Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

The International Journal of Circumpolar Health is published by Co-Action Publishing on behalf of the Circumpolar Health Research Network [CircHNet]. The journal follows the tradition initiated by its predecessor, Arctic Medical Research. The journal specializes in circumpolar health. It provides a forum for many disciplines, including the biomedical sciences, social sciences, and humanities as they relate to human health in high latitude environments. The journal has a particular interest in the health of indigenous peoples. It is a vehicle for dissemination and exchange of knowledge among researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and those they serve.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health welcomes Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Short Communications, Book Reviews, Dissertaion Summaries, History and Biography, Clinical Case Reports, Public Health Practice, Conference and Workshop Reports, and Letters to the Editor.

Publication in the journal is subject to a publication fee of €500 excl VAT (Europe)/$660 (rest of the world) per article. All regular papers will be published immediately after they have been accepted and proofs finalized. Thematic clusters of articles (Special Issues) are published occasionally and will be collated into online collections published at one and the same time.

We constantly work to improve the journal’s ranking and impact factor.

The 2013 figures are as follows: ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: category Public, Environmental & Occupational Health: 98/160 (Q3)

Impact Factor: 1.299
SJR: 0.049, ranked in Q2 in category Medicine with an H-index of 18

 

Section Policies

Editorials

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Review Articles

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Original Research Articles

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Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Dissertation Summaries

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Case Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Public Health Practice

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

History and Biography

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter-to-the-editor

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Conference and Workshop Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Supplement 1, 2013

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to International Journal of Circumpolar Health are subject to rigorous peer review.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief. When articles are not felt to be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified within approximately two weeks. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are assigned to at least two peer reviewers. Where the Editor-in-Chief has not made the final decision, the Associate Editor who has been responsible for the review process is named on the published article.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)
In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in International Journal of Circumpolar Health are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly, only volumes per year, but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

International Journal of Circumpolar Health is published open access and is therefore free for anybody to read and download, and to copy and disseminate for educational (but not commercial) purposes. Articles will be published immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made. When posted online, articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby it becomes possible to search and cite them without delay.

International Journal of Circumpolar Health is accessible via the journal’s website at www.circumpolarhealthjournal.net as well as via international search engines such as Google and Google Scholar.

Under the open access model authors retain copyright but agree to a Creative Commons publishing license. See copyright section.

 

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.

In addition, all files are archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to this journal on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication)