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Author Guidelines

The Journal and scope:
The Journal of Optometry and Health Sciences (JOHS) is the official publication of the Department of Optometry, Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria. It is an International, peer-reviewed, open access journal, publishing manuscripts of original research works, systematic reviews, short communications, case reports, conference proceedings and meta-analysis within the versed and specialty areas of optometry and health sciences.
The Journal aims at agglomerating the outcomes of scientific studies and researches from different academic and professional communities cognate to Optometry and health sciences, ensuring relevance and accuracy in the presentation of data through robust peer-review processes and providing an efficient and global platform for the propagation of intellectual resources from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and competences.
Manuscript submission
a) Author guidelines:
The Journal of Optometry and Health Sciences (JOHS) publishes original research works, short communications, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, case reports and conference proceedings in the specialty areas of Optometry; Orthoptics, Public Health Optometry, Low Vision and Rehabilitation, Paediatric Optometry, Cornea and contact lens, Primary Care Optometry and Ocular Health. In addition, the Journal accepts manuscripts from other fields of health sciences; Medical-surgical Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and management, Maternal and Child Health, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Community Nursing, Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Education and Promotion, Biostatistics, Health Economics, Environmental Health, Public Health Parasitology, Haematology and Blood Transfusion, Chemical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Radiography, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics.
i) Authors are to ensure the originality of their manuscripts.
ii) Manuscripts should be submitted as MS Word attachments to [email protected]

iii) Manuscripts should not exceed 14 pages (4,000 words) on an A4 paper size with 12-point font size and 1.5 line and paragraph spacing.
b) Editorial Policies:
i) Every manuscript must contain the full names and affiliations of the author(s). In multiple authorship, the name, email address and phone number of the corresponding author should be indicated on the manuscript.
ii) The corresponding author is required to attach a Letter of Undertaking, on behalf of co-authors, accepting ownership and responsibility for the work, and certifying that the manuscript has not been published or undergoing consideration for publication in another journal.
iii) To forestall gift or ghost authorship, the corresponding author must ensure and aver, within the body of the Letter of Undertaking, that only authors who participated in the study were enlisted, and no author who participated in the study was excluded.
iv) The Journal accepts only manuscripts written in the English language with the Times New Roman font type. The top, bottom, left and right margins should be 2.54cm.
c) Manuscript formatting:
i) Title of paper:
The title of the manuscript should be concise, relevant to the researched body of knowledge and written in initial caps form.
ii) Abstract:
The abstract should be unstructured in a single paragraph of not more than 250 words.
It should provide a synopsis of the objectives, methodology, results and conclusion of
the study. The keywords should not be more than 5.
iii) Introduction
iv) Methodology
v) Results
vi) Discussion
vii) Acknowledgement where necessary

viii) References: The Journal uses the Vancouver and APA seventh edition in-text citation and referencing styles. Authors are advised to choose and adhere to one style.
d) Indexing:
The Journal of Optometry and Health Sciences (JOHS) is indexed in Google Scholar.
e) Copyright
Once the extant publishing protocols are satisfied and the manuscript is accepted for
publication, the author without recourse to previous rights, cedes copyright to the
Publisher viz; The Department of Optometry, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
f) Article Processing Charge (APC)
A manuscript accepted for publication will attract a review fee of N5,000 and a publication charge of N25,000 from authors within Nigeria and $75 (US Dollars) from authors outside the shores of Nigeria. Authors within Nigeria can obtain the hard copies of the journal at the cost of N5,000 per copy.
Editorial Board
1) Prof. Jonathan Nnadozie (Nigeria)
2) Prof. Godwin Agu (Nigeria)
3) Prof. Stanley Ozims (Nigeria)
4) Prof. Micheal Bacigalupi (USA)
5) Assoc. Prof. Josephine Ibironke (USA)
6) Dr. Augustine Akujobi (Nigeria)
7) Dr. Emeka Nwokedi (USA)
8) Dr. Benjamin Konig (USA)
9) Dr. Priscilla Mataure (Zimbabwe)
10) Dr. Jamal Fox (USA)


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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