Aims & Policy


Journal of Health and Social Sciences (J Health Soc Sci) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal related to health and social sciences. Areas of interest include any aspect of health from a wide range of social and medical sciences. The journal aspires to provide interdisciplinary exchange of views of scientists from around the world, aimed on the growth of modern man, where the focus is “health” defined by WHO.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infermity” (WHO Constitution).

Our priorities are to publish high quality papers and provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the research, including any aspect of health from a wide range of medical sciences. We want to provide a forum for discussion and controversy, adhering to the highest ethical standards of research conduct.

Journal of Health and Social Sciences publishes the following:

Peer-reviewed original research articles and critical or analytical reviews in any area of medicine, public health and social sciences relevant to health.

The Journal publishes the following types of contribution:

Brief Book Review, Case Report, Editorial, Commentary, Mini Review, Viewpoints, Original Research, Review, Overview, Letter to the Editor, Technical Report, Interviews.

Please see our Submission Guidelines for information on article submission. If you require further information, the journal’s editorial board will be happy to help you.


Open access policy

Journal of Health and Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed “platinum” open access journal, because there is no author’s submission fee or other publication related fee: every cost for the publication process is supported by the publisher!

All articles published by J Health Soc Sci are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without costs. All interested readers can read, download, and/or print open access articles at no cost. All manuscripts are pre-reviewed by the editor, and if appropriate, sent for blind peer review. Contributions must be original, not previously or simultaneously published elsewhere, and are critically reviewed before they are published. Papers, which must be written in English, should have sound grammar and proper terminologies.

Article Processing Charge  (APC) 

The publication costs for the articles published in Journal of Health and Social Sciences are sponsored by the Edizioni FS Publishers, so authors do not need to pay the Article Processing Chargé (APC) following acceptance of their manuscript.

There is no charge for publication in the Journal of Health and Social Sciences. Moreover, there are no submission charges, page charges, or colour charges.


Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited (see: Journal articles can be self archiving.

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.

All works submitted to Journal of Health and Social Sciences are subject to peer and editorial review. On acceptance of the work for publication, the author retains the copyright in their work but the author hereby grants to the Edizioni FS the exclusive right to first publication of the article without claim of royalties or other compensation. This exclusive right to first publication includes the right to reproduce and/or distribute the article (including the abstract) throughout the world in printed, electronic or other medium, including the right to authorize others (including Reproduction Rights Organizations such as Copyright Licensing Agency and Copyright Clearance Center) to do the same.

Digital Object Identifier

A unique digital object identifier (DOI) is assigned to every article Journal of Health and Social Sciences publishes.
The DOI initiative is an internationally agreed system for identifying electronic content and is guided by the International DOI Foundation, composed primarily of academic publishers and societies. The DOI appears on the title page of the article. It is assigned after the article has been accepted for publication and persists throughout the lifetime of the article.

Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving

Authors may make any use of their work that they wish. Edizioni FS allows authors the use of the final published version of an article for self-archiving (author’s personal website) and/or archiving in an institutional repository (or a non-profit server) immediately after publication.

Author’s Pre-print: author cannot archive pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)

Authors’ Post-print: author cannot  archive post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing)

Publisher’s Version/PDF: author can archive publisher’s version/PDF

Authors are required to grant the journal an exclusive license for open access publication of their article with a Creative Commons attribution license (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The authors of the articles retain the copyright to their work.

Journal of Health and Social Sciences is not responsible for returning the original disk, hardcopy, and any photographs or illustrations.

Plagiarism Policy

While submitting the manuscript to our Journal, the authors should be the copyright owner of the respective material and should not copy past anything from someone else’s work. The original work should be attributed in the form of citation. It is the responsability of the authors to assure that they are not reporting fake or fraudolent results under their authorship. The Editor in Chief can send the paper to international agencies for authentication of originality. For the plagiarised articles which might evade the peer-review process will be retracted temporarily from publication. The authors will be asked to explain their point of view. In case of unsatisfactory response, the article will be permanently retracted. The notice of such retraction will be published on line immediately and in the next issue of the printed version of the Journal. J Health Soc Sci follows the guidelines of International Committee of Medical Journal  Editors (ICMJE) for all kind of plagiarism.

