The primary aim of the Academic Journal of Health is to serve as a leading platform for the dissemination of innovative research and clinical practice developments in the realm of medicine. Published quarterly, this journal is committed to promoting high-quality, peer-reviewed studies that hold significance not only for specialists but also for generalists in the vast field of medicine.
The Academic Journal of Health welcomes original research articles, review articles, case reports, clinical images, letters to the editor, and brief communications that cover a broad range of areas within clinical and academic medicine, including but not limited to:
Internal Medicine and its Subspecialties
Surgery and its various disciplines
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pediatrics and Neonatology
Diagnostic Radiology and Interventional Procedures
Laboratory and Diagnostic Medicine
Medical Education and Ethics
Public Health and Preventative Medicine
Health Policy and Hospital Management
Innovations in Treatment Protocols and Patient Care
We also give priority to studies that hold potential clinical implications, practical advancements, and those that bridge the gap between different specialties. As a reflection of the diverse medical community, we also emphasize inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research.
The Academic Journal of Health adopts a stringent double-blind peer-review process to ensure the impartiality and quality of the reviews. Every manuscript submitted to the journal undergoes screening through plagiarism detection software, reaffirming our commitment to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity.
Our journal is an open-access platform, ensuring that the content remains available to clinicians, researchers, and the general public to encourage the sharing of knowledge and the promotion of evidence-based medical practice.
Submissions from early-career researchers, as well as seasoned experts, are equally encouraged. The editorial board of the Academic Journal of Health is dedicated to a swift, unbiased, and rigorous review process to ensure the publication of only top-tier articles in the field of medicine.
The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the international guidelines. Original manuscripts that have not been published before in an electronic or printed medium in any language, having high specific quality and citation potential will be accepted for publication. Manuscripts that have been presented in a meeting before should be submitted with detailed information of the event. Any question related to the editorial process should be forwarded to the secretariat, managing editor or the editor-in-chief and should be sent to [email protected].
All contents are the responsibility of authors. All financial liability and legal responsibility associated with the copyright of submitted tables, figures and other visual materials protected by national and international laws rest with the authors. The authors take responsibility for any legal proceedings issued against the journal.
All submitted manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer-review process. At least two independent reviewers who are experts in their field will evaluate the publication potential of the manuscripts within four weeks. The editor-in-chief has the final decision-making opportunity for all submissions. For the evaluation process of manuscripts submitted by the editorial board members of the journal, an external and independent editor will be invited. If any revision is adviced, the revised manuscript should precisely indicate every step taken in accordance with the reviewers' notes.
Studies using human or animal subjects should be approved by the appropriate institutional and local Ministry of Health ethics committees. Ethics approval of research protocols in accordance with international agreements (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects, amended in October 2013, www.wma.net) is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies, as well as for some case reports. Ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document may be requested from the authors.
In all manuscripts, a statement regarding the patient consent, and the details of the ethical approval (name of the ethics committee, date and number) should be stated in the Materials and Methods section. For photographs that may reveal the identity of the patients, signed releases of the patient or of their legal representative should be enclosed.
Each individual listed as an author should fulfill the authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE - www.icmje.org).
The ICMJE recommends that authorship based on the following 4 criteria:
For the manuscript submission, it is the responsibility of corresponding authors to submit a signed and scanned version of the authorship contribution form (available for download through ..). All authors and the order of authors should be listed carefully at the time of the original submission. Any addition, removal or re-arrangement author names in the authorship list should be made only if approved by the journal Editor before the manuscript has been accepted. For such an alteration, corresponding author should define the reason for the change in author list in detail with a written confirmation from all authors that they agree this alteration.
The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) number of each author must be submitted when creating an account for correspondence. To obtain an ORCID number, please visit https://orcid.org.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
The Academic Journal of Health requires the authors of submitted manuscripts to disclose any existing or potential conflicts of interests, including financial, consultant, and institutional relationships, that might lead to potential bias or a conflict of interest. The ICMJE Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form should be completed and submitted by all contributing authors to disclose any potential conflict of interest. Cases of a potential conflict of interest of the editors, authors, or reviewers are resolved by the journals editorial board according to COPE and ICMJE guidelines.
The Academic Journal of Health requires each submission to be accompanied by a Copyright Transfer Form (available for download at ) assigned by all authors. When using any material previously published, the authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder. Legal, financial, and criminal liabilities in this regard belong to the author(s).
All submissions are screened using similarity detection software (iThenticate; Turnitin LLC, Oakland, CA, USA) at least two times: on submission and before publication. In the event of alleged or suspected research misconduct, the editorial board will follow and act in accordance with COPE guidelines.
Open Access and Publication Charges
The Academic Journal of Health is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, without charge to any user. There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal.
Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the international guidelines.
