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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Verify if it is an original contribution
  • Provide your ORCID number (only ORCID with open biography is accepted)
  • Provide a cover letter containing institutional and funding information
  • Check if the information about authors and affiliations in metadata is the same as described in the paper
  • If you are submitting a paper for the first time: PLEASE, ASK FOR THE EDITOR TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT FOR YOU IN THIS SYSTEM before start your submission.

Author Guidelines


(Updated: 2021, September 19th)

IJHDR will consider submissions that are original, have not been published in any medium, and have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Submissions derived from a "pre-print" publication or presentations at scientific meetings may be considered for publication even when they have been included in proceedings; author(s) must make an explicit statement in this regard. The "pre-print" statement must be mentioned as a subtitle.

IJHDR is entitled to make alterations in submissions to adequate them to the journal’s standards while keeping their style and contents.

Author(s) automatically agree with IJHDR policies from the moment of the initial submission. Authors who submit a paper for the first time must ask the Editor to register their accounts in the metadata.

IJHDR is a philanthropic initiative, thus, authors do not need to pay article processing charges (APC) or any other fee for submission.


IJHDR considers submissions in the following categories:

  1. Original articles: resulting from empiric, experimental (including clinical trials), or conceptual original research;
  2. Review articles: a critical analysis of thorough and updated literature on topics related to the field of HD research;
  3. Update articles: dealing with subjects relevant to HD research not including neither original research nor a thorough review of current literature. Opinion articles will be classified in this section if approved;
  4. Short communications: preliminary reports of research under progress;
  5. Case reports: report of a series of clinical cases exclusively aiming to discuss specific aspects that might contribute to research in HDs. Attention: single-case reports are not in the scope of the journal. Few exceptions can be considered, in the function of the nature of the treated disease.
  6. Dissertation abstracts: structured abstract reporting the main results derived from an academic dissertation;
  7. Book review: nonadvertising texts presenting a critical analysis of books on HD research and related fields;
  8. Letters to Editor: summarily discussing IJHDR published materials;
  9. Announcements: information on scientific meetings or other news relevant to HD research.
  10. Education Special Section: will consider publication submissions dealing with the emergence of HD research as an autonomous scientific field; submissions will be considered when soundly grounded on verifiable data and consistently argued.


IJHDR follows the Guidelines suggested by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE); it is recommended to consult them.  (

  • The full submission process and correspondence between the author(s) and IJHDR is conducted exclusively online through the IJHDR website. Registration as “Author” is required for the submission process. All stages in the submission process can be followed online through the IJHDR website.
  • All authors must register on the IJHDR website and inform all data required. Correspondence with IJHDR will be exclusively carried out by a “Correspondent Author” named by authors at the moment of initial submission.
  • Submissions will be sent in English (American and British); author(s) are responsible for English grammar; it is recommended to consult an English native speaker or professional translator before making a submission. Translation into Spanish and Portuguese (Title and Abstracts only) can be made by IJHDR in specific circumstances. Authors are encouraged to send versions of accepted papers in their original language to be published by IJHDR or associated journals.


1. FRONT PAGE: Times New Roman 12; double space; non-justified; non-indented, containing:

  • Journal Section
  • Title of submission: must be self-explanatory and accurately represent the submission contents. Please, do not use caps lock only to write the title.
  • For each author: full name; citation name; highest professional/academic degree; institutional affiliation (name of institution, city, country, website); e-mail; homepage; link to curriculum vitae. Authors must be listed in the final order in which they will appear in the published article.
  • Name of the corresponding author
  • Abstract: must be structured whenever applicable (Background of the research project; Aims; Methodology; Results; Conclusions); when not applicable, abstract must give a thorough account of the same items. Abstracts must be 150-250 words long.
  • Keywords: 3-5 words that best describe the submission contents, according to MeSH (; DeCS ( or Homeopathic Thesaurus –ECH (
  • Statement of conflict of interest: Authors must declare whether there is any explicit or potential conflict of interest, including any financial, personal, direct, or indirect relationship with organizations that could influence somehow the work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. When there is no conflict of interest must declare “author(s) declare(s) there is no conflict of interest” (more details at
  • Statement of financial support: author(s) must declare funds related to any step of research and elaboration of submission; when there is no funding, author(s) must declare “author(s) declare(s) that this study received no funding”. If the research has financial support the Author(s) must declare: “ I (We) had full access to all the data in this study and I (We) take complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis”

