Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Translational Medical Research and Public Health (IJTMRPH) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes original research, review articles, commentaries, and policy and practice papers on all aspects of translational or applied medical research and public health.

Mission

Disseminate sound research that presents the potential for translatability and applicability, ensuring widest dissemination and maximum impact in the populations where they are most needed.

Vision

To become the leading and authoritative source/voice for the dissemination of high-quality research and policy analyses that can be translated into life-saving interventions for the improvement of human and populations health. 

IJTMRPH will publish articles in the broad areas of translational and applied medical research and public health. Manuscripts in, but not limited to, the following themes are welcomed:  

  • Public Health
  • Medical or Health care
  • Applied Public Health
  • Translational Public Health
  • Translational Medical Research
  • Applied Gneral and Special Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Occupational Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Program Monitoring and Implementation
  • Program Assessment and Evaluation
  • Intervention or Protocol Studies
  • Clinical Trials and Social and Behavioral Interventions;
  • Healthcare Delivery Research
  • Nursing Research
  • Global or International Health
  • Mortality and morbidity;
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Natural Products 
  • community-Based Participatory Research
  • Health outcomes
  • health policy
  • Applied Obesity, smoking, alcohol, substance use;
  • Quality of life and mental health;
  • Social, behavioral, and biological determinants of health;
  • Gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, social class, education, income disability status, etc.;
  • Region and/or country specific studies;
  • Family health, including changing dynamics of modern families;
  • Human sexuality;
  • Neglected tropical diseases;
  • Application of science and technology to development;
  • Linkages between research results and national public policy formulation process.

 

Section Policies

Original Article

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Methodology Article

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Brief Research Article

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Field Studies

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Editorial

Editors
  • Shahadat Hossain
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Commentary

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Review Article

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Systematic Review

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Letters to the Editor

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Book Review

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Conference Report

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to IJTMRPH will be subjected to peer-review and are therefore expected to be of high quality.

Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must have the ability to contribute to the field of translational public health and medical research. This contribution may be small but meaningful and forms the rubric of what our reviewers and editors look for during the review process. Prior to submitting their manuscripts, prospective authors are encouraged to always ask themselves: what is the small contribution that my manuscript contributes to the field? This contribution could be in research, practice, policy or otherwise.

IJTMRPH applies a very rigorous review process in determining which articles are accepted and eventually published. IJTMRPH Editors understand the value of rapid dissemination of knowledge; however, the journal will not compromise rigor of its review policy for expediency of publication. We strive for a rapid review and subsequent publication of high-quality manuscripts. 

Manuscript Review Process

Below is a summary of our 5-step manuscript review and editorial process:

  1. An author submits a manuscript
  2. The Editor-in-Chief assigns the manuscript to an Associate Editor
  3. The assigned Editor reviews the manuscript and makes an initial decision based on the quality of the manuscript and editorial priorities. The assigned editor will determine either to send the manuscript to peer-reviewers or reject the manuscript at that point.
  4. For the manuscripts that are sent for peer reviewer, the editor makes a decision based on editorial priorities, manuscript quality, reviewer recommendations, and perhaps discussion with fellow editors. At this point, the decision is usually to request a revised manuscript, reject the manuscript, or provisionally accept the manuscript.
  5. The decision letter is sent to the author informing him/her of the decision in the above step.

Single Blind Review

Submitted manuscripts are usually reviewed by at least two expert peer-reviewers. Peer reviewers recommend to the Editor whether a manuscript should be accepted, revised or rejected. They also alert the Editor of any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism and unethical behavior.

IJTMRPH operates a single blind review system. This means that the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author. With this type of peer-review, reviewer anonymity allows for impartial decisions free from influence by the author.

Double Blind Reviews for Manuscripts by Editorial Board Members

IJTMRPH Editors and Editorial Board members set the research agenda for the journal. Therefore, the journal's Editors and Editorial Board members regularly publish their work in the journal. To address the potential conflict arising from editors making decisions on their own manuscripts, the journal employs the doube-blind review in the review of manuscripts authored by its Editors and Editorial Board members. 

To be published in the journal, a manuscript must receive favorable review from at least two peer-reviewers. If a manuscript receives an even review by two reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief, Editor, or a senior member of the editorial board will make the final recommendation upon review of the manuscript. Reviewers submit their reports on the manuscripts along with their recommendation of one of the following actions:

  1. Publish manuscript unaltered
  2. Consider publishing manuscript after minor changes
  3. Consider publishing manuscript after major changes
  4. Reject manuscript

After receiving and reviewing comments from all the external reviewers, the Editor makes the final decision, which may be one of the following:

  1. Publish manuscript unaltered
  2. Consider publishing manuscript after minor changes
  3. Consider publishing manuscript after major changes
  4. Reject manuscript

If the Editor recommends “Publish Unaltered,” the manuscript is accepted for publication.

