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Author Guidelines


Authors seeking publication take responsibility and accountability for their work and listed authors should therefore fulfill ALL of the following four criteria:

  1. Substantially contributed to the conception/design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data gathered;
  2. Drafted the work or revised it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published;
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

It is the collective responsibility of the authors to ensure that all named authors meet all four criteria. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged as ‘Contributors’. In cases where conflict arises with regards to who should qualify for authorship, the institution(s) where the work was performed should be asked to investigate.  

Corresponding Author (CA): The CA takes on the responsibility of primary contact for communication with the Journal during the Submission Process, including the Peer Review and the publication process. The CA should be available to respond to editorial queries in a timely way, and should be available after publication to respond to critiques of the work and to co-operate with any requests from the Journal about the paper. The Journal Editors will liaise primarily with the CA but will send copies of all correspondence to all listed authors. 

Contributors: Authors who meet less than the required four criteria above for authorship can be acknowledged as ‘Contributors’.  Authors are encouraged to specify the contributions made by named Contributors. 

Acknowledgment: The Journal advises the CA to obtain written permission from all individuals to be acknowledged, as being acknowledged may imply endorsement of a study’s data and conclusions

Removal/Addition of Author: If authors request removal or addition of an author after manuscript submission or publication, an explanation and signed statement from all listed authors should be forwarded to the Journal Editors. An explanation and signed statement from the author to be removed or added is also requested. 



Pharmacy Education provides a forum for communication of relevant information for pharmacy educators and all others interested in the advancement of pharmacy education. To be considered for publication, manuscripts must fit within the Focus and Scope of the journal.

To ensure that only accurate and substantive articles are included, all manuscripts undergo a Peer Review process and editorial approval prior to acceptance. Submission of a paper to Pharmacy Education will be taken to imply that it represents original work not previously published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and that if accepted for publication it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editors and publisher. It will also be assumed that the author has obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper such items as: quotations, figures, tables, results of government-sponsored research, etc.


Research involving Human Participants and Informed Consent

It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure that research involving human subjects has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate research or ethics review committee, or that it has been determined to be exempt from such review. Confirmation of this should be included in the cover letter and also included in the Methods section of the manuscript. Where informed consent is required, authors should include a statement in the manuscript detailing that informed consent was obtained from human subjects.


Pharmacy Education will consider the following types of communications:

Research papers connected to any field of pharmacy education and training.
Research articles describe experimental or observational investigations that used formal methods for data collection and reporting of results of studies directly related to pharmacy education (maximum 8000 words).

Reviews are comprehensive, well-referenced descriptive papers on teaching or research topics directly related to entry-level, and graduate or postgraduate education and training or skills development (maximum 8000 words).

Programme Descriptions of courses, modules or programmes and Software and information technology innovations concerned with pharmacy education.
(Please format with the following sections: Introduction or Context; Description of course/module/programme/innovation; Evaluation; Future plans/work/implementation) (Maximum 8,000 words).

Short descriptions of work in progress or pilot schemes (maximum 1000 words).


All papers must be submitted in English and should be formatted double-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm.

Manuscripts should be divided into: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Figures, Legends and Tables. Please start each of these sections on a new page. All pages should be numbered. Each article should be accompanied by a summary (abstract) of 150 words on a separate page. All authors should provide their affiliation details together with e-mail addresses as requested during the Submission Process. For the Corresponding Author (CA) full postal address, including the telephone, fax and e-mail details of should be included 

Title Page
This should, in addition to the title, list full addresses for all authors and the name of the department and institution in which the work was carried out and be loaded onto the Submissions platform as a Supplimentary Page

Each paper requires an abstract that should not exceed 150 words.

Three to six keywords should be listed below the abstract in alphabetical order, separated by commas.

The text should be wrutten in the 3rd person and be scholarly, readable, clear, and concise. Standard nomenclature should be used. Unfamiliar terms and acronyms should be defined at first mention. Manuscripts that were prepared for oral presentation must be rewritten for print. Authors of research papers are discouraged from writing excessively long introduction or discussion sections.

Text Headings
Headings should be set over to the left-hand margin and the text should begin on the next line.

