Tropical Medicine & International Health

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 2

Editors H. van Asten, H. Fletcher, T. Junghanss, T. Marchant, C.G. Meyer and P. Van der Stuyft

Impact Factor: 2.85

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 2/19 (Tropical Medicine); 39/176 (Public Environmental & Occupational Health)

Online ISSN: 1365-3156

Author Guidelines


We welcome original research papers, reviews and editorials.

We do not publish case reports, small case series, short communications or book reviews; nor studies that make use of data, infrastructure or personnel in a foreign country without involving at least one scientist from that foreign country as an author.

TMIH is a peer-reviewed journal. After initial screening, which takes only a few days, manuscripts are sent to at least two referees. If appropriate, a statistical reviewer is involved. 75% of papers sent out for external review receive the first decision within 6 weeks.

Authors do not incur page charges. We copy-edit each accepted paper for conciseness. Poor English does not prevent acceptance provided the paper's content is of high scientific quality.

Preprint Servers

Tropical Medicine & International Health will consider for review articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers such as ArXiv, bioRxiv, psyArXiv, SocArXiv, engrXiv, etc. Authors may also post the submitted version of their manuscript to non-commercial servers at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Encourages Data Sharing

Tropical Medicine & International Health encourages authors to share the data and other artefacts supporting the results in the paper by archiving it in an appropriate public repository. Authors should include a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, in order that this statement can be published alongside their paper.

Word limits

We are strict about concise writing. In principle, we enforce a word limit of 3,500 for the main body of the manuscript, but we will allow authors to exceed this where necessary for large-scale studies, studies with multiple outcomes being reported, randomised trials and reviews.


We prefer systematic reviews written according to Cochrane Guidelines but will also consider critical reviews in areas where these are more appropriate. Reviews are published with free full access from the journal's homepage (


Editorials are short opinion papers. They have a length limit of 1,500 words including the references. Editorials are published with free full access from the journal's homepage (


TMIH welcomes coverage of international meetings whose published research or policy resolutions are relevant to the fields of tropical medicine and international health. The proceedings of conferences, encompassing full papers or abstracts and possibly introductory comments to their various sections, can be published as supplements for a page charge. Full-text reproductions of conference contributions will be refereed. If you are planning a supplement, please contact us in advance .


The contents of TMIH is available free of charge to low-income countries through HINARI. Editorials and reviews are immediately and fully available to all through the journal's website (www.tmih com), as are one additional paper of the editors' choosing every month and virtual issues on various topics. All other content is fully and freely accessible after 12 months. Authors who wish to pay for immediate Open Access may use OnlineOpen, Wiley's pay-to-publish service.


For greater transparency and speed, our manuscript handling is web-based. The process is self-explanatory and should be easy, but if you would like more detailed instructions on how to submit a paper on Editorial Manager, please go to EM guidelines for authors and follow the instructions. We publish in English, but provide French and Spanish translations of the abstracts of research papers.

Please have the following information and documentation ready when you submit your manuscript on EM:

  • Each author's name, address and e-mail address if possible.
  • Each author's affiliation and qualifications.
  • The name of the author who is to deal with correspondence and proofs; this person must have an email address.
  • For animal or human studies that involve data collected actively and purposely, we require a signed statement from the corresponding or primary author that ethical approval was granted by the Ministry of Health or another appropriate institution in the country where the research was conducted and by ethical approval committees of affiliated research institutions elsewhere, if applicable.


We adhere to the criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Please consult the ICMJE website for more information.

Standardised authorship statements can be downloaded from our Editorial Manager homepage, or copied and pasted from the bottom of this document). All authors must sign the form. Authorship is constituted by

(1) conception and design of the study or analysis and interpretation of data and

(2) drafting the paper or substantially revising it and

(3) approving the final version to be published and

(4) accepting accountability for all aspects of the work.


The text should follow the IMRD format. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words and be structured into Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions.


