JIHM Nov 2015

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Taking a step forward in continuous improvement: a review on sustainability and Collaborative Networks
Gabriela Salim Spagnol, Li Min Li

Lean Thinking to Improving Access to Cancer Patients in a Public General Hospital
Carlos Frederico Pinto , Stela Maris Coelho, Evelin Araujo Marotta, Sheila Vianna Reis, Robisom Damasceno Calado, Messias Borges Silva

Lean Healthcare - Process Improvement in a Cancer Outpatient Chemotherapy Unit
Stela Maris Coelho, Carlos Frederico Pinto , Robisom Damasceno Calado, Evelin Araujo Marotta, Elisangela Romano, Messias Borges Silva

Review Process

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A peer-review process is used to assess the quality of work submitted to JIHM for publication and assess its importance. It provides reliability and credibility to the research work. It also helps authors meet the accepted standards of their discipline. Reviews are done by experts in the subject field. All articles submitted to the journal go through a minimum of two rounds of double blind review. This helps us maintain high-quality of our publication.

Online Submission

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Authors are requested to send their manuscript to the Editorial Office. Use the following email only: O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. . All manuscripts sent to JIHM should be in English.

Prepare your text, in Word (.DOC file).

Prepare your graphics.
Illustrations: The preferred figure formats are JPEG/TIFF. For halftones, please use TIFF format. The file name (one file for each figure) should include the figure number. Figure legends should be included in the text and not in the figure file.
Scan resolution: Scanned line drawings should be digitized with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi relative to the final figure size. For digital halftones, 300 dpi is usually sufficient.
Color illustrations: Store color illustrations as RGB (8 bits per channel) in TIFF format. Color images will be printed only on recommendation of the Editor-inChief.

Vector graphics: Fonts used in the vector graphics must be included. Please do not draw with hairlines. The minimum line width is 0.2 mm (i.e., 0.567 pt) relative to the final size. If you are unable to embed your figures in the text document, then upload the figures separately as .GIF, .JPEG, .EPS, .TIFF, .PPT or .XLS files. Each figure must be labelled with a figure number.
To ensure accurate conversion of characters, standard fonts such as Times New Roman, Ariel or Helvetica should be used for preparing the text and figures.
Symbol font should be used to convert Greek characters and other non-standard characters such as the degree symbol.

The following should be provided during the submission process:

The names of four suggested referees, together with their institutions, telephone numbers and email addresses. Please add the relevant areas of expertise and indicate their suitability as referees, in brackets, after the names. Do not suggest scientists based in your own institution or close collaborators elsewhere, as they will not be approached.
The editors will check the standing of the referees in their stated fields by reference to PubMed and other public databases.
A covering letter of submission (giving the postal, fax, and e-mail addresses of the corresponding author) should be sent with the manuscript file.

Evidence of submission of sequences to a databank.
Approval of citation of any personal communications.

Any unpublished papers that are cited must be uploaded for referees to access. An electronic copy of any related paper under consideration or in press elsewhere must also be submitted to facilitate evaluation by the referees. Failure to do this may delay the review process.
Any other supplementary material (see below)
Authors must include a statement in the Acknowledgement section concerning any information about conflicts of interest and financial support received for their research.

Submission of a revised manuscript

Submit the revised manuscript online sending to O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. following the instructions provided in the editorial decision letter as a DOC file.
Manuscript preparation

Authors should strictly follow the journal's format while preparing the manuscript to avoid delays in processing. Manuscript must be typeset using 12 point font size with at least 1.5 line spacing on A4 size paper and should have at least 2.5 cm margin on all sides. Manuscript should be submitted as a single file as MS Word document.

Arrangement of Manuscript

MS should be arranged as indicated below.

Title page

The title should be typeset in sentence case, followed by authors name(s) in the next line followed by their institutional affiliations as separate lines. The corresponding author should be indicated with an asterix. This should be followed by e-mail address of the corresponding author.

Abstract and Keywords

Each paper should have an abstract not exceeding 300 words and should concisely report objective, methodology and results. An abstract should briefly describe the results and conclusion within 300 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Abstract should be followed by not more than 6 key words that reflect the theme of the paper.


The text should be type set with Introduction in the beginning followed by Materials and methods, Results and discussion, Conclusion and Acknowledgement (if any) and References, in that order. Material and methods should be precise and without any ambiguity indicating details of sampling methods, replicates and relevant statistical analyses. Scientific nomenclature should be mentioned for all biological names at their first appearance. Vernacular names like pulav, kabab, kofta, etc. should be in italics and briefly described at their first use.


References should be formatted according to Vancouver guidelines. You can find the Vancouver Style Guide by clicking on the link above:



Tables should be numbered consecutively (use Arabic numbers).

Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.

Each table should appear after the Reference section on a separate page and should have a brief, self-explanatory title.

No vertical/horizontal lines in between columns/rows should be drawn and each table should not exceed 12 columns.
Column headings should be brief.
Nil results should be indicated by ND (not detected), while absence of data by the sign „-‟. The mean±SD/SEM should be indicated as footnote.

Figures and Illustrations

All illustrations should be provided in a form and size with proper legibility for reproduction and each figure should not exceed half the size of A4 page and letters should not be less than 12 points size to maintain legibility when reduced to single column size.

