About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal is an Open Access scholarly peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish studies in medicine and nursing. The journal publishes original research studies, systematic reviews, and case reports. The journal is published trimestral by Delia Ruiz Rivas Foundation.

Peer Review Process

Submissions are initially assessed by the editor-in-chief. If the manuscripts don't meet the minimum requirements, outlined in the submission preparation checklist, they are rejected. In addition, the editor-in-chief might reject the papers whether they are out of scope or suitability for the journal policies.

Submissions that pass the initial screening process are later reviewed by the editor-in-chief. The editor-in-chief might ask the authors for corrections and supplementary files.

Afterward, the editor-in-chief assigns two external peer-reviewers, experts on the topic, to evaluate the submission. The peer-review process might last several months. The journal has adopted a double-blind peer-review process in which the identity of the peer-reviewer and author is anonymized. Each review ends with a recommendation provided by the peer-reviewer. The peer-reviewer might recommend the editor-in-chief publish the manuscript with no corrections at all. However, the peer-reviewer might recommend rejecting the paper or publishing it after major or minor corrections.

Lastly, the editor-in-chief takes into consideration the recommendations from peer reviewers. The editor-in-chief might decide to send the paper to another peer-reviewer, accept or reject the paper. This decision is final and cannot be appealed.


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. Therefore, all the contents of the Journal are freely accessible and are published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License


Publication Frequency

Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal is published semiannually. The issues are published every three months "January-March", "April-June", "July-September", "October-December"

Plagiarism and originality report

All submissions are assessed on Turnitin in order to detect plagiarism. The journal accepts submissions with a similarity index of no more than 25%. If the submission has a similarity index higher than 25%, the authors have the opportunity to reduce it and resubmit the work to the journal.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed scholarly Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal is a process of permanent knowledge improvement.  The journal encourages the open publishing of digital articles. Additionally, it considers its duty to promote the transmission of scientific knowledge, ensuring its rigor and quality, under the ethical commitment of the scientific and academic communities. The protocols and guidelines described making reference to the Code of Conduct for editors of scientific journals that established the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Duties and responsibilities
Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal is committed to:
• assuring the quality of the scientific material published
• guaranteeing freedom of expression
• maintaining the academic integrity of the content, ensuring that the published material follows internationally accepted ethical norms
• publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed

Obligations of authors
Authors must guarantee the authorship of the documents presented. Authorship corresponds to those who have made a significant contribution to the work. If the work has significant contributions from more than one author, these contributors should appear as co-authors.
Authors must provide contact information in order to facilitate communication with other researchers in relation to their published work. This contact information will appear with the published work.

Originality and plagiarism
Authors must ensure that they have obtained permission to publish any materials presented in their work, as well as have exercised the right to quote other authors´ work.
Those manuscripts in which plagiarism is detected will be rejected. Likewise, an author should not submit originals to describe essentially the same work as previously published.

Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal should respond promptly to complaints. In any case, if the individuals involved are unable to satisfy their claims, they have the right to raise their protests to higher authorities.

Protecting individual data
Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal guarantees the confidentiality of individual information. It is the author's responsibility to obtain authorizations to publish images and trademarks used in their work, and any other personal data (e.g. age, sex, social status of study participants).

Monitoring malpractice
Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal accepts the obligation to act accordingly in cases of suspected malpractice or misconduct. Any manuscripts that raise questions about possible misconduct will be rejected.
Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal will make every reasonable effort to ensure that the manuscripts submitted for evaluation are rigorous and ethically appropriate.

Integrity and academic rigor
Any time a published article is suspected of containing major misstatements or misleading or distorted information, it must be corrected immediately.
Any manuscript whose content is found to be fraudulent will be removed immediately from the indexing systems and it will not be available for reading.

Any author, reader, or reviewer may send complaints by email to Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal: [email protected]

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Archiving and digital preservation policy

Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal allows self-archiving of accepted and published manuscripts. Authors retain copyright ownership and may archive pre-published or post-published versions or publisher's pdf versions in personal or institutional repositories or libraries at any time without the express permission of the journal or publisher.

Authors of articles published in Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal have the right to deposit accepted or published versions of manuscripts in institutional repositories. Authors may make them publicly and immediately available upon a citation as the site where they were originally published.

Horizon Interdisciplinary Journal participates in the Public Knowledge Project Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN) digital preservation that allows for long-term digital preservation should the journal go offline. The LOCKSS program allows for decentralized and distributed preservation of long-term access to manuscripts. It also allows for the digital preservation of authentic versions of manuscripts.