Author Guidelines


    1.1 Manuscript Templates

    1.2 Author Agreement Form

    1.3 Article Types

    1.4 Preparing a manuscript

    1.5 Submission and fees

    1.6 Copyright

    1.7 Appeals

    1.1 Manuscript Templates

    Authors must prepare and submit their work on the appropriate manuscript template provided below (click on links). These templates now comply with the journal's publishable format, including the required font type and sizes. The templates use DB Helvethaica X V3.2 (55 reg) font which can be downloaded here THJPH font (download, right click and select install).
    Authors' Template of manuscript, Original research (English version) Updated: October 20, 2022
    Authors' Template of manuscript, Review (English version) Updated: September 2, 2022

    1.2 Author Agreement Form

    All authors must sign the Author Author Agreement Form, Agreement Form, to indicate that they have approved the contents of the submitted manuscript and accept the journal’s copyright policy, and confirm that the work is not under review for publication elsewhere or has been published elsewhere.

    1.3 Article Types

    We invite the submission of unpublished original research and review articles which meet the Journal Aim and Scope. All submissions should be prepared according to the instructions provided below.

    1.3.1 Research Articles
    The justification for the research and research question must be clearly identifiable in the introduction. The materials and methods section must describe the materials, equipment and research procedures with sufficient detail and accuracy. The results section must demonstrate appropriate analysis, presentation and interpretation of research results, and results presented in tables/figures must be correct and clear. In the discussion section, authors must provide sufficient evidence-based reasons for their findings, and outline the limitations and strengths of their research, in addition to drawing comparisons with previous findings in this field. The conclusion must be appropriate and must indicate the public health implications of the findings and provide suggestion for future research.

    1.3.2 Review Articles
    • Narrative reviews must demonstrate that they are novel and necessary, provide a thorough overview and critique of an area of research, identify gaps in research knowledge, and assist in shaping new research questions. They must also be appropriate and balanced (not one-sided), cite original references, summarize information correctly, and include sufficient critical evaluation of the studies cited.

    • Systematic reviews should follow appropriate guidelines. The PRISMA guidelines ( include a checklist and an example of a flow diagram used to show the article selection process; these documents contain information that is relevant to all types of systematic review. Authors may also refer to MOOSE guidelines for systematic reviews of observational studies, and ENTREQ guidelines for systematic reviews of qualitative studies. Systematic reviews must be novel and necessary, and must include sound rationale, address a clear question, clearly state the outcome(s) of interest, and demonstrate a comprehensive search for articles. A methods section should state the search terms and describe techniques (name article sources, such as bibliographic databases, and article evaluation criteria, including description of how article quality was assessed). A results section should cover the numbers of studies screened, included and excluded (including reasons for exclusion), and explicitly state the characteristics of studies. A discussion section should incorporate a summary of the evidence and its relevance to key groups, along with discussion of the limitations of the review. A conclusion section should include an interpretation of the findings, and suggestions for future research.

    1.4 Preparing a manuscript

    1.4.1 Language
    Submissions be written in English. 

    1.4.2 Length
    English language manuscripts: 2,500-3,500 words; These word counts exclude the title page, abstract and references. Manuscripts can have up to 5 tables or figures.

    1.4.3 Style

    • Title and authors' details

    The manuscript title must identify and cover the main content of the article in a concise way (aim for no more than 15 words). Superscript numbers should be used after each author name to show their affiliated address. The name and contact details (postal address and email) of the corresponding author should be shown.

    • Abstracts

    Abstracts should be unstructured and must not contain references. Abstracts should state the research objectives, methods, results, conclusions and recommendations. Manuscripts written in English must have a standard abstract written in English (250 words max.), which contains more detail than a standard abstract and therefore improves the chances of international citation. The extended abstract must include an ethical approval statement (showing protocol approval number, name of ethics committee and date of approval) for research involving human subjects. 

    • Keywords

    Keywords (3 to 5) should be written underneath each abstract. The most effective keywords allow published articles to be easily discovered, therefore, keywords should be chosen carefully to clearly reflect the important content of the article. Choose terms which frequently appear in the abstract and main text.

    • Tables and figures
      Tables and figures must be written in English and on separate pages. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Both should be easily understandable without reading the main text, and must be mentioned at least once in brackets in the main text, for example: (Table 1),… (Figure 1).
      1. Tables: Only a top rule, rule below the heading and bottom rule must be used. Column and row labels must be brief and clear and show units of measurement. A column referring to sample number and percentage should use the label n (%). For percentage distribution, authors should use one decimal point. For measures of average and data dispersion, such as mean and standard deviation, authors should use also use a single column Mean (SD), and use 2 decimal points. If footnotes are used, superscript Roman letters which link with the footnotes should be consecutively applied (e.g., a, b, c). Asterisks (*, **, etc.) should not be used in footnotes, as these are solely for denoting the level of statistical significance.
      2. Figures: Figures include graphs/charts, diagrams and photographs or other images. Graphs/charts must be drawn using a computer program, such as MS Excel, GraphPad, etc.


    Probability values should be shown with a lower-case p (italics), for example < 0.05.

    • Author declarations

    Authors must declare author contributions, acknowledgements, source of funding, and conflicts of interest at the end of their manuscript. An ethical approval statement (showing protocol approval number, name of ethics committee and date of approval) for research involving human subjects must also be included. If applicable, clinical trial registration numbers or animal research approvals should also be stated at the end of the manuscript. Further guidance for the completion of these statements is provided under the Publication Ethics tab and in the downloadable templates (links above).  Authors should also scan and upload a copy of the ethical approval certificate or letter on to the manuscript submission system, for work that involved human subjects. Likewise, authors should upload evidence of approval by an animal research committee for work that involved animals.

