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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, and Microsoft Word
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements (vancouver style) outlined in the Instuction for Authors Guideline, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Authors follow the instruction of each type paper formatted i.e. number of wording from the instuction for authors guideline.
  • Tables and figures: Should be prepared in MS Word format and a maximum of 6 tables and figures, combined, is allowed.
  • Authors should obtain the help of a native English speaker for editing the text prior to submission.
  • Plagiarism and duplication: All publications found to be plagiarized or duplicated will be retracted immediately.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

All authors should read these guidelines before preparing manuscripts.

Manuscript submission: All manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format. Authors wishing to submit a manuscript for peer review need to register for a journal account and should examine our author guideline requirements.

All submitted manuscripts, for both the regular bimonthly issues and supplements, are subject to review by the editor and a panel of at least two independent peer-reviewers whose names are not normally disclosed to authors, and vice-versa (double-blind peer review policy). The comments and suggestions (acceptance/rejection/revisions to manuscript) received from reviewers will be conveyed to the corresponding author. Authors are generally requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process may be repeated until reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript. Decisions regarding publication are based on scientific importance and interest, relevance, soundness of methodology, and adherence to scientific and ethical standards.

Plagiarism and duplication: If we receive evidence that a manuscript has been plagiarized more than 30%, the manuscript will be immediately rejected.

Please prepare your manuscript before submission, using the following guidelines:


Article files should be provided in Microsoft Word format. LaTex files can be used if an accompanying PDF document is provided. PDF as a sole file type is not accepted, a PDF must be accompanied by the source file. Acceptable figure file types are listed further below.

Article length

Articles should be a maximum of 4,000 words in length. This includes all text but excluding references and appendices. Please allow 260 words for each figure or table.

Article title

Title must be concise. clear, informative and containing population of study and outcome. Experimental studies' titles must refer to the intervention and control group, if any. Within the imposed limits, optional words may include study design and any words that could make the title attractive/captivating. Titles with more than 100 characters are not prohibited.

Author details

All contributing authors’ names should be added to the online submission system, and their names arranged in the correct order for publication.

  • Correct e-mail addresses should be supplied for each author in their separate author accounts
  • The full name of each author must be present in their author account in the exact format they should appear for publication, including or excluding any middle names or initials as required
  • The affiliation of each contributing author should be correct in their individual author account. The affiliation listed should be where they were based at the time that the research for the paper was conducted

Title and List of Authors

The title must be concise, clear, and informative. Titles with more than 100 characters are not prohibited, but they are discouraged. All authors should be listed using first name, initials, last name and academic affiliation. The corresponding author should be specified, and an address for correspondence (usually an e-mail address) should be given.

Structured abstract

Authors must supply a structured abstract in their submission, set out under 4-7 sub-headings (see our "How to... write an abstract" guide for practical help and guidance):

  • Purpose (mandatory)
  • Design/methodology/approach (mandatory)
  • Findings (mandatory)
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
  • Practical implications (if applicable)
  • Social implications (if applicable)
  • Originality/value (mandatory)

Maximum is 250 words in total (including keywords and article classification, see below).

Authors should avoid the use of personal pronouns within the structured abstract and body of the paper (e.g. "this paper investigates..." is correct, "I investigate..." is incorrect).


Immediately after the abstract, provide not more than 6 words or phrases in alphabetical order which reflect the scope of the paper.

Article classification

The following types of submissions are invited (please note that word counts given below do not include the abstract, acknowledgements, references, tables, or figures):

Original research articles: These are full length reports of original research. An abstract is required, as described below. These articles should be no longer than 4,000 words.

Review articles: These are comprehensive analyses on specific topics. An abstract and keywords are required, as described below. Reviews may or may not include formal meta-analysis, depending on the specific circumstances. The word “meta-analysis” must not appear in the title of reviews that do not include meta-analysis. Reviews should be no longer than 5,000 words.

