Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Education and Health (IJEH) is an annual online publication by BAHIANA – School of Medicine and Public Health, encompassing papers resulting from original scientific research on higher education development, health education (medical and in the frontier with other health professions and disciplines), with interdisciplinary approaches on education for fostering the health research scientific field.

Updated Oct 16th, 2017


Section Policies

Original Articles

Original articles are scientific reports of the results of original research on the intersection between education and the health sciences. Up to 3000 words in length.

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Experience Reports

Experience reports that describe real situations, in which new procedures and new techniques have been developed and employed as research strategies. Up to 3000 words in length.

Making the Difference in Education (MDE) is a topic of short, structured reports, limited to 1000 words and up to 2 references. They are not specifically research reports, but rather, are an opportunity to disseminate innovative educational scholarship, new ideas, or new approaches, in any relevant aspect of health professional education: that is, actions that made a difference. All personnel private information in the reports must be treated as confidential and the text must be in English only. The institutional letter of agreement must be submitted as an additional file.

The paper should be presented in this format:

  1. Title
  2. Background of the situation (the problem or issue that motivated the action)
  3. Summary of work (what and how was done)
  4. Summary of results (what worked and, if it is the case, what did not worked)
  5. What lessons were learned/conclusions (the main focus of the report, with a reflexive point of view)

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Literature Reviews

Review articles must address recent advances in health education, health policies and healthcare systems. Systematic reviews and reviews containing meta-analysis are going to be given priority over other types of review. If authors are submitting a review article that is not a systematic review then the paper should explain why a systematic review was not feasible or desirable, and the review methods should be described in a way that is as clear and as replicable as possible. Up to 3000 words in length.

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Peer Review Process

The International Journal of Education and Health (IJEH) applies double blind reviewing, where both the evaluator and authors remain anonymous throughout the process. Each contribution will be submitted to at least 2 (two) ad hoc reviewers. The outcomes could be: a) approval for publication as presented in the original; b) approval for publication after improvements required by the reviewer have been implemented; c) rejection. The authors will always be informed of the review outcome, and will promptly receive all reviewers' annotations. If the authors decide to carry out the changes suggested by the reviewers, the amended text will be redirected to the same previous evaluators for a new assessment.


Publication Frequency

Yearly (published in October), with articles made available online as soon as they are accepted for publication.


Open Access Policy

The International Journal of Health Education does not apply article processing charges whatsoever, being a scientific vehicle with the exclusive purpose of fostering the advancement of science.

By submitting an article to this journal, the authors recognize themselves as copyright holders and authorize its free use by readers. The published content herein may be, in addition to being read, downloaded, copied, distributed and printed.

The authors retain copyrights, transferring to the International Journal of Health Education only the right of first publication.

The International Journal of Health Education adopts the Creative Commons Attribution License, by which all are free to copy and redistribute the published content in any medium or format, to remix it, to transform it and to build knowledge from the aforementioned content for any purpose, including commercial purposes. The users of the content are always required to attribute credit to the original authors.

We recommend authors to deposit the final published version of their articles in institutional repositories linking to their article in the International Journal of Health Education.

Articles submitted for assessment and evaluation in preprint repositories may be submitted to the International Journal of Health Education and they will be considered original nonetheless.

Updated 04/08/2019



Open Journal Systems supports the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) system to ensure a secure and permanent archive for the journal. LOCKSS is open source software developed at Stanford University Library that enables libraries to preserve selected web journals by regularly polling registered journal websites for newly published content and archiving it. Each archive is continually validated against other library caches, and if content is found to be corrupted or lost, the other caches or the journal is used to restore it.


Plagiarism Screening and Self-Archiving

In order to enforce the best practices in scientific communications and to prevent copyright infringement, submitted manuscripts are screened with the Similarity Check powered by the iThenticate software before publication.

Screened manuscripts displaying high rates of similarity in the wording of the introduction, discussion and results sections with previously published original content in scientific communication venues with ISBN or ISSN without properly referencing them will be rejected.

Deposits in institutional repositories and servers do not constitute plagiarism nor self-plagiarism. Research reports developed in academic institutions such as thesis, dissertations and monographs may and should be published as scientific papers in journals or scientific books.

Updated 03/16/2018


Authorship Policy

The authors of an intellectual property are publicly responsible for its content after publication. The authors of a research report or scientific paper are understood as those that participated in the conception and planning of the project and the study design and which generated the proper enviroment and conditions for its development. All authors must approve of the final draft of the text implying thereby that they are apt to defend the ideas presented in the text before the scientific community.

Authorship is not guaranteed by participation in data collection, research groups and laboratories, loan of materials and equipment and by statistical analysis. The essence of a scientific article lies in the interpretation of the results, in the argumentation and in the conclusions that contribute to the scientific advancement.

Each author must objectively declare their contribution to the intellectual production and conflicts of interest related to the research project in the proper submission forms. The IJHE adopts the ICMJE recommendations regarding the definition of authorship roles.

Updated 03/30/2018


Versions and Retraction Policy

Suspected scientific misconducts will be assessed by the editorial board. The International Journal of Health Education will follow the COPE procedures to further investigate any misconduct allegations that may arise.

In case of retraction, the journal shall abide by the ICMJE recommendations.

Corrections of accidental errors - statistical, methodological or otherwise - whenever reported by the authors themselves will be published immediately.

In either situation, all versions will be maintained online, properly identified as recommended by the ICMJE and linked in both directions for further assessment by the readers.

Updated 03/30/2018