Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health (ISSN: 2322-4533) is the official quarterly journal of the School of Health, Health Management Research Center and Health Research Center Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences. It is an academic peer reviewed international journal for the health sciences researchers and professionals and offers a diversity of updated information in the field of health sciences. It provides a suitable forum for scientists, researchers, health system managers and safety, environment and public health professionals and an opportunity to share knowledge of latest scientific advancements in the various fields of health and health management with the scientific community at large.

The submission and publication in JHPSH is free of charges.

The Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health (JHPSH) publishes original previously unpublished peer reviewed research in the form of research articles, reviews, letters to the editor, commentaries, field and case reports and short communications. Each quarterly issue is published both electronically and in hardcopy. The manuscripts submitted to the JHPSH are thoroughly peer-reviewed by the international editorial board to maintain high standards of scientific publishing. The online peer review system is author-friendly and manuscripts are usually handled by a team of efficient staff and responded within 3 weeks of submission. The journal also provides copy-editing services to authors.  

The scopes of topics covered in the Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health (JHPSH) include:


Water, air and soil pollution control, wastewater management, waste management, Radiation protection, Energy and environment, Environmental biotechnology, Environmental impact assessment (EIA), Environmental economics, Environmental law, Environmental education, Environmental and quality of life.

Food & Nutrition Science

Food chemistry, Food engineering, processing and packaging, Food sciences and nanotechnology, Food microbiology, Food safety and toxicology, Nutrition and diet.

Public health

Health education and health promotion, Disaster and health, Entomology, Epidemiology, Health economics, Health services, Mental health, Life style and health.

Occupational health and Safety

Safety and work, Ergonomic studies, Fitness work, Indoor air quality management, Toxicology, Noise pollution control, Job analysis and risk assessment, Integrated Management System.

Health Care Management

Health care financial management, hospital administration, productivity, crisis management in health care, planning.

Marketing, health care problem, leadership, efficiency, Health economy.

Information and Communication Technology

Management of health information, application of information in health, engineering of information systems. Knowledge management, informatics tools (computers, clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems).

Health Economy in Health System

 Issues related to efficiency, effectiveness, value and behavior in the production and consumption of health and health care.



Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health (JHPSH) accepts manuscripts report novel findings, which could result in impacts on health sciences. Quality and topic of submitted manuscript beside the priority of research field are the least considered criteria in each manuscript before entering in formal review process. Any type of submissions containing scientific information necessitates review process to ensure content quality.

Technical editor checks the format and style of manuscript prior to review process to assure its compatibility with JHPSH’s guidelines for authors. Checking compatibility continues in whole of the review process and publication. In cases when the authors have not considered the guidelines, the manuscript will be sent back to the authors for compatibility. Each submitted manuscript will be considered by the editor-in-chief or one of associate editors in the editorial board. If it meets the minimum criteria to be included in review process, one of the editors (topic expert) selects at least two external reviewers for detailed evaluation process. Selection of reviewers is based on their scientific background and experience, previous works, authors’ suggestion, and expertise. Reviewers promise to undertake the confidentiality of materials previous to ePublication. In the review process of JHPSH, reviewers stay anonymous, but authors’ names are declared to reviewers. Also, authors could suggest reviewers for their manuscript.

Editor receives the reviewers’ comments and sends them along with decision letter to corresponding author. Final decision on each manuscript will be made by the assigned editor of the manuscript. As JHPSH is a rapid response journal, so this process takes not more than three weeks. Decision letter determines the status of manuscript in five ways:

1. Acceptance: The manuscript could be ePublished. This process lasts two weeks. Before ePublication, corresponding author could verify a proof copy of the paper. After ePublication, paper will be in a queue to be published in one of JHPSH upcoming issues.

2. Minor revises: Authors will receive comments upon their manuscript, at which point the authors will be asked to submit a revised copy beside cover letter showing authors’ rejoinders, and also a marked copy utilizing Track Changes in Review menu of Microsoft Word Documents. Revised manuscript should be submitted in one month after decision letter. Unless, authors need to go through a resubmission process.

3. Major revises: It means a chance to reorganize the manuscript to meet the required scientific criteria for another review process. Authors should pay more attention to reviewers’ comments and focus on their highlighted points. Editor may/may not request the authors to resubmit their revised manuscript beside cover letter and a marked copy. Revised manuscript should be submitted in one month after decision letter. Otherwise, authors need to go through a resubmission process.

4. Reject: In most cases, methodological and scientific concerns are the main origins of rejection. Causes of rejection will be sent to the authors to provide more chance for them for publication in other journals.

5. Withdraw: If the manuscript does not meet the scopes of JHPSH, it will be withdrawn with suggestion to be sent to another journal.

JHPSH may invite prominent experts to submit editorials or review papers in special topics, which will be reviewed by editors only. Also commentaries may pass the same way in review process.

In cases that concerns arise during review process about statistical test, methodology or techniques applied in research, editor may request independent internal/external experts to comment before final decisions.

As the final point, we strongly suggest authors to observe research and publication ethics in their manuscript, as reporting of any unethical issue during steps of review may lead to the rejection of the work by JHPSH. Also, the authors should consider that they are in the charge of all materials (scientific and ethical) that they provide in their articles.