If the Editor recommends, “Consider publishing after minor changes,” the authors are notified to prepare and submit a final copy of their manuscript with the required minor changes suggested by the peer-reviewers.

Only the Editor only reviews the revised manuscript after the minor changes have been made by the authors. Once the Editor is satisfied with the final manuscript, the manuscript will be accepted for publication and sent for production.

Authors will receive a pdf galley prrof of their manuscript as it is set to publish in the journal. Authors are allowed only one opportunity to review and identify errors introducted during the production process.   

 

 

Publication Frequency

IJTMRPH operates a continuous publication model. Accepted papers are published on a rolling basis. 

Published papers are serialized into one volume and two issues in one year.

Special issues or journal suplements are included under the respective volume and issue in which they are published. 

 

Open Access Policy

The International Journal of Translational Medical Research and Public Health (IJTMRPH) is an open-access journal. Open access publishing is the practice of providing unrestricted access via the internet to peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. Open access publishing is a new model for publishing scholarly journals. It provides immediate, worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of all published articles. For readers in developing world as well as those in developed countries, open access allows all interested readers to view, download, print, and redistribute any article without a subscription, enabling far greater distribution of an author’s work than the traditional subscription-based publishing model.

Unrestricted and Unlimited Access

IJTMRPH the editorial board believe that the scientific community and the general public can unlimitedly and immediately access all content published in our journals for free as soon as it is published on the Internet. We believe that immediate, worldwide, barrier-free, open access to the full text of research articles is in the best interests of the scientific community.

Open Access License-Creative Commons

IJMA applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works we publish under open-access. Under the CCAL, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in IJMA, so long as the original authors and source are cited. We allow the reuse and remixing of contents of the journal following the CC BY CC license.

For more information about CCAL, and to read the human-readable summary or the full license legal code, please click here. However, if authors choose not to pay open-access fees, the journal will publish the work and recoup some of the cost of puyblishing the work by making the pdf copy of the article available for donwload for a modest charge.

Article Processing Charges/Contributions

In an OA publishing model, the costs of publication of an article are borne by an author. Some of these are paid from the authors funding or by their organization in the form of Article Processing Charges (APCs). The APCs replace subscription charges in the traditional publishing and allow publishers to make the full-text of every published article freely available to all interested readers. In addition, as an open-access journal, authors who publish in IJTMRPH using open-access will retain the copyright of their work, which is released under a “Creative Commons Attribution License,” enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of an article in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited. However, authors who opt out of paying the APC will transfer the copyright to the journal.

To defray its editorial and production costs, IJTMRPH charges modest APCs from authors’ institutes or research funding bodies. Moreover, as a non-profit-publisher, our goal is to keep our open access publication charges at a minimum level just enough to defray the cost of production and maintenance of our servers and equipment. The article-processing charge includes costs for professional copyediting, immediate publication upon acceptance, and different formats of publication (PDF editions).

IJTMRPH APCs are place-based depending on the location of the authors. Our APC help support the journal and sustain a free-submission journal. Currently our article processing contributions are as follows:

 

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Author Fees

  • Article Submission Fee = $0
  • Article Processing Charge = $200 (authors from Developed countries)
  • Article Processing Charge = $150 (authors from Developing countries)

APC Payment in Local Currency for Nigeria

Authors from Nigeria may be allowed to pay their APC in local currency (Naira). If interested, please send an email to submissions@ijtmrph.org for details. 

Due to the already low APC, we are unable to offer waivers at the present time.

IJTMRPH Editors may offer discounts on its APC for research article submissions. The journal also publishes, without charge, selected articles invited by the Editors. In addition, we offer discounts to reviewers for the journal in apreciation of their services or to previous authors to thank them for their loyalty. In recognition of reviewers’ support, any reviewer that returns a full review, on time, can receive a 25% discount on article processing charges for a paper for which they are the corresponding author, if submitted within 12 months of completing the review.

Options to Pay APCs

Authors will receive an electronic invoice (or web link) for APC once their manuscript ipt has been accepted for publication. Upon receipt of the APC, the manuscript will be scheduled for production.

APC Payment in Local Currency for Nigeria

Authors from Nigeria may be allowed to pay their APC in local currency (Naira). If interested, please send an email to submissions@ijtmrph.org for details. 

