Global Journal of
Medicine & Public Health
ISSN : 2277–9604

AUTHOR GUIDELINES


The Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health is a peer reviewed, open access journal, with an international editorial board. Integrating biomedical, social and environmental sciences, we welcome a wide range of contributions with an emphasis on development and lower income settings in order to support the evidence base for disease prevention and control. Submissions may include original research, field investigations, review articles, case reports, articles relevant to policy, planning and evaluation, and letters to the editor. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of their scientific quality and relevance. After the review process is completed, including revisions (if required), we aim to publish accepted papers within approximately four months of full acceptance.

Before Submitting Online

The GJMEDPH adheres to the criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Authors are strongly encouraged to visit the ICMJEs' website and to read their Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals carefully before preparing and submitting a paper. Compliance with these standards for manuscript preparation will help facilitate the editorial review process and allow for an efficient timeline to publication.

How To Submit Online

Manuscripts must be uploaded electronically by completing the online submission form located in the Submit Manuscript webpage of the GJMEDPH website. Use a single Microsoft Word file, to include text, tables and figures (preferably in Arial font). The corresponding author must be clearly identified among the contributing authors.

Manuscript Preparation

The ICMJEs’Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals provides instructions on general manuscript preparation using subheadings (as listed below) to help organize content. Other types of articles, such as meta-analyses, may require different formats, while case reports, narrative reviews, and editorials may have less structured or unstructured formats. Subheading categories used in the Recommendations:
1.General Principles
2.Reporting Guidelines
3.Manuscript Sections
   a.Title Page
   b.Abstract
   c.Introduction
   d.Methods
   e.Results
   f.Discussion
   g.References
   h.Tables
   i.Illustrations (Figures)
   j.Units of Measurement
   k.Abbreviations and Symbols

References

References should follow the standards summarized in the ICMJEs’ Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References webpage, which provides useful examples for both reference style and format. The information on the webpage is given in two subheadings:
i. General Considerations Related to References
ii. Reference Style and Format (this section lists examples)

Proofs and Reprints

Electronic proofs will be sent (e-mail attachment) to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage. Because GJMEDPH will be published freely online, authors will have free electronic access to the full text (in both HTML and PDF) of the article. Authors can freely download the PDF file from which they can print unlimited copies of their articles.

Copyright

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

Conflict of Interest Declaration

It is the policy of the GJMEDPH to require a conflict of interest declaration from all authors.

Please include a declaration at the end of your manuscript prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of Interest Declaration’. If no declaration is made, the following will be printed under this heading: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. When making a declaration, the disclosure of information must be specific and include any financial relationship that the authors of the article have with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents. Any commercial or financial involvement that might represent a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your manuscript to assist the Editor in Chief in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Conflict of Interest Declaration provided in the manuscript.

Protection of Research Participants

When reporting experiments on people, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the relevant responsible committee on human experimentation.
Additionally, if a Statement of Informed Consent has been obtained, this should be indicated in the published article.
Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should identify individuals who provide writing assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the submitted article.


News Around the World

1) The WHO Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours is due to take place from 26-28 June 2017 in Geneva.

The primary goal is to strengthen partnerships and collaboration among public health organisations and networks working to reduce the health burden caused by alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours. Topics to be covered include: the links between alcohol use and injuries, the health and social consequences of cannabis use and prevention of substance use in educational settings.

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2) Democratic Republic of Congo reports polio outbreak

Two outbreaks of polio have been identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a blow to the goal of wiping out the disease from the world. At least four cases have been identified. Two were found in the eastern Maniema province and two further south in Haut-Lomami province, the WHO says. "WHO assesses the risk of further national spread of these strains to be high, and the risk of international spread to be medium" (14th June 2017)

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3) Aspirin ‘major bleed’ warning for over-75s has been identified by The Lancet.

Those taking daily aspirin after a stroke or heart attack are at higher risk of major- and sometimes fatal- stomach bleeds than previously thought. Scientists say that to reduce these risks, older people should also take stomach-protecting PPI pills. (14th June 2017)

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4) A study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology has shown surprisingly high rates of diabetes amongst India’s urban poor.

Glucose tolerance tests were given to 57,000 people across 15 states to diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes. 7.3% of people had diabetes—half of whom had not been diagnosed previously. (June 9th 2017)

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5) Yemen cholera cases recorded at more than 100,000 amid ‘unprecedented’ epidemic.

Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems are collapsing after two years of war between government forces and the rebel Houthi movement. The OCHA said the risk of the epidemic spreading further was compounded by the rainy season, widespread food insecurity and malnutrition.The UN says it is struggling to deliver medicine to treat those with cholera due to the ongoing conflict (8th June 2017)

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6) The World Health Organisation has updated its Essential Medicines List

The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, and specifies new uses for 9 already-listed products, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs. It has added medicines for hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis and cancer, also including new advice on use of antibiotics. The WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations. (6th June 2017)

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7) A pre-famine situation has been identified in Somalia (24th May 2017)

The international community and the Somali federal government have both raised a red flag over the drought and pre-famine situation that has affected half of the country’s population. The drought has resulted in food insecurity, which has led to large scale malnutrition that has directly affected the health of the population.

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8) The World Health Organisation has a newly elected Director-General: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The former Ethiopian Health Minister is the WHO’s first Director-General from Africa and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. As Minister of Health, Ethiopia, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus led a comprehensive reform effort of the country's health system. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007. (23rd May 2017)

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9) World Immunization Week was held from 24-30th April 2017.

The aim was to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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10) The Trump administration has pulled funding from UNFPA, the UN’s international branch focused on family planning and maternal and child health

The state department said it was withholding $32.5m in funding for the fiscal year of 2017 because the UNFPA "supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation". (4th April 2017)

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