Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Top 10 reasons for rejecting a manuscript

  • Content of the paper not suitable for an international journal of public health.
  • Design of the study not appropriate for the question asked.
  • Lack of novelty and or timeliness.
  • Lack of either or both ethical committee approval and informed consent.
  • Lack of an appropriate search strategy.
  • Conclusions not justified by the results.
  • Lack of a feedback step in descriptions of audit.
  • Insufficient sample size.
  • Lack of a clear message to the public health community.
  • Secondary analyses of demographic surveys or simple prevalence studies that are difficult to generalise.
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