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Due to the scheduled change of platform for Journal of Health Research (JHR) in late 2022, the JHR ScholarOne submission portal at Emerald is now closed.

From 1st July 2022 onwards, all submissions should be made via https://digital.car.chula.ac.th/jhr/.

For any queries, please directly contact the Managing Editor, Ms. Sunanta Wongchalee, at [email protected].

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts

If you have not yet registered on ScholarOne Manuscripts, please follow the instructions below:

  • Please log on to: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jhres
  • Click on "Create Account"
  • Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding
  • Your username will be your email address and you have to input a password of at least 8 characters in length and containing two or more numbers
  • Click "Finish" and your account will have been created.

Submitting an article to J Health Res on ScholarOne Manuscripts

  • Please log on to J Health Res at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jhres with your username and password. This will take you through to the welcome page (to consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the homepage link in the "Resources" column)
  • Click on the "Author Centre" button
  • Click on the "Submit a manuscript" link which will take you through to the manuscript submission page
  • Complete all fields and browse to "Upload your article"
  • When all required sections are completed, preview your PDF proof
  • Submit your manuscript.

Authors submitting papers for publication should specify which section of the journal they wish their paper to be considered for: "Research Papers" or "Viewpoints", etc. The editors and publisher will do everything possible to ensure that the manuscripts are dealt with promptly and that those which are accepted are quickly published.

Review process

Each paper submitted is reviewed by at least two external reviewers and the editors to assess its suitability to the journal. In case a paper is suitable, the journal will send detailed instructions to authors on how to revise it and comply to the external reviewers' comments. All manuscripts which format does not follow the said detailed instructions and the guidelines indicated below will be rejected without further consideration. The Editor-in-Chief has the final right/discretion to publish or reject.  

To upload the revised version of the manuscript, authors need to go into "Review and Submit" section of their draft and submit.

Note: the old versions need to be deleted when the revised version is resubmitted.


The manuscript is written in academic English. For non-native English speaker, the manuscript must be certified by an identifiable and qualified linguistic English editor.


Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Please see Emerald's originality guidelines for details. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty.

This is an open access journal. All works are published under Creative Commons CC-BY license (Attribution) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. View the license in full.

Research and Publishing Ethics

Our editors and employees work hard to ensure the content we publish is ethically sound. To help us achieve that goal, we closely follow the advice laid out in the guidelines and flowcharts on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) website. 

The Journal of Health Research also follows the ICMJE's Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.  

We have developed our research and publishing ethics guidelines. If you haven’t already read these, we urge you to do so – they will help you avoid the most common publishing ethics issues.

A few key points:

  • Any manuscript you submit to this journal should be original. That means it should not have been published before in its current, or similar, form. Exceptions to this rule are outlined in our pre-print and conference paper policies.  If any substantial element of your paper has been previously published, you need to declare this to the journal editor upon submission. Please note, the journal editor may use Crossref Similarity Check to check on the originality of submissions received. This service compares submissions against a database of 49 million works from 800 scholarly publishers.
  • Your work should not have been submitted elsewhere and should not be under consideration by any other publication.
  • If you have a conflict of interest, you must declare it upon submission; this allows the editor to decide how they would like to proceed. Read about conflict of interest in our research and publishing ethics guidelines.
  • If your article involves human participants, you must ensure you have considered whether or not you require ethical approval for your research, and include this information as part of your submission. Find out more about informed consent.
  • By submitting your work to Emerald, you are guaranteeing that the work is not in infringement of any existing copyright.

Third party copyright permissions

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them.

Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication. Emerald is unable to publish any article which has permissions pending. The rights Emerald requires are:

  1. Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.
  2. Print and electronic rights.
  3. Worldwide English language rights.
  4. To use the material for the life of the work (i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year licence).

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 250 words) from another source, it is expected that:

  1. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript. Permission must also be cleared for any minor adaptations of any work not created by them.
  2. If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
  3. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements
  4. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
  5. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use. Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Emerald supports the development of, and practical application of consistent ethical standards throughout the scholarly publishing community. All Emerald’s journals and editors are members of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) which provides advice on all aspects of publication ethics. Emerald follows the Committee’s flowcharts in cases of research and publication misconduct, enabling journals to adhere to the highest ethical standards in publishing. Read more information on Emerald’s publication ethics policy.

Authors, therefore, must provide verifiable evidence that their research has obtained ethical clearance from an Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Ethical Review Board (ERB), or equivalent body. Such evidence must include the IRB/ERB full name, its email contact, the clearance number and the clearance date’.

Copyright forms

Upon acceptance of an article authors will be requested to sign a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC BY 4.0). Publishing under a CC BY 4.0 license means:

  • Copyright in the article is retained by the author.
  • The author grants Emerald a licence to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher.
  • Your article can be shared freely, including copying and redistributing the material in any medium or format.
  • Your article can be adapted, remixed, transformed, and built upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
  • Full attribution to the original work must be included in any derivatives, indicating if/where changes have been made.

