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Author Guidelines

Ø Quarterly Publication

Ø Abstracts also published in French language

Ø Fast Peer Review Process

Ø Manuscript Plagiarism Assessment

Ø Respectable Editorial Board

 

1.  Name of Journal: Research Journal of Health Sciences (RJHS)

      The Research Journal of Health Sciences is published quarterly

      (March, June, September and December).

 

2.  Authorship

With regard to authorship guidelines, the RJHS subscribes to the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Guidelines based on those of the ICMJE are as follows: All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and  all  those  who  qualify  should  be  listed.  Each author should have  participated sufficiently in the work to take responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article.

Authorship  credit  should  be  based  on 1) substantial  contributions to  conception and

design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2 and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship.

In the case of publications arising from research conducted by students, and where the

student has done the majority of the work, the student will normally be the first author. Second authorship is appropriate for the supervisor provided the conditions outlined in the preceding paragraph are met. Second authorship is not acceptable if the supervisor only provides encouragement, physical facilities, financial support, critiques or editorial contributions.

Authors should be able to provide a description of what each contributed. All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be included in the “Acknowledgements section”, and what they did should be described.

Authorship of multi-centre studies is attributed to a group. All members of the group who are named as authors should meet the authorship criteria listed above. Group members who do not meet these criteria should be listed, with their permission in the “Acknowledgements section”.

The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the co-authors. Authors should be prepared to explain the order in which authors are listed.

 

3.  Article arrangement and style. The text file should be arranged as enumerated below: Title Page

The title page should contain:

· the full title (bold, lower case, font size 12, Times New Roman), ≤ 20 words

· details of each author:  last name and initials, degrees, and affiliation

· corresponding author's e-mail address

· proposed running title


Abstract

·  an abstract of 150 words which should summarize the objective(s), methodology, major findings and conclusions

· three to six keywords

 

Others

· the      next      pages      should      contain      the      text      file      divided      into: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables and Figures.

 

4.  Conflict of Interest and Acknowledgments

Authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest.

Acknowledgments should list brief statements of assistance, financial support, and prior

publication of the study in abstract form, if applicable.

 

5.  Copyright

By submitting manuscripts to RJHS authors of original articles are assigning copyright to the College of Health Sciences, Osun State University. Authors may use their own work after publication without written permission, provided they acknowledge the original source. Individuals and academic institutions may freely copy and distribute articles published in RJHS for educational and research purposes without obtaining permission.

 

6.  Ethics

 Papers based on original research must adhere to the Declaration of Helsinki on "Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects", and must specify from which recognized ethics committee approval for the research was obtained.  Authors must indicate ethical conformity with the Helsinki Declaration 1975  (as amended). The institution’s Ethics Committee must have approved studies on human subjects. Informed consent of human subjects must be clearly stated in the manuscript. Animal experiments must be in conformity with international norms guided by relevant laws and the guidelines of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The intent to publish in this journal must be supported by all authors and the manuscripts must not have been previously published or being considered for publication by any other journal. The use of trade names is unacceptable for medicinal products.

 

7.  Manuscript Submission process

It is the policy of the RJHS that authors must conform to standards of good scientific practice and responsible authorship. Authors must accept responsibility for the entire contents of the submitted manuscript, and provide their significant contributions to the work. Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published previously; that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities at the institution(s) where the work has been carried out. All statements and opinions expressed in the manuscripts and published in the journal are strictly those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editor(s) or Publisher. The Publisher disclaims any responsibility or liability for such materials. In addition, the Publisher is not liable and do not provide guarantee or endorsement for services or products advertised. The appearance of such advertisements in this journal does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement by the editorial board or the College of Health Sciences, of quality or value of any advertised product or service, or the claims made for them by advertisers.

Abstracts of Accepted manuscripts shall be published in French language. Finally, in a bid

to reach a wider audience as well as relevant stakeholders, summaries of all publications shall be made available in simplified version on our webpage (www.rjhs.uniosun.edu.ng). All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format preferably electronically as

e – mail attachments.


All manuscripts for the RJHS should be submitted directly to:

 

The Editor,

Research Journal of Health Sciences, Editorial Office, College of Health Sciences, Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria

E-mail: editor.rjhs@uniosun.edu.ng

 

8.  Formatting guidelines:

The word processing program should be Microsoft Word. The text should be typed using the font Times New Roman, size 12 points, and organized on A4 format (21 x 29.5 cm). Italicize common and standard Latin words, abbreviations or phrases such as «et al.»,

«e.g.» or «in vivo». Italicize the names of genes (e.g. Arpl gene), genera and species.

 

Tables

Tables must be placed on a separate page, below the list of references. All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. Tables should always be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order. For each table, authors must supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Footnotes to tables must be placed below the body of the table and should be indicated with superscript lowercase letters. Ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

 

Figures

Figures must be placed in a separate section below tables. Ensure that each figure has a caption. Supply captions in a separate section (not attached to the figure) below the figures. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum however and explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

Colored  figures  will  appear  in  color  on  the  web  regardless  of  whether  or  not  these

illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. The author(s) will bear the extra costs involved in producing printed colored figures, if required. For color reproduction in print, author(s) will receive information regarding the costs after manuscripts have been accepted for publication.

