AUTHOR GUIDELINES

The GJMEDPH 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 based on their scientific quality and relevance. After the review process is completed, including revisions (if required), we aim to publish accepted papers within four months of full acceptance.

Manuscript Review Policy

All manuscripts submitted to GJMEDPH undergo review by two independent reviewers (double-blinded peer review process) selected from a pool of reviewers based on their level of expertise and the type of article submitted. A period of approximately 21 days is given to the reviewer to provide comments on an evaluation form. Following this initial review, a preliminary decision is communicated to the author regarding major or minor revisions required, or if the manuscript is not acceptable for publication. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors are required to sign a copyright form. No queries from authors are answered in the interval between GJMEDPH receiving the submission and completion of the initial review process.

Article Processing Fee (APC)

There are no fees for submitting to the journal. Article processing charges (APCs) are associated only with accepted articles; these are to cover the costs of making the final version of the manuscript freely available via online open access. These charges are designed to cover the cost of the following:

  • Journal hosting systems
  • Manuscript submission systems
  • In-house copyediting and linguistic support
  • Pagination & typesetting
  • Inclusion in Crossref, giving a permanent DOI and enabling easy citation in other journals.
  • Archiving, where appropriate, in an internationally recognized, open access repository.

Once an article is accepted, article processing charges are applied as follows: 160 USD for authors outside India (where GJMEDPH is based), while INR 3500 is applied to authors within India. The APC is to be submitted once the copyright form is signed.

Creative Commons

GJMEDPH is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license. This license does not permit adaptation or commercial use of the Journal's articles. A link to this license site is given below, where the license terms that apply to GJMEDPH publications are more fully described.

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
    1. Title Page
    2. Abstract
    3. Introduction
    4. Methods
    5. Results
    6. Discussion
    7. References
    8. Tables
    9. Illustrations (Figures)
    10. Units of Measurement
    11. 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 Referenceswebpage, which provides useful examples for both reference style and format. The information on the webpage is given in two subheadings:

  1. General Considerations Related to References
  2. 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.