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Journal Guideline

About the journal

This journal is called Horn African Journal of Health and Biomedical Sciences. Hereafter abbreviated as HAJHBS.

HAJHBS is both online and hard copy (few hard copies at least for two years), open access journal that publishes scientifically and ethically valid primary and review research articles from all areas of health, biomedical and clinical sciences.

HAJHBS is the reference of clinical and laboratory-based biomedical and public health research on different human and zoonotic diseases, health system, health and biomedical technologies, environmental, health policy and healthcare services. It is peer-reviewed journal that dedicated to the variety of biomedical and public health sciences research across the world. It publishes three peer-reviewed issues per year in all fields of clinical, biomedical and public health sciences for an internationally diverse authorship. HAJHBS is sponsored by Salale University, which covers the cost of publication on behalf of the authors on acceptance of their article. Thus, the journal is copyrighted to Salale University.

Scope of the journal

Clinical, biomarker, characterization of human pathogens, public health, behavioural, infectious disease modelling and social-heath studies are within the scope of the journal. Studies on molecules, cells, and tissues that are relevant for human health are also within the scope of the journal. It publishes primary and review articles, short communications, editorials, letter to the editor, and commentary which are within its scope.

Vision and mission of the journal

Vision: to internationally reputable journal through publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific articles in health and biomedical sciences study without financial restriction to authors and readers using the free publication process charge and open access model of publication

Mission: the missions of HAJHBS are:

  1. to publish efficiently and promptly rigorous, accessible, and ethically sound scientific articles that will help researchers, policy makers, and students to facilitate lifelong learning, career development, and evidence-based decision making in health policy and program.
  2. to be at the forefront of the international scientific debate in health and biomedical science
  • to be among the world's most influential and widely read health and biomedical sciences journals.

Aim of the journal

The overall aim of the journal is to provide a platform for the dissemination of primary, review and innovative evidence on the prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that is valuable to biomedical and public health scientists.

Editor-in-chief      

              

Dr Habteyes Hailu Tola (PhD, Assistant professor of Epidemiology)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health

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Brief research experience and interest

Highly accomplished epidemiologist with 15+ years’ experience of research and public health program work in government and international NGOs. Demonstrates success in health and biomedical research, emergency response and program development, monitoring and evaluation in different contexts including outbreak and emergency setups at national and international level. Demonstrates success in scientific writing and research that complemented with several publications on reputable peer reviewed journals. Demonstrated success in systematic review and meta-analysis that complemented by publishing more than 10 review articles in reputable peer reviewed journals. My prod research area is public health, clinical and biomedical sciences of both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Roles and responsibilities of editor-in-chief

The editor-in-chief (EIC) for HAJHBS is typically a highly experienced researcher who has a larger vision within the discipline of communication sciences to guide the journal. The EIC is expected to participate in defining and adjusting the journal’s evolving mission and to understand and adapt to the changing needs of the readership as a contributing member of HAJHBS board. The EIC is also in the optimal position to have broad oversight of the review process.

In order for the EIC to implement their editorial vision successfully, they must have an engaged and energetic editorial board. The editors for each journal serve staggered terms, independent of the editor-in-chief’s term, so the EIC will need to begin recruiting for any open position immediately. Building an effective editorial board is critical in ensuring the success and effectiveness of the journal.

There are a number of things to consider when constructing an editorial board but, generally speaking, members should meet the following criteria:

  • have research interests in common with the mission and scope of the journal
  • have a record of published research in scholarly journals, including serving as lead author
  • have substantial experience in reviewing manuscripts
  • have a willingness to drive journal activities

When making their selections, EICs should keep in mind that editors should have demonstrated competence and established reputation in the research specialty (or specialties) to which they are assigned. In addition, editors should have substantial experience in reviewing manuscripts.

The EIC may already have a few names in mind. Unless they have already worked closely with the individual they plan to invite, it is usually worthwhile for EICs to consult with other member of the Journals Board before issuing the invitation as their colleagues may have direct experience with the individual that might be relevant. Also, in selecting editors, the EIC will need to consider whether they appropriately represent the journal community, both in terms of the topics covered but also the regional demographic of submitting authors and readers.

Periodically, the EIC may want to review who is serving on the editorial board. It is certainly worth investigating board member activity on the editorial manager peer review site to see who is contributing to the journal. The EIC should also consider other factors into account when assessing contributions, such as participation in journal discussion and responsiveness to email communications. Some reasons for a change might be:

  • to provide extra support to board members handling a large number of submissions
  • to remove any inactive board members, or those that have made the decision to retire from the board
  • to cover new subject areas not previously included in the mission and scope
  • to cover new geographical areas

When editors do retire, the EIC should always aim to send a letter of appreciation.

