Journal policies

1. Open Access Policy

In order to ensure maximum reach of Journal of Health Science Research (JHSR) on contents, we have adopted the open access policy, meaning that;

  • All the articles published in JHSR are made freely accessible online immediately after publication in an easily readable format, without any subscription or registration barrier.
  • All the published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons license (Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)). Full details of this license are available here. 
  • The journal also allows the authors to self-archive the final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional/subject-based repository.
  • Authors retain the copyright and full publishing rights of their articles without any restrictions.

2. Submission Policy

There is no Charge/Fee for submitting manuscripts to the Journal of Health Science Research. It is completely FREE.

3. Article Publishing Fee/Article Processing Charge (APC)

All the operations of the journal are financially supported by society and the journal does not charge any article processing, submission, or other charges. 

4. Peer-review Policy

All the manuscripts submitted to JHSR are subjected to the double-blinded peer-review process;

4.1. Initial Evaluation/Technical Review

The Editor(s) first evaluates all the manuscripts. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, are outside the aims and scope of the journal, or are not written as per the journal's guidelines. Those that meet the minimum criteria are forwarded to at least 2 experts for review.

4.2. Peer-review

  • Generally, all the manuscripts are reviewed by a minimum of two suitable external experts in the respective subject area. The reports of all the reviewers will be considered while deciding on acceptance/revision or rejection of a manuscript, but the ultimate responsibility for acceptance or rejection lies with the Editor. Editor-In-Chief makes the final decision.
  • EIC can ask one or more advisory board members/area editors for their suggestions upon a manuscript, before making the final decision.
  • Associate editor and review editors provide administrative support to maintain the integrity of the peer-review process.
  • In accordance with COPE recommendations on ethical editing for Editors, Editors will assign any submissions they cannot handle (e.g. if they are the author of an article submitted to their own journal) to a member of the Editorial Board or a guest editor.

4.3. Author's suggestion for the reviewer

The authors can suggest the peer-reviewers as per the following criteria;

  • The suggested reviewers should have higher academic standing in the subject area of the submitted article and the same should be reflected in terms of their publications.
  • The suggested reviewers should not be from the authors' own institute or from past affiliations.
  • Authors must provide the institutional/academic email addresses of the suggested reviewers.
  • Authors must provide the web links to the academic profile pages of the suggested reviewers.
  • The journal reserve the right NOT to choose any reviewer from the suggested list.
  • In case, authors challenge the editor's negative decision with suitable arguments, the manuscript can be sent to one more reviewer and the final decision will be made based upon his recommendations.

5. Licensing Policy

The journal uses Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). 

Under this license you are free to;

  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

As long as you abide by the following terms;

  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

6. Archiving Policy

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

7. Informed Consent

Informed consent is a process wherein the health care provider educates a patient about the risks, benefits, and also of alternatives for a given procedure or intervention. The patient must be competent to make a voluntary decision. Informed Consent is ethical as well as a legal obligation for medical practitioners. The Informed Consent Form is signed by the patient wherein the entire procedure/intervention details are outlined.

All authors/Researchers submitting original research work which discusses patient case studies should obtain their consent prior to submitting the research work for review. The detailed set of the consent form(s) as the case should be submitted along with the manuscript. Each consent form should contain the clause of voluntarily consenting for the Procedure/intervention/making their case available to the public as the case may be. It should also bear the Patient Name, Address, and other contact details along with their age.

8. Publication ethics

The journal follows COPE, WAME, and ICMJE guidelines for dealing with ethical issues in a journal. The Journal Members (Advisory Board, editors, and the journal manager) have consented to adopt these guidelines. The detailed publication ethics and malpractice statement is available here:

9. Manuscript Withdrawal Policy

Authors must abide by these policies after the submission of their manuscript.

      • Authors must provide their consent to publish their manuscript prior to the peer-review process. Withdrawing an already confirmed manuscript after it has been accepted would attract a minimal article handling charge.
      • If the author withdraws the article after acceptance of the manuscript and payment has also been made, there will be NO REFUND of the Article Processing Charge (APC) already paid.
      • If a Manuscript is withdrawn over indexing issues, NO REFUND will be made.

10. Copyright Policies

All the articles published in JHSR are distributed under a creative commons license. The journal allows the author(s) to hold the copyright of their work.

11. Disclaimer

The author(s) of each article appearing in this Journal is/are solely responsible for the content thereof; neither the JHSR nor its editors or publisher or anyone else involved in creating, producing, or distribution assumes any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information provided in the Journal, nor shall they be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages arising out of the use of JHSR.

12. Plagiarism:

For every Journal, the peer-review process is at the heart of the success of publishing. As part of our commitment to the protection and enhancement of the peer review process, The JHSR would like to ensure that all published articles are within the accepted level of plagiarism. The Journal uses the very well and widely accepted Plagiarism Detection tool, iThenticate. All submitted Manuscripts are first subjected to a Plagiarism check and then the Publishing cycle begins.

