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Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

Guidelines for Reviewers
Sri Lankan Journal of Health Sciences relies on members of the scientific research community to assess the validity of articles under consideration through peer review.

Invitation to Review
Sri Lankan Journal of Health Sciences selects potential reviewers based on their expertise in research areas relevant to the field of the manuscript under consideration.  Reviewer invitations are sent by email from the journal’s Editorial Manager submission system. Use the links in the invitation email to accept or decline. We request not accept a review invitation if you have a competing interest, such as a recent or current collaboration with any of the authors, or in instances to profit financially from the research project. If we ask you to complete the review, anyway, be sure to declare the competing interest during the submission of the review.

Peer Review Process
Sri Lankan Journal of Health Sciences manages a double-blind peer review by default.

Confidentiality
Please keep manuscript and correspondence details confidential and do not share information on the submission with any other parties.  

Time to review
We expect the reviewer to complete the review within 14 days. If you need more time, please email us as soon as possible.

Some tips to consider in reviewing the manuscript

Topic: Is the topic relevant for the journal?
Title: Does the title reflect the contents of the article?
Originality: Is the work original? (If not, please give references)
Abstract: To what extent does the abstract reflect the following aspects of the study?
Introduction: Is the study rationale adequately described?
Objectives: Are the study objectives clearly stated?
Methodology: To what extent is the study design appropriate for the objectives?
Is the sample size appropriate and/or adequately justified?
Is the sampling technique appropriate and adequately described?
How well are the methods including laboratory methods and instruments of data collection described?
How well are techniques to minimise bias/errors documented?
Analysis: Are the methods of data analysis appropriate?
Are the findings presented logically with appropriate displays and explanations?
Have results relevant for all objectives and methods described been included?
Discussion: How well are the key findings stated?
To what extent have differences or similarities with other studies been discussed and reasons for these given?
Are the strengths and limitations, and implications of these findings clearly articulated?
Conclusion: Do the results justify the conclusion(s)?
References: Are they appropriate and relevant?
Do they follow the recommended style?
Writing: Is the manuscript clearly written?
Are there problems with the grammar/spelling/language?
Is the manuscript presented logically?
The organisation of the manuscript is appropriate?
Figures, tables and supplementary data are appropriate?

Section Policies

Editorial

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

The Editorial board commissions editorials. Submissions can be considered after consultation with the Editorial board only.

Original Research

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

We welcome high-quality original publications in biomedical sciences and epidemiology (experimental and observational studies). All the Original Research manuscripts should follow Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion format.
Word limit:  ≤ 3000
Abstract: Structured, ≤ 250 words
References: ≤ 50
Tables and Figures: ≤ 6

Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should provide additional information to the literature beyond the information available from the source studies. Reporting should follow PRISMA (http://www.prisma-statement.org) guidelines. Meta-analysis of observational data should follow MOOSE (https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/192614) guidelines.
Word limit: ≤ 4000
Abstract: Structured, ≤ 250 words
References: ≤100
Tables and Figures: ≤ 5

Narrative Reviews

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

High-quality reviews should inform and educate reviewers and stimulate debate around clinical and scientific topics. The literature review should be up to date, represent state of the art in their specific field, and not overlap substantially with any recently published reviews on similar topics.
Word limit: ≤ 4000
Abstract: Structured, ≤ 250 words
References: ≤100
Tables and Figures: ≤ 5

Protocols

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Mini-Reviews

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Mini-reviews are summaries of recent insights or advances in specific research areas within the scope of the Sri Lankan Journal of Health Sciences. A key aim of mini-reviews is to evaluate recent progress in a specific field, put recent research findings in context, present current developments in a critical and focused manner, and explain future directions for research as appropriate.
Word limit: ≤ 3000
Abstract: Unstructured, ≤ 200 words
References: ≤50
Tables and Figures: ≤ 2

Case Reports

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

A case report is a short article describing and interpreting an individual case of a single clinical observation. It makes an essential scientific observation or valuable contribution to recognising, managing or preventing a disease or condition.
Word limit:  1000
Abstract: Structured, ≤ 200 words
References: ≤ 10
Tables and Figures: ≤ 2

Case Series

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

A case series is a short article of a group of case reports involving patients given similar treatment.
Word limit:  ≤ 1200
Abstract: Structured, ≤ 200 words
References: ≤ 15
Tables and Figures: ≤ 2

Research Letters

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor are brief reports that include research that is not sufficient for a full paper but may represent original observations.
Word limit:  ≤ 1000
Abstract: No
References: ≤ 15
Tables and Figures: ≤ 2

Correspondence

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Correspondence should be written in response to previous content published in the Sri Lankan Journal of Health Sciences. Correspondence for publication in response to previously published content should be submitted to the editorial office within eight weeks of the publication of the original item.
Word limit:  ≤ 800
Abstract: No
References: ≤ 10
Tables and Figures: ≤1


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