Manuscripts may only be submitted through the journals online manuscript submission and evaluation system, https://jag.journalagent.com/ajh
The first step in the evaluation is the technical evaluation process. In the technical evaluation, the editorial staff will ensure that the manuscript has been prepared and submitted in accordance with the journals guidelines. Manuscripts that do not conform to the journals guidelines will be returned to the author with requests for technical correction. The quality and clarity of the language used in a manuscript is very important. Please refer to specific formatting requirements noted in the submission checklist, not to cause any delays for your manuscript.
Authors are required to prepare manuscripts in accordance with the international guidelines* below
Randomized Controlled Trial **
CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials)
Non-Randomized Trial **
SPIRIT (Standard Protocol Items Recommendations for Interventional Trials)
Observational Epidemiologic Studies (cohort, case-control, cross-sectional)
STROBE (the STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology)
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses
PRISMA (the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses)
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Protocol
PRISMA-P (the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses - Protocol)
Experimental Animal Studies
ARRIVE (the Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments)
Diagnostic Accuracy Studies
STARD (the Standards for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy)
Methodological Studies (Translating and Adapting Tests)
Methodological Studies (Developing Tests)
COSMIN (COnsensus based Standarts fort he selection of Health Measurement Instruments-Study Design for Patient-reported outcome measurement instruments)
CARE (Case Reporting)
* Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of Health Research (equator network) (https://www.equator-network.org/)
** The Academic Journal of Health encourages the registration of all clinical trials (randomized and non-randomized) via ClinicalTrials.gov (www.clinicaltrials.gov) or one of the registries of the WHOs International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP: http://www.who.int/ictrp/network/primary/en/index.html). The name of the trial registry and the registration number together should be provided at the end of the abstract.
Manuscript Formatting and Types
The manuscript should be typed in a Microsoft Word file, single-column format, double-spaced with 2.5 cm margins on each side, and 12-point type in Times New Roman font.
All abbreviations in the text must be defined the first time they are used (both in the abstract and the main text), and the abbreviations should be displayed in parentheses after the definition. Authors should avoid abbreviations in the title. Measurements should be reported using the metric system according to the International System of Units (SI). When a drug, product, hardware, or software mentioned within the main text product information, including the name of the product, producer of the product, city of the company and the country of the company should be provided in parenthesis.
Clinical research (Original Article): It provides new information based on an original and novel research. It should contain a structured abstract of a maximum of 250 words with the following subheadings: Background and Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. The main text of an original article should be structured with Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, References, Tables, and Figure Legends subheadings. Original articles are limited to 3500 words and 30 references.
Case report: Reports of rare cases or conditions that reflect challenges in diagnosis and treatment, or present something otherwise particularly interesting and educative will be accepted. It should contain an unstructured abstract of a maximum of 150 words and the text should be structured with subheadings of introduction, case report, and discussion. A case report is limited to 1200 words and 10 references.
Review article: There are two types of review articles; Narrative reviews and Systematic reviews.
For the narrative reviews, the authors who have extensive knowledge and a scientific background of a particular field will be invited by the journal staff. This type of reviews evaluates the current level of knowledge of a topic in clinical practice and should guide future studies. All invited review articles will also undergo peer review prior to acceptance. The main text should contain introduction, clinical and research consequences, and conclusion sections. At the end of the introduction, a short description of how the articles reviewed have been selected (keywords, time period of the search, etc.) should be included.
In systematic reviews, a direct question should be addressed. Data sources, study eligibility criteria, participants, interventions, and statistical analysis should be defined in detail. The main text of a systematic review should contain Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion subheadings.
Editorial comment: Editorial comments provide a brief critical commentary by an invited experienced author in the topic of a research article previously published in the journal. The word count is limited to 1200 and 10 references may be included.
The submission should not include an abstract, keywords, tables, figures, and images.
Letter to the editor: This type of manuscript discusses important observations, ignored aspects, or details lacking in a previously published article. The article that is the subject of commentary must be properly cited within the manuscript. No abstract, keywords, tables, figures, images, or other media should be included. The text should be unstructured and is limited to 500 words. No more than 5 references will be accepted.
The entire submission process for a manuscript is completed online through the self-explanatory online submission system through the following website: https://jag.journalagent.com/bauhi. An appropriate preparation and submission process will prevent delays in the review process of the manuscripts.
Cover Letter: The cover letter should include the article name, article type, and the full name and address of the corresponding author. Corresponding author should declare the absence or presence of any conflict of interest in cover letter, and should affirm that the paper has not already been published, accepted, or is under simultaneous review for publication elsewhere in any language. For manuscripts that have been presented orally or as a poster, this must be stated on the title page with the date and the place of the presentation.
Title page: A title page should be submitted with all submissions and this page should include:
Abstract: An English abstract is required with all submissions except editorial comments, images, and letters to the editor.
