Instructions For Authors

JCPSP Case Reports, the official online only journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan (CPSP), is an English-language journal publishing case reports only. Case reports depicting clinical and diagnostic challenges promote critical and out of the box thinking to solve atypical clinical presentations.

Authors can submit their manuscripts online via the journal's online submission system at Please follow the hyperlink "Submit your manuscript" on the upper right corner and upload all manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen. Manuscripts must be submitted by the corresponding/principal author of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on his/her behalf.

Successful electronic submission of a manuscript will be followed by a system-generated acknowledgement to the corresponding/principal author. Any queries therein should be addressed to

A duly filled-in author's certification proforma is mandatory for publication (Download ACP Form). The duly signed form must be submitted at the time of submission of manuscripts via online system. A maximum of five authors are allowed. The sequence/ order of the authors on ACP once submitted shall not be changed at any stage.

The policies of the Journal are generally based on the guidelines set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (, The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (, and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) (

Authorship Criteria:

Only those who have made a substantial contribution to the work should be designated as authors. Authorship credit should be based only on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2, and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship. The journal adheres to specific requirements for authorship as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE; This information must be included at the end of the manuscript before references. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining permission from all co-authors for the submission of any version of the manuscript and for any changes in authorship. Gift authorship is not permitted.

Submission, Processing and Publication Charges/Fees

There are no article submission, processing and publication charges/fees.

General Author Instructions

A. Clinical Case Reports

A case report should contain a maximum of 800-1000 words and should be formatted as follows: Abstract (which should be non-structured of about 100 - 150 words [it should be case specific rather than general]), Keywords (minimum 3), Introduction, Case report, Discussion, and References (which should be 5-10 in number). One or two tables or not more than two figures are allowed. Manuscripts that exceed the maximum number of words may be returned to the authors without peer-review. Case reports should be relevant to practical and scientific aspects of broad field of medicine and be presented as concisely as possible. The number of cases in case report for this journal should not exceed three related cases.

JCPSP Case Reports aims to publish original and interesting case reports and case series that contribute significantly to medical knowledge in all disciplines of medicines.

Manuscripts must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Unexpected or unusual presentations of a disease.
  2. New associations or variations in disease processes
  3. Presentations, diagnoses and/or management of new and emerging diseases.
  4. An unexpected association between diseases or symptoms.
  5. An unexpected event in the course of observing or treating a patient.
  6. Findings that shed new light on the possible pathogenesis of a disease or an adverse effect.
  7. Unreported or unusual side effects or adverse interactions involving medications.

Case reports and case series should ideally include an up-to-date review of all previous cases in the field.

B. Letters to the editor:

Only those letters to the editor will be published which are addressed to a case report published in JCPSP Case Reports. These will be forwarded to the corresponding author of the relevant article and a rejoinder will be sought and will be published along with the letter. Length must not exceed 500 words, only one table or figure is permitted, and there should be no more than five references. No more than five authors can be included.

Text Organisation

Title Page:

The title page should include:

  1. A brief and informative title
  2. Name(s) of the author(s)
  3. Affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  4. e-mail address and telephone numbers of the corresponding/principal author
  5. Number of words in the manuscript, number of tables and figures
  6. Running title


The abstract should be of 100 to 150 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations, references or subheadings.


There should be 3 to 5 keywords from Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) after abstract which are used for indexing purposes.

Main Manuscript File:

This should be blinded. No identifying information should be present in this file. It should comprise of Introduction, Case Report, Discussion and References. The case report should follow the guidelines for reporting case reports (


Authors should submit the manuscript typed in MS Word. Manuscripts should be written in English in British or American style/format (same style should be followed throughout the whole text), in past tense and third person form of address. Sentences should not start with a number or figure. Components of manuscript should be in the following sequence: a title page (containing names of authors, their postal and Email addresses, and phone numbers including the mobile phone number of the corresponding author), abstract, keywords, text, references, tables (each table, complete with title and footnotes) and legends for illustrations and photographs. Each component should begin on a new page. The manuscript should be typed in double spacing as a single column on A4 (8-1/2" x 11" or 21.5 cm x 28.0 cm) paper with one inch (2.5 cm) margin on each side.


References should be numbered consecutively and in the order in which they are cited in the text. At the end of the article, the full list of references should give the surnames and initials of all authors (if there are more than six, only the first six should be given followed by et al.). The authors' names are followed by the title of the article; title of the journal, abbreviated according to the style of the Index Medicus (see "List of Journals Indexed," printed yearly in the January issue of Index Medicus); year, volume and page number according to Vancouver style. e.g.:

Nasri S, Aggari HE, Afilal I, Aichouni N, Kamaoui I, Skiker I. Pericallosal lipoma: A case report. Radiol Case Rep 2022; 17(9):3094-6. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2022.05.056.

Reference to books should give the names of editors, place of publication, publisher, year and page numbers. The author must verify the references against the original documents before submitting the article. The Editorial Board may ask authors to submit either soft or hard copy (full length) of all the articles cited in the reference part of the manuscript.


Only one or a maximum of two tables are allowed in case reports or case series. Tables should be simple, and should supplement rather than the duplicate information in the text. Tables repeating information will not be permitted. Each table should have a title and be typed in double space without horizontal and vertical lines on an 8-1/2" x 11" (21.5 x 28.0 cm) paper. Tables should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals in the order they are mentioned in the text. Page numbers should be in the upper right corner. If abbreviations are used, they should be explained in footnotes.

Figures or photographs:

Photographs, X-rays, CT scans, MRI and photomicrographs should be sent in digital format with a minimum resolution of 3.2 mega pixels in JPEG compression. Photographs must be sharply focused. Most photographs taken with a mobile phone camera do not fulfill the necessary requirements and, therefore, are not acceptable. The background of photographs must be neutral and preferably white. The photographs submitted must be those originally taken as such by a camera without manipulating them digitally. They may be in black and white or in color. Negatives, transparencies, and X-ray films should not be submitted. Scanned photographs must have 300 or more dpi resolution. The author must identify the top of the figure. These figures and photographs must be cited in the text in consecutive order. Legends for photomicrographs should indicate the magnification, internal scale and the method of staining. Photographs of published articles will not be returned. If photographs of patients are used, either they should not be identifiable or the photographs should be accompanied by written permission to use them.

Legal requirements:

Submission of a manuscript implies that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Permissions of copyrighted material:

Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Conformity with Ethical Standards:

To ensure that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed and to ensure objectivity and transparency in research, JCPSP Case Reports requires that authors should provide information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals.

Authors should include the following statements (if applicable) before the References while submitting a paper:

- Source of funding, if any

- Disclosure of potential competing interests

- Informed consent of the patient and/or guardian

Competing interests:

When submitting a manuscript to JCPSP Case Reports, authors are required to disclose any financial relationship with a biotechnology manufacturer, a pharmaceutical company, or other commercial entity that has an interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. Please disclose any potential competing interests between the text and references.

Copyright policy:

Since JCPSP Case Reports is fully Open Access journal, the authors retain the copyright. Authors grant JCPSP Case Reports a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. Authors also grant any third party the right to use the article freely as long as its integrity is maintained and its original authors, citation details and publisher are identified and acknowledged. The Creative Commons License (CC-BY-NC) formalizes these and other terms and conditions of publishing articles.