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Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Instructions for Authors

In accordance with the scope of the Journal, authors are advised to submit manuscripts on public health–related issues, including implications for 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.

Ethical considerations

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. 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 journals editors.

Trial registration

All clinical trials and interventions must be registered by a recognised 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”)

The Manuscript

Authors can submit electronically to the website

Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Fax: 60-3-7967-5769
Telephone: 60-3-7967-4973

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.

Articles should be not more than 3000 words excluding references, tables and figures.

Review Articles

Reviews 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. They do not include the author’s personal experiences. They should be systematic reviews of the literature and not opinion pieces. Review should be solicited by the editor and unsolicited should also be accepted. Reviews should have 3500-4000 words with an unstructured abstract of 200 words. 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. Letters should not exceed 500 words with about 5-10 references. There is no need of figure/table. Subtitles should not be used and acknowledgements should be included in the body of the letter. No abstract is required.


Commentary should be solicited by the Editor to provide commentary on an up coming paper to be published, so the 2 papers are published together. We don’t accept unsolicited commentaries which would fit into the `Letters to the Editor’ category about a previously published paper. The text limit is 1000 words with 10 references and may include tables and figures. Commentary includes debate articles, observations on current research trends. It is a short article describing an author’s experience of a specific topic, that may be controversial and the author’s perspective is provided.

Case Report

The Case Report 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 Report should not exceed 600 words (with an abstract of 30-50 words) It should not contain more than 10 references with 1 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. Contains structured abstract of not more than approximately 1000 words, with 2 tables, 2 figures and 10 references. Same structure as a full paper

The Title Page

For each author, include up to two degrees and name of institution. 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. Add at bottom the phrase “Address for correspondence:” followed by full name and address with postal code and e-mail address. Please also include e-mail addresses for all coauthors on the title page.

The Abstract

Limit the number of words to 150. 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

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.


References should be cited according to the AMA Manual of Style. Number the references in order of mention in text. Limit references to 30, if possible. Identify references in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript. Titles of journals are abbreviated according to the Index Medicus.

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.


Start each table on a new page at the end of the manuscript. Give each table a number in order of mention in text. Provide footnotes for explanatory matter and identify in alphabetical order all abbreviations used. Place all tables and figures at the end of the manuscript after the references. You may 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.


The Publisher requests that all illustrations and figures be submitted electronically. For electronic versions, 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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Frequency: Published 6 times a year eISSN: 1941-2479 ISSN: 1010-5395
Months of Distribution: January , March , May , July , September , November Current Volume: 26 Current Issue: 1
Other Titles in: Asian-Pacific  |  Public Health Education & Health Promotion  |  Health Services Research

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