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We invite you to submit high quality papers in English for review and possible publication in all areas of social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, geography and policy) medicine and public health (occupational health and industrial hygiene, epidemiology, hygiene, health education, environmental health, health policy, hospital management, health economics, law and ethics) by focusing on the individual or global HEALTH.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PAPER

It is easy to Submit the Manuscript at FerrariSinibaldi publishers. Manuscripts should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief’s office.
Send us an Attachment to both: submit@journalhss.com and chirico@journalhss.com.

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The submission should include:

  • cover-letter-for-authors (Click Here).
  • Title page file including:
    • Full Title of the manuscript;
    • Names, Preferred title and Affiliations (institution name, city, country / department name) of all authors and co-authors;
    • Full name and details of the corresponding author;
    • Source of financial support (number and title of program/research/grant, title, name and surname of manager);
    • Conflict of interest;
    • Acknowledgments.
  • Manuscript.
  • Abstract containing a maximum of 250-300 words, followed, below it, by up to five keywords or brief phrases to assist in indexing. (MeSH headings, whenever possible. Refer to: www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html).
  • Take-home message: one or two short sentences (no more than 40-50 words) summarizing the main message expressed in the article.
  • Tables.
  • Figures.

Regular Issue submission

  1. The steps need to be followed to submit your manuscript in the Regular Issue are as follows:
  2. Prepare your manuscript, abstract and tables/figures by following the Author Guidelines.
  3. Prepare your cover letter and title page.
  4. Mail as an attachment at: submit@journalhss.com and chirico@journalhss.com

These emails addresses are being protected from spambots. Receipt of author’s paper will be acknowledged by an e-mail containing an identification number which should be used in future correspondence.

Comments, suggestions or queries if any please mail to chirico@journalhss.com.

Opinions expressed by authors are not in any way binding for the Journal. 

Please, you can suggest in your mail 2-4 potential reviewers and provide their detailed contact information including names, affiliations, and email addresses. It is important that the authors suggest credible external reviewers and provide their official email addresses so that the journal can use them. External peer reviewers must not be from the same institution/research group as the author and they must not have published together. Editor in Chief is not obliged to use the suggested reviewers.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT 

If your paper makes it through our first round of reviews, it enters the pool of articles that will be published on our Journal. We consider many factors, such as the balance of perspectives, locations, grade levels, and topics. We will notify you regarding whether your article is selected for the issue.
All article selections are tentative until we go to press. During the editing and layout process, we may have to make last-minute adjustments and occasionally we might omit an article previously accepted. In such case, we will publish the article online or on the next print number. We will notify you if this happens to your article.

PEER REVIEW POLICY 

Masked Review Policy 

Papers will be subject to masked review. Authors’ names and affiliations should appear only on the cover letter; authors should not be identified anywhere else in the manuscript and in the abstract. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities.
Please ensure that anything you submit to J Health Soc Sci conforms to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations 2013).

REVIEW/DECISIONS

Journal of Health and Social Sciences operates a double-blind peer review system, in which the identities of both reviewers and authors remain anonymous to each other.
Manuscripts that are judged to be of insufficient quality or unlikely to be competitive enough for publication will be rejected during initial screening. For papers that are not selected for peer review, the journal notifies authors within two weeks of submission.
Otherwise, the Scientific Director of the Journal of Health and Social Sciences, selects one or two editorial board members, experts on the topic. Each paper is reviewed by the board members for timeliness and relevance to the journal’s objectives. After this step, some of these submissions are selected for external review. Original Articles, Reviews/Meta-Analyses, will then typically be sent to at least 2 peer reviewers; Commentaries, Viewpoints, Case Reports and Technical Reports to at least 1 peer reviewer. Letters to the Editor will be reviewed by Scientific Director. For papers selected for revision, the time between revision request and publication varies (weeks to months) depending on factors such as the extent of revision required, the need for additional review and revision, issue production, etc.. The peer reviewers are not known to the author and are obliged to inform the Scientific Director of any possible conflict of interest which may arise. The editorial staff members who participate in editorial decisions must provide Scientific Director with a current description of their financial interests or other conflicts (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which a conflict of interest exists. Editorial staff members must not use information gained through working with manuscripts for private gain.
Both peer reviewers and editorial board members work free of charge for Journal of Health and Social Sciences.
The editorial members board and peer reviewers send their evaluation of the article to the Scientific Director, together with suggestions as to how to improve it. The Scientific Director refers these comments to the author and based on these, decides whether or not to publish the manuscript. At the end of the revision process, the remaining manuscripts go through a review process, and possible decisions are: accept as is, minor revision, major revision, or reject. In the case of discordant reviews, the Scientific Director may seek review by an additional expert. The Scientific Director makes the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection taking into account reviewers’ recommendations. We aim to issue a final decision on all articles within 45 days of submission. Authors should submit back their revisions within 10 days in the case of minor revision, or 30 days in the case of major revision. Manuscripts with significant results are typically reviewed and published at the highest priority. A note on plagiarism: There is a zero-tolerance policy towards plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) in our journals. Manuscripts are screened for plagiarism before or during publication, and if found they will be rejected at any stage of processing.

Authors can formally appeal an editorial decision, in which case the Journal Editors will review the decision in accordance with the procedures outlined in the COPE Code of Conduct for Editors.


PEER REVIEWERS

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Health and Social Sciences are privileged communications that are authors’ private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript’s details.

Reviewers therefore should keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. Reviewers must not publicly discuss authors’ work and must not appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.

Reviewers are expected to respond promptly to requests to review and to submit reviews within the time agreed. Reviewers’ comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

Reviewers should declare their conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists.

PROOFS

The corresponding author of an accepted manuscript will receive one set of proofs for correction of printing errors. No substantial alterations may be made to the proof. Correction of proofs by authors relieves the editorial board of all responsibility for any errors in the printed text. The authors are requested to return the corrected proofs within 2 days after their delivery. Corrections of proofs will not be taken into consideration if they are not received on time. By confirmation of proofs the author agrees that the submitted work will be published and made accessible on the Journal website.

REVIEWS

Books and other publications which authors or publishers wish to be reviewed in the Journal should be sent to the Scientific Editor.

COVER LETTER

Cover letter where the authors declare that the manuscript has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The author responsible for correspondence should declare that all the authors have read and agreed with the content and interpretation of the submitted article. Cover letter include the author’s contribution statement (individual contribution to the manuscript), the conflict of interest statement (a conflict of interest exists when authors or their institutions have financial or personal relationship with other people or organizations that could inappropriately bias conduct and findings of the study) and a permission to reproduce figures, if appropriate. Authors should deal responsibly and effectively with security issues that might be raised by their papers (see: Statement on Scientific Publication and Security Science 2003;299:1149). Cover letter also include the License to publish in Journal of Health and Social Sciences. Cover letter include the title of the article, the initial and surname of the author or authors, the name in full and surname for female authors, affiliation of each author with town and country, indication of any financial support for the research, and complete address of the author responsible for correspondence. The name and address, and e-mail of the corresponding author should also be indicated.

SUBMISSION 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 Cover Letter to the Editor).
2) The submission file is in “Microsoft Word” document file format.
3) Where available, both URLs (“Available from”) and “last accessed on” for the references have been provided.
4) The text is double-spaced, uses a 12-point Times New Roman character, and include tables; figures and illustrations should be loaded as separate files, but their titles are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
5) The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
6) There are both the abstract and take-home message if they are required (they should be placed in the main manuscript before the list of references).

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