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, principal job title, principal affiliation, main address, and all other contact information, including email address and telephone number for ALL authors and indicates who is 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 200 words, including headings. Following the abstract, list the authors again with their affiliations but not degrees, identifying the corresponding author with email address as shown in the sample cover page.
  • You have double-spaced all text and headings throughout.
  • If you have used block paragraph style, replace it with a style that is aligned left where the first sentence of each paragraph is indented.
  • You have used no more than 3 levelsof headings. However, the beginning of the main body of your article should have no headingsuch as INTRODUCTIONor BACKGROUND. Subsequently, headings in the main body of the article should be boldfacedand either ALL CAPITAL LETTERS or Partial Capital Letters as noted: METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY, Acknowledgements,Human Subjects Approval Statement, Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement,References, Tables(each on a separate page), and Figures(each on a separate page). Use Arabic numerals. Again, these headings should be bolded and capital letters should be used as shown above.
  • Also, be sure that you have no more than 3 levelsof headings. The headings METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, and IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICYshould 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. as appropriate for your particular article, note the bolded periods). DO NOT USE ANY UNDERSCORESanywhere 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 mustuse 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 time they are used – eg, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rather than just referring to “CDC” or “the CDC.” After the initial use, it is acceptable to use the abbreviation or acronym.
  • Substitute the term “Participants” for “Subjects” when describing the sample in the abstract, text, or tables. That is, people who are in your study are people, persons, individuals, interviewees, or respondents, but NEVER subjects – a term which we see as demeaning the important role participants in your study play. In addition, 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. “Gender” is all right to use when referring to gender roles or persons not identifying as one biologic sex or the other,
  • If you have used UK-style spellings, please change these to US-style English spellings (eg, change behaviour to behavior, metre to meter, programme to program and so on) to facilitate editing.
  • All p-values should be of the form p < .01and not P < .01 or p < 0.01. This includes text and tables or other graphics where p-values are shown. The p should NOTbe 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 (number), SD (standard deviation), M (mean), and so on. Use χ2for chi-square and not X2.
  • Any references to sample size should appear as, for example, N = 175 (note space before and after the = sign) and not as n = whether in text, tables, or figures.
  • All numeric citations are expressed as superscripts that appear following(not before, but after) 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 Referencessection itself, all citations should be listed numerically, but not as footnotes. Citation numerals should appear as regular text.You may use the automatic numbering function in Word to number the references. Numeric citations should not appear inside of parentheses (9) or brackets [9]. The numbered reference should simply be followed by a period. 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 National Library of Medicine 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. It should be in a narrative form. However, the 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. Recommended actions should relate back to philosophical principles, regulatory measures, or actual legislation. THIS SECTION IS INTENDED TO BE WHAT SEPARATES THIS PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL FROM MANY OTHERS. This section is not just an extension of the DISCUSSIONor a summary of findings. FINALLY, IN THIS SECTION, YOU SHOULD BE EXPLICIT AS TO HOW YOUR PAPER CONTRIBUTES TO PRIORITY HEALTH TOPICS IDENTIFIED BY THE World Health OrganizationAND/OR PRIORITY HEALTH OBJECTIVES IDENTIFIED IN THE US PUBLICATION Healthy People 2020. 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 Statementand 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 at specific language to be included. In addition, ALL manuscripts must provide a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement. Include it after the Human Subjects Approval Statementand before the References.
  • Acknowledgements, if applicable, may be included after DISCUSSIONand 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. For all journals indexed by the NLM, you can find the full NLM citation by going to; moreover, you can find the NLM abbreviation for a journal, if it has one, by going to typing in the name of the journal followed by [journal[. DO NOT MAKE UP ABBREVIATIONS; USE ONLY THE LEGITIMATE ABBREVIATIONS. Italicize the journal titleand place a period at the end of the title but not between sections of it – NOT J. Public HealthBUT 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 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 except as a charge back to the authors. URL citations should be in the form of: Available at: Accessed August 3, 2013 and NOTRetrieved from:, as a stand-alone URL, or without an access date as shown above. 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 and figures should be on separate pages and appear at the end of the manuscript after the references, that is, each table or figure should start on a new page. Table and figure 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, andNOT SUBMITTED AS SEPARATE FILES. Number tables or figures 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; Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, and so on and not Figure 1a, Figure 1b, Figure 1c, etc). Do not number tables and figures with 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), conjunction (eg, and, or, but), or preposition (eg, about, across, among, between). 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, authors of citations in the references, etc.
  • Accept all changes and remove ALL TRACKING and HIGHLIGHTING from the
  • FINALLY, WE EXPECT A HIGH LEVEL OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL.If you do not want to make these changes or are unable to comply with stylistic requirements after repeated attempts, these changes can be made for you at an additional charge ranging from $50 USD to $175 USD depending on the extent of editing required. We also can recommend an editing service that will edit your entire article, including references, and format it for HEALTH BEHAVIOR AND POLICY REVIEWfor $175 USD. Note that if you select either of these services, charges are in addition to the publication fee of $525 ($1025 for Open Access) applied by Paris Scholar Publishing Ltd. Failure to comply with stylistic requirements delays production and eventual publication of your paper so it is in authors’ best interests to address these requirements up front or have them assigned to an editorial service.
  • Although it may seem that these stylistic requirements are unnecessarily detailed, everything that has to be edited extensively may result in delayed acceptance, delayed production, delayed publication, or additional charges assigned to the authors.

Revised 01-11-19