Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Community Health is a scientific peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal with the mission to disseminate information, viewpoints, and questions about social determinants of health (SDH) research and education. The journal scheduled to appear quarterly and serve as a means for scientific information exchange in the international SDH forum. The extended scope of the journal is intended to include not only social determinants of health, but also other affiliated fields and disciplines that contribute to the current knowledge and science of community medicine, social medicine, public health, health economics, health education, health policy, Health Promotion, Healthy Life Style, Nutrion, Physical Activity and epidemiology


Section Policies




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Original Research Article

مقاله پژوهشي اصيل (Original Research Article): چنين مقالاتي، بيشترين تعداد مقالات اين مجله را تشكيل مي‌دهند و نحوه نوشتن آنها در ادامه اين متن ذكر شده است.

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Systematic Review and Meta Analysis

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Letter to editor

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Case Report

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Brief Communication

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Clinical Note

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Peer Review Process

1- For paper submission, authors should refer to the journal website (http://www.journals.sbmu.ac.ir/sdh) and register themselves as an author using the "Register" link. After receiving their username and password via e-mail, the authors could use the "Submit paper" link, log in, and submit their manuscript.

2- If the received manuscript is not written according to the journal format (considering the format in sectioning, the number of words in abstract, references, etc.…) and/or the English language does not meet the required quality, the manuscript will be sent back to the corresponding author for revision and re-submission.

3- Manuscripts having the above-mentioned criteria are referred to the related section editor. If the paper fits to the specified fields of the journal and has innovation, then it will be sent to three or more national and international expert referees in that specific field, at least two of which are out of the editorial board members (preferably one from the scientifically advanced countries). The corresponding author could also suggest potential reviewers to the journal at the time of submission. However, the editorial board reserves the right to select or refuse to use the suggested potential reviewers.

4- If the nature of the work and the results necessitates deep statistical analysis, by suggestion of the Editor-in-Chief and/or referees, the manuscript is reviewed by a statistics expert as well.

5- Each reviewer suggests alteration/corrections or additional work to be done, asks questions to be answered by the author, and makes an overall opinion about the manuscript as being: acceptable as it is, acceptable after minor/major revision, or not acceptable. The reviewers’ comments are then sent to the corresponding author.

6- After receiving the modified version of the manuscript and/or author’s answers to the reviewers’ questions, it will be sent to a final reviewer. If the modifications and/or answers are not adequate, it will be sent back to the corresponding author with a specified deadline to send the final corrected version.

7- The final corrected version of the manuscript is sent back to the same final reviewer. Then, the comments and the overall opinion of the final reviewer are discussed in the journal’s editorial board, and the final decision (the acceptance letter or a letter informing the author of not accepting the manuscript) will be sent to the corresponding author.




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.


Ethical Statement

Author(s) should certify that neither the submitted manuscript nor another one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published in any language or being considered for publication elsewhere. Author(s) should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article. In the event that an author is added or removed from the list of authors, written acceptance, signed by author(s), must be submitted to the editorial office. Sources of financial support for the project should be acknowledged. If the study involves human beings, the author(s) must include a statement that the study was approved by the local ethical committee and that written informed consent was obtained from the study participants. For those who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. Also, the the compliance of maintenance and care of experimental animals  with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the human use of laboratory animals, should be declared in text. All relevant permissions to use unpublished observations of others must be obtained by the manuscr