Initial Submission Checklist

Please follow the detailed instructions provided in the Author Guidelines. This checklist should be used as a tool to ensure you have covered all the items needed for your initial submission.

  • Submission is solely to Health Behavior and Policy Review.
  • A blinded title page is included with the submission.
  • Title contains no more than 75 characters including spaces.
  • Abstract has headings (Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions) and is no more than 200 words.
  • 5-6 Key Words are provided.
  • Manuscript is in a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced, pages numbered, and in a 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • American Medical Association (10th edition) style format is used.
  • Body of the manuscript is 5000 words or less excluding abstract, tables, figures, and references.
  • Cite where the tables and figures should be placed in the body of the text.
  • All “p” values are lower case and not capitalized as “P”.
  • Tables and figures are on separate pages and appear at the end of the manuscript after References.
  • Captions or titles are not embedded in tables or figures.
  • Copyright permission is obtained for all previously copyrighted material with letters indicating this permission as appropriate.
  • All journal titles in references are italicized and abbreviated (for assistance:
  • Human subject research must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or statement of exempt status. If IRB approval is not acknowledged, the manuscript will be returned.

Final Checklist & Final Cover Page

Should your manuscript be Accepted with minor revisions, you will be directed to download and accommodate stylistic changes detailed at the following link, Final Checklist, You will also be asked to create your own title page that mirrors this Final Title Page.

IMPORTANT: The Final Checklist includes a greater level of detail than the Author Guidelines. This is not a journal discrepancy but distinctive requirements at different stages in the review process. Like many journals we delay the meticulous detail outlined on the Final Checklist until a positive publishing decision is made.

If additional questions arise, please contact the journal offices.