JPharmSci focuses on two major questions of importance to pharmaceutical scientists: (i) What are the physical and biological barriers that limit the access of drugs to their therapeutic targets?; and (ii) How can drugs, excipients, traditional formulations, novel drug delivery systems and drug products be designed to maximize therapeutic efficacy? Answers to these questions have in the past and will in the future be forthcoming from research in a variety of scientific disciplines including but not limited to the following: physical pharmacy; pharmaceutics; pharmaceutical technology; drug delivery; pharmaceutical engineering; materials science; nanotechnology; animal, human, cellular and molecular biopharmaceutics; animal and human pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics; drug metabolism and transport; biotechnology; medical chemistry, including drug design and prodrug strategies; biophysical chemistry; analytical and bioanalytical chemistry; physical organic, organic, and computational chemistry; molecular modeling; immunology; biochemistry; and cell and molecular biology. The scientific content of manuscripts submitted to JPharmSci should fit into one of the following subject categories:
Drug Discovery-Development Interface
Manuscripts in this scientific category should include descriptions of quantitative and mechanistic research in pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug metabolism and transport that are normally conducted during the discovery of organic chemistry-based and biotechnology-based hits, leads and potential drug candidates. Research results of particular interest to the readers of JPharmSci would include those that afford valuable, new information about how a molecule's in vitro and in vivo behavior are influenced by its molecular and physico-chemical properties, traditional formulations and novel delivery systems used in lead optimization studies. This scientific category would also encompass manuscripts that describe: (i) new and novel analytical methodologies and that would facilitate and/or more accurately and completely characterize the physico-chemical and biological properties of hits, leads and potential drug candidates; and (ii) new and novel formulations strategies and drug delivery systems, including those built on bio-and nanotechnologies, that would enhance the delivery of these molecules to their pharmacological targets in animal models.
Manuscripts in this scientific category should include descriptions of quantitative and mechanistic research in pharmaceutics, drug delivery and pharmaceutical technology that are normally conducted during the preclinical and clinical drug development of biotechnology-based drug candidates and drugs (e.g. peptides, proteins, antibodies, vaccines, DNA, RNA). Research results of particular interest to the readers of JPharmSci would include those that afford valuable, new information about how a molecule's in vitro and in vivo behavior is influenced by its molecular and physico-chemical properties, traditional formulations and novel drug delivery systems used in preclinical and clinical studies and the manufacturing processes that give rise to the final drug product. This scientific category would also encompass manuscripts that describe: (i) new and novel analytical methodologies that would facilitate and/or more accurately and completely characterize the physico-chemical and biological properties of biotechnology-based drug candidates and drugs; and (ii) new and novel formulations strategies and drug delivery systems, including those built on bio-and nanotechnologies, that would enhance the delivery of these types of molecules to their pharmacological targets in animals and humans.
Pharmaceutics, Drug Delivery and Pharmaceutical Technology
Manuscripts in this scientific category should include descriptions of quantitative and mechanistic research in pharmaceutics, drug delivery and pharmaceutical technology that are normally conducted during the preclinical and clinical development of organic chemistry-based drugs based drugs or drug candidates. Research results of particular interest to the readers of JPharmSci would include those that afford valuable, new information about how the in vitro and in vivo behavior of a drug molecule or formulation excipient is influenced by its molecular and physico-chemical properties, traditional formulations and novel drug delivery systems used in pre-clinical and clinical studies and the manufacturing processes that give rise to the final drug product. This scientific category also encompasses manuscripts that describe: (i) new and novel analytical methodologies that facilitate and/or more accurately and completely characterize physico-chemical and biological properties of biotechnology-based drugs and drug candidates; (ii) new and novel pro-drug strategies and formulation strategies and drug delivery systems, including those built on bio- and nanotechnologies, that enhance the delivery of these types of molecules to their pharmacological targets in animals and humans; and (iii) new and novel developments in manufacturing of drugs and drug delivery systems, including continuous manufacturing and the Quality by Design concept.