Short report: The J Health Res welcomes relevant short reports pertaining to public health. The preliminary report describes important observations in a concise fashion. Research results are presented in a relatively limited area of study. The word limit is 2,000 words.

Letter to editor: Letters are comments on a particular published article or a reply to the comment. Headings should not be used in a letter; no abstract or keywords are required. Letters should be no more than 600 words.

Commentaries and editorials: Commentaries dealing with current public health and related social issues can be submitted, with a word limit of 1500 words. The J Health Res sometimes invites such commentaries and editorials.

Tables & Figures

Should be placed in body of text in MS Word format and a maximum of 6 tables and figures. Each table or figure should be numbered consecutively with a brief title for each but place explanatory matter in a footnote below the table or figure.


Supplementary information should be presented in an appendix and placed before the reference section.

All funding sources must be mentioned, including funding organizations and numbers of grants and other vehicles of funding. This material may be placed in the Acknowledgements (see below).


Acknowledgement of persons, organizations, and funding sources, should be placed before the reference section.


The Vancouver style reference format should be followed. In-text citations are to be numbered consecutively in parentheses. In the reference list, citations should be given in the same numbered order as in the text. All authors should be quoted for papers with up to six authors, and for papers with more than six authors, the first six should be quoted followed by “et al.” Periodical (Journal) abbreviations should follow those used by PubMed. Some examples of how to quote references are given below.

Journal article:

  1. Kwan I, Mapstone J. Visibility aids for pedestrians and cyclists: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Accid Anal Prev. 2004; 36(3): 305-12.
  2. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002 May; 935(1-2): 40-6.
  3. Montero D, Roche E, Martinez-Rodriguez A. The impact of aerobic exercise training on arterial stiffness in pre- and hypertensive subjects: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Cardiol. 2014 May; 173(3): 361-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.03.072

Entire book:

  1. Miles DA, Van Dis ML, Williamson GF, Jensen CW. Radiographic imaging for the dental team. 4th ed.  St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier; 2009. 

Book chapter

  1. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.  p.93-113.

Electronic journal article (The most recent date of access must be given):

  1. Stone D, Harper BJ, Lynch I, Dawson K, Harper SL. Exposure assessment: recommendations for nanotechnology-based pesticides. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2010 Oct-Dec; 16(4): 467-74 [cited 2010 Jan 10].  Available from:

Electronic book/monograph on the Internet:

  1. Donaldson MS, editor. Measuring the quality of health care [monograph on the internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 1999 [cited 2004 Oct 8]. Available from:

Proceedings article:

  1. Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, editors.  Genetic programming.  EuroGP: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Berlin: Springer; 2002. p.182-91.

Website [updated = Last Update Date; cited = Access Year Access Date]:

  1. National Cancer Institute.  Fact sheet: targeted cancer therapies. [updated: 2014 April 25; cited 2014 June 2]. Available from:

Errata: Occasionally authors discover, after publication, errors in data presentation, analysis, or interpretation. When this occurs, authors must promptly notify the J Health Res of all errors and all suggested corrections. Errata and corrections will appear in the following issue of J Health Res. If errors are serious, the publication may be retracted, at the discretion of the editor.

Copyright: Authors will be asked, upon acceptance of an article, to transfer copyright of the article to the Publisher. The editors will provide the corresponding author with a suitable form.


These are full length reports of original research.  An abstract is required, as described below. These articles should be no longer than 4000 words. 


These are comprehensive analysis on specific topics.  Abstract and keywords are required, as described above. Reviews may or may not include formal meta-analysis, depending on the specific circumstances. The word "meta-analysis" must not appear in the title of reviews that do not include meta-analysis.  Reviews should be no longer than 5000 words.


J Health Res welcomes relevant short reports pertaining to public health.  The preliminary report describes important observations in concise fashion.  Research results are presented in a relatively limited area of study.  The word limit is 2000 words. 

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