Guidelines for Authors

How to Submit a Manuscript

For consideration, contributors must observe the following procedures for submitting manuscripts to the Florida Public Health Review. All submission and review processes are electronic. Manuscripts should be submitted by email to Robert J. McDermott, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, at rmcdermott@ut.edu. Manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt. The initial review process typically takes about 30 days, after which, corresponding authors are advised of the manuscript’s status. By submitting a manuscript to the Florida Public Health Review, the submitter attests the paper or its essential content is original, has not been published previously and is not under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, in consideration of the Florida Public Health Review taking action in reviewing and editing the submitted manuscript, the author(s) transfer(s), assign(s) or otherwise convey(s) copyright ownership to the Florida Public Health Review. The author(s) declare(s) the manuscript contains no matter that is, to the best of the author’s knowledge, libelous or unlawful, or that infringes upon any U.S. copyright. In the event that the manuscript is NOT accepted for publication, copyright reverts to the author(s).

Author Guidelines for all Manuscripts

(1) Type manuscripts in Microsoft WORD, double-spaced throughout, including references, with a12-point font (Times New Roman is preferred).
(2) Format the manuscript using these divisions:

  • Title page: Provide manuscript title only with no author information or institutional affiliations.
  • Abstract: Abstracts are not structured and should be no more than 200 words in length.
  • Text: Research and Review articles can be up to 25 double-spaced pages (about 6,250 words), not including abstract, tables, figures, illustrations and references. Longer manuscripts will be considered but are subject to editing. Commentaries, Policy Applications and Practice Notes should be no more than 1,500 words in length, not including accompanying illustrations and references. Student Leadership Essays should not exceed 2,500 words.  See details below for the preparation of specific types of manuscripts. Follow the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual of Style 6th edition for preparing narrative and reference portions of manuscripts. For assistance, go to: http://www.calstatela.edu/library/guides/3apa.pdf. Adherence with this style is the responsibility of authors; not following this style to perfection will not result in your paper being rejected, but final acceptance is contingent upon following this style.
  • References: List them alphabetically by first author last name per APA guidelines. How to cite journal articles, book chapters, entire books, websites and other URL listings, and other types of publications can be found through accessing the resource identified above.
  • Tables: Number tables using sequential Arabic numbers. Each table should be on its own page at the end, following the references. Do not submit tables as separate or supporting documents or embedded in the main article text. Reference tables in the text to indicate preferred placement. Provide stand-alone titles, headings for columns or rows, and avoid unfamiliar abbreviations.
  • Figures, Illustrations, Drawings and Photos: These images should be numbered sequentially, captioned and referenced in the text. They should be appended to the end of the manuscript and not submitted as separate or supporting documents. Please produce photos on the highest “image size” for the camera. Photo credits will be captioned upon request.
  • Separate Author Information Page: Submitting (corresponding) authors should provide the following information for ALL co-authors on a document submitted as a separate attachment in addition to the blinded manuscript: first and last name (middle initial if desired); highest degree (e.g., PhD, EdD, DrPH, MPH, and so on) and professional credentials, if applicable (e.g., RN, RD, RDH, CHES, MCHES, and so on); job title or relevant status (e.g., Assistant Director, Associate Professor, Doctoral Student, Senior Researcher, Chief Epidemiologist, and so on); full affiliation including institution and department or unit; city and state; and email address.
Research and Review Articles

The Florida Public Health Review invites manuscripts reporting original research, in-depth state-of-the-art systematic or meta-analytic reviews, applications of theory, experiences in practice, historical analyses and other topics of interest to public health practitioners and academicians in universities and other research settings, health departments and community agencies, federal and state agencies, health care settings, worksites, schools and other venues. Data-based research manuscripts must include these headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion and Implications for Public Health Practice. Preference is given to papers that have particular relevance for public health practice in Florida.

Commentaries

Commentaries are learned opinions that address contemporary issues in public health research, theory, philosophy, pedagogy, professional preparation or practice. They are ≤ 1500 words in length, not including references. All submissions should have descriptive titles, followed by – A Commentary (e.g., The Future of Public Health in Florida – A Commentary). All submissions are peer-reviewed and are subject to editing. The bibliographic style is identical to that used for other submissions to the Florida Public Health Review but need not include an abstract.

Policy Applications

Policy Applications illustrate how specific examples of policy advocacy, adoption/implementation and evaluation have resulted in changes that favorably influence the health status of individuals or communities. They are ≤ 1500 words in length, not including references. All submissions are peer-reviewed and are subject to editing. The bibliographic style is identical to that used for other submissions to the Florida Public Health Review but need not include an abstract.

Practice Notes

Practice Notes are examples of practice-based evidence, practitioner-directed initiatives, specific programmatic examples and “how we do it” papers that describe public health in action at the local level. Features may be about epidemiologic notes, environmental health interventions, surveillance or monitoring, or promising behavioral interventions. They are ≤ 1500 words in length, not including references. All submissions are peer-reviewed and are subject to editing. The bibliographic style is identical to that used for other submissions to the Florida Public Health Review and need not include an abstract. 

Student Leadership Essays

Submissions illustrate the actual or potential utility of applying one or more formal leadership paradigms to a challenging and previously unresponsive (i.e., “wicked”) health problem. This section of the Florida Public Health Review is open to all persons having student status, regardless of program or level. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Florida-based colleges and universities. Student essays are ≤ 2500 words in length, not including references. Previous examples of student essays can be found in the Florida Public Health Review archives beginning in 2010. All submissions are peer-reviewed and are subject to editing. The bibliographic style is identical to that used for other submissions to the Florida Public Health Review. Essays need not include an abstract. 

Letters to the Editor

Letters are accepted from time-to-time providing they are relevant and address either a recently published article or a current event pertinent to public health in Florida. Authors of previously published work that is the subject of a letter will have an opportunity to respond to the letter. Decisions about publishing letters are the domain of the editor-in-chief. 

General Information

Manuscripts accepted for publication in the Florida Public Health Review become the permanent property of the Florida Public Health Review. Authors’ requests to re-use material typically will be honored with appropriate credit provided to the original citation. Submission of a manuscript implies that ALL co-authors have made a significant contribution to the manuscript, meeting ALL of the following criteria:

  • if research, contributions to the conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  • contributions to drafting the article or revising it for important intellectual content, regardless of the type of article; and,
  • contributions to the final approval of the version that is submitted for review and publication.

Most manuscripts, except letters to the editor, are blindly reviewed by two or more members of the editorial board and other experts. The evaluative disposition may be to accept, accept with revision, revise and resubmit, or reject. Articles in the Florida Public Health Review are a contribution to the profession, and no remuneration can be made. Authors and other users of the host site may download articles and use them at their discretion without cost.

 

Revised 04/13