Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

SLJBR is devoted to the publication of contributions in all fields of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences including Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biotechnology in relation to Medicine, Environment and Health, Nursing Sciences, Health Education and Primary Health Care. The Journal publishes articles in these categories: Original articles (full-length research papers), review articles, case reports, short communications and letters to the editors. The journal now receives manuscripts only through the ScholarOne site at:https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sljbr

 

Section Policies

Original Articles

These articles are full length research papers that should provide new information based on original research. An original article should give sufficient detail of experimental procedures for others to verify the work. Data obtained should be interpreted clearly and relevant conclusions drawn. The length should not exceed 3000 words (excluding the abstract, references, acknowledgement, tables and figures); total number of tables and figures not more than 6, references not more than 25 and abstract should not exceed 300 words. The journal allows up to eight (8) authors per manuscript. Other contributors may be mentioned in the acknowledgment section.

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Review Articles

This article should throw light on recent advances in areas within the scope of the journal and should be direct discussions of specific issues with no subjective opinion or personal experience of the authors. Review articles should not exceed 5000 words (excluding the abstract, references, acknowledgement, tables and figures); total number of tables and figures no more than 5, and references no more than 35. Only two review articles will be published per issue. Submission covering topics of current interest are welcome.

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Short Communications

Short communications are intended to offer the opportunity to present in brief form noteworthy results or experimented work or technical advancements. It should be short, concise and the organisation of the manuscript should follow the same pattern as original articles. They should be approximately 1500 words in length (excluding the abstract, references, acknowledgement, tables and figures), and must provide adequate information to allow for the same stringent peer review given other submissions. The number of authors and references should be limited to the minimum necessary. A maximum of three tables or three figures is required. A brief unstructured abstract (about 200 words) is required for indexing.

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Case Reports

Case Reports Should not exceed 2000 words (excluding the abstract, references, acknowledgement, tables and figures); total number of tables and figures no more than 4, and no more than 20 references. The manuscript must contain the following sections: Title page, Unstructured abstract (less than 200 words), Keywords, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, References, tables and/or figures (if any). The reported cases should contain some special features not previously described.

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Letters to the Editor

Short letters are welcome in response to articles published in the Journal. The author (s) of any article commented on would be invited to respond and the editors reserve the right to edit any letter received. Brief reports of novel research findings or single interesting cases can be described in a Letter to Editors. Length must not exceed 600 words, only one table or figure is permitted, and there should be no more than five references. No more than five authors can be included. Comment letters on what has been published in SLJBR must reach the journal within two months of publication of the original item.

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Peer Review Process

Authors should review their manuscripts with colleagues to ensure its high standard and conformity with high level of scientific writing before submitting them. All manuscripts received will undergo initial assessment by the editorial board and those which are out of scope of the Journal or are of unacceptably poor standard will be returned to the author(s) without going further in the review process. Manuscripts considered suitable for review are sent to two experts in the field of study relevant to the manuscript for evaluation. Where there are opposing views of the two reviewers, the paper is assessed by a third reviewer. Reviewers’ comments and final decision of the editorial board on every paper will be communicated to the corresponding author. Author(s) can also suggest two names of possible competent reviewers. These suggested reviewers should be experts in the field of study relevant to the manuscript and should not be members of the same research or academic institution as the authors. However, the final decision on the choice of reviewers rests with the Editor - in - chief without any obligation to contact any of the recommended reviewers. Paper accepted will normally be published in the next available issue of the journal and made available online immediately. Once published, all copies of the manuscript, correspondence and artwork will be held for six months before disposal.

 

Publication Frequency

SLJBR is published twice a year in June and December.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Editorial Advisory Board

1. Prof. Hector Morgan, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences(COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone(USL)

2. Prof. A.M. Taqi, Department of Paediatrics, COMAHS, USL

3. Ass. Prof. Mohamed H. Samai, Department of Pharmacology, COMAHS, USL

4. Dr. Solayide A Adesida, Department of Microbiology, COMAHS, USL

5. Dr. Walter James Russel, Department of Medicine, COMAHS, USL

6. Dr. Joseph Edem-Hotah, Department of Nursing, COMAHS, USL

7. Dr. A.O. Abioye, Leicester School of Pharmacy, CDE Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK

8. Dr. E. A. Jaiysoba, Department of Pharmaceutics, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

9. Dr. Thomashire A George, Department of Microbiology, COMAHS, USL

10. Prof. A. O. Coker, Deparment of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria