About the Journal

Journal of Global Medicine is peer-reviewed, open access, an online,  international medical journal. It represents a multidisciplinary medium encompassing health care workers in the medical field to report upon and review progress in clinical and experimental laboratory-based research. While the scope of the journal is international, there is a bias in research work that reflects patterns of disease in middle to low-income countries. It is published by the Ibadan Medical Specialist Group (IMSG), a United Kingdom-based charity (UK charities no. 1090030) founded in 1994, that supports education and research in sub-Saharan Africa.

AIMS AND SCOPE

The journal aims to make accessible high-quality international medical research to low and middle-income countries free of charge. There is a bias towards quality research as it affects these areas, however, as a global journal, all high-quality research articles will be published. We welcome Original Research Articles (clinical or experimental), Review Articles, Brief Reports, Case Reports, Commentary, Essays, Letters to the editor, audits, opinion pieces, and meeting reports. Submitted manuscripts in the categories of Original Research Articles, Brief Reports, and Case Reports must describe original and unpublished work, that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The bar for brief and case reports will be high concerning originality and impact. Letters to the editor will only be accepted if they deal with previously published articles in JoGM. Commentaries (which deal with articles on the same issue) are usually solicited by the Editor-in-Chief. Review articles and opinion pieces should usually be discussed with the Editor-in-Chief before submission. 

EDITORIAL POLICY

Journal of Global Medicine adheres to high standards in its editorial policies on publication ethics and scientific misconduct. The journal follows guidance produced by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors, and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Authors should submit evidence of ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required and why) and that participants gave informed consent. In line with General Medical Council guidelines, an article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires patients' explicit consent. Papers will be stored in the CLOCKSS archival systems.

JoGM needs to know about any competing interests authors may have; this includes any commercial, financial or non-financial associations that may be relevant to the submitted article. Authors must download and complete a copy of the ICMJE Conflict of Interest disclosure form. In addition to this, JoGM ensures that all advertising and sponsorship associated with the journal do not influence editorial decisions.

We take seriously all possible misconducts. If an Editor, author, or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication, or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately following ICMJE and COPE guidelines. Corrections and retractions are considered where an article has already been published; corrections, expressions of concern, or retraction notices will be published as soon as possible.

Peer Review

All original research articles, review articles (solicited or unsolicited), short reports, audits, and case reports will be sent for double-blind peer-review if they have not been rejected by the editors. All other types, editorials, opinions, commentaries, essays, and letters to the editor, the review will be at the editorial board.

 

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE

Articles are posted online, quarterly to half-yearly, but the frequency may increase depending on volume. Articles destined for specially numbered issues may be delayed until they can all be published together at the same time. 

Accepted Articles

Articles that are accepted for publication in the Journal of Global Medicine are published online as a PDF in manuscript format within 2 weeks of peer-review and formal acceptance. These 'Accepted Articles' may not have been subjected to copyediting, typesetting, or proof correction, although we endeavour to.

This service provides for the earliest possible dissemination of research data following article acceptance. Accepted Articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity and can continue to be used to cite and access the article further.

As it will not be possible to alter a paper once it is made available online, the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided on the cover page of the manuscript. Ultimately, the Accepted Article will be replaced by the final copyedited and proofed article published in the Journal of Global Medicine.

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

Journal of Global Medicine provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public is the most effective way to support the growth of knowledge. The journal is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, and it does incur Article Processing Charges. Authors retain full copyright. For more information see the copyright section below.

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSING

Authors contributing to Journal of Global Medicine agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that you indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Authors retain the copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to the Journal of Global Medicine.

AUTHOR SELF-ARCHIVING

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post papers submitted to the Journal of Global Medicine on personal and institutional websites after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of the latter).

ARTICLE-PROCESSING CHARGES

The Journal of Global Medicine is an open-access journal and levies an Article Processing Charge (APC) in pounds sterling (GBP) of £750 for Original Research and Review Articles, £600 for Audits, Brief/Short Reports,  Essays, Commentaries, Perspectives, and Opinion pieces. It is £400 for Case Reports and Meeting Reports. For Original Research and Review articles, the £750 is for a maximum of 15 PDF pages after typesetting. Extra pages above this will be charged at £50. These exclude supplementary files which are free.

For the developing countries, for all types of submissions, there is a flat charge of £200. However, for these reductions, all named authors on the paper must be affiliated with institutions in the developing countries, and have no access to any funds to support the publication.

Accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received. JoGM does not refund APCs once it has been paid.

The Journal of Global Medicine hopes that in the future, there will be no charges to publish in the journal, but this is dependent on acquiring sustainable funding through advertisement, endowment. and or subscription to print journal.