• SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018
  • ISSN 2399-1623

Information for Contributors

The Journal of Global Health Reports (JoGHR) is an international peer-reviewed journal open to researchers from all fields of global health and related research. We welcome all contributions that enhance the understanding of global health and improve global health.

Editorial policy

JoGHR publishes research from challenging contexts, offering an opportunity to publish papers in flexible formats and styles. JoGHR embraces all instruments of research - epidemiological research, health policy and systems research, research focused on the improvement of the existing interventions, as well as research that proposes to develop new and innovative interventions. We are also entirely open to all methodological approaches – qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, or even descriptive reports or personal insights and thoughts on what we feel are relevant problems in global health. Therefore, our formatting requirements are flexible at the submission stage. The authors should consult the ICMJE guidelines on manuscript preparation here.

Editorial procedure

All submissions are assessed by the Editors-in- Chief, who assign a general priority level: (a) manuscripts sent to reviewers immediately; (b) manuscripts returned to authors with suggestions for improvement; and (c) manuscripts not suitable for publication in JoGHR. The peer-review process includes at least two external experts, as well as a statistical editor if the manuscript contains statistical analysis of data. The editors make the decision based on the reviews received as well as the suitability of the topic for JoGHR.

Manuscript submission

The JoGHR editors request authors to submit their full manuscripts (including any supplementary materials) to: Rachael.Atherton[at]joghr.org.

Authorship criteria

JoGHR subscribes to the authorship criteria developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) : “The ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria: 1) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and 2) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) Final approval of the version to be published; and 4) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved." However, we are aware of the limitations of the ICMJE definition and its practical applications, and ask our authors to write in their own words why they think they deserve authorship of the submitted manuscript. Authors’ declared contributions to the research are published at the end of the article.

Conflict of interest

JoGHR also subscribes to the ICMJE uniform disclosure form for reporting all financial and personal relationships that might bias the authors’ work. We ask authors to fill out the form available at the ICMJE site and send it with their submission. JoGHR also asks its reviewers to declare possible conflicts of interest related to the manuscripts under review.

Research integrity

The Editorial Board of JoGHR is devoted to the promotion of scientific integrity as a vital component of the research process. JoGHR follows the ethics flowcharts developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for dealing with cases of possible misconduct. The COPE flowcharts are available here.

Policy for submissions by members of the editorial team

As all editors and Editorial Board members at the Journal are active professionals and researchers, it may happen that they would want to submit their articles to JoGHR. This represents a potential conflict of interest, especially in cases of submissions from decision-making editors. In reviewing submissions from its editors and Editorial Board members, JoGHR follows the guidelines for good editorial practice set by international editorial organizations, such as the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and COPE. The review of such manuscripts will not be handled by the submitting editor(s); the review process will be supervised and the decisions made by a senior editor who will act independently of the other editors. In some cases, the review process will be handled by an outside independent expert to minimize possible bias in reviewing submissions from editors.

Editorial research

We are keen to better understand and improve editorial conduct, decision making, issues related to peer review and communication of science in general. Therefore, we occasionally take part in or conduct editorial research, so that submitted manuscripts and reviewers' reports might be used in such research. If you do not want your manuscript or your review comments entered into such a study please let us know in your submission letter or agreement to review. Your decision to take part or not will have no effect on the editorial decision on the submitted manuscript.

Manuscript preparation and submission

Manuscripts should meet the general requirements suggested by ICMJE, described in detail here. We specifically emphasize the requirement for ethical conduct of research and protection of privacy of patients and study subjects, as defined in the latest issue of the Declaration of Helsinki – Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects developed by the World Medical Association. Ethical conduct includes mandatory registration of clinical trials in a public trail registry and data sharing statement, as defined in ICMJE registration policy.

The corresponding author should provide e-mail addresses and affiliations of all co-authors, who will be contacted to confirm their authorship on the submitted manuscript.

Some types of research reports require specific organization of the manuscript and presentation of data. We require authors to follow available recommendations for different study designs. The examples include PRISMA for meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials, STROBE for reporting observational studies in epidemiology, CONSORT for randomized controlled trials, and RIGHT for reporting health care practice guidelines. We draw attention to two new reporting guidelines relevant for global health: STROBE-NI – Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology for Newborn Infection and GATHER – Guideline for Accurate and Transparent Health Estimates Reporting. The latest updates of reporting guidelines are available from EQUATOR Network – an international initiative that seeks to enhance reliability and value of medical research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of research studies. We require authors to submit relevant checklists and flow diagrams with their manuscripts. Please check the EQUATOR Network to identify the reporting guideline relevant for your manuscript.

The full text of all articles published in the Journal of Global Health Reports is immediately provided in open access and available to the public. We are committed to keeping articles freely available, with Creative Commons licences and deposit of the full text on http://www.joghr.org. To support this, we have an open access fee of US$500 for each paper, on acceptance of the manuscript. Please note that the Journal of Global Health Reports has NO article submission charges.

JoGHR's open access publication fee enables full open access and the releasing of results into the open domain, including to researchers, policy-makers and other stake-holders in developing countries. It allows JoGHR papers to be shared, copied and redistributed in any medium or format, adapted, remixed and built up for any purpose.

The JoGHR EndNotes template for references is available here.

Data Policy

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. Our legal basis for processing your personal data is a contractual obligation. We will hold your information for 5 years after you cease to be an active member of this journal's community, or we will delete it immediately upon your request.