Our Journal follows the Statement of Budapest Open Access Iniziative (BOAI):

” By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited”.

Principles of Best Practice

Journal of Health and Social Sciences follows the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing,  a document by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) outlining 16 “principles of transparency” that contribute to best practices in Open Access publishing.

This journal subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Our Journal follows its Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

Edizioni FS Publisher follows the “Editorial Policy Statements”, which is a document produced by the Council of Science Editors (CSE) to cover the responsibilities and rights of editors of peer-reviewed journals, and The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK), which is an online resource to support journal editors in handling publishing ethics allegations.

Advertising Policy

Edizioni FS accepts advertising on the Journal of Health and Social Sciences web site and print Journal. The appearance of advertising does not imply endorsement of the advertised company or product, nor is advertising allowed to affect editorial decisions or editorial content. In fact, advertising is separate from content. Advertisers and sponsors have no advance knowledge of our editorial content, nor do the editors have advance knowledge of advertisers. Content is never altered, added, or deleted to accommodate advertising. Advertisers and sponsors have no input regarding any of our editorial decisions or advertising policies. The advertising sales representatives have neither control over, nor prior knowledge of, specific editorial content before it is published.
Advertising that appears at Publisher’s website and in email service will be clearly distinguishable from editorial content.
Advertising generally acceptable for consideration include the following:

Pharmaceutical products; medical-equipment products and services; medical software; practice-management products and services (including office equipment and supplies, medical billing systems, medical software products) and medical websites.

The following types of advertisements are prohibited on our Journal’s Web site:

Advertisements for alcohol and tobacco;
Advertisements for weapons, firearms, ammunition and fireworks;
Gambling and lottery advertisements;
Advertisements for pornography and related materials and services;
Political and religious advertisements;
Advertisements that claim to offer a “miracle” cure or method;
Advertisements that make unsubstantiated health claims for the products advertised;
Advertisements directed at children.

Publisher is not responsible for any damages, including but not limited to actual, direct, incidental or consequential damages, for errors in displaying an advertising.
Publisher will not be bound by any condition, printed or otherwise, appearing on any insertion order or copy instructions when such conditions conflict with the conditions set forth in this policy statement.
Publisher reserves the right to decline or cancel any advertisement at any time.

For more informations about advertising on the Journal of Health and Social Sciences contact us to this following e-mail:

Manuscript withdrawal Policy

Journal of Health and Social Sciences adheres to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in academic publishing. We expect that the authors will also show highest integrity in their work and adhere to high ethical standards. Some authors request withdrawal of manuscript from the publication process after submission. Once a manuscript has been sent out for our peer review, it is an unacceptable practice for authors to withdraw it unless there are compelling reasons. Peer reviewers are busy people who do this honorary service only to further the cause of science. Wasting their time is unethical and a misuse of the editorial decision making process. Authors are sometimes so keen on publishing in high impact factor journals that they indulge in unacceptable practices. Authors should keep in mind a few noteworthy points about withdrawal procedures to avoid falling into trouble:

1. Ideally, a manuscript should be withdrawn only if the authors detect errors or flaws in the manuscript.

2. It is not an acceptable practice to withdraw a manuscript after it has been sent for peer review, unless the reasons for withdrawal are very strong.

3. In case there is a strong reason for withdrawal, a request for withdrawal signed by all the authors and mentioning the reason for withdrawal must be sent to the editorial office.

4. A confirmation of withdrawal from the journal editorial office is required for the withdrawal process to be considered complete.

5. It is unacceptable to withdraw a paper from a journal because it is being accepted by another journal.

6. In cases of unacceptable withdrawals, our Journal could take punitive measures in the form of a fine or a ban on submitting to our journal.

In case of a mistake, we accept the withdrawal request when it is made  by the beginning of the peer review process (usually, within five days after submission). Otherwise, manuscripts may be withdrawn at any stage of review and publication process by submitting a request to the editorial office ( However, manuscripts withdrawal will be permitted after submission only for the most compelling and unavoidable reasons.


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.


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