Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Brazilian Journal of Medicine and Human Health (BJMHH) is a quarterly interdisciplinary health sciences publication by BAHIANA - School of Medicine and Public Health encompassing papers reporting scientific research on medicine, in its epidemiological aspects, such as diseases prevention and treatment, and public health in general. The editorial board may admit contributions in related fields whenever deemed appropriated.


Section Policies

Case Reports

Reports that describe real situations, in which new procedures and new techniques have been developed and employed as research strategies and may include all the sections of a clinical trial. Due to the fact that generally there is little possibility of extrapolating the results, only rare and very specific cases are going to be considered for evaluation and further publication. According to national and international regulations, all case report submissions are required to include the informed consent documentation signed by the patient, the local ethics on research committee authorization number and, whenever applicable, authorization for use of image and voice for scientific purposes also signed by the patient. Up to 3000 words in length.

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Literature Reviews

Review articles must address recent advances in medicine, 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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Original Articles

Original Articles are scientific reports of the results of original research. Up to 3000 words in length. 

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Peer Review Process

The Brazilian Journal of Medicine and Human Health (BJMHH) applies double blind reviewing, when 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

Quarterly (March, June, September and December)


Open Access Policy

The Brazilian Journal of Medicine and Human Health is an Open Access Journal published to serve the international scientific community by providing high quality scientifically accurate original research reports, therefore it applies no article processing charge of any kind.

It is assumed that by submitting an article, the author is recognized as having the copyright to it and allows its free use by readers, and it can, in addition to being read, be downloaded, copied, distributed and printed.



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 are used to restore it.


Policy of Screening for Originality

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.

Similarity Check is a multi-publisher initiative to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in order to improve the quality of scholarly publications.

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.

Policy updated in September 14th, 2016.