Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The "ADVANCES IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION (AHPE)”, is the official journal of Institute of Health Professions Education, Khyber Medical University Peshawar, Pakistan, and started its publications in 2014. AHPE is a quarterly, peer reviewed medical journal and follows the uniform requirements for Manuscripts (URM) submitted to Biomedical journals as approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) as revised in 1997 published in N Eng J Med 1997; 336:309-15. Detailed information about updated URM can be downloaded from www.icmje.org.


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To publish original, important, well-documented, peer-reviewed educational articles on a diverse range of Health Professions Education topics
  • To provide health professionals with continuing medical education in basic and clinical sciences to support informed educational decisions.
  • To enable health professionals to remain informed in multiple areas of Health Professions Education, including developments in fields other than their own.
  • To improve medical education internationally by enhancing the quality of Health Professions Education, and research provided by an informed readership.
  • To foster responsible and balanced debate on controversial issues that affect medicine and health care.
  • To forecast important issues and trends in health professions education.
  • To inform readers about specific aspects of health professions education, including the political, philosophical, regulatory, professional, ethical, legal, environmental, economic, historical, and cultural.
  • To recognize that, in addition to these specific objectives, THE JOURNAL has a social responsibility to improve the total human condition and to promote the integrity of science.
  • To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read.

MISSION STATEMENT:

To publish an international, peer-reviewed, open access, indexed, Health Professions Education journal that will publish national and international research articles on a diverse range of topics related to health professions education.

 

CONTENTS

We will publish

  1. Reports of original research including observational and analytical studies in health professions education.
  2. Original educational observations accompanied by analysis and discussion.
  3. Studies related to philosophical, ethical, or social aspects of the health professions or biomedical sciences.
  4. Critical reviews including systematic review and meta-analysis.
  5. Innovations in teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum development, evaluation, quality assurance and enhancement at health facility, health institute, or in community-based practices.
  6. Educational studies, case reports, special communications, short communications, portfolios, and letters to editors.
  7. Special coverage of locally conducted research highlighting the local problems with due contribution of local data to the available international figures, especially regarding educational issues most prevalent in developing countries.

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

1: SUBMISSION OF ARTICLE:

 

AHPE provides an easy and user friendly ONLINE SUBMISSION OF ARTICLES on its web site.

Visit ahpe.kmu.edu.pk and REGISTER yourself as AUTHOR by filling a form. Log in with your username and password. Click on AUTHOR on USER HOME page under the heading of Advances in Health Professions Education. Click NEW SUBMISSION and follow the following 5 steps of manuscript submission as per online instructions.

 

1. Start

2. Enter Metadata

3. Upload Submission

4. Upload Supplementary Files

5. Confirmation

 

Log in > User Home > Author > Submissions > New Submission > step 1 Starting the submission>step 2 Enter metadata> step 3 Upload submission > step 4 Upload supplementary files > step 5 Confirmation

 

 

UNDERTAKING/AUTHOR’S DECLARATION


All manuscripts submitted online or via email should be accompanied by a covering letter from the authors responsible for correspondence regarding the manuscript. The covering letter should contain the following copyright disclosure statement/undertaking, duly signed by ALL contributing authors. Please note that we cannot accept electronic signatures; all authors must sign by hand. Please complete multiple forms if necessary, and upload the signed copy with your submission, scan and email to: ceditor.ahpe@kmu.edu.pk

  • We, the undersigned authors of the article ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Submitted for publication in ADVANCES IN HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION (AHPE), have contributed significantly to and share in the responsibility for above.

    • The undersigned stipulate that the material submitted to AHPE is new, original and has not been submitted to another publication for concurrent consideration.
    • Upon acceptance by AHPE, all copyright ownership for the article is transferred to AHPE.
    • It is attested that all data and human studies undertaken as a part of the research are in compliance with regulation of our institution(s) and with generally accepted guidelines governing such work.
    • It is hereby submitted that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors
  • Any conflict of Interest (including employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications and travel grants etc)--- Yes / No

If Yes give details------------------------------------------------------------------------

      •  If there has been any prior publication of any part of the work, this should be acknowledged and appropriate written permission included.
      •  Role of the funding source
        ( details of any funding sources and their role, if any, in the writing of the manuscript or the decision to submit it for publication)……Yes/No

If Yes, give details of funding source and its role in manuscript writing-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Note: Authors submitting their article online, are assumed to agree with the above mentioned statements and they have to check off the submission check list at step no 1 of the 5 steps of online submission of articles. However, they have to submit the scanned copy/hard copy of printed declaration, duly signed by all authors. Without author’s declaration, manuscripts will not be processed further.

