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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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs/ full DOI/ online links for the references should be provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font in Times New Roman; 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, which is found in About the Journal. Full names of all authors have to be correctly typed along with individual authors details ( Department, Institution, etc) including emails has to be correctly entered in the online system during submission.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Supplementary Files: Please also submit supplementary files along with your manuscript and also go through JNHRC Checklist (must read):
    1. Forwarding letter
    2. Authorship
    3. Declaration
    4. Manuscript  preparation guideline

Author Guidelines

Authors Guidelines

JNHRC requests all the author to submit their manuscript via online submission from its website. We will not accept any submission via email.

N.B.: Lack of JNHRC formatting/style and incomplete submission (required documents not submitted, and co-author(s) detail not entered into the online system or not provided during submission)  are rejected without any explanation. 


The majority of the submitted manuscript lacks proper formatting, on the top of that heading and subheadings, are not correctly written. Therefore, we encourage you to use appropriate template for your manuscript.
1. Original Article Template

2. Case Report Template

3. Review Article Template

4. View Point Template

5. Letter to the Editor Template

6. Vancouver Template


The manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. On an average, 25-30% of the manuscripts are rejected by the editors before a formal peer-review starts.


The Editors review all submitted manuscripts initially. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific and technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected or if good article are written poorly then authors are requested to re-submit after the revision according to JNHRC format. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. Manuscripts are generally sent to two expert reviewers without revealing the identity of the contributors to the reviewers. Each manuscript is meticulously reviewed by the JNHRC editor based on the comments from the reviewers and takes a final decision on the manuscript. The contributors will be informed about the reviewers' comments and acceptance/rejection of manuscript.


Articles accepted would be copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author, which has to be returned within three days. Non-response to proof copy may delay the publication of the same article or may even get rejected from the journal.


Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The uniform requirements and specific requirement of JNHRC are summarized below. Before sending a manuscript authors are requested to check for the latest authors' instructions available. Instructions are also available from the following link of the journal (Author Guidelines) and in the print copy of the journal.


Types of Manuscript and word limits;

  • Original Article: Randomised controlled trials, interventional studies, studies of screening and diagnostic test, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analyses, case-control series and surveys with high response rate. Up to 2500 words excluding references (up to 30) and abstract (up to 250). Introduction has to be within 150 words.
  • Review Article: Systemic critical assessments of literature and data sources. Up to 3000 words excluding references (up to >50 but <100) and abstract (250).
  • Medical Education: Any article related to medical education with abstract and references, word limit may vary.
  • Case Report: new/interesting/very rare cases with clinical significance or implications can be reported. Up to 1000 words excluding references (up to 10) and abstract (up to 100), up to three photographs. Informed written consent from the patient is mandatory.
  • Viewpoint: These articles are personal views and allow you to express your own point of view on any issues relevant to health. We like these to include controversial subjects. Up to 800 words excluding reference (up to 5-8).
  • Letter to the Editor: Should be short, decisive observation. They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. Up to 400 words and 5 references.
  • Limits for number of images and tables: for all the above-mentioned categories the number of images and tables should not be more than one per 500 words, generally 5-6 figures/tables/images are permitted. 



Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, recognizes its reviewers as the benchmark for assessing the quality and the importance of the manuscript submitted. The expert reviewer evaluation is of great value and characterizes the manuscript we publish.

Blind peer review

JNHRC uses double blinded peer review system, which indicates that both the reviewer and the author are blinded to each other during the process.

Manuscripts sent for peer review

  • Original Articles and Systematic Reviews/Meta-analyses will typically be sent to at least 2 peer reviewers.
  • Case reports, Medical Education, Viewpoints will be sent to at least 1 peer reviewer.
  • However, it remains the discretion of the editorial board, that it may be send to more reviewers upon conditions that manuscript requires more evaluations.

 Reviewer invitation process

JNHRC will email peer reviewers to invite them to review a manuscript. The email will generally include an abstract of the manuscript and ask you to accept or reject the review invitation. The reviewer can also have a detail view of the entire manuscript after acceptance of the review process.

Role of peer reviewers

We ask peer reviewers to recommend following options:

  1. Accept Submission
  2. Revision required
  3. Resubmit elsewhere
  4. Resubmit for review
  5. Decline submission
  6. See comments (in case none of above fits)

In the case of discordant reviews, the Editorial Office may seek review by an additional expert. Our Editors-in-Chief will consider reviewers’ comments and will make the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript.


All manuscripts are confidential documents. If you want to discuss a manuscript that you are reviewing with a colleague, please email the Editorial Office first at

Submitting your review

Before writing your review, it may be helpful for you to review our Instruction for authors to understand what JNHRC is looking for.

 The main criteria on which we ask reviewers to assess manuscripts include:

  • Importance and relevance of the topic
  • Originality of the work that adds value to the existing body of knowledge
  • Sound methodology
  • Sound use of evidence during the whole process.
  • Compelling conclusions that are based on the evidence presented
  • Presentation and clarity of writing

 There are two sections once you have completed reviewing the manuscript.

First section is “for author and editor” which actually is space provided for comments to the author to help him improve the manuscript. In case you have a broader comments, which is line by line, please upload the commented file. Please use track changes(preferred) or review comments while commenting individually.

Second section is “for editor” where you will have the opportunity to provide confidential comments to the Editors that the author will not see. We encourage you to use this space to provide your important comments to the Editors to help them make a decision on the manuscript.

Timeliness of reviews

We generally ask that reviewers submit their comments within 2 weeks of accepting the reviewer invitation.

Feedback from reviewers to editorial office

We welcome feedback from our reviewers, either on a particular manuscript, a decision made on a manuscript, or the peer review process. Please send emails to

Becoming a peer reviewer

To volunteer to be a peer reviewer, please send your resume/CV to our Editorial Office at

Reviewer recognition

JNHRC has the policy to publish the list of reviewers at the end of the calendar year in the last issue in December. JNHRC is also continuously looking for innovative ideas to engage and upgrade reviewers during the process of academic publication for enhancement of medical research in Nepal.

Privacy Statement

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