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Author Guidelines

Publishing ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals. The manuscript should be complete in all respect for publication i.e. Title, Abstract, Manuscript. In case of acceptance of paper, this copy will be forwarded to the journal editor for its publication. Manuscript submission process implies to submit Title Page (that includes Abstract as well) and Manuscript separately!

 

Title page should include following information:

  1. The title of the paper should be boldfaced type, centered and typed in capital letters in a 14 point Times New Roman Font.
  2. The author(s) full name, e-mail, name of the institute/organization/university. These details should be centered below the title.
  3. Information about corresponding author should be provided in separate paragraph bellow the (b) paragraph. This information includes: corresponding author’s full name, e-mail, name of the institute/organization/university, address and phone as well.

 

Abstract:

  1. Abstract should be in fully justified and italicized text. It must not exceed 350 words in English and 500 in Georgia. If manuscript is in Georgia abstract should be submitted in English and vice versa. The abstract should elaborate research background, methodology. The major finding(s) and conclusion must be presented in brief. Abbreviations must be mentioned in full. Background, Aims, Methodology, Results/Findings, and Conclusion are essential elements of the abstract.
  2. Maximum 4-6 keywords, listed alphabetically, separated by commas, and full stop at the end. Authors are requested to submit this title page separately from the manuscript.

 

Manuscript:

  1. Article should be in typed in 12 point-Times New Roman Font English with a single space and single column with 1" margin on a standard A4 size paper and Sylfaen Type write should be used for Georgian text. The page numbers should at centre of every page. All headings must be bold-faced, aligned left and fully capitalised. Authors must leave one line before each heading.
  2. The main text should follow the sequence of INTRODUCTION, REVIEW OF LITERATURE, SIGNIFICANCE/NEED OF THE STUDY, OBJECTIVES AND HYPOTHESES, RESEARCH METHODOLOGY, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS/CONCLUSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (if any) and REFERENCES. The sub-heading must be bold typed, fully capitalized and left aligned. The text matter must be in a 12 point-Times New Roman Font and single spaced. The research article/paper should preferably not exceed 12-15 pages in all (without Titel and Abstract pages).
  3. The name of Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Ethical Review Comity should be mentioned in the manuscript (if such is needed) that reviewed and approved the research protocol;
  4. Figures and tables should be centered, separately numbered, self explained. Please note that table titles must be above the table and Sources of data should be mentioned below the table. The authors should ensure that all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end and should not be more than 5 figures/tables/illustrations.
  5. The authors should list all references alphabetically. It must be single spaced, and at the end of the research paper. The authors are advised to use Chicago style and mention only those references actually used in their research article/paper. Endnotes are not used, nor are parenthetical citations keyed to a list of works cited. 

Review process

Each research paper/article submitted to the journal is subject to the following reviewing process:

  1. Each research paper/article will be initially evaluated by the editor to check the quality of the research article for the journal. The editor may make use of ithenticate/Viper software to examine the originality of research articles received and prevent plagiarism in published works.
  2. The articles passed through screening at this level will be forwarded to editorial board for approval to ensure that articles meet all the requirements of the IHPMJ.  
  3. Then articles passed through editorial board at this level will be forwarded to two referees for blind peer review.
  4. At this stage, two referees will carefully review the research article; each of them will make a recommendation to publish the article in its present form/modify/reject.
  5. The review process may take one/two months.
  6. In case of acceptance of the article, journal reserves the right of making amendments in the final draft of the research paper to suit the journal's standard and requirement.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

    1. Submit and accompanying cover letter with every manuscript (max. 1 page). The cover letter is an important document that must do more than tell the editor that you are submitting your manuscript for consideration. It should capture the editor’s attention, provide information about the novelty and importance of your findings, and indicate that all authors have approved of the submission and the manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal concurrently.
  1. During submission process indicate that this manuscript has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Declare the conflict of Interest.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables (max. 5) are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed
 

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