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Author Guidelines

Contributions in any of these formats are invited for editorial consideration following peer review by at least three experts in the field. Submissions should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts, available at http: //www.icmje.org/.

Unsolicited manuscripts will be reviewed for publication with the following understanding:

1. The paper represents an original work.

 2. The paper neither was published already nor is being under review elsewhere.

3. Upon acceptance, the paper may not be published elsewhere without the permission of Journal of Health Policy and Sustainable Health (JHPSH).

 4. The published paper is the sole property of JHPSH and may be edited before publication.

  

Journal of Health Policy and Sustainable Health (JHPSH) follows ICMJE's Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as, World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals. JHPSH is a publication platform to present trajectory of bench to bedside researches. JHPSH is a publication of Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences.

Main considerations

Manuscripts should be electronically submitted through Online Submission System.

A covering letter must be included when submitting a paper and must state the novelty of the paper.

JHPSH makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information (the “Content”) contained in its publications. However, JHPSH makes no representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability for any purpose of the content and disclaim all such representations and warranties whether express or implied to the maximum extent permitted by law. Any views expressed in this publication are the views of the authors and are not the JHPSH views. JHPSH guaranteed 21-day rapid review process.

 

Cover letter order

The corresponding author should indicate the following in a cover letter:

  1. An introduction stating the title of the manuscript and the journal to which you are submitting.
  2. The reason why your study is important and relevant to the journal’s readership or field.
  3. The question your research answers.
  4. Your major experimental results and overall findings.
  5. The most important conclusions that can be drawn from your research.
  6. A statement declaring that the study complies with current ethical considerations.
  7. A statement that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration for publication in any other journal
  8. A statement that all authors approved the manuscript and its submission to the journal.
  9. Any other details that will encourage the editor to send your manuscript for review.

 

Journal of Health Policy and Sustainable Health publication benefits:

  • Free access to all articles
  • Fast and constructive peer review process (14 working days)
  • Easy and quick online submission
  • Rapid publication

 

Plagiarism

In case, any attempt of plagiarism is brought to our attention accompanied with convincing evidence, following steps would be taken:

 (a)      After consulting the respective Editorial Board Members, authors guilty of plagiarism will be debarred from publishing their papers in JHPSH.

(b)     Heads of the Departments/Institutes of the offending authors will be intimated of such incidences of plagiarism.

c)       In case of confirmation of plagiarism on an already published article, the Editor will be obliged to withdraw the article from the journal website.

Structure and Preparation of Manuscripts

Types of Articles

Manuscripts should be presented as one of the following formats.

Original/Research Articles

A full length original research article (up to ~8000 words, including tables, figures and references) presents novel findings relevant to the aims and scope of the journal.

Reviews

A full length critical review (up to ~8000 words, including tables, figures and references) provides an abstract and discussion of the relevant literature about any topic covered within the aims and scope of the journal.

Mini Reviews

Mini Reviews are sharply focused, well-focused, well-documented examinations of timely related issues (up to ~4000 words, including tables, figures and references). The issues may be of a controversial nature, or may address a more narrowly focused area than those typically covered in a review.

 

Short Communications

 Short Communications are preliminary reports (up to ~2000 words, including tables, figures and references).

 

Commentaries

Commentaries present the author’s considered opinion (up to ~1000 words limited to one figure/table and limited references) on an original article to be published in the journal and usually submitted by the reviewers.

 

Letters to Editor

Letter to Editor presents the author’s opinion (up to ~1000 words limited to one figure/table with limited references). If such a letter criticizes an article already published in the journal, then the authors of the original article will be given a chance to respond in the same issue in which the letter is published.

 

Editorials

Opinion piece, policy statement, or general commentary, typically written by staff of the publication (up to ~1000 words limited to one figure/table with limited references). (The similar value “article-commentary” is reserved for a commentary on a specific article or articles, which is written by an author with a contrasting position, not an editor or other publication staff.)