All photographs, charts and diagrams should be indicated as "Figure(s)" and numbered consecutively as per the order of appearance in the text.

All figures should have a legend written at the bottom.
Original photographs must be supplied as separate file, at the time of manuscript submission.


Use standard abbreviations. A few are: ml (millimetre), g (gram), t (ton), mM (milli mole), d (days), min (minutes), h (hours), sec (seconds), ha (hectare), SD (standard deviation), kD (kilo Dalton), SE (standards error), wt (weight), DOS (days of storage), mol wt (molecular weight). The binomial Latin names of microorganisms, plants and animals should be italicized.


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Articles are original reports whose conclusions represent a substantial advance in understanding of an important problem and have immediate, far-reaching implications. They do not normally exceed 5 pages of JIHM and have no more than 50 references. (One page of undiluted text is about 1,300 words.)

Articles have a summary, separate from the main text, of up to 300 words, which does not have references, and does not contain numbers, abbreviations, acronyms or measurements unless essential. It is aimed at readers outside the discipline. This summary contains a paragraph (2-3 sentences) of basic-level introduction to the field; a brief account of the background and rationale of the work; a statement of the main conclusions (introduced by the phrase 'Here we show' or its equivalent); and finally, 2-3 sentences putting the main findings into general context so it is clear how the results described in the paper have moved the field forwards.

Articles are typically 3,000 words of text, beginning with up to 500 words of referenced text expanding on the background to the work (some overlap with the summary is acceptable), before proceeding to a concise, focused account of the findings, ending with one or two short paragraphs of discussion.

The text may contain a few short subheadings (not more than six in total) of no more than 40 characters each (less than one line of text in length).

Articles typically have 5 or 6 display items (figures or tables).


Letters are short reports of original research focused on an outstanding finding whose importance means that it will be of interest to scientists in other fields.

They do not normally exceed 4 pages of JIHM,, and have no more than 30 references. They begin with a fully referenced paragraph, ideally of about 200 words, but certainly no more than 300 words, aimed at readers in other disciplines. This paragraph starts with a 2-3 sentence basic introduction to the field; followed by a one-sentence statement of the main conclusions starting 'Here we show' or equivalent phrase; and finally, 2-3 sentences putting the main findings into general context so it is clear how the results described in the paper have moved the field forwards.

The rest of the text is typically about 1,500 words long. Any discussion at the end of the text should be as succinct as possible, not repeating previous summary/introduction material, to briefly convey the general relevance of the work.

Letters typically have 3 or 4 small display items (figures or tables).

Word counts refer to the text of the paper. References, title, author list and acknowledgements do not have to be included in total word counts.

Brief Communications Arising and Corrections

Brief Communications Arising is exceptionally interesting or important comments and clarifications on original research papers or other peer-reviewed material published in JIHM.

Other contributions to JIHM

JIHM is also open to other contributions, such as: News and Comment, Correspondence, Opinion, Books & Arts, News & Views, Insights, Reviews and Perspectives.

Editorial handling of papers

A paper send to the Editorial Office ( O endereço de e-mail address está sendo protegido de spambots. Você precisa ativar o JavaScript enabled para vê-lo. ) is screened for style before assigning it to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editorial Office then assigns submitted paper to the Editor-in-Chief who in turn assigns it to an Editor with appropriate expertise. The Editor is responsible for making the final decision to accept/revise/reject. Before submitting a paper to referees, the Editor-in-Chief or Editor will prescreen the paper to check that it fulfils minimum basic criteria that would make it potentially suitable for JIHM: nature of study, quantity and quality of data, general conclusions and standard of presentation.

If the paper does not fulfill these criteria, it may be rejected at this stage. Papers that pass the prescreening stage will normally be sent to at least two independent referees, but the Editor may also act as a referee him/herself. The use of referees suggested by authors is at the discretion of the Editor/Editor-in-Chief. Comments of reviewers and editorial inputs will be intimated to the corresponding author. Authors should revise MS as per reviewers‟ suggestions and provide point by-point reply to comments raised by reviewers, as a separate MS Word file.

If revision of a paper is requested, the revised version should be returned within 45 days. If more time is required, the author should contact the Editorial Office or the Editor-in-Chief to agree a new deadline. If revision is delayed by the author without prior agreement, the revised version will be treated as a new submission.

Legal requirements

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Submission of a manuscript to the Journal of Innovation and Healthcare Management (JIHM) implies that:

- the work described has not been published before

- it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere

- its publication has been approved by all coauthors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out.

The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. Authors wishing to include figures, tables or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.


Authors will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the Journal of Innovation and Healthcare Management (JIHM) [or grant the Publisher exclusive publication and dissemination rights]. This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws. Authors should also state that they have full control of all primary data and that they agree to allow the journal to review their data if requested. Therefore, the manuscript must be accompanied by the "Licence to Publish" Form. This form can be obtained at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/tq6ua8hms4d1wt4/LICENCE%20TO%20PUBLISH.pdf?dl=0


JIHM, an annual journal, publishes original research papers and reviews in all branches of innovation and management in the healthcare field. JIHM does not levy any page charges and publication is based purely on the scientific and technical merit of the paper. Peer reviewed, critical, concise reviews of topical interest and book reviews of relevant books are also published.