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Minimum requirements for manuscript submission

The authors, of these 5 unique journals ([SP-PRJ] – [SJ-BPJ] – [SJ-FPJ] – [SJ-VPJ] – [SJ-PPJ]) should know that there are fourteen minimal requirements expected of all manuscripts submitted for review and consideration before publication.

  1. Editorial office pre-review papers submitted by authors to confirm manuscripts are within the scope of listed journals and are in strict conformity with the writing style, quality, accuracy, and novelty recommended by the scientific and technical advisory committee (STAC) for all our journals. This can be completed with 48hours.
  2. Authors are advised to agree/disagree to pay for the handling charges should their manuscripts be accepted for publication. To stop the process, authors can disagree at this point and choose to opt-out.
  3. Sending of manuscripts to a minimum of two professional peer reviewers for their independent and unbiased judgment regarding the suitability of manuscripts for publication in any of our journals. This can last for 2 weeks depending on the response of reviewers?
  4. Authors are given the chance to respond to reviewers’ concerns or confirm they agree with reviewers’ comments about their manuscripts even if there are no concerns or comments. This can last for 1 week
  5. The editorial board makes the final decision about manuscripts’ fate/status. At this point, authors will be allowed to pay the mandatory non-refundable fee of US$250 for middle and low-income countries and US$500 for all high-income developed countries of the world.
  6. All accepted manuscripts will undergo an editorial upgrade, galley proof preparation for author’s approval, plagiarism check, grammar assessment for novelty, and quality. Online publication can take place within one week after galley proof correction is received and approved by the editorial board.
  7. If authors are willing to respond to authors’ comments, within a specified time, providing all information needed, then rejected manuscripts can be resubmitted for a fresh peer review.
  8. Rejected manuscripts are sent back to the corresponding author(s) for upgrade according to reviewers’ comments. Duration for response is usually two weeks but we will prefer it should last for one week or we assume the manuscript was withdrawn by the authors
  9. Manuscripts must provide answers to unanswered public health, socio-demographic, socio-economic, Biomedical, Pathological, and Clinical questions, and other research questions
  10.  There must be clearly descriptive innovative ways for early detection (Diagnostic), prevention (Vaccine), and control (management) of human disease
  11. Outlines the role of vectors in disease transmission
  12. Elucidates the science behind host-microbial interactions that will ultimately improve current knowledge on diagnosis prevention and control of diseases
  13. Illuminates the molecular and phenotypic markers/predictors of host colonization/infections with special pathogens and how this knowledge will lead to effective forecast prevention and control of diseases
  14. Explains diagnostic approaches leading to better prevention and control of disease agents including but not limited to: new media discovery or improvement of existing ones, genomics of diseases, population genetics
  15. Highlights modern approaches in the use of immune-, chemo-, radio, bio, herbal-therapies for prevention and control diseases

See this checklist which we recommend to form a guide for your manuscript before they are submitted for consideration in our journals. The scope of these 4 unique journals ([SJ-BPJ] – [SJ-FPJ] – [SJ-VPJ] – [SJ-PPJ])

  1. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses PRISMA
  2. Strengthening The Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE)
  3. STARD checklist for reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy
  4. The CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards of Reporting Trials checklist

Authors notes

Authors should note that all manuscripts must undergo peer review by two professionals and pass before being considered for publication. The Editorial Board may reject a paper on the basis of internal review. These rejected papers are rapidly returned to the manuscript, usually within three weeks. Original observations including new findings can be submitted for consideration. The document should be written in English in clear and direct terms. Pages must be numbered successively, All manuscripts must follow the Vancouver style.

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Manuscript format: Manuscripts for full-length papers should contain the following sections;

  1. Covering letter
  2. Title page
  3. Abstract
  4. Text organization
  5. List of abbreviations
  6. Conflict of interest
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. References
  9. Appendixes
  10. Figures/illustrations
  11. Chemical structures
  12. Tables and captions
  13. Supportive/supplementary material


References must be listed in the numerical system (Vancouver, click here to see link for details). All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section (Click here for details). The reference numbers must be finalized and the bibliography must be fully formatted before submission (Click here for details).

Checklist before you submit your articles

If you want to submit a non-observational study manuscript, you may wish to follow the authors’ information to comply with our writing format so as to pass editorial screening before papers are sent for external peer review! If the editorial office is not satisfied, your manuscript may be returned to you for attention!