 

General Considerations

  • There are no page charges for publication in JHPSH.
  • Manuscript should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).
  • All manuscripts must be typed double spaced, single column, in size 12 font and adequate margins should be left.
  • No manuscripts submitted to the journal can exceed 8000 words.
  • Submitted manuscripts to the JHPSH should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

 

Submission Procedures 

Online Submission

All manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health online system at <journals.bmsu.ac.ir/jhpsh>. Before manuscript submission, the authors must read instructions for authors at the Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health website.

For online manuscript submission, the authors will be asked to provide or select the following:

- Title of the manuscript

-Running title to appear at the top of each printed page

-Full names and affiliations of all authors, complete with first and middle names or initials, and contact information (including email address) for each.

-The type and field of manuscript and an indication of whether or not it was invited.

-At least three to five keywords from the pull-down list of terms to classify your manuscript; in addition to the keyword selection, you may also provide your own keywords in the text boxes provided

-Other files for Supplementary Data (if applicable)

-A cover letter to be uploaded along with your manuscript and graphics files; include a description of the novel and salient findings of the work.

-Abstract typed into the box provided; abstracts are often copied directly but not include references; abbreviations and acronyms should be avoided.

-Answers to questions about the manuscript, such as statement of authorship, and disclosure of conflicts of interest.

When you have completed the submission form, you will be able to upload your cover letter, manuscript, and graphics files, and Supplementary Data (if applicable).

Format and Style 

Manuscripts should be written in clear, grammatical English, typed double-spaced, and all pages must be numbered. Manuscripts that are not prepared according to the Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health guidelines or style or that are not in good idiomatic English will be returned to the author without review. Laboratory jargon as well as terminology and abbreviations not consistent with internationally accepted guidelines should be avoided. Manuscripts should be arranged in the following order: title page, text and references, tables and figures.

Title page

Title: Write a brief, informative title. Abbreviations should not be used in titles.

Authors and affiliations: Authors are urged to include their full names, complete with first and middle names. Academic degrees should be included. The names and locations of institutions and the laboratories or names and locations of companies should be given for all authors. If several institutions are listed on a manuscript, it should be clearly indicated with which department and institution each author is affiliated by using superscript numbers that correspond to each author's affiliation. Phone and fax number, and email address of the corresponding author is necessary.

Running title: A brief running title of maximum 70 characters should be provided. Choose the running title carefully as this version of your title will be used in printing and publication.

Abstract

The abstract should be concise, yet outline the content of the manuscript (the abstract length maximum 250 word). Because these abstracts may use by secondary services (e.g., Medline, Chemical Abstracts, Web of Science, Scopus), they should recapitulate in abbreviated form the purpose of the study and the experimental technique, results, and data interpretations. Data such as the number of test subjects and controls, strains of animals or viruses, drug dosages and length of experimental period should be included. All important terms relevant to the content of the manuscript should be incorporated into the abstract to assist indexers and searchers. Abbreviations should be kept to an absolute minimum; however, if they are needed, they must be explained at first mention within the abstract so the abstract can be understood as an independent unit from the text. Do not cite references in the abstract.

Keywords: Keywords appear below the abstract and should include 3 to 5 MeSH headings selected from 'MeSH Database' available from: http://www.pubmed.gov.

Introduction

It is not necessary to cite all of the background literature in the Introduction. Brief reference to the most pertinent articles generally suffices to acquaint the reader with the findings of others in the field and with the problem or question that the investigation addresses.

Materials and Methods

Explanation of the experimental methods should be brief but adequate for repetition by qualified investigators. Procedures that have been described in previous publications should not be described in detail but merely cited with appropriate references. Only new and significant modifications of previously published procedures need complete exposition. The sources of special chemicals or preparations used should be provided. Any commercial products that are mentioned should include the name of the manufacturer.

Only the results (particularly the photographic presentation of experimental data) in which proper attention has been given to ethical considerations will be published, and the Journal of Health Policy &Sustainable Health reserves the right to reject manuscripts that do not follow accepted standards.

Results & Discussion

Include a concise summary of the data presented in tables and illustrations. Excessive elaboration of data already given in tables and illustrations should be avoided. Note that discussion should be completely separated from results. In discussion of manuscript the data should be interpreted concisely without repeating material already presented in the results section. Speculation is permissible, but it must be well founded, and discussion of the wider implications of the findings is encouraged.

