Editorial Policies

Journal of Haematology and Stem Cell Research (JHSCR)


Editorial Policies

  • Aim of JHSCR
  • Scope of JHSCR
  • Who is an Author
  • Peer review Policy
  • Review Process 
  • Decision
  • Proofs
  • Reviewing and Acceptance
  • Suggesting Two Independent Reviewers
  • Plagiarism Policy
  • Copyright Policy
  • Manuscript Retraction Policy
  • Appeals and complaints
  • Scientific misconduct

Aim :

The editors welcome original research articles across all areas of haematology. The journal publishes original research articles and review articles primarily. Original research manuscripts may include laboratory, animal or human/clinical studies - all phases. Letters to the Editor and Case Reports will also be considered.

Review articles include expert opinion/perspective reviews (including single-drug and drug class reviews), narrative reviews and therapeutic area reviews. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, postmarketing and health economic and pharmacoeconomic reviews are also welcomed.


  • Subject areas include, but are not restricted to the following fields:
  • Anemia
  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Lymph angiogenesis
  • Hematological-malignancies
  • Blood-transfusion
  • Serum protein electrophoresis
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Photo acoustics
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • B-cell-lymphoma
  • Invivo flow cytometry
  • Chains of Hemoglobin
  • Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Coagulation
  • Thalassemia
  • Non Hodgkin's Disease
  • Multiple Myleoma
  • Stem cells and Hematopoiesis
  • Leukocytes and platelets 
  • Red cell biology
  • Hematologic neoplasia
  • Immunobiology
  • Blood and Marrow transplantation
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Vascular biology
  • Hemobiology

Journal of Haematology and Stem Cell Research (JHSCR) do not confine to a particular area of research. It is uniquely focused on conveying recent advancements to the scientific world in Hematology and Blood Disorders.

  • Who is an Author? [Back to Top]
  • ICMJE Criteria for authorship

The journal follows International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ICMJE criteria for authorship which are as follows:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to then accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All authors should fulfill these four criteria. For detailed ICMJE guidelines see this link:

Peer Review Policy 

Every manuscript, first be read by one or more of the journal’s staff. This is an important feature of our selection process and many papers are turned away on the basis of in-house assessment alone. That decision will be communicated quickly.  Research papers are followed by peer review by at least two reviewers. You will receive notification of which editor is handling the peer review of your paper.

Review Process 

  • The Editor-in-Chief evaluates all manuscripts upon submission. Those rejected before being sent to review have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Those that meet the minimum criteria are selected for blind peer review and will send to two independant reviewers.


  • Submissions that survive in-house and peer review might be referred back to authors for revision. This is an invitation to present the best possible paper for further scrutiny by the journal; it is not an acceptance 
  • Authors should give priority to such revisions; the journal will reciprocate by making a final decision quickly
  • copy of the revised version should be sent back, one of which should be highlighted to show where changes have been made. Detailed responses to reviewers’ comments
  • There are several possible decisions: to accept or reject the manuscript outright, to request minor or major revisions, and to accept or reject after revision(s). Referees and/or Associate Editors may request more than one revision of a manuscript. This decision will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.


  • The journal skilled Editors, is likely that your paper will be substantially edited after acceptance to ensure that it is accurate, clear, and understandable to a wide readership All figures will be redrawn into the journal style by our in-house illustrators
  • You will receive a proof from an Editor. That proof should be corrected and returned within next 3-5 days

Reviewing and Acceptance

  • After your article has passed the initial acceptance criteria it is sent to peer-reviewers in your area of expertise for comments and later approval by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. Once your article is accepted, we will process it for publication.
  • For most journals you will then be asked by email to start the Publication workflow, in which you (as corresponding author) can easily manage the administrative tasks of the publishing procedure.

Suggesting Two independent Reviewers

The author can suggest the names their designations and details contact information (email and cell no) of two reviewers. One national and one international (optional)


JHSCR uses Turnitin plagiarism software to find out any plagiarism in the received manuscripts.

Submissions from Members of the Editorial Board 

The member of the Editorial Board do not enjoy any special favors what so ever. Additionally, they have been allowed for the submission of only three articles in one year

Editors have clarified the procedure for handling manuscripts from editorial board members. All editorial board members have been informed that all necessary information (i.e. Authorship declaration, Ethical approval from the IRB board, Conflict of Interest, etc.) regarding the progress of the peer review can be obtained from the editorial office.

Referee reports

Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

  • Is original
  • Is methodologically sound
  • Follows appropriate ethical guidelines
  • Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions
  • Correctly references previous relevant work

Manuscript Retraction Policy

In case the author wants to retract the manuscript during processing, they should email the editor in chief stating the reason of the withdrawal. Manuscript will not be considered withdrawn unless all authors receive a formal letter of withdrawal from editor in chief.

Appeals and Complaints

Authors have the right to appeal against a rejected article. They will do so through a letter addressing the editor in chief giving detailed explanation on journal email address: journalpsh@gmail.com. we welcome an appeal. A decision will be taken after an internal review of the request in the next editorial board meeting.  At least two editors will decide whether to invite a revised manuscript and whether re-review, or otherwise, is indicated

Scientific Misconduct 

Journal of Haematology and Stem Cell Research (JHSCR) follows the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME). JHSCR discourages falsification and fabrication of data, plagiarism, misappropriation of ideas of others, improprieties of authorship and violation of generally accepted research practices. Authors involved in scientific misconduct may be black listed and barred from further submissions.