Manuscript Submission Guideline

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted by online submission system (please provide a link to submission system for author’s facilitation) or by email (please provide email of editorial office). Manuscript files can be submitted as Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) or electronic as PDF (.PDF). Manuscript should be submitted by one of the listed author, or corresponding author (please provide contact details of the corresponding author on the first page of the manuscript). The submitting author/corresponding author should accept responsibility for the paper during the submission and peer review process. The submitting author is responsible in ensuring that the article's content has been approved by all other co-authors.

Submit your manuscript by e-mail to the editorial office:

Editorial Office:

International Journal of Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals and Cosmetic Science (IJPNaCS),

Level 11, Building FF1, Faculty of Pharmacy,

Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Alam Campus

42300 Bandar Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia


Article Types

The Journal accepts original research articles, full lenght review articles, mini reviews, short communications, case reports, and letters to the editor. Manuscripts must be written in a clear and concise manner. Structured headings are required (refer to the preparation of manuscript guidelines for details).

General format and length of the types of articles accepted for submission


Word count limit

(excluding abstract and references)

Word count in abstract

Number of keywords

Number of Tables




of references

Original Research







Review Article

  • Systematic
  • Narrative





40 (at least)

60 (at least)

Mini Review





40 (at least)








Case Report






Letter to the Editor  






Note: Values in table indicates maximum number unless indicated otherwise.

* Background, Objective (s), Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions

** Background, Content, Summary

*** Background, Case presentation, Conclusions

Original research articles

Review articles should be prepared according to one of the following styles:

i. Systematic review should contain original articles' headings. The protocol of these studies should adhere to PRISMA (for systematic reviews of RCTs) or MOOSE (for Observational studies) guidelines. Abstract should be structured.
ii. Nonsystematic reviews (Narrative reviews) should contain critical assessment of the current knowledge in the field. Sub headings of these articles should include abstract, introduction, discussion and summary. Abstract should be structured.

Short communication/Brief reports can be in form of research article, systematic review or ongoing research which reports new and interesting findings for rapid communication. The article structure is similar of the original article type but with a maximum of 2000 words.

Case reports: Should include abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, acknowledgment, references, and figures. Necessary documentations of the case(s) like pathology reports, laboratory test reports, and images should be submitted.

A letter to the editor includes criticism of previous articles, review over books, analysis of a related topic, expansion and explanation about an idea or a complicated problem or a brief report that is within the scope of IJPNaCS and of particular interest to the community but is not suitable as a standard research article. These articles need no structure.

Preparation Guidelines

  • All manuscripts must be written in English.
  • Manuscripts should be single spaced; justified; the text should be in Times New Roman 12-point font. All pages should be numbered.  
  • Title page
    1. The TITLE must be BOLD, ALIGNED to the LEFT (14-point font) with a 25 mm top margin, followed by the names of Author(s) separated from the title by a single line space, aligned left and indicated by an asterisk* for the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. To assist information retrieval, titles should be concise and informative.
    2. The full correspondence address (aligned left), should be separated by a single line space from the author names.
    3. Avoid abbreviations, symbols or formulae in your title.

  1. An informative Abstract (heading aligned left).
  2. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the study, the principles results and major conclusions.
  3. Keywords: (heading aligned left) continue in the same line as the heading. Provide a maximum of 3-5 keywords.
  • The text should be divided into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and References. The headings should be BOLD, ALIGNED LEFT, NUMBERED, and separated from the text by one line above and below. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2,……), 1.2, etc.
    • Introduction (summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study);
    • Materials and Methods (study design and exact method or observation or experiment, definitions such as for diagnostic criteria, the population or patient samples, and laboratory and statistical methods);
    • Results (presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations)
    • Discussion (present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers)
    • Conclusion (final results that the author(s) has (have) reached)
    • Acknowledgements (All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be included in the acknowledgement section. Financial and material support and funding source should also be acknowledged)
    • Conflict of interest (Authors should mention if there is any conflict of interest in their work. If no conflict of interest, author can write “authors declare no conflict of interest in the present work”)
    • References.
    • Acknowledgements: (heading align left) if any, should appear after the text continuing the same line as the heading.
  • The text should include line number, fully justified and continuous with no spaces between paragraphs, the first line of which should be indented approximately four spaces. Subheadings should be in lower case regular italic with Initial capital.

