South Sudan Medical Journal: Editorial Policies

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Focus and Scope

The SSMJ is the a multi-professional journal in the South Sudan which caters for the needs of Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Clinical Officers, Pharmacists and all other cadres in the health profession. Its vision is to see a well-trained, skilled professionals delivering high quality healthcare to the population of the South Sudan.

The mission of SSMJ is to publish research and clinical guidance that will positively influence the development of healthcare services in South Sudan.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All articles are submitted by email to the journal at admin@southernsudanmedicaljournal. The Editor-in-chief and other members of the editorial team initially review the articles. If an article is deemed suitable for the journal – based on subject matter and relevance, and meeting submission guidelines – but has some issues to be clarified – it is sent back to author to amend. If it is not suitable, it is rejected at this stage.

If the article is deemed relevant, it is double-blind peer reviewed. The editorial advisor chooses, from the list of reviewers plus others according to their areas of expertise, one or two experts, to peer review the article using the reviewer guidelines.

The article is then sent back to the author to revise, if necessary, according to the peer reviewers’ comments. This draft is checked and, if necessary, edited, by the editorial team. Authors check and clear the final pdfs.


Publication Frequency

This journal publishes Quarterly (February, May, August, November).


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 Board


Dr. Edward Eremugo Luka, MBBS, MScIH, HHH Fellow

Physician and public health specialist, South Sudan

Founding President of the South Sudan Doctors’ Association.



Dr Eluzai Abe Hakim MB.Ch.B, FRCP(Edin), FRCP, DTM&H

Department of Adult Medicine & Rehabilitation, St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, UK 

Honorary International Adviser to the Royal College of Physicians London on South Sudan, Committee member of the Gordon Memorial College Trust Fund.

Dr Wani Mena, MBchB, MMed (Ophth), MSc ClinEpi, Cert CEH

Department of Ophthalmology, Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan

Director of the Institute of Ophthalmology and a member of the College of Ophthalmology for East, Central and Southern Africa



Dr Charles Ochero Cornelio Langoya, MBBS, MSc (TMID), MSc (Internal Medicine), MPH, PGDipHIV, HCMTC, MRCP (UK)

Subspecialist registrar in clinical haematology St. James’ University Hospital, Leeds, UK.

Dr Charles Saki Bakheit, PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman, previously Associate Professor and Secretary for Academic Affairs in University of Juba.

Dr (Mrs) Ayat Constantine Jervase MBBS

Deputy Director for HIV/AIDS/STIs Surveillance, HIV/AIDS/STIs Division in the Directorate of Community & Public Health at the Ministry of Health in Juba. 

Dr John Adwok, MBBS, MMED(Surg.), FCS(ECSA), FRCS(Edin.), FACS, PhD.

Consultant General & Endocrine Surgeon, Kenya and South Sudan

Chairman of the South Sudan General Medical Council

Professor James Gita Hakim MBChB, MMed, MMedSci, FRCP(UK), DSc(HC) PGDipHPE

Professor of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences.



Dr David Tibbutt

Past Adviser for Continuing Medical Education in Uganda, Editor of the "Uganda CME Newsletter" and Visiting Physician to Kitovu Hospital, Uganda and Kirambi Health Centre, Rwanda. Based in UK.



Ann Burgess, BSc Nutrition, MPH

Nutritionist and editor working from Scotland.



Dr James Ayrton BM EDIC MFICM 

Specialty Doctor in Critical Care and Anaesthesia, Poole, UK.

Lead of the team designing, implementing and developing the website.

Gore Lolaku Loro

Webmaster, Cambridge and South Sudan

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