Associate editors

Dr. Dirba Fayisa (PhD Pharmacy, Assistant professor)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Medicine

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Derara Girma Fufa (MPH, Assistant professor)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health

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Matwos Mekonin (MSc, Nursing, Assistant professor)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing

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Brief research experience and interest

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Dejene Edosa Dirirsa (BSc, MSc, Assistant professor)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing

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Dr. Getachew Shiferaw (MD, Gynaecologist, Assistant professor)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Medicine

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Tamiru Yazew (BSc, MSc, Assistant professor, Human nutrition)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health

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Dr. Seifu Gizaw Fayisa (BSc, MSc, PhD, Assistant professor)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Girma Garedew Goyomsa (BSc, MSc, Reproductive Health)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Hiwot Dejene (BSc, MSc, Reproductive Health)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health

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Mukemil Awol (BSc, MSc, Maternity and Reproductive Health)

Salale University, College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing

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Associate editor roles and responsibilities

The Associate Editor (with a focus on manuscript review) is responsible for assisting with and managing the peer review process for research manuscript submitted to the HAJHBS. The Associate editor selects and assigns reviewers, manages the review process, makes a recommendation based on review outcomes, and supports authors. A central requirement is the ability to edit and work with authors on manuscripts, including research from diverse research perspectives. AEs work to uphold methodological integrity and to help clarify and improve submissions. AEs will meet periodically with Editor-in-chief and other AEs (via video conference call) and are encouraged to attend the annual Editorial Board meeting held during/around the HAJHBS conference.

Duties and responsibilities

Reviewing manuscripts: The AE receives manuscript for review; sends articles for review to selected members of the Editorial Board or to outside reviewers, as deemed appropriate to topic of article; collects reviewer comments and makes recommendations to the editor-in-chief in a timely fashion; assumes authority, responsibility, and accountability for assigned manuscripts and accepts, rejects, or requests revisions of articles; in cooperation with the managing editor, checks all manuscripts for completeness of content, proper format, permission to use copyrighted material, and any other requirements for publication; ensures reviews are impartial, fair, and adhere to principles endorsed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); and preserves the confidentiality of the review process.

Required qualifications

  • An active publication records
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in an editorial role (e.g., journal editor, book editor, thesis/doctoral supervision)
  • Experience with peer review processes (e.g., a reviewer)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Desire and ability to dedicate allocated time each week to AE responsibilities
  • Ability to participate in ad hoc editorial team working conference calls
  • Desire to serve as an ambassador for HAJHBS
  • Managerial editor

  • Dr. Wodajo Kassaye Taddesse (Bed, MA, PhD, English)

    Salale University, College of Health Sciences

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Role and responsibilities of managing editor

A managing editor combines the innovativeness of a writer with the practical focus of an operations manager. Managing editor should be able to suggest ideas for stories and see them through to publication. Excellent organizational and leaderships skills as well as a unique problem-solving ability is needed. Managing editor edit the language and assure whether the manuscript prepared in the style of the journal.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and manage all daily operations
  • Hire, coach and supervise personnel
  • Collaborate with editor in chief to determine issues’ content and topics
  • Coordinate editorial publications and meetings
  • Plan and approve assignments for writers and editors
  • Control schedules and enforce deadlines (for writers, photographers, designers etc.)
  • Oversee proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone
  • Resolve issues as they arise
  • Edit minor grammar and language usage to assure communication clarity
  • Attend events on behalf of the company or editor in chief

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as managing editor or relevant role
  • Exceptional ability in copywriting and editing
  • Proficiency in English
  • Working knowledge of online platforms like Word Press and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) concepts
  • Abilities in planning and coordinating people and operations
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and people abilities
  • Reliability and efficiency
  • Attention to detail
  • BSc/BA in journalism or relevant field

Advisory board

International advisory board

Mohammad Ali Mansournia, MD, MPH, PhD

Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Songwe Fanuel, MSc, PhD

Midlands State University (MSU), Zimbabwe

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Kabir Magaji Hamid, MSc, PhD

Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Gholamreza Garmaroudi, MD, MPH, PhD

Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Mehdi Ranjbaran, MPH, PhD

Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran

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Han Jing, MSc, PhD

Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China

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Fekede Asefa, MPH, PhD

Haramaya University, Ethiopia

The University British Columbia, Canada

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Amenu Tolera Wirtu, MSc, PhD