Statistical Analysis

Experimental design, subject selection and randomization procedures
should be described and analytical precision quoted when appropriate. Appropriate power calculations for the sample size used should be given. In case–control studies clearly define how cases and controls were selected and what matching has taken place. Authors should detail how they have addressed missing data and loss to follow up.  Analytical methods used to account for sampling strategy should be described. Rounded figures are easier to compare and extra decimal places should be avoided. Descriptive statistics require an additional digit to those used for the raw data. Percentages should not be expressed to more than one decimal place and not be used at all for small samples.

Normally distributed data should be described using a mean, SD and/or %CV and expressed as ‘mean (SD)’ or ‘mean ± SD’. When data are not normally distributed, then medians and interquartile ranges should be used in place of mean and SD. Skewed data can often be normalized by logarithmic transformation or a power transformation. The statistical analysis and calculation of summary statistics should be carried out on the transformed data and the summary statistics transformed back to the original scale for presentation. If a logarithmic scale is used, then graphs should display non-transformed data on a logarithmic scale. The conventional use of statistical significance is P≤0.05. If a different significance level needs to be used then the reasons why must be clearly stated in the statistical method section.

Abbreviation and Units

Abbreviations: Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have been define in the abstract. Symbols and abbreviations should be those currently in use. Authors should not create new abbreviations and acronyms. Do not use abbreviations in the title or heads unless they are unavoidable.

Units: All measurements should be expressed in SI units.

Artwork, figures and other graphics
Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be supplied in highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version. Rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.


Tables in limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed above and in separate pages. Each table should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals and typed single-spaced, including all headings. Verify tabular statistics to make sure they tally and match data cited in the text. Do not submit tables as photograph. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Table 1.]"). Insert tables after they are cited in the text.


Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below the figures. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]"). Insert figures after they are cited in the text. Use the abbreviation “Fig.1”, even at the beginning of a sentence.


All illustrations must be numbered as cited in the text in consecutive numeric order. Written permission must accompany any photograph in which the subject can be identified or any illustration that has been previously published.

Supplementary Material

This journal may host additional materials online e.g. movie clips, questionnaires.

Conflict of Interest and Other Declaration
All authors are required to declare any conflicts of interest when submitting papers for publication. Declarations of funding sources, ethical approval and acknowledgement should be included at the end of the manuscript (before references list).

  • Declaration of competing interests: GKSS is an employee of XYZ Coorperation. GS provides consultative advice to ABC corporation.
  • Funding: This research was funded by (please provide grant name and number)
  • Ethical approval: The human or animal ethics committee of UiTM (REC UiTM or UiTM CARE) approved this study (please provide number)
  • Acknowledgements

Reference Style

All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:

References should be numbered sequentially as they appear in the text according to the Vancouver style. When citing authors in the text, acknowledge only the first author where there are three or more authors, e.g. Williams et al (1) stated that.... Where there are two authors cite both, e.g. Jones and Smith (2) reported that.... Citations in the reference list are to be arranged by number in the following format including punctuation.

Reference list should be single spaced with one line spaced between each entry.

Journals: Author(s). Title of article. Title of journal.  Year; Volume number: Page numbers. (Abbreviations for journals used in the reference list should conform to Index Medicus.)

Books: Author(s). Title: sub-title. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher; Year:pages numbers.

Chapter in a book: Author(s) of chapter. Title: sub-title of chapter. In: Author(s) (or editors) of the book. Title: sub-title of book. Place of publication: publisher; Year; page numbers.

E-books: Author (s). Title of e-book: subtitle [format]. Place: Publisher; Date of original publication [cited year abbreviated month day]. Available from: Source or URL.