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Journal of Health Research

ISSN: 2586-940X


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Journal Description

Peer-reviewed, open-access journal on different areas of public health from health system to environmental health. Published in association with College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University.

Member of Committee on Publication Ethics
Aims and scope

Journal of Health Research is dedicated to publishing valid research from different areas of public health, such as determinants of illness, benefits of health-related interventions, quality of life, health systems and services development, and environmental health. We especially welcome manuscripts focusing mainly, but not limited to, Asian themes. e.g., culture-based public health interventions, diseases that impose heavy burdens in populations, and traditional medicine. A valid and accepted scientific methodology must be applied.

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

Logo: College of Public Health Sciences.

Editorial team
  • Editor-in-Chief

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

    • Sathirakorn Pongpanich Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Peter Xenos Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Assistant Editor-in-Chief (Linguistics)

    • Marina Moore BA Hons., CELTA
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Co-Editor

    • 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
  • Assistant Editor

    • Surada Suwanapak BA
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Sunanta Wongchalee MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Publisher

  • Content Editor

  • 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
    • Nijsiri Ruangrungsi Ph.D.
      Rangsit University, Thailand
    • Surasak Taneepanichskul MD, MPH
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Prida Tasanapradit MD, MSc
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Ong-arj Viputsiri MD, Ph.D.
      Phayao 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
    • Chitlada Areesantichai Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Sara Arphorn Ph.D.
      Mahidol 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.
      Medical Department, Sanofi-Aventis, Malaysia
    • Sheh Mureed MPH, PhD
      Bolan Medical College (BMC) Quetta, Pakistan
    • Chanida Palanuvej Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Parinya Panuwet Ph.D.
      Emory University, USA
    • Usaneya Perngparn Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Kanchana Rungsihirunrat Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Nutta Taneepanichskul Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University
    • Tun Linn Thein MD, MPH
      National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Singapore
    • Arunya Tuicomepee Ph.D.
      Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
    • Nualnong Wongtongkam Ph.D.
      Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia
    • 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
Author guidelines

Submit to the journal

Submissions to J Health Res are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available at Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre:

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts

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

  • Please log on to:
  • 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 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. All manuscripts which format does not follow the guidelines indicated below will be rejected without further consideration.

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.


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.

The editor may make use of Turnitin for checking the originality of submissions received.

This is an open access journal. All works are published under Creative Commons CC-BY license (Attribution)  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.

Plagiarism and duplication

If we receive evidence that a manuscript has been plagiarized more than 30%, the manuscript will be immediately rejected.

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.

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:


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 but excluding references and appendices. Please allow 260 words for each figure or table.

Article title

Title must be concise. clear, informative and containing population 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 4-7 sub-headings (see our "How to... write an abstract" guide for practical help and guidance):

  • Purpose (mandatory)
  • Design/methodology/approach (mandatory)
  • Findings (mandatory)
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable)
  • Practical implications (if applicable)
  • Social implications (if applicable)
  • Originality/value (mandatory)

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 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. 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:

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:

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:
Indexing & rankings

This journal is abstracted and indexed by:

  • Thai-Journal Citation Index Centre (TCI)
  • ASEAN Citation Index (ACI)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Journal of Health Research has now been accepted for inclusion in the Scopus database. We owe special thanks to the TCI-TRF-SCOPUS collaboration project for their guidance in the process.
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