Instructions To Authors


Manuscripts (in English), together with a cover letter from the author responsible for all correspondence, should be submitted via the online submission process, as a file saved in Microsoft Word (.doc). Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, spacing, length, and consistency of usage in form and descriptions should be checked before submission. Please also check References for accuracy. Ensure that all figures and tables are mentioned in the text, and that all references are cited in the text.

Type of Manuscripts: The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (JPPS) publishes research articles, research reports, technical notes, scientific commentaries, news, views and review articles in the physical, chemical, biological, biotechnical, clinical, and socioeconomic-pharmacoeconomic, regulatory aspects of the pharmaceutical sciences.

Please submit a single Word.doc version of your manuscript that includes all tables and figures at appropriate locations. The file name should include your last (family) name and a keyword from the title of your manuscript. The file name cannot be longer than 30 characters, and should contain only letters or numbers. Do not use punctuation or symbols in the file name. The file size cannot exceed 8MB.

Format:  For each section, the sub-title appears as BOLD CAPITAL, and subsequent titles as Bold Sentence and then, if required, Bold Italic Sentence. Text should be set in Times New Roman font, 11 point. Leave only one (1) space after periods. Start new paragraphs with an indent except for the first paragraph after a title. Do not use spaces to create indents. Use line returns only at the end of paragraphs and do put blank lines between paragraphs. Use the Symbol font for symbols and special characters. Do not use equation editors or footnoting utilities in your files. Equations should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in parentheses on the right hand side of the page. Number pages (bottom, centre). Use proper Superscripts and Subscripts, not raised or lowered text.

Title Page: The title page should include the title of the article, author's name with full first name (no degrees), and author’s affiliation. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name. For office purposes, the title page should include the name and complete mailing address including country, and email address of the one author designated to review proofs. The title page should start below the top margin, be single-spaced, and no space left before the Abstract.

Abstract: A structured abstract of fewer than 300 words is required of research articles and reports and should be arranged, in one paragraph, under the following headings: PURPOSE, METHODS, RESULTS, CONCLUSIONS. Review articles also require an abstract, which need not be organized under these headings. The purpose of a structured abstract is to assist authors in organizing their thoughts - not only to highlight their work, but also to aid readers to grasp quickly the essence of the paper.

The Main Body of the Manuscript: This section must contain Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Do not combine Results and Discussion.

Under INTRODUCTION clearly state the novelty of the work.

Ethics in Animal and Clinical Investigations: Investigations using experimental animals must adhere to the ''Guide to the Care and Use of Experimental Animal Care" (Canadian Council on Animal Care guidelines, 1984). All papers containing animal data must Include a statement from your university's Animal Ethics Committee approving your protocol. Investigations with human subjects must follow the Declaration of Helsinki guidelines (1964) and be approved by the institutional human experimentation committee, or equivalent, and have signed in-formed consent.

Ethics Approval for Animal and Human Studies: Statement that approval has been received must be included under the METHODS Section.

Statistical Approach: The number of repeat measurements (‘n’) and the variance of the means must be clearly depicted in the texts and in the illustrations. Reasonable significant figures must be used as elaborated in Levy G. Significant figures or significant nonsense? Clin Pharmacol Ther, 59:363, 1996.

Figures: Figures should be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text, and designed to fit the column or page size of the Journal. All parts of a figure must be “grouped” with no segmented text box. Left justify the title below the figure (bold font). Keys to symbols should be a part of the figure, and not a part of the caption. Use the same typeface for all figures. Labels should be in title case. Figure legends should be informative and self-explanatory.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively (with Arabic numerals), referred to by number in the text and designed to fit the column or page size of the Journal. Prepare numerical illustrations (e.g., tables) using the "table" function (rows and columns). Do not make table using text functions such as tabs, spaces or lines. Hide lines except under the column headings. Left justify the title above the table (bold font). Captions should be typed separately. Table legends should be informative and self-explanatory.

Footnotes: Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text.

Abbreviations: Try to use abbreviations sparingly. When used extensively, provide a list of all non-standard abbreviations on a separate page before the reference section. Use the metric system for all measurements without periods (cm, ml, s). Define all symbols used in equations and formulas. When symbols are used extensively, include a list of all symbols in the notation section. Do not abbreviate the word "Figure" or "Table" in titles or text.

References: References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text. Cite in the text by the appropriate Arabic numeral enclosed in parentheses, e.g., (1) or (2-5), not super or sub scripted. References to unpublished personal communications should be avoided. Use ( ) for reference citation in the text. Place punctuation AFTER the reference. For each reference, use a single continuous paragraph with no extra space or line break. Do not use "add-ins" such as EndNotes. Abbreviations for journal names should conform to those in the Bibliographic Guide for Editors and Authors (American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C.). The references should conform to the following style and punctuation:

Journal Article: Neal M. Davies and Fakhreddin Jamali. COX-2 selective inhibitors cardiac toxicity: Getting to the heart of the matter. J Pharm Pharm Sci, 7:332-336, 2004.

Book: Mutschler, E.; Derendorf, H., Drug Actions, Basic Principles and Therapeutic Aspects. CRC, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, 1995.

Contribution to a Book: Jamali, F., Stereochemically Pure Drugs: An Overview, in Wainer IW: Drayer D (eds), Drug Stereochemistry: Analytical Methods and Pharmacology. 2nd ed., Marcel Dekker, INC, New York, NY, pp 375-384, 1993.

Acknowledgments: All acknowledgments (including those for grant and financial support) should be typed in one paragraph directly preceding the reference section. Authors of manuscripts submitted to JPPS are requested to state the source of all funding that enabled the research described to be undertaken.

Manuscript Submission: Manuscripts will be received by Online Submission.

Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by independent referees.

Authors should suggest the names of three expert reviewers, but selection remains a prerogative of the editorial office.

To facilitate the review process, the authors should submit supplementary material such as a cited accepted (but not published) paper, which may be required for assessment of the submitted manuscript.

Careful preparation of manuscripts and subsequent review of page proofs are essential, as the authors are responsible for all statements and content.

Copyright and Reference Citation: Submitted manuscripts must not be published previously or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Acceptance of a manuscript for publication in the Journal will automatically transfer all copyrights of the manuscript content to the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences. Authors must cite the source of any quotation or statement inserted in the manuscript. Authors must obtain permission from publisher for any illustration and table copied or adapted from a published material. Such permissions must arrive in the Journal office via direct e-mail or fax from the publisher or original letter before the manuscript can be published.


  1. Submit one (1) electronic file of manuscript including all text and images, in Word.doc format. The file name cannot be longer than 30 characters, and should contain only letters or numbers. Do not use punctuation or symbols in the file name. The file size cannot exceed 8MB.

  2. Names and email addresses of three expert reviewers.

  3. Statement of ethics approval for animal and human data.

  4. Manuscript has been proofread and spellchecked.

  5. Manuscript includes title, authors' complete first and last (family) name, address (including city, province or state, country), and email address.

Online Submission


JPPS has joined the Open Journal System (OJS). The new system is very efficient and user friendly. All users both past and new are required to create a new account on the online submission system.

If this is your first time using the NEW system, please click here to create a new account.

If you have an existing account on the NEW system , please log in here .

Be sure you have read all the above instructions before you proceed.

To access the old JPPS system please click here

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Copies of this Journal, in whole or in part, must include the copyright notice.

Any use of this Journal in whole or in part should include customary bibliographic citation, including author attribution, date, article title, Journal for Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the URL Use of illustrations in other publications is only permitted with prior permission of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences.



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