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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.
  • The manuscript has been prepared using the manuscript template and as directed in the Author Guidelines.
  • The cover page has been prepared; this may be downloaded once the author has logged into the submission system.
  • The submission declaration has been prepared; this may be downloaded once the author has logged into the submission system.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF format.
  • Where available, DOIs (in the form and URLs (for other electronic documents) for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts to Global Health Innovation should follow the instructions outlined below.

Manuscripts should be submitted using the following templates, which may be downloaded once authors have logged into the submission portal:

  • Manuscript template (to enable blind review, the manuscript should not contain any author information)
  • Cover page template
  • Submission declaration, signed (containing a publishing agreement and a research ethics declaration)

Article categories and length

  • Original contributions should be in English and may take the form of research articles, review articles, short communications or commentaries.
  • Research and review articles should be no more than 6000 words in length, including abstract and references.
  • Short research communications are up-to-date accounts of interesting and noteworthy research developments in health innovation and should be no more than 2500 words in length, including abstract and references.
  • Practice perspectives are accounts of health innovation in practice and should be between 2000 and 4000 words in length, including abstract and references. 
  • Commentaries should address topics covered in the journal or related professional matters, and should not exceed 2000 words in length, including references.

Title, abstract, keywords

  • The title should be brief (preferably no longer than 15 words) but should contain enough information for reliable information retrieval.
  • An abstract (not longer than 200 words for research and review articles and not longer than 150 words for short communications) must be provided; commentaries do not require an abstract.
  • Keywords: In order to assist in the indexing of the journal, a maximum of 5 keywords should be provided.


  • These should be used sparingly, and should not duplicate information presented in the text.
  • Tables should be numbered sequentially, as they appear in the text.
  • A brief, descriptive title of 10-15 words should be provided for each.
  • The tables must be referred to in the text.
  • Tables should be embedded in the text at appropriate locations.

Units of measurement

  • Metric (SI) units must be used.
  • Time should be in terms of the 24-hour clock.


  • Research and review articles should contain no more than 10 figures.
  • Short communications and commentaries should contain no more than 4 figures.
  • Figures should be numbered sequentially.
  • Each figure should be referred to in the text.
  • Figures should be embedded in the text at appropriate locations.


All references should be listed alphabetically at the end of the article.

Citations in the text should be formatted according to the Harvard Style, for example, (Jones & Smith, 2016) or "Allie et al. (2016) established that...".

Where available, DOIs (in the form and URLs (for other electronic documents) should be provided.


Dick, A.L. 2002. The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Information. Pretoria: Unisa Press.


Onyancha, B.O. 2006. Empowering the South African community's AIDs intervention workforce: an informetric study of HIV/AIDs research projects, with special reference to masters and doctoral dissertations and theses. South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72(1): 56-71.

Mao, Y., You, C., Zhang, J., Huang, K. & Letaief, K.B. 2017. A survey on mobile edge computing: the communication perspective. IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials 19(4):2322-2358.

Electronic journals

Bullington, J.S. & Smith, P. 1998. Tips for new librarians: what to know in the first year of a tenure-track position. Research Libraries News 59(2):85-88. Available: 59-2.htm 

Conference Proceedings

Olasoji, R. & Draganova, C. 2010. Mobile Learning Portal for Computing Students. IADIS International Conference, Mobile Learning 2010, Porto, Portugal.

Titles of periodicals should not be abbreviated.

Entries should be in the language of source (not necessarily that of the manuscript).


Acknowledgement of sources of support, technical assistance, and intellectual contributions not associated with authorship must be made.


  • Manuscripts should be submitted using the templates provided.
  • Upper case should only be used for the first letter of sentences or words, except for acronyms and initials, which should always be in capitals.
  • Acronyms should be spelt out at their first occurrence in the text.
  • Abbreviations should be easily recognized. Contractions (e.g. Ms, Dr) should be given without points.
  • Quotations should be enclosed in double quotation marks ("). Quotes within quotes should be enclosed in single quotation marks.
  • Quotations of more than 25 words should be set out as a separate, indented paragraph.
  • Dates should be written 1990s (i.e. no apostrophe), and not 'nineties' or 90's.
  • Titles of databases, books, journals, computer programs, and online resources should be italicised.
  • Headings and sub-headings should not be numbered.


  • Articles must be submitted electronically. 
  • Submissions should be produced in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF.
  • The author(s) must ensure that the manuscript is grammatically correct and should check spelling before submission. 


All submitted manuscripts will undergo a plagiarism check using iThenticate.

Ethical guidelines

Submissions reporting on research invloving human subjects or respondents will only be considered if approved by an institutional ethics committee. The name of the approving body and a reference number must be included in the Methods section of the manuscript.

Journal Page Charges

The journal has no Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Submission to final decision

The time taken from Submission to Final Decision may be up to 12 weeks.

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