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February 2020, Volume 70, Issue 2




It gives us immense pleasure to share this JPMA-Journal of Pakistan Medical Association’s special supplement with our readers, published as an appurtenance to the 5th AKU Annual Surgical Conference of the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. The theme of the conference is ‘Trauma,’ and submissions were invited keeping this theme in mind. We are grateful for the enormous response from both national and international contributors and a total of 77 manuscripts were received. We adopted JPMA’s strict criteria for publication and each submission was first evaluated for plagiarism through specialized computer software. No manuscript was rejected at this level. This was followed by coding of each submission to ensure that the peer review process remains blinded and transparent. Each submission was then assigned to two independent reviewers, who were subject specialists belonging to the same specialty, again based on standard JPMA policy. In case of discrepancy, a statistical review or a third editorial review was also done. Complete confidentiality of the reviewers was insured. All reviews were carried out on standard JPMA review forms. Only articles that were judged by both reviewers to be publishable in their present form; or with minor changes only, were selected. Articles requiring major revisions were not considered for publication. A total of 27 articles were thus accepted for publication. This final list of articles was forwarded to JPMA for final editorial review, along with the comments of the reviewers. At this point we must mention that some of the rejected articles were actually of reasonable quality, but could not be published, on the basis that they were not related to the theme or required major revisions in either format or language, which due to the short time-line, was not possible for this particular supplement. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our contributors, our team of reviewers specially members of the publication committee: Drs. Rehan Nasir Khan (Chair), Mahim Malik (Co-Chair), Gulzar S. Lakhani, Nida Zahid, Syed Shahabuddin, Rashna Aga, Yasir Mohib, Qamar Riaz, Shiraz Hashmi and especially our administrative staff, Shariff Charania who worked tirelessly day and night and made this herculean task possible. We hope you will appreciate the quality of papers in this supplement. We look forward to welcoming you all and we hope you will take an active participation in the 5th AKU Annual Surgical Conference to be held from February 14-16, 2020 at Aga Khan University, Karachi


Publication Committee

5th AKU Annual Surgical Conference - Trauma

Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association has agreed to receive and publish manuscripts in accordance with the principles of the following committees: