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Submission Preparation 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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The requirements for articles submitted to the International Journal of Public Health Research (IJPHR):

  • Original papers that has never been published previously.
  • Submitted exclusively to the International Journal of Public Health Research (IJPHR).
  • All papers submitted must obtained approval from the Ethical Committee when applicable.
  • All papers involving human subjects must obtain signed informed consent from subjects.
  • The Editorial Board reserves the right to edit all articles in aspects of style, format, and clarity. Authors may be required to revise their manuscripts for reasons of style and content. Manuscripts with excessive errors in style and typography may be returned to authors for retyping. - Subjected to peer and editorial review.


Types of articles:

  • Full length public health research, basic medical research and clinical research.
  • Brief communications and preliminary reports.
  • Case reports.
  • Review articles (by invitation only).


Following acceptance:

  • The publisher reserves copyright of all published materials.
  • Materials may not be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher.
  • Statements in articles are the responsibility of the authors.


  • Articles will be published in UK English language.
  • We also accept a limited number (20% of the published issue) manuscript written in Bahasa Malaysia.


  • Articles must be submitted fully in the following structural order :
    • Title page and authorship.
    • Abstract and keywords.
    • Text.
    • Acknowledgments.
    • References.
    • Tables and Figures.


Title page and authorship 

Title page should contain an appropriate title not exceeding 80 characters or 10–15 words yet sufficiently descriptive and informative, a short running title of 3–4 words, Author(s) full name(s), address of the Institute(s)/Organisation(s)corresponding author address with phone, e-mail and fax number.


Abstract and keywords

  • Prepared in English language (UK) or Bahasa Malaysia. An additional abstract in English need to be provided with the same format for an article written in Bahasa Malaysia. 
  • Maximum 250 words for original full length research paper.
  • Maximum 100 words for case reports and brief communications.
  • Should contain the introduction, methodology, results, conclusion and keywords. 
  • Keywords are limited to 3-5 words which can be used for indexing services. Separated each keywords with dash (-).



Should be under appropriate headings, structured as Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion as per Vancouver style. Full length public health research, basic medical research and clinical research not more than 5000 words. Manuscript should be typed using MS Words 2007 or latest, double spacing, Times New Roman, font 12. All pages should be numbered consecutively starting with title page. Brief communications and preliminary reports not more than 2000 words.


Tables and figures

All tables must be generated using the Table function in Word. All tables and graphic figures must be placed at the appropriate locations in the paper. In general no more than 5 tables and/or 5 figures should be included in a paper. Exceptions require approval by the IJPHR editors.




Should be made only to scientific, financial and technical assistance and not for routine departmental and typing/secretarial assistance. This section should be typed on a separate sheet.



Should be presented as per the order cited in the text. Providing correct and complete references is the sole responsibility of the author(s). Only published references or papers in the press (accepted for publication) should be given. References should be given in numbers as superscripts in the text. As far as possible mentioning name(s) of author(s) under references should be avoided in the text. Citations of unpublished work and personal communication should be cited in the text only. References should follow Vancouver style. The references should be restricted to a maximum of 30.

Example citation in the text:

An unhealthy diet, obesity and physical inactivity play a role in the onset of Type 2 diabetes1,but it has been shown that increased physical activity substantially reduces the risk2, and participation in regular physical activity is one of the major recommendation of the evidence based guidelines for the primary prevention of diseases1.


  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Diabetes: Australian facts 2008 [Internet]. 2008 [cited 2008 Mar 15]; AIHW cat. no. CVD 40. Available from:
  2. Gill JM, Cooper AR. Physical activity and prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Sport Med [Internet[. 2008 [cited 2009 Mar 15];38(10):807-824. Available from: Adis Online
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics. National Health Survey: summary of results, Australia 2004-05 [Internet]. 2006 [cited 2009 Mar 16]; ABS cat. no. 4364.0. Available from:
  4. Templeton M. Gestational diabetes mellitus in Australia, 2005-06. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; 2008.
  5. Haynes R, Ackloo E, Sahota N, McDonald H, Yao X. Interventions for enhancing medication adherence. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2008 [cited 2009 Mar 17]. Available from: Cochrane Library
  6. Song M, Lipman TH. Concept analysis: self-monitoring in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Int J Nurs Stud [Internet]. 2008 [cited 2009 Mar 15];45(11):1700-1710. Available from: ScienceDirect


 Type of article:

  • Public Health Research
  • Basic Medical Research 
  • Clinical Research
  • Brief communications and preliminary reports.
  • Case reports.
  • Review articles.


Title page:

  • Title of the article (maximum 80 characters)
  • Full name(s) of author(s)
  • Academic degree(s) of author(s)
  • Institutional affiliation(s) of author(s)
  • Communication address
  • Running title


The article is organized under formatting as follow:

  • Abstract in English
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgement
  • References (maximum 30 references)
  • Table(s) and Figure(s)

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