Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


Contagion: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health emphasizes the study of Public Health, Health Sciences, Coastal Public Health, Islam and the Health sciences in Islamic Countries and Developing Countries. Contagion: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health is a journal that applies general health and interdisciplinary between Islam and health in various parts of the world to develop knowledge in Islamic Countries and Developing Countries.



This Journal specializes in studying the theories and practices of  Public Health, Health Sciences, Coastal Public Health, Islam and the Health sciences Islamic Countries and Developing Countries and intends to express original research and current issues.  This journal welcomes the contributions of scholars from related fields warmly that consider the following general topics;

  • Public Health.
  • Coastal Public Health.
  • Health Sciences.
  • Islam and the Health sciences.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

An editor first reviews the submitted manuscript. It will be evaluated in the office, whether it is suitable for CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health focus and scope or has a major methodological flaw and similarity score by using Turnitin. The manuscript will be sent to at least two anonymous reviewers (double blind review). Reviewers' comments are then sent to the corresponding author for necessary actions and responses.

The suggested decision will be evaluated in an editorial board meeting. Afterwards, the editor will send the final decision to the corresponding author. Utilizing feedback from the peer review process, the editor will make a final publication decision. The review process will take approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Decision categories include:

  • Reject: Rejected manuscripts will not be published, and authors will not have the opportunity to resubmit a revised version of the manuscript to CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health.
  • Resubmit for Review– The submission needs to be re-worked, but with significant changes, may be accepted. However, It will require a second round of review.
  • Accept wtih Revisions - Manuscripts receiving an accept-pending-revisions decision will be published in CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health under the condition that minor/major modifications are made. Revisions will be reviewed by an editor to ensure necessary updates are made prior to publication.
  • Accept - Accepted manuscripts will be published in the current form with no further modifications required.



Publication Frequency

The journal is published four two times a year in January-June, July-December.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Publication Ethics

This following statement clarifies the ethical behavior of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the editor, the reviewer, and the publisher (Universitas Islam Negeri Sumatera Utara).

Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

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Publication decisions
The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgment of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or another substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


Plagiarism Policy


The Editor may make use of Turnitin for checking the originality of submissions received.

  1. Every manuscript submitted to the CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health must be free from content containing plagiarism. Authors are advised to use plagiarism detection software to check content similarities. Editors detect plagiarism in articles submitted to CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health using anti-plagiarism software (Turnitin).The maximum limit for plagiarism in accordance with Ristekdikti regulations is 20%.
  2. The Editorial Team of the CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health recognizes that plagiarism is unacceptable. This condition establishes a specific action policy (punishment) if plagiarism is identified and indicated in an article submitted for publication in the CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health .


Digital Preservation

CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health strives for the constant availability of published articles and online accessibility. With this in mind, CONTAGION: Scientific Periodical Journal of Public Health and Coastal Health content is continually archived and preserved in the Internet Archive, please visit the journal membership in