Authors will be asked to complete the CC BY 4.0 licence through ScholarOne. All authors are sent an e-mail with links to the licence form, which they must check for accuracy and submit electronically.

Author fees

The journal is published under a Platinum Open Access arrangement, in that all costs associated with publishing an Open Access article in the journal are funded by College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University. This journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.

Emerald Editing Service

J Health Res provides a linguistic editorial service to all authors whose papers have been accepted for publication.

Final submission

The author must ensure that the manuscript is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors. Before submitting, authors should check their submission completeness using the available Article Submission Checklist. Proofs will be e-mailed prior to publication.

Archiving policy

Emerald provides perpetual access for all e-journal and book content by working with digital preservation schemes Portico, LOCKSS and CLOCKSS. Read further information on Emerald’s archiving policy.

Manuscript requirements

The journal's policy is open access and creative commons. Authors retain their rights to republish this material in other works written or edited by them, subject to full acknowledgement of the original source of publication.

Please prepare your manuscript before submission, using the following guidelines. Failure to follow our guidelines will result in the ‘unsubmission’ of your manuscript. Please note that your paper cannot be passed on to our team of Journal Peer reviewers and assessed for its scientific validity and relevance for being in-the-scope of our journal until you have successfully completed the required formatting as detailed in our Author guidelines.


Article files should be provided in Microsoft Word format. LaTex files can be used if an accompanying PDF document is provided. PDF as a sole file type is not accepted, a PDF must be accompanied by the source file. Acceptable figure file types are listed further below.

Article length

Articles should be a maximum of 4,000 words in length. This includes all text, references and appendices. Please allow 260 words for each figure or table.

Article title

Title must be concise. clear, informative and containing population and the location of study and outcome. Experimental studies' titles must refer to the intervention and control group, if any. Within the imposed limits, optional words may include study design and any words that could make the title attractive/captivating. Titles with more than 100 characters are not prohibited.

Author details

All contributing authors’ names should be added to the ScholarOne submission, and their names arranged in the correct order for publication.

  • Correct e-mail addresses should be supplied for each author in their separate author accounts
  • The full name of each author must be present in their author account in the exact format they should appear for publication, including or excluding any middle names or initials as required
  • The affiliation of each contributing author should be correct in their individual author account. The affiliation listed should be where they were based at the time that the research for the paper was conducted

Title and List of Authors

The title must be concise, clear, and informative. Titles with more than 100 characters are not prohibited, but they are discouraged. All authors should be listed using first name, initials, last name and academic affiliation. The corresponding author should be specified, and an address for correspondence (usually an e-mail address) should be given.

Structured abstract

Authors must supply a structured abstract in their submission, set out under 5 sub-headings (see our "How to... write an abstract" guide for practical help and guidance):

  • Background 
  • Objective 
  • Methods 
  • Results  
  • Conclusions  

Maximum is 250 words in total (including keywords and article classification, see below).

Authors should avoid the use of personal pronouns within the structured abstract and body of the paper (e.g. "this paper investigates..." is correct, "I investigate..." is incorrect).


Immediately after the abstract, provide not more than 6 words or phrases in alphabetical order which reflect the scope of the paper.

Article classification

The following types of submissions are invited (please note that word counts given below do not include the abstract, acknowledgements, references, tables, or figures):

Original research articles: These are full length reports of original research. An abstract is required, as described below. These articles should be no longer than 4,000 words.

Review articles: These are comprehensive analyses on specific topics. An abstract and keywords are required, as described below. Reviews may or may not include formal meta-analysis, depending on the specific circumstances. The word “meta-analysis” must not appear in the title of reviews that do not include meta-analysis. Reviews should be no longer than 5,000 words.

Short report: The J Health Res welcomes relevant short reports pertaining to public health. The preliminary report describes important observations in a concise fashion. Research results are presented in a relatively limited area of study. The word limit is 2,000 words.

Letter to editor: Letters are comments on a particular published article or a reply to the comment. Headings should not be used in a letter; no abstract or keywords are required. Letters should be no more than 600 words.

Commentaries and editorials: Commentaries dealing with current public health and related social issues can be submitted, with a word limit of 1500 words. The J Health Res sometimes invites such commentaries and editorials.

Tables & Figures

Should be placed in body of text in MS Word format and a maximum of 6 tables and figures. Each table or figure should be numbered consecutively with a brief title for each but place explanatory matter in a footnote below the table or figure.

Supplementary files

Where tables, figures, appendices, and other additional content are supplementary to the article but not critical to the reader’s understanding of it, you can choose to host these supplementary files alongside your article on Insight, Emerald’s content hosting platform, or on an institutional or personal repository. All supplementary material must be submitted prior to acceptance.