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DONATIONS AND SUPPORT TO IJTMRPH

IJTMRPH’s publisher, the Global Health and Education Projects (GHEP), depends on your donations to carry out its work and activities throughout the United States (US) and across the world. Please support the mission of the journal by making a donation.

Tax-Deductible Donations. GHEP is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization recognized as a public charity by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Our federal Employer Identification Number is: 45-2977882. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. You’ll get a receipt for your donation which you will need in filing your tax.

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Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Indexing and Abstracting

IJTMRPH is a new journal and is in the process of pursuingmany indexing opportunities.  We  understand the importance of indexing researchers’ published papers in major indexing and abstracting services and we are determined to meet these expectations. IJTMRPH has been set up to meet the eligibility criteria for acceptance by indexing organizations, including scientific leadership, technology, peer-review, etc. 

Future Indexing Opportunities

Our goal is to focus archiving and indexing at major scholarly services such as the NIH PubMed, Pubmed Central, MEDLINE, Scopus, Current Contents, etc. as soon as the journal matures and becomes fully-eligible for those relevant indexing databases. We will send out information and update this page as soon as those milestones are achieved.

Once IJTMRPH is found eligible, we will work on ensuring that all articles published in the journal are deposited and permanently archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine’s full text repository of scientific literature.

U.S. Library of Congress

As a requirement for the maintenance of IJTMRPH International Standard Serial Numbers, all copies of IJTMRPH are submitted frequently to the serial section of the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC). At the completion of every volume and issue of the journal, copies are submitted to LOC for archiving and preservation. This mandatory submission ensures that copies of articles published in IJTMRPH are preserved in perpetuity by at the LOC.

 

Editorial Freedom

IJTMRPH is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed, global health, open access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, clinical studies, evaluation studies, policy analyses, and commentaries/opinions in all areas of maternal, infant, child health, (MCH) and HIV/AIDS in low and middle-income countries, and in populations that are experiencing health disparities (i.e. inequalities) around the world.

IJTMRPH adheres to the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Policy on “The Relationship between Journal Editors-in-Chief and Owners.” More specifically, the Editor-in-Chief has editorial independence and as such has full authority over the journal’s editorial content including how and when information is published. Editorial decisions are based solely on the validity of the work and its importance to readers, not on the policies or commercial interests of the publisher, if any.

IJTMRPH is an official journal of the Global Health and Education Projects, Inc. (GHEP). GHEP is a US 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious, charitable, educational, research, and development organization dedicated to eliminating inequalities in health and education among local communities in the USA and worldwide.  GHEP addresses all aspects of educational and health inequalities affecting the most vulnerable individuals and populations in our communities, especially those that are historically known to experience inequalities in health and education outcomes, namely the poor, underserved, women, children, minorities, and new residents. GHEP does not interfere in the evaluation, selection or editing of individual articles, either directly or by creating environment where editorial decisions are strongly influenced.

 

Guidelines for Filing a Competing Interest Statement

Definition: Conflict of interest (COI) exists when there is a divergence between an individual’s private interests (competing interests) and his or her responsibilities to scientific and publishing activities such that a reasonable observer might perceive the individual’s behavior or judgment as motivated by considerations of the individual’s competing interests. COI in biomedical publishing affects everyone with a stake in research integrity including journals, research/academic institutions, funding agencies, the popular media, and members of the public.

Forms of COI: COI may exist in numerous forms including financial ties, academic commitments, personal relationships, political or religious beliefs, and institutional affiliations. In managing COI, IJTMRPH abides to the policy statement of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). All authors will be required to declare their COI, if any, during the manuscript submission. Reviewers are asked to declare their COI after they accept to review a manuscript. Editors should also declare their COI during handling of a manuscript. IJTMRPH shall publish these declarations, or lack thereof, in the final publication.

Management of COI:The management of COI depends on disclosure because it is not possible to routinely monitor or investigate whether competing interests are present. COI disclosed by authors will be reviewed by the editorial leadership and an appropriate action will be taken. As elucidated in our peer-review process, reviewers and Editors with COI will be excluded from the process of review of the manuscript that they present with COI. If competing interests surface from other sources after a manuscript is submitted or published, IJTMRPH leadership will investigate allegations of COI and depending on their nature, appropriate actions will be taken. If a manuscript has been published and COI surfaces later, the journal will publish the results of the investigation as a correction to the article and ask the author(s) to explain, in a published letter, why the COI was not revealed earlier during the submission and review process.

 

Disposal of Material

Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for at least one year before they are finally disposed.

 

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