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.
- This research manuscript has never been published or submitted to other journal(s) or other book(s) e.g. Proceedings, except for the Thai Journal of Public Health. Also, all authors consent to publishing this research manuscript in the Thai Journal of Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University.
- The manuscript should be prepared according to the instructions provided below
1.1 Journal Aim and Scope
1.3 Author Agreement Form
1.4 Peer Review Process (includes Manuscript Processing Flowchart)
1.5 Ethical Guidelines for Authors
1.6 Preparing a Manuscript
1.10 Process for Dealing with Allegations of Misconduct
1.12 Advertising and Marketing Policies
1.13 Revenue Sources
1.1 Journal Aim and Scope
The Thai Journal of Public Health aims to publish high quality original research and review articles in the disciplines of public health, which cover microbiology, biostatistics, nutrition and dietetics, food science for health, public health nursing, parasitology and entomology, public health administration, epidemiology, environmental health, health education and behavioral sciences, sanitary engineering, family health, occupational health and safety, community health, health promotion and disease prevention. We publish articles which address topics related to disease prevention, threats to human health, and the promotion of human health to prolong a healthy life, whereby health relates to physical, social and psychological well-being. All articles must be able to demonstrate that the work can benefit the general public by furthering the understanding of public health issues and by demonstrating its application to the advancement of public health. The public health implications of the findings must be made clear, and the work must be of interest to public health professionals and others who are engaged in the field of public health.
We invite the submission of unpublished original research articles and review articles which meet the Journal Aim and Scope. The manuscript should be prepared according to the instructions provided below.
1.3 Author Agreement Form
The corresponding author and other authors listed on the cover page must sign the Author Agreement Form, to indicate that all authors have approved the contents of the submitted manuscript and accept the journal’s copyright policy, and confirm that the work is not under review for publication elsewhere or has been published elsewhere.
1.4 Peer Review Process
Manuscripts that pass the primary and secondary screening steps, outlined in the Manuscript Processing Flowchart, will be sent to 2-3 peer reviewers. The journal operates a double-blind peer review process. All chosen peer reviewers will be expert in the appropriate field of public health. Should your manuscript be sent for peer review, you can expect to receive the comments from each peer reviewer, regardless of the outcome of the review (reject, minor revision, major revision, accept). If your manuscript is sent for peer review, we aim to obtain and send peer reviewers’ comments back to authors within four weeks (standard track submission) or within two weeks (fast track submission). If you are recommended to revise your manuscript, you are expected to address each of the comments received, and return your revisions in a timely manner within the due date stipulated by the editorial office. Not doing so may result in further delays, or you may have to re-submit your manuscript as a new submission and begin the whole peer review process again. Revisions to your manuscript must be underlined or shown in tracked changes, and we strongly recommended that authors provide an explanation of the revisions in the form of a cover letter. The cover letter should show the reviewers’ comments and an explanation of your revision or rebuttal alongside, which may be in the form of a two-column table. A template Cover Letter is available for authors’ use.
a After acceptance for publication, proofs are prepared (formatted, checked for grammar and points that lack clarity). Any queries raised are noted on proofs which are then sent to the corresponding author, to allow a final check for any errors and improvement of any points that lack clarity.
1.5 Ethical Guidelines for Authors
The Thai Journal of Public Health operates in accordance with COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics) Core Practices (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices). All authors submitting a manuscript to the Thai Journal of Public Health must adhere to the ethical standards that are outlined in this section.
1.5.1 Declare author contributions
Every author of the manuscript must have made an academic contribution to the work. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (https://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html) recommends that authors have played a role in conceiving or designing the work, or collecting, analyzing or interpreting data; and contributed to the drafting or critical revision of the work; and approved the final version for publication; and agreed to take responsibility for the work in relation to its precision and integrity.
1.5.2 Disclose sources of funding
Authors must disclose the sources of funding, and declare whether or not the funder played a role in data analysis or interpretation. If there was no funding or no formally provided funding for the work, authors should state “The authors did not receive funding for this research.” or “The research presented in this article was self-funded.”
1.5.3 Declare conflicts of interest
All potential conflicts of interest, belonging to any of the authors, must be declared. These are usually relationships, connections or affiliations that could have influenced the results or the interpretation of the results.
