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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts to the American Journal of Health Studies are accepted in electronic forms only.  Authors should provide a clear indication as to which format (e.g., feature article, practical perspectives) the article conforms.  Manuscripts should be typed, double spaced, and on 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper with 1 inch margins. Page restrictions identified above include footnotes, references, tables (<4), figures (<4), and illustrations. Specific requirements are discussed below.

Cover Letter: Include in your cover letter whether the submitted article or any analysis or similar work has been previously published or submitted and is under consideration elsewhere.

Suggestion of Peer Reviewers: Authors should suggest 3-5 potential reviewers. Reviewers will not know the author suggested them. Make sure that your suggestions are not current or recent colleagues of you or your co-authors.

Title Page: This page should include:

  1. Main title not to exceed 80 characters including spaces.
  2. Author names, degrees, and institutional affiliations.
  3. Corresponding author(s)'s mailing address, phone and FAX number, and internet e-mail address

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. All submitted manuscripts must include a ‘Conflict of interests and finding’ section listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). If no competing interests exist, please state in this section, "The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest" and added to the Title page .

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section of the title page, i.e. not listed in the main manuscript.  Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Acknowledgements should be added to the Title page.

References: References should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition).

Illustrations: Artwork depicting graphs, figures, model diagrams, or illustrations must be professionally prepared and submitted in a digital format, minimum resolution 600dpi. Reproductions or photocopies are not acceptable.

Submitted manuscripts should follow the recommendations stated in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.  Include in your cover letter the guideline that has been followed, if applicable.  The guidelines for each type of study is listed below:

  • For fields/clinical trials-  CONSORT guidelines
  • For observational studies- STROBE guidelines
  • For systematic reviews and meta-analysis- PRISMA guidelines
  • For original qualitative research papers- COREQ guidelines
  • For synthesis of qualitative research papers- ENTREQ guidelines

Abstract Articles must include a structured abstract of 100-300 words. The abstract should be able to provide sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Objective, Design, Results, Discussion, Conclusions.

Keywords: Provide 3-5 key words

Please see our Submission Tutorial page for complete step by step instructions.

We are a peer-reviewed online journal that provides a hybrid online Open Access option. As a hybrid online Open Access journal if the Open Access option is selected the fee is $500 per article.  If you would like to submit as an open access article, indicate this option in the comments to the editor.  Otherwise, you may select a subscription based access with no fee.

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