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

  • Prepare 2 title pages.
    • Prepare a first title page that contains the names, highest completed degrees, principal job title, affiliation, main address, and all other contact information, including email address for all authors and indicate the corresponding author. Use the full first names and last names of authors. 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 complete information for each author.
    • Prepare a second title page that contains (1) the title of the paper placed flush left, (2) authors’ full names and degrees as they are to appear in the byline, (3) a structured abstract with bolded headings (Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusions). Do not begin a sentence with a numeral (eg, “714 people replied to the survey.”) Be sure the abstract adheres to the 200 word limit, and (4) 5-6 keywords with the bolded heading (Key Words). 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 title page.
  • Adhere to general manuscript text, formatting, and stylistic guidelines.
    • Double-spaced text and use 12-point Times New Roman font.
    • Use US-style English spellings (behavior not behaviour, etc.)
    • Do not use block paragraph style; use left alignment.
    • Use parenthetical statements and expressions such as eg, and ie, sparingly. If you must use these expressions, use eg and ie without periods.
    • Clearly spell out abbreviations or acronyms the first time they are used. After the initial use, it is acceptable to use the abbreviation or acronym.
    • Remove all redaction that were blinded for peer review.
  • Use no more than 3 levels of headings throughout the manuscript.
    • Do not begin the main body of your article with headings such as INTRODUCTION or BACKGROUND. First level headings should be in all capital letters or partial capital letter as noted: METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY, Acknowledgements, Human Subjects Approval Statement, Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement, References, Tables, and Figures. All primary headings are bolded and appear flushed left.
    • Second level headings should be bolded and appear flush left. Capitalize the first letter of each word (eg, Participants, Instrumentation, Sampling Stategy, Data Analysis, etc. as appropriate).
    • Third level headings should be bolded, italicized, indented, and begin the paragraph. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and end in a period (eg, Selection of items for the inventory. Your paragraph text starts here.)
    • Do not use underscores for any headings.
  • Use preferred terminology.
    • We support the use of the term “Participants” rather than “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.
    • We support use of the term “sex” when reporting biological factors and “gender” when reporting gender identity, psychosocial, or cultural factors. See Clayton and Tannenbaum, doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16405.
  • Adhere to reporting format for statistical information.
    • Format p-values as “p < .01” and not “P < .01” or “p < 0.01” in text, tables, and figures. The p is lower case and not italicized.
    • Do not italicize any statistical term or symbol including N (number), SD (standard deviation), M (mean) and so on.
    • Use Greek symbols when appropriate such as χ2 and not X2 for chi-square.
    • All references to sample size should appear as, for example, N = 175 (note space before and after the = sign).
  • Be sure you have included a section entitled IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY.
    • We will not publish papers that lack this important section as it is what separates this peer-reviewed journal from many others.
    • This section should be thoughtful, interpretative, and directive, and not merely a gratuitous inclusion. This section is not just an extension of the discussion or a summary of findings.
    • See the Author Guidelines for specific instructions on what to include in this section.
  • Include Acknowledgements, if applicable.
    • This comes after IMPLICATIONS FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR OR POLICY.
  • If submitting a research article, make sure that you have included a Human Subjects Approval Statement.
    • Such a statement is required even if the study was deemed “exempt” from human subjects review. See the Author Guidelines for specific language to be included.
  • ALL manuscripts must provide a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement.
    • This comes after the Human Subjects Approval Statement and before References.
  • Citations and References
    • In-text citations are expressed as superscript numerals that appear after the punctuation mark. Do not use parentheses () or brackets []. Consecutive numerals, eg, 30,31, should be separated by a comma while 3 or more consecutive numerals, eg, 30-32, should use a hyphen. Combinations of consecutive and non-consecutive references should appear, for example, as 18,19,21-24,28.
    • In the References section, all references should be listed numerically, not as footnotes. Use the automatic numbering function in Word to number the references rather than numbering by hand.
    • 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.
  • Additional instructions for references.
    • Prepare references in AMA style.
    • For journal articles, use the National Library of Medicine (NLM) abbreviations for all journal titles that have them. Go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/ for assistance. Do not guess at abbreviations; use only legitimate abbreviations.
      • Italicize the journal title and place a period at the end of the title, for example, Am J Public Health.
      • Provide the year, volume number, issue number, and inclusive page numbers (not just the first page of the citation). For example, Am J Health Behav. 2013;37(5):599-609. There are no spaces between the year and the volume, issue number, and page numbers.
      • Do not include digital objective identifiers (DOI) unless it is the only means of locating or distinguishing the paper.
      • See the Author Guidelines for listing authors and use of et al.
      • 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.
    • For books, capitalize and italicize each word of a book title.
    • For URLs be sure to include the access date. For example:
    • Do not list papers that are unpublished, in preparation, submitted, in progress, or under review.
    • Do not cite personal communication in the references.
    • Be sure to take this opportunity to address referencing errors and ensuring that references are accurate and complete. Common errors include capitalizing each word in the title of articles, not italicizing a journal title, using an incorrect URL, and failing to cite inclusive pages for an article. No paper will be published with improperly cited or incomplete references – the burden is on the authors to verify reference accuracy.
  • List tables and figures on separate pages at the end of the manuscript after references. Do not submit 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 embed titles into figures.
    • Use the Table function in Word to create the table to enable editing by copyeditors. Do not format tables as images or PDFs.
    • Titles of tables should appear above and outside of the main body of the table.
    • 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). 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

  • We expect a high level of attention to detail. We maintain a high standard on stylistic requirements because anything that needs extensive edits may result in delayed acceptance, delayed production, delayed publication, or additional charges assigned to the authors. If you are unable to comply with stylistic requirements after repeated attempts, we may assign these changes to an editorial service at an additional charge of $175 USD. Note that this fee is in addition to the publication fee of $525 applied by Paris Scholar Publishing.

 

Revised January 20, 2020