Authorship and Other Policies

Publishing an article entails consent from all authors prior to submission. Whereas qualified authors are expected to meet the criteria set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (see below), contributors who do not meet said criteria should be acknowledged following the CRediT Contributor Taxonomy.

  1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work, or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  3. Approved the version to be published, AND
  4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. 

In view of the foregoing, we require the corresponding author to accomplish the Author Contribution Form when submitting a research article.

Changes to authorship

Requests to add, remove and/or rearrange author/s’ names must be sent by the corresponding author to the Editor-in-Chief. Said request must include: 1. the reason/s the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and 2. consent from all authors indicating agreement to the changes made. 

Conflicts of Interest

A statement of declaration of conflicting interests should be written immediately after the acknowledgements and before the references section. Where applicable, the corresponding author shall disclose all relationships and activities that might bias or be seen to bias their work using the Disclosure Form developed by ICMJE.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.


All research articles submitted to JoSH should have a funding acknowledgement statement under a separate heading labeled ‘Funding’. The name of the funding institution should be written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets. Where applicable, multiple funding agency and grant numbers should be separated by a semi-colon and comma, respectively. Otherwise, a statement indicating absence of funding support provided for the research must be written.


In order to publish, disseminate and maximize impact of research articles, the Editorial board need to secure certain publishing rights from authors. Following the open access model, authors license exclusive rights in their article to JoSH using CC BY-NC-ND end user license.