Editorial policy

When developing its Editorial Policy, the Publisher of the Journal of Health Development (the Journal) relied on the recommendations of the following International organizations for the ethics of scientific publications, which set standards and provide guidelines for best practice to meet publication requirements:

- Committee on Publication Ethics (СОРЕ);

- European Association of Science Editors (EASE);

- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE);

- World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

The Editorial Staff of the Journal, publishing scientific manuscripts, makes a feasible contribution to the development of public health.

The Editorial Staff of the Journal not only supports scientific communications and invests in this process, but is also responsible for compliance with all modern recommendations in published scientific work.

The Editorial Staff of the Journal follows the norms and rules of ethical behavior of all parties involved in the publication, namely: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, Publisher and Scientific community.

The Editorial Staff of the Journal undertakes to strictly monitor the published scientific materials.

The Editorial Staff of the Journal reserves the right to reject the publication of an article in case of violation of the Norms of Publication Ethics.



The Journal publishes articles in Kazakh, Russian or English at the choice of the Author.



The main criteria for accepting an article for publication in the Journal are high quality, originality, novelty and scientific and practical significance of copyright materials.



The Editorial Staff of the Journal exclusively uses the double-blind peer review procedure («double-blind» Peer Review Policy).



For a broad discussion of published materials, as well as the introduction of research results into the practice of domestic public health, the Editorial Staff follows the policy of full open access (Open Access) to publications. The Editorial Staff of the Journal uses a license Creative Commons Attribution (BY). Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print the full texts of the Journal articles.

Full-text versions of all published articles are available on the Journal's website.



At the first-time submission of the manuscript to the Editors of the Journal, the Author must make an unambiguously interpreted application of conflict of interest in the text of the cover letter when submitting the article for consideration.

The Editorial Staff of the Journal considers as a conflict of interest all situations when there are financial, personal or professional conditions that may affect the scientific judgment of the Reviewer or Editor and, as a result, the decision of the Editorial Board regarding the publication of an article.

Editors and Reviewers can also declare potential conflicts of interest that could influence the Editorial Board's decision.

If there is a conflict of interest between the Editor or Reviewer and the Author of the article, the article will be transferred to another Editor or Reviewer, respectively. The evaluation of the article submitted to the Editorial Board of the Journal will not be biased. The presence of a conflict of interest, which is declared by any of the participants in the review and review process, does not in itself lead to a refusal to publish, since the most important criterion for evaluating a manuscript is its scientific quality.

Unpublished data obtained from submitted manuscripts are not used in personal research without the written consent of the Author. Information or ideas obtained during the review and associated with possible benefits are kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

In the event of conflicts of interest of various parties related to the manuscript, the Editors are obliged to refuse to consider the manuscripts. In a similar situation, cooperation with other members of the Editorial Board takes place for joint decision-making.

The Editor, who has provided convincing evidence that the statements or conclusions presented in the publication are erroneous or may cause moral damage to a third party, informs the Editor-in-Chief about this in order to promptly notify about changes, withdrawal of the publication or other appropriate actions.



When submitting material for publication in the Journal, the Authors sign a special "Author’s right Transfer Form". A copy of this document is provided with the article. If accepted for publication, the ownership of the article is transferred to the Journal.

Re-publication of articles previously published in the Journal is prohibited without the written permission of the Publisher. If the manuscript is not published in the Journal, then the transfer of copyright has no legal effect.



Information about the Authors (surname, first name, name of an affiliated organization, address of the organization, e-mail, telephone) provided by them for publication in the Journal becomes available after the publication of the manuscript, to which the Authors give their written consent by signing the "Author’s right transfer Form".

The list of necessary information about the Authors is posted on this site of the Journal in the section "For Authors". The publication of this information is carried out in the interests of the Authors with the aim of complete and correct accounting of manuscripts, their citation by the relevant bibliographic organizations and ensuring the possibility of contacts between the Authors and the scientific community.

Personal information provided by the Authors to the Journal in addition to the information listed in the requirements, including additional e-mail and phone numbers, will be used exclusively for contact with the Authors in the process of preparing the article for publication.



The Authors are not charged for reviewing and publishing articles.



Publication decision. The Editor examines solely and independently is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the Journal should be published, often working on conjunction with the relevant society (for society-owned or sponsored journals). The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always underwrite such decisions. The Editor may be guided by the policies of the Journal’s Editorial Board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor may confer with other editors or reviewers (or society officers) in making this decision.

Fair play. An Editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the Authors.

Confidentiality. The Editor and any Editorial Staff of the Journal must not disclose any information about submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding Author, Reviewers, potential Reviewers, other Editorial advisers, and the Publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflicts of interest. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an Editor’s own research without the express written consent of the Author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-Editor, Associate Editor or other member of the Editorial Staff instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.

Vigilance over published record. An Editor presented with convincing evidence that the substance or conclusions of a published paper are erroneous should coordinate with the Publisher (and/or society) to promote the prompt publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations. An Editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the Publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the Author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies.



Contribution to Editorial Decisions. Peer review assists the Editor in making Editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the Author may also assist the Author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and lies at the heart of the scientific method. Publisher shares the view of many that all scholars who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.

Promptness. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor of the Journal and excuse himself from the review process.

More detailed information can be found in the sections "Review Policy" and "Publication Ethics".



Reporting standards. Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

More detailed information can be found in the sections "Review Policy" and "Publication Ethics".



Publisher should adopt policies and procedures that support Editors, Reviewers and Authors of the Journal in performing their ethical duties under these ethics guidelines. The Publisher should ensure that the potential for advertising or reprint revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

The publisher should support the Journal Editors in the review of complaints raised concerning ethical issues and help communications with other journals and/or Publishers where this is useful to Editors.

Publisher should develop codes of practice and inculcate industry standards for best practice on ethical matters, errors and retractions.

Publisher should provide specialized legal review and counsel if necessary.