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About HSM

Health Sciences Mindanao (HSM) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal of the Davao Medical School Foundation, Inc., which covers topics on all medical and health sciences disciplines such as pre-clinical and clinical studies, case reports, communication about methods and research design, health services and economics, public health, and medical education and practice, published every April and October.

It aims to encourage and support local researchers and academics by promoting and disseminating local research outputs improved by expert peer reviewers in Health Science and related fields.

HSM caters article categories such as unpublished research articles, reviews, study protocols, method articles, editorial articles, commentaries, letter to the Editor, and local book review. It has no article processing charges (APCs), submission charges, pages charges, color charges and any similar charges.

The journal is a single blind review process. All contributions are typically sent to a minimum of two (2) independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. In case of a discord in reviewer’s decision, the Editor will be responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. Authors may suggest at most three (3) names of appropriate peer reviewers.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

1. The manuscript has not been previously published, nor is it submitted in another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Cover Letter).

2. The manuscript is correctly formatted, as described below.

2.1. Only online submissions (with file formats Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or in RTF document) will be processed.

2.2. Must include a concise Cover Letter explaining the impact and salient features of the article

2.3. Main article file should be in this order:

2.3.1. Full title and a short running title of less than 40 characters (should not contain abbreviations)

2.3.2. The full names and email addresses of ALL authors, their institutional affiliations, and contribution to the work

2.3.3. Acknowledgments and funding

2.3.4. Conflict of interest statement

2.3.5. Abstract must be 300 words or less. Original research articles must have an extended structured abstract with Purpose, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion.

2.3.6. For Keywords, please refer to NLM Medial Subject Headings (MeSH), or established indexing systems (e.g. PubMed).

2.3.7. Main text (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion) All studies involving humans should include an ethics statement identifying the Ethics Committee that approved the protocol All studies involving animals should include Animal Care and Use statement, identifying the IACUC that approved the protocol

2.3.8. References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA)  format

2.3.9. Tables with complete with title and footnotes should be placed at the end the         manuscript

2.3.10. Figures should be in a separate file

2.3.11. Appendices (if relevant)

3. General Style Points

3.1. The text should be in Arial font, 12, double-spaced, with line numbers.

3.2. For abbreviations, spell out meaning when first used, followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis. Henceforth, use the abbreviation only.

3.3. Use only SI or SI-derived units

3.4. Numbers less than 10 are spelled out, except for measurement, age, and lists with other number

3.5. Do not use trade names.

3.6. Authors must abide by the relevant standards:

3.6.1. CONSORT for reporting randomized controlled trials,

3.6.2. PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses,

3.6.3. STROBE for observational studies,

3.6.4. COREQ for qualitative studies,

3.6.5. STARD for reporting diagnostic tests,

3.6.6. the EQUATOR Network, or

3.6.7. ARRIVE guidelines.

Author Licensing: With Creative Commons licenses, the author retains copyright and the public will be allowed to reuse the content. The author grants HSMJ a license to publish the article and to identify as the original publisher.

Publication Process after Acceptance: The author will receive an email asking them to log in or register. Accepted Articles will be published online 10-15 days after final acceptance, will appear in PDF format only, and will be given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Once the article is typeset, author will receive an email notification of the URL from where to download a PDF typeset page proof, associated forms and full instructions on how to correct and return the file.

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To submit your manuscript, kindly email us at with the following information:

1. Name

2. Affiliation

3. Contact Number

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