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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.
  • Read the submission information and policies prior to submission.
  • Submissions must follow PHR's formatting requirements
  • Published articles will include a CC BY-NC license. Read more about the license.
  • You must be the author, or the authorized agent of the author(s) and copyright holder. If different from the author(s):
    the author(s) must have approved the work for publication; the author(s) must have agreed to submit the article to the Journal; the author(s) must accept full responsibility for the content of the Article;
  • The Article must be the Author(s) original work and must not contain any libelous or unlawful statements or infringe on the rights or privacy of others or contain material or instructions that might cause harm or injury
  • The Author(s) must have notified the relevant Instructor(s) if the submission has previously been, or will be, submitted as coursework;
  • the Article must not have been previously published, is not pending review elsewhere, and will not be submitted for review elsewhere pending the completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal.

Author Guidelines

Submission Agreement

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Public Health Review provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series or presentation does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Public Health Review, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that the author will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Public Health Review. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Public Health Review, please email the editors at

Please see our submission information, formatting requirements, and reviewer guidelines. For additional questions, please see the Q&A, or email us at 

Research Articles

Research articles describe results from public health research studies. They can focus on findings from an entire study or just one study finding.

Must include: Abstract

Recommended sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References

Word limit: 3,500 plus an abstract

Combined table/figure limit: 4

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews use qualitative or quantitative methods to answer specified questions by critically analyzing research that has been deemed relevant to the topic of choice.

Must include: Abstract

Recommended sections: Background, Search Methods, Selection Criteria, Results, Discussion, References

Word limit: 4,000

Combined table/figure limit: 4

Analytical Essays

Analytical Essays are pieces which critically analyze an issue or topic in public health.

Must include: Subheadings, References section

Word limit: 4,000

Combined table/figure/image limit: 4

Opinion Editorials

Opinion editorial pieces express the opinion of the author. Use hyperlinked in-text citations instead of APA in-text citations for Opinion Editorials.

Must include: Subheadings, hyperlinked in-text citations and references, References section

Word limit: 1,200

Combined table/figure limit: 1

Issue Briefs

Issue Briefs describe a public health issue by defining the problem; listing the issues contributing to the problem; identifying the main issue to be addressed; illustrating the magnitude of the problem; proposing a policy question; describing the political, social, and economic forces and previous policies that have contributed to the problem; and describing the current pressure for political action.

Recommended sections: Problem; Issues; Magnitude of the Problem; Political, Social, and Economic Factors; Previous Policies; Pressure for Action; References

Word limit: 1,200

Combined table/figure limit: 2

Policy Proposals

Policy Proposals include an abbreviated issue brief with additional sections that propose one or two policy solutions. Each policy solution should be described in terms of its effectiveness and political, financial, administrative, and, ethical feasibility. One policy solution should be recommended and the author should justify this recommendation.

Recommended sections: Problem; Magnitude of the Problem; Political, Social, and Economic Factors; Previous Policies; Pressure for Action; Policy Solution (subheadings: Effectiveness, Political Feasibility; Financial and Administrative Feasibility; Ethical Feasibility); Policy Recommendation (subheading: Justification); References

Word limit: 2,000 (no more than 700 of which are from the Issue Brief)

Combined table/figure limit: 2

Public Health Practice

Public Health Practice pieces focus on issues and interventions relating to public health practice. These pieces must thoroughly describe a program/intervention, including its goals/purpose, location(s), implementation dates, population, program implementation, program evaluation (including unintended consequences), program sustainability, and program impact on public health.

Must include: Abstract and References section

Recommended sections: Intervention, Population, Implementation, Evaluation, Sustainability, Public Health Significance

Word limit: 1,200

Combined table/figure limit: 2

Editor's Choice

If you have a submission that does not fall into any of the above categories, but you still feel that it is pertinent to the field of public health and the scope of the Journal, consider submitting your piece under the Editor's Choice option.

Word limit: 4,000

Combined table/figure/image limit: 4


We welcome submissions of public health-related artistic illustrations for the Journal website. Images must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Special Focus Pieces

This section holds manuscripts intended to fit the journal's themed call for submissions. Pieces should still meet the word count and requirements set for the type of submission it falls under -- i.e., an issue brief -- but should be marked as a Special Focus Piece.

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