SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS


Scope:
The scope of the Bulletin of Health Policy & Law includes those with a broad interest and relevance to the various multidisciplinary areas of health policy. The journal is only available online. Materials published in the journal include original research, commentaries, editorials, field reports, and recent developments, all of which undergo peer-review. All submissions are judged for publication in the journal on the grounds of originality, quality, contribution to the existing literature/debate, and applicability to the journal's aims.

All manuscripts submitted to the
Bulletin of Health Policy & Law undergo a rigorous peer review process with the journal currently being published on a bi-annual basis. The journal publishes submitted pieces via an open-access system at no cost to the public or subscribers. This allows for the journal to reach the maximum impact and ensures access to a broader readership. Currently, there is no article processing fee for submitted manuscripts.

Submission:

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the journal's online submission system. For inquires regarding a journal submission and its status, please contact the managing editor, Pam Tait at [email]. We encourage all potential authors to read the submission requirements for each content type carefully and to review the submission checklist in order to avoid delays in manuscript initial quality control review. Authors are also encouraged to read and review prior publications in the journal to determine appropriateness of content and journal conformity to journal style and formatting. Authors should also state that they have full control of all primary data and that they agree to allow the journal to review their data if requested.

Editorial Policy

The Bulletin of Health Policy & Law conforms to the standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) - Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication, see www.ICMJE.org.

Quality Control: Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed for adherence to journal requirements (word count, formatting, required information) and to verify that submitting authors have meet all the submission checklist requirements (see sidebar on this page).

Editorial Review: Non-invited submissions are then are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor for appropriateness for the journal's objective and content. If a manuscript is deemed of adequate quality and originality, it will then be sent out for peer-review.

External Peer-review: All original research articles and commentaries are sent out for external peer-review. Peer-review is double blinded with both submitting authors and reviewers not given information about authorship or reviewer's identity. Editorials, Recent Developments, and Field Reports are subject to internal peer-review by the journal editorial staff and board. Responses to peer-review comments should be provided in a cover letter which provides a point-by-point rebuttal of reviewers comments for review by editorial staff.

Publication: Following successful review and revision (if applicable) of a submitted manuscript and acceptance by the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor, journal staff will send corresponding author a PDF proof of the manuscript to be corrected, copyedited and returned for eventual publication. Authors are responsible for ultimate copyediting of the manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

All submitted manuscripts should be in English and in a Microsoft Word file including tables and figures. Manuscripts should be double spaced with pages numbered consecutively and contain the following general sections:

Title Page: Title page should contain the title of the manuscript (maximum of 30 words) and include full author names, institutional affiliations, and address and relevant contact information of the corresponding author. The title page should also include 3-6 keywords.

Abstract: Structured abstracts should be provided for all original research and unstructured abstracts provided for commentaries, recent developments, and field reports. For more information see the "Content Types" page.

Main Text: Main text of original research should generally be organized into sections including: Introduction/Background, methods, findings/results, conclusions. For commentaries and field reports the sections should include: Introduction/Background, topical subsections, conclusions/discussion.

References: See references section.

Figures and Tables: Figures and tables should come after references section.

Acknowledgments and Conflict of Interest Statement: Please include any individuals who contributed to the manuscript but do not meet the authorship criteria. You must ensure that you have permission to cite these individuals in the acknowledgment section. Also provide information about any funding sources or potential conflicts of interest.


References

The Bulletin of Health Policy & Law requires references to be in Vancouver format with citations in Arabic numerals in square brackets (e.g. [2]) in the text. The journal also accepts manuscripts submitted using the Blue Book format for legal analysis and recent developments sections. Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Authors must double-check the completeness and accuracy of all references in order to avoid delays in publishing.

Pictures, graphics, figures and tables

All related pictures, graphics and figures should be submitted in high resolution PDF or JPEG format with maximum quality (minimum 300 dpi). Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and be accompanied by appropriate titles, legends, explanations, and sources to identify reported information. Authors must provide all figures and tables at the end of the manuscript after the references section.

Measurements, abbreviations and symbols

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (metre, kilogram, or litre) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. Blood pressures should be given in millimetres of mercury. All haematological, clinical chemistry, and other measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI). The symbol L for litre is recommended in order to avoid the risk of confusion between the letter l and the number 1.

Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title, abstract and introductory sentence. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless it is a standard unit of measurement, and except for e.g., i.e., etc., and vs (between figures/numbers).

Article Processing Fee

Currently, there is no article processing fee associated with publication in the Bulletin of Health Policy & Law, subject to change upon notice via this website.

Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed for adherence to journal requirements (word count, formatting, required information) and then are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief or Deputy Editor for appropriateness for the journal. If a manuscript is deemed of adequate quality and originality, it

Conflicts of Interest

Prior to publication of an accepted manuscript, all authors of a submitted piece must submit a Conflicts of Interest Disclosure statement available front he International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), click here to download. All authors must disclose and provide a description of any affiliations or financial arrangements or relationships with any entity whose products or services are featured in the submitted manuscript and any organization that sponsored the research. Applicable disclosures must be included in the text of the manuscript.

Authorship and contributions

All authors on submitted manuscripts must meet the ICMJE guidelines of authorship criteria.

References

The Bulletin of Health Policy & Law requires references to be in Vancouver format with citations bracketed (e.g. [2]) in the text. The journal also accepts manuscripts submitted using the Blue Book format for legal analysis and recent developments sections.

Copyright

It is required that manuscripts submitted to this journal have not been submitted to our published in another medium. By submitting a manuscript to the journal, the authors agree that the copyright in the work will be transferred to the publisher if and when the article is accepted for publication. Authors will be required to sign a ‘Copyright Transfer’ prior to publication.

Permissions

Authors are required to obtain all applicable permissions to include any copyrighted materials for use in the manuscript including quotes, illustrations, tables, and other materials taken from other works not in the public domain. The original source should be cited as a source in the figure caption or table footnote.

Submission Checklist

  • Have you completed funding and conflict of interest information and included it in the manuscript file?
  • Have you prepared a cover letter describing why the submission is suitable for the journal?
  • Are all authors aware of and do they approve of the submission of the manuscript, its content, authorship, and order of authorships?
  • Does your manuscript conform with the journal's submission requirements?
  • Is your manuscript file in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format?

Submission Documents