The Ubuntu  One Health Journal  (UJOH) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed, open-access, fully online journal run mainly by the clinical, and non-clinical staffs, and students of Ubuntu village of life’s hospital and agroecological research and learning center  (http://ubuntuvillageoflife.org/ ), National Institute of Public Health (INSP), Kamenge University Hospital (CHUK), Kira Hospital alongside other Burundian and international researchers from medical and public health teaching institutions. UJOH mandate is to provide health care providers, non-clinical, one health staffs, and students with the opportunity to publish on all aspects of One health. The journal’s scope encompasses all aspects of health sciences including One Health, Antimicrobial resistance, Zoonoses, Foodborne pathogens and diseases, Non-Communicable diseases, nutrition, agroecology, health technology, climate change Medicine, biomedical, and socio-economic sciences with the aim objectives of improving all aspects of medicine of Burundi and Africa continent at large. We accept high quality papers from basic to translational research especially from Burundi and other low- & middle-income countries, with the aim that published research will benefit back the bottom billion populations from these countries. Manuscripts submitted from developed or high-income countries to UJOH must contain data and information that will benefit the socio-health and bio-medical sciences of these low- and middle-income countries. UJOH editorial and advisory board consists of internationally regarded clinicians, scientists, students from low- and middle-income countries.

Ethics committee

How the committee works

The Ubuntu One Health Journal (UJOH)’s ethics committee meets in person two times a year. Between meetings, editors can consult members by email. Collectively, the members have broad expertise including clinical medicine, research, journalism, bioethics, law, and medical editing. Responses are coordinated by the chairman and a decision is made by majority. The chairman will make decisions without consulting other members only in exceptional circumstances.

The committee is advisory. The editor can ignore its advice but must justify her action to the chairman in writing. The advice and the editor’s response would both be published. In the event of a dispute, the committee’s chairman can appeal to the journal committee of the BMA.

Roles of the committee

The committee has six main roles:

  • Clarifying, reviewing and developing editorial policies on issues such as:
    Material arising from the doctor patient relationship (read our guidelines on consent to publication.

      Formulating new editorial policies.

  • Advising editors on ethics questions that arise during routine editorial work. This includes scrutinizing papers referred by editors or peer reviewers worried about some aspect of the conception, design, conduct, presentation, authorship, or peer review of the work described in those papers.
  • Advising editors on their moral duties and responsibilities to patients, research participants, authors, reviewers, publishers, other editors, and readers.
  • Helping editors to enhance the coverage of bioethics in the UJOH
  • Keeping editors informed of developments in research and publication ethics.

The committee does not provide approval for research proposals, and it is not the last-resort destination for complaints or editorial decision support. Complaints and editorial decisions can be brought to the committee for information; and COPE can be contacted for more direct advice.