Final Checklist

Final Checklist 2018-01-28T15:14:40+00:00

Before resubmitting your paper to HEALTH BEHAVIOR AND POLICY REVIEW, be sure that all of the actions in the following CHECKLIST have been completed:

  • You have uploaded a FIRST title page that contains the names, highest completed degrees, job titles, affiliations, addresses, and all other contact information, including email addresses and telephone numbers for ALL authors and indicates the corresponding author. Use full first names and last names of authors – not just initials. Provide a separate and complete entry for EACH author. DO NOT USE superscripts or footnotes to indicate author roles or affiliations. Limit the authors’ affiliation to ONE PRIMARY AFFILIATION ONLY. Papers cannot be accepted without this information being complete for each author.
  • You have uploaded a SECOND title page that contains the title of the paper placed flush left, the author names (full first and last names, not merely initials) as they are to appear in the byline, a structured abstract that is built with complete sentences and not just sentence fragments. Headings (Objective: Methods: Results: Conclusions: Key Words:) should be boldfaced. Do not begin a sentence with a numeral (eg, “714 people replied to the survey.”) The entire abstract should be a maximum of 125 words, including headings. Following the abstract, list the authors again with their affiliations, identifying the corresponding author with email address.
  • You have double-spaced all text and headings throughout.
  • If you have used block paragraph style, replace it with a style where the first sentence of a paragraph is indented.
  • You have used no more than 3 levels of headings. However, the beginning of your article containing introductory material should have no heading. Subsequent headings should be written as shown as boldfaced and either ALL CAPITAL LETTERS or Partial Capital Letters and include METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY, Acknowledgements, Human Subjects Approval Statement, Conflict of Interest Declaration, References, Tables (each on a separate page), and Figures (each on a separate page). Use Arabic numerals. These headings should be bolded and capital letters should be used as shown above.
  • Again, be sure that you have no more than 3 levels of headings. The headings METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, and IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY should be bolded and appear flush left in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. These should be exact headings – that is, included precisely as shown. Secondary headings (eg, Participants, Instrumentation, Sampling, Data Analysis, etc. as appropriate for your particular article) should be bolded and appear flush left. The first letter of each word should be capitalized. If there is a third level of heading it should begin the paragraph, be indented, have only the first letter of the first word capitalized, be italicized and boldfaced, and end in a period (eg, Selection of items for the inventory. or Codebook procedure. etc. as appropriate for your particular article). DO NOT USE ANY UNDERSCORES anywhere in the article.
  • Please omit the use of parenthetical statements where possible and discontinue the use of such features as “i.e.” and “e.g.” in the paper. Where you must use these expressions, use eg, and ie, without periods but use eg, and ie, sparingly.
  • Any abbreviations or acronyms used in the paper or in the references should be clearly spelled out the first they are used – eg, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rather than just referring to “CDC” or “the CDC.”
  • Substitute the term “Participants” for “Subjects” when describing the sample in the abstract, text, or tables. Use the term “sex” as opposed to “gender” when referring to “girls” and “boys” or to “women” and “men” if referring to adults. Use the term “male” and “female” as adjectives only.
  • If you have used UK-style spellings, please change these to US-style English spellings (eg, change behaviour to behavior, metre to meter, and so on) to facilitate editing.
  • All p-values should be of the form p < .01 and not P < .01 or p < 0.01. This includes text and tables or other graphics where p-values are shown. The p should NOT be italicized. NO STATISTICAL TERMS OR SYMBOLS SHOULD BE ITALCIZED ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT, ABSTRACT, TABLES, OR FIGURES – this includes, but is not limited to N, SD, M, X, and so on.
  • Any references to sample size should appear as N= and not as n= whether in text, tables, or figures.
  • All numeric citations are expressed as superscripts that appear following (not before) punctuation. Consecutive numerals eg, 30,31 should be separated by a comma, although 3 or more consecutive eg, 30-32 should use a hyphen. Combinations of consecutive and non-consecutive references should appear, for example, as 18,19,21-24,28. Numeric citations should not appear inside of parentheses (9) or brackets [9].
  • In the References section itself, all citations should be listed numerically, but not as footnotes. Citation numerals should appear as regular text. Use the automatic numbering function in Word to number the references. However, do not use Endnote or similar reference programs. No footnotes should appear anywhere in the document. If you presently have footnotes, eliminate them or incorporate them into the text of the main body of the paper. We will not have footnotes in our published papers. Please make sure that the PubMed/Index Medicus abbreviated titles for journals are italicized. Please make sure that book titles and other titles as appropriate are italicized.
  • You have included a section entitled IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY. This section should be thoughtful, interpretative, and directive, and not merely a gratuitous inclusion. Details in this section MUST BE ACTION-ORIENTED – ie, what researchers should do, what practitioners should do, or what policymakers should do. Most important here is illustration of the implications your work has for policymakers and practitioners. Following some narrative, we recommend using bulleted points, if feasible. It should be written with as much specificity as possible. If possible, recommended actions should relate back to philosophical principles, regulatory measures, or actual legislation. THIS SECTION IS INTENDED TO BE WHAT SEPARATES THIS PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATION FROM MANY OTHERS. This section is not just an extension of the DISCUSSION or a summary of findings. Your paper will be returned to you until these parameters are addressed as described.
  • If submitting a research article, make sure that you have included a heading entitled Human Subjects Approval Statement and a statement that follows Acknowledgements. Such a statement is required even if the study was deemed “exempt” from human subjects review or underwent “expedited” review. See the Author Guidelines on specific language to be included. In addition, ALL manuscripts must provide a Conflict of Interest Declaration / Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement. Include it after the Human Subjects Approval Statement and before the References.
  • Acknowledgements, if applicable, may be included after DISCUSSION and preceding Human Subjects Approval Statement.
  • You have prepared the references in AMA style, with National Library of Medicine (NLM) abbreviations for all journals that have them. DO NOT MAKE UP ABBREVIATIONS; USE ONLY THE LEGITIMATE ABBREVIATIONS. Italicize the journal title and place a period at the end of the title but not between sections of it – not J. Public Health but Am J Public Health. For article titles, capitalize ONLY the first word of the title UNLESS the word is a proper noun; do not capitalize the first word appearing after a colon in the title of an article. Capitalize and italicize each word of a book title. For journals – give the year and both the volume and issue number as well as inclusive page numbers (not just the first page of the citation) – eg, Am J Health Behav. 2013;37(5):599-609. You do not need to give the month of publication. You also do not need to give the digital objective identifier (DOI) for the paper unless it is the only means of locating or distinguishing the paper. There should be a period at the end of the italicized journal title and NO SPACES between the year and the volume, issue number, and page numbers as shown in the example above. See the guidelines for listing authors and use of et al by going to (Submitting a Manuscript – Author Guidelines). Make sure that ALL references are cited correctly, IN THE STYLE OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR AND POLICY REVIEW, and are COMPLETE. No paper will be accepted with improperly cited or incomplete references – the burden is entirely on the authors to verify reference accuracy and errors will not be fixed by copyeditors. For assistance with abbreviations go to and type in the title of the journal whose abbreviation is being sought. URL citations should be in the form of: Available at: Accessed August 3, 2013. Finally, review and re-review this section prior to resubmitting your paper as flawed references will result in the return of your paper. DO NOT LIST PAPERS THAT ARE “UNPUBLISHED,” “SUBMITTED,” “IN PROGRESS,” “IN PREPARATION,” OR “UNDER REVIEW,” AND DO NOT CITE “PERSONAL COMMUNICATION” IN THE REFERENCES. DO MAKE SURE THAT AN “AVERAGE” INDIVIDUAL COULD FIND THE REFERENCE BASED ON HOW YOU LIST IT.
  • Tables should be on separate pages and appear at the end of the manuscript after the references. Table width should not exceed 7 inches (18 cm) using 12-point Times New Roman font. Do not embed titles, symbols or formulas into the table. Do not include images of tables in TIFF, PNG, JPEG or PDF formats. Use the Table function in Word to create the table. If unsure the table is acceptable, please e-mail the journal offices and send the proposed table for review prior to submission. Tables and figures should be appended to the manuscript after the References, and NOT SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE FILES. Number tables consecutively as they are referred to in the text (eg, Table 1, Table 2, Table 3 and so on; and not Table 1a, Table 1b, etc.). Do not number tables and figures using Roman numerals. CAPITALIZE the first letter of each word in the title of a figure or table unless the word is a small word such as an article (eg, a, an, the) or conjunction (eg, and, or, but). Numbers and titles of tables should appear above and outside of the main body of the table. Tables should be prepared in WORD to enable editing where necessary. DO NOT cut and paste a jpeg file to insert a table. Figures should be prepared similarly. Format the table and figure titles as shown below:

Table 1
This Table Contains Relevant Data about this Manuscript

Figure 1
Schematic of Details about this Manuscript

  • Remove all things that are blinded in the paper – eg, names, names of institutions, etc.
  • Accept all changes and remove ALL TRACKING and HIGHLIGHTING from the

Revised 04-02-17