Information for Authors

For Authors



Name of Journal:      KIU Journal of Health Sciences (KJHS). KIU Journal of Health Sciences is published two issues in a volume (April-May and October-November)


With regard to authorship guidelines, KJHS subscribes to the recommendations of the International Committee of Journal of Health Sciences Editors (ICMJE). Guidelines based on those of 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

  • substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  • drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • 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/last authorship is appropriate for the supervisor provided the conditions outlined in the preceding paragraph are met. Second/last 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.

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


  • a structured abstract of 150-250 words which should summarize the objective(s), methodology, major findings and conclusions
  • three to six keywords

Body of the Manuscript

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

Conflict of Interest and Acknowledgments

Conflict of Interest: authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest.

Acknowledgments: acknowledgments should list brief statements of assistance, financial support, and prior publication of the study in abstract form, if applicable.


All rights reserved. No part of any article published by KJHS may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means like electronic, mechanical recording or otherwise without written permission from KIU through the Journal Editor. On acceptance, the copyright of the paper will be vested in KJHS.


Authors must indicate ethical conformity with the Helsinki Declaration 1975 (as amended). Studies on human subjects must have been approved by the institution’s Ethics Committee. 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.

Manuscript Submission process

It is the policy of the KJHS 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 KIU. KIU disclaims any responsibility or liability for such materials. In addition, the KIU is not liable and do not provide guarantee or endorsement for services or products advertised.

Formatting guidelines

The word processing program should be Microsoft Word. The text should be typed using the font Times New Roman, size 12 points, with 1.5 vertical line spacing and no horizontal spacing, 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 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 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 which 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.


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.

In-text Referencing

Single Reference: references in text, tables, and legends should be numbered consecutively in the order they are cited in the text using Arabic numbers in parentheses. The use of Arabic numbers in superscript format is also acceptable, but is dependent on the requirements of individual journals and/or academic departments.

Example - Weber (16) reported that....

Multiple references: when multiple references are cited at the same place in the text of a document, use a hyphen to join the first and last references if they are inclusive. Use commas without spaces to separate exclusive references.


...on the discipline and profession and management many studies (1-4) reported that...

A number of studies reported that the treatment was ineffective. (1,5,8)

Consideration should be taken on the location of numbers within the text of a document. Use Arabic numbers outside periods and commas, inside colons and semi-colons.


Methodologic guidelines for studies of etiology,(5,7) diagnosis,(8) prognosis,(9) and therapy(10-11) are available.

...such as an intra-class correlation co-efficient (49) or Χ statistic.(50)

Citing Specific Pages: if an author needs to cite different page numbers from a single reference at different places within the text of a document the formatting used in the example should be used. Please note that the source needs to appear only one in the reference list.

Example - Weber 23(p56) found that...

List of References

Journal article

Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG. Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses: the PRISMA statement. Ann Intern Med 2009;151(4):264-9, W64.

Book (1-6 authors)

Arens AA. Auditing in Australia : an integrated approach. 5th ed. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Education Australia; 2002.

Book (More than 6 authors)

Goering RV, Dockrell HM, Wakelin D, Zuckerman M, Chiodini PL, Roitt IM, et al. Mims' medical microbiology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2008.

Book chapter

Thomas, G. Medicinal Chemistry. 2nd ed. Chichester: John Wiley; 2007. Chapter 8.2, The chemical nature of the binding of ligands to receptors; p.252-254.

Newspaper article

Beale, B. Our apocalypse now. Biodiversity and the threat to it from environmental destruction. Sydney Morning Herald 1989 Jul 15:71,6.

Report (Online)

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Drinking patterns in Australia, 2001-2007. Cat. no. PHE133. [Internet]. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2010 [cited 2021 Jan 19]. Available from:


Evans PR. Motor and sensory function of the upper digestive tract in health and in irritable bowel syndrome [Ph.D Thesis]. Sydney, NSW: University of Sydney; 1998.

Conference Paper

Passey M, Gale J, Stirling J, Sanson-Fisher R. Caring for pregnant Aboriginal women: provider views on managing tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use. In: 2017 Primary Health Care Research Conference, 2017 Aug 7 - 9; Brisbane.

Web page

Queensland University of Technology. Writing literature reviews. [Internet] 2010 [updated 2020 Jun 23; cited 2020 Dec 6]; Available from:

Review Processes

All submitted manuscripts will pass through editorial review to determine their suitability for publication in KJHS and their compliance with KJHS guidelines for manuscript preparation and submission. Peer review process will be in relation to scientific and statistical context and contents. Manuscripts submitted for publication will be peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers, active in the relevant field of the submitted manuscript. Authors may be requested to provide names and contact information (e-mail address) of three experts in the field as possible reviewers of their papers. Reviewers should be knowledgeable of the research area and must not have a conflict of interest. Do not list collaborators, colleagues, and researchers at your institution, former advisors or advisees. The editors are however, not bound to use any of the suggested reviewer(s).

Only papers with favourable reports will be subjected to plagiarism check and accepted for publication with a percentage plagiarism of ≤ 15%. The acceptance of manuscripts for publication shall be decided by the Editorial Board. When the article is published the corresponding author will receive the electronic reprint of the article in Adobe’s PDF format.

All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format preferably electronically as e-mail attachments. All manuscripts for the KJHS should be submitted directly to:

The Editor-in-Chief

KIU Journal of Health Sciences

Kampala International University Western Campus

Ishaka, Bushenyi District, Uganda

E-mail: [email protected]