Keywords: Each submission must be accompanied by a minimum of three and a maximum of six keywords for subject indexing included at the end of the abstract. The keywords should be selected from the National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings database (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).
Main Document: The main document should include the main text, the reference list, tables, and figure legends, respectively. Any information that may indicate an individual or institution should be excluded from the main document. Statistical analysis should be conducted in accordance with the guidelines on reporting statistical data in medical journals [Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, Pocock SJ. Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. Br Med J 1983: 7; 1489-93 and Lang T, Altman D. Basic statistical reporting for articles published in clinical medical journals: the SAMPL Guidelines. In: Smart P, Maisonneuve H, Polderman A (editors). Science Editors Handbook, European Association of Science Editors, 2013.]. The software used for statistical analysis must be described. All references, tables, and figures should be referred to within the main text, and they should be numbered consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text. Limitations and drawbacks of original articles should be mentioned in the Discussion section before the conclusion paragraph.
Tables: Tables should be uploaded as separate files and not embedded in the main text. They should be numbered consecutively in the order they are referred to within the main text. A descriptive title must be placed above the tables. Abbreviations used in the tables should be defined below the table with footnotes, even if they are defined within the main text.
Fıgures and fıgure legends: Figures, graphics, and photographs should be submitted as separate files in TIFF or JPEG format through the article submission system. The files should not be embedded in a Word document or the main document. Thick and thin arrows, arrowheads, stars, asterisks, and similar marks can be used on the images to support figure legend. Any information within the images that may identify an individual or institution should be blinded. The minimum resolution of each submitted figure should be 300 DPI. Figure legends should be listed at the end of the main document.
References: Reference listings must be in accordance with ICMJE standards and numbered consecutively at the end of the manuscript in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. If an ahead of print publication is being cited the DOI number should be provided. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references. Journal titles should be abbreviated in accordance with the journal abbreviations in Index Medicus/ Medline/PubMed (for journal abbreviations consult the List of Journals indexed for MEDLINE, published annually by NLM). When there are 6 or less authors, all authors should be listed. If there are 7 or more authors the first 6 authors should be listed followed by et al. In the main text of the manuscript, references should be cited using Arabic numbers in parentheses. The reference styles for different types of publications are presented in the following examples:
Journal article: Webster CRL, Center SA, Cullen JM, Penninck DG, Richter KP, Twedt DC, et al. ACVIM consensus statement on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic hepatitis in dogs. J Vet Intern Med 2019;33(3):1173-1200.
Chung DH, Zheng M, Bale AE, Vilarinho S. Hepatology Genome Rounds: an interdisciplinary approach to integrate genomic data into clinical practice. J Hepatol. 2023 Apr 1:S0168-8278(23)00208-8.
Epub ahead-of-print article: Miao Y, Wang X, Yin H, Han R. Effects of cavitation from extracorporeal shock wave combined with sulfur hexafluoride microbubble on myocardial ultrastructure in rats. Anatol J Cardiol 2023 Jun 7. doi: 10.14744/AnatolJCardiol.2023.2946. Epub ahead of print.
Manuscript published in electronic format: T.C. Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Public Health. COVID-19 (SARS-CoV2 Infection) Guide (Science Board Study) March 25, 2020. www.hsgm.saglik.gov.tr
Book section: Suh KN, Keystone JS. Malaria and babesiosis. Gorbach SL, Barlett JG, Blacklow NR, editors. Infectious Diseases. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams; 2004. pp. 2290-308.
Conference proceedings: Bengisson S. Sothemin BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sept 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. pp.1561-5.
Scientific or technical report: Cusick M, Chew EY, Hoogwerf B, Agrón E, Wu L, Lindley A, et al. Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study Research Group. Risk factors for renal replacement therapy in the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS), Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study Kidney Int: 2004. Report No: 26.
Accepted manuscripts are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, format, and clarity. Once the publication process of a manuscript is completed, it is published online on the journals webpage as an ahead-of-print publication before it is included in the scheduled issue. A PDF proof of the manuscript is sent to the corresponding author and their publication approval is requested within 2 days of receipt of the proof.
Accepted manuscripts will be made available and citable online as rapidly as possible. The stages of publication are as follows;
Uncorrected publication: A PDF of the final, accepted (but unedited and uncorrected) paper will be published online on the journal web page under the Accepted Articles section. A DOI will be assigned to the article at this stage.
Ahead-of-print publication: After copy editing, typesetting, and review of the resulting proof, the final corrected version will be added online in the Ahead-of-Print section.
Final publication: The final corrected version will appear in an issue of the journal and added to the journal website. To ensure rapid publication, we ask authors to provide your publication approval during the proofreading process as quickly as possible, and return corrections within 48 hours of receiving the proof.
Please use this list and the following explanations to prepare your manuscript and perform a final check before submission to ensure a timely review.