The International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health is the offical journal of the Global Action on Mens Health  and is peer-reviewed publication covering all aspects of the topic. The aim of the journal is to provide those with a special interest in social and community health issues related to men, the opportunity to have their work published and presented in an open access format, without paywalls or subscriptions, in a timely and professional manner.  ISSN -2561-9179


Open Access

Article Processing Charges
Like most Open Access titles, the IJMSCH applies an Article Processing Charge (APC), only after the manuscript has been peer reviewed and accepted by the editor. The author will be sent an invoice for the Article Processing Charge. Letters to the Editor, short commentaries and select invited articles will not be charged an APC.
The APC for the International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health is US $399. The Journal will provide the highest level of editorial service for the author, including a rigorous peer review process, expert editing and production editing, and excellent design services. All articles are archived through Portico and will be assigned a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier) through Cross Ref. Articles will also be archived and available on the Directory of Open Access Journals. An author’s ability to pay APCs is not a consideration in the decision of whether to publish.  Authors living in one of the United Nations' list of Least Developed Countries may request a fee waiver.  See UN country list for full details. Authors living in countries not considered "least developed" who do not have the ability to pay the APC's may be eligible for a reduced rate. Please contact the publisher directly at
As the offical journal of the  Global Action on Mens Health, GAMH members will receive a reduced article processing charge of US $299.  Members submitting an article should identify themselves as a member of the GAMH inorder to receive the reduced rate.

Corrections - Retractions

In the event of a correction is needed within an article, the author will notify the publisher immediately and outline the correction required. This request will be sent to, and reviewed by, the Editor who may ask members of the Editorial Board for input. Once the correction has been established, and addendum to the original article will be published and the full-corrected article will be published on line. A retraction request will be considered by the Editor/Associate Editors in conjunction with Editorial Board members. Once an article has been retracted a notice of retraction will be published disclosing the reasons for the retraction.


Ethics and Transparency

The International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health and Dougmar Publishing Group are committed to upholding the integrity of the work we publish. As such, the following code of Ethics and Responsibility outline should be considered by all authors. Authors and Editors can also refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) website.  The IJMSCH also follows the COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.The Publisher maintains the editorial independence of journal editors and encourage editors and the editorial board to run the journal ethically and transparently. The journal will maintain an accurate and transparent academic record, including publishing corrections and retractions when necessaryAuthors should ensure that their work is original and written by them and has not been previously published. Where material is taken from other sources (including their own published writing) the source is clearly cited and that where appropriate permission is obtained.
An author’s work should not infringe on any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights. Data must be true and not manipulated and authors must have permission to use data reproduced in their paper. Any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest should be clearly stated by the author of the authors during the submission process (this would include funding assistance). Authors will adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, particularly where human or animal subjects are involved.It is up to the Author to contact the Editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work and authorship of the paper is accurately represented, ensuring that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publicationIf an author is unclear about their responsibility or the transparency, they should contact the Editor directly.

The International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health follows the guiding principles of the Declaration of Helsinki found here



Research Ethics Compliance & Informed Consent Policy

The International Journal of Mens Social and Community Health requires that all submitted articles summarizing research conducted with human subjects be accompanied by supporting documentation of ethics approval by a recognized research ethics board. 

Research teams and authors must fully abide by established standards for medical studies, including the adoption of protocols that protect the physical and psychological health of the subjects as well their privacy and the confidentiality of identifying information. Evidence of written informed consent must be provided for each study participant whose individual case profile is presented in submitted articles. 


Informed Consent

Authors should protect the confidentiality of individual information this is obtained through the doctor–patient relationship. Authors must obtain written informed consent from patients described in case reports/articles and for photographs of patients. It may be possible for an author to publish with our explicit consent in cases where patient consent is not readily available or accessible.

Editorial Process
The Editor-in-Chief of the journal first reviews all articles submitted to it to ensure the content is suitable for the journal and in general meets the focus and the scope of the journal. Once reviewed, the Editor elects to either move the article through to the peer review process or reject articles, based on quality and the editorial contribution the article provides the journal.  
Once the Editor feels an article meets the publishing criteria of the Journal, the article will move on for peer review.  All peer review is double blind. Reviewers can elect to reject the article, accept the article with changes, or accept the article as is.  Reviewer comments are shared with the author and once the author has made any suggested changes to the article, the Editor gives final approval for publication. At this point the author is then charged the APC.  Please see peer review process for more details.​
In the event an article is submitted by the Editor, the article will be sent to an editorial board member, by the managing editor.  The board member will consider the article based on content, focus and scope, to ensure it meets the journals criteria.  At this point the board member can elect to reject the article or move the article to the peer review process.  Once at peer review, the article will follow the same process as other submissions. At all stages, the article will be double blinded.
DPG is proud to partner with Portico, a digital preservation service, to ensure all articles published are archived for future use. 

Visit Portico's website for more information.
DPG Open Access journals publish original research, select review articles, case-reports, conference abstracts, letters-to-the editor, book reviews, and special supplemental issues. All content must be accepted by the Editor-in-Chief and is subject to plagiarism-checking and the peer review process.


All articles published in DPG Open Access journals are licensed under
 Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Copyright of articles published in all DPG titles is retained by the author. The author grants DPG the rights to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. The author grants DPG exclusive commercial rights to the article. The author grants any non-commercial third party the rights to use the article freely provided original author(s) and citation details are cited.


All articles published in the IJMSCH are archived through Portico and assigned a unique DOI through CrossRef and included in the Directory of Open Access Journals. All Published articles will also be included in Science Open. Visit Portico's website for more information.



 Peer Review and Editorial Control

An initial in-house quality control check deals with issues such as competing interests, financial disclosures, plagiarism, etc. Submissions may be returned to authors for queries, and will not be seen by our Editorial Board or peer reviewers until they pass this quality control check.
After the quality control check, the Editor of the journal reviews the article, and decides if the article is accepted for review or rejected.  In some cases, where an article is submitted in English, by an author not fluent in English, the article may be sent back with the recommendations to have the article edited for English, and resubmitted.
Once an article has been accepted, it will be sent to a selected editorial board member, based on experience and expertise.  The Editorial Board member will then either act as one of two peer reviewers, or will select two peer reviewers to review the article.  Reviews are double blind.
Questions, comments, and suggestions from peer reviewers will be submitted to the Editor for consideration, after which the article and peer review remarks will be sent to the author.
Once the peer reviewer, Editorial Board member, and Editor are satisfied with the author's changes, the article will be published.
It is our goal to have accepted articles published within 45 days, depending on the level of response from the authors.
Articles are published in both a web version and PDF format.