Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Who we are: The Nigerian Health Journal (TNHJ), established in 2000, is a publication of the Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers State Branch. The journal publishes any contribution that advances medical science or practice extending to all aspects of medicine including socio-economic, political and legal matters related to medical practice, with a perspective that promotes the continuing medical and professional education role of the Journal. The Nigerian Health Journal is published on a quarterly basis in both print and online format.

What we publish: Manuscripts submitted to TNHJ   may be in the form of Review articles, Original research articles, Case series and reports, Clinical practice materials, Editorial Letters, Short commentaries, Books reviews and Medical educational materials.  All contributions are expected to be original works, and must not have been previously published in print or online or simultaneously submitted to another journal.  An abstract published prior to a full report will not be regarded as a duplicate publication.

Section Policies

Editorial Summary

Every issue of TNHJ includes an Editorial Summary which is written by the Editor In Chief. It is an overview of all the articles publised in a particular issue and may include statements and reflections on the journal and acknowledgement of reviewers.

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Editorial

Editorial's are articles which pressent the scientific opinion and views of an author on any subject or events. The Editorial may be writen by the Editor, any other member of the Editorial board or an interested author. Editorial's do not require abstract or keywords necessary. The word limits for Editorial's is 1500 words

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Review Articles

Review articles provide upto date and evidenced based information which summarizes the current understanding of a particular subject. The word limits incluisive of tables, figures and references is 12000 words. Authors should assume that each figure counts for 250 words of the total word count. Review articles should have an abstract not exceeding 250 words which should be structured into background stating the objectives, methods, results and conclusion.

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Original Articles

Original research manuscript Should be categorized into the Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion and References section. The Abstracts which should be structured into background stating the objective of the paper, methods, results and conclusion, should not exceed 250 words. The key words should not exceed 10 words while references should not be cited in the abstract. The word limits inclusive of illustration and references is 10,000 words. Authors should assume each figure counts for 250 words of the total word count. 

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Case Report and Series

Case Report and series should be categorized into the Introduction, Case Summary, Discussion and Conclusion. It should contain an Abstract which should be structured into background, methods, results and conclusion not exceeding 250 words. The key words should not exceed 10 words while references should not be cited in the abstract. The word limits inclusive of illustration and references is 8000 words. Authors should assume each figure counts for 250 words of the total word count. All Clinical Photographs should conceal the subject's identity. It is the full responsibility of the authors to obtain the written consent of the subjects which covers the use of clinical photographs.

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Short Communication

Short communications are concise articles which aim to report new ideas and advances; present unique perspectives  and provide key pointers to the readers on any topic or issue which may have a major impact in current practice. The word limits inclusive of illustration and references is 6500 words. An Abstract which should be structured into background, methods, results and conclusion not exceeding 250 words should also be presented. The key words should not exceed 10 words while references should not be cited in the abstract. 

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Book Review

Book reviews are key summaries of  any recent book publication of interest. The word limit is 5000 words. No astract is required

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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor are feedback and comments on previously published articles. Authors should include references justiying their position in the letters. Letters should not exceed 1500 words. Abstract and keywords are not necessary.

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Medical Education and Clincal Practice

The section aims to promote the CPD & medical education role of the journal and includes clinical photographic quiz, clinical practice/case quiz, mulitple choice question test and the proceeding's of clinical grand rounds. The word limit for this section is 4000 words and no abstract is required. All clinical photographs should maintain the confidentiality of the subjects and the authors accept full responsibility to obtain consent for their use and publication

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Abstracts

Scientific and reviewed abstracts which are presented at the Scientific meeting and conferences of the Nigerian Medical Association, Rivers state and her affiliate associations

Editors
  • Pedro Emem-Chioma
  • Pedro Emem-Chioma
  • Alagoma Iyagba
  • Kelechi Okonta
  • Iroro Yarhere
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Notices and Errata

Contain special announcements which may be related to previous or future publications such as errata. Other notices which are of importance to authors, reviewers and readers will also be published.

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Peer Review Process

TNHJ ensures an objective and quick Peer Review process, with a targeted maximum paper turnaround time of four weeks.  All manuscripts are subjected to an internal Editorial review process for conformity with the scope of the journal and guidelines for submitted manuscripts. Articles are then subjected to a blind review by an odd number of reviewers, usually three. The Reviewers comments and reviewed by the editorial board and a decision is then communicated to the author(s). The Journal’s Editorial Advisers and Peer Reviewers are provided with a structured peer review assessment format aimed at achieving an objective review. Academics interested in becoming Editorial Advisers and Peer Reviewers should send their expression of intent with a brief profile by email to reviewer@thnjph.com and through the journals website.  Ethical Policy: Author(s) of original research articles are expected to make statements, confirming the Ethical approval of the work from their respective institutions on submission of their manuscript. TNHJ may if necessary request evidence of such approval from the Authors Institutional Review Boards. When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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...

Plagiarism Policy

The Nigerian Health Journal will subject all manuscript to a plagiarism check after submission and through the course and process of the manuscript review and acceptance for publication.

Authors are advised to utilize plagiarism check tools to ensure their manuscript comply with plagiarism standards in order to avoid extensive plagiarism.

Manuscripts with significant and extensive plagiarism will be rejected and author(s) institution may be notified

ISSN: 1597-4292

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