Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (

Message of the Chief Editor

It is a great honor to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ). In addition, I am also proud to be working in tandem with an outstanding team of Joint Editors, Assistant Editors and other members of the Editorial Board. This is an editorial team that is fully engaged and committed to the success of this outstanding journal.

The past years amidst the COVID-19 pandemic have been the toughest that our medical community has ever faced. Among the heroes who have emerged from this crisis are the health care professionals who have risked their lives to serve their patients with utmost commitment and devotion. We at PAFMJ, have endeavored to provide trustworthy and timely research as well as highlight the need for proper protection, training, and wellbeing. We recognize the importance of ensuring that our journal represents the research themes at a national level, and at the same time also encompasses key issues critical to patient care.

We have streamlined our submission, editorial and production processes to fast-track publication of important research and multidisciplinary educational content. As Editor- in-Chief, I recognize the value authors place on high-quality and unbiased peer reviews conducted in a timely manner and so, have instructed all those involved with the journal to put the relevant effort into providing the highest standard of manuscript review, editing, and publishing. We have also implemented rigorous peer review criteria which will be reflected in the quality of published articles. In addition, we at PAFMJ are continuously striving to get the journal indexed in important international databases, earn accredited impact factors, and increase our visibility. We also value the importance of rapid publication, as we have structured our editorial team to expedite the processing of submitted manuscripts. As a result, we have published more content quicker than ever before. This would not have been possible without the passion and commitment of our colleagues and contributors from across the country, many of whom have borne this greater workload. PAFMJ will stand with you in the months ahead and we also want to encourage all those who are interested in being part of this energetic and enthusiastic team to contact us, as we will welcome your contribution. We look forward to hearing from you, our exceptional community of readers, authors, and reviewers.

Our mission is to nurture competent and compassionate future medical doctors and dental surgeons to serve at the National and International level.


Our reach goes beyond, provision of evidence to Health Care Professionals in their daily practice, to the delivery of informed content that has a positive impact on the medical community and the health of people across the country and in the world.

Mission Statement

To be the information hub of evidence-based research and to increase the collective awareness of the Health Care Professionals to provide the best possible evidence informed patient care and inculcate the values of lifelong experiential learning, ethical practice, and social accountability.


Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ) publishes scholarly work from all the medical and allied subjects (basic as well as clinical) including medical education as well as from biological and biomedical sciences. The manuscripts submitted for publication may be in the form of an original research (randomized controlled trial, meta-analysis, quasi experimental study, case control study, cohort study or cross-sectional analytical study), review article, case report, book review, recent advances, new techniques, debates, adverse drug reports, current practices, audit report, evidence-based report, short communication, or a letter to the editor. Studies more than five years old at the time of submission as well as simple descriptive, KAP (knowledge, attitude, practice) and retrospective studies are not entertained. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal does not accept multiple studies/multiple end publications gathered/derived from a single research project or data (wholly or in part) known as ‘salami slices’. The Journal discourages submission of more than one article dealing with related aspects of the same study.


  • a. To publish original, well documented, peer reviewed clinical and basic sciences articles.
  • b. To inculcate the habit of medical writing.
  • c. To enable physicians to remain informed in multiple areas of medicine, including developments in fields other than their own.
  • d. To share the experience and knowledge for benefit of patients.
  • e. To document medical problems pertinent to military medicine like high altitude medicine, heat stroke, disaster management etc.
  • f. To achieve the highest level of ethical medical journalism and to produce a publication that is timely, credible, and enjoyable to read.
  • g. To include original research describing recent advances in health particularly clinical studies, clinical trials, and assessments of pathogens of diagnostic importance, medical genetics and epidemiological studies.