Focus and Scope

Mandate

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), transferred to the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (2012), and recently transferred to the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

History

The International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH) is published 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.

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).

Publication Frequency

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. 

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.

Author Self-Archiving Policy

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 productionplease contact the Managing Editor via email:  ijih.dlsph@utoronto.ca

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:  ijih.dlsph@utoronto.ca

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 University of Toronto domain and therefore are not under the control or management of the International Journal of Indigenous Health or the University of Toronto.

External links to sites outside our 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.

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 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.

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; Faye Clayton, IJIH intern; Alexa Norton and Natasha Donovan, IJIH Editorial Assistants. 

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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 Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement is gratefully acknowledged. Learn more about our sponsors and sources of support.

Sources of Support

The AHRNetS - NEAHR network is funded by the CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health.

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 do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Journal History

New Journal Name and Publisher

The Journal of Aboriginal Health (JAH) was created by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), transferred to the Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS) in 2012 and now trasferred to the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.

The Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal was formed in Spring 2013 from nominations of experts in Indigenous health from the Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR) centres from across Canada. To reflect the growing international interest in the Journal, AHRNetS has renamed it the International Journal of Indigenous Health (IJIH). Building on its trusted reputation for sharing community-relevant and high-quality knowledge, the IJIH now welcomes submissions within the IJIH mandate from researchers and practitioners in Indigenous health around the world.

Volumes 1-9 of the Journal of Aboriginal Health are available on the IJIH website, along with the International Journal of Indigenous Health from Volume 10 on. 

About Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (2006-Present)

The Aboriginal Health Research Networks Secretariat (AHRNetS) is the coordinating body for national collaborative activities in networking, research and knowledge translation for the nine Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR) Centres across Canada.  More information about AHRNetS can be found at its website: http://ahrnets.ca.

About the National Aboriginal Health Organization (2000-2012)

The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) was a national knowledge-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the improvement of health and well-being of Aboriginal individuals, families and communities.  NAHO was unique and first of its kind in Canada as the only national Aboriginal-controlled organization comprising three population specific Centres – First Nations, Inuit and Métis.  NAHO closed its doors in 2012 when its funding was terminated but its resource-intensive website including JAH Volumes 1-9(1) will remain online until 2017: http://naho.ca.

About the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (2018)

At the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, researchers and educators from across the University of Toronto work with community partners and Indigenous peoples to address the complex factors that underlie disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

The Institute is engaged in research, education and service initiatives to overcome health challenges and evaluate interventions to prevent disease and improve health. Its scholars study health policy and administration to improve the delivery and quality of Indigenous health care, and educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, so that each year more Canadians and citizens of the world can recognize, reduce and eliminate health inequities.

We invite you to learn and explore how together, we can create thriving Indigenous communities in Canada and around the globe.

The Institute is supported by Drs. Michael and Amira Dan who have been committed to righting the social and economic inequity of Indigenous peoples in Canada for many years. Dr. Michael Dan is a medical doctor with a diverse background that includes neurosurgery, medical research and biotechnology, as well as philanthropy. He is also a social entrepreneur who works with Indigenous peoples to create sustainable wealth through hydroelectric power projects on Aboriginal lands.

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