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Instructions for Authors (For APJPH Supplement Issue: 46th APACPH 2014 Conference)

In accordance with the scope of the APJPH Journal Supplement Issue for the 46th APACPH 2014 Conference, authors who presented (either oral or poster) at this conference are invited to submit their manuscripts. Manuscripts must be relevant to their presentations at the 46th APACPH conference and demonstrate novel findings that highlight the practical applications to public health and primary health care services, education and policies relevant to the Asia-Pacific region.

Please take note that:

1.       This supplement issue is peer-reviewed and publishes only Original Articles.

2.       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 titles 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. Papers without proof of ethical consideration will immediately be rejected.

3.    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 commenced 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”)

4.       Cohort studies and randomised controlled trials should follow CONSORT and SCOPE guidelines

Manuscript Submission

All new manuscripts must be submitted online via the following website  by 31 DECEMBER 2014.

NOTE: Authors should CHOOSE the tag “46th APACPH Conference Supplement” when selecting the Manuscript type.

Manuscripts submitted later than the above date WILL NOT be entertained.

All queries can be directed to the Guest Editor: Associate Professor Claire Choo, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya (

Manuscript Preparation

1.    Types of papers accepted: Original Manuscript (2000 words of which the abstract has no more than 150 words). That is, the word count includes the abstract. All abstracts must be unstructured.

2.       For this conference Supplement of the APJPH, the Editors request that authors limit the number of Tables or Figures to two (that is, only two Tables or Figures in total, not two of each type), and the manuscript contains no more than 20 references.

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

4.      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.

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

6.       Articles should be not more than 2000 words, excluding references, tables, and figures and limit illustrations to 2. Additional material can be submitted for online-only publication. Papers describing randomized controlled trials must follow the CONSORT Guidelines (available from

7.       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.

8.       For the Main Document:

The Abstract

§  The abstract must be unstructured, and the word limit is 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

§  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 20. 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.

 9.       Tables

§  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.

 10.   Illustrations

§  Only two 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.

11.   Permission

§  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.

12.   Copyright

§  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.

13.   Disclaimer

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

14.   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 (or the conference organiser) 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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