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S/N Section Question answer
1 Title and abstract: Study’s design in the title/abstract indicated
2 Background/Rationale: Informative/balanced summary of methods and key results provided in
the abstract
3. Objective: Scientific background and rationale for reported investigation
clearly explained
4. Study design: Key elements of the study design presented
5. Setting: The setting, locations, dates, periods of recruitment, exposure,
follow-up, and data collection clearly described
6. Participants: Study type, Eligibility/matching criteria, participants selection,
case ascertainment, control  and follow
up methods/source, number of exposed, unexposed,  and controls per case
7. Variables: All outcomes, exposures, predictors, potential confounders, and
effect modifiers; diagnostic criteria, clearly defined
8. Data source/measurement:  Sources of data, methods of
assessment (measurement); describe comparability of assessment method(s) given
in detail
9 Bias: Efforts to address likely sources of bias defined
10. Study size: How the study size was derived clearly outlined
11. Quantitative variables How quantitative variables were analyzed include which groupings were
chosen and why
12. Statistical methods: All statistical methods, including those used to: control for
confounding, examine subgroups and interactions, address missing data, loss
to follow-up, matching of cases and controls, analyze  sampling strategy and sensitivity  explained
13 Participants: Numbers of individuals potentially, examined or confirmed eligible at
each stage of the study and those included in the study or completing
follow-up, and reasons for nonparticipation are clearly defined,   Consider
use of a flow diagram
14. Descriptive data: Characteristics of study participants (e.g., demographic, clinical,
social) and information on exposures and potential confounders, number of
participants with missing data for each variable of interest, summarize
follow-up time (e.g., average and total amount) clearly defined
15. Outcome data: Numbers of outcome events or summary measures over time, numbers in
each exposure category, or summary measures of exposure and  numbers of outcome events or summary
measures, outlined
16. Main results: Have you given unadjusted estimates and, if applicable,
confounder-adjusted estimates and their precision (e.g., 95% confidence
interval); make clear which confounders were adjusted for and why they were
included, report category boundaries when continuous variables were
17 Other analysis: Subgroups, interactions, and sensitivities reported
18. Key results: Key results in relation to study objectives reported
19 Limitation: limitations of the study, taking into account sources of potential
bias or imprecision; discuss both direction and magnitude of any potential
20. Interpretation: Give a cautious overall interpretation of results considering
objectives, limitations, multiplicity of analyses, results from similar
studies, and other relevant evidence
21 Generalizability: Discuss the generalizability (external validity) of the study results
22. Funding: the source of funding and the role of the funders for the present
study and, if applicable, for the original study on which the present article
is based  Funding

To submit a manuscript, we recommend the use of strobes guideline or checklist as adapted from the strobe guideline for observational studies (STROBES) as indicated here If you can say yes to all the questions, then you are ready to submit. You are advised to use the form below this checklist to submit your manuscript for consideration and publication in this special journal of pathology

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    Manuscript Details

    Handling fee details

    • Publication fee                                   totally free or Zero US dollars (US$0.00)
    • Handling fee:                                     Five hundred US dollars (US$500)
    • Developed countries                          Five hundred US dollars (US$500)
    • Middle or low-income countries         Two hundred and fifty US dollars (US$250)         

    Authors should know that handling of the manuscript submitted for peer review consideration and publication needs some small financial token that is not a publication fee. However, authors of accepted papers are advised to take part in our policy of cost-sharing of the processing and handling fee for each journal and its content because we do not yet have sponsorship for our services. Therefore authors are encouraged to pay some small amount of the cost of handling a manuscript from submission to publication. This applies to the list of journals covered by our editorial office

    Why the handling cost-sharing

    The handling or processing fee are terms used to describe the money needed to keep the editorial office running in relation to overhead cost which include but not limited to :

    1. Tax
    2. Payments for logistics and tea to professionals volunteers who are consulted from time to time to keep the editorial office running.
    3. Payment for services of technicians who are required to maintain the website since we are solely an online publication network.
    4. Large internet data from service providers
    5. Good antivirus
    6. Website hosting and associated charges (domain, lock, and others)
    7. Computers and accessories,
    8. subscriptions for software’s and databases (Grammarly, plagiarism, SEO plugin, and others)
    9. Power supply, utilities, and some local dues needed to provide the platform for volunteers to do their work including meetings and training for better services provisions.
    10. Airtime to make phone calls
    11. Training of volunteers for an update in service delivery

    As of December 2019, we can confirm that the minimum cost of handling and processing a manuscript from the authors’ submission to acceptance until it is published and maintained online is five hundred United States dollars (US$500). Authors from developed or high-income countries are encouraged to pay it completely. This will enable the Special Journal of Disease Markers to reduce the cost of handling and processing manuscripts submitted for consideration by authors from middle and low-income countries.

    Special 5 unique journals ([SPRJ] – [SJ-BPJ] – [SJ-FPJ] – [SJ-VPJ] – [SJ-PPJ])  is interested in publishing novel data from developing or underdeveloped countries which we know are desperately needed by the relevant stakeholders globally to make the world a better place to be. Therefore authors of accepted manuscripts from developing countries and under-developed or middle and low-income countries are therefore required to pay 50% (two hundred and fifty dollars US$250) of the minimum cost of handling and processing a manuscript from authors’ submission to acceptance until it is published and maintained online which is five hundred United States dollars (US$500).

    It should be noted that the Special 5 unique journals ([SPRJ] – [SJ-BPJ] – [SJ-FPJ] – [SJ-VPJ] – [SJ-PPJ]) are not for the profit publication platform designed to help all researchers from all over the world to shift or change the paradigm from “publish or perish” to “publish or publish”. We believe every resource-oriented professional will give what it takes to succeed and no one sets out on a mission to fail or perish. Lessons learned in the past suggest avoidable and affordable challenges could have saved many important talented professionals from being pushed out of their professional system allowing them to be more vulnerable to the so-called publish or perish paradigm.

    The Special 5 unique journals ([SPRJ] – [SJ-BPJ] – [SJ-FPJ] – [SJ-VPJ] – [SJ-PPJ]) wants to replace publish or perish with publishing or publish and we would not allow anyone to perish. The principle of snowballing is one approach we think this message can be spread globally so that those in need will hear accept and embrace our mission.


    1. Finance Trust Bank Uganda, Account number is 401214000033

    2. DFCU Bank Uganda Account Number 01981011172776

    Be the first to Support this initiative. Send your manuscripts at once to the Special Journal of Pathology at the submit page or by email attached to [email protected]. You are therefore invited to submit your papers/manuscripts by email attachment of the entire word document to us at [email protected]  or call +256782101486 and +256703129679. We will acknowledge receipt of the manuscript within 24hrs or else send it again until ok

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