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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The manuscript in the format of Doc or Docx has to be submitted together with supplementary files;
  • 1) A Cover Letter which describes the New Findings or Interesting Highlight or Novelty Statements (if relevant);
  • 2) Signed Copyright Statement. The template can be found in the Author Guideline Section
  • 3) Article Submission in Microsoft Word according to Healthscope Research Book format. Please download the Template in the Author's Guideline Section. The submission file is in Microsoft Word and NOT in PDF format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author's Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Healthscope is an annual research book published with support from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM). 

Aims and Scope

We publish high-quality peer-reviewed research, reviews, commentaries, news, and editorial content on topics of interest to diverse stakeholders. The research book's mission is to promote excellence in health sciences and a range of disciplines and specialties of allied health professions. The research book's priorities are papers in the field of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Medical Laboratory Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Medical Imaging, and Basic Sciences. Relevant articles from other disciplines of allied health professions may be considered for publication. 

Manuscripts submitted to Healthscope must be original work that has not been published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Submission to this research book proceeds totally online. Submissions mailed to the editorial office will not be processed. Use the following guidelines to prepare your article.

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

The manuscript in the format of Doc or Docx has to be submitted together with supplementary files ;

  1. A Cover Letter which describes the New Finding or Novelty Statements, and potential reviewers (Click Here for a sample of a cover letter)
  2. Signed Copyright Statement. Please Click Here for the Copyright Statement form.
  3. Article Submission in Microsoft Word according to Healthscope format. Click Here for the format/ template. The submission file is in Microsoft Word and NOT in PDF format.

All the forms can be downloaded in this section. Please use it when preparing your manuscript for submission to the research book.


Types of Paper

News and Updates: News and Updates articles are written to update the research community on an upcoming event or reports on a recent event of utmost importance. Items should be short and no longer than 200 words absent of any figures and tables with no more than 5 references. The full name for correspondence is included.

Letters: These items are short comments on current issues of interest that warrants an immediate response from the scientific and engineering community. Items should be short and no longer than 500 words absent of any figures and tables with no more than 5 references. Authors are limited to two per letters as it is a concise and precise communication.

Research Articles: Research Articles presents original research that is expected to present a major advancement and contribution to the body of knowledge or a particular area. Research Articles follows the format provided in the guide to authors. The content includes an abstract, an introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, and a conclusion. The supplementary materials that support the paper's conclusions are welcomed.

Reviews: Review articles summarise and describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance as well as proposing new future research directions based on their reviews. Reviews contain an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main theme, subheadings, and the future direction for resolving research questions.

Methods and Protocols: Methods and Protocols are proposals of new or an overviews of recent technical and methodological developments. Articles should present a new experimental, engineering, scientific or computational method, test, or procedure. The method described may either be completely new or may offer a better version of an existing method. Methods must be proven by its validation, its application to an important research question, and the result illustrating its performance in comparison to existing approaches. Articles should possess thorough assessments of methodological performance and comprehensive technical descriptions that facilitate immediate application by researchers in the field.

Software, Database, and Datasets: Software articles should describe a computational tool, novel software or new algorithm implementations, web servers, and web services that would be a useful addition that represents a significant advance over previously published software (usually demonstrated by direct comparison with available related software). Database articles should describe a novel database that is readily accessible and data within the database should be attributed to a valid source. The database articles must be available for testing by anonymous reviewers. Datasets are articles that assist researchers to archive, document, and distribute the datasets produced in their research to the entire academic community. Software or data must be freely available to non-commercial users and its availability and implementation must be clearly stated in the article.

Format article

  1. The main manuscript has to be in the range between 3500-5000 words without references and abstract with font size 10, Times New Roman.
  2. The corresponding author should provide an official institution email address in the manuscript.

A concise and actual abstract is required (in the range between 100 - 200 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone.  Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and," "of"). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. Use comma (",") to separate the keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes. 

Article structure

Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

Reference Style 
References are written in the American Psychological Association (APA) style with font size 9, Times New Roman.

Figure and Table
The Figures should be Borderless Chart-Area with font size 9, Times New Roman. 

Revision Manuscript
Revised manuscripts should be returned including revision notes. The revision notes should address the issues raised in the referee report and clearly state per page (indicate paragraph and line) which changes have been made. Additional materials may be requested at the discretion of the editor.

