Editorial Policy

Open Access Policy, Copyright

„Health Policy, Economics and Sociology“ is an open access journal and uses Creative Commons Attribution License. Users can view, read, download, copy, share and print the full texts of the journal articles, without prior registration and the prior permission of the publisher or author;

The author retains the copyright to the work and grants the journal the possibility of primary publication. The article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) https://creativecommons.org. This license gives the right to use it further, with reference to the author and the original publisher;

Authors have the right to revise their own works, although they are required to cite the journal as the source of the original publication.

Depositing policy

Under the terms of the journals Open Access license, the author is able to distribute the journal’s published version of the work non-exclusively (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), without embargo period, with reference to the source of the original publication. Authors are also strongly encouraged to deposit the URL of their published article and the PDF version.

Journal uses digital archiving policy. Journal archived in National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.

Publication Charges

The submission, reviewing, editing and publication of articles in the „Health Policy, Economics and Sociology“ is free of charge.

Peer Review Process

A two-person peer review is mandatory for publication of an article in a journal. A reviewer for each article is selected by the editor-in-chief, in consultation with the members of the editorial board.
Reviewers are scientists working in different universities, whose competence and academic works are consistent with the content of the article. Reviewers are independent of the authors, i.e. not affiliated with the same institution.
The paper is published on the basis of two positive reviews. The authors of a manuscript that requires revisions or is rejected, may submit their arguments within 1 weeks. If necessary, the article will be sent for additional review.

The editorial board of the journal makes the final decision on the publication of the article.

The final decision will be notified authors by e-mail.
Papers can be submitted any time through the year.

The publication procedure consists of 9 stages and fully covers no more than 28 days from the receipt of the article.
Stage I: receiving the article at the journal's official e-mail address tverulava@cu.edu.ge -
no later than June 15/no later than December 15;
Stage II: determination of conformity of technical parameters. In case of non-compliance, the article no longer exists
considered, about which the author is notified - 2 days;
Stage III: Check for plagiarism through the program. In case of discovery of plagiarism, the article will no longer be considered, and the author will be informed about it - 1 day;
Stage IV: selection of a reviewer according to the topic and submission of the paper - 2 days;
Stage V: preparation of conclusions by reviewers - 10 days;
Stage VI: review of reviewers' conclusions - 2 days;
Stage VII: decision of the editorial board and notification to the author - 2 days;
Stage VIII: if necessary, the time for further processing of the article for the authors - 7 days;
Stage IX: if necessary, decision-making by the editorial board on the publication of revised articles - 2 days.

Manuscript assessment Criteria:
Structure of the article; Acceptable/Needs improvement;
Keeping the rules of citation; Acceptable/needs improvement;
Methodological justification and argumentation; Acceptable/Needs improvement;
News and Contributions in the relevant field; Acceptable/Needs improvement;
Theoretical and practical results of the research. Acceptable/Needs improvement.

Plagiarism Policy

The journal cannot bear plagiarism and fraudulent data in any paper. It has a strict policy against plagiarism, which is checked by an anti-plagiarism program, Turnitin, integrated with Moodle (Turnitin + Moodle). The journal allows software/spiders to automatically crawl the journal content.

Publishing Ethics

All subjects involved in the publishing business must agree on ethical standards. The journal „Health Policy, Economics and Sociology“ is based on the best practice principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics https://publicationethics.org/.
Duties of Chief Editor
Justice - Works presented in the journal are judged by their intellectual content, regardless of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity, citizenship or political beliefs.
Privacy - Chief Editor and the editorial board are obliged not to provide any information about the submitted work to anyone. The author (s) of the article will be notified only the reviewer's opinion(s) and comment(s), if necessary, for correction. The identity of the reviewer(s) are confidential.
Conflict of interest - Unpublished material submitted for consideration should not be used in the publisher's own research without the written consent of the author(s).
Publishing Solutions - The Chief Editor is responsible for making the final decision on the publication of the submitted articles. The Chief Editor should be guided by the basic principles of the journal's editorial board policy and the requirements of applicable law all allegations of defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism to be avoided.

Duties of Reviewers

Participation in publication decisions - The reviewers assist the Chief Editor in deciding on the publication and in communicating with the author in a publishable format (with the above-mentioned confidentiality), and may assist the author in improving the manuscript.
Relevance of time - If the reviewer(s) considers himself/herself unable to review a particular work or is unable to timely review it, he/she shall immediately notify the Chief Editor.
Privacy - Any work presented in the editorial is considered as a confidential document. Sharing it with others is only permitted by Chief Editor.
Objectivity Standards (Norms) - Reviewers should evaluate the work objectively, according to the journal's evaluation system.
Source recognition (confirmation) - Reviewers should identify sources used in the work that have not been cited by the authors. The reviewer should notify the Chief Editor of any material similarity or misrepresentation between the work presented and the data already published.
Exclude conflict of interest - The opinions obtained from the reviewers are confidential and should not be used for personal purposes. Reviewers who have any conflict of interest in the work, from a competitive, collaborative, or other relationship with the author / company / organization should not be recruited.

Duties of authors

Reporting norms / standards - Submitted works should include objective reasoning and original research findings. The manuscript should provide the key data with great accuracy. Fraud, deliberately inaccurate information, and any manifestation of a breach of academic honesty are unacceptable to the journal's editorial policy.
Originality and plagiarism - The authors must prove that their work is original. Used citations, quotations, and extracts from sources that have had a decisive influence on the content of the submitted work must be indicated by the authors, in accordance with the journal rules, in full compliance with the standards of academic honesty. The published work must meet the requirements set forth in the articles.
Multiple or Competitive Publication - It is unacceptable for a journal and it is considered unethical to conduct a parallel submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal.
Authorship of the manuscript - Authorship should be limited to individuals who have made significant contributions to the concept, design, performance, or interpretation of the presented research. Anyone who has made a relatively significant contribution should be listed as a co-author. The first author must ensure that all existing coauthors (as defined above) are included in the manuscript and that all co-authors must view and confirm the final version of the work and agree to submit it for publication.
Transparency and conflicts of interest.

The author should indicate if there are any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may
affect the results or their interpretation in the work. All sources of project financial support should be
transparent to everybody.
Fundamental errors in published work - When the author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, it is the author's responsibility to promptly (immediately) notify the editor or publisher and to cooperate with them. This is necessary for removal the work from publication or to publish it in the appropriate manner.

Publisher Consent

In case of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraud or plagiarism, the publisher should take care to publish an appropriate report indicating an error and correction or in more serious cases, to remove the entire article from the appropriate issue.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Policies on Conflict of Interest, Human and Animal rights, and Informed Consent

Conflict of Interest

A Declaration of Conflicting Interests policy refers to a formal policy a journal may have to require a conflict of interest statement or conflict of interest disclosure from a submitting or publishing author.

‘Conflicts of interest arise when authors, reviewers, or editors have interests that are not fully apparent and that may influence their judgments on what is published. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived.’


To ensure that the review process is free of conflicts:

  • Editors should select a guest editor when there is a conflict of interest with respect to an author. Editors should ensure that reviewers are free of conflict of interest with respect to an author.
  • Reviewers should contact the editorial office to declare any potential conflicts of interest in advance of refereeing an article.

Minor conflicts do not disqualify a reviewer from reporting on an article but will be taken into account when considering the referees’ recommendations.


All authors and co-authors are required to disclose any potential conflict of interest when submitting their article (e.g. employment, consulting fees, research contracts, stock ownership, patent licenses, advisory affiliations, etc.). If the article is subsequently accepted for publication, this information should be included in the end section.


Editors should not make any editorial decisions or get involved in the editorial process if they have any COI (financial or otherwise) for a submitted manuscript.

An editor may have COI if a manuscript is submitted from their own academic department or from their institution in such situations; they should have explicit policies for managing it.

When editors submit their own work to their journal, a colleague in the editorial office should manage the manuscript and the editor/author should recuse himself or herself from discussion and decisions about it.

Human and Animal Rights

All research must have been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. If there is suspicion that work has not taken place within an appropriate ethical framework, Editors will follow may reject the manuscript, and/or contact the author(s)’ ethics committee. On rare occasions, if the Editor has serious concerns about the ethics of a study, the manuscript may be rejected on ethical grounds, even if approval from an ethics committee has been obtained.

  • Articles conducting any animal or clinical studies should contain a statement in accordance with the animal and human ethics committee.
  • Research should be carried out in a manner that animals do not get affected unnecessarily.
  • Registration is required for all clinical trials.

Informed consent 

In the Journal of Biomedical and Pharmacology Journal, patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication. Patient consent should be written and archived either with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance, and editors should so note, that such alterations do not distort scientific meaning. When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.