Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

APALM is a specialized journal in the field of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine which, inter alia, includes Histopathology, Cytology, Hematology, Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, Blood Banking, Clinical Bio-Chemistry and Medical Microbiology (Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Parasitology), etc.

APALM is included in many leading Indexing and Abstracting Databases and by maintaining high publication standards aims to be indexed in PubMed Central (PMC) Database.

APALM is the top ranking Indian Journal in field of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with the highest IC Value (67.16) amongst the Indian Journals in the field of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine that are indexed with Index Copernicus.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Image

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Feature Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Students' corner and residents' corner

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Review

Editors
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief APALM
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Peer review process is double-blinded i.e. the author is anonymous to the reviewer and the reviewer is anonymous to the author as well. All submissions to journal are assessed by an Editor, who will decide whether they are suitable for peer review. Submissions felt to be suitable for consideration will be sent for peer review with appropriate independent experts. Reviewers’ name will not be revealed to the authors. Editors will make a decision based on the reviewers’ reports and authors are sent these reports along with the editorial decision on their manuscript.

The typical review will take minimum 8 weeks. However, this may take little longer due to unseen workloads.

All comments received from the reviewers will be passed on to the authors within one week after getting back from the reviewers. 

When the article is received from peer reviewer there will be one of the following outcome and the decision choices include:

  • Accept Submission: The submission will be accepted without revisions.
  • Revisions Required: The submission will be accepted after minor changes have been made according to the reviewer's comment.
  • Resubmit for Review: The submission needs to be re-worked, but with significant changes, may be accepted. It will require a second round of review, however.
  • Resubmit elsewhere: When the submission do not meet the focus and scope of APALM.
  • Decline Submission: The submission will not be published with the journal.



 

Publication Frequency

Four issues per year (Quarterly) from 2014 to 2016

Six issues per year (Bi-monthly) since 2017

 

Open Access Policy

APALM is an Open Access Journal without any subscription module. Open Access is a publishing model that provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full text of research articles without requiring a subscription to the journal in which these articles are published.

In this model, the publication costs are usually covered by the authors themselves, author’s institution or research funds. These Open Access charges replace subscription charges and allow the publishers to make the published material freely available to all interested online readers. All of PaGe journals are open access online journals allowing universal access, maximum visibility and free dissemination of published work.

 

Salient Features

  • International, Double-blind peer-reviewed, Indexed journal 
  • Both online and print journal. 
  • Open Access Journal (increase visibility, usage and more citations for your research)
  • High Impact factor (2.8952)
  • High IC value (63.26):  APALM is the top ranking Indian Journal in field of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with the highest IC Value (63.26) amongst the Indian Journals in the field of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine that are indexed with Index Copernicus.
  • FAST Track Review service* on request
  • Publishes original, peer-reviewed articles for pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists
  • Primary objective is to stimulate and facilitate research publications
  • User friendly, open access portal with an ease of navigation and easy online submission and tracking of manuscripts.
  • MCI approved journal

 

Article processing charges (APC)

A.           Article processing charges (APC):

APC are required to meet operations expenses. Being an Open Access Publisher, APALM does not receive payment for subscription as its journals are freely accessible over the internet. The author, institution or funding agency pays a modest fee to help cover the actual cost of the essential final step, the publication. This charge covers the entire cost of the publication process, which includes peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining, online hosting and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the research articles. However, the APC is payable only if the article gets accepted for publishing.

APALM does not charge article submission fee, color printing charge from the authors. 

We strongly encourage “Online” publication model to minimize the additional carbon footprints resulting from printing on papers. But we also understand that ‘Hard Copy’ of journal is required by some authors, students and institutions. Therefore, we distribute hard copy of journals to authors and institutions (subscribers) as per demand raised by them.

However, the cost of the Print Copy of the Journal is NOT INCLUDED in the Article Processing Charges (APC) and to order the print copy of the Journal, payment has to be made separately.

APC (Effective from 01 January 2017):

     a.     For articles from within India:

          Post Acceptance APC: Rs 4000/- for each article

     b.     For articles from outside India:

          Post Acceptance APC: USD 160/- for each article

Note: Any request for change in the article (excluding typographical errors or any unforeseen omissions on our part) after acceptance shall be chargeable.

 

B.           Fast Track Review Process Charges (FTRP):

We also provide Fast Track Review Process Charges (FTRP), which accelerates the speed with which decision is given on an article. This service is chargeable and different from APC. For Terms and Conditions on FTRP, click here.

FTRP Charges (Effective from 01 January 2017):

     a.     For articles from within India:

      i. Rs 3,500/- for each Original/ Review article.

      ii. Rs. 2,700/- for each Case Report/ Letter to Editor.

      b.     For articles from outside India:

          USD 130/- for any category of articles.

 

Payments Gateway:

 

 

Conflict-of-Interest Statement

All efforts are being made to abide by the regulations as specified by 'International Committee of Medical Journal Editors' through "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals".

Accordingly, at APALM, No conflict of interest exists between the Authors (or the Authors’ Institution), Reviewers or Editors through any Financial relationship, Personal relationship, Academic competition and Intellectual passion, etc. that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her actions. Thus there is no potential to influence or affect his or her scientific judgment.

 

Advertising Policy

If you wish to advertise on the journal website, please write to us for details of charges and other conditions at contactus@pacificejournals.com or info@pacificejournals.com

APALM editorial content and decisions are independent and will not be influenced by sponsorships or advertisements.

Advertisements are allowed only on the sides panel of the website pages. These are not tagged or linked to any particular manuscript. No advertisements is allowed within or immediately following an article. No manuscript specific advertisements are accepted.

We accept advertisements from google and other advertising companies.

 

Statement of Informed Consent

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

For more information, please see detailed Author Guidelines at http://www.pacificejournals.com/journal/index.php/apalm/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

 

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (5). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

For more information, please see detailed Author Guidelines at http://www.pacificejournals.com/journal/index.php/apalm/about/submissions#authorGuidelines



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