Editorials and Opinions
Manuscripts submitted to the JNHPR as editorial or opinion article types should contain the following sections:
List of Abbreviations Used (if any)
Conflicts of Interest
If your manuscript will contain any of the following, please also read these instruction sections carefully:
Please note the differences in what each section should contain based on article type as follows in each manuscript secton below:
Editorial and opinion articles: The Title Page should provide the 1) full title of the article, 2) full names, academic degrees, institutional affiliations and addresses, and email addresses for all authors, 3) an indication of the corresponding author. Only the first letter of the first word of the title and after each colon, and proper nouns should be capitalized. Please do not use abbreviations in your title. Authorship should be assigned based on the recommendations made by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE); individuals who do not meet authorship criteria should instead be listed in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript.
Editorial and opinion articles: The Title of your article should clearly describe your topic.
Editorial and opinion articles: An optional Abstract of no more than 150 words should be provided with your article.
All article types: Provide three to ten keywords representing the main content of the article, each keyword separated by a semicolon (i.e. cancer; biology; genomics).
The body of the article spanning from the beginning to the end of the body text should not exceed 2000 words.
Editorial articles: For editorial and opinion articles, the subtitles may differ from the typical Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion layout of original research articles. Authors may choose how to title their subtitles and how many are needed based on the nature of their topic and at their discretion. Editorials should be written in a more formal style (as opposed to an editorial), contain adequate references for all ideas discussed, and mirror that of a mini-review. It should cover topics of relevance to the NHP community or issues, changes or news of relevance regarding the journal’s editorial policies and operations.
Opinion articles: For editorial and opinion articles, the subtitles may differ from the typical Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion layout of original research articles. Authors may choose how to title their subtitles and how many are needed based on the nature of their topic and at their discretion. Opinions should provide personal and original viewpoints on a timely topic of interest to the general NHP community, but they should also aim to provide a balanced view of the field in terms of the representation of all the groups concerned. The goal should be to encourage discussion or new research, to cover contentious issues, or to provide a new context for, or analysis of, an old or current topic, or to speculate on the implications of some recent research. With this in mind, authors should be mindful that opinions should avoid being overly speculative.
List of Abbreviations Used (If Any)
Editorial and opinion articles: If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use written in full with the abbreviation in parentheses. A complete list of all abbreviations used should be provided in a section called List of Abbreviations directly following the Conclusions section.
Conflicts of Interest
Editorial and opinion articles: The “Conflicts of Interest” section should declare any real, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest between the duties or responsibilities related to research, and personal, institutional or other interests associated with each author. Conflicts of interest can exist when an author’s interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations. If all authors have no conflicts of interest, please state “The author(s) declare that they have no conflicts of interest.” In any case, please explicitly state which authors do and do not have conflicts of interest so that this is made clear to the reader.
Editorial and opinion articles: The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) states that there are four main criteria that constitute authorship on research article as follows:
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
Please outline the contributions made by each author using the following format, where each author is referred to by their initials:
ABC: made contributions to the design of the study, collected and analysed data, drafted the manuscript, revised the manuscript critically, and gave final approval of the version to be published.
DEF: contributed to study design and planning, assisted with the collection and analysis of data, and gave final approval of the version to be published.
GHI: made substantial contributions to the design of the study, the collection of data as well as interpretation and analysis of the data, revised the manuscript critically, and gave final approval of the version to be published.
If a contributor did not meet the criteria for authorship, they should be listed in the Acknowledgements section.
Editorial and opinion articles: Please acknowledge anyone who contributed towards the article but did not meet the criteria for authorship. Examples of such contributors include those who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, a department chair who provided only general support, or those who contributed as part of a large collaboration group. Authors should obtain permission to acknowledge all those mentioned in the Acknowledgements section.
Editorial and opinion articles: Please include all funding sources associated with your study. If the study was unfunded, please state “This study was not funded”.
Editorial and opinion articles: Editorial articles should contain no more than 30 references, and opinion articles should contain no more than 10 references. All references, including URLs, must be numbered consecutively, in square brackets, in the order in which they are cited in the text, followed by any in tables or legends. Each reference must have an individual reference number. If automatic numbering systems are used, the reference numbers must be finalized and the bibliography must be fully formatted before submission. Note: In accordance with CrossRef, for cited journal articles please ensure that you report the hyperlink as a DOI weblink and NOT a weblink from the journal’s webpage (i.e. https://doi.org/10.xxxxx/jnhpr.## and NOT https://jnhpresearch.com/index.php/jnhpr/article/view/##). To speed up your referencing process, use the CrossRef free DOI lookup: https://www.crossref.org/guestquery/.
The JNHPR follows the reference style outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) also known as the Vancouver citation style. Some cited examples are provided below:
Standard journal articles
Singh SR, Levine MA. Potential interactions between pharmaceuticals and natural health products in Canada. J Clin Pharmacol. 2007 Feb;47(2):249-58. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091270006296421
Murty M. Postmarket surveillance of natural health products in Canada: Clinical and federal regulatory perspectives. Can J Physiol Pharm. 2007 Sep;85(9):952-5. https://doi.org/10.1139/Y07-085
Complete book, authored
Dewick PM. Medicinal natural products: a biosynthetic approach. John Wiley & Sons; 2002 Jan 3.
Government of Canada [Internet]. Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate [cited 2018 Oct 15]. Available from: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/about-health-canada/branches-agencies/health-products-food-branch/natural-non-prescription-health-products-directorate.html
For more examples of Vancouver citation style, please see: https://www.bma.org.uk/library/library-guide/reference-styles
Figures (if any)
Editorial and opinion articles: Figures should be provided where it should be displayed in the word document text file. Each figure should be able to fit on a single page in portrait format, and they should be numbered in the order in which they appear cited in the manuscript (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Each figure must be accompanied with a caption directly below it. Please note that the JNHPR only publishes articles in online formats, and therefore, there are no additional charges for the use of color figures. Important: It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures that have previously been published elsewhere, which should be scanned and emailed to the editorial office in case of acceptance together with your Publication Agreement Form.
Editorial and opinion articles: Tables should also be provided where it should be displayed in the word document text file. Each table should be able to fit on a single page in portrait format, and they should be numbered in the order in which they appear cited in the manuscript (i.e. Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Each figure must be accompanied with a caption directly above it. All tables should be formatted using the “Table object” (i.e. Insert > Table) in a Microsoft Word to ensure that columns of data are kept aligned when the file is sent electronically for review. Important: It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere, which should be scanned and emailed to the editorial office in case of acceptance together with your Publication Agreement Form.
Editorial and opinion articles: For figures and tables that are too large to be included with the manuscript file, please upload them as multimedia appendices. Other supplemental file types that you wish to accompany your manuscript may include research instruments (questionnaires), movie files, original/raw data (SAS/SPSS, Excel, Access database, etc.). Supplementary material will not be edited or typeset during production unless specifically requested by the authors; it will be published with the article PDF as a supplementary files in the same format as submitted by the authors. Important: It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce any supplemental file that have previously been published elsewhere, which should be scanned and emailed to the editorial office in case of acceptance together with your Publication Agreement Form.