has previously been published or appears in a future publication, then the author will be black-listed for the JGMC-N and the future articles of the author will be rejected automatically. If the paper has been published in JGMC-N, it will be retracted.

Publication Ethics

Researchers must have proper regard for research ethics. Research ethics cover a minimum set of guidelines in scholarly research and communication. The JGMC-N asks authors to ensure their works conform to guidelines set by recognized national and international institutions. The journal of Gandaki Medical College Nepal abides by the COPE guidelines for issues related to publication ethics. We follow the COPE flow charts to handle the issues related to ethical issues in publication. The guidelines can be found at https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Flowcharts.

Plagiarism Policies

Authors are encouraged to prepare their manuscripts to avoid plagiarism. The suspected contents will be checked by plagiarism checking software (iThenticate) and if the content is not acceptable, the article will be rejected. Minor issues will be communicated to the authors and will be advised to submit the revised content to avoid plagiarism.

Disclaimer

The statements or opinions or ideas published in this journal reflect the views of the authors and do not represent the official views of the JGMC-N editorial board. The editorial committee reserves the right to reject or accept any submitted manuscript. All final decisions will be taken by the Editor-in-Chief. No complaints can be lodged against the journal and concern authorities for manuscript rejection, delay and changes in contents of the manuscript. The submission of the manuscript to this journal declares that all terms and conditions of the journal have been read and accepted by the authors.

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Publisher

Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital & Research Centre Pvt. Ltd

For any correspondence, please send an email to:

Dr. Nuwadatta Subedi
Email: journal@gmc.edu.np
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Gandaki Medical College Nepal (JGMC-N)
Gandaki Medical College Teaching Hospital & Research Centre Pvt Ltd.
Pokhara -27, Ritthepani, Kaski, Nepal