2: FORMAT/ REQUIREMENTS

While submitting manuscripts, please carefully follow the instructions given below:-

Summary of Technical Requirements

  • The journal will accept: (a) Original research articles (b) Review articles (c) Case studies (d) Editorials (f) Special communication (g) Short communications (h) Letter to the Editor
  • The manuscript should be typed in double space with clear margins on both sides.
  • Begin each section or component on a new page.
  • Review the sequence: title page, abstract and key words, text, acknowledgments, references, tables (each on separate page), legends, figures.
  • Illustrations, unmounted prints, should not be larger than 203 ×254 mm(8 ×10 inches).
  • Manuscript should not exceed 20 pages excluding tables and references.
  • There should be no more than 40 references in original article, ≤10 references in case studies and no more than 100 references in a review article.
  • Include permission to reproduce previously published material or to use illustrations that may identify human subjects.
  • Keep copies of everything submitted.
  • Approval certificate from Institutional review board for bioethics (IRBB)/ research ethical committees. From January 2014, no article will be processed without IRBB approval certificate.
  • Vancouver referencing Style should be used.

 

Type of Articles offered by AHPE

The different formats that can be used to present work in the AHPE include; 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

These articles will include original research work in different areas of Health Professions Education. Articles must conform to the guidelines given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) required for submission of articles in biomedical journals. Students in HPE are encouraged to submit their Masters and Doctorate research work.

Format: The articles should follow the Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methodology, Results, and Discussion pattern.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 5.

Word Count: 3,000 – 4,000 words.

References: Up to 40 references.

 

SHORT REPORT

Articles lacking creativity and novel approach which otherwise would have been considered as original articles come under this section. Journal may return an article not found fit for publication as an original article to be rewritten as a short report. It may also include preliminary report of a bigger research project.

Format: An unstructured abstract of maximum 150 words, introduction (1 paragraph), methodology, results and discussion.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 2.

Word Count: Short reports should be of maximum 1500-2000 words.

References: 15-20 references.

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Letter can contain a discussion regarding any article from the journal or any other significant development in Health Professions Education. A maximum of 3 authors is allowed. Case studies and research articles, which lack novelty, can be submitted as letters.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 1.

Word Count: 500-700 words.

References: No more than 5 references.

 

REVIEW ARTICLE

These should include systematic reviews and literature reviews. Systematic reviews determine an objective list of criteria, and find all previously published original experimental papers that meet the criteria. They then compare the results presented in these papers. Literature reviews, by contrast, provide a summary of what the authors believe are the best and most relevant prior publications. The authors should divide the topic in appropriate subheadings to make the content easy to comprehend.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 10.

Word Count and No. of References: A minimum of 1500 words and 20 references are mandatory for a review article. However, good reviews should have 4,000-5,000 words with more than 80 references.

 

CASE STUDIES

It includes systematic inquiry, requiring the careful and critical application of research techniques into a topic or question about a relevant professional issue (teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum matters). It may take the form of an audit, case study or action research, or other relevant methodology. The manuscript should demonstrate a high level of scholarship. Authors should bear in mind that case studies are read by practicing health professionals and well-experienced students so complexity should be avoided by clarifying the topic.

No. of Illustrations: Authors are encouraged to add up to 2 figures/pictures/illustrations/charts for comparison and clarification.

Word Count and No. of References: The word limit for a case study is 1500-2000 with no more than 20 references.

 

SPECIAL COMMUNICATION

It includes systematic inquiry, requiring the careful and critical application of research techniques into a topic or question about a relevant professional issue (teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum matters). The article may be written as a theoretical perspective, adding new theory or a different aspect. It may also take the form of a grounded theory, an audit, case study, action research, a cultural study or other relevant methodology. The manuscript should demonstrate a high level of scholarship.