Authors should refer to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals ( published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Briefly, the methods section should include a clear description of the eligibility and exclusion criteria for the study, and a description of the source population. Statistical methods should be described with enough detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. When data are summarised in the Results section, give numeric results not only as derivatives (e.g. percentages) but also as the absolute numbers from which these were calculated. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess its support. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in graphs and tables. Avoid non-technical uses of technical terms in statistics, such as 'random' (which implies a randomizing device), 'normal', 'significant', correlations', and 'sample'. Appropriate indicators of uncertainty (such as confidence intervals) should be presented, and reliance solely on statistical hypothesis testing, such as the use of P should be avoided as this fails to convey important information about effect size.

Reference style

We publish papers using the Vancouver reference style. Papers can be submitted with either Harvard or Vancouver style references; accepted papers will be converted or adjusted as necessary.

Declarations of Interest

Authors must acknowledge and declare any interests and sources of funding, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organisation that may profit or lose through publication of their paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.

Suggested reviewers

Authors are required to suggest five potential INDEPENDENT reviewers for their submission. For each suggested reviewer, please provide name and email address, affiliation, and a reference to at least one paper on a topic related to yours in a peer-reviewed journal by this person. The suggested reviewers need not be the top authorities in the subject area, just researchers with relevant expertise. If at all possible, one of your five suggestions should be a statistician.

Standards of publication

We encourage authors to use the following tools to ensure good practice in reporting their work:

References and quotations

People quoted as originators of personal communications must have agreed to be cited.

Short verbatim quotations must be in quotation marks and referenced. Long quotations must be paraphrased in the citing author's own words and referenced. We use iThenticate to check each submission for compliance with these rules.

Related papers

Authors must declare manuscripts in preparation or submitted elsewhere that are closely related to the manuscript to be considered.


Most authors are asked to make amendments to their papers before we accept them. If you have been asked for a revision, please prepare it within 42 days. If it takes you longer, the revised paper will be treated as a new submission. The revised paper is either assessed by the editor, or, in case of a major revision, returned to the referees.


You will receive a letter informing you that your paper has been accepted. All papers submitted to TMIH are accepted on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published else-where without prior approval from Wiley-Blackwell. Your article cannot be published until you have signed the appropriate license agreement.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted onWiley Author Services and Wiley Open Access.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's compliant self-archiving policy please visit: here.

The corresponding author will receive a PDF of the article that can be freely used by all authors for non-commercial purposes. On average, accepted papers are published in print within 3 months, and online within 4 weeks. Colour illustrations are also welcome but will incur a charge. Therefore, please note that if there is colour artwork in your manuscript when it is accepted for publication, Wiley-Blackwell require you to complete and return a colour work agreement form before your paper can be published. This form can be downloaded as a PDF here: TMI__CWA_Form_Sept_2014.pdf

Accepted Articles

'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked. The DOI remains unique to a given article in perpetuity. More information about DOIs can be found online at Given that Accepted Articles are not considered to be final, please note that changes will be made to an article after Accepted Article online publication, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record. The Accepted Articles service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers after acceptance.

Accepted articles will be indexed by PubMed; therefore the submitting author must carefully check the names and affiliations of all authors provided in the cover page of the manuscript, as it will not be possible to alter these once a paper is made available online in Accepted Article format. Subsequently the final copy-edited and proofed articles will appear either as Early View articles in a matter of weeks or in an issue on Wiley Online Library the link to the article in PubMed will automatically be updated.

Online production tracking

Authors can track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables him or her to register and have the article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking.


The corresponding author will receive an email containing a link to a web site. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be re-quired in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded for free from

Early View

Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been in-corporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can be used to cite and access the article.


Instead of offprints, the corresponding author receives a PDF of the paper, which may be freely reproduced for non-commercial purposes by all authors.

Author Material Archive Policy

Please note that unless specifically requested, Wiley will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted 2 months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office.

Author statement

Manuscript title:

I have made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND

I have drafted the work or revised it critically for important intellectual content; AND

I have approved the final version to be published; AND

I agree 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.

All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, including those who provided editing and writing assistance but who are not authors, are named in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript and have given their written permission to be named. If the manuscript does not include Acknowledgments, it is because the authors have not received substantial contributions from nonauthors.

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