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American Journal of Men's Health

American Journal of Men's Health

Published in Association with Men's Health Network

eISSN: 15579891 | ISSN: 15579883 | Current volume: 18 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Yearly

Journal Highlights

  • 2021 Impact Factor: 2.403
  • Indexed In: Clarivate Analytics: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), PubMed/MEDLINE, PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
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American Journal of Men’s Health (AJMH) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal which focuses on cutting-edge information regarding men's health and illness. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is affiliated with the Men’s Health Network.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Submission information

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Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal is currently 2650 USD.

Members of the Men's Health Network will receive a discount of 25% off the current APC.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable when a manuscript is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Please see further details here.


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Why Publish Open Access with AJMH

  • Visibility and Impact: Anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite your research
  • Rigorous Standards: Double-blind peer review policy
  • Flexibility: No page limits or page charges, and authors can publish full data sets, figures, tables, etc
  • Copyright: Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons License

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Special Sections
American Journal of Men’s Health has the following special sections open for submission and publication:

The American Journal of Men's Health (AJMH) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal and a core resource for cutting-edge information on a variety of men's health issues and illnesses. It publishes papers from all health, behavioral and social science disciplines, including but not limited to medicine, nursing, allied health, public health, health psychology/behavioral medicine, and medical sociology and anthropology. Original basic science research, inclusive of pre-clinical trial and animal studies relevant to men's health and illness are published.

Target Audience
Physicians, nurses, social workers, public health professionals, mental health professionals, allied health professionals, patient educators, anthropologists, basic science researchers, policy analysts, health care administrators, researchers, basic scientists, pharmacists, and kinesiologists.

Article Types
Editorials; letters to the editor; original articles (research, clinical, or theoretical); Reviews; research briefs; health policy/legislative updates; ethical debates; evidence-based, best practice, or clinical practice guideline original articles or summaries; case reports; book reviews; announcements of upcoming events/conferences; and commercial advertisements. Submissions for which a manuscript type is not specified will be decided by the Editor.

Topics of Interest
The Editor invites manuscripts written in a physical, social, psychological, cultural, political and/or historical context that include the following topics of interest but are not limited to:

  • Male specific diseases and health conditions
  • Male health issues related to the morbidity and mortality statistics in men
  • Basic science, pre-clinical trials research studies, inclusive of animal studies on men's health and illness
  • Biological, psychological, behavioral and sociocultural issues that impact the determinants of men's health
  • Health promotion, prevention and lifestyle
  • Sexual, reproductive and responsible male family planning
  • Health issues of special male populations such as incarcerated men, homeless men, homosexual men, and minorities
  • Health care system issues impacting men's health
  • Growth, development and socialization issues
  • Masculinity and the social constructions of masculinity
  • Healthy aging
  • Mental health

View more details on these topics

Manuscript Submission

Our goal is to publish sound science. This means we look for research that adheres to ethical standards, uses robust methodologies that are transparent and reproducible, and uses appropriate statistical analyses to ensure clear, credible, and trustworthy results. We care more about the quality and reliability of the contribution an article makes than we do the size of that contribution. American Journal of Men’s Health evaluates manuscripts based on how the research was conducted and reported.
Demetrius James Porche LSU Health New Orleans, School of Nursing
Section Editor - Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Disparity Issues
Henrie M. Treadwell PhD Morehouse School of Medicine, Community Voices & Men's Health Initiative
Editorial Board
Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH National Black Men's Health Network
Phillip Brantley, PhD Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Behavioral Medicine Laboratory, USA
Shaun M. Burns, PhD Providence Health and Services Oregon and Southwest Washington
James Cummings, MD University of Missouri School of Medicine, Department of Urology
Julian L. Gallegos, PhD, MBA, FNP-BC, CNL, FAUNA Purdue University School of Nursing
Kenneth Goldberg, MD The Male Health Center, Lewisville, Texas
Derrick M. Gordon, Ph.D Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Jonathan D. Green, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System – Research Service
Derek M. Griffith, PhD Georgetown University, USA
Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH Rutgers School of Public Health
Joel J. Heidelbaugh, MD University of Michigan Medical School, Ypsilanti Health Center
Jason Kovac, MD, PhD, FRCSC Urology of Indiana, Men's Health Center
Jason W. Mitchell, PhD, MPH Florida International University, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Judd W. Moul, MD, FACS Duke University Medical Center, Urologic Surgery
S. Lee Ridner, PhD, ARNP University of South Alabama, College of Nursing
Steve Robertson, PhD Leeds Metropolitan University, Center for Men's Health
Robert Tan, MD, MBA, CPE, CMD University of Texas Health Science Center
Joel Kevin Thompson, PhD University of South Florida, Department of Psychology
Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Pamela Valera, PhD, MSW, ACSW, NCTTP Rutgers School of Public Health
Scott W. Yates, MD, MBA, MS North Texas Medical Research, Center for Executive Medicine
Advisory Board - Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Disparity Issues
Derek M. Griffith, PhD Georgetown University, USA
MHN Representative
Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES Men's Health Network, USA
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  • Use this downloadable checklist to prepare your manuscript for submission.

