Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Philippine Journal of Health Research and Development (PJHRD) (formerly the UP Manila Journal) is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish researches with a broad scope covering all aspects of environmental and human health. This international journal aims to reach broader readership and provide easy access to high-quality articles from multiple disciplines that include:

  • Allied and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Dental Medicine
  • Nursing & Health Care
  • Pharmacy & Natural Products Research
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Public Health, Environmental Health & Ecotoxicology
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Social Sciences
  • Health Professions Education
  • Health Policy & Governance

Systematic reviews, original research, and case reports will be accepted. Special focus will be given to research that reflects collaboration among different disciplines and that addresses areas in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2011-2016. The Editorial Board will endeavor to consistently publish work that is of cogent methodology and that makes an important contribution to scientific knowledge.


Section Policies

Regular Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Policy Impact Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The following outlines the peer review process that every submitted manuscript will undergo once received by the journal office.

First, the Editorial Office checks the submission for completeness and decides if the manuscript is suitable to go through the normal peer review process. Once this is done, the Editorial Office gives a manuscript reference number and assigns a particular Subject Editor to handle and to make a preliminary assessment of the article in question. If the Editor finds that the manuscript may not be of sufficient quality to go through the normal peer review process, or that the subject of the manuscript may not be appropriate for the journal’s scope, the manuscript shall be rejected with no further processing. If the Editor finds that the submitted manuscript is of sufficient quality and falls within the scope of the journal, they should assign the manuscript to at least two external reviewers for peer-review. The peer-review process is double-blinded; that is, the reviewers do not know who the authors of the manuscript are, and the authors also do not have access to the information of who the peer reviewers are. The reviewers will accomplish and submit the Reviewer’s Report Form along with their recommendation of one of the following actions to the assigned Editor: publish with no alterations; consider after minor revisions; consider after major revisions; or reject: manuscript is flawed or not scientifically sound.

When all reviewers have submitted their reports, the Editor can make one of the following editorial recommendations:

  • Publish without alterations (the manuscript is accepted for publication)
  • Consider after Minor Revisions (the authors are notified to prepare and submit a final copy of their manuscript addressing all the issues raised by the reviewers)
  • Consider after Major Revisions (the authors are notified to revise the manuscripts in accordance with the changes recommended by the reviewers and to resubmit their revised manuscript within the allotted time)
  • Reject (if at least one of the reviewers recommend rejecting the manuscript, the rejection is immediate).

Once the revised manuscript is submitted, the Editor can then make an editorial recommendation addressed to the Editor-in-Chief who will make the final decision concerning the manuscript.

For any given year, the last volume will appropriate an acknowledgment page for all the reviewers who have performed in the peer-review process for one or more articles submitted during the year. Without the significant contributions made by these researchers, the publication of the journal would not be possible.


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.