Editorial Policy

Name of Journal:

KIU Journal of Health Sciences (KJHS). KIU Journal of Health Sciences is published quarter yearly (January – March, April – June, July - September and October - December).

Authorship  

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

Abstract

  • 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.

Copyright

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. 

Ethics

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.

All manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format preferably electronically as email 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]

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

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 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.

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: Tijani A.A, Alese M.O, Adekomi D.A, Adedeji E.A. Caxton-Martins Practical Manual of Histology, Lagos: Merit Publishers Limited, 2019
  3. Chapters in Books: Adekomi D.A, Tijani A.A (2018). Neurocognitive anomalies associated with HIV/AIDS. In HIV/AID – Current Concepts for Students and Health Care Givers. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2018; Pg 51 – 62
  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. 

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. 

Contact Information

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


 

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