Peer Review

This Journal operates a double-blind peer review policy. Submitted manuscripts will first be assessed by the Editor-in-Chief to ensure they are appropriate for the journal. Papers considered suitable are then usually sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The peer review reports will be shared with the author. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the acceptance or rejection of articles, along with the Associate Editors. The Editors’ decision is final.

In 2022 the average decision time, including papers sent through the peer review process, was 38.1 days.

Conflict of interest in peer review

African Health Sciences would like peer-reviewers to disclose all potential situations which might be viewed as conflicts of interest. To avoid any doubt, all reviewers have to state if conflict exists or not. We expect reviewers not to use the work they are reviewing for other purposes.

AHS Policy on Conflict of interest by editors

If an editor or member of the editorial team or board has a conflict of interest, African Health Sciences has a policy that requires the person to recuse him/herself from the process.

In case an editor has a conflict of interest for example with a manuscript, the said manuscript will be reviewed by another author who does not have conflict of interest. This includes making the editorial decision regarding that manuscript.

Open Access Policy

Henceforth, papers in African Health Sciences will be published under the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution License) 4.0 International. See details on 2. The copyright owners or the authors grant the 3rd party (perpetually and in advance) the right to disseminate, reproduce, or use the research papers in part or in full, format/medium as long as: No substantive errors are introduced in the process; Attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given; The referencing details are not changed. Should the papers be reproduced in part, this must be clearly stated. The papers will be freely and universally accessible online in an easily readable format such as XML in at least one widely recognized open access repository such as PUBMED CENTRAL.

Publication Scheduling

It is published four times a year, March, June, September and December

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Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1729-0503
print ISSN: 1680-6905