Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

History

The International Journal of Indigenous Health 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.

The International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH) was re-named from its original name to reflect its growing international readership: it has been known as the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) Journal of Aboriginal Health from 2004-2012.  NAHO transferred the Journal to AHRNetS at the University of Victoria in 2012.

Volume 9(1) was released in December 2012 by NAHO. Volume 9(2) a Special Issue in Inuit Health published by NAHO Inuit Tuttarvingat and NASIVVIK Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research, will be available on the IJIH website once released. Volume 9(1) is available on the IJIH homepage. Past editions of the Journal are available for download in PDF under Archives on top menu bar.

The Call for Papers for Volume 10(1) of the International Journal of Indigenous Health is now closed, the deadline was December 15, 2013.  Please see the Call for Papers for more information about submissions.

Mandate

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).

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

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 provide names of four appropriate reviewers for their manuscript. Papers that have been reviewed by IJIH and found to adhere to the submission guidelines and overall, fit within the mandate, will be sent for review. Prior to agreement 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, potential or actual conflicts they might have with the author(s), with the Editor. Reviewer comments are provided to the author(s).

 

Publication Frequency

The International Journal of Indigenous Health is published bi-annually (formerly entitled the Journal of Aboriginal Health, Volumes 1-9). The International Journal of Indigenous Health Volume 10 Issue is accepting submissions for publication in Volume 10(1). Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2013.

 

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.

 

Archiving

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. More...

 

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 Indigenous community or communities.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The International Journal of Indigenous Health welcomes the involvment and mentorship of graduate students in Indigenous health research, in the Journal's production.  If you are interested in volunteering or becoming involved with the Journal please contact the Managing Editor via Email: ijih@uvic.ca.

 

Special Topic Issues

The International Journal of Indigenous Health welcomes Special Topic Issues in Indigenous Health. If you are interested in finding out information about the Guest Editor policy or wish to sponsor a Special Issue in a specific health issue and/or health issue within a population please contact the Editor via Email: ijihed@uvic.ca.

 

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.  Recommended sliding scale is 0-$800 CAD and amount is determined by the author(s).

As this is voluntary you will not be asked to make a payment at any time in the submission, review or publication process. Submission and review are not linked to, or affected in any way by an author's decision to pay the article processing fee.

Once your article has been accepted for publication, please contactijih@uvic.cato 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, liability for damages arising from error or omission, or from the use of any information or advice on external links.

 

Disclaimer

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 herein 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 Indigneous Health represent the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat, 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.

 

Acknowledgements

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.

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In-kind and financial support from CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Centre for Aboriginal Health is gratefully acknowledged. Learn more about our sponsors and sources of support.



Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat
Centre for Aboriginal Health
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada