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Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Instructions for Authors

Note for the Authors: As of August 1, 2014, you will need to submit a US $25.00 submission fee electronically with your manuscript. This is a non-refundable submission fee to accompany all manuscripts to help offset editorial office and review costs. If, however, the corresponding author of the article is from a Research4Life country (either Group A or Group B), this fee will be waived. To learn more about Research4Life and if you qualify, follow this link:

In accordance with the scope of the Journal, authors are requested to submit manuscripts on public health–related issues, including practical applications to professional education and services for public health and primary health care that are of concern and relevance to the Asia-Pacific region.

This is a peer-reviewed Journal that publishes Original Articles, Reviews, Short Communications, and Letters on any aspect of Public Health.

Peer Review policy

Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health practices a blind reviewing policy. All manuscripts submitted must omit the authors’ names from the main text (in the Acknowledgments, authors’ names can be in initials).

The Editorial Board has the right to immediately reject any manuscript submitted that does not fall within the scope of the Journal.

Ethical considerations

NOTE: Papers without proof of ethical consideration will immediately be rejected.

All papers submitted to the APJPH must conform to general ethical principles of health care research as outlined in the Helsinki Declaration. The Methods section must include the names of the Ethics Committees (Institutional Review Committees) that approved the protocol together with Approval Numbers or dates. Details of the way informed consent was obtained must also be included. The corresponding author must retain copies of all letters of approval in case they are required for review by the Journal’s editors.

Trial registration

All clinical trials and interventions must be registered by a recognized authority where the protocol is available for public access. The registration number must be included in the Methods section. No papers that related to unregistered trials that commence in 2012 or later will be considered for publication. Suitable registration authorities include:, (as the WHO website says, "The registration of all interventional trials is a scientific, ethical and moral responsibility”)

Manuscript Submission

All new manuscripts must be submitted online via the website

All queries can be directed to Prof Wah Yun Low, the Editor-in-Chief, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style (10th Edition).

Arrange the manuscript in this order: (1) title page; (2) abstract and keywords; (3) text; (4) acknowledgments; (5) references; (6) figure legends; (7); tables; and (8) figures. Please also submit figures as separate figure files (tif, jpeg, eps, gif) with 300 dpi resolution or better.

Number all pages in above sequence, beginning with title page as 1, abstract as 2, etc.

Types of papers accepted:

Original Manuscript (3000 words, max. 30 references, abstract is 150 words), Review (3500-4000 words, max. 200 references, abstract is 200 words), Letter to the Editor (500 words), Commentary (1000 words, max. 10 references), Case Report (600 words, abstract is 30-50 words, max.10 references), Short Reports (1000 words, max. 10 references). Word count does not include abstract and references. All abstracts must be unstructured.

Original Articles

Original articles must be topically relevant and demonstrate novel findings that aim to educate and increase awareness of public health concerns. Articles should be not more than 3000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures and limit illustrations to 3. Additional material can be submitted for online-only publication. Papers describing randomized controlled trials must follow the CONSORT Guidelines (available from

Review Articles

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 are normally invited by the editor but unsolicited reviews may also be accepted depending on relevance, quality, and the availability of space. Reviews should have 3000-4000 words with an unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words and a maximum of 200 references. The use of figures and tables to summarize critical points is encouraged.

Letter to Editor

The Editorial Board has the right to accept or reject any letter. Letters are accepted if they are directly concerned with articles previously published in this Journal. The comments should be objective and constructive. There is no need for figure/tables. Subtitles should not be used and acknowledgements should be included in the body of the letter. No abstract is required.


Commentaries should be solicited by the Editor to provide commentary on an upcoming paper to be published, so the 2 papers are published together. We do not accept unsolicited commentaries about previously published papers, which would fit into the ‘Letters to the Editor’ category. The text limit is 1000 words with 10 references and may include tables and figures. Commentaries include debate articles and observations on current research trends.

