Peer Review Process

Journal of Health and Dental Sciences or JHDS implements Double-blind Peer Review Process. All submitted manuscripts are read by Editor in Chief of JHDS initially for desk evaluation. Unsuitable submitted manuscripts in terms of focus and scope would be rejected promptly without external review. Manuscripts evaluated to be of potential interest to our readership would be assigned to a corresponding section editor for further handling. The section editor will request at least two scientists to review the manuscript. Based on the comments from the reviewers, Section Editor, and Editor in Chief will make the decision on the manuscript.

Determination of the article that will be published in JHDS carried out through double-blind peer review by considering two main aspects, namely: relevance and contribution of articles on the medicine and health theory and practical development. Editors and reviewers provide constructive feedback on the evaluation results to the author. The Editor in Chief JHDS has the right to decide which manuscripts submitted to the journal should be published.

The manuscript review process usually takes 6 to 12 weeks. This review period depends on the editors and reviewers' duration in reviewing the manuscript. If the author does not get confirmation from the JHDS for a long time, the author can confirm by email The stages of the review process applied at JHDS are as the following:

  1. Submission of manuscripts is only processed via online i.e OJS of JHDS, website: 
  2. The incoming manuscripts will be checked whether it matches the focus and scope of JHDS. The editor will inform whether the manuscripts are in accordance with JHDS's focus and scope. If appropriate, the next process will be carried out. If not, we will recommend the manuscript to be submitted to another journal. The editor of JHDS will notify immediately via email.
  3. Furthermore, the manuscripts will be checked with Turnitin (similarity check). If more than 20% level of similarity, the manuscripts will be asked to be repaired or rejected by JHDS editor in chief. This decision is entirely the prerogative right of the JHDS editor in chief and cannot be contested.
  4. Then, the manuscripts will be reviewed at the editorial level to find out whether it contributes sufficiently to the development of science and practice in the field of medicine. The editor will inform the authors of the results of this review. Manuscripts that qualify at this stage will proceed to the review stage by two peer reviewers.
  5. For a manuscript that is accepted with revisions (minor or major), it will contain comments from peer reviewers and be returned to the author to be revised. Referring to the policy in JHDS, reviewers only give suggestions on whether the manuscript is accepted or rejected. Meanwhile, the final decision regarding the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript is in the hand of the editor and editor in chief.
  6. The author is given the time to revise the manuscript no later than one month. Extra time to revise should be asked to the editor via email ( If there is no notification after the specified period, then the Author is deemed to resign.
  7. Manuscripts that have gone through final revisions and accepted by the editor will be published in JHDS in the edition determined by the editor in chief. The author may ask the editor in chief if he wants to publish his/her article in specific editions (volumes and numbers). For this purpose, the author must submit the request in writing to the JHDS editor in chief via JHDS email.