1.5.4 Acknowledge any contributors who do not qualify for authorship
Individuals who made any type of contribution to the research at any stage (i.e. from the time that the study was conceived up to and including manuscript preparation), but who do not meet the requirements for authorship, must be acknowledged in an acknowledgements section.
1.5.5 Adhere to relevant codes of practice
The authors should demonstrate that they followed national and/or international codes of conduct while conducting their research. It is important for authors to state this in the methods section of their manuscript. Code of conduct declarations include statements relating to ethical approval and informed consent procedures for studies involving human subjects. Researchers who conduct studies with human volunteers must comply with the principles set out in the Declaration of Helsinki. If applicable, trial registration numbers should be given, along with reference to laboratory standards or other codes of practice, where applicable.
Research that involved human subjects must have received approval from an ethical review board for the conduct of research involving humans. The authors must state the protocol number(s) assigned by the ethical review board(s) and the full name(s) and affiliation(s) of the ethical review board(s) that were responsible for approving the protocol(s) described in their manuscript. The authors must also describe the procedure for obtaining informed consent which was followed during the study. Research that involved animals should have received the necessary approval from an animal research committee, and details (name of committee, reference numbers etc.) must be provided.
1.5.6 No plagiarism
Plagiarism of other authors’ work and the authors’ own work is strictly unacceptable. As part of the manuscript screening process, all submitted manuscripts will undergo a check for plagiarism. Any manuscript which does not pass this screening step will be returned to the author, along with the precise reason for the return. Authors are solely responsible for obtaining written permission to use any material (e.g. photograph, figure, etc.) that has been previously published in any medium (e.g. electronic, hard print, etc.). Permission must be sought prior to submission of the manuscript to the Thai Journal of Public Health. Evidence that permission to use reproduced material has been obtained must be uploaded on to the journal’s manuscript submission system at the time of initial submission. A Letter Template for Seeking Permission to Use Reproduced Material is available, which authors may use.
1.6 Preparing a manuscript
The manuscript can be written in English or Thai. However, if written in Thai, all tables, figures, and references must be in English. For Thai language manuscripts, there must also be an extended English abstract (500-600 words), with an English translation of the title and keywords.
1.6.2 Formatting and style
Manuscripts should have 2.54 cm margins at all sides. Pages should have line numbers in the left-hand margin. Pages must also be numbered consecutively, in the bottom right-hand corner, starting from the title page. Probability values should be shown with a lower-case p (italics), for example p<0.05.
1. Thai language manuscripts: Manuscripts that are written in Thai must be typed using Angsana font and apply single line spacing. The title should be typed using font size 20 and bold. Author names, affiliations and section titles (Introduction, Materials and Methods, etc.) should be typed using font size 18 and bold. The remaining text should be typed using font size 16 and regular.
2. English language manuscripts: Manuscripts that are written in English must be typed using Times New Roman font, and apply 1.5 line spacing. The title should be typed using font size 16 and bold. Authors, affiliations and section titles (Introduction, Materials and Methods etc.) should be typed using font size 14 and bold. All other text should be typed using font size 12 and regular.
1.6.3 Length and structure
The maximum length of original research and review articles is 13 pages (excluding title page).
1. Original research manuscripts: Original research must be presented in the following manner: title page, English language abstract and keywords, Thai language abstract and keywords (optional), introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion, references, tables and figures.
2. Review articles: The sectioning of the main text of review articles is flexible, but reviews should be structured in the following order: title page, English language abstract and keywords, Thai language abstract and keywords (optional), main text, references, table and figures (if included).
1.6.4 Title page
The manuscript title must identify and cover the main content of the article in a concise way. Authors should be listed below the title (surname followed by initials of given names). Superscript numbers should be used after each author name to show the affiliated address. The name and contact details (address, email, telephone number and fax) of the corresponding author should be shown. The title page should also include the email addresses of all co-authors. Author contributions, financial disclosures, conflicts of interest, acknowledgements, and ethical approval statements for research involving human subjects or animals (if applicable) must be declared on the title page of the manuscript; guidance for the completion of these statements is provided in Ethical Guidelines for Authors. The ethical review statement should initially be placed on the title page, in order to maintain authors’ anonymity during the peer review process. On acceptance of a manuscript, the ethical review statement will be moved to the main body of the manuscript. In addition, authors should scan and upload a copy of the ethical approval certificate or letter on to the manuscript submission system, for work that involved human subjects. Likewise, authors should upload evidence of approval by an animal research committee for work that involved animals.