Short articles describing an author’s experience of a specific topic, that may be controversial and in which the author’s perspective is provided, are usually published as a letter to the editor.

Case Reports

Case Reports describes a single or comparative case with unique features, such as previously-unreported observations of a recognized disease/disorder/epidemic; previously-unreported conditions/complications of a public health intervention. The number of Case Reports published will be strictly limited. Case Report should be short and focused consisting of an Abstract, Introduction, Case Report and Discussion. Case Reports are peer reviewed. The Case Reports should not exceed 600 words (with an abstract of 30-50 words) It should not contain more than 10 references with one table or figure.

Short Reports

These are other types of articles that contribute to the scope of APJPH, that is, public health-related issues, including implications for practical applications to professional education and healthcare services that are of concern and relevance to the Asia-Pacific region. They include short communications or works-in-progress; historical articles; teaching articles; health policy and evidence-based practice. Short Reports should contain an unstructured abstract of not more than approximately 1000 words, with 2 tables, 2 figures, and 10 references, following the same structure as an original article.

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., BAK Khalid, K Suresh, CC Chan, or J Brown. A superscript 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

For the Main Document:

The Abstract

The abstract must be unstructured, and the word limit is 150 (200 words for Reviews). At the end of the abstract, please include an alphabetical list of 5 to 8 keywords and subjects for indexing. Choose the keywords carefully as these will be used for subsequent retrieval.

The Text

Papers must follow this order: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion/Recommendation. Systeme Internationale (SI) Units should be used. Use only standard abbreviations. 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 the AMA Manual of Style (10th Edition).

Number the references in order of mention in text. Please ensure that you limit your references to 30, except in the case of Review articles where up to 200 are allowed. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript. Titles of journals are abbreviated according to MEDLINE. .

In the text, please use the author’s surname(s) and a superscripted number that correlates with the reference at the end of the manuscript. For example, for the first reference in the text, use a superscripted number 1, such as Skinner1, or use only the superscripted number after the phrase or sentence of citation. When several references are cited simultaneously in the text, list the superscripted numbers together, for example, “Many researchers have debated this subject.”1,2,5,9 In text citations, use “et al” for references of 3 authors. However, in the references, list up to 6 authors. If there are more than 6 authors, list the first 3 authors and then “et al”. References should appear at the end of the text numbered in order of appearance in the manuscript. 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 as follows:

Ricketts TA. The impact of head and body angle on monaural and binaural performance with directional and omnidirectional hearing aids. Ear Hear. 2000;21(4):318-329.

Book chapters should conform to the following:

Skinner MW, Holden LK, Binzer SM. Aural rehabilitation for individuals with severe and profound hearing impairment hearing aids, cochlear implants, counseling, and training. In: Valente M, ed.Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Hearing Aid Fittings. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers; 1994:267-299.

Books should be listed as follows:

Valente M. Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Hearing Aid Fittings. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers; 1994.


All tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript after the references and numbered accordingly. Provide footnotes for explanatory matter and identify in alphabetical order all abbreviations used.

NOTE: 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.


Only three illustrations (Tables/Figures) are allowed. For quality purposes, please submit figures in JPEG, TIFF, GIF, or EPS format; PowerPoint slides and images embedded in Word documents do not transfer well to print unless they are simple line art. Abbreviations, symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters used in the figures must be identified and explained in the corresponding legends.

Submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any previously published figures. Color photographs will be published at the author’s expense.


Authors must obtain written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) for the use of tables, illustrations, or extensively quoted material that has appeared in another publication. See permission guidelines at under Journal Editors/Authors. Such permissions must be sent with the manuscript, and credit must appear in the corresponding legend.


Upon acceptance of an article, the author(s) will be required to assign the copyright to the Publisher. After the article has been accepted for publication by the Editor, a Copyright Release form will be sent that must be signed by the lead or corresponding author on behalf of all authors.


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

English Language Help

Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine, or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

Please be aware that Sage has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.


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