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Sahel Medical Journal is a peer-review quarterly publication of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria, established in 1998. It seeks to promote exchange of scholarly scientific information in Africa and the world in general by publishing high quality articles including original reports, reviews, case reports, letters to the editor, conference proceedings, and invited guest editorials and commentaries.

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The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
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The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

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Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


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  Scope of the journal

The mission of Sahel Medical Journal is to publish innovative research in medical and biomedical sciences with focus on emerging non-communicable diseases and re-emerging tropical diseases in Nigeria and Africa in general.

  About the Society

Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria (UDUTH), publisher of Sahel Medical Journal, is a 1000-bed and 2700-staff strength multi-specialty tertiary hospital established on 2nd May 1980 with commitment to medical education, research, and standard health care services.

The hospital with a catchment population of over 12 million is accredited, in collaboration with Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, to run degree programs in medicine and surgery (MBBS), nursing (BNs), radiography (BRad), public health (MPH), laboratory medicine (BMLS) and pharmacy (BPharm). The National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and West African Postgraduate Medical College also accredit the hospital for postgraduate training in various subspecialties in medical practice. The institutions also has schools of nursing, post-basic midwifery, health information and community health.

In furtherance of its vision for excellence, research linkages and technology transfer, UDUTH has memorandum of understanding with foreign health institutions including Madras Medical Mission, Chennai, India; University of Keele, Staffordshire, UK, Centre National de Rehabilitation et de Neurosciences, Rabat, Morocco, and Soundarapandian Bone & Joint Hospital & Research Institute, Chennai, India.

UDUTH organizes regular scientific activities including, among others, quarterly continuing medical education, hospital forum and monthly guest lecture. It has also held collaborative international and national scientific programs including international workshops on genitourinary reconstructive surgery held with faculties from Michigan State College of Medicine, Detroit, USA (2007), urological and genitourinary reconstruction surgery held with faculties from University of Ghana Medical School (2011), awake craniotomy held with faculties from Toronto Western Hospital, Canada (2012), update in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery held with faculties from Madras Medical Mission, Chennai (2013), national workshop on medical education (2013) and minimal access surgery held in collaboration with faculties from Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust, UK and Kulkami Endo Surgery Institute, India (2014).

It has also hosted several annual scientific conferences organized by professional bodies including Nigerian Hypertension Society (2006), Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences (2007), West African College of Physician Conference (2014), Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons (2015), Nigerian Association of Nephrology (2016), Nigerian Medical Association (2016), Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria (2016).

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