Main Article Content
- A. Scope
Health Sciences and Diseases, is a peer reviewed medical journal that covers all aspects of medicine, pharmacy, biomedical and health sciences, including public health and societal issues. It is an “online first” publication, which means that all the publications articles appear on the website before being included in the print journal. The papers are published in full on the website, with open access. Our mission is to inform and educate all the health professionals and to promote constructive debate on health issues that matter in the management not only of diseases but of health as a whole. Acceptance of manuscripts is based on the originality, the quality of the work and validity of the evidence, the clarity of presentation, and the relevance to our readership. Publications are expected to be concise, well organized and clearly written. Authors submit a manuscript with the understanding that the manuscript (or its essential substance) has not been published other than as an abstract in any language or format and is not currently submitted elsewhere for print or electronic publication.
- B. Language
HSD is bilingual and accepts publications in French and English. All the publications should have an abstract in both languages.
- C. Authorship
To be listed as an author, an individual must have made substantial contributions to all three categories established by the ICMJE (http://www.icmje.org): (a) “conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data,” (b) “drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content,” and (c) “final approval of the version to be published.” Individuals who have not made substantial contributions in all three categories but who have made substantial contributions either to some of them or in other areas should be listed in acknowledgments.TYPES OF ARTICLES
- A. Original articles
Original Articles are expected to present a significant advance in health sciences. Maximum length for a standard research article is 4,000 words of text - not counting the abstract, tables, figure legends, and references. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and should be structured with subheadings but no references. Submissions are limited to a total of 7 figures and tables, and digital images are required. References should be limited to 70
- B. Clinical Cases
This section presents clinical cases with practical lessons for the developing countries. Preference is given to common presentations of important rare conditions, and important unusual presentations of common problems.
- C. Brief reports
This section can be used for any original paper pertinent to the journal. The aim is to publish important data or opinions that can be concisely presented. The section can take any of the following: articles written by experts and providing up to date information or personal point of view regarding diagnosis and treatment of important clinical situations; articles that present key statements on topics of interest to caregivers; clinical images that are original, relevant to the African context and particularly informative
- D. Review Articles, Letters to the Editor, Medicine and society, Book Reviews
- Review articles are solicited by the Editor-in-Chief. Authors wishing to submit an unsolicited Review Article are invited to contact the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission, in order to screen the proposed topic for relevance and priority, given other review articles that may already be in preparation. Review articles should focus on recent scientific or clinical advances in an area of broad interest to African population.
- HSD also considers for publications the letters to the editor that relate to articles published in HSD.
- The section on medicine and society gives readers room for expression through anecdotes, poetry, and more generally contributions that put together African culture and health in the widest context possible. Potential topics can cover a range of social aspects of medicine and health care, including environmental concerns, medical sociology, anthropology, history, and ethics, among other areas. Original, opinion based essays are welcomed.
- Reviews of selected books in health sciences, including books that describe state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic methods or important advances, and textbooks with a significant educational content relevant to Africa, will be reviewed in this section.
- E. Thesis abstracts
Thesis abstracts can be submitted for online publication only. After review by the editorial team, the final acceptance is based on confirmation of the data by the thesis director. Please connect to
HSD’s Publications Policy Committee follows the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for guidance on policies and procedures related to publication ethics. The policies for HSD have been adapted from those three advisory bodies and, where necessary, modified and tailored to meet the specific content, audiences, and aims of HSD.MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS
The preferred way for submission is the online submission. Please, refer to the Health Sciences and Disease home page: http://hsd-fmsb.org. Otherwise, manuscripts can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Inquiries about manuscript status and preparation, as well as letters to the editor in chief.How to submit your work online
- At this phase, just provide your first name, last name, gender, working language, mailing address, affiliation and country.
- Follow those five steps (make sure you save and continue at the bottom)
- When you receive your confirmation mail, connect to the website of HSD : www.hsd-fmsb.org
- Log in with your username and enter your password
- Select user/home and choose “new submission”
a) Start and agree to a checklist of requirements as determined by the Journal Manager;
b) Upload the main publication;
c) Upload metadata about the article, such as the names of any co-authors, the article title, an abstract, subject terms, the ability of others to search for the article, etc.
d) Upload supplementary files such as data sets, research instruments, or source texts that will enrich the understanding of the article, as well as contribute to more open and robust forms of research and scholarship;
- You should also send a copy of your work to the editor in chief.