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Health Promotion Practice

Health Promotion Practice

An Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education

eISSN: 15526372 | ISSN: 15248399 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Health Promotion Practice (HPP) is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal that publishes authoritative research, commentary, practical tools, and promising practices that strategically advance the art and science of health promotion and disease prevention. The journal is unique in its focus on practical scholarship and strategic information for professionals engaged in developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion policy and programs.

HPP is one of the three journals of The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

The journal adheres to the principles of the Code of Ethics for the Health Education Profession and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Through SOPHE, HPP is a member of the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Publishing (C4DISC).

Article Formats

HPP publishes articles in several formats:

Full-length Articles: Up to 3,500 text words (not including abstract, maximum 5 tables/figures/images, and up to 30 references). Articles include a conceptual framework, clearly and specifically advance knowledge relevant to the field of health promotion, and offer substantive implications for practice, policy, and research.

Implementation Science Articles: Up to 4,000 words demonstrating application of implementation science., including specific and substantive implications for practice, policy, and research.

Evidence Synthesis/Review Articles: Up to 4,000 words presenting process and results of useful and timely reviews of current literature, particularly mapping, scoping, narrative, and/or state of the art reviews and evidence syntheses. Reviews are expected to adhere to the PRISMA guidelines.

Research Briefs: Short articles (2,000 words) succinctly presenting research results of interest to health promotion scholars and practitioners. Reported data must have been collected within the past five years.

The Journal also publishes brief articles and reflective commentary in three departments:

Career Development (2,000 words) provides practical resources for health education specialists and other professionals working in diverse health promotion settings. Articles address issues across the lifespan and career path, and may focus on academic preparation, workforce development, credentialing and accreditation, internship and fellowship experiences, professional development opportunities, and retirement.

Resources, Frameworks, & Perspectives provides a forum for shorter articles and commentaries (2,000 words) that are grounded in the spirit and science of health promotion practice and policy. Submissions may focus on resources (e.g., data visualization or mapping tools, law and policy databases, advocacy toolkits), innovative applications of theoretical frameworks, or policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to promote health equity.

Practice Notes elevates practitioner voices and provides readers with reflections on emerging and innovative practice-related strategies, initiatives, and programs important to health promotion and health education. These brief (1,000 word) articles highlight lessons learned, challenges and successes, and practical recommendations for working collaboratively in community or classroom settings.

Health Promotion Practice publishes six issues per year, as well as supplements and focus issues addressing special topics in depth. For more information about potential opportunities, please refer to Proposing a Supplement or Focus Issue.

HPP’s scope includes policy, programs, professional preparation and career development in diverse settings, including communities, health care, worksites, and schools. Its international editorial board reflects the journal’s commitment to global perspectives relevant across geographic, disciplinary, or organizational borders. Unique in its practitioner focus, HPP is committed to eliminating health disparities, achieving health equity, addressing social determinants of health, and advancing evidence-based health promotion practice. The journal requires attention to respectful and non-stigmatizing language.

In 2021, the HPP Editorial Board adopted a set of 24 indicators that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in publishing. These indicators are tracked and reviewed quarterly for progress and areas needing improvement

HPP seeks a respectful, timely, and mutually educational peer review process. The review forms are designed to expedite review as well as provide specific guidance for authors needing to strengthen their submissions. An overview of the review criteria is available for potential authors to use as they prepare their manuscripts for HPP. Please refer to the HPP Peer Review Questions.

Annual subscription to Health Promotion Practice is one of the many benefits of membership in the Society for Public Health Education. Please refer to individual and library subscriptions for information on other ways to access all of HPP’s content.

The journal is among the most widely read publications by health promotion practitioners, policy advocates, and scholars. It is a key resource for students and professional preparation programs, as well as training and continuing education of the public health workforce. Combining all sources, approximately 95% of the print readership is based in the United States, 4% Canadian, and 1% other international countries. Online access shows a growing global reach, with 15% of online users from the United Kingdom and Europe, 10% from Australia and New Zealand, 6% from Canada, and 17% from countries including the Philippines, South Africa, India, and China.

HPP is currently indexed and abstracted in: Index Medicus, MEDLINE, CINAHL database, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Combined Health Information Database, Social Services Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).

