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Aims and Scope
The Journal of Health Sciences and Innovative Research (J. health sci. innov. res.) is a peer-reviewed journal published bi-annually by the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. The journal aims to promote and share innovative health-related research findings, which would benefit the health professionals in all disciplines of the healthcare system and the public.
Types of Manuscripts
The Journal of Health Sciences and Innovative Research considers health-related, innovative and original research work in the following categories.
For new submissions, the following documents should be uploaded through the online submission system on the JHSIR's own website.
Preparation of Title Page:
The title page should include:
Preparation of Manuscript
The title should be concise, clear and informative. It should reflect the work described in the manuscript.
The structured abstract should provide a brief summary and not exceed 250 words. The abstract must include subheadings; Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusions.
Three (3) to six (6) keywords representing key contents of the article should be given.
The article should provide adequate background to the study with the existing literature. The aims of the study and its significance should be clearly explained.
This section should provide a clear description of the study design, settings, and all procedures followed. If applicable, the details of the statistical analysis used should be provided.
Survey-based studies should include study design, sample population, sample size, study instrument, data collection, and analysis. The journal expects authors to adhere to the relevant research reporting checklists (E.g. EQUATOR research reporting checklist or other) and upload the marked checklist) with your manuscript submission.
Laboratory-based studies should consist of materials/study instruments, all study procedures and data analysis
Where necessary, approval for ethical concerns need to be included.
The study findings should be presented clearly and logically in the text. All tables and figures should be numbered and cited in text in consecutive numerical order. Data described in the text should be consistent with the relevant figures and tables.
Tables should be clear and avoid gridlines. Appropriate table captions explaining the components of the table should be provided. Tables should be numbered consecutively (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Tables should be self-contained and not duplicate information contained in the text. All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. The maximum no of tables should be five (05).
Figures, photographs, drawings, diagrams, graphs, and charts should be clear. Appropriate figure captions explaining the figure should be provided. Any symbols, abbreviations and units of measurement should be defined. Figures should be numbered consecutively (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). The maximum number of figures should be four (04).
Constructive discussion should be included with relevant published data.
Conclusion(s) should highlight the significant findings of the study considering the objectives of the study.
Adhere to Vancouver style. Reference citations in the text should be expressed by Arabic numerals in square brackets.
In inflammation, opioid peptides synthesised in circulatory immunocytes are liberated and accumulated at the site of injury [1, 2, 5-8, 10].
The references should be listed under the “Reference List” in numerical order as they appear in the text/ article.
Should follow the order; names of authors, title of article, name of the journal (in italics), year of publication; volume: page numbers. DOI code (if available)
When number of authors is 1 to 6:
Fernando, M.G.K.M., Priyadarshi, K.I.J., Shanika, L.G.T., and Samaranayake, N.R. Knowledge, perceptions and practices on modified release tablets among prescribers: A preliminary study. Journal of Health Sciences and Innovative Research. 2020;1(1):5-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31357/jhsir.v1i01.4769
When number of authors is more than 6:
Beiter, R., Nash, R., McCrady, M., Rhoades, D., Linscomb, M., Clarahan, M., et al. The prevalence and correlates of depression, anxiety, and stress in a sample of college students. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2015;173:90–96. DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.10.054.
Should follow the order; authors, title of the book, edition, place of publication, publisher, year of publication.
Rich, R.R., Fleisher, T.A., Shearer W.T., Schroeder, H.W., Frew, A.J., and Weyand, C.M. Clinical immunology: principle and practice. 5th ed. Amsterdam, Elsevier, 2009.
Should follow the order; authors, title of chapter, title of the book, edition, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, page numbers
Marriott, J.F. Wilson, K.A., Langley C.A., and Belcher, D. Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing, Landon, UK. Pharmaceutical press, 2006, p. 209-253.
Should follow the order; authors, title, year, URL, retrieved date.
American society for clinical laboratory sciences. Value of clinical laboratory services in health care. 2005. Available at: http://www.ascls.org/pos ition-papers/175-value-of-clinical-laboratory-services/17-value-of-clinical-laboratory-services [Accessed: 25 September 2015].
All references must contain DOI code when available.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of reference information.
Copyright and Licencing
Authors are required to transfer their copyright to the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Articles in JHSIR are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Plagiarism Policy: Manuscripts should be checked for plagiarism before submission. It should not contain more than 30% of plagiarized matters.
All the articles are peer reviewed through a double-blinded process. Once a manuscript is submitted, if it falls within the scope of the journal, the editor assigns the manuscript to a minimum of 2 reviewers for peer-review. The reviewers are selected considering their expertise and the subject area of the article. The peer review process takes 1 month – 2 months approximately. When all reviewers have submitted their reports, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on the manuscript and notifies the author one of the followings,
If revisions are needed, the authors are expected to revise their manuscripts in accordance with the changes suggested by the reviewers and submit the revised manuscript during the stipulated time period. Once the revised manuscript is received, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision on acceptability for publication and notifies the author.
There is no charge for publication.
The contents should not be published elsewhere.
For studies involving humans and animals. ethical approval should be obtained from a recognised ethics review committee and necessary consent from the study populations. The above information should be mentioned in the methods section, including the reference no of the ethical clearance certificate. A copy of the ethical clearance certificate for such studies should be submitted along with the manuscript.
All financial and non-financial competing interests must be declared.
All sources of funding for the research reported should be declared. The role of the funding body in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript should be declared.
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.