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.