Focus and Scope

Mission and Scope:

Journal of BPKIHS (JBPKIHS) is a scientific, biomedical publication of B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal. JBPKIHS is published as a continuation of Health Renaissance as per the decision of the 23rd Academic Committee meeting of BPKIHS held on the 1st February, 2016. The change coincides with a print and online redesign and integration into a more cohesive global online network. It is to emphasize that the mission and scope are essentially the same as that of Health Renaissance for which it had stood for and worked towards over the past thirteen years.

The main mission of the journal is to act as a means of for improving the quality of health care and medical education, particularly in the context of developing countries with limited resources. It aims to achieve the above mission by providing a standard platform to the physicians, scientists, administrators and educators all over the world in various fields of health profession and medical education for sharing their experiences and views and for disseminating the results of scientific researches related to these fields.

JBPKIHS would be of interest to all those who are involved in patient care, biomedical research, education of health professionals and administration of health services and community at large. The journal accepts original articles, review articles, case reports, brief communications and letters to the editor. The journal agrees to use the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals". All materials submitted to this Journal should confirm to these requirements. Detailed guidelines for submitting a manuscript to the journal have been given at the end of this issue. Authors are requested to follow these guidelines carefully while preparing the manuscript, for quicker acceptance and publication of the same in the journal.

Peer Review Process

The author has to submit their manuscript according to JBPKIHS Author guidelines section policy.

  • All submitted article will undergo national/ international peer review with blinding for two peer reviewers, simultaneously. If the decision conflicts between two, it will be sent to third peer reviewer.
  • The typical review will take minimum 4-6 weeks which includes 2 weeks for peer review and remaining weeks for peer review handling process. However, this may take little longer due to unseen workloads.
  • When the article is received from peer reviewer there will be one of the following outcome and the decision choices include:

Accept Submission: The submission will be accepted without revisions.

Revisions Required: The submission will be accepted after minor changes have been made according to the reviewer's comment.

Resubmit for Review: The submission needs to be re-worked, but with significant changes, may be accepted. It will require a second round of review, however.

Resubmit elsewhere: When the submission does not meet the focus and scope of JBPKIHS.

Decline Submission: The submission will not be published in the journal.

All comments received from the reviewers will be passed on to the authors within 4-6 weeks after getting back from the reviewers. Regardless of whether or not the submission is accepted for publication, it is essential that appropriate feedback is provided to the contributors.

JBPKIHS respect the views, opinion, comments and decision of the reviewer. However, the right for acceptance and rejection of the manuscript is reserved with the Chief Editor, on the basis of maintaining the integrity of the science, following the guideline of ICJME, WAME, CSE, COPE.

The editors will be responsible for directing the manuscripts to the appropriate reviewers who have the knowledge and/or expertise in the requisite fields. Each manuscript will be accepted (sometimes on a conditional basis pending suggested changes) or declined based on the reviewers' comments, and other factors by Editor-in-Chief decisions. In the case of a controversial ground-breaking article that could have a far-reaching impact on the field, further reviews may be sought. The decision ultimately rests with the Editor-in-Chief.

Peer Reviewers will be provided with Review Guidelines, once they accept to review the submission. JBPKIHS will rate reviewers on a five-point quality scale after each review.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. Non-response to galley proof may result in the delay of publication or even rejection of the article. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online.

Publication Frequency

Two issues of the journal are published in a calendar year.

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.

Editorial Board

Chief Editor
Dhana Ratna Shakya
Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: drdhanashakya@yahoo.com

Joint Editor
Pashupati Chaudhary,
Professor and Head, Department of Orthopaedics,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: pashupati.chaudhary@bpkihs.edu

Web Editor
Shankar Prasad Shah
Associate Professor, Department of ENT & Head Neck Surgery,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: drshankarshah@gmail.com

Members
Madhab Lamsal,
Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: madhab.lamsal@bpkihs.edu

Ram Sharan Mehta,
Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: hod.msn@bpkihs.edu

Ashish Shrestha,
Additional Professor, Department of Community Dentistry,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: shrestha.ashish@bpkihs.edu

Manoj Bhattarai,
Associate Professor, Department of Radio-diagnosis & Medical Imaging,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: manoj.bhattarai@bpkihs.edu

Dhan Keshar Khadka,
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: dhan.khadka@bpkihs.edu

Bajarang Prasad Sah,
Associate Professor, Department of ENT & Head Neck Surgery,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: bajarang.sah@bpkihs.edu

Suchana Marahatta
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: suchanamarahatta@yahoo.com

Dipesh Raj Pandey,
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: dipesh.pandey@bpkihs.edu

Rajesh Gyawali,
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: rajesh.gyawali@bpkihs.edu

Statistical Consultants
Surya Raj Niraula,
Professor, Department of Biostatistics,
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: surajniraula@gmail.com

Dharanidhar Baral,
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics
BPKIHS, Dharan, Nepal
Email: dharanidhar.baral@bpkihs.edu

Advisory Board

Professor Badri Prasad Badhu, Nepal
Professor Bishwanath Yadav, Nepal
Professor Chandra Bhushan Jha, Nepal
Professor Chandra Shekhar Agrawal, Nepal
Professor Gajendra Prasad Rauniar, Nepal
Professor Madan Prasad Upadhyaya, Nepal
Professor Narendra Bhatta, Nepal
Professor Paras Kumar Pokharel, Nepal
Professor Prahlad Karki, Nepal
Professor Ramesh Kanta Adhikari, Nepal
Professor Rupa Rajbhandari Singh, Nepal
Professor Sanjib Kumar Sharma, Nepal
Professor Sudha Agrawal, Nepal
Professor Anurag Shrivastava, India
Professor K K Deepak, India
Professor K K Verma, India
Professor Mukesh Tripathi, India
Professor O P Kalra, India
Professor R M Pandey, India
Dr. P T Jayawickramarajah, Sri Lanka

Declarations

While all efforts have been made by the editors and publisher to ensure that no inaccuracies or misleading information/opinions or statements appear in the articles or in advertisements being published in this journal; it is, however, clarified that all such information, statements or opinions appearing in this journal are those of contributors and / or of advertisers, and they themselves are solely responsible for the correctness of the same. The opinions expressed or statements made herein may not necessarily be the opinion and views of the editorial board of the journal or those of B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal. B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal or the editors take no responsibility or liability, whatsoever, for the consequences of any form arising out of any of the articles / advertisements included in this journal.

While all efforts are made for ensuring the accuracy of schedules or protocols of various modalities of treatment that appear in this journal, the readers are, however, advised to re-verify and get familiar with them, especially for newer or unfamiliar drugs / protocols / procedures etc. before starting practicing them.

B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal, assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the editorial contained in this journal and such editorial materials do not represent the official policy or recommendations of the university. The appearance of advertisements in this journal does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement by the editorial board of B. P. Koirala Institute of health Sciences of quality or value of any advertised product or service, or the claims made for them by advertisers.

Journal History

The journal was previously known as Health Renaissance.