2. MAIN TEXT: Times New Roman 12; single space; non-justified; no indentation; no hyphenation, uploaded in Step 3 of the submission process, blinded and named “Main Text”, containing:

  • Title of submission (see above, “Front Page”)
  • Abstract (see above, “Front Page”)
  • Keywords (see above, “Front Page”)
  • Text of submission (see immediately below)
  • References (see immediately below)
  • Acknowledgments (optional)
  • List of graphics and tables legends


  • Footnotes will not be accepted.
  • Abbreviations must be defined in the text upon first use.
  • The rules of zoological and botanical nomenclature must be observed, as well as abbreviations and conventions adopted in specific disciplines.
  • HD research has also its specific nomenclature, however still in the making. For this reason, we recommend not employing questionable terms that point out underlying scientific notions (e.g. “dynamization”, “potency”, etc.), but use “high dilutions”, “dilution and agitation”, etc. We also recommend pondering on the use of expressions “homeopathy/ic”, “isopathy/ic” and similar.
  • Homeopathic remedies: must appear in italics; binomial system, abbreviations may be used from the second mention onward. Dilutions must be described in Arabic numbers (e.g. 6; 30; 200; 1,000; 10,000) followed by scale/method, as follows: decimal (x), centesimal (c), fifty-millesimal (lm), Hahnemannian (H), Korsakovian (K), continual fluxion (CF). Examples: 6cH; 30x; 200K; 1,000CF; 6lm. In all instances, the process of preparation must be explicitly stated by the mention of official Pharmacopoeia or full description.
  • Submissions in the natural sciences must follow the standard structure of scientific publication: Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion. No two sections can be fused into one. Submissions in the humanities are exempt from the standard structure, however must be so structured as to make aims, methods, and conclusions evident.
  • Research involving living beings: Research involving human beings: publication is dependent on the observance of the ethical principles stated in the Helsinki Declaration of the World Medical Association ( and the local legislation of the country where the research was performed. The article must contain an explicit statement as well as approval from Ethics­ Committee. Research involving animals: must respect ethical legislation and explicit statements must be made of standards adopted.
  • Clinical trials: must include a CONSORT flow chart ( and RedHot checklist ( or Clinical trials must be registered ( Base name and code/number of Clinical Trial must be stated at the end of the Abstract.
  • Clinical reports and homeopathic pathogenetic trials: a) must include a RedHot checklist ( or a CARE checklist (; b) require formal patient consent. A model can get from: ; c) must follow the directives proposed by Teut et al., (2022) available from:


  • References must be kept within the minimum required; only citations in the text can be included.
  • References must fit scientific standards. Citations of peer-reviewed media will be preferred; communications not available in a public source will be avoided as much as possible; references to previous work(s) of the author(s) published in non-peer-reviewed media will not be accepted.
  • References must be up-to-date; in the natural sciences, this means at least a review of publications in peer-reviewed media of the previous 5 years.
  • All references must be correct and complete. Author(s) is (are) responsible for accuracy.
  • References must be consecutively numbered according to the order of citation in the text. They must be identified by Arabic numbers between brackets, e.g., [1]; [1,2]; [1-3]. References cited only in tables and graphics will follow the number of the last citation in the text.
  • IJHDR has adopted the Vancouver standard of scientific citation. Examples are given below, we recommend consulting the following websites for thorough explanation:
  • The official abbreviation of journals can be found at


  • The most common examples are described below; for other cases, please consult the links mentioned above;
  • Fields between < > do not apply in all cases;
    • <Type> = “letter, abstract, editorial, dissertation, ...” (except “article”);
    • <Electronic Medium> = “online, CDROM, …”;
    • [language], whenever different from English.
  • Author’s names are represented as “Surname ABC, ..., Surname WYZ”.
  • Editors’ names are represented as “Surname2 ABC, ..., Surname2 WYZ”.
  • All authors must be listed; avoid the use of “et al.” whenever possible.
  • Dates must be cited “yyyy Mmm dd”, as e.g. “2009 Jan 24”;
  • Fields preceded by “#” represent numbers (e.g. #Volume, #issue, #DOI, …);
  • #From-#to refers to initial and final pages;

Article (printed):

Authors. Article Title. Journal Title. Date of Publication; Volume (Issue): initial page-final page. <[Language]>.

