Original Research

Research Reports

  • Original research pieces are generally scientific, legal, and/or policy analysis papers investigating all aspects of health policy, law, regulation, and governance. All manuscripts submitted as Original Research are subject to peer review by the editorial staff and at least two reviewers. 
  • Original research papers must not exceed 5,000 words, excluding an unstructured abstract of maximum 300 words (see below), and no more than six figures or tables (unless given special permission by the editors).
  • Abstracts should be no greater than 300 words, providing the background, methods, analysis, and proposals or conclusions of the piece. This should encompass an independent description of the work that is meant to stand alone and provide the reader with the key aspects of the issue and the paper's perspective on it.  Legal and policy analysis pieces can have an unstructured abstract.
  • Up to 50 references are permitted for original research content types either scientific or legal.
  • If the study involves human subjects, the study must comply with all applicable ethical guidelines and requirements as well as certify that study/research has been approved by relevant institutional review board or ethical committee.
  • The Bulletin follows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, including Ethical Considerations: Authorship and Contributorship

Commentaries / Editorials / Letters

  • Commentaries are innovative and thought-provoking ideas, policy proposals, or evidence-based opinions on topics of domestic and global health policy, law and governance issues.
  • Commentaries are usually one or three pages (1000 to 2,000 words) with up to 20 references, and may include up to two figures or tables.
  • All commentaries undergo the peer review process.
  • Editorials are platforms for discussion, are generally invitation only, and comment upon a specific article (in the Bulletin or another journal) or development in health policy. However, the Bulletin welcomes suggestions on topics and authors for editorials. Editorials are generally limited to 800 words, five references and one figure or table.
Reactions & Responses
  • This section allows readers’ responses or reactions to articles published in the journal, report; this section is akin to "letters to the editor" sections in many other journals. These pieces must not exceed 400 words, five references and one figure or table. Reactions & Responses are subject to shortening and editorial review and revision.
Research Letters
  • This section is similar to Reactions & Responses, but report data or findings of a preliminary nature or of special interest relating to an article published in the Bulletin. These pieces are limited to 800 words, 10 references, and two tables or figures. Some Original Articles may be considered by the editors as more suited as a Research Letter, and will notify the authors accordingly.

Recent Developments / Field Reports

Recent Developments

  • Recent developments provide up to date and informative short pieces on recent issues pertaining to interest areas of the journal.
  • Recent developments are usually one to three pages (800 to 1,500 words) with up to 20 references with no figures or tables. Recent developments should include a short abstract no more than 100 words.
  • Recent developments are generally commissioned by the Editorial staff and board and do not require external peer review.

Field Reports
  • Field Reports provide important information to legal, policy, public health, and healthcare practitioners on important programs, interventions, initiatives and other field related work that would be of interest to the readership.
  • Field Reports are usually one to three pages (800 to 1,500 words) with up to 20 references with 1 or 2 figures or tables. Field Reports should have an unstructured abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • Field Reports should be submitted by legal, health, and policy professionals who have recently completed field work in one of the areas of interest for the journal.