Moreover, only electronic submissions are accepted. Use the Author Submit link to submit manuscripts for review.
PHILOSOPHY, OBJECTIVES, AND SCOPE OF THE JOURNAL
Health Behavior and Policy Review (Electronic ISSN 2326-4403) is a rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly publication that seeks manuscripts on health behavior or policy topics that represent original research, including papers that examine the development, advocacy, implementation, or evaluation of policies around specific health issues. Emerging scholars who have conducted systematic, meta-analytic, or state-of-the-art reviews that include, but are not limited to, comprehensive examinations of the literature in conjunction with doctoral dissertations, grant applications, or other active research endeavors are encouraged to submit their work. The Review especially welcomes papers that tie together health behavior and policy recommendations. The Review is published electronically six times per year. Its scope is international with particular interest in reporting on priority health topics identified by the World Health Organization and priority objectives identified in the US publication Healthy People 2020. Aside from serving as an important forum for public health information and communication, Health Behavior and Policy Review has the goal of being an effective educational and dissemination tool for researchers and other scholars, practitioners, other public health leaders, and students of health behavior and policy.
Manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they are submitted solely to Health Behavior and Policy Review and have not been previously published elsewhere. All pages should be numbered. The format should be as follows:
Abstract, an introductory or background section but without heading, METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY, Acknowledgments, Human Subjects Approval Statement, References, Tables (each on a separate page), Figure Legends, and Figures (each on a separate sheet). Use Arabic numerals.
Manuscript should not exceed 5000 words (approximately 18 typed double-spaced pages) excluding the title page, abstract, references, tables, and/or figures. If the manuscript exceeds these limits, please contact the Editor-in-Chief.
The title should be concise but informative (do not exceed 75 characters including spaces). Only the first letter of each word in the title should be capitalized - all other letters should be formatted in lower case.
The entire abstract should consist of 5 sections (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Key words) and not exceed 125 words overall, including all 5 headings. The abstract should state the purposes of the study or investigation, basic procedures, main findings, and the principal conclusions. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. Place no more than 6 key words or short phrases that will assist in cross-indexing directly after the abstract.
HUMAN SUBJECTS APPROVAL STATEMENT
Include human subject statement indicating institutional review and approval with document number, if possible, or statement of exempt status.
List the sources of support in the form of (a) person(s), grants, equipment, or drugs; and (b) note disclaimers, if any, including notices of the manuscript's prior appearance as a preliminary report or abstract.
References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. No reference should be given more than one number. Identify references in text by superscript Arabic numerals. Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press"; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should not be cited. Avoid citing a personal communication unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. Authors should obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source.
Use the style of the examples below. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus (for assistance, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/). A period should follow each journal listing and all book titles are italicized. If a journal title does not appear in Index Medicus, the full title should be used. Do not attempt to construct abbreviated titles yourself. For secondary sources, direct quotations, and citations from books or reports, give specific page numbers. Remember, cite personal communications in text only, giving the source and date. If communication is an e-mail: provide sender's address. Specifically, references should be listed in the following manner:
JOURNAL PUBLICATONS OF UP TO 4 AUTHORS (list all 4)
Kohler CL, Schoenberger YM, Beasley TM, Phillips MM. Effectiveness evaluation of the N-O-T smoking cessation program for adolescents. Am J Health Behav. 2008;32(4):368-379.
PUBLICATION OF MORE THAN 4 AUTHORS (list only 3 followed by et al.)
Valois RF, Zullig KJ, Huebner ES, et al. Relationship between life satisfaction and violent behaviors among adolescents. Am J Health Behav. 2001;25(4):353-366.
Davidson JK, Moore NB. Marriage and Family: Change and Continuity. Boston: Allyn & Bacon; 1996:129-145.
QUOTED CHAPTER IN BOOKS
Prochaska JO, Redding CA, Evers KE. The transtheoretical model and stages of change. In Glanz K, Lewis FM, Rimer BK, eds. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; 1977:60-84.
Behavioral Risk Factor Survey 1995. A Report on the Lifestyle Behaviors Affecting the Health of West Virginians. WV Bureau for Public Health; 1997:45-51.
Partnership for a Drug-Free America. The boomer-rang: baby boomers seriously underestimate presence of drugs in their children's lives (on-line). Available at: http://www.drugfreeamerican.org/. Accessed July 13, 2000.
Number figures consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. Letters, numbers, and symbols should be clear and even throughout and of sufficient size that each item will still be legible when reduced for publication. Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends for figures, not embedded in the figures themselves. If a figure has been published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. Permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher, except for documents in the public domain. Be sure each figure is cited in text and note where you believe the figure should be placed.
Type or print out each table, double-spaced, on a separate sheet of paper. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief but stand alone title for each. Be sure each table is cited in text and note where you believe the table should be placed. Do not use internal horizontal and vertical rules. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all abbreviations used in each table. For footnotes, use the following lower case letters, in the alphabetical sequence: a, b, c, d, e, f, etc. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge it fully.
It is the responsibility of the author or authors to obtain the necessary permission to use any quoted material in excess of 25 lines that is incorporated in the manuscript. Permission must be obtained, and credit given, for quotations, tables, and illustrations borrowed from copyright material. Letters granting permission should accompany the manuscript when submitted.
ABBREVIATIONS AND NOMENCLATURE
Abbreviations and nomenclature should conform to the American Medical Association Manual of Style (10th edition). Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum in the text and should be defined at first usage. Periods are not used after abbreviations (eg, mm, mL). Generic names are preferred for drugs.
To decrease bias during the editorial process, we employ the classic double-blind peer review process. Referees selected are professional scholars in the disciplines of social and behavioral health sciences, health policy, epidemiology, psychology, and other areas of public health.
Upon receipt, a manuscript is assigned a reference number.
A copy of the numbered manuscript is electronically sent to at least 3 referees. Referees are selected from the Board to match the manuscript with the referee's area of expertise.
Referees evaluate the manuscript according to established criteria on an evaluation form.
The Editor-in-Chief transmits reviewer evaluations and comments to the corresponding author, usually within 4 weeks.
Final disposition of the manuscript rests with the Editor-in-Chief.