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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

How to Upload your Submission to the Journal
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Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information as you will need to enter this information in the meta data fields:
    First name, last name and email address for all authors
    Title (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)
    Abstract (if applicable) (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)
    Key words
Uploaded file:
Cover letter which should state that the manuscript is not being considered for or has been published elsewhere. 
Manuscript files in Microsoft Word format. Tables must be included at the end of the manuscript file, as per the author guidelines
Logging In/Creating an Account
You must ensure you are enrolled as an author to submit a manuscript. Once signed in, go to the very upper right-hand corner of the page and scroll over your username to select “View Profile” from the pull-down menu. On the profile page, go to the “Roles” tab. Ensure the box beside “Author” is checked and click save.
Need a username and password?
If you want to submit an manuscript and do not have a username and password, you must select “Register” on the top right-hand corner of the website. Once registration is complete, follow the instructions below to begin manuscript submission.
Manuscript Submission Steps
Once logged into the site, you will be taken to your user dashboard. From your dashboard click “New Submission” which will take you to the first step of the five-step submission process.
Step 1: Starting the Submission.  Under "Section”, a drop-down menu will be available containing a list of journal sections. The author will be asked to select the appropriate section (Trust, Strengths, Services, Justice) for the submission. Under each section, the author will also be asked to indicate the appropriate manuscript type (ie: Original Research, Review, etc). The author must then complete the “Submission Requirement” checklist indicating the submission is prepared in the proper format as required by the Journal. “Comments for the Editor” section is optional and is where you may enter suggested reviewers for your manuscript, address any issues such as conflicts of interest or duplicate publication, or any other comments relevant to your submission. Select “Save and Continue” to proceed to the next section.
Step 2: Uploading the Submission. Uploading your manuscript and associated files, such as figures, is a 3-step process (Upload File, Review Details, Confirm):
Select a manuscript component (Manuscript Text, Figures(s), or Other) from the dropdown list and upload the file. It is important to note that you can only upload one file at a time.
Review to ensure that you have uploaded the correct file.
Confirms that the file upload was successful, and you are prompted to upload additional files (such as figures), if applicable. Click “Complete” once all files have been uploaded.
You will be brought back to the Submit a Manuscript screen where you will see the files you have uploaded. If you need to make changes, expand the blue arrow to the left of your file and make any changes using the Edit link.
Step 3: Entering the Submission’s Metadata. Enter the title and the abstract (if applicable) for the manuscript. The first, middle, and last name, and e-mail address of each author must be added. To add additional authors, click "Add Contributor” under the Abstract. Enter all the author fields marked with an asterisk and identify the contributor’s role in the submission. Ensure the correct author is selected for “Principal contact for editorial correspondence”. Keywords associated with your manuscript may also be entered as part of the submission’s metadata by typing the word or phrase and hitting your Enter key.
Step 4: Confirming the Submission. This step allows the author to review the submission for completeness by going back to previous steps and adjusting any of the information provided before continuing. Click “Finish Submission” to compete the submission process.
Step 5: Next Steps. Your submission is now complete! The submission's principal contact will receive an acknowledgement by email and the Editor will be notified of the submission. Once submitted, you will be presented with the following options:
Review this submission
Create a new submission
Return to your dashboard
Please note that once you complete a submission; you cannot make changes to it. If you want to replace the file you submitted or make any other changes to the submission, you will need to contact the Editor through the Pre-Review Discussions tool.
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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