Surname ABC, ..., Surname WYZ. Article title. Abbreviated Journal Name. yyyy Mmm dd; #volume (#issue <[Suppl #supplement]>): #from-#to. <[language].>

Varricchio MCBN, Pereira C, Sales F, Gomes T, Daudt E, Aquino CL, Barbosa GM, Gomes N, Pyrrho AS, Hobaica PEM, Branco MC, Kuster R, Holandino C. Chronic toxicological effects of high diluted solutions of Aveloz (Euphorbia tirucalli L.) on healthy mice: a preliminary study. Int J High Dilution Res. 2008; 7(25): 174-178.

Meneton P, Jeunemaitre X, de Wardener HE, MacGregor GA. Links between dietary salt intake, renal salt handling, blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. Physiol Rev. 2005 Apr;85(2):679-715.

Gayer T, Hahn RW. Regulating mercury: what's at stake? [letter]. Science. 2005 Jul 8;309(5732):244-5.

Bechade D, Desrame J, Raynaud JJ, Algayres JP. [Oesophageal ulcer associated with the use of bacampicillin]. Presse Med. 2005 Feb 26;34(4):299-300. [French].

Obs: use “[ ]” for titles when translated into English.


 Article (online):

Authors. Article Title.  Journal Title [Electronic Medium]. Date of Publication [Date of Citation]; #Volume (#Issue): Pagination. Identifiers. Language, Availability

Surname ABC, .., Surname WYZ. Full Article's title <[type]>. Abbreviated Journal’s Name [serial online]. yyyy Mmm dd [cited YYYY Month dd]; #volume (#issue <[Suppl #supplement]>): <#from-#to.> <[about #n p.]> <[DOI #DOI];> <[Others identifiers].> <[language].> Available from: http://

Varricchio MCBN, Pereira C, Sales F, Gomes T, Daudt E, Aquino CL, Barbosa GM, Gomes N, Pyrrho AS, Hobaica PEM, Branco MC, Kuster R, Holandino C. Chronic toxicological effects of high diluted solutions of Aveloz (Euphorbia tirucalli L.) on healthy mice: a preliminary study. Int J High Dilution Res [serial online]. 2008 [cited 2009 Feb 10]; 7(25): 174-178. Available from:

Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [serial online]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 3 p.]. Available from:

Happell B. The influence of education on the career preferences of undergraduate nursing students. Aust Electron J Nurs Educ [serial online]. 2002 Apr [cited 2007 Jan 8];8(1):[about 12 p.]. Available from:

Treves R. [Dupuytren's disease]. Reumatismo [serial online]. 2006 Jul-Sep [cited 2007 Jan 10];58(3):239-42. [Italian] Available from:


Book (printed):

Authors. Title. Edition. Editors. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of publication.

Surname ABC, …, Surname WYZ. Book title. #n th ed. Surname2 ABC, …, Surname2 WYZ, editors. City (Country): Publisher; year.

Signals and Images: contributions and contradictions about high dilution research. Bonamin LV, editor. London (UK): Springer; 2008.

Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.

Eyre HJ, Lange DP, Morris LB. Informed decisions: the complete book of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. 2nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2002.