Conclusion

This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. mention only those conclusions directly supported by the data from this particular study.

Tables

In limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed above. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.

Figures

To ensure the highest print quality, the figures must be submitted in either TIF or EPS format according to the following minimum resolutions:

  • 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white line art (simple bar graphs, charts, etc.)
  • 300 dpi for halftones (black and white photographs)
  • 600 dpi for combination halftones (photographs that also contain line art such as labeling or thin lines), figures should be saved as individual files. Vector-based figures (e.g. figures created in Adobe Illustrator) should be submitted in EPS format.

Color figures must be submitted in a CMYK color.

 

Acknowledgement

Authors should acknowledge any scientific, technical, statistical and financial supports. Contributors other than coauthors may be very briefly acknowledged in a separate paragraph at the end of the paper. All sources of funding should be declared. 

 

References

Before submission of the manuscript, authors should verify the accuracy of all references and check that all references have been cited in the text. All of references should be searchable. Note that the Uniform Requirements specify that, for articles with more than 6 authors, the names of the first 6 authors must be listed, followed by "et al." For articles with 6 or fewer authors, all authors should be listed. References must be arranged alphabetically at the end of the paper and referred in the text by author surname and year of publication according to the Harvard System as follows:

One author: (Mark, 2005)

Two authors: (Manson and Stanko, 2005)

Two authors and more than one reference:

(Wilson and Lones, 1993; MacGillivray and Shiaris, 1994)

Three and more authors: (Manivannan et al., 2004)

Three and more authors, more than one reference:

(Foger et al., 1998; Sanderman et al., 1998; Dixit et al., 2001).

 

Article: Karthikeyan, G., Anita, P., Alagumuthu, G., (2005). Fluoride adsorption studies of Montmorillonite clay. Ind. J. Chem. Technol., 12: 263-272.

Book: Davis, M. L. and Cornwell, D. A., (1998). Introduction to Environmental Engineering. 3rd Ed. McGraw- Hill Inc, 52-68.

Chapter: Sposito, G., (1993). Surface complexion of metals by natural colloids. In: Ion exchange and solvent extraction. Eds., Marinsky K.M. and Marcus H.A. 1st. Ed., N. Y. USA: Marcel Dekker, Inc., pp. 211.

Proofs

Proofs will be sent to the author wherever possible and should be returned within 72 hours of receipt, preferably by on line system or e-mail. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors. The publisher will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are returned to us in one all-inclusive e-mail or fax. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so please ensure that your first communication is complete.

The Editorial Board of the journal reserves the right to accept or reject the article at any stage and/or delete a part of the text, tables or figures, if necessary.

Ethical Issues

Every experimental or clinical study may raise controversial ethical issues (e.g., Institutional Ethical Approval for working with animal or human subjects). Thus, JHPSH  expects all authors, reviewers and editors to consider COPE, ICMJE and Equator Network’s reporting guidelines in medical ethics plus scientific writing. If any, authors should state related declaration(s), otherwise the following sentence should be given “None to be declared". Please take a look at the review process in JHPSH. 

The cover letter must include a statement declaring that the study complies with current ethical considerations.

Ethical issues (including plagiarism, misconduct, data fabrication, falsification, double publication or redundancy) must completely considered by the authors.

Authors reporting experimental studies on human subjects must include a statement of assurance in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript reading that: (1) informed consent was obtained from each patient enrolled in the study and (2) the study protocol conforms to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki as reflected in a priori approval by the institution's human research committee. In studies involving animal experimentation, provide assurance that all animals received humane care according to the criteria outlined in the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals " prepared by the National Academy of Sciences and published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH publication 86-23 revised 1985).

Every experimental or clinical study may raise controversial ethical issues (e.g., Institutional Ethical Approval for working with animal or human subjects). Thus, JHPSH expects all authors, reviewers and editors to consider COPE ICMJE  and Equator Network ’s reporting guidelines in medical ethics plus scientific writing. If any, authors should state related declaration(s), unless otherwise the following sentence should be given “None to be declared”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Helsinki

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/olaw.htm

http://publicationethics.org/

http://www.icmje.org/

http://www.equator-network.org/

 

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

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