Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I submit an article to the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice?

To submit an article to the Journal, authors must first register and then log in to Editorial Manager. Once logged into the system, authors will be directed to a page where they can submit a new manuscript. The self-guided process is designed for speed and ease; however, occasionally an author may have trouble uploading a manuscript. Please contact us if you have a problem.

2. Where can I find more information about your journal and the types of articles it publishes?

JPHMP is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed public health journal focused on practice-based research. Our mission is to advance and disseminate impactful, practice-based evidence to inform initiatives and policies to improve population health. Our Author Resources page provides information for authors, including guidelines and descriptions of articles we accept. 

3. I’m not a researcher. I work in a health department. Will you consider my work for publication?

Yes, absolutely. We welcome submissions from public health researchers, academics, policy makers, and practitioners.

4. I’m a first-time author. Do you have any tips or tools to help me write a scientific article?

Yes. We have developed a variety of tutorials to explain each part of the scientific article. When you are ready to write, try using our “Writing in Boxes” e-learning tool that will take you through the process step by step and help you create a rough draft of a manuscript. 

5. How long does it take for an article to be published once it’s accepted?

Accepted papers will be made available on the JPHMP website approximately eight weeks after final acceptance as a publish-ahead-of-print article. They will also be indexed in the appropriate databases (ie, PubMed) at that time. Final articles will then be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal, which will be determined by the editor-in-chief.

6. Do co-authors have to complete the Copyright Transfer Agreement?

Yes, if your manuscript is accepted for publication, all authors must register in Editorial Manager and complete the CTA. We have developed a help sheet to guide you through the questionnaire. Click the image to open the full document.

Occasionally, an author may have trouble completing the form. The most common problem is an unanswered question somewhere on the form. To get a sense of what the form looks like, refer to our handout. That way you can see whether you have skipped a question. Answers are required for every question, even if the response is N/A. Do not leave any question unanswered.

If a co-author is not registered in Editorial Manger, that may also create problems. Please ensure that all authors are registered and that their email addresses are accurate. If the automated emails are not being received from our system, please check your spam folders or talk to your organization about firewalls that may be blocking them. 

7. Who do I contact to inquire about the status of a manuscript submission?

To ask about the status of your manuscript, contact us with the title of your manuscript, corresponding author’s name, and the MS number, if possible.

8. I’m having trouble using Editorial Manager. Who can help me?

You might find the answer to your question in the Help section of Editorial Manager. You may also find the Author Tutorial helpful. If you continue to have trouble, please contact us, and we’ll try to assist.

9. What is a JPHMP supplement? Who do I contact to discuss publishing one?

In addition to publishing 6 regular issues of the Journal each year, JPHMP offers a supplements program for individuals or organizations interested in publishing a full or partial special issue dedicated to a specific area of public health research or practice. Learn more about our supplements program here, or contact our publisher Jordan.Schilling@wolterskluwer.com for more information.

10. I’d like my article to be open access. Who do I contact?

Our publisher, Wolters Kluwer, has created a helpful video to explain publishing your work open access. For more information, contact our managing editor at emily.janelli@wolterskluwer.com

11. How can I promote my article when it is published in JPHMP?

Great question! Before your article is published, reach out to your institution’s communications department to let your team know about your upcoming publication. Ask them them to write a press release, to write an author profile for their website, and to share links to your article on their social media accounts.

Also, be sure to contact us here at JPHMP Direct! We’re here to help authors highlight their work published in JPHMP. Send us an email to discuss ideas for promoting your work on our site and through our social media outlets. Explore JPHMP Direct to see all the possibilities available, including blog posts, infographics, podcasts, and videos.

Finally, make sure you follow us on social media so that we can follow you back.

12. I’m a journalist looking for public health news stories. Where will I find the latest research published in JPHMP? How do I contact authors about their articles?

Reporters will find the very latest JPHMP research in our print-ahead-of-publication (PAP) articles, our most recent issue, and our latest supplement issues. Use the search function on the Journal’s website to search by subject. Bookmark our publisher’s News page and check out our latest press releases. We also welcome journalists to contact us directly to inquire about forthcoming articles that will be appearing in future issues. If you’d like to interview an author, please contact us.

13. How do I contact bloggers on JPHMP Direct?

Our contributors are not part of our staff. We coordinate content with a wide variety of public health experts, usually through their organizations, which is the best way to reach them. 

14. I’d like to write a blog post for JPHMP Direct. What are your guidelines?

Most of our content is coordinated with authors who publish in JPHMP or communications staff at partnering public health institutions. However, we are open to receiving well-written, timely, relevant blog posts from public health researchers, practitioners, and policy experts on subjects related to those we publish in our Journal. If you have a specific idea for a blog post, please contact us with sufficient details that will allow our editors to make a determination whether or not they would like to see your work for consideration. General inquiries that lack specification will not receive a response. We do not accept content on general health and wellness subjects that do not have a clear connection to public health. We do not accept payment of any kind for content we accept for JPHMP Direct.

15. I’d like to be interviewed for a JPHMP Direct podcast. Is that possible?

No. Our podcasts are coordinated by series editors and scheduled in advance. At this time, series editors prefer to invite guests of their own choosing.

16. Will you add a link to my website, infographic, or other resource?

Our contributors select links to resources that they feel are most suitable for the content they’re providing. While our editors vet all content on our site, we are unable to add additional links to posts published on JPHMP Direct. Thank you for your interest, but we are unable to use this material.

17. I’m a public health student interested in being featured on JPHMP Direct for my project. How do I contact you?

If you are currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a public health program and have undertaken a project that you feel has important merit to the field of public health, we would love to hear from you or your academic instructor. Please contact us with a detailed description of your project with the words “Students of Public Health” in the subject line.

Professors or others who wish to nominate a “Student Who Rocked Public Health in 2020” are invited to contact us as well. Please tell us the name of the student, the year of his/her expected graduation, the name of his/her institution, a few words to describe his/her project, and his/her contact information so we can follow-up.

18. I have a general question or comment about public health and I’m not sure who to contact. Can you assist?

Thank you for reaching out to us. If we are able to answer your question, we certainly will. We have a very limited staff and are best able to answer questions about our Journal and our publication process. We strive to publish timely, relevant, evidence-based information that will assist public health professionals and the communities they serve. During public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, we receive a number of important questions that we are unable to answer. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or your local public health department.

If you have a specific question or comment about content published on our site, we invite you to leave a reply on that page where the contributor responsible for writing the content may be able to respond to you. We cannot guarantee a response, however, as our contributors may be inundated with their ongoing public health responsibilities and may not be available to see your comment. However, someone else in the public health community may be able to offer a knowledgeable response. We, of course, cannot guarantee the accuracy of any public comments, and we reserve the right to reject or remove any comment that does not adhere to our community guidelines and commenting policy.

19. I don’t see my question here. What do I do?

Send us a specific question that has not already been addressed here in our FAQs, and we will try to send you an answer. We are unable to respond to questions already answered on this page or to comments that do not ask a specific question. Thanks for your understanding.