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Author Guidelines

Prior to submission, all authors are required to access the journal policies and adjust their paper accordingly.

The paper must be submitted in English or Portuguese and the authors are responsible for content, spelling, grammar and punctuation.

The International Journal of Education and Health (IJEH) is an Open Access journal published to serve the international scientific community by providing high quality scientifically accurate research reports, therefore it charges no submission nor publication fee of any kind.

Updated April 10th 2023

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • Formatting: The text must be presented in size 12pt, with 1.5 of spacing in between the lines, in a single column, as to fit a standard A4 vertical sheet. Please, avoid footnotes and direct quotation whenever possible and employ the metric system.

  • Tables, figures, charts, graphs, datasets etc: Questionnaire forms, interviews, tables, figures, graphs, charts and datasets must be submitted separately as supplementary files with the proper identification and numbering. Additionally, tables, figures, charts and graphs must also be placed in the manuscript in their proper places.

  • File extensions: Text files must have a .doc extension. Tables may have a .xls or .doc extension. Datasets must have a .xls extension. Figures and graphs must have a .jpg, .png or .tiff extension with 300dpi of resolution. No file may exceed 4Mb of size.

  • Title, abstract and keywords: Providing title, abstract and keywords in the manuscript text file and in the appropriate form fields whenever requested by the submission system is a requirement for it to be considered for peer review. The title must be objective and accurate, set in capitulars, ranging from 5 to 15 words. The keywords, ranging from 3 to 5, must come from the controlled vocabulary available in the Medical Subject Headings / MeSH database. The abstracts must be structured, with at least 200 words long and no more than 250 words long, to include the following labeled sections: introduction, objectives, methods and materials, results and conclusion.

  • Authorship: Up to six (06) authors can be listed in a single report, except when it comes to reporting research activities of cooperating research centers, laboratories and institutions, when more authors may be listed. Providing the following metadata for each listed author in the appropriate form fields when requested by the submission system is a requirement for the paper to be considered for peer review: a) all authors with full name (no abbreviation allowed), b) main affiliation, c) city, state, country, d) email and e) ORCID. E.g.: Jennifer Smith. Federal University of Bahia. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. (ORCID XXXX-0000-XX00-X1X5). The system will automatically send out messages to each author with a link for them to authenticate their ORCIDs. The authentication for all authors is a condition for the article to be evaluated by editors and reviewers. The contribution of each author must be listed in a separated text file which must be then submitted as supplementary file, e.g.: Smith KFA and Smith DB designed the experiments. Smith JLW wrote the code. Smith JLW and Smith YW analyzed the data. Smith MC and Smith PP prepared samples for sequencing and performed all sequencing. Smith VS cultured the cell lines. Smith XW contributed with critical intellectual content. Smith KFA, Smith MC, Smith YW, and Smith JLW wrote the manuscript. All authors reviewed and approved the final version of the paper. We comply with the ICMJE criteria for defining authorship.

  • Social media integration: Each author in a submission may supply no more than one social media handle that will be published along with their authorship information in case of acceptance of their submission. This is an opt-in feature only and it is not a condition for text evaluation. The provided social media profile must be aimed at scientific debate and dissemination only.

  • Competing interests: Authors are required to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence their work in the field "Comments for the editor".

  • Financing sources: All funding received by the authors for carrying out the research, including scholarships, grants, courtesies and fees, must be informed in the "Comments to the editor" field.

  • References: The bibliography must be cited according to the Vancouver Style. Up to 25 references can be cited in original articles, 15 in experience reports and 50 in literature reviews. The Digital Object Identifiers (doi®) of a published work must be included in the reference whenever the published work have had a doi® assigned to it.

  • Research Ethics: Any research on, related to, or involving human subjects should state that the they had been approved by the ethics committee of the institution where the research was conducted in compliance with the international requirements, standards and procedures, such as stated in the Declaration of Helsinki. The research registration number in the Plataforma Brasil / Brazilian Ministry of Health (Brazilian National System of Research Ethics) database or in the similar international research ethics database must be included in the paper. No form of participant identification, such as disclosure of initials, full name and registration number, is permitted. The ethics on research committee authorization and, whenever applicable, the authorization for use of image and voice for scientific purposes signed by the participant allowing their medical conditions and anonymized clinical records to be made public for the purpose of scientific research reporting must be provided by authors as supplementary files. Any studies on, related to or involving other vertebrates must have had been conducted in compliance with international ethical recommendations for experimentation on animals. They must have had been approved by the proper research committee, and the documentation of that process must be sent as an additional file as well. All registration of clinical trials must be in a public trials registry at or before the time of first participant enrollment. The trial registration number must be provided in the manuscript and at the end of the abstract. The WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) or the may be employed for registration. More information about clinical trials registration here.

  • Reproduction of copyrighted material: The first mention of a trademark must include the name of the manufacturer and the country of origin. When reproducing any copyrighted material, the authors must provide the authorization by the respective copyright owners, including but not limited to charts, figures and graphs.

  • Overlapping publications: They are discouraged, except in the situations mentioned by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - ICMJE. If the prerequisites for second publication described by the ICMJE are met, the authors must upload the permission granted by the first publication rights owner as an additional document. The first publication must be cited in a footnote.

    Uploading papers to preprint servers for peer review is encouraged and it will not be considered as overlapping publication.

  • Reporting integrity: When available for the type of report submitted, the filled out EQUATOR checklist, informing on which page of the manuscript each mandatory item per study design appears, must be uploaded as a supplementary file at the time of submission.

Checklist last updated in August 29th, 2023.

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.

Concept Articles

This section includes studies that provide critical discussions to existing models, elaboration of hypotheses for future research, and evaluation of statistical and/or methodological concepts, tools and principles applied to (a) higher education and health, (b) health education (medical or in the interface with others areas) and (c) interdisciplinary contributions to health education with the purpose of developing the field of education aimed at teaching the health sciences.

Authors should integrate and evaluate previously published scientific reports, considering the state of the art, literature gaps and seeking to clarify a specific problem. Therefore, submissions must concern themselves with contradictions, gaps and/or inconsistencies in the literature and suggest new research directions to solve the identified problems.

The sections of the text can be organized in different ways, with coherence being valued, but preferably they should be organized in the structural logic of empirical studies (summary, introduction and rationale, methodology and final considerations).

The method of selection of articles must be reported as explicitly and reproducibly as possible in order to justify the proposed analytical path.

Up to 5000 words in lenght.

Education, Comprehensiveness and Health Care in Primary Care

This section is open to submission of empirical articles, conceptual articles and experience reports that problematize, evaluate, discuss the construction of educational processes for comprehensiveness in Primary Health Care. Up to 5000 words in lenght.

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

Making the Difference in Education (MDE) is a section open to extended abstracts, limited to 1000 words and up to 5 references.

They are an opportunity to disseminate innovative educational scholarship, new ideas, new approaches in any relevant aspect of health education: that is, actions that made a difference.

If the report involves an institution, a formal authorization by the institution must be provided in the form of a consent letter.

The report must be presented as follows:

  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).

Privacy Statement

The names, addresses and any other types of personal data inserted into this journal's database will be used solely for the editorial services provided by this publication and will not be made available for other purposes nor to third parties.

Statement last reviewed in November 30th, 2021