Manuscripts in this scientific category should describe quantitative and mechanistic experimental or theoretical research in nanoscale-based pharmaceuticals or diagnostics in which the innovation resides specifically in the nanoscale aspects of the work. Manuscripts reporting advances in pharmaceutical nanotechnology that are being disclosed for the first time would be of particular interest. Suitable topics in this category include advances in the fabrication of nanoscale materials with demonstrably new or significant functionality potential for pharmaceutical applications. Additional topics include improved quantitative methods of characterization of nanoscale pharmaceutical materials and mechanistic studies that contribute to an improved understanding of functionality of nanoscale-based technologies with clear therapeutic implications. The manuscript's conclusions should be supported by relevant in vitro and/or in vivo experimental data and appropriate statistical analysis. Notable exceptions to the requirement for appropriate physical and biological characterization are: (i) comprehensive and complete theoretical or computational studies; and (ii) meta-analyses of historical data or reviews of the existing literature.
Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Transport and Metabolism
Manuscripts in this scientific category should encompass quantitative and mechanistic research normally conducted during the preclinical and clinical drug development of organic chemistry-based or biotechnology-based drug candidates or drugs that affords valuable, new information (e.g. drug-drug interactions) about the molecule's in vitro metabolism and/or in vitro absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) and how these properties relate to the molecule's in vivo pharmacological and toxicological properties. This scientific category would also encompass manuscripts that describe new and novel analytical methodologies that would facilitate and/or more accurately and completely characterize the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamic and drug metabolism and transport properties of these types of drug candidates and drugs in animals and humans.
Manuscripts in this scientific category should encompass descriptions of quantitative and mechanistic research in pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and metabolism and transport properties that are normally conducted during the discovery of organic chemistry-based and biotechnology-based hits, leads and potential drug candidates and the preclinical and clinical development of drug candidates and drugs targeting diseases common in developing countries. Research results of particular interest to the readers of JPharmSci would include those that afford valuable, new information about how a molecule's in vitro and in vivo behavior are influenced by its molecular and physico-chemical properties, traditional formulations, novel drug delivery systems and manufacturing processes. The scientific category would also encompass manuscripts that describe new and novel analytical methodologies that would facilitate and/or more accurately and completely characterize the pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, drug delivery and manufacturing properties of these types of drug candidates and drugs in animals and humans.
Special Topic Cluster
Manuscripts in this category are part of an invited group of manuscripts that may be of multiple types including reviews, minireviews, research articles, notes, commentaries, perspectives, lessons learned, and/or workshop reports all focused on a specific research area or subject of general interest to pharmaceutical scientists. The topics and manuscripts contributed to this category are limited to invitation only and initiated by approvals from the Editors and Editor-in-Chief.
Types of article
Types of article
The Editor-in-Chief and one Editor, as well as members of the Journal's Editorial Advisory Board and independent experts, will review most manuscripts submitted to JPharmSci. However, the Editor-in-Chief and the Editors reserve the right to reject a manuscript without conducting an in-depth review if they feel that the manuscript is "out of scope" or it does not meet the minimal acceptance criteria for publication in JPharmSci.
Rapid Communications are limited accounts of significant and original experimental and/or theoretical results that fit within the scope of JPharmSci. The results must be of good quality and significance, originality, general interest and are determined by Reviewers and/or the Editor to be of urgent importance to the research area to justify accelerated publication. Authors are asked to write their manuscripts in a clear and concise manner and to include only data crucial to arriving at their final conclusions. Preferably manuscripts should not exceed 2,000 words of text and a total of 4 figures and/or tables. Extra experimental and/or theoretical data in the form of figures and tables should be deposited under Supporting Information.
Research Articles are comprehensive accounts of significant and original experimental and/or theoretical results that fit within the scope of JPharmSci. Authors are asked to write their manuscripts in a clear and concise manner and to include only data crucial to arriving at their final conclusions. Preferably manuscripts should not exceed 5,500 words of text and a total of 8 figures and/or tables. Extra experimental and/or theoretical data in the form of figures and tables should be deposited under Supporting Information.
Notes differ from Rapid Communications in that they are final reports and from Research Articles in that they are limited in scope. Authors are asked to write their manuscripts in a clear and concise manner and to include only data crucial to arriving at their final conclusions. Preferably manuscripts should not exceed 2,000 words of text and a total of 4 figures and/or tables. Extra experimental and/or theoretical data in the form of figures and tables should be deposited under Supporting Information.
