1. AIMS AND SCOPE
2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
The J Health Res follows guidelines set forth in
the Recommendations for the
Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of
Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, by the
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (update of December 2016, available
online at http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). 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. If you do not receive a response from J Health Res within
one week, please notify us at JHR@chula.ac.th
Editorial process: All manuscripts will be reviewed for potential
publication with the understanding that they are original contributions, have
not been published previously and are not under simultaneous consideration for
publication elsewhere. All authors must comply with this
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.
Publication categories: 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 4000 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 5000 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 2000 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.
Manuscript preparation: Manuscripts should be typewritten in English in J Health
Res format, with 2.5 cm (1 inch) margins all around, 12-point
Times New Roman font, and 1.5 line-spacing. Authors
should obtain the help of a native English speaker for editing the text prior
to submission. The manuscript should be drafted in the following
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.
Abstract: Each research and
review manuscript should include an abstract. Abstracts for research
manuscripts should be divided into four sections, headed Background, Methods,
Results, and Conclusions. The Background section gives the research problem
addressed and the scientific justification for the research. The Methods section
summarizes study procedures, main outcome variables (dependent variables), and
main comparisons made in data analysis. The Results section summarizes relevant
findings, both positive and negative. The Conclusions section gives
interpretation of results, study strengths and limitations, and relevant
research and policy recommendations. Abstracts should contain 400 words or
less. Use of abbreviations for anything other than units of measurement is
discouraged, and all such abbreviations, in both the abstract and the body of
the manuscript, must be spelled out when first used.
Abstracts of reviews need not be divided into
the same four separate sections as abstracts of research manuscripts. Even so,
review abstracts should contain conceptually similar material, as appropriate
to the specific topic of the manuscript.
after the abstract, provide not more than 6 words or phrases in alphabetical
order which reflect the scope of the paper.
Body of research
manuscripts: The substantive portion of the research manuscript should be organized into
four sections, in the same way as the abstract is organized. The Background
section should present the context and
justification of the research, the knowledge gap that the research addresses,
and the research hypothesis as
appropriate. Research hypotheses should not be presented as null hypothesis in
the Methods section. This section should
clearly present research procedures, sample size calculations as appropriate, dependent and independent variables,
comparisons made in testing research hypotheses, and statistical techniques
applied. Null hypotheses may be stated in the Methods section. The Results
section should clearly present study
findings, using text, tables, and figures as appropriate. This section usually includes descriptive findings (e.g.,
distributions of dependent and independent variables) and analytical findings (e.g., associations between dependent
and independent variables). The Results section should not include
interpretation of results. The fourth section should be headed “Discussion”.
This section presents interpretation of research findings, relates findings to
findings of relevant previous research, summarizes study strengths and
limitations, and makes research-related and policy-related recommendations as appropriate. Policy recommendations that do
not follow directly from the research findings presented should be clearly identified as such.
Tables and 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.
information should be presented in an appendix and placed before the reference
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
of persons, organizations, and funding sources, should be placed before the
References: 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 (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals). Some
examples of how to quote references are given below.
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
4. Miles DA, Van Dis ML, Williamson GF,
Jensen CW. Radiographic imaging for the dental team. 4th ed. St. Louis: Saunders
5. 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):
6. 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:
book/monograph on the Internet:
7. Donaldson MS, editor. Measuring the quality of health care [monograph on the internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 1999 [cited 2004 Oct 8]. Available from: http://legacy.netlibrary.com/
8. 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.
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9. National Cancer Institute. Fact sheet: targeted cancer therapies.
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Plagiarism and duplication: If we receive evidence that a manuscript has been plagiarized more than 30%, the manuscript will be immediately rejected.
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.
Publication charges: A fee of 500 Baht per printed page will be charged to the authors upon acceptance of the manuscript, on the form accompanying the proofs. Payment is not a condition for publication; articles will be accepted or rejected on their merit alone. A charge of 700 Baht per page will be added to every page that exceeds the page limits given above. Each color page will be charged 5,000 Baht.
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.
3. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Health Res adheres to the Code of Ethical Conduct set forth by the Committee on
Publication Ethics (available online at
http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/New_Code.pdf). All authors should read
this code and adhere to it in planning and conducting their research, and in
preparing their manuscripts. A partial list of ethical requirements is given
Health Res strives to comply with a thorough, fair, and objective editorial
process to meet international ethical standards in publishing. When evaluating
an article for publication, some key considerations to be fulfilled are:
Authorship criteria: All authors mentioned in the paper
should have made a substantial contribution to the research findings and must
be accountable to all aspects of the research work in the area of study design,
acquisition of data, analysis and
interpretation; drafting the article for the scientific content; and the final
draft must be approved by all; data, text and figures should be original and
unpublished. The order of naming the contributors
should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the
study and writing of the manuscript.
of patient rights: Authors are required to verify
that research participants’ rights and anonymity have been duly protected.
Studies of human participants (e.g., patients and volunteers) require both
approval from a formally constituted ethics committee and informed consent from
participants. These should be documented in the submitted manuscript, generally
in the “Materials and Methods” section. Experiments with laboratory animals
also require approval from an ethics committee, and must comply with local,
national, and international regulations. Ethics committee approval for
laboratory animal studies should be documented in the submitted manuscript. For
clinical trials, the trial registration number and registry should be included
without which the manuscript will not be considered for publication.
of interest: The authors
must disclose in writing any financial interests or other conflicts which can
influence the conclusions and outcomes of studies. A statement of the specific
contributions of each author to the design, conduct and writing of the
manuscript must be stated. Listing “guest authorship” for supervisors, heads of
departments, etc. is not acceptable unless these persons participated
substantially in research planning, research conduct, and/or manuscript
preparation. Such persons who did not participate in this way can be mentioned
in the acknowledgements.
Privacy statement: 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.
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5. OPEN ACCESS POLICY