If you choose to host your supplementary files on Insight, you must submit these as separate files alongside your article. Files should be clearly labelled in such a way that makes it clear they are supplementary; Emerald recommends that the file name is descriptive and that it follows the format ‘Supplementary_material_appendix_1’ or ‘Supplementary tables’. All supplementary material must be mentioned at the appropriate moment in the main text of the article, there is no need to include the content of the file but only the file name. A link to the supplementary material will be added to the article during production, and the material will be made available alongside the main text of the article at the point of EarlyCite publication.

Please note that Emerald will not make any changes to the material; it will not be copyedited, typeset, and authors will not receive proofs. Emerald therefore strongly recommends that you style all supplementary material ahead of acceptance of the article.

Emerald Insight can host the following file types and extensions:

  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
  • MS Word document (.doc, .docx)
  • MS Excel (.xls, xlsx)
  • MS PowerPoint (.pptx)
  • Image (.png, .jpeg, .gif)
  • Plain ASCII text (.txt)
  • PostScript (.ps)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

If you choose to use an institutional or personal repository, you should ensure that the supplementary material is hosted on the repository ahead of submission, and then include a link only to the repository within the article. It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure that the material is free to access and that it remains permanently available.

Please note that extensive supplementary material may be subject to peer review; this is at the discretion of the journal Editor and dependent on the content of the material (for example, whether including it would support the reviewer making a decision on the article during the peer review process).


Supplementary information should be presented in an appendix and placed before the reference section.

All funding sources must be mentioned, including funding organizations and numbers of grants and other vehicles of funding. This material may be placed in the Acknowledgements (see below).


Acknowledgement of persons, organizations, and funding sources, should be placed before the reference section.


The Vancouver style reference format should be followed. A maximum of essential and important references is 21 references (not apply for review / systematic review paper). In-text citations are to be numbered consecutively in parentheses. In the reference list, citations should be given in the same numbered order as in the text. All authors should be quoted for papers with up to six authors, and for papers with more than six authors, the first six should be quoted followed by “et al.” Periodical (Journal) abbreviations should follow those used by PubMed. Some examples of how to quote references are given below.

Journal article:

  1. Kwan I, Mapstone J. Visibility aids for pedestrians and cyclists: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials. Accid Anal Prev. 2004; 36(3): 305-12.
  2. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002 May; 935(1-2): 40-6.
  3. Montero D, Roche E, Martinez-Rodriguez A. The impact of aerobic exercise training on arterial stiffness in pre- and hypertensive subjects: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Cardiol. 2014 May; 173(3): 361-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2014.03.072

Entire book:

  1. Miles DA, Van Dis ML, Williamson GF, Jensen CW. Radiographic imaging for the dental team. 4th ed.  St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier; 2009. 

Book chapter

  1. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.  p.93-113.

Electronic journal article (The most recent date of access must be given):

  1. Stone D, Harper BJ, Lynch I, Dawson K, Harper SL. Exposure assessment: recommendations for nanotechnology-based pesticides. Int J Occup Environ Health. 2010 Oct-Dec; 16(4): 467-74 [cited 2010 Jan 10].  Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21222390

Electronic book/monograph on the Internet:

  1. Donaldson MS, editor. Measuring the quality of health care [monograph on the internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 1999 [cited 2004 Oct 8]. Available from: http://legacy.netlibrary.com/

Proceedings article:

  1. Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza's computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, editors.  Genetic programming.  EuroGP: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming; 2002 Apr 3-5; Berlin: Springer; 2002. p.182-91.

Website [updated = Last Update Date; cited = Access Year Access Date]:

  1. National Cancer Institute.  Fact sheet: targeted cancer therapies. [updated: 2014 April 25; cited 2014 June 2]. Available from: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Therapy/targeted#q1
Editorial team
  • Editor-in-Chief

    • Alessio Panza MD, MPH, DTM&H
      College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief

    • Kraiwuth Kallawicha Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Anuchit Phanumartwiwath Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Sathirakorn Pongpanich Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Peter Xenos Ph.D.
      Capital University, Philippines
  • Managing Editor

    • Sunanta Wongchalee MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Co-Editor

    • Chitlada Areesantichai Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Naowarat Kanchanakhan Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Tepanata Pumpaibool Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Wattasit Siriwong Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Ratana Somrongthong Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Editorial Assistant

    • Surada Suwanapak BA
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Publishing Services Manager

  • Journal Editorial Office (For queries related to pre-acceptance)

  • Supplier Project Manager (For queries related to post-acceptance)