 

Original Articles

Original Articles should be clinical or basic studies. Translational research that adds new information to the aetiology, treatment, and outcomes of health conditions that have not been published previously will be given accelerated editorial processing. Each manuscript should not exceed 3,000 words (excluding tables, figures and references), and not more than 30 references. Not more than 8 figures/tables (in total) are acceptable. Cover letter, title page and abstract are required.

 

Case Reports/Case Series

Case reports should consist of unusual case(s) and a brief review of the literature pertaining to these case(s) that add new information to the health knowledge. These case reports should not exceed 1,500 words, 15 references, and 4 figures/tables in all. Cover letter, title page and abstract are required.

 

Review Articles

All submitted review articles shall be subjected to the same peer-review and editorial processes as Original Articles. The Journal shall not publish not more than one review article per edition except the Editorial team decides otherwise. The text of Review Articles must be limited to 3,500 words, with a maximum of 6 figures and tables (total) and up to

60 references. Cover letter, title page and abstract are required.


 

Referencing in the text

1. References must conform to Vancouver style. Journal title should conform to the abbreviation in index medicus. Journal articles should be cited in this format: Author’s name and initials, title of article, abbreviated name of journal, year of publication, volume (issue) and pages.

2. Books: Mbagwu SM. A pictorial self-instruction manual on skin diseases, Lagos: Longman, 2012.

3. Chapters in Books: Remington JS, McLeod R, Desmonts G. Toxoplasmosis. In: Remington JS,  Klein  OJ,  editors.  Infectious  disease  of  the  fetus  and  newborn  infant.  4th   ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders Co, 1994; p. 141-267.

4.  In-text  citation  is  with  standard  numbers  in  brackets,  e.g.,  (1,2).  Authors  are

responsible for completeness and accuracy of all citations. A maximum of six authors should be quoted followed by et al. In the list of references, all references in the text are numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text.

 

9          Review Process

Peer review process will be in relation to scientific and statistical contents. Three referees, active in the relevant field of the submitted manuscript, will review manuscripts submitted for publication. Reviewers are knowledgeable of the research area and will not have a conflict of interest. Only papers with favorable reports will be accepted for publication.  The Editorial Board shall decide the acceptance of manuscripts for publication. When the article is published the corresponding author will be able to download freely the electronic reprint of the article in Adobe’s PDF format from the Journal website.

 

10.      Contact Information

Please ensure that contact information such as e-mail addresses and fax numbers, for all authors are current to facilitate follow-up regarding manuscripts.  The Editor should be promptly notified of any changes in such information.

 

11.      General Information

The Journal is institutional based (www.uniosun.edu.ng), with the editorial office at the College of Health Sciences, Osun State University, Osogbo. The Editorial Team from the outset ensure that the Journal is standardized and indexed appropriately. All manuscripts will always be reviewed by at least three peer reviewers, and by our language / reference / formatting editors. We also subject all accepted manuscripts to plagiarism software to assess manuscripts for plagiarism. All accepted abstracts would be translated into French language so as to reach the Francophone readers. Our goal is to make Research Journal an outstanding health sciences journal within the sub-Saharan Africa.

 

One of the unique characteristics of the Journal website is to have a section where we can

display summary of research works in a language that the general population including stakeholders and policy makers can understand. All authors of accepted manuscripts shall be required to submit a 500 word summary (in simple language) structured as follows: Title:

Manuscript Number: Background:

Why Was This Study Done?

What Did the Researchers Do and Find? Provide Top 10 references:

 

The summary shall be translated without any charges to the Authors.


12.      Submission Checklist

-     Indicate type of article on title page (e.g. Original Article, Case Report, Review Article, etc)

-     Provide complete names, degrees, and contacts / affiliations for all authors

-     Designate a corresponding author, with complete  mailing  and  e-mail addresses and telephone

-     Provide a structured abstract of 150 words and 3-6 key words for subject indexing

-     Cite references, figures, and tables in recommended formats

-     Check all references for completeness and accuracy

-     Submit each table / figure on a separate page

-     Clearly number figures and indicate orientation. Submit each figure on a separate page

-     Identify and provide permission for reuse of any previously published material

-     Disclose any potential conflict of interest

 

 

 

13.     Processing & Publication charges

a)  The RJHS does not charge processing fee for submitted manuscripts.

b) Once manuscripts are ACCEPTED for publication, authors are required to immediately pay a non-refundable publication fee of $150 or its equivalent.

c)  However as stated under Formatting Guidelines (under Figures), author(s) will

bear the extra cost involved in producing printed colored figures, if required. For color reproduction in print, author(s) will receive information regarding the costs after manuscripts have been accepted for publication.

d)  Fees charged are subject to review as may be dictated by inflation and overhead running costs.

 

Copyright Notice

By submitting manuscripts to RJHS authors of original articles are assigning copyright to the College of Health Sciences, Osun State University. Authors may use their own work after publication without written permission, provided they acknowledge the original source. Individuals and academic institutions may freely copy and distribute articles published in RJHS for educational and research purposes without obtaining permission.

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