About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Al-Sihah: The Public Health Science Journal focuses to attract, reviewing, and publishing high-quality original research that contributes to advancing public health science and using it as an important means to improve health quality worldwide.
This journal is committed to tackling the most pressing issues across all aspects of public health in emerging and developing countries according to International Monetary Fund. We have a strong commitment to publishing original research articles that explore the topic from a broad array of academic disciplines, methodologies, and public health perspectives.
Al-Sihah: The Public Health Science receives manuscripts encompassing a broad range of research scope in public health sciences such as:
- Epidemiology study. The study includes observation, surveillance, hypothesis‐testing analytic research methods, and experiments. Distribution refers to analysis according to the time, place, and classes of persons affected. Determinants are the physical, biological, social, cultural, and behavioral factors influencing health. Health‐related states or events include diseases and injuries, causes of death, behavior such as the use of tobacco, reactions to preventive or therapeutic regimens, and provision and use of health services.
- Public health nutrition. Subject areas include vitamins and minerals, dietary recommendation, obesity, and weight control, appetite, food intake, and nutritional status, nutritional neurosciences, eating disorders, nutritional toxicities, nutritional immunology, food and nutrition policies and programs, overnutrition, malnutrition, macronutrients, micronutrients, prenatal nutrition, and antioxidants
- Health promotion and behavior. The core service elements related to health promotion likely prevention of disease, injury, and illness, health education, anticipatory guidance, and parenting skill development, support that builds confidence, and is reassuring for mothers, fathers, and carers; community capacity building.
- Environmental health. Air quality, biosafety, disaster preparedness and response, climate change and its effects on health, food safety, including in agriculture, transportation, food processing, wholesale and retail distribution and sale, health Housing, liquid waste disposal, including city wastewater treatment plants and on-site wastewater disposals systems, such as septic tank systems and chemical toilets, medical waste management and disposal, Safe drinking water, solid waste management, toxic chemical exposure whether in consumer products, housing, workplaces, air, water or soil, Vector control, including the control of mosquitoes, rodents, flies, cockroaches and other animals that may transmit pathogens.
- Health administration and policy. Health service effectiveness, health management, and re-design, evaluation of public health programs or interventions, public health governance and quality, Audit medical and other healthcare services, Public health law and ethics, Public health policy and comparisons, and capacity in public health systems, implementation laws and regulations that secure public health and safety, community/organizational health issues.
- Occupational health and safety. Protection the safety of employees, contractors, students, and visitors, accidents and occupational hazards; regulations and standards of occupational safety, noise pollution control, industrial hygiene, radiological health, nutrition worker, protection from illness resulting from the materials, processes, or procedures used in the workplace, hazardous materials management.
Peer Review Process
Authors should present their papers honestly without fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or inappropriate data manipulation. Submitted papers are evaluated by anonymous referees for contribution, originality, relevance, and presentation by the editor-in-chief and associate editors. Besides, the articles will be evaluated on the suitability of aim and scope, language, writing grammar, template, and similarity. The Editor will inform you of the eligibility of your article as soon as possible.
Every submitted paper is independently reviewed by at least two peer reviewers. This journal operates a conventional double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer's name is always concealed from the submitting author. Papers will be sent for anonymous review by at least two reviewers who will either be members of the Editorial Board and Reviewers or others of similar standing in the field. To shorten the review process and respond quickly to the authors, the Editors may triage a submission and decide without sending the paper for external review. The Editors’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into concerning manuscripts considered unsuitable for publication in this journal. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be sent by email.
Al-Sihah: The Public Health Science Journal is published twice a year in June and December through the Open Journal Systems platform.
This journal follows guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in facing all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. All articles in this journal involving human subjects should respect principles of research ethics as described in the Declaration of Helsinki. As an essential issue, publication ethics needs to be explained clearly to improve the quality of the research worldwide. In this part, we explain the standard for editors, authors, and reviewers. In addition, publishers don’t have the right to interfere with the integrity of the contents and only support publishing in a timely manner.
Duties of Editors
An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
The editor board journal is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.
Review of Manuscripts
The editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality. The editor should organize and use peer review fairly and wisely. Editors should explain their peer review processes in the information for authors and also indicate which parts of the journal are peer-reviewed. The editor should use appropriate peer reviewers for papers that are considered for publication by selecting people with sufficient expertise and avoiding those with conflicts of interest.
Duties of Reviewers
Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Duties of Authors
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. The author (s) should give the editor the data and details of the work if there are suspicions of data falsification or fabrication.
Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Acknowledgment of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects
In the case of experimenting on humans, the authors have certified that the process of the research is in accordance with ethical standards of the Helsinki declaration, domestic and foreign committees that preside over human experi¬ment. If any doubts are raised whether the research proceeded in accordance with the declaration, the authors should explain it. In the case of experimenting on animals, the authors have certified that the authors had followed the domestic and foreign guidelines related to the experiment of animals in a laboratory.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or another substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
The Editorial considers retracting a publication if:
- They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error).
- The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission, or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication).
- It constitutes plagiarism (high similarity with other published items).
- It reports unethical research.
The mechanism of retraction follows the Retraction Guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Authors are not allowed to withdraw submitted manuscripts, because the withdrawals are a waste of valuable resources that editors and referees spent a great deal of time processing submitted manuscript, money, and works invested by the publisher.
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. All articles published in Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.
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- Plagiarism and self-plagiarism are not allowed;
- The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted;
- An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable;
- Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
- Editorial Team checks manuscripts on offline and online databases manually (checking proper citation and quotation).
- Every submitted paper which passes this step will be checked by Turnitin to identify any plagiarism before being reviewed by reviewers and before the manuscript is accepted. The similarity index for plagiarism check is pegged below 15%.
All manuscripts submitted containing animal experiments and/or involving human subjects should have been approved by an independent ethics committee. Ethical clearance may also be issued by the Research Ethics Committee of the educational institution, including an ethical clearance number. A copy of the approval should be provided to the editorial journal as indicated above.
The Editors reserve the right to judge the appropriateness of the use and treatment of humans or animals in experiments for publication in the journal.
Al-Sihah: The Public Health Science Journal was published in 2009 by the Faculty of Health Sciences (now Faculty of Medicine and Health Science). The journal was published twice per year in January and July, with ISSN (printed) 2086-2040. Starting 2014, this journal was published online twice in June and December with ISSN (Online) 2548-5334. Open Journal Systems (OJS) has been applied for all processes in Al-Sihah: The Public Health Science Journal.