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Instructions to Authors

  • Unpublished, Ethical, Un-Plagiarised original manuscript written in English should be sent to: Dr. Parmod Kumar Goyal, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by email at: drparmodgoyal@gmail.com
  • Images (Good quality) should be sent separately in JPEG format.
  • References should be in Vancouver Style only.

The Publication Particulars

The JPAFMAT is the official publication of the Punjab Academy of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, published since 2001.

The Contents of the Journal

The journal accepts a range of articles of interest, under several feature sections as follows:

Original Papers: Includes conventional observational and experimental research.

Commentary: Intended for Reviews, Case Reports, Preliminary Report and Scientific Correspondences.

Letter to the Editor

Designed to be an avenue for dialogue between the authors of the papers published in the journal and the readers restricted to the options expressing reviews, criticisms etc. It could also publish letters on behalf of the current affairs in the field of Forensic Medicine in the country.


Intended as a platform, for the Editor-in-Chief and for others with a keen interest in forensic medicine that wished to comment on the current affairs.

Special Features

In the History of Indian Forensic Medicine, Book Review, Abstracts, Announcement etc, which appear frequently, but not necessarily in every issue.

News and Notes

Intended for providing information of members and activities of the Academy and other such other organizations affiliated to the Academy may appear frequently and not in every issue.

General Principles

The text of observational and experimental articles is usually (but not necessarily) divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. This so-called “IMRAD” structure is not an arbitrary publication format but rather a direct reflection of the process of scientific discovery. Long articles may need subheadings within some sections (especially Results and Discussion) to clarify their content. Other types of articles, such as case reports, reviews, and editorials, probably need to be formatted differently. Electronic formats have created opportunities for adding details or whole sections, layering information, cross linking or extracting portions of articles, and the like only in the electronic version. Double spacing all portions of the manuscript— including the title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, individual tables, and legends—and generous margins make it possible for editors and reviewers to edit the text line by line and add comments and queries directly on the paper copy. If manuscripts are submitted electronically, the files should be double-spaced to facilitate printing for reviewing and editing. Authors should number all of the pages of the manuscript consecutively, beginning with the title page, to facilitate the editorial process.

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