All of editors and reviewers of JHPSH do their utmost to keep the quality of disseminated scientific works to ensure the solid impact of papers on health sciences fields. In JHPSH, the review process lasts maximum one month.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Editorial Board

Director General

Ali Mehrabi tavana, PhD, Professor, Health Management Research Center


Ghader Ghanizadeh, PhD, Associated Professor,  Health School.

Executive Editor

Nematollah Jonaidi Jafari, MD, Associated Professor, Health Research center .


National Editorial Board (A-Z)

Alavian,SeyedMoayed, MD,Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Asgari ,Ali reza, PhD, Department of physiology and Biophysics, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences,Tehran-Iran

Aslani, Jafar,MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Ataie ,Ramezanali,PhD, Therapeutic Microbial Toxin Research Center and Department of Medical Microbiology, School of Medicine, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Ghaneie, Mostafa,,MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Hasanzadeh,Jafar,PhD, Department of Epidemiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran,

Hosseini,Saeed ,MD, PhD, Nutrition and Biochemistry Department, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

KarimiZarchi,Ali Akbar,,PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Naghiee,Mohammad reza,PhD, Department of Nutrition and food hyghen,Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Salimi ,Hosain,PhD, Department of Psychology, School of Medicine , Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

SanaeiNasabHormoz,PhD, Department of health education. Health School ,Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Taghipour, Hassan,PhD, Department of Environmental health engineering, Health faculty,Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz,  Iran.

Yaghoubi,Maryam,PhD, Health Management Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Technical Editor

Nasirudin Javidi

Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Baqiyatallah Medical Sciences University, Tehran, Iran




Indexing / Abstracting

In Processing:

  • Ebsco
  • Current Content
  • CAB abstract
  • Biological Abstract
  • DOAJ
  • Global Health
  • Asian Science Citation Index (ASCI)


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication and authorship

  1. All submitted manuscripts to the JHPSH are subject to strict peer-review process by at least three reviewers that are experts in the area of Health.
  2. The factors that are taken into account in review are relevance, soundness, significance, originality, readability and language.
  3. The possible decisions include acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or rejection.
  4. If authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit a submission, there is no guarantee that the revised submission will be accepted.
  5. Rejected manuscripts will not be re-reviewed.
  6. The manuscript acceptance is constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  7. No research can be included in more than one publication.


Authors' responsibilities

  1. Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work.
  2. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
  3. Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
  4. Authors must participate in the peer review process.
  5. Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
  6. All Authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
  7. Authors must state that all data in the paper are real and authentic.
  8. Authors must notify the editors of any conflicts of interest.
  9. Authors must identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscript.
  10. Authors must report any errors they discover in their published paper to the editors.

In general, authors of the manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health should have contributed substantially in conception and design of the study, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the important content of article or revising it and final approval of the version to be submitted. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all authors have agreed to be authors and to be listed in the order specified by the submitting author, to the manuscript's content and to its submission to the journal. If any changes to authorship are proposed after the manuscript is submitted (including the order of author listing), the corresponding author must provide the Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health Publications Department with signed documentation from each author on the manuscript, including those being added, removed, or rearranged in byline order, affirming that the authors all agree to the changes. The Journal of Health Policy & Sustainable Health accepts no responsibility for deciding matters of authorship.

         Please complete authors’ agreement form provided on the journal website and send  through email to the journal

 Reviewers' responsibilities

  1. Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author
  3. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments
  4. Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
  5. Reviewers should also call to the editor- in-chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
  6. Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

 For more information please look at the checklist for review provided on the journal website.

 Editors' responsibilities

  1. Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article.
  2. Editors are responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication.
  3. Editors should always consider the needs of the authors and the readers when attempting to improve the publication.
  4. Editors should guarantee the quality of the papers and the integrity of the academic record.
  5. Editors should publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
  6. Editors should have a clear picture of a research's funding sources.
  7. Editors should base their decisions solely one the papers' importance, originality, clarity and relevance to publication's scope.
  8. Editors should not reverse their decisions nor overturn the ones of previous editors without serious reason.
  9. Editors should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
  10. Editors should ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accept ethical guidelines.
  11. Editors should only accept a paper when reasonably certain.
  12. Editors should act if they suspect misconduct, whether a paper is published or unpublished, and make all reasonable attempts to persist in obtaining a resolution to the problem.
  13. Editors should not reject papers based on suspicions; they should have proof of misconduct.
  14. Editors should not allow any conflicts of interest between staff, authors, reviewers and board members.

Publishing Ethics Issues

  1. All editorial members, reviewers and authors must confirm and obey rules defined by COPE.
  2. Corresponding author is the main owner of the article so she/he can withdraw the article when it is incomplete (before entering the review process or when a revision is asked for).
  3. Authors cannot make major changes in the article after acceptance without a serious reason.
  4. All editorial members and authors must will to publish any kind of corrections honestly and completely.
  5. Any notes of plagiarism, fraudulent data or any other kinds of fraud must be reported completely to COPE.


Authors agreement form


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