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Author Guidelines

Information for Authors: writing for the Nigerian health journal (TNHJ):

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.

Manuscripts requirements:  Manuscript should have a: 

Cover page: stating Authors names, affiliated institution, corresponding author with full contact address with email and phone numbers, conflict of interest declaration, acknowledgement, ethical conformity statement,  a running title of not more than 60 characters, word count for the abstract and manuscript body and acknowledgements.

Abstract: Abstracts which should be structured into background stating the objective of the paper, methods, results and conclusion, should not exceed 250 words for all categories of articles and key words not exceeding 10 words. References should not be cited in the abstract.

Abbreviation and Nomenclature:  All abbreviations must first be written in full followed by parentheses before subsequent use in the manuscript.  All Non-standard abbreviations contained in the manuscript (excluding references) should be listed in an alphabetical order with definitions after key words

Manuscript body:  Should be categorized into the Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion and References section.  Each of the following sections should begin on a new page.  All units of measurement and laboratory values must be expressed in line with (System International) SI unit standards.  Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and placed after the sections of the manuscript which they reflect, particularly the results which they describe on separate pages. Legends should be provided for all tables and figures, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the tables and figures. Any abbreviation and symbols in the tables and figures should also be explained. Vertical lines should not be used when constructing the tables. All tables and figures should also be sent in electronic format by email on submission of the manuscript as supplementary files. Clinical Photographs should conceal the subject's identity. The authors accept the full responsibility of obtaining the written consent of the subjects.

Article Length: Word limits inclusive of references are as follows; Correspondence: 1500 words, Short Commentaries: 6,500 words, Reviews: 12,000 words, Original Research articles: 10,000 words, Case Reports: 7,500 words, Book review 5000 words, medical education and clinical practice materials 4000words.  All word limits include tables, figures, and references. Authors should assume each figure counts for 250 words of the total word count. However depending on the topic and potential impact of a paper, the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to waive word limits.

References: should be cited in accordance with the Vancouver citation in line with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( The Vancouver style is to be used throughout. References in the text should be numbered consecutively in superscript font format in the order in which they are first cited, using Arabic numerals.  Unpublished papers should not be listed in the references. The names of the journals in the reference section should be abbreviated in line with Index Medicus guidelines. Journals without standard abbreviation should be written in full. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the first mention of the relevant table or figure in the text. Authors are advised to review the vancouver reference guideliness through the following links URL

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements of general support, grants, Technical assistance, etc, should be indicated. Authors are responsible for obtaining the consent of those being acknowledged. The journals endorsed Conflict of interest disclosure forms and statements shall be provided by the Authors before publication of their articles.

Ethical Approval: 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.

Manuscript submission:  All articles should be submitted through the journal online article submission platform. Manuscripts should be written in English with double line spacing and margins of at least I inch on all sides. Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page and continuing through to the last page.

Publication and Processing Fees:  Authors are required to pay an article processing fee of ten thousand naira only N20, 000.00 (For authors in Nigeria) or 120 dollars (for authors outside Nigeria), on submission of their manuscripts. The processing fees are charged only for running and administrative fees in order to support the open access policy of the Journal.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. In submitting manuscripts to The Nigerian Health Journal (TNHJ), the authors accept that the submitted articles are not plagiarized.

Copyright Notice

The Journal is owned, published and copyrighted by the Nigerian Medical Association, River state Branch.  The copyright of papers published are vested in the journal and the publisher.  In line with our open access policy and  the Creative Commons Attribution License policy authors are allowed to share their work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations. While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

 TNHJ also supports open access archiving of articles published in the journal after three months of publication.  Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g, in institutional repositories or on their website) within the stated period, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access). All requests for permission for open access archiving outside this period should be sent to the editor via email to

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Submission: 20000.00 (NGN)

Authors are required to pay an Article Submission Fee as part of the submission process to contribute to review costs. 

Bank Account Details:

Bank Name: United Bank for Africa (UBA)

Account Name: Nigerian Medical Association Rivers State

Account Number: 1002101269 

Fast-Track Review: 30000.00 (NGN)
With the payment of this fee, the review, editorial decision, and author notification on this manuscript is guaranteed to take place within 4 weeks.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.

ISSN: 1597-4292