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Author Guidelines

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

The Pharmacy Education Journal 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 directly relate to pharmacy education and provide useful information for the audience of the Pharmacy Education Journal. All papers must be submitted in English.

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published, that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication, and that if accepted for publication it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editors and publisher.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.


TYPES OF CONTRIBUTIONS
The journal will publish 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
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 skill 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).

Research Standards
For all manuscripts reporting on research involving human subjects (including educational and institutional research), the author should indicate in the cover letter that the research has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate human research or ethics review committee, or that it has been determined to be exempt from such review. For research that has undergone such review and approval, a statement to that effect should be included in the methods section.


MANUSCRIPT ORGANISATION
Articles and papers 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. The full postal address, including the telephone, fax and e-mail details of all authors should be included with an indication of the corresponding author who will check proofs and receive correspondence. Avoid embedded footnotes/headers.

Illustrations that are available in an electronic format are acceptable;

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.

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

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

Text
The text should 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
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.

Figures
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 each in the margin.

Preparation of Figures
The quality of line-drawings and photographs must be of a high enough standard for direct reproduction. Good sharp photoprints are acceptable. No additional artwork, redrawing or typesetting will be done. Line drawings should be prepared in black ink on white paper, with all lettering and symbols included and scanned to produce a .pdf file. Photographs intended for halftone reproduction must be good glossy original prints, of maximum contrast. Clearly label each figure with author’s name and figure number.

Tables
Tables should be inserted on separate pages within the file and should be consecutively numbered with roman numerals. Indicate in the margin where the typesetter should place tables. 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.

References
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 alphabetized 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
Authors are encouraged to minimise the use of footnotes. A footnote may include the designation of a corresponding author of a paper, current address information for an author (if different from that shown in the affiliation), and traditional footnote content. Information concerning grant support of research should appear in a separate Acknowledgements section at the end of the paper, not as a footnote. Acknowledgements of the assistance of colleagues or similar notes of appreciation also properly belong in an Acknowledgements section, not in the footnotes.

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.


PROOFS
Proofs, including proofs of illustrations, are supplied for checking and making essential corrections, not for general revision or alteration. Proofs should be returned via email within three days of receipt. Author’s alterations in excess of 10% of the original composition will be charged to authors.

Disclosure of potential conflict of Interest
Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangements they may have with a company whose product is pertinent to the manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, a disclosure statement will appear in the journal.
The intent of this policy is not to prevent authors with these relationships from publishing work, but rather to adopt transparency such that readers can make objective judgements on conclusions drawn.

Copyright
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.

Submission
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically here

Please observe the submission 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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration and that if accepted for publication it has not been, or will not be, published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editors and publisher.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Reference citations are based on the Harvard style of referencing. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Content is formatted double-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm. All pages should be numbered, avoiding embedded footnotes/headers.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The author has obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper items such as: quotations, figures, tables, results of government-sponsored research, etc.

 

 

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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration and that if accepted for publication it has not been, or will not be, published elsewhere in the same form, in any language, without the consent of the editors and publisher.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  3. Reference citations are based on the Harvard style of referencing. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. Content is formatted double-spaced, with margins of at least 2.5 cm. All pages should be numbered, avoiding embedded footnotes/headers.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The author has obtained all necessary permissions to include in the paper items such as: quotations, figures, tables, results of government-sponsored research, etc.
 

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.

 

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