  • Editorial Advisory Board

    • Nanta Auamkul MD, MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Linda Bauer Cottler PhD, MPH
      University of Florida, FACE USA
    • Peerasak Chantharaphateep DVM
      MSci Vet Thailand, Chulalongkorn University
    • Geoffrey A. Cordell PhD USA
      University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Simon Gibbons Ph.D.
      University College London - UK
    • Sompoch Iamsupasit Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Sirikul Isaranuruk MD, MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • David Koh Ph.D.
      Brunei Darussalam, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
    • Kriangkrai Lerdthusnee Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Alaline Seow Ling Hui Ph.D.
      Singapore, National University of Singapore
    • George Brian Lockwood Ph.D.
      The University of Manchester
    • Pulok Kumar Mukherjee Ph.D.
      Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
    • Lin Naing PhD (Assoc. Prof. Mohd. Ayub Sadiq)
      Universiti Brunei Darussalam
    • Mark Gregory Robson Ph.D.
      Rutgers, The State of University of New Jersey
    • Yik-Ying TEO
      National University of Singapore - Singapore
    • Surasak Taneepanichskul MD, MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Prida Tasanapradit MD, MSc
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Jenny Wilkinson MA
      Australian National University
    • Ming H Wong Ph.D.
      The Education University of Hong Kong
    • Haruki Yamada Ph.D.
      Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences
  • Editorial Team

    • Pajaree Abdullakasim Ph.D.
      Burapha University
    • Dana Boyd Barr Ph.D.
      Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, USA
    • Montakarn Chuemchit Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Marilyn E. Crisostomo MPH
      University of the Philippines, Manila
    • Brian Curwin Ph.D.
      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
    • Traci Galinsky Ph.D.
      National Institute for Occupational, Safety and Health (NIOSH), USA
    • Abdul Ghafar MD, Ph.D.
      Civil Secretariat Quetta
    • Nuchanad Hounnaklang Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Piyathida Kuhirunyaratn Ph.D.
      Khon Kaen University
    • Ramesh Kumar MD, Ph.D.
      Health Services Academy, Chakshahzad, Islamabad, Pakistan
    • Orapin Laosee Ph.D.
      Mahidol University
    • Murallitharan Munisamy MD, Ph.D.
      National Cancer Society of Malaysia, Malaysia
    • Sheh Mureed MPH, PhD
      Health Services Academy NIH, Islamabad - Pakistan
    • Chanida Palanuvej Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Parinya Panuwet Ph.D.
      Emory University, USA
    • Usaneya Perngparn Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Anchalee Prasansuklab Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Kanchana Rungsihirunrat Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Wandee Sirichokchatchawan Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Nutta Taneepanichskul Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Matthew Taylor Ph.D.
      The University of Sydney Business School - Australia
    • Tun Linn Thein MD, MPH
      National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Singapore
    • Arunya Tuicomepee Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Pramon Viwattanakulvanid Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Pokkate Wongsasuluk Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Khemika Yamarat Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Junfeng Zhang Ph.D.
      University of Southern California, Health Sciences Campus, USA
    • Onuma Zongram Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
  • Biostatistics Advisers

    • Journal of Health Research
      College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University 11th Floor, Institute Building 3, Soi Chulalongkorn 62, Phyathai Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand
      [email protected]
    • Chaweewon Boonsuya MS, MSPH
      Mahidol University, Thailand
    • Somrat Lertmaharit Med Stat., MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
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Due to the scheduled change of platform for Journal of Health Research (JHR) in late 2022, the journal has suspended the publication of all accepted manuscripts until early 2023. All manuscripts submitted after 31st August 2021 will be published on the new platform in 2023.

The JHR submission portal at Emerald is now closed. From 1st July 2022 onwards, all submissions should be made via https://digital.car.chula.ac.th/jhr/. For any queries, please directly contact the Managing Editor, Ms. Sunanta Wongchalee, at [email protected] Thank you.

ISSN: 2586-940X

This journal is open access

Aims and scope

Journal of Health Research is an open-access, bimonthly peer-reviewed international journal devoted to research and current trends in the area of both public health and public health sciences.

For public health, the focus is on epidemiology, health behaviours, community health, urban and global health, environmental health, occupational health, reproductive health, herbal and alternative medicine and health systems development including health policy and management.

For public health sciences, the focus is on air quality and environmental pollutants, biological evaluation of herbs and natural products, and bio-molecular technology.

The journal accepts original descriptive and interventional research, reviews and trends & perspectives articles. The journal operates a double-blind peer review policy.

Logo: College of Public Health Sciences.

J Health Res is published by Emerald Group Publishing on behalf of the College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn UniversityJ Health Res is owned by the College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University. J Health Res is published under a platinum OA arrangement, in that all charges for publishing an OA article in J Health Res are funded by the College of Public Health Sciences and the Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University. There is no charge to the author.

Since 2018 J Health Res has been published in partnership with Emerald Publishing Services. Previous issues can be found here