Book (online):

Authors. Article Title.  Journal Title [Electronic Medium]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication [Date of Citation]. Pagination. [Language]. Availability

Surname ABC, …, Surname WYZ. Book name.  #n th ed. Surname2 ABC, …,  Surname2 WYZ, editors. [book online]. City (Country): Publisher; year [cited yyyy Mmm DD]. [about #n p]. Available from: http://

Patrias, K. Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers [book online]. 2nd ed. Wendling, DL, technical editor. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007 [updated 2009 Jan 14; cited 2009 Jan 28]. Available from:

Collins SR, Kriss JL, Davis K, Doty MM, Holmgren AL. Squeezed: why rising exposure to health care costs threatens the health and financial well-being of American families [book online]. New York: Commonwealth Fund; 2006 Sep [cited 2006 Nov 2]. 34 p. Available from:

Fact sheet: AIDS information resources [book online]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2003 May 2 [updated 2005 Jul 14; cited 2006 Nov 15]. [about 3 screens]. Available from:


Chapter in Book (printed):

Authors. Chapter Title. Editor name. Book Title. Edition. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication. Pagination.

Surname ABC, …, Surname WYZ. Chapter title. In: Surname2 ABC, …, Surname2 WYZ, editors. Book title. #n th ed. City (Country): Publisher; year. p. #from-#to.

Betti L, Trebbi G, Nani D, Majewsky V, Scherr C, Jäger T, Baumgartner S. Models with plants, microorganisms and viruses for basic research in homeopathy. In: Bonamin LV, editor. Signals and images: contributions and contradictions about high dilution research. New York (USA): Springer; 2008. p.97-112.

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.


Chapter in Book (online):

Authors. Chapter Title. Editor name. Book Title. Edition. [Electronic medium]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication [Date of Citation]. Pagination. [Language]. Availability

Surname ABC, …, Surname WYZ. Chapter name. In: Surname2 ABC, …, Surname2 WYZ, editors. Book Title #n th ed. [book online]. City (Country): Publisher; year. [cited yyyy Month DD] #from-#to. [about #n p.] <[Language].> Available from: http://

Greenhalgh T. Meta-analysis for the non-statistician. In: How to read a paper: papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) [book online]. London (UK):BMJ; 1997 [cited 2009 Feb 06] [about 1 p.] Available from


Full Event:

Editor(s). Book Title. Conference Title; Date of Conference; Place of Conference. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication. Pagination.

Surname2 ABC, …, Surname2 WYZ, editor(s). Conference title. Proceedings of the Conference’s name; yyyy Mmm dd- Mmm dd; City (Country). City (Country): Publisher; yyyy. #n p.

Ferreira de Oliveira MJ, editor. Accessibility and quality of health services. Proceedings of the 28th Meeting of the European Working Group on Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS); 2002 Jul 28-Aug 2; Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Frankfurt (Germany): Peter Lang; 2004. 287 p.

Dittmar A, Beebe D, editors. 1st Annual International IEEE-EMBS Special Topic Conference on Microtechnologies in Medicine & Biology; 2000 Oct 12-14; Palais des Congres, Lyon (France). Piscataway (NJ): IEEE; 2000. 643 p.


Work in events:

Authors. Article Title. Editor(s). Event Title: Event Date; Place of Event. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication. Pagination

Surname ABC, …, Surname WYZ. Work Title. In: Surname2 ABC, …, Surname2 WYZ, editors. Proceedings of the Event Name; yyyy Mmm DD-DD; City ( Country). City (Country):Publisher; YYYY. p. #from-#to.

Rice AS, Farquhar-Smith WP, Bridges D, Brooks JW. Canabinoids and pain. In: Dostorovsky JO, Carr DB, Koltzenburg M, editors. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain; 2002 Aug 17-22; San Diego, CA. Seattle (WA): IASP Press; c2003. p. 437-68.

Kim H, Wechsler B. Amantadine for arousal in pediatric TBI. In: Peek WJ, Lankhorst GJ, editors. 1st World Congress of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM I); 2001 Jul 7-13; Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Bologna (Italy): Monduzzi Editore, International Proceedings Division; c2001. p. 629-34.


Monographs and Dissertations:

Authors. Title [type]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of presentation. Pagination.

Surname ABC, ..., Surname WYZ. Title of Document [dissertation]. City (Country): Publisher; yyyy Mmm dd. #n p.

Miranda AR. Comparative studies of ultra-high dilutions of LiCl: impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range of 1kHz to 13MHz [dissertation]. São Paulo (Brazil): Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo; 2008. 127p.


Monographs and Dissertations (online):

Authors. Title [type]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of presentation. Date of Citation. Pagination. Availability

Surname ABC, ..., Surname WYZ. Title of Document [dissertation online]. City (Country): Publisher; yyyy Mmm dd [cited yyyy Mmm dd] [about #n p.]. Available from: http://

Collins SR, Kriss JL, Davis K, Doty MM, Holmgren AL. Squeezed: why rising exposure to health care costs threatens the health and financial well-being of American families [monograph online]. New York: Commonwealth Fund; 2006 Sep [cited 2006 Nov 2]. 34 p. Available from:

Fact sheet: AIDS information resources [monograph online]. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2003 May 2 [updated 2005 Jul 14; cited 2006 Nov 15]. [about 3 screens]. Available from:

Zieger K. Die Bedeutung der deutschen Arztevereine fur das wissenschaftliche Leben, die medizinische Versorgung und soziale Belange der Stadt St. Petersburg von 1819-1914 [dissertation online]. Leipzig (Germany): Universitat Leipzig, Karl-Sudhoff-Institut fur Geschichte der Medizin und der Naturwissenschaften; 2000 [cited 2006 Nov 3]. 123 p. Available from:  [German].



Author, Title [Type]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Date of Publication [Date of Update/Revision; Date of Citation]. Availability

Surname ABC, …, Surname WYZ. Title [online]. City (country): Publisher; yyyy [updated yyyy Mnn dd; cited yyyy Mnn dd]. Available from: http://

Complementary/Integrative Medicine [online]. Houston: University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center; c2007 [cited 2007 Feb 21]. Available from:

D'Alessandro DM, D'Alessandro MP. Virtual Pediatric Hospital™: a digital library of pediatric information [online]. [Iowa City (IA)]: Donna M. D'Alessandro; c1992-2007 [revised 2006 Jul 20; cited 2007 Feb 20]. Available from:

Huckstep RL, Sherry E. World Ortho [online]. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; [updated 2007 Mar 23; cited 2007 Mar 23]. Available from:


  • Every graphic and table will be uploaded in a separate file as Supplementary File in Step 4 of the submission process, each one named as described in the list of graphics and table legends (Graphic 2; Table 1, etc.)
  • Digitalized images must attend to the following: resolution 400dpi in natural size, saved in JPG, GIF, or PNG formats.
  • Graphics and Tables must be self-explanatory and present relevant data in an immediately evident way.
  • IJHDR encourages the use of graphic and multimedia resources.


  1. Select Section; Checklist for Authors; Copyright Agreement; Comments to Editor (stating why the submission is relevant to HD research and what its potential contribution for the development of the field of HD research is).
  2. Enter Submission Metadata: data on the author(s) must be thoroughly and accurately filled in for each author; the title of submission; abstract; keywords; classification data.
  3. Enter Submission: upload blinded text of submission (see details here), with title, abstract, main text, references, list of graphics and tables legends, and acknowledgments (optional).
  4. Supplementary Materials: Front Page; Graphics, Tables and other Audiovisual files (individual files for each one; files named as described in the list of graphic and tables legends, (e.g. Figure 3; Table 1; Video 2, etc.)
  5. Confirm Submission.
  6. Each submission is pre-evaluated by the Editorial Team, according to the scope and submission rules of the Journal. If approved, it follows the editorial flow on a double-blind basis, in which two to three ad-hoc reviewers with expertise in the area related to the paper subject are invited to evaluate, following a structured form and using the submission guideline as reference. The homeopathy practice is not mandatory to be a reviewer, but a scientific background in the subject is needed. After all reviewers' approval, the paper will be finally submitted to the final Editorial staff evaluation before being published.
  7. Further inconsistencies of results and/or ethical procedures identified after publication will imply the publication of an erratum by the authors in the following issue or, if necessary, the retraction of the paper. In these cases, the Editorial Board will be consulted to reach a consensus.

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