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Author Guidelines

To submit a new paper to our journal:

  1. Register on the Journal website; we encourage you to register also as a Reviewer at the same time;
  2. Follow the Guidelines for Authors  for the preparation of your manuscript;
  3. Read our Editorial Policies and our Competing Interest policies.
  4. Log in;
  5. Click on the "NEW SUBMISSION" button to start the online procedure.

To submit a revised version:

  1. Log in;
  2. From your dashboard, click on the VIEW button near the manuscript title: on the page displayed, at the Review stage (tag) upload your revised paper (under the heading "Revisions") using the "UPLOAD FILE" button;
    Inform the Editors that a revised version has been uploaded.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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 are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Original Articles

Original Articles (Original full-length conclusive reports on investigations based on empirical evidence): unstructured abstract, max 300 words; text, max 12,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; there is no strict limit for figures and tables, but we advise a maximum number of 8 tables and/or figures; max 60 references.
A maximum of 10 authors is permitted, and additional authors should be listed in an ad hoc appendix.


Narrative Reviews (Articles offering a comprehensive analysis of the existing literature in a specific field of study or research area): unstructured abstract, max 300 words; text, max 10,000 words excluding abstract, references, figures and tables; max 6 tables and/or figures; no limit for the number of references.

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (Articles presenting or summarizing data from many studies to address specific research questions on health).

Requirements: Unstructured abstract, max. 250 words; text a max. 8000 words and 6 tables/figures.
Inclusion and exclusion criteria and methods used to search the literature and to aggregate data should be clearly described. Meta-synthesis, similar to quantitative systematic reviews and statistical meta-analyses, qualitative synthesis-relying on a diverse set of techniques (e.g., meta-ethnography, meta-study, thematic synthesis), have the potential to overcome the limitations of small-scale qualitative studies and promote a greater understanding in a particular area.

Case Reports

Case Reports. Reports describing observations on clinical cases that can be educational, including adverse effects of drugs or outcomes of a specific treatment. They should be divided into: Abstract, Introduction, Case report(s), Discussion, Conclusions and References.

Requirements: About 2000 words, abstract 150 words max, 20 references max, 3 tables and/or figures

Clinical cases published by Advancements in Health Research must:

  1. follow the CARE guidelines for publication of case reports (;
  2. report a comprehensive review of the central topic of the case report in the Discussion section;
  3. indicate in the Conclusions the fundamental "learning" obtained from the clinical case.


Commentaries are short, narrowly focused articles of contemporary interest and usually take one of the following forms:

  • Discussion of an article or study that was recently published or that is soon to be published, and that is interesting enough to warrant further comment or explanation. This type of commentary discusses specific issues within a subject area rather than the whole field, explains the implications of the article and puts it in context. Opinions are welcome as long as they are factually based.
  • Commentary that is more editorial in nature and covers an aspect of an issue that is relevant to the journal's scope.

Abstract: maximum 350 words, unstructured.  Please minimize the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract.
Keywords:  Three to six
Introduction should explain the background to the article, its aims, a summary of a search of the existing literature and the issue under discussion.
Main text This should contain the body of the article, and may also be broken into subsections with short, informative headings.
Conclusions This should state clearly the main conclusions and include an explanation of their relevance or importance to the field. 

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