Editor
LaNita S. Wright, PhD, MPH, MCHES Kennesaw State University, USA
Editorial Directors
Holly J. Mata, PhD, MCHES, CPH New Mexico State University, USA
Associate Editors - Practice Notes
Danielle R. Brittain, PhD Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA
Leo Kattari, MSW University of Michigan and Michigan State University, USA
Virginia Visconti, PhD, MAT Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA
Associate Editors - Career Development
Kristen E. Ortega, MPH Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, USA
Jacob Martinez, PhD, BSN, RN The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Evelyn Thomas, MPH, CHES National Quality Forum, USA
Associate Editors - Resources, Frameworks, and Perspectives
Daniela Marquez, MPH, CHES Office of Border Health, El Paso, USA
Deesha Patel, MPH Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Associate Editors - Review Articles
Juan Aguilera, MD, PhD, MPH UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso, USA
Jin Kim-Mozeleski, PhD Case Western Reserve University, USA
Associate Editors – Poetry for the Public’s Health
Shanaé R. Burch, EdD, MA Columbia University, USA
LeConté J. Dill, DrPH, MPH Michigan State University, USA
Ryan J. Petteway, PhD Portland State University, USA
Associate Editors - Podcast and Social Media
Jean Breny, PhD, MPH Southern Connecticut State University, USA
Antonio J. Gardner, PhD, MS, CHES The University of Alabama, USA
Editorial Board
Anna Alikhani, PhD(c), MPH, MSW, CHES, CSW Brown University, USA
Jimoh Amzat, PhD Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria
Andrea Bodkin, MPH Public Health Ontario, Canada
Arica Brandford, PhD, JD, MSN, RN Southern New Hampshire University, USA
Mory Chhom, MPH Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, USA
Courtney Cuthbertson, PhD University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, USA
Stephanie A. Dopson, ScD, MSW, MPH Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Janice Du Mont, EdD Women’s College Hospital, Canada
Robin Evans-Agnew, PhD, RN University of Washington Tacoma, USA
Rufus Obadiah George, BA Dalla Lana School of Public health, University of Toronto, Canada
Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPH St Louis University and Brookings Institution, USA
Darrell Hudson, PhD, MPH Brown School at Washington University in St Louis, USA
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, DrPH, MPH Center for Indigenous Health Research and Policy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, USA
Lilian Ferrer Lagunas, PhD, MS Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Nursing, Chile
Isabel K. Latz, PhD New Mexico State University, Department of Public Health Science, USA
Carlos Mahaffey, PharmD, MPH Purdue University, USA
Maribel Martínez, MA County of Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs, USA
Adrienne Martinez-Hollingsworth, PhD, MSN, RN, PHN Samuel Merritt University, USA
Whitney Nesser, PhD, MBA, MCHES Indiana State University, USA
Mikiko Oono, PhD, MPH Artificial Intelligence Research Center of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Tara Prairie, PhD, MA Tennessee Wesleyan University, USA
Tyler Prochnow, PhD, Med Texas A & M University, USA
Shyanika W. Rose, PhD, MA University of Kentucky
Christina Severinsen, PhD Massey University, New Zealand
Jill Sonke, PhD, MA Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, USA
Robert Strack, PhD, MBA University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA
Karishama Vahora, MPH(c) University of Washington, USA
Editors Emeritus
Leonard Jack Jr., PhD, MSc National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Jesus Ramírez-Valles, PhD, MPH University of California San Francisco, USA
Kathleen Roe, DrPH, MPH Department of Health Science and Recreation, San José State University, USA
Randy Schwartz, MSPH Public Health Systems Consultants, USA
Managing Editor
Miranda Bohl J&J Editorial, USA
  • CAB Abstracts (Index Veterinarius, Veterinary Bulletin)
  • CAB Abstracts Database
  • CAB Health
  • CABI: Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases
  • CABI: Global Health
  • CABI: Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series A
  • CABI: Tropical Diseases Bulletin
  • CINAHL
  • Clarivate Analytics: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Combined Health Information Database (CHID)
  • Index Medicus
  • Leisure, Recreation and Tourism Abstracts (in CAB Abstracts Database)
  • MEDLINE
  • NISC
  • Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series B
  • Poultry Abstracts
  • ProQuest: CSA Sociological Abstracts
  • PsycINFO
  • Rural Development Abstracts
  • SafetyLit
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (in CAB Abstracts Database)
  • Message from the Editor:

    Welcome to this submission guide for potential authors. On behalf of the journal’s editorial leadership, I am delighted that you are considering Health Promotion Practice (HPP) for publication of your work.

    HPP welcomes submissions in several formats:

    • Articles (3,500 word limit)
    • Research Briefs (2,000 words)
    • Implementation Science articles (4,000 words)
    • Review/Evidence Synthesis articles (4,000 words)
    • Short articles or commentary in our three departments: Career Development, Practice Notes, and Resources, Frameworks and Perspectives.
    • Poetry for the Public's Health

    All submissions undergo rigorous peer review. Our average time from submission to first decision is 50 days.  Accepted material is published and available OnlineFirst and then assigned to a formal issue. 

    Material in HPP is discoverable through a wide range of indices and databases, including PubMed, Index Medicus, CINAHL, and Clarivate’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). Social media posts and the weekly HPP Podcast support getting our content in front of as many potential users as possible. Our primary focus is material of relevance to health promotion policy makers and advocates, practitioners, researchers, and funders.