Consultant Neuroscientist, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

National institute of Health, USA

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Local advisory board

Hailegiorgis Yirgu Habtie, MD, MPH

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Abebe Aseffa Negeri, MSc, PhD

Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Adugna Abera Hirpha, MSc, PhD

Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Adugna Nigussie Gudina, MSc, PhD

Arsi University, Asella, Ethiopia

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Lelisa Sena Dadi, MSc, PhD

Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

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Adugna Wayessa, MSc, PhD

Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Shimelis Hussein, MPH, PhD

Sent Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Worku Jimma, MSc, PhD

Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

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Roles of advisory board

The role of the Editorial advisory board is to provide input, suggestions and specialized scientific support in journal management, acting occasionally as guest associate editor for specific papers or guest editor for special thematic issues, proposing opinion papers, editorials or reviews and acting as reviewers for controversial papers. In conjunction with the other components of the editorial board, the editorial advisory board members will act as ambassadors for the journal throughout the technical and scientific community.

Editorial board criteria

Editorial board for HAJHBS:

  • Are active, researchers who are either Principal Investigators or who have an equivalent experience level
  • Have a strong publication record of 10 or more peer-reviewed articles, varies by discipline
  • Have affiliation with an academic, research, governmental, or relevant non-profit institution
  • Have enough room in their professional schedule to accommodate handling one or two manuscripts per month as Editor
  • Have interest to be Editorial Board Member of HAJHBS
  • HAJHBS editorial board members are:
  • Committed to the mission of HAJHBS to publish rigorous research from all disciplines within health and biomedical sciences, and related social-health sciences regardless of perceived novelty or impact
  • Open to innovation in scholarly publishing and the dissemination of scientific communications to meet the community’s changing needs
  • Engaged with their scientific communities and, in service to those groups, mindful of the author and reviewer experiences at HAJHBS
  • Eager to contribute ideas and lend their expertise to help shape journal goals, policies, and development

Roles of editorial board members

The HAJHBS editorial board members oversee the peer review process from beginning to end, taking responsibility for conducting an initial assessment based on the HAJHBS publication policy, finding and securing reviewers, evaluating their feedback, making editorial decisions, and communicating decisions to authors. Editors board member play an active role in the community, and are highly engaged as representatives of HAJHBS. To ensure an efficient peer review process for the authors, the editorial board members:

  • Agree to handle one to two new manuscript assignments per month
  • Handle each manuscript assignment from first assessment to final decision
  • Respond to manuscript invitations (accept or decline) within two days
  • Assess whether the manuscript is suitable for peer review within four days of agreeing to the invitation
  • Secure at least one reviewer on manuscripts that are suitable for review
  • Submit a decision within four days of receipt of the complete reviews
  • Adhere to editorial best practices
  • Act as ambassador of the journal

Editorial board values

The journal aims to provide fast, fair, and objective scientific assessment of research articles. The editorial philosophy of our journal is built on the following four key values:

  • Scientific rigor and objectivity
  • Openness and transparency
  • Integrity
  • Speed

Editorial board members code of conduct

As an editorial board member of HAJHBS, you (editorial board members) commit to:

  • Respect research ethics and work with high integrity
  • Facilitate peer review without self-interest
  • Identify and report unethical peer review process
  • Keep confidentiality and don’t discuss research with outside parties before publication.
  • Support high-quality and timely peer review.
  • Respect diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Treat all individuals with kindness and respect.
  • Declare all institutional and commercial affiliations

Benefits of the editorial board

HAJHBS is belong to public university (Salale University) and none profit making journal. Thus, there is no any payment for the editorial board member. However, our editorial board members serve the research community by providing efficient, robust and constructive handling of manuscript. They contribute to the development of the journal, and raise their profile to benefit their career. They increase their network at a global level which benefits their career. The journal will also offer recognition certificate for their scientific contribution and service.

Editorial advisory and member board term of office

A term of office of editorial board and advisory board members is set at three years. However, upon request, the term of office could be shortened to less than three years or extended to the next term-based agreement.

Management structure of the journal

Figure 1 depicts the management structure of the journal. Editorial board is simultaneously accountable for the advisory board and research and publication director. Editor-in chief is accountable for the editorial board, and the managing editor is accountable for editor-in-chief. Associate editor and publication team are accountable for managing editor. Reviewers and authors have direct communication with the associate editor of the thematic area.

Figure 1: Management structure of the journal (ARTTCSVP-Academic, research, technology transfer and community services vice president)

 

 

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