Illustrations should not be inserted into the text but provided on separate pages within the file. All illustrations and charts should be consecutively numbered (e.g. Figure 1). Any photographs should be included separately or scanned into a separate file and included with the manuscript file and be of publishable quality. All figures should have a caption to make interpretation possible without reference to the text. Captions should include keys to symbols. All illustrations should be in black/white/grey scale unless essential colour is required.

All figures should be numbered with consecutive Arabic numbers, have descriptive captions, and be mentioned in the text. Keep figures separate from the text, but indicate an approximate position for insertion. All figures should be in black/white/grey scale.

Tables should be inserted on separate pages within the file and should be consecutively numbered with Roman numerals. Indicate in the margin where tables should be inseted. Words or numerals should be repeated on successive lines: “ditto” or “do.” should not be used. Each table should have a caption describing its contents. Footnotes to tables should be typed beneath it. Use symbols to refer to them.

Style, statistical reporting, and reference citations should conform to the American Psychological Association's guidelines, from the APA Publication Manual, fifth edition.

To conform with the APA Publication Manual, fifth edition, references should be alphabetised at the end of the manuscript text, in the following formats:

Kozlowski, L. T., Henningfield, J. E., & Brigham, J. (2001). Cigarettes, nicotine, and health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Weinstein, N. (2001). Smokers' recognition of their vulnerability to harm. In P. Slovic (Ed.), Smoking: Risk, perception, & policy (pp. 81-96). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Perkins, K. A., Donny, E., & Caggiula, A. R. (1999). Sex differences in nicotine effects and self-administration: review of human and animal evidence. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 1, 301-315.

Please avoid excessive referencing. Only papers that have been published or are in press may be cited; abstracts, unpublished data and personal communications should not be included in the reference list but may be included in the text. Obtaining permission to quote personal communications and unpublished data from the cited author is the responsibility of the author.

Footnotes should be indicated in the text by the following symbols:

* (asterisk or star), † (a dagger), ‡ (double dagger), ¶ (paragraph mark), § (section mark). || (parallels), # (number sign). Do not use numerals for footnote call-outs as they may be mistaken for bibliographic reference call-outs or exponents. Type each footnote at the bottom of the typescript page on which its text call-out appears. Footnotes within a table should be indicated by the same symbols listed above. Reinitialise symbol sequence within tables. Type footnotes to a table directly beneath the table.

Once a manuscript has been approved for publication, a galley proofs is prepared for authors to check. The galley will include proofs of illustrations, tables, figures and appendices, Authors are given this opportunity to check for minor essential corrections and edits and not for general revision or alteration.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically here

Please observe the Submission Preparation Checklist below. As part of the submission process, Authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with ALL of the following items, and submissions may be returned to Authors that do not adhere to these guidelines. 


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  2. Reference citations are based on APA style of referencing. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  3. Content is formatted double-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm. All pages should be numbered, avoiding embedded footnotes/headers.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. The Authors have obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper items such as: quotations, figures, tables, results of government-sponsored research, etc.
  7. The Authors have disclosed all potential and actual conflicts of interest (see Competing Interests Guidelines)
  8. Where human subjects have been used, details of approval obtained from the appropriate research or ethics review committee is included. If exempt from such approval, this has been clearly stated. Details of the above has been included in the Cover Letter and Methods section.

  9. Where Informed Consent is required from participants, Authors have included a statement in the manuscript detailing that it was obtained.

Copyright Notice

It is a condition of the publication that authors vest or license copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in FIP. This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and the journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the material elsewhere after publication providing that prior permission is obtained from FIP. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.


Privacy Statement

Protection of data: All data entered in this journal site by Reviewers, Authors and Readers will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this Journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Storage of Manuscripts: If a manuscript is rejected, copies of the manuscript, associated reviews and revisions, and emails are retained Journal site in the event of future appeals. Authors are able to request for copies of their submitted manuscripts to be deleted from the Journal system by emailing the Journal Manager with the signed consent of all Authors for this action to take place.

For published papers, Pharmacy Education will keep copies of the original submission, reviews and revisions, and all email correspondence to help answer future questions or queries about the published work.