    1.4.4 References
    All references must be written in English and Vancouver referencing style. Number references in superscript in the order cited in the text. General claims can be supported using general sources (e.g., a review), but specific claims need to be supported by specific sources (e.g., research article(s)). References should only refer to respected sources, and unpublished data should not be cited. References must be verified by the author(s) against the original documents. For articles printed in a language other than English, indicate the language in parentheses after the article title. If a cited publication has more than 6 authors, list the first 6 authors followed by “et al.”. The title of a journal should be abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus / NLM NIH. Telescope page numbers, e.g.,1: 125-9, e.g.,2: 181-95, should be used.

    Examples of Referencing Style:

    Journal article
    Srichan W, Uruwan Y, Kijboonchoo K, Thasanasuwan W. A comparison of bioelectrical impedance analysis with deuterium dilution technique for body fat assessment in school-age children. Journal of Public Health 2014; 44 (3): 223-36. (In Thai)

    Lalaeng T, Vatanasomboon P, Satheannoppakao W. Effects of health education program for changing snack consumption behavior among grade 5 students. Journal of Health Education 2019; 42(2): 12-22. (In Thai)

    Reininger B, Mecca LP, Stine KM, Schultz K, Ling L, Halpern D. A type 2 diabetes prevention website for African Americans, Caucasians, and Mexican Americans: formative evaluation. JMIR Res Protoc 2013; 2(2): e24.

    Abbass-Dick J, Xie F, Koroluk J, AlcockBrillinger S, Huizinga J, Newport A, et al. The development and piloting of an eHealth breastfeeding resource targeting fathers and partners as co-parents. Midwifery 2017; 50: 139-47.

    Pangkanon S, Sawasdivorn S, Kuptanon C, Chotigeat U, Vandepitte W. Establishing of a national birth defects registry in Thailand. J Med Assoc Thai 2014; 97(6): S182-8.

    McNulty B, Pentieva K, Marshall B, Ward M, Molloy AM, Scott JM, et al. Women's compliance with current folic acid recommendations and achievement of optimal vitamin status for preventing neural tube defects. Hum Reprod 2011; 26(6): 1530-6.

    LaBrosse L, Albrecht JA. Pilot intervention with adolescents to increase knowledge and consumption of folate-rich foods based on the Health Belief Model. Int J Consum Stud 2013; 37(3): 271-8.

    Murphy BL, Dipietro NA. Impact of a pharmacist-directed educational program on the long-term knowledge and use of folic acid among college women: a 12-month follow-up study. Pharm Pract (Granada) 2012; 10(2): 105-9.

    Book and other monographs
    APHA. Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater. 21st ed. Washington, D.C.: APHA-AWWA-WEF; 2005

    Bernstein M, Luggen AS. Nutrition for the older adult. Sudburry: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2010.

    Gibson RS. Principles of nutritional assessment. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005.

    Akepalakorn W, editor. The report of the Thailand National Health Examination Survey IV 2008-2009: Child's health. Nonthaburi: The Graphico Systems; 2011. (In Thai)

    Chapter in book
    Bradley C. Measuring quality of life in diabetes. In: Marshall SM, Home PD, Rizza RA, eds. The diabetes annual 10. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science; 1996. p. 207-24.

    Agency publication
    World Health Organization. Ecosystems and human well-being: Health synthesis. A report of the millennium ecosystem assessment. Geneva: WHO; 2005.

    Panjai P. Food sanitation situation and influencing factors in Phitsanulok municipality. [M.Sc. Thesis in Environmental Sanitation]. Bangkok: Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University; 2014.

    Ministry of Public Health, Department of Health, Thailand. Red-cheeked Thai women. Available from:, accessed 22 July, 2019.

    World Health Organization. Tobacco free initiative. Policy recommendations for smoking cessation and treatment of tobacco dependence. Available from: publications/tobacco_dependence/en.full, accessed 21 December, 2013.

    Cramm NT, inventor. A device to simplify the conversion of bibliographic information into citation format. U.S. Patent no. 7 005 423. 13 September, 2005.

    1.5 Submission and fees

    The full manuscript prepared on our manuscript template, author agreement form and scanned copy of the original ethical approval certificate/letter and/or animal research approval documentation (if applicable) should be submitted online to the editor via THAI JO which can be accessed at Authors must first register (top right-hand corner of TCI-THAI JO home page) where upon they will then be able use a username and password to login to the system, upload and submit their documents.

    There are no submission or publication fees.

    1.6 Copyright

    The copyright of all articles published in the Thai Journal of Public Health are classified under the Creative Commons License CC-BY-ND. Published articles can be downloaded and redistributed providing that the work is correctly cited, and its content can be used commercially.

    1.7 Appeals

    If an author suspects that the editorial team has made a mistake or he/she does not agree with the editor’s final recommendation, the author may make an appeal. In which case, the author should write an appeals letter and send it directly to the Editor. The appeals letter should state the author’s case, including reasons why he/she believes that the editor made an erroneous decision. All appeal letters will be considered and discussed by at least three members of the editorial team, including the Editor. A decision will be taken as to whether the author’s manuscript should be re-reviewed or otherwise.

  • Last Updated: September 13, 2022