Lessons Learned are articles which provide authors with a means of informing other scientists about critical issues, experiences and observations, the descriptions of which would not be appropriate for a typical Research Article, Communication, Note, Commentary or Review. Examples include, but are not limited to, key insights into an unanticipated manufacturing problem, knowledge accumulated over a career of "tricks of the trade" for a given analytical or formulation method, how to avoid a mistake that is repeated over and over again by scientists in industry and academia. Each article will be reviewed directly by an Editor who has expertise in the relevant scientific area. Because each of these articles represents the personal opinion, experience and/or insights of the author(s), data are not required (but could be described) nor does the identity of a given drug need to be divulged. Articles may contain several key references.
General Commentaries, Global Health Commentaries, and Special Topic Commentaries (by invitation only) present authors' considered opinions on scientific or technical subjects within the scope of JPharm Sci. If the Commentary is critical of the content of a Research Article, Note, or Rapid Communication published in the JPharmSci, the authors of the original article will be given the opportunity to submit a "reply" Commentary and the "critical" Commentary and the "reply" Commentary will be published back-to-back in the same issue of JPharmSci. Authors interested in preparing Commentaries for JPharmSci should provide a brief outline to Editor John Carpenter.
Perspectives (by invitation only) articles summarize the viewpoints of distinguished pharmaceutical scientists with regard to the current status and future direction of the field. Perspectives are similar in length to Commentaries and Reviews, and may be submitted only by invitation. An author interested in preparing a Perspective for JPharmSci should provide a brief outline to Professor John Carpenter requesting an invitation to submit a manuscript in this category.
Reviews (by invitation only) provide a comprehensive summary of broadly-based topics of general interest to pharmaceutical scientists. Reviews are not limited as to the number of words, tables, figures and references that may be included. An author interested in preparing a Review for JPharmSci should provide a brief outline to Professor John Carpenter requesting an invitation to submit a manuscript in this category.
Backstory Commentaries (by invitation only) provide a comprehensive historical style narrative of an academic or industrial scientist's drug, prodrug, and formulation/excipient discovery or development story. Backstory Commentaries are not limited as to the number of words, tables, figures and references that may be included. An author interested in preparing a Backstory Commentary for JPharmSci should provide a brief outline to Professor John Carpenter requesting an invitation to submit a manuscript in this category.
Minireviews (by invitation only) are well-focused, well-documented examinations of timely issues in the pharmaceutical sciences. The issues may be of a controversial nature, or may address a more narrowly focused area than those typically covered in a Review. Minireviews are limited to approximately 3,000-4,000 words, including tables, figures and references. An author interested in preparing a Minireview for JPharmSci should provide a brief outline to Professor John Carpenter requesting an invitation to submit a manuscript in this category.
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Traditionally, scientific papers must reveal sufficient information for the work to be repeated by others. That tradition led to the policy that JPharmSci has applied to manuscripts that contain information on proprietary small molecules. This policy essentially states that information pertaining to proprietary (small molecule) compounds can be published providing that, in the opinion of the reviewers and editors, the paper would be publishable based solely on the information derived from studies of known compounds. Thus, information on proprietary compounds has been considered to be supplemental while the decision to publish or not has relied on compounds for which structures were disclosed.
Studies of proprietary proteins and other biologicals pose a difficult situation for JPharmSci. In some cases, complete structures may not have been determined or, even if the structure is available, compounds having identical structures may be difficult for others to generate (e.g., the amino acid sequences of immunoglobulin hypervariable regions). Yet, interesting studies of proprietary biologicals can nevertheless be envisioned that may be deemed to have sufficient value that the failure to reveal detailed structural information should not be a deterrent to publication. Therefore, the journal will determine the acceptability of such papers on an individual basis. Decisions of acceptability will be made using the following criteria: (a) the structural information provided is adequate for the purpose of evaluating the paper using rigorous scientific standards; (b) the structural information provided is sufficient to enable others to verify the results by conducting essentially the same experiments; and (c) the work is judged to be of sufficient importance that a lack of complete structural information does not significantly detract from its scientific contributions.
(p) Tables. Tabulation of experimental results is encouraged when this leads to more effective presentation or to more economical use of space. Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules. Tables should be created with a word processor and saved in either DOC or RTF format. Do not embed tables in your text. Tables should be on separate pages and saved as one file in DOC format. Provide a brief title with each table and a brief heading for each column. Clearly indicate the units of measure (preferably SI). Data should be rounded to the nearest significant figure. Explanatory material referring to the whole table is to be included as a footnote to the title (a). Footnotes in tables should be given lower case letter designations and cited in the tables as italicized superscripts. Tables that require special treatment, such as insertion of arrows or other special symbols under or over alphanumeric characters, or contain many structures should be submitted as camera-ready copy.