In case, plagiarism is detected during the review/editorial process, such manuscript(s) will be rejected immediately and we can also consider other steps depending upon the seriousness of the case. If the plagiarism is proven after publication, such manuscript(s) will be removed from our website and an appropriate announcement will be placed in this regard. Further, "JHSR" can bring such instances in notice of the author's funding agencies, the author's institutes (where they work), and to the original authors whose work has been plagiarized. Please report the plagiarism to:

13. Corrections and Retraction Policy

13.1 Article Withdrawal

Either the Publisher or the author of the article can withdraw the same. An article can be withdrawn at any point in time before it is formally published online in its final form with complete information about volume, issue, page numbers, DOI, and article ID. If the article withdrawal request has been initiated by an author, they need to submit a signed letter to the Editorial Office prior to article withdrawal. Publisher can withdraw an article if it is found to violate the ethical publishing guidelines, like Duplicate publication, Plagiarism, Fraudulent usage of data, Multiple Submissions, Bogus claims of authorship. In both the cases, the article PDF will be removed and a note that the article has been withdrawn will be displayed

13.2 Corrections to an Article

If an error is discovered in an already published article, Erratum, Corrigendum or Addendum will be published in an issue once the proposed changes are in agreement with Publisher and Author. Only significant corrections will be published such as – Inaccurately published information etc. Minor corrections like spelling mistakes or grammatical errors which do not alter the understanding of the paper will not be corrected. When a correction is published, the original article reference will be given in the corrected PDF and vice-versa. Only the corrections will be mentioned. Charges will be decided while corrections are made depending on the number of corrections etc.

The original article will not be modified, but a correction link will be available on the article page. This will help readers to download both PDFs.

An Errata will be published only when mistakes are recognized in the published article which went unnoticed during Editing and Layout setting in Figures, Tables, etc.

Corrigenda is published when authors realize that errors in the published article could affect the validity of the scientific content or its accuracy. If a reader detects an error in a published article, they can submit the same as a letter to the editor. The author, editor, and reviewer would then assess the validity of the error pointed out. Corrigenda will then be published with reference to the letter and the answers provided by the author.

Addenda is published if authors have omitted significant information inadvertently during manuscript submission and would like to add this content to the article after publication. The information provided for the addendum will undergo peer-review prior to editorial acceptance. Addendum publication is very rare and will be allowed by the Editorial team only if the information is very much essential to understand a significant portion of the published article.

13.3 Article Retractions

Retractions are published in circumstances like, if the conclusions of a paper is found to be based on faulty logic or computation by new information made available after the paper has been published; if the paper is based on falsified or fabricated data, if plagiarized data has been published or if duplicate publications exist. The retractions are decided on a case-by-case basis by the editor in consultation with the authors and the reviewers of the article. A signed statement from the authors will be required to be submitted to the Editorial Office before an article can be retracted. Agreement of all authors of a paper is required before a retraction can be published. If some co-authors do not agree to the retraction of the article, the retraction will be published as decided by the editor, clearly identifying the dissenting co-authors. When a retraction is published it will be linked to the article being corrected and a link to the retractions page will also be placed on the article published earlier. On the web pages of the retracted article, the bibliographic information will be retained on all the pages, however, the article text will be replaced by a note stating that the article has been retracted from the journal. The PDF version of the article will be retained to preserve the integrity of the record but will be marked to show that the article has been retracted. In cases of partial retractions, the retraction notice will be labeled as 'Partial Retraction' or 'Retraction in Part'.

13.4 Article Removal

In exceptional circumstances, an article may be removed from the journal. This may happen if any legal issues arise or are expected to arise in the context of the article, the distribution of the article is stopped by court order, the contents of the article may pose a serious health risk if acted upon by others, the article violates the copyright of others, or if the article is found to be defamatory or infringing on other's legal rights. When an article is removed from the journal the bibliographic information and the PDF file will also be removed. The article text will be replaced by a note stating that the article has been removed from the journal and the reason for removal.

13.5 Article Replacement

If an article is found to contain false or inaccurate data which may pose a serious health risk if acted upon by others, the authors of the original article may wish to retract the article and replace it with a corrected version. In this case, the article will be retracted, following the procedure of retraction of an article, with the difference that a link to the corrected re-published article will be placed on the HTML and PDF versions of the paper and on the page with the retraction notice.

14. Human and Animal Rights

While reporting experiments on human subjects, you should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 that was revised in 2000.

      • Do not use names or initials of patients or hospitals and/or hospital telephone numbers especially in illustrative material.
      • While reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether you adhered to the guidelines of an institution or national research council governing the care and use of laboratory animals.

Studies based on clinical trials:

Authors should register all the clinical trials in a Primary Clinical Trial Registry. The Registration number must be given in the Materials and Methods section. Authors can register in the following trial register:

Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs

Type of Study

Registration Initiative


Randomized controlled trials


Studies of diagnostic accuracy


Systematic reviews and meta-analyses


Observational studies in epidemiology


Meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology 



15. Advertisements

The Journal does not accept commercial advertisements. 

16. Complaints and appeals

Authors & readers can submit their complaints/appeals to the editor or the publisher of the journal through email All the complaints will assign a unique complaint number by the publisher. Authors/readers can use complaint numbers for further follow-up.


If you do not receive a response to your complaint within 48 hrs or if you are not satisfied with the response please write to managing editor or society secretary ( Please mention your unique complaint number in follow-up emails.