Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research is a multidisciplinary and international journal published by the College of Health Sciences, Delta State University of Abraka, Nigeria.

It provides a forum for Authors working in Africa to share their research findings on all aspects of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and to disseminate innovative, relevant and useful information on tropical medicine and biomedical sciences throughout the continent.

The journal will publish original research articles, reviews, editorials, commentaries, short reports, case reports and letters to the editor.

Articles are welcome in all branches of medicine and dentistry including basic sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, nursing etc) and clinical sciences (internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, dental surgery, child health, laboratory sciences, radiology, community medicine, etc). Articles are also welcome from social science researchers that document the intermediating and background social factors influencing health in countries of Africa.

Priority will be given to publication of articles that describe the application of the principles of primary health care in the prevention and treatment of diseases. 


Section Policies

Original Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All munuscript are peer-reviewed and accepted with the understanding that the work has not been published or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Indeed the authors would be requested to sign a copyright form transfering the ownership of the paper to the African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research. All articles must include the correct names and addresses of author(s) including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

Manuscripts are reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research alone at that point in time and has not been published elsewhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

The Journal expects that one of the authors would be authorized to correspond in all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received should be duly acknowledged and on submission, editors would review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review.

Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or those that lack significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to African Journal of Tropical Medicine and Biomedical Research readers or those that significantly fail plagiarism test are also liable to be rejected at this stage.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in the Journal would be sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers with experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but the reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s.

The selection of these reviewers is however at the sole discretion of the editor. The Journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other’s identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who, based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript.

The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers’ comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript.

This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication would be copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format, and the page proofs sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.

To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the Journal would publish articles online as ‘Ahead of Print’ immediately on acceptance.  



Publication Frequency

The journal will be published biannually in the months of March, and September.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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