• FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019
  • ISSN 2399-1623

Information for Contributors

Aims and scope

Journal of Global Health Reports (JoGHR) is an international peer-reviewed journal that aims to promote local research on difficult questions and issues to improve global health. JoGHR is open to researchers from all fields of global health and related research. The journal particularly welcomes all contributions that enhance the understanding of global health and improve global health, including 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. The journal is also open to all methodological approaches – qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, as well as descriptive reports or personal insights and thoughts on relevant problems in global health. JoGHR publishes one issue per year, with articles published on a continuous basis, as they are ready for publication.

Types of submissions

Original research

Original research contributions, including systematic reviews and meta-analyses, do not have strict size limits, but a common submission in this category has up to 4000 words (excluding the abstract and references), up to 10 tables/figures and up to 50 references (except for systematic reviews). The abstract should not exceed 350 words and should be structured in four paragraphs: Background, Methods, Findings, and Conclusions.

Opinion pieces

Viewpoints are commissioned from experts to present their views on important topics in global health. We also welcome suggestions for topics from individual authors. Viewpoints do not present research results and have no abstract. They are up to 1500 words long, with no more than one table or figure and up to 10 references. We prefer succinct messages rather than a review of the topic These manuscripts express personal views of the authors, and do not represent the official opinion of the Journal or its editors or the Journal's Editorial or Advisory Boards.

Peer review process and editorial decision-making

Research submissions are read first 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 of data presentation; 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 priority of the topic for JoGHR. Viewpoints are assessed in-house by Editors-in-Chief, Regional Editors and/or members of the Editorial Board for the relevance of the topic and interest to the Journal's scope and readership, before they are sent out for external peer review. The editorial office performs technical editing of these manuscripts. Please note that JoGHR operates a single-blind peer review process.

Manuscript preparation and submission

JoGHR editors request authors to submit their full manuscripts (including any supplementary materials) through the online submission portal. Submissions can also be made directly to Rachael.Atherton[at]joghr.org.

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$750 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.


JoGHR has a policy of offering fee reductions or fee waivers, to enable authors from low- and middle-income countries with no funding sources, to publish their research under open access, and release their results into the open domain. Decisions on fee waivers or reductions are made separately from JoGHR’s editorial decision-making process.

The JoGHR EndNotes template for references is available here.
A description of JoGHR author’s guidelines can be found here.
Submission preparation checklist is available here.

Ethics policy

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.

Changes in authorship
Requests for changes in authorship will only be permitted where valid reasons are provided and all authors are in agreement with the change. Requests for changes to authorship must be directed to the Editors-in-Chief. We follow COPE guidelines for authorship changes in manuscripts before and after publication.

Conflict of interest
JoGHR uses 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. The conflict of interest declarations are held by the corresponding author, who must make them available on request. All conflict of interests are declared and published in each manuscript, and where no conflict of interest is declared, this is included too. JoGHR also asks its reviewers to declare possible conflicts of interest (including financial and personal relationships) related to the manuscripts under review. See Editorial Research for policy on editorial research and conflicts of interest.

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. The editors must declare their editorial role in the conflict of interest statement which is published in the manuscript.

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.

Research results
Authors are required to be honest in presenting the results and conclusions of their research. Data falsification (including fabrication and selective reporting of data) is unethical. Cases of suspected research misconduct are thoroughly investigated by JoGHR editorial board, including contacting the institution where the research was performed. Our journal staff and editors are members of relevant editorial associations with necessary experience on how to detect and manage possible misconduct.

Data availability
JoGHR follows COPE guidelines on data availability. The results of research should be recorded and maintained, and data retained for a reasonable period. JoGHR encourages authors to make their data available upon reasonable request following publication and include a statement on this in their submission. Exceptions may be appropriate in certain circumstances to preserve privacy, or assure patent protection.

Plagiarism
Reproducing text from other papers without properly crediting the source (plagiarism) or producing many papers with almost the same content by the same authors (self-plagiarism) is not acceptable. Submitting the same results to more than one journal concurrently is also unacceptable. Please note that submitted manuscripts may be subject to checks in order to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. For more information about plagiarism checks, please visit CrossRef.

Corrections and retractions
All authors have an obligation to inform and collaborate with journal editors to provide prompt retractions or correction of errors in published works. JOGHR editors are committed to preserve the integrity of the published record. The journal will issue retractions if:

  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification;
  • There is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct or honest error;
  • The published article has high text similarity to previously published material;
  • The published articles report unethical research.

The journal will issue correction if:
  • A small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error);
  • The author list is incorrect (i.e. a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).

Publishing research involving human subjects
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans; Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that Informed Consent was obtained for research, studies or experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed in the conduct of research.

Publishing research involving animal experiments
All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out Authors may be required to provide evidence that they obtained ethical and /or legal approval prior to conducting the research. Details of ethics’ or institutional review boards’ approval should be clearly stated in manuscript.

JoGHR’s ethical policy can be downloaded here.

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.

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.

Licence

JoGHR publishes under CC BY 4.0 licence, which means that all published articles can be:

  • Shared - copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; and/or
  • Adapted - remix, transform and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
JoGHR's publisher cannot revoke this, provided that these terms are followed:
  • Attribution. You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the publisher endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions. You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the CC BY 4.0 licence permits.

Copyright

The copyright for all published articles remains with the author(s), and journal copyright remains with the journal.

Complaints and appeals

JoGHR follows the COPE core practices on handling complaints and appeals, and these should be addressed to Dr Davies Adeloye in the first instance.