(q) Artwork. The quality of the illustrations printed in your paper depends on the quality of the originals you provide. Electronic submission of illustrations is required.
• Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
• Embed the used fonts if the application provides that option.
• Aim to use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Times New Roman, Symbol, or use fonts that look similar.
• Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
• Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files.
• Provide captions to illustrations separately.
• Size the illustrations close to the desired dimensions of the published version.
• Submit each illustration as a separate file.
• Ensure that color images are accessible to all, including those with impaired color vision.
A detailed guide on electronic artwork is available.
You are urged to visit this site; some excerpts from the detailed information are given here.
If your electronic artwork is created in a Microsoft Office application (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) then please supply 'as is' in the native document format.
Regardless of the application used other than Microsoft Office, when your electronic artwork is finalized, please 'Save as' or convert the images to one of the following formats (note the resolution requirements for line drawings, halftones, and line/halftone combinations given below):
EPS (or PDF): Vector drawings, embed all used fonts.
TIFF (or JPEG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones), keep to a minimum of 300 dpi.
TIFF (or JPEG): Bitmapped (pure black & white pixels) line drawings, keep to a minimum of 1000 dpi.
TIFF (or JPEG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale), keep to a minimum of 500 dpi.
Please do not:
• Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
• Supply files that are too low in resolution;
• Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.
For best results, submit illustrations in the actual size at which they should appear in the journal. Original illustrations which do not need to be reduced to fit a single or double column will yield the best quality. Lettering should be no smaller than 6 points. (Helvetica type works well for lettering.) Lines should be no thinner than 0.5 point. Lettering and lines should be of uniform density. If you must submit artwork that must be reduced, use larger lettering and thicker lines so that, when reduced, the artwork meets the above-mentioned parameters. Avoid using complex textures and shading to achieve a three-dimensional effect. To show a pattern, choose a simple cross-hatch design.
Color artwork. All color figures will be reproduced in full color in the online edition of the journal at no cost to the authors. Authors are encouraged to submit color illustrations that highlight the text and convey essential scientific information. For best reproduction, bright, clear colors should be used. Dark colors against a dark background do not reproduce well; please place your color images against a white background whenever possible.
Please make sure that artwork files are in an acceptable format (TIFF (or JPEG), EPS (or PDF) or MS Office files) and with the correct resolution. If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable color figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in color online (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites). Further information on the preparation of electronic artwork.
In addition to the above resolution guidelines, color figures must be submitted in a CMYK color. Do not submit color figures as RGB.
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Chemical Structures. Structures should be produced with the use of a drawing program such as ChemDraw. Authors using the current versions of ChemDraw, ChemIntosh, and ChemWindows will find the necessary parameters incorporated into these programs ("JOC Document" under the Windows menus for ChemDraw and "Reduce 60% for JOC Style" under the Options menu for ChemIntosh/ChemWindows). In ChemDraw version 4.5, files should be saved in TIFF format to allow use of electronic files in production.
(r) Nomenclature. It is the responsibility of the authors to provide correct nomenclature. All nomenclature must be consistent and unambiguous and should conform with current American usage. Insofar as possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those used by Chemical Abstracts Service, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
The chemical names for drugs should be used. If the terminology is unwieldy, nonproprietary names of drugs may be used throughout the manuscript after the first mention and identification. Formally adopted nonproprietary names listed in United States Adopted Names (USAN) should be used. In cases in which a name has not been assigned by USAN, the International Nonproprietary Names (INN), approved by the World Health Organization, should be used. Trade names and laboratory codes should not be used except as additional information.
(s) Analyses. Adequate evidence to establish identity and purity should be provided for new compounds. When possible, this should include elemental analysis. The purity of compounds used for biological testing should be stated with a description of the method used to evaluate it.
(t) Hazardous Materials. All hazardous chemicals should be clearly identified as such. Precautions for handling dangerous materials or for performing hazardous procedures should be explicitly stated and referenced.
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. The [dataset] identifier will not appear in your published article.
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