Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal (PRHSJ) is the scientific journal of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. It was founded in 1982 as a vehicle for the publication of reports on scientific research conducted in-campus, Puerto Rico and abroad. All published work is original and peer-reviewed. The PRHSJ is included in Index Medicus, MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Index Pharmacus, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch®) and Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition. All papers are published both online and in hard copy. From its beginning, the PRHSJ is being published regularly four times a year. The scope of the journal includes a range of medical, dental, public health, pharmaceutical and biosocial sciences research. The journal publishes full-length articles, brief reports, special articles, reviews, editorials, case reports, clinical images, and letters arising from published material. Manuscript submission and other information regarding the journal are available online at http://prhsj.rcm.upr.edu.

 

Section Policies

Case Report

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Review Article

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Editorial

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Letter to the Editor

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Full-Length Articles

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Brief Reports

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Abstracts from Scientific Forums

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Special Article on Health Sciences Research in Puerto Rico

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Guest Editorial

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Clinical Image

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Microbiology

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Hepatitis Research

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HIV/AIDS

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Gerontología

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Laboratory Medicine

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Salud Ocupacional

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Correction

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Cancer: Head and Neck

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Neurobiology

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Clinical Sciences

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Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Salud Pública

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Breastfeeding Research

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Pediatric Pathology

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Electrocardiography

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Health Services

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Psychiatry

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Report from Scientific Conference in Puerto Rico

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Critical Care Medicine

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Artículo Especial

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Pharmacognosis

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HIV/Genotype

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Obstetric Ultrasound

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Educación en Salud

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Report from Scientific Meeting in Puerto Rico

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Special Articles from the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference

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Case Report

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Clinical Image

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Brief Report

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Bibliografía de la Medicina

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Public Health in Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Pediatric Pathology

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Educación y Profesionales de la Salud

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Clinical Studies

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Neuropathology

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HIV Diagnosis

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Carta al Editor

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Medicina Deportiva y Ciencias del Ejercicio

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Enfermería

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41st. Bailey K. Ashford Memorial Lecture

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Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Audiology

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Tropical Medicine

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Mensaje Colación de Grados

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Hepatitis C Research

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Historical Perspective

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Transfusion Medicine

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Physiology Research

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Pharmaceutical Research

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Pharmacy Practice

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Cincuentenario de la Fundación de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Puerto Rico

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Pediatric Aids

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Neurophysiology

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VIH/SIDA

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Errata

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Biochemistry

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Simposio de los Secretarios de Salud

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Bioestadística

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Bioética

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Salud Ambiental

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Lecture

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Brief Communication

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Mujer y Salud

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Clinico-Epidemiological Study

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Molecular Genetics

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Orthopaedic Surgery

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The Annual Distinguished Puerto Rico Lectureship Fund

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Preliminary Report

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The Fifth Carlos E. Rubio Memorial Lecture

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Metodología

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Bioethics

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Electrophysiology

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Calidad de Vida

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Neurosurgery

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Antimicrobial Phytochemicals

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Corrected and Republished Article

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Report from Scientific Forum in Puerto Rico

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Clinical Psychiatry

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Peer Review Process

The final decision regarding a submitted manuscript is based primarily upon the opinions of two reviewers, one associate editor, and the editor-in-chief. Invitations to review are emailed by the editors. Reviewers are asked to complete the manuscript evaluation and submit their comments by three weeks after accepting to review.

Reviewers’ comments should be as complete, detailed and helpful as possible. Reviewers rate the manuscript for originality, scientific relevance and presentation and make a recommendation about its suitability for publication. Comments are provided in two forms: as confidential comments for the editors and as open comments to be shared with the authors.

Comments to the editors should focus on whether the paper is (1) informative, interesting, important, novel, clear (carefully and well-written), and likely to be of interest to a substantial portion of the readership, and (2) valid in its methods and justified in its conclusions.

When preparing comments to the authors, assessment should be expressed in an objective and neutral tone. Reviews include an initial paragraph summarizing major findings presented and the reviewer's overall comments on major strengths and limitations of the manuscript. In the main part of the review comments should be numbered and separated into major and minor criticisms. The numbering of comments facilitates the editor's evaluation of the manuscript and the authors’ response.

 

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.