Detail format 

  • Title: Font size 16, Times New Roman
  • Abstract: 100-200 words with Font size 9, Times New Roman
  • Keywords: 3-5 words  
  • Content: 3500-5000 words without references and abstract with font size 10, Times New Roman 
  • Reference: Font size 9, Times New Roman


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Privacy Statement

Publication Ethics Statement

Faculty of Health Sciences UiTM, Healthscope Journals


In the realm of scholarly journal publishing, there are established ethical standards that must be upheld by all involved parties, including authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, and the publisher. The Faculty of Health Sciences is unwavering in its commitment to maintaining the highest standards in critical scholarly evaluation and professional publishing judgment. The journals published under the Faculty of Health Sciences are guided by their independent editors, who are the primary decision-makers responsible for the content published in each issue, ensuring precision, comprehensiveness, and originality in every article. Faculty of Health Sciences provides support to our journal editors and sponsors in their endeavors to ethically and transparently manage their journals while adhering to established editorial principles and practices in their respective fields. You can find additional information about the author guidelines for each journal by visiting our website's journal homepage and clicking on the "Author Guidelines" tab.

Editorial Decisions

Editors bear the responsibility of selecting articles for publication, with the assistance of their editorial boards. They establish policies and guidelines for their journals, complying with legal requirements concerning plagiarism, libel, and copyright infringement. Editors may seek input from other editors or reviewers when making decisions. The content of each manuscript is evaluated for its suitability within the journal, with a focus on intellectual merit rather than the author's personal attributes. It is essential that any unpublished materials incorporated in a submitted manuscript are not used in the editor's own research without explicit written consent from the original manuscript author.

Peer Reviewer Duties

Each journal employs a Peer Review Process to aid the editor in making informed editorial decisions regarding a manuscript's quality and suitability for publication. The journal editor may share peer reviewers' responses with manuscript authors, facilitating improvements. Reviewers who feel unqualified to assess a manuscript or anticipate delays should promptly inform the editor. Reviewers are expected to be impartial, disclosing any conflicts of interest, such as prior co-authorship, professional relationships, or personal connections. Confidentiality must be maintained for all submissions received for review, and reviews should be objective, free of personal criticism, and supported by clear reasoning. Reviewers should identify relevant unpublished work and alert the editor to significant similarities between the manuscript under review and other published papers. Information acquired through peer review is considered privileged and must be kept confidential. In cases where reviewers have professional or personal connections with the authors or associated institutions, they should notify the editor about potential conflicts of interest. It's important to note that the scholarly peer review process typically applies to original research articles and not other types of scholarly content found in journals, such as book and media reviews, political reviews, dialogue, editorial commentary, and more.


Authorship should be confined to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the research, including its conceptualization, design, execution, or interpretation. All significant contributors should be listed as co-authors, while others who participated significantly in the research project should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author must verify that co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have reviewed, approved, and consented to submit the final manuscript. Authors must disclose any financial or substantive conflicts of interest that may impact the results or interpretation of their manuscript, and they should properly acknowledge all sources of financial support for the research project. Authors reporting original research must provide an accurate description of the research's execution and an objective discussion of its significance to the field. All evidence and supporting data must be accurately presented, and references should be provided to enable the reconstruction of the argument. Including inaccurate statements or fabricated data intentionally is considered unethical. Authors must ensure that their submitted work does not contain libelous content or infringe upon the copyright of others, and they should cite and quote others' work appropriately. Simultaneously submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals is unethical and unacceptable. Authors who decide to submit their manuscript to another journal should request withdrawal from consideration from the journal editor. Proper acknowledgment of others' work and citations of influential publications are essential. Authors must sign a publication agreement to allow their accepted manuscript to be published in the journal. Each journal has its unique publication agreement, provided to authors upon manuscript acceptance.

Errors in Published Works

If authors discover significant errors or inaccuracies in their published paper, it is their responsibility to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate in the retraction or correction process. If the journal editor identifies a significant error that requires correction or encounters issues like plagiarism, research fabrication, duplicate publication, or undisclosed conflicts of interest, they will address and resolve the matter in consultation with the Faculty of Health Sciences. The publisher (Faculty of Health Sciences) is dedicated to safeguarding the integrity of the scholarly version of the record.