    The Journal is published by the Society for Public Health Education.  We welcome submissions from all disciplines relevant to health promotion practice.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section below.

    HPP offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

    Getting Oriented

    • Get to know the journal!  At HPP, we believe that publishing should never be mysterious. Here are some ways to get oriented to the journal to decide if this seems like a good fit for what you want to publish.
    • Get to know SOPHE and Sage. Health Promotion Practice is published through a partnership between The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and Sage Publishing. If you aren’t already familiar with the resources on their websites, check them out!
    • Join the conversation!  Experience the energy of HPP "beyond the page" for yourself:
    • Check your settings!  Please make sure that Health Promotion Practice emails are not filtering into your "Bulk" or "Spam" folders by indicating that Health Promotion Practice (onbehalfof@manuscriptcentral.com) is a safe email sender in your email account settings.

    This is an exciting time for Health Promotion Practice. Since our first issue in January 2000, the Journal has proudly published a wide range of content bringing forward both new and established authors, addressing leading edge issues with the discipline of science, nuanced insight from practice, and practical tools. We look forward to your submission!

    LaNita S. Wright, PhD, MPH, MCHES
    Editor, Health Promotion Practice

    Submitting Your Manuscript to HPP

    The editorial process is managed online through ScholarOne https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hppractice.

    Please note that submitting a manuscript does not guarantee full peer review. Each manuscript undergoes careful screening by a member of the editorial leadership, who then decides if it should go forward for peer review. 

    Manuscript Categories

    HPP invites manuscripts aligned with the following categories:

    Full-length Articles: These manuscripts may be up to 3,500 text words (not including 250- word abstract, keywords, tables/figures/images, or references).  Manuscripts must include a conceptual framework, and clearly and specifically advance knowledge relevant to the field of health promotion.  A substantive section labeled “Implications for Practice” must be included at or near the end of the text; authors are encouraged to include implications for policy and research in this title and its text.  Manuscripts may include up to 30 references and up to 5 tables/figures/images.

    Research Briefs: These shorter articles succinctly present research results of interest to health promotion scholars and practitioners. Research Brief submissions may be up to 2,000 text words, with no more than three tables/figures/images.  The submission must include a 250-word abstract and no more than 15 references. Because Research Briefs are intended to share important, late-breaking findings, reported data must have been collected within the past five years.

    Evidence Synthesis/Review Articles: HPP seeks to publish useful and timely reviews of current literature, particularly mapping, scoping, narrative, and/or state of the art reviews and evidence syntheses.  Reviews are expected to adhere to the PRISMA guidelines  for review and meta-analysis articles. Manuscripts in this category may include up to 4,000 text words and up to 4 tables/figures/images. Review articles must address a new question and make specific linkages to health promotion policy and practice in the concluding section in order to move to peer review.  Authors are encouraged to use the Supplemental Material option for extended tables in order to conserve page space.

    Implementation Science Articles: These manuscripts maybe be up to 4,000 words but must be very clearly structured, with emphasis on implementation science and utilizing a specific implementation science framework. Specific and substantive implications for practice, policy, and research are expected in a clearly labeled concluding section. Submissions must include a 250-word abstract (not included in the word count) and relevant keywords. Authors are asked to be judicious in the number of references and tables/figures/images. Additional material can be submitted as Supplemental Content and permanently linked to the published article.

    HPP publishes poetry in our Poetry for the Public’s Health section

    • Poems can be written individually or collaboratively and in any format. The section specifically seeks “poems that analyze, reflect on, examine, interrogate, celebrate, critique, question, contest, counter, challenge, reframe, remix, reimagine, or otherwise speak to health (in)equity and well-being through poetry.” Authors should keep in mind that poems may need to conform to the journal’s traditional style guide when published. However, a copy of the poem exactly as formatted by the author(s) will be available to all as Supplemental Material. Information specific to poetry submissions can be found hereNote: Poetry submissions for HPP are currently closed. Please check back in 2024 for updates.

    The Journal also publishes shorter articles and reflective commentary in three departments:  

    Career Development provides practical resources for health education specialists and other professionals working in diverse health promotion settings. Articles address issues across the lifespan and career path, and may focus on academic preparation, workforce development, credentialing and accreditation, internship and fellowship experiences, professional development opportunities, mentoring, and retirement. Submissions may be up to 2,000 words, not including the 250-word abstract and keywords, and with no more than 10 references and 2 tables/figures/images.