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of American Journal of Men’s Health will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that AJMH will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the Journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    If you have any questions about publishing with Sage, please visit the Sage Journal Solutions Portal.

    Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here: 


    Please use this downloadable checklist to prepare your submission


    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
      3.3 Writing your paper
      3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.3.1 Writing assistance
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Clinical Trials
      4.8 Reporting guidelines
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.1.1 Plagiarism
      5.1.2 Prior publication
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplemental material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
      6.6 Article
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 ORCID
      7.5 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 Sage Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    1. Open Access

    American Journal of Men’s Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at Sage please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    The APC for this journal is $2650 USD. 

    Members of the Men's Health Network will receive a discount of 25% off the current APC.

    The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to American Journal of Men’s Health, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    Manuscript types are: editorial; letters to the editor; original articles (research or theoretical); reviews; research briefs; health policy/legislative updates; ethical debates; evidence-based, best practice, or clinical practice guideline original articles or summaries; case reports; opinion pieces; book reviews; and announcements of upcoming events/conferences. Authors must specify a manuscript type for each submission, depending on its content and focus. Submissions for which a manuscript type is not specified will be decided by the Editor.

    Every manuscript must comply with word and table/figure limits for its specified manuscript type, unless otherwise approved by the Editor. Submissions which exceed the word or table/figure limits for the specified manuscript type will be returned to the author for revision. Submissions should adhere to recommended page limits unless approved by the Editor. Every
    manuscript submitted to the journal should contain a title, author name, credentials, affiliations, and contact information.

