Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Perspectives in Public Health 1. 2. 3. 4. Peer review policy Article types How to submit your manuscript Journal contributor’s publishing agreement 4.1 SAGE Choice 5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy 6. Other conventions 7. Acknowledgments 7.1 Funding acknowledgement 8. Permissions 9. Manuscript style 9.1 File types 9.2 Journal style 9.3 Reference style 9.4 Manuscript preparation 9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online 9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details 9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics 9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files 9.4.5 English language editing services 10. After acceptance 10.1 Proofs 10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies 10.3 SAGE production 10.4 OnlineFirst publication 11. Further information Perspectives in Public Health (PPH) is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal. It is practice orientated and features current topics and opinions; news and views on current health issues; case studies; book reviews; letters to the Editor; as well as updates on RSPH's work. The journal also commissions articles for themed issues and publishes original peer-reviewed articles. PPH's primary aim is to be an invaluable resource for the Society's members, who are health-promoting professionals from many disciplines, including environmental health, health protection, health and safety, food safety and nutrition, building and engineering, primary care, academia and government. In addition to members, PPH targets practitioners and policy makers, researchers and academics. For un-themed issues, the journal considers submissions on all aspects of public health across all disciplines, focusing firmly on the Society's mission 'Vision, Voice and Practice'. Typically these are: practice based systematic reviews digests of policy analysis with relevance to practitioners implementation and/or evaluation of health protection and health promotion initiatives economic analyses of health protection and health promotion initiative 1. Peer review policy Original research papers, secondary research, articles and short reports are peerreviewed by subject specialists. PPH operates a 'double-blind' review process, which means that the identities of the referees are kept from the authors, and vice versa. 2. Article types Contributions in the following categories will be considered: Original research Original research papers are peer-reviewed by subject specialists. Submissions will need to show appropriate ethical approval. Length: 2,000-4,000 words. Requisites: key words, structured abstract, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, references. Abstracts for original research papers should be structured under the following headings: aims, methods, results, and conclusions. Abstracts should be no more than 400 words. Secondary research Secondary research papers are peer-reviewed by subject specialists. Length: 2,0004,000 words. Requisites: key words, abstract, rationale, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, references. Articles Articles must be of general interest and preference will be given to those appropriate for publication in up-coming themed issues. Length: 2,000-4,000 words. Requisites: key words, abstract, introduction, headings/subheadings and boxed content (e.g. background information) as appropriate, conclusions, references. Articles are peerreviewed. Short reports Short reports are peer-reviewed and are an opportunity to present research findings that do not constitute a full paper. Length: 1,000-1,500 words, No abstract or keywords are required, and there should be a maximum of 10 references and 1 table or figure. Current Topics and Opinions This section provides a forum for well-referenced, expert opinion on topical issues in public health. Appropriate submissions might be: proposals for action; examples of good practice; criticism of current practice or policy; or responses to published statements. Length: 500-1000 words. Requisites: concise presentation of facts and 10-15 references. Items submitted for this section are not subject to peer review. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor for publication in PPH should reflect journal content, giving precise details for cross-referencing purposes. Length: 350 words maximum. Letters can include references where appropriate. 3. How to submit your manuscript Manuscripts should be submitted to the Acting Managing Editor by e-mail attachment and should be addressed to: Dawn Hunter Acting Managing Editor Royal Society for Public Health John Snow House 59 Mansell Street London E1 8AN DD: +44 (0) 20 7265 7332 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7265 7301 Email: [email protected] Back to top 4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. Perspectives in Public Health and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action. 4.1 SAGE Choice If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice. 5. Declaration of conflicting interests Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Perspectives in Public Health does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 6. Other conventions None applicable. Back to top 7. Acknowledgements Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References. All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. 7.1 Funding Acknowledgement To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), PPH additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 8. Permissions Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 9. Manuscript style 9.1 File types Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC and RTF. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork and supplemental files below. 9.2 Journal Style Please consult the www.rsph.org.uk. submission guidelines on the publications page at 9.3 Reference Style PPH adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen. 9.4. Manuscript Preparation The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. All pages must be numbered. A covering letter signed by all of the authors must be submitted with articles, and original or secondary research papers submitted for publication in PPH. The letter must contain the following information: Why the submission is appropriate for publication in PPH and what it adds to existing health promotion knowledge. Which article category the submission is for. Confirmation that the paper has not been published or submitted for consideration elsewhere. Declaration of competing interests or the absence of competing interests and disclosure of all sources of funding. Original research must declare ethical approval from an appropriate body and consent from participants. Name of the corresponding author and their full contact details. 9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. Abstracts for original research papers should be structured under the following headings: aims, methods, results, and conclusions. Abstracts should be no more than 400 words. 9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details Provide full contact details on the first page of the manuscript for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers. Academic affiliations (degrees and institutional affiliations) are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review. 9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. 9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article as appropriate. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files. 9.4.5 English Language Editing services Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. Back to top 10. After acceptance 10.1 Proofs We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. 10.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors. 10.3 SAGE Production At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copyediting, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process. We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in PPH with SAGE. 10.4 OnlineFirst Publication A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet. PPH offers OnlineFirst. 11. Further information Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office at the following address: Dawn Hunter Acting Managing Editor Royal Society for Public Health John Snow House 59 Mansell Street London E1 8AN DD: +44 (0) 20 7265 7332 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7265 7301 Email: [email protected] For more information on submitting manuscripts for publication in PPH, please see the complete guidelines for authors online at www.rsph.org.uk.
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