    Resources, Frameworks, & Perspectives provides a forum for shorter articles and commentaries that are grounded in the spirit and science of health promotion practice and policy.  Submissions may focus on resources (e.g., data visualization or mapping tools, law and policy databases, advocacy toolkits), innovative applications of theoretical frameworks, or policy, systems, and environmental change strategies to promote health equity.  Submissions may be up to 2,000 text words, include no more than 10 references and 2 tables/figures/images, and must include a 250-word abstract and keywords. 

    Practice Notes elevates practitioner voices and provides readers with reflections on emerging and innovative practice-related strategies, initiatives, and programs important to health promotion and health education. Submissions highlight lessons learned, challenges and successes, and practical recommendations for working collaboratively in community or instructional settings. Practice Notes may include up to 1,000 text words, with no more than 5 references and 1 table/figure/image and must include a 250-word abstract and keywords. Headings may include (but are not limited to): assessment of need, description of the strategy or innovation, intended impact/outcomes, evaluation approach, challenges and successes, next steps, lessons learned, and implications for practice.

    For all of our Departments  – and especially for Practice Notes – we encourage practitioner and community member authors, and welcome pre-submission inquiries. Authors interested in contributing to HPP’s departments are invited to contact Managing Editor, Miranda Bohl at HPP@jjeditorial.com or Editorial Director Holly Mata at mata.holly@gmail.com.

    Submission Requirements for all Manuscripts

    Online submission: Manuscripts must be submitted online at the Health Promotion Practice ScholarOne portal at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hppractice.  The site contains detailed instructions on how to submit and track the manuscript through the review process.

    Alignment with HPP’s mission and scope: All submissions to Health Promotion Practice should address some aspect of the journal’s mission to publish authoritative research, commentary, practical tools, and promising practices that strategically advance the art and science of health promotion and disease prevention. HPP’s scope includes policy, programs, professional preparation and career development in diverse settings, including communities, health care, worksites, and schools.  Its international editorial board reflects its commitment to global perspectives relevant across geography or organizational borders. Unique in its practitioner focus, HPP is committed to contributing to eliminating health disparities, achieving health equity, addressing social determinants of health, and advancing evidence-based health promotion practice.

    Clear and substantive implications for practice, policy, and/or research. For most submission formats, this is a required section of the manuscripts.  It is expected that this will be a fully developed section (not just an “add-on”) drawing from the approach, methods, results, and/or lessons learned. Readers should be able to walk away from this section with clear, actionable ideas or insights. Please note that manuscripts without clearly articulated implications for health promotion practice and/or policy will be declined without peer review. 

    Respectful, inclusive, and non-stigmatizing language: Please use respectful and inclusive language in all areas of your submission.  In particular, we ask authors to consider the following word choices:

    Instead of….

    Please consider….

    Subjects

    Participants, respondents

    Target population

    Priority population, focus population, community

    Hard to reach populations

    Under-served populations, marginalized communities

    At-risk (to describe a population)

    specifying risk factors, or marginalized or risked

    “Race” as a risk factor

    naming racism as the risk factor

    Substance abuse

    Substance use/unhealthy substance use/problematic substance use/ non-medical substance use, etc.

    Substance abuser

    Person with a substance use disorder/person with problems related to substance use, etc.

    The disabled

    People with a disability

    The elderly

    Older people

    Historically underrepresented

    Historically excluded, marginalized

    he/she

    they

    Lifestyle/lifestyle change

    Health behavior/ behavior change

    Blinded/double blinded

    Anonymized/double anonymized

    For more information on the HPP philosophy on language and word choices, please see:

      Roe, K. M., & Mata, H. J. (2019). The Power of Words. Health Promotion Practice, 20(2), 153–156. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839919827900

      Mata, H. J., & Roe, K. M. (2021). The Power of Words 2.0. Health Promotion Practice, 22(3), 293–294. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248399211001068

    Additional Resources

    The American Psychological Association’s Guidelines for Bias-Free Language is a helpful resource, available at: https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/bias-free-language.

    On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities provides important guidance and proposed standards for researchers, journals, and peer reviewers: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20200630.939347/full/

    We also recommend the Linguistic Society of America’s Guidelines for Inclusive Language https://www.linguisticsociety.org/resource/guidelines-inclusive-language

    The Manuscript

    Style and Format: All manuscripts must be prepared in English according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). In particular, authors are requested to pay attention to the following: 

    • 1” margins, Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced
    • Number every line of the manuscript in the left margin
    • Carefully review the manuscript for English language or grammar errors – manuscripts with more than 10 grammar errors will be returned to the authors without review
    • Include all of the “Items Required for Submission” below

    Please note that Health Promotion Practice adheres to a rigorous double-anonymized review policy in which the identities of authors and reviewers are concealed from each other.  All information that identifies authors, institutions, or funding should be redacted or omitted from the submitted manuscript.  If accepted for publication, appropriate identifying information will be restored.

    Items Required for Submission

    • Cover Letter: All submