Self-archiving, and Manuscript Deposition

The NJMR does not require authors to transfer the copyright of their published work to the journal. Authors grant the NJMR first publication right. Author can reuse their papers in their future printed work without requiring permission from the publisher of the journal.


Creative commons licences

Open access articles in the NJMR are published under a CC BY SA license (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). Under Creative Commons, authors retain copyright in their articles. The CC BY SA allows for maximum dissemination and re-use of open access materials. Under this license, users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit) and remix (adapt) the contribution including for commercial purposes, providing they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor.


Self-archiving policy

We encourage our authors to share their research publications by self-archiving their work in public repositories or on personal websites. Authors may self-archive their accepted manuscript version, including any revisions made in response to peer review, immediately after acceptance for publication. Authors are also permitted to share their final published article, including any editor's corrections.

Any self-archived version of the manuscript must include a citation to the published article in our journal. We recommend that authors deposit their manuscript in a repository that follows best practices for preservation and long-term access.

Authors are responsible for ensuring that any self-archiving of their work does not infringe upon copyright or any other legal or ethical considerations, including permissions from co-authors, or funders. We do not assume any liability for any copyright infringement resulting from author's self-archiving.



Preprints are the author's original version of a research manuscript deposited on a public server prior to formal peer review at a journal; preprints may be posted at any moment during the peer review process.

We recognise the value of preprints in accelerating the dissemination of scientific research and promoting collaboration within the scientific community. Authors are encouraged to post preprints of their manuscripts on preprint servers of their own choice, institutional website, or any other preprint servers prior to submission to the journal.

Posting a preprint does not impact the consideration of the manuscript for publication in our journal. However, authors are required to disclose the existence of any preprint versions of the manuscript during the submission process, including the DOI or other identifier of the preprint, and any subsequent updates or revisions to the preprint.

We may consider manuscripts that have been posted as preprints, but we reserve the right to evaluate the scientific content of the manuscript independently of any preprint versions. Publication of a preprint does not guarantee acceptance of the manuscript for publication in our journal.

Once the preprint manuscript is reviewed by us and is published, authors are responsible for updating the preprint version with a link to the final published article with a DOI and citation to the published article in our journal.


Manuscript deposition service

Article published in the National Journal of Community Medicine are deposited on the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries, allowing those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.