- Research Ethics and Indigenous Peoples
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Special Topic Issues
- Voluntary Article Processing Fee
- External Links Disclaimer
Focus and Scope
The International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH) is published bi-annually by the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS) at the University of Victoria. This peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal was established to advance knowledge and understanding to improve Indigenous health. The Journal seeks to bring knowledge from diverse intellectual traditions together with a focus on culturally diverse Indigenous voices, methodologies and epistemology.
Known as the Journal of Aboriginal Health from 2004 to 2012, the journal was renamed the International Journal of Indigenous Health to reflect its growing international readership. The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) transferred the Journal to AHRNetS at the University of Victoria in 2012.
The final Journal of Aboriginal Health Volume 9(1) was released in December 2012 by NAHO. Volume 9(2), a Special Issue in Inuit Health co-published by the IJIH, NAHO Inuit Tuttarvingat and NASIVVIK Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research, was published in July 2015 and is available on the IJIH website. Past editions of the Journal of Aboriginal Health are available for download in PDF under Archives on top menu bar.
The International Journal of Indigenous Health was established to advance knowledge and understanding to improve Indigenous health. The Journal seeks to bring knowledge from diverse intellectual traditions together with a focus on culturally diverse Indigenous voices, methodologies and epistemology.
This peer-reviewed, online, open-access Journal shares innovative health research across disciplines, Indigenous communities, and countries. Integral to the Journal’s mandate is the foundational body of knowledge formed by the Journal of Aboriginal Health established by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (2004) and transferred to the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (2012).
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Peer Review Process
The peer review of manuscripts submitted to the International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH) is an important stage in the publication process. Every research article that appears in the IJIH is appraised by at least two peer reviewers. Every effort is made to ensure, subject to individual availability, that the reviews are conducted by one expert based in a university/research institution and one in a community organization or Indigenous setting. The peer review process for the IJIH is confidential and double-blind. Double-blind means the reviewers are not informed of the author's identity, and the identity of the reviewers is not revealed to the authors.
Submitting authors are asked to review the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals prior to submission, as well as provide the names of four appropriate reviewers for their manuscript. Papers that have been reviewed by IJIH and found to adhere to the submission guidelines and fit within the mandate will be sent for review. Prior to agreeing to conduct a review, potential peer reviewers are asked to review the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers and discuss any concerns, including potential or actual conflicts of interest, with the Editor. Reviewer comments are provided to the author(s)..Reviews are provided to the author(s).
The International Journal of Indigenous Health is published bi-annually (formerly titled the Journal of Aboriginal Health, Volumes 1-9).
Open Access Policy
The International Journal of Indigenous Health 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. This Journal is published under the Open Access model (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license) and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational purposes with appropriate credit given to the source.
This Journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.
Research Ethics and Indigenous Peoples
Author(s) submitting research manuscripts will be asked to verify that their research was conducted in accordance with ethical requirements appropriate to their academic discipline, institution, granting agency, Indigenous community or other appropriate bodies. In locales without formal governance of research ethics by a governmental or research granting agency it will be incumbent on the author(s) to demonstrate research was conducted with respectful, beneficial and meaningful involvement of the Indigenous community or communities.
The International Journal of Indigenous Health welcomes the involvement and mentorship of graduate students in Indigenous health research. If you are interested in volunteering and becoming involved in the Journal's production, please contact the Managing Editor via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Topic Issues
The International Journal of Indigenous Health welcomes Special Topic Issues in Indigenous Health. If you are interested in receiving information about the Guest Editor policy or wish to sponsor a Special Issue regarding a specific health issue and/or health issue within a particular population, please contact the Editor via email: email@example.com.
Voluntary Article Processing Fee
To support ongoing production costs of the International Journal of Indigenous Health and to support its mandate as a free online and open-access journal, authors with means to support dissemination costs of their research are asked to pay a voluntary fee for processing their submission. The recommended sliding scale is 0-$800 CAD; the amount is determined by the author(s).
As this fee is voluntary, you will not be asked to make a payment at any time in the submission, review or publication process. Review and acceptance are not linked to, or affected in any way by, an author's decision to pay the article processing fee.
If you are able to pay this fee, once your article has been accepted for publication please contact Ray Perron, to arrange for payment. A receipt will be provided.
External Links Disclaimer
There are external links provided on the International Journal of Indigenous Health website in the content and articles published in the International Journal of Indigenous Health. External links are not located within the uvic.ca/ijih domain and therefore are not under the control or management of the International Journal of Indigenous Health or University of Victoria.
External links to sites outside the uvic.ca/ijih domain do not imply endorsement, agreement, and/or validation of the accuracy or legality of the contents of the external sites. The Journal and its sponsoring organizations assume no responsibility or liability for damages arising from error or omission, or from the use of any information or advice on external links.
Production of this journal has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada through the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health. The views expressed in the International Journal of Indigenous Health do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The Journal is funded in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health. The articles in the International Journal of Indigenous Health represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, or sponsoring organizations or agencies.
The Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat and its sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for damages arising from any error or omission, or from the use of any information or advice contained in this publication.
The Canadian AHRNetS - NEAHR network and the International Journal of Indigenous Health Editorial Advisory Board have made the continuation of this journal possible, with assistance from many individuals.
The Journal in particular acknowledges contributions of these individuals: Camille Lem, past Managing Editor, NAHO Journal of Aboriginal Health and Nicole Robinson, NAHO; Inba Kehoe, Copyright Officer and Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Victoria; Carol Gordon, Distance Education Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries; Jon Rabeneck, Research Associate, Centre for Aboriginal Health Research, University of Victoria; Faye Clayton, IJIH intern; Alexa Norton and Natasha Donovan, IJIH Editorial Assistants.
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