Today marks the publication date of the inaugural issue of the International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (IJHRS). IJHRS is a publication of Global Network of Health Educators (GNHE), a not-for-profit initiative of Health educators worldwide in a mission to promote the health related awareness across the globe. We would like to take this opportunity to place on record my hearty thanks to all the members of GNHE and editorial board of IJHRS for their invaluable personal and scientific resources for guiding the journal from initial planning to the first steps it is taking now.
Our aim is that IJHRS will be the paramount archive of knowledge in the areas of Health and Rehabilitation sciences. IJHRS is in open access format, in our view the only relevant such model in these times where information must be freely available to all. The traditional subscription-based model inherently denies free access to knowledge and seems contrary to the attribute of scientific thought.
Our goal is to have a rapid peer review process, and we will make every effort to make an initial decision at the earliest. The peer review process will match scholarly reviewers with submitted manuscripts to produce high quality articles of interest and scientific caliber. The process is confidential so that criticisms and revisions are made in the fairest manner possible. The final decision on publication will be made by the editorial board. We will look for submissions of interesting and important scientific information that hopefully will have clinical application. High quality research of all types will be fostered and published with pride in the journal. IJHRS will be shortly indexed in Index Copernicus and other indexing authorities.
We have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of so many people in developing countries and otherwise disadvantaged situations. The talent and determination of our readers is a resource with unlimited potential and we have this as a motive to produce and nurture new scientific thought for the benefit of the patient community. We look forward to a most interesting future for IJHRS. Our editorial board includes world leaders in all areas of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and a comprehensive international distribution. There is every reason to expect that we will set new standards in the world of Health and related publications in the process improve public health significantly. We thank our contributors and readers for their interest and efforts in advancing this worthy cause.