No. of Illustrations: Authors are encouraged to add up to 3 figures/pictures/illustrations/charts for comparison and clarification.

Word Count and No. of References: The word limit for a case study is 1500-2500 with no more than 25 references.

 

PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE

These articles may include significant miscellaneous areas and innovations in medical education. Recent motivating topics related to Health Professions Education which can give rise to new researches and developments may be discussed in perspective articles.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 2.

Word Count and No. of References: 1000-1500 with no more than 10 references.

 

EDITORIAL

Editorials are often solicited however unrequited editorials are also entertained. These are articles that contain annotations and deduction of original articles that have been published previously in the journal. They can have any topic related to scientific knowledge and may reflect personal opinions. Senior Editors, Editors and Advisory Group along with the Distinguished Faculty are eligible for writing editorials. A maximum of three editorials are allowed per issue.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 1.

Word Count and No. of References: 900 words with no more than 10 references.

 

Anti-Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. We will check the submitted manuscripts for similarity index using multiple databases and software. The report may be sent back to the authors for guidance on how to adopt good writing practices.

 

Section Policies

Original Articles

These articles will include original research work in different areas of Health Professions Education. Articles must conform to the guidelines given by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) required for submission of articles in biomedical journals. Students in HPE are encouraged to submit their Masters and Doctorate research work.

Format: The articles should follow the Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methodology, Results, and Discussion pattern.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 5.

Word Count: Upto 4,000 words.

References: Up to 40 references.

Editors
  • Usman Mahboob
  • Ahsan Sethi
  • Gohar WAJID
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

These should include systematic reviews and literature reviews. Systematic reviews determine an objective list of criteria, and find all previously published original experimental papers that meet the criteria. They then compare the results presented in these papers. Literature reviews, by contrast, provide a summary of what the authors believe are the best and most relevant prior publications. The authors should divide the topic in appropriate subheadings to make the content easy to comprehend.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 10.

Word Count and No. of References: A minimum of 1500 words and 20 references are mandatory for a review article. However, good reviews should have 4,000-5,000 words with more than 80 references.

Editors
  • Usman Mahboob
  • Ahsan Sethi
  • Gohar WAJID
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication

Articles lacking creativity and novel approach which otherwise would have been considered as original articles come under this section. Journal may return an article not found fit for publication as an original article to be rewritten as a short report. It may also include preliminary report of a bigger research project.

Format: An unstructured abstract of maximum 150 words, introduction (1 paragraph), methodology, results and discussion.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 2.

Word Count: Short reports should be of maximum 1500-2000 words.

References: 15-20 references.

Editors
  • Usman Mahboob
  • Gohar WAJID
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Communication

It includes systematic inquiry, requiring the careful and critical application of research techniques into a topic or question about a relevant professional issue (teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum matters). The article may be written as a theoretical perspective, adding new theory or a different aspect. It may also take the form of a grounded theory, an audit, case study, action research, a cultural study or other relevant methodology. The manuscript should demonstrate a high level of scholarship.

No. of Illustrations: Authors are encouraged to add up to 3 figures/pictures/illustrations/charts for comparison and clarification.

Word Count and No. of References: The word limit for a case study is 1500-2500 with no more than 25 references.

Editors
  • Usman Mahboob
  • Gohar WAJID
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Letter can contain a discussion regarding any article from the journal or any other significant development in Health Professions Education. A maximum of 3 authors is allowed. Case studies and research articles, which lack novelty, can be submitted as letters.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 1.

Word Count: 500-700 words.

References: No more than 5 references.

Editors
  • Usman Mahboob
  • Gohar WAJID
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Editorials are often solicited however unrequited editorials are also entertained. These are articles that contain annotations and deduction of original articles that have been published previously in the journal. They can have any topic related to scientific knowledge and may reflect personal opinions. Senior Editors, Editors and Advisory Group along with the Distinguished Faculty are eligible for writing editorials. A maximum of three editorials are allowed per issue.

No. of Illustrations: Total number of figures/tables/illustrations allowed is 1.

Word Count and No. of References: 900 words with no more than 10 references.

Editors
  • Usman Mahboob
  • Gohar WAJID
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

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.