Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Journal of Health Psychology Journal of Health Psychology

  1. Peer review policy
  2. Article types
  3. How to submit your manuscript
  4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
  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
    10.3 SAGE production
    10.4 OnlineFirst publication
  11. Further information

Journal of Health Psychology is an international peer reviewed journal that aims to support and help shape research in health psychology from around the world. It provides a platform for traditional empirical analyses as well as more qualitative and/or critically oriented approaches. It also addresses the social contexts in which psychological and health processes are embedded.

1. Peer review policy

Journal of Health Psychologyoperates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

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2. Article types

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Health Psychology considers for publication:
(a) Reports of empirical studies likely to further our understanding of health psychology
(b) Critical reviews of the literature
(c) Theoretical contributions and commentaries
(d) Intervention studies
(e) Brief reports
(e) Signed editorials (about 1000 words) on significant issues.

Intervention studies
Publication guidelines for intervention studies are published in volume 15, number 1, pages 5-7.The journal normally publishes papers reporting intervention studies of up to 8,000 words allowing 500 words per table and figure.

The Journal of Health Psychology welcomes research reports regardless of the direction or strength of the results.  However the JHP will only consider reports of clinical trials that have been pre-registered at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ or http://www.controlled-trials.com/

Please consult the Editorial concerning “Publication Guidelines for Intervention Studies in the Journal of Health Psychology” by David F. Marks J Health Psychol January 2010 vol. 15 no. 1 5-7: http://hpq.sagepub.com/content/15/1/5.full.pdf+html The criteria for publication include the application of the CONSORT, TREND and PRISMA statements.

Brief reports
The Journal also publishes Brief Reports of up to 3,000 words. Brief Reports should include an abstract of 100 words, and may include a table or figure in lieu of 500 words of the 3,000-word maximum.

Article length and house style
Articles should be as short as is consistent with clear presentation of subject matter. There is no absolute limit on length but 6,000 words, including footnotes and reference list, is a useful maximum. Longer articles will be considered at the discretion of the Editor. Tables and figures count as 500 words each which should be attached as separate pages at the end. “INSERT HERE” signs should be noted within the text. The title should indicate exactly, but as briefly as possible, the subject of the article. It is essential that your literature review is completely up to date. Please check recent issues of the Journal of Health Psychology and other key journals to ensure that any relevant papers are cited. Papers that fail to do this will be rejected. An Abstract should be at the start of the manuscript and not exceed 100 words (in spite of what is stated on the ScholarOne website) accompanied by five keywords should be selected from the list provided on the JHP ScholarOne website. References are not numbered but appear in alphabetical order by first author surname. 

To enable blind, impartial review, all documentation must be anonymized.  A common error is to include the author’s name in the Word document title, as in:

Smith (blind copy).doc

Such manuscripts will be rejected for re-submission in fully blinded fashion.

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3. How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Journal of Health Psychology is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jhealthpsychology to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Journal of Health Psychology 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 using 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 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 and Open Access

If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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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. It is the policy of the Journal of Health Psychology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. 

When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

 For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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6. Other conventions

The Journal requires authors to have obtained ethical approval from the appropriate local, regional or national review boards or committees. Of particular importance are the treatment of participants with dignity and respect, and the obtaining of fully informed consent. The methods section of the paper must contain reference to the forum used to obtain ethical approval.

Authors must follow the Guidelines to Reduce Bias in Language of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). These guidelines relate to level of specificity, labels, participation, gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities and age. Authors should also be sensitive to issues of social class, religion and culture.

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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), Journal of Health Psychology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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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.

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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, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

9.2 Journal Style
Journal of Health Psychology conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

9.3 Reference Style
Journal of Health Psychology adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style 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.

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.

9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic 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. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
Journal of Health Psychology 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. 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 for further information.

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10. After acceptance

10.1 Proofs
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

10.2 E-Prints

SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

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 copy-editing, 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 Journal of Health Psychology with SAGE.

10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
A large number of SAGE 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

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11. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

David Marks PhD: editorjhp@gmail.com

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