1.6.5 Abstract and keywords
Manuscripts written in English must have a standard abstract written in English (250 words max.). A Thai translation of the abstract (max. 300 words) is optional.
Manuscripts written in Thai must have an extended abstract written in English (500-600 words) which contains more detail than a standard abstract, and a standard abstract written in Thai (max. 300 words).
Abstracts should be unstructured, typed on separate pages, and must not contain references. Abstracts should state the research objectives, methods, results, conclusions and recommendations. Keywords (3 to 5) should be written underneath each abstract. If a Thai abstract is included, Thai translations of the keywords should be placed under the Thai abstract. The most effective keywords allow published articles to be easily discovered, therefore, keywords should be chosen carefully to clearly reflect the important content of the article. It is advisable to avoid choosing single words. Instead choose terms that are specific to your main topic of research and which frequently appear in the abstract and main text.
1.6.6 Main text
The main text of original research manuscripts must be composed of: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusion. These section headings should be typed in bold (Thai manuscripts - Angsana font size 18; English manuscripts - Times New Roman font size 14), with the first letters of the main words capitalized, for example: Materials and Methods. All other text should be typed in regular font (Thai manuscripts - Angsana font size 16; English manuscripts - Times New Roman font size 12). Authors are encouraged to sub-divide the materials and methods, results, discussion, if it improves the clarity of the manuscript. Any sub-titles within each section should be typed in italics, for example: Statistical Analysis.
The justification for the research must be clearly identifiable in the introduction. The materials and methods section must describe the materials, equipment and research procedures with sufficient detail and accuracy. The results section must demonstrate appropriate analysis and presentation of research results, and results presented in tables/figures must be correct and clear. In the discussion section, authors must provide sufficient evidence-based reasons for their findings, and outline the limitations and strengths of their research, in addition to drawing comparisons with previous findings in this field. The conclusion must be appropriate and must indicate the public health implications of the findings and provide suggestion for future research.
1.6.7 Tables and figures
Tables and figures must be written in English and on separate pages. Any text and numbers in tables and figures should be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Both should be easily understandable without reading the main text, and must be mentioned at least once in brackets in the main text, for example: (Table 1),… (Figure 1).
1. Tables: Only a top rule, rule below the heading and bottom rule must be used. Column and row labels must be brief and clear and show units of measurement. If footnotes are used, superscript Roman letters which link with the footnotes should be consecutively applied (e.g. a, b, c). Asterisks (*, **, etc.) should not be used in footnotes, as these are solely for denoting the level of statistical significance.
2. Figures: Figures include graphs/charts, diagrams and photographs or other images. Graphs/charts must be drawn using a computer program, such as MS Excel, GraphPad, etc. Photographs should be saved as JPEG or TIFF files. Diagrams drawn in MS Word can be submitted as DOC or DOCX files. Figures should be 300 dpi for color, 600 dpi for grayscale and 1200 dpi for line art.
All references must be written in English and Vancouver referencing style. Number references in superscript in the order cited in the text. References must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. Unpublished data should not be cited. For articles printed in a language other than English, indicate the language in parentheses after the article title. If a cited publication has more than 6 authors, list the first 6 authors followed by “et al.”. The title of a journal should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus / NLM NIH. Telescope page numbers, e.g.1: 125-9, e.g.2: 181-95, should be used.
Examples of Referencing Style:
Srichan W, Uruwan Y, Kijboonchoo K, Thasanasuwan W. A comparison of bioelectrical impedance analysis with deuterium dilution technique for body fat assessment in school-age children. Journal of Public Health. 2014; 44 (3): 223-36.
APHA. Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater. 21st ed. APHA, AWWA, WEF, Washington DC, USA. 2005.
Chapter in book
Bradley C. Measuring quality of life in diabetes. In: Marshall SM, Home PD, Rizza RA, eds. The Diabetes Annual 10. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1996: 207-24.
World Health Organization. Ecosystems and human well-being: Health synthesis. A report of the millennium ecosystem assessment. Geneva, WHO. 2005.
Zaslavsky I, Pezzoli K, Valentine D, Lin A, Sarabia H, Ellisman MH, et al. 2006. Integrating GIS and portal technologies for assessing environmental health impacts of Hurricane Katrina. In Starrett SK, Hong J, Lyon WG, eds. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, August 19-22, 2006, Houston, TX, Vol 2. Houston, TX:American Science Press, 385–90.
Panjai P. Food sanitation situation and influencing factors in Phitsanulok municipality. [M.Sc. Thesis in Environmental Sanitation]. Bangkok: Faculty of Graduate studies, Mahidol University, 2014.
World Health Organization. Tobacco free initiative. Policy recommendations for smoking cessation and treatment of tobacco dependence. Available at https://www.who.int/tobacco/resources/ publications/tobacco_dependence/en.full, accessed December 21, 2013.
Cramm, N.T. A Device to simplify the conversion of bibliographic information into citation format. U.S. Patent no. 7 005 423. September 13, 2005.
The full manuscript, author agreement form, and scanned copy of the original ethical approval certificate/letter and/or animal research approval documentation, if applicable, should be submitted online to the editor via THAI JO which can be accessed at https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jph/ . Authors must first register (top right-hand corner of TCI-THAI JO home page) where upon they will then be able use a username and password to login to the system, upload and submit their documents.
1.8.1 Submission Fees
- Standard track
- 1,000 Thai Baht (33 USD)
- Fast track
- 2,000 Thai Baht (66 USD)
Manuscripts that are processed through the fast track option will be subjected to the same peer review process as standard track manuscripts, and fast track has no impact on the peer reviewers’ or editors’ decisions.
1.8.2 Publication Fees
Publication fees are tiered depending on the country affiliation of the corresponding author. World Bank GNI per capita country classifications can be viewed at: https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519-world-bank-country-and-lending-groups
- Standard track
- 2,000 Thai Baht (66 USD) per article when the corresponding author is affiliated with any institution in Thailand, or is a Faculty of Public Health alumni who is affiliated with an institution in any middle- or high-income country based on GNI per capita, as classified by the World Bank.
- 100 USD per article when the corresponding author is affiliated with an institution in any other middle-income country.
- 300 USD per article when the corresponding author is affiliated with an institution in a high-income country.
- Corresponding author affiliated with an institution in a low-income country based on GNI per capita, as classified by the World Bank.
- Invited manuscripts
- Letters to the editor
- Fast track
1,000 Thai Baht (33 USD) per page, which applies to all who take this option, regardless of their country-affiliation. The page limit remains set at 13 pages (excluding title page) for both original and review articles.
1.8.3 Fee payment
Money should be transferred in to the current account of Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Siriraj Hospital Branch. Money can only be transferred via SCB.
Account name: Mahidol University
Account number: 016-3-00325-6
All fees are non-returnable.
The copyright of all articles published in the Thai Journal of Public Health is owned by the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Thailand.
1.10 Process for Dealing with Allegations of Misconduct
Misconduct covers: a submitted or published manuscript that is suspected to be a duplication of previously published work, suspected plagiarism in a submitted or published manuscript, suspected fabricated data in a submitted or published manuscript, suspected ghost, guest or gift authorship, suspected undisclosed conflict of interest, a suspected ethical issue, and where a peer reviewer is suspected of taking an author’s idea or data. If any such allegations of misconduct were to arise, they would be dealt with as outlined in the COPE guidelines. The journal’s process of responding to whistleblowers would also follow the COPE guidelines. These guidelines can be viewed and downloaded: https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.2.26
If an author suspects that the editorial team has made a mistake or he/she does not agree with the editor’s final recommendation, the author may make an appeal. In which case, the author should write an appeals letter and send it directly to the Editor-in-Chief. The appeals letter should state the author’s case, including reasons why he/she believes that the editor made an erroneous decision. All appeal letters will be considered and discussed by at least three members of the editorial team, including the Editor-in-Chief. A decision will be taken as to whether the author’s manuscript should be re-reviewed or otherwise.
1.12 Advertising and Marketing Policies
We do not accept adverts for publication either in the journal or on the journal’s website, and do not engage in online solicitation of manuscripts.
1.13 Revenue Sources
Author submission and publication fees are used to fund the operational costs of the journal. These fees do not influence any decisions made by the editorial team.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.