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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.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

Authors are requested to submit manuscripts in all aspect s of public health related issues in Cambodia including socio-behavioral determinants of health and diseases, infectious disease and non-infectious diseases, health promotion, health service research, health system and policy development, epidemiology, occupational health, environmental health, nutrition and food science and medicine that are of public health concerns and relevance in Cambodia. The CJPH accepts original articles, short communications and mini review and student’s abstract.

Note: All authors are strongly advised to ensure the accuracy and correctness of their English both spelling and grammar. Papers without proof of ethical consideration will immediately be rejected.

Original articles

The manuscript should be prepared in Vancouver style using BMC Journal format. The article should have 2500 words excluding references arranging in this order: (1) title page; (2) abstract and key words; (3) text using IMRAD style, (4) acknowledgment, (5) references; (6) tables; (7) figures. Numbering all pages in sequence beginning title page as 1, abstract as 2 and so on. The manuscript should be in double spacing throughout and using tab rather than space bar in indentation in both text and tables.  

Mini review (up to 4000 words)

Review articles should focus on the critical aspects of a subject, linking what is known to what areas remain controversial. Review articles describe current topics of importance and provide a systematic, balanced account of prior research. Authors should describe the search employed. Review articles do not include the author’s personal experiences. They should be systematic reviews of the literature and not opinion pieces. Review articles must follow the PRISMA guidelines (available from Reviews should have a maximum up to 4000 words with an unstructured abstract of no more than 300 words and a maximum of 70 references. The use of figures and tables to summarize critical points is encouraged.

Short communications (up to 1500 words)

These articles should contribute to the scope of CJPH that is, public health-related issues, with the concern and relevance to Cambodia. They include works-in-progress; historical articles on public health training, teaching articles; health policy and evidence-based practice, success stories. Short communications should contain an unstructured abstract of not more than 200 words. It should be limited to approximately 1500 words, with 2 tables, 2 figures, and 10 references, following the same structure as an original article.

Student’s abstract (up to 500 words)

Since one of the Journal objectives is to initiate the culture of academic publication among master students and PhD student graduating from the School of Public Health. The thesis abstract should be followed the IMRAD structure and not be exceeded 500 words. It is intended way to keep up with research that students are doing and it gives them a head start with a publication early on in their research career.

The Title Page

The title page should include the following information:

Manuscript Title.

Author names and affiliations. Names of authors should be written in style of initials followed by surname or preferred name e.g., KH Smith, C Chhea, or J Brown. A number should be placed after each name to refer to the respective affiliations that must be listed below. Provide the full postal address, contact number, and email address for each author.

Corresponding author information. Please ensure that any changes to the contact details of the corresponding author must immediately be notified to the Editorial Office.

The Abstract

The abstract must follow IMRAD structure with word limit up to 250 words (for Reviews, 350 words). At the end of the abstract, please include an alphabetical list of up to 5 keywords and subjects for indexing. Choose the keywords carefully as these will be used for subsequent retrieval.

The Main text

Papers must follow this IMRAD structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion/Recommendation. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.


Please note that all references should conform to Vancouver style using BMC Journal format. Please ensure that you limit your references to 30, except in the case of Mini-review articles where up to 70 are allowed. Unpublished data and personal communications should be given as references. Follow the examples of forms of references as shown below.

Journal references should be cited and formatted as follows

Please ensure that the reference style is followed precisely; if the references are not in the correct style, they may need to be retyped and carefully proofread.

Web links and URLs: All web links and URLs should be copied for the websites and link. They should be included a title of the site and the URL, as well as the date the site was accessed. Here are examples:

Online document

  • Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999.

University site

  • Doe, J: Title of preprint. (1999). Accessed 25 Dec 1999.

Example of reference styles:

  • Article within a journal

Ybarra M, Mitchell K. Sexting and its relation to sexual activity and sexual=risk behavior in a National Survey of adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2014; 55(6):757-764.

  • Article within a journal (no page numbers)

Jereni B, Muula A: Availability of supplies and motivations for accessing voluntary HIV counseling and testing services in Blantyre, Malawi.  BMC Health Serv Res 2008, 8:17.

  • Book chapter, or an article within a book
  • Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR. Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, Jeon KW, editors. International review of cytology. London: Academic; 1980. p. 251-306.
  • Complete book, authored
  • Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.

Tables and figures

All tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript after the references and numbered accordingly. Remember to place callouts for the tables and figures in the text. For example, write “INSERT TABLE 1 HERE” to show where the table should appear within the text. Submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any previously published tables, figures, pictures or photographs.


Copyright on any open access article in a journal published by CJPH is retained by the author (s).


Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

  • Made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
  • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
  • Approved the version to be published.

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

Conflict of interest

It is the policy of Cambodia Journal of Public Health to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.


Neither the Editor nor the Publisher accepts responsibility for the views of authors expressed in their contributions.

Peer review policy

Cambodia Journal of Public Health adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. All manuscripts submitted must omit the authors’ names from the main text (in the Acknowledgments, authors’ names can be in initials). The Editorial Team has the right to immediately reject any manuscript submitted that does not fall within the scope of the Journal.

Reviewers must be aware of any conflicts of interest when reviewing papers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Citing articles in CJPH

Articles in CJPH should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. CJPH [year], [volume number]:[article number].

Example: Sopheab H, Chhea C, Leang S: Factors associated with recent HIV infection among entertainment worker in Cambodia, CJPH 2015, 1:10 referring to article 10 from Volume 1 of the journal.

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