    • Editorial: Editorials will be written by the Editor or a member of the Editorial Board as approved by the Editor. Authors interested in writing an editorial must receive approval by the Editor. 
    • Letters to the Editor: Letters to the Editor should consist of one or two paragraphs totaling no more than 500 words, no abstract, no subheadings and fewer than 8 references (one author, et al., no titles). If an abstract is included, it will automatically be made the first paragraph. Letters should not include figures or research material. Letters to the Editor are not charged an APC. A letter to the editor is a brief communication that addresses the contents of a published article. Its purpose is to make corrections, provide alternative viewpoints, or offer counter arguments. Avoid logical fallacies and ad hominem attacks. Letters to the editor must be written in a professional tone and include references to support all claims if appropriate.
    • Original Articles: Research or theoretical articles must comply with APA guidelines. Text, tables, figures, and illustrations must comply with APA recommended guidelines. Each original article must include a title page (article title, name, credentials, affiliations, and contact information for primary author), abstract, manuscript text, and reference list. The abstract must be 250 words or less. The length of original articles should not exceed 30 pages.
    • Review: A Review article analyzes existing literature or data on a topic without presenting  any new data or original research of the author's. The abstract should be 250 words or less and the length of the article should not exceed 5,000 words. 
    • Research Briefs: The purpose of a research brief is to provide an expedited dissemination of current research findings or a brief overview of current and recently published research articles. Research briefs provide a narrative summary of current research findings, specifically detailing the research question(s), design, data collection, findings, and recommendations. The length of a research brief should not exceed 3 pages.
    • Health Policy/Legislative Updates: Health policy and legislative updates should provide a general overview and supporting background information regarding the policy and legislation. Health policy and legislative manuscripts concerned with the social, economic, political, environmental, and other factors impact on men's health are
      encouraged. Health policy or legislative evaluations must provide supportive data regarding the effectiveness of the policy or legislation. Health policy or legislative analysis must analyze the positive and negative contextual factors influencing the development, implementation or modification of the respective health policy or legislation. Discussion of court/legislative decisions affecting men's health may be submitted. The length of health policy and legislative updates should not exceed 25 pages.
    • Ethical Debates: Ethical debates will present an ethical or moral issue, discuss ethical principles or decision making processes, or present ethical cases for debate. Authors are encouraged to present the pros and cons of the ethical debates to generate a scholarly dialogue in AJMH or stimulate letters to the editor for discussion. Readers can provide a response to the ethical debate/discussion and the original author of the ethical issue/debate will be permitted to respond as deemed appropriate by the editor. The length of ethical debate should not exceed 4 pages. 
    • Original Literature Synthesis, Evidence-based Practice Guidelines, Best Practice Guidelines, or Clinical Practice Guidelines (full or summary): Original literature synthesis articles or best practice guidelines with recommendations for evidence-based practice on men's health issues are encouraged. Evidence-based practice or clinical practice guidelines that are published through another medium can be summarized in AJMH provided appropriate approvals are obtained from the primary copyright holder. The length of original articles should not exceed 20 pages and the length of summary articles should not exceed 30 pages.
    • Case Reports: Case reports describe individual clinical situations or events that have broader implications for men's health and exemplary practice. Authors are must maintain individual privacy and confidentiality in presenting clinical situations. Case report manuscripts must comply with APA format. A maximum of 6 pages will be accepted. Illustrations and photographs must be accompanied by written permission for utilization with distinguishing individual features eliminated.
    • Opinion Pieces: Opinion Pieces showcase an author's perspective or commentary on a topic or issue. Previously published literature should be discussed and incorporated; however no new research or data can be presented. Opinion Pieces should not exceed 3,000 words and 20 references. Abstract is optional, but should be unstructured.
    • Book Reviews: Descriptive book reviews on men's health issues are encouraged to provide an awareness of the professional and lay publications regarding men's health. Book summaries should provide a descriptive overview/outline of the book, a content summary, critique, and recommendations regarding reading. The length of book reviews should be limited to 4 pages.
    • Announcements of Upcoming Events/Conferences: Announcements of upcoming events and conferences on men's health issues will be published with the appropriate information regarding, title, place/location, time, and contact information. 

    3.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. American Journal of Men’s Health utilizes a double-anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer and author’s names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief, who then makes the final decision.

    American Journal of Men’s Health is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for American Journal of Men’s Health can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decisionmaking process.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) Approved the version to be published,
    (iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship. 

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    4.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

    4.3.1 Third party submissions
    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    4.3.2 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”). It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    4.4 Funding

    American Journal of Men’s Health requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of American Journal of Men’s Health 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 ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The Journal has adopted the ARRIVE guidelines.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    American Journal of Men’s Health conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    American Journal of Men’s Health 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    Manuscripts that contain original material will be considered for publication. Submission of an article implies that it is unpublished work and that the essential content of the article, including tables and figures, has not been and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere before a publication decision is made by this journal.

    Secondary publication may be considered when a paper, in the judgment of the Editors, is intended for a different group of readers. Authors will be required to obtain approval from the editors of both journals before manuscripts are reviewed and published. Authors should make complete disclosures to the Editors of any previous submissions and reports of the material or electronic dissemination of the findings that might be considered redundant or duplicate publication. If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs without such notification, immediate manuscript rejection may occur or, if the article has been published, the Editor will print a notice of redundant or duplicate publication in the first issue of AJMH published following verification of the failure to notify.

    AJMH encourages international submissions. International articles submitted for publication must be written in English with appropriate utilization of grammar and syntactical presentation.

    Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. American Journal of Men’s Health publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request. 

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    Use this downloadable checklist to prepare your manuscript for submission.

    6.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    6.2 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 color will appear in color online

    6.3 Supplemental material
    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

    6.4 Reference style
    American Journal of Men’s Health adheres to the APA reference style. Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the APA output file here.

    6.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

    6.6 Article

    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) Notes, (6) References, (7) Tables, (8) Figures, and (9) Appendices.

    Title Page
    Please include the following:

    • Full article title
    • Acknowledgments and credits
    • Each author’s complete name and institutional affiliation(s)
    • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    Print the abstract (250 words) on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    1. Headings and subheadings. Subheadings should indicate the organization of the content of the manuscript. Generally, three heading levels are sufficient to organize text. Level 1 heading should be Centered, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 2 heading should be Flush Left, Boldface, Upper & Lowercase, Level 3 heading should be Indented, boldface, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, Level 4 heading should be Indented, boldface, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period, and Level 5 heading should be Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading that ends with a period
    2. Citations. For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation. Each corresponding citation must have identical spelling and year. Each text citation must include at least two pieces of information, author(s) and year of publication. Following
      are some examples of text citations:

      1. Unknown Author: To cite works that do not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Eg. The findings are based on the study was done of students learning to format research papers ("Using XXX," 2001)
      2. Authors with the Same Last Name: use first initials with the last names to prevent confusion. Eg.(L. Hughes, 2001; P. Hughes, 1998)
      3. Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: For two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. The lower-case letters should follow the year in the in-text citation. Eg. Research by Freud (1981a) illustrated that[…]
      4. Personal Communication: For letters, e-mails, interviews, and other person-toperson communication, citation should include the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. Do not include personal communication in the reference list. Eg. (E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009)
      5. Unknown Author and Unknown Date: For citations with no author or date, use the title in the signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses and use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date"). Eg. The study conducted by of students and research division discovered that students succeeded with tutoring ("Tutoring and APA," n.d.)

    If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Footnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the footnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The Footnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Footnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.

    Basic rules for the reference list:

    • The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names
    • If there is more than one work by the same author, order them according to their publication date – oldest to newest (therefore a 2008 publication would appear before a 2009 publication)
    • When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and”
    • Capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if there are one, and any proper names – i.e. only those words that are normally capitalized
    • Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document
    • Manuscripts submitted to XXX [journal acronym] should strictly follow the XXX manual (xth edition) [style manual title with ed]
    • Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section
    • Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text
    • Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there

    Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check APA (6th Ed).


    • Book with place of publication--Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.
    • Book with editors & edition-- Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.
    • Book with author & publisher are the same-- MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.
    • Chapter in an edited book--Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley & T. Best (Eds.), Evidencebased sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.


    • Journal article with more than one author (print)--Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.
    • Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from

    Internet Sources:

    Examples of various types of information sources:

    • Act (statute / legislation)--Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from
    • Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Web log post]. Retrieved from
    • Brochure / pamphlet (no author)--Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.
    • Conference Paper--Williams, J., & Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.
    • DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview & YouTube)--Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), &Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.
    • Magazine--Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.
    • Newspaper article (no author)--Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5
    • Podcast (audio or video)--Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved from
    • Software (including apps--UBM Medica. (2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software].Retrieved from
    • Television programme--Flanagan, A., &Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors). (2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.
    • Thesis (print)--Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
    • Thesis (online)--Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved from
    • Non-English reference book, title translated in English
    • Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lengua espanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nded.). Madrid, Spain: Author

    IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at

    Tables should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically. Eg. Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC). Headings should be clear and brief.

    Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.

    IMPORTANT: PERMISSION - The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in (journal acronym). A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    Appendices should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Crosscheck text for accuracy against appendices.

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    Use this downloadable checklist to prepare your manuscript for submission.

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    American Journal of Men’s Health is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit 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.

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    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.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    7.4 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    7.6 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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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for Sage Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

    8.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. Your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all. 

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the American Journal of Men’s Health editorial office as follows:

    Demetrius Porche, DNS, PhD, FACHE, FAANP, FAAN :

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