Editorial Policies


Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to (a) either the conception and design, or the analysis and interpretation of data and to (b) drafting the article or revising it critically for intellectual content and on (c) final approval of the version to be published. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship.

Peer Review Process

Refereed content is typically reviewed by two peer reviewers in a double-blind review. Reviewers should have some familiarity/expertise with the topic of the article being reviewed. Reviewers will be asked to return their comments within 3-4 weeks of receiving the review. Evaluations should address such criteria as originality and currency of the topic, quality of the writing, appropriateness of methods and analysis, and presence of errors in the manuscript. Calls for peer reviewers will be sent out regularly over the CANMEDLIB listserv.

Resources for reviewers:

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.  There are no fees associated with submitting to, or publishing in, JCHLA/JABSC.

Publication Ethics Policy

  • Authorship for articles in this journal are based on substantial contribution to the work as well has an agreement to be accountable for all aspects of it; all authors will ensure the journal's Author Guidelines are respected and that the rights of any research participants are protected. Authors are not charged fees for submission or publication of manuscripts but are obliged to participate in a review process.
  • Conflicts of interest should be clearly identified in submissions and will be flagged in publication
  • Please refer to our Privacy Statement for matters concerning privacy and confidentiality for both authors and reviewers
  • We strive to ensure submissions are dealt with in a timely manner while ensuring a robust review process, and thank our authors and reviewers for assisting with that goal
  • The editorial team is the ultimate authority on the editorial content of the journal and will take reasonable steps to prevent publications where research misconduct has occurred, and to retract or correct publications as needed to address such issues. Editorial decisions are based on an assessment of the manuscript relative to the journal's scope and the manuscript's quality and contribution, and not on any commercial or personal agendas.

Please refer to ICMJE’s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals for additional best practices around publication ethics.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Data Sharing Policy

JCHLA/JABSC requires data sharing in accordance with the JCHLA/JABSC data sharing policy. View our JCHLA/JABSC data sharing policy FAQ for additional assistance.

Name Change Policy

JCHLA/JABSC honours requests to change author names on publications for reasons including, but not limited to, gender affirmation, marriage or divorce. This policy does not apply to author name misspellings, affiliation changes, or other text errors.

In accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guiding principles, JCHLA/JABSC commits to accomplishing name change requests in an accessible, comprehensive, invisible, expedient, and recurrent manner.  


To request a name change, email a list of publications, name to be updated and exact updated name to editor@jchla-absc.ca. Requesters will not be asked to disclose the reason for the name change or provide any documentation.


JCHLA/JABSC will ensure that the author’s previous name is removed from all records and metadata within the purview of the journal. Once the article is corrected, we will re-deliver the metadata and/or full-text to all indexing databases. Please note that while JCHLA/JABSC aims to re-deliver to our indexing databases in a timely fashion, we are not able to control how quickly these databases correct the article.

JCHLA/JABSC acknowledges the lack of “identify infrastructures” in publishing and the challenges with achieving true comprehensiveness. We may not be able to remove the author’s previous name in all public facing metadata, however, we are committed to refining this policy and our procedures to better align with the principles outlined by COPE. 


To accomplish an invisible name change, we will re-publish the article, which fully replaces the article and metadata. Other citation metadata (e.g. DOI) will remain the same, which will ensure that previous citations to the article remain valid. No correction or notice will be published with the article. Co-author(s) can be notified by JCHLA/JABSC if requested. This allows co-author(s) to ensure they are using correct citation information for future publications.

Expediency and Simplicity

We aim to provide proofs to the author within 5-10 business days. For older articles where we do not have access to the proofs this may take longer.

Recurrence and Maintenance 

JCHLA/JABSC is committed to regularly auditing our practices and correcting instances of changed names. When we detect instances of the author’s previous name we will work to refine our policy and procedure to ensure it does not happen in the future.