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African Journal of Health Professions Education: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The AJHPE is a journal for health professions educators. It carries research articles, short scientific reports, letters, editorials, education practice, personal opinion and other topics related to the education of health care professionals. It also features African education-related news, obituaries and general correspondence.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The Editors aim to provide prompt reviews to optimise the quality of the published papers. All submissions are reviewed by an editorial advisory group, who will check for scope, fit, quality, originality, interest for the readership, etc., and recommend acceptance, rejection or referral for review. Once an article has been accepted for peer review, it is assigned to an Associate Editor who will manage it through the peer review process.

A double blind review process is followed, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process. A majority of manuscripts will be sent to one or two reviewers, under the management of an editor assigned to the submission. Reviewers as experts in the field provide comments to authors and editors on the importance, originality and scientific merit of the manuscript and suggest changes which may improve the quality and validity of the manuscript. The review process itself takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks to complete but can change depending upon the quality of the manuscript submitted, reviewer’s response and time taken by the authors to submit the revised manuscript.

If the decision is for revision, the author is requested to address each comment by the reviewers, and submit a letter outlining their responses accompanying their revised manuscript. The assigned editor will re-evaluate the revisions and will either make a decision or send the manuscript for a second round of review, usually to the original set of reviewers.  Reviewers will be informed of the outcome of manuscripts which they have reviewed.

The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on any submitted manuscript.

 

Publication Frequency

Journals are published quarterly. Journal items are published as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents.

 

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.

 

Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief

Prof Vanessa Burch, University of Cape Town, South Africa, South Africa

International Advisors

Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, Sheffield Medical School, United Kingdom

Michelle McLean, Bond University, Australia

Deputy Editors

Jose Merle Frantz, University of Western Cape, South Africa

Jacqueline Van Wyk, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Associate Editors

Dr Michael Rowe, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Prof Rhena Delport, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Liz Wolvaardt, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Prof Susan van Schalkwyk, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Patricia McInerney, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Prof Anthea Joy Rhoda, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Francois Cilliers, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Fikile Mtshali, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa

Marietjie van Rooyen, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Managing Editors

Claudia Naidu, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa HMPG

Naadia van der Bergh, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Layout Editors
Clinton Griffin, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

Copyeditors
Emma Buchanan, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa
Paula van der Bijl, Health and Medical Publishing Group, South Africa, South Africa

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