The Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care follows the ‘Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals’ as published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1997 (336: 309-316). The Journal will accept the following types of contributions: Original research reports, Critical and analytical reviews, Case reports, Short research reports, Editorials and Commentaries commissioned by the editorial board, Letters to the editor related to materials previously published in the Journal, Book reviews, Reports of professional conferences and meetings, and Continuing education.

Please note the following when submitting your materials to the Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care:

  • Your submission must be original, unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Additionally, the studies must have undergone appropriate ethical review.
  • You must sign a letter stating that all authors accept the transfer of copyright for any accepted and published articles to the Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care. This letter must be submitted along with your manuscript.
  • If you wish to reproduce any material for which copyright already exists, it is your responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holders.
  • The editors reserve the right to reject any papers that are deemed unsuitable for publication. The decision of the editors is final. The editors and publishers do not accept responsibility for the views expressed by the authors in the research.

You may submit your manuscript via email or online through the journal website.

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care


Journal website:  


When submitting a manuscript to the journal, there are a few formatting guidelines that must be followed. First, the document should be double-spaced with one-inch margins and 12pt font. The right-hand side should not be justified. The editors may adjust the style to maintain uniformity and ensure compliance with the journal's guidelines. 

*Please note that non-compliant manuscripts will not be reviewed.

The paper should be divided into the following sections:


The manuscript should be divided into sections. The first section should be an abstract with a maximum of 250 words, structured into sub-sections for background, methods, results and conclusion. Up to six keywords should also be included, and the word count for the abstract should be provided. Short articles, letters to the editor, commentaries and reviews are exempt from this format. 


The cover page should include the article title and the corresponding author's details (affiliation, full postal address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address). The full names, affiliations and contact details of the co-authors should also be clearly indicated. These details should only appear on the cover page and not on any other page of the manuscript. 

The subsequent pages should be ordered as follows: abstract, keywords, main text, acknowledgment (on a separate page), references, appendix, figure captions, tables and figures. Tables and figures should not be placed in the main text. The full word count should include all text, including those within tables, figures, references, etc. All pages must be numbered in the bottom right-hand corner. The main text should be arranged in the following order: Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion, with each section starting on a new page.

Ethical considerations: 

In the methods section, when reporting studies on human beings, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, which was revised in 2003 (available at For prospective studies involving human participants, authors are expected to mention approval of (regional/ national/ institutional or independent) Ethics Committee or Review Board and obtain informed consent from adult participants. Also, assent must be obtained for children participating in trials. The age beyond which assent would be required could vary as per regional and/ or national guidelines. 

To ensure confidentiality of subjects, it is crucial to use de-identification techniques, particularly when including illustrative material. When conducting animal experiments, specify whether the guidelines of the institution or national research council, or any national law on laboratory animal care and use, were adhered to.

Evidence of approval by a local Ethics Committee (for both human as well as animal studies) must be supplied by the authors on demand. Animal experimental procedures should be as humane as possible and the details of anaesthetics and analgesics used should be clearly stated. The ethical standards of experiments must conform with the guidelines provided by the CPCSEA and World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Humans for studies involving experimental animals and human beings, respectively. 

The journal will not consider any ethically unacceptable paper.

All articles dealing with original human or animal data must include a statement on ethics approval within the Methods section indicating the name of the ethics committee responsible and the protocol number that was attributed by this ethics committee. 

References:  The Vancouver style of referencing should be used which involves numbering references in the order they appear in the text and inserting the numbers above the line after a full stop on each occasion a reference is cited (e.g. as noted in similar studies 1, 2). The numbered references should be typed double-spaced at the end of the article and should include the names and initials of all authors. The format of referencing should follow the guidelines published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in the British Medical Journal, 1998, volume 296, pages 401-405. See the examples below for further guidance:

  •      Journal articles
  • All authors should be listed where they are six or fewer; if more than six, then list the first six and follow by et al.

Hogan MC, Foreman KJ, Naghavi M, Ahn SY, Wang M, Makela SM, et al. Maternal mortality for 181 countries, 1980-2008: a systematic analysis of progress towards Millennium Development Goal 5. Lancet 2010; 375(9726): 1609-1623


  • Corporate Body/Organisation as Author

International Steering Committee. Uniform requirement for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. Br. Med. J. 1962; 284: 1766-1770

         (c)  No author

                  What happened to growth monitoring? [Editorial]. Lancet 1992; ii: 149 

  • Books
  • Books with personal authors

Hosmer DW, Lameshow S. Applied Logistic Regression. 2nd edition. New York: Wiley Series; 2004

  • Chapters with personal authors

Adesanya CA, Parry EHO, Larbi EB. The heart and circulation. In: Parry EHO (Ed) Principles of Medicine in Africa. 2nd Edition, Oxford ELBS/Oxford University Press; 1984; 645-704.

  • Chapters with no authors

Respiratory Medicine. In: Tasker RC, McClure RJ, Acerini CL. (Eds). Oxford Handwork of Paediatrics, Oxford; 2010. 262-305

  • Internet resources

Thind A, Mohani A, Banerjee K, Hagigi F. Where to deliver? Analysis of choice of delivery location from a national survey in India. BMC Public Health 2008; 8: 29 [cited March 21, 2009] Available from URL:

NOTE: Authors should include the Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) of referenced articles in the reference section for all articles cited


In this section, authors should acknowledge those who have not met the authorship criteria as outlined below. 

Conflict of interest: 

Authors should declare any conflict of interest.

Contributions to joint publication: 

A statement on the contribution of individual authors to joint publication should be declared in this section.

Policy on authorship criteria

Only individuals who made major contributions to the writing of the manuscript should be listed as authors. In addition, all authors listed in the manuscript should have contributed significantly to the conceptualization, design, collection, collation or analysis and interpretation of the data. All authors should have been involved in the writing of the manuscript at the draft and any revision stage. Also, they must have read and approved the final version. Other individuals (s) involved in the research should be listed in the acknowledgment section. Any change in authorship (including author order) after the initial manuscript submission must be approved in writing by all authors.

Tables and Illustrations: 

Please ensure that all tables and figures are on separate sheets of paper and are clearly labelled. Tables should be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals and have a suitable caption. Please exclude vertical and horizontal internal lines. Tables should complement, not duplicate, results already presented in the manuscript. Footnotes should be typed below the table and should be referred to using superscript lowercase letters. All illustrations should be provided in camera-ready form and should be suitable for reproduction, which may include reduction, without any retouching. Photographs, charts, and diagrams should be referred to as "figures" and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are referred to. Please indicate the appropriate places in the text where the tables and figures should be inserted.

Peer review process: 

All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are sent to at least two independent experts in that field for review. Manuscripts with a significant statistical component will be reviewed by a statistician in addition to the above peer review. The comments of the reviewers will be communicated to the authors, even if the paper is rejected. All efforts will be made to ensure that the review process is as short as possible.


  • All manuscripts submitted for publication within Nigeria shall attract: 
  • A processing charge of Five thousand naira (₦5,000.00) at the time of submission of the manuscript and an additional
  • Publication charge of Forty thousand naira (₦40,000.00) if the article is accepted for publication. (Manuscript acceptance fee)
  • For contributors from outside Nigeria, a single payment of One Hundred and Twenty U.S. Dollars ($120.00) will be required, if the article is accepted for publication. (Manuscript acceptance fee)    

Charges should be paid to the Journal’s Naira (₦) or Dollar ($) account with United Bank for Africa (UBA) as applicable. The account details are as follows: 

  1. Naira Account (₦)

             Bank: United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, 

             Branch: OAU Ile-Ife

Account Name: Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria 

Account Number: 1015504404 

Bank Sort Code: 033291640

Contributors are to scan the teller and send it as an attachment to the Editor-in-Chief.

  1. Dollar Account ($)

             Bank:   United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, 

             Branch: GRA Ikeja

Account Name: Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria

Account Number: 30004086045 

Bank Sort Code: 033291640

Swift code: UNAFNGLA

Intermediary Bank (Through): 


Swift code: CITIUS33

Routing no: 021000089

Account number: 36320321

Contributors are to scan the teller and send it as an e-mail attachment to the Editor-in-Chief.

Policy on plagiarism 

Authors are warned against plagiarism and other forms of fraudulent behaviour. Where it is established that authors have submitted plagiarized manuscript(s) or are involved in other forms of fraudulent behaviour, the editors, after a thorough investigation, shall issue a rejoinder on the plagiarized or fraudulent article in the next edition of the journal even if the article was published in an earlier edition of the journal.

Access policy: Full-text articles from the Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care are available free online at AJOL. and

Indexing: African Journals Online; Cross Ref; Asian Digital Library; Google Scholar; IJI Factor

For more information or inquiries, contact the Editorial office: 

Prof. Kikelomo Ololade Wright, MBChB, MPH, MD, FMCPH


Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care (JCMPHC)

Department of Community Health and Primary Health Care

Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM)

1-5 Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja GRA

Lagos State, Nigeria


Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1115-4608
print ISSN: 0794-7410