Tanzania Journal of Health Research

Aims and Scope

Tanzania Journal of Health Research (TJHR) is an open access journal that aims to facilitate the advance of health sciences by publishing high quality research and review articles that communicate new ideas and developments in biomedical and health research. TJHR is published in print and online in January, April, July and October as an organ of the Tanzania Health Research User’s Trust Fund. The Journal is available at: http://www.nimr.or.tz, http://www.ajol.info/index.php/thrb; www.bioline@org.br/journals and abstracted on African Index Medicus at http://indexmedicus.afro.who.int/ and PubMed at http://www.ncbi.nih.gov/entrez

Editor-in-Chief

Leonard E.G. Mboera, PhD, DIC, National Institute for Medical Research, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

(Tel: +255 22 2121400, Fax: +255 22 212121360; E-mail: lmboera@nimr.or.tz)

Associate Editors

Virdiana P. Mvungi, BSc, MPhil (Journal Management)

Susan F. Rumisha, BSc, MSc, PhD (Statistics)

Kijakazi O. Mashoto, DDS, MPhil., PhD (General)

Editorial Board

Dr. Mwelecele Malecela, National Institute for Medical Research, Dar es Salaam

Prof. Godwin D. Ndossi, Tanzania National Health Research Forum, Dar es Salaam

Dr. Joyceline Kaganda, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Dar es Salaam

Dr. Christopher Comoro, Mkwawa University College, Iringa

Prof. Sylvia F. Kaaya, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam

Prof. Daudi Simba, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam

Dr. Elias Kwesi, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dar es Salaam

Prof. Gibson Kabiki, Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Moshi

Dr. Gabriel Shirima, Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency, Dar es Salaam

Prof. Dominic Kambarage, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro

Dr. Said Kapiga, Mwanza Intervention Trial Unit, Mwanza

Prof. Mainen J. Moshi, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam

Prof. Paul Gwakisa, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro

Dr. George Mtove, National Institute for Medical Research, Amani Research Centre, Muheza

International Editorial Advisors

Dr. Andrew Y. Kitua, Morogoro, Tanzania

Prof. James K. Tumwine, Kampala, Uganda

Prof. Mark Rowland, London, United Kingdom

Prof. Peter de Vries, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Prof. Eligius F. Lyamuya, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Adamson S. Muula, Blantyre, Malawi

Prof. Edwin Michael, Notre Darme, USA

Dr. Paul E. Simonsen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof. Janusz Paweska, South Africa

Prof. Wolfgang R. Mukabana, Nairobi, Kenya

Categories of Articles

1. Original research articles: Research articles that make a substantial, original contribution to research, practice or policy in any of the biomedical or health research areas. Research articles are contributions that have the purpose of publication of original unpublished research which may be reproduced and generalised. They should be between 3000 and 6000 words, excluding tables, figures and references. The original research article should follow the conventional structure: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion.

2. Short communications: Short communications are intended to provide preliminary research results or unpublished hypotheses of public health relevance. Short communications may contain an abstract, and can be organized either along the lines of a regular manuscript, or without subdivisions. The accompanying abstract should not exceed 200 words. Authors may also consider combining the results and discussion sections. They should be up to 2500 words and include a table or figure and preferably not more than five references.

3. Letters to the Editor: These include letters which seek to discuss recent articles published in TJHR or report on original research or significant findings. They should not exceed 600 words and 5 references.

4. Reviews: TJHR welcomes review papers relating to biomedical and health research themes. Review should emphasize the implication of reviewed literature for future practical application and policy implications. A review paper should not exceed 6000-words.

5. Clinical studies: TJHR supports the registration of trials as an important initiative to improve the reporting of clinical studies. Trial registers that currently meet all of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and World Health Organization requirements can be found at http://www.icmje.org/faq.pdf

Submitting a manuscript

Manuscript must be submitted online using the following URL: http://www.ajol.info/index.php/thrb