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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


1. Author Information and Article Submission

The Health Systems Management Journal (HSMJ) is a journal dedicated to the publication of research articles, perspectives and commentaries related to the health systems management sphere of knowledge. HSMJ publishes articles from scholars globally. The HSMJ accepts manuscripts for publication on the basis on their originality, clarity of presentation, contribution to knowledge and importance or relevance to scholars and professionals, novelty of findings as well as conformity to the HSMJ editorial policy. Articles are subjected to a peer-review to ensure that the content is suitable for publication. This entails a series of reviews, edits and re-submissions before finally being accepted or rejected for publication. Submit your article online by vising https:// healthsystemsmanagementjournal.com

2. Structure of full-length research articles

Research articles should adhere to the following structure:

  1. Title: The title must be concise and specific (Maximum 20 words).
  2. Name and affiliations of authors.
  3. Abstract: This must not be longer than 350 words and must be sections. The abstract should summarize the content of the paper including introduction and purpose of the study, methods, results, and conclusions.
  4. Keywords: Upto six key words (italicized) should be provided at the end of the abstract. Listing keywords aids researchers to locate the article in databases.
  5. Abbreviation: Do not include an abbreviation list. Define all abbreviation the first time you use them.
  6. Introduction
  7. Methods
  8. Results
  9. Discussion
  10. Conclusion
  11. New knowledge: Include at least one point of what your study adds to the body of knowledge.
  12. Competing interest: Authors should disclose any conflicts of interest that might bias their work. The authors should acknowledge any financial support for the work and other personal connections.
  13. Authors' contributions: Please specify each author's contribution to this manuscript in this section.
  14. Acknowledgements - Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the study in the conception, design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the manuscript or reviewing the manuscript etc.
  15. References and citations: References and citations must follow the APA style. Online references and citations should provide the full URL and the date of access.

3. Length of Articles

  • Research Articles shall not be more than 5,000 words (12 pages, 12 pt, Times New Roman, single-spaced). Longer articles, in some cases, may be accepted under special circumstances with the permission of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Review Articles should not be longer than 4,000 words of the main text, excluding abstract, tables, figures and references). Five tables/figures maximum, an abstract of 300 words and a maximum of 60 references. (12 pages, 12 pt, Times New Roman, single-spaced).
  • Perspectives should not be longer than 1,700 words. (4 pages)
  • Book Reviews should have a Maximum of 2 pages

4. Writing Style and Illustrative Material

Articles should be written in plain, concise language. Abbreviations, acronyms and technical terms should be defined the first time they appear to make them comprehensible to academics, professionals and general readers. Authors are encouraged to provide supporting illustrative material with manuscripts. Tables, figures, maps and drawings should be included in the main body of the text. In cases where the table, figure, maps is too long / big it should be put at the end of the manuscript with the point of reference indicated in the text.

5. Standards and ethics

Authors should not have inclinations, relationships or interests that inappropriately influence their writing. Authors should briefly but explicitly describe, in the methods section, what ethical safeguards were in place in studies with human participants. While it is expected that authors report on work based on honest observations, the need for making corrections or retraction may arise occasionally, in some cases. Provision is made for such situations if and when they arise. Authors will also be required to submit a declaration to the effect that the paper has not been submitted or published elsewhere.

6. Declaration and Copyright Transfer

HSMJ will require authors to transfer copyright to HSMJ in writing upon acceptance of the article. Manuscripts will only be published upon completion of the Copyright Transfer form. Each author or co-authors of the manuscript must sign the Declaration and Copyright Transfer form.

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