Minimum Requirements for manuscripts submission
Authors should know that there are fourteen minimal requirements expected of all manuscripts submitted to the Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition and Dietetics [SJ-PND], for review and consideration before publication
- Editorial office pre-review to confirm manuscripts are within the scope of listed journals and are in strict conformity with the writing style, quality, accuracy and novelty recommended by the scientific and technical advisory committee (STAC) for all our journals. This can be completed with 48hours.
- Authors are advised to agree/disagree to pay for the handling charges should their manuscripts be accepted for publication. To stop the process, authors can disagree at this point and choose to opt-out.
- Sending of manuscripts to a minimum of two professional peer reviewers for their independent and unbiased judgment regarding the suitability of manuscripts for publication in any of our journals. This can last for 2 weeks depending on the response of reviewers?
- Authors are given the chance to respond to reviewers’ concerns or confirm they agree with reviewers’ comments about their manuscripts even if there are no concerns or comments. This can last for 1 week
- The editorial board makes the final decision about the manuscripts’ fate/status. At this point, authors will be allowed to pay the mandatory non-refundable fee of US$250 for middle and low-income countries and US$500 for all high-income developed countries of the world.
- All accepted manuscripts will undergo an editorial upgrade, galley proof preparation for author’s approval, plagiarism check, grammar assessment for novelty and quality. Online publication can take place within one week after galley proof correction is received and approved by the editorial board.
- If authors are willing to respond to authors’ comments, within a specified time, providing all information needed, then rejected manuscripts can be resubmitted for a fresh peer review.
- Rejected manuscripts are sent back to the corresponding author(s) for upgrade according to reviewers’ comments. Duration for response is usually two weeks but we will prefer it should last for one week or we assume the manuscript was withdrawn by the authors
Editorial screening on quality of manuscripts processed for per review
- Manuscripts must provide answers to unanswered public health, socio-demographic, socio-economic, Biomedical, Pathological, and Clinical questions, and other research questions
- There must be clearly descriptive innovative ways for early detection (Diagnostic), prevention (Vaccine), and control (management) of human disease
- Outlines the role of vectors in disease transmission
- Elucidates the science behind host-microbial interactions that will ultimately improve current knowledge on diagnosis prevention and control of diseases
- Illuminates the molecular and phenotypic markers/predictors of host colonization/infections with special pathogens and how this knowledge will lead to effective forecast prevention and control of diseases
- Explains diagnostic approaches leading to better prevention and control of disease agents including but not limited to: new media discovery or improvement of existing ones, genomics of diseases, population genetics
- Highlights modern approaches in the use of immune-, chemo-, radio, bio, herbal-therapies for prevention and control diseases
Authors notes on our peer review process
Authors should note that all manuscripts must undergo a double-blinded peer-review process by a minimum of two expert professionals who must recommend the acceptance of any paper before being considered for publication. This journal uses double–blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are hidden from the reviewers, and authors, throughout the review process. This is so to avoid bias and conflict of interest.
Nevertheless, if reviewers or authors still have reason to challenge the suggestions of reviewers, we send them to other expert professionals whose identities we do not reveal. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity.
The Editorial Board, based on the advice of two or more expert reviewers may reject a paper. These rejected papers are rapidly returned to the manuscript authors, usually within three weeks. Papers can also be returned within 48hrs back to authors if the editorial office can confirm that manuscripts were not prepared according to our format
Manuscripts sent to the Special Journal of Public Health, Nutrition and Dietetics [SJ-PND], should be according to our style. Original observations including new findings can be submitted for consideration.
The document should be written in English, French, Chinese, or Spanish in clear and direct terms. The final submitted document will be translated to English before it is sent to the external peer reviewers. Authors may authorize us to include some French, Spanish, or Chinese Abstracts together with the English version. This will be done for free. Pages must be numbered successively, and all manuscripts must follow the Vancouver style.
Manuscripts for full-length papers should contain the following sections;
- Covering letter
- Title page
- Text organization
- List of abbreviations
- Conflict of interest
- Chemical structures
- Tables and captions
- Supportive/supplementary material
References must be listed in the numerical system (Vancouver, click here to see the link for details). All references should be numbered sequentially [in square brackets] in the text and listed in the same numerical order in the reference section (Click here for details). The reference numbers must be finalized and the bibliography must be fully formatted before submission (Click here for details).
Rejections of Public Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Research papers due to plagiarism occur when authors add someone’s work or research as part of their work without full permission, acknowledgment, reference, or due citation. In most cases, it may be unintentional or intentional but such an act is largely frowned at by publishers and stakeholders as it speaks volumes regarding what type of information stakeholders wants from the database.
The awareness and campaign against plagiarism including so many free user-friendly software are so magnanimous that intentional plagiarism may have declined. Plagiarism is a dent in the novelty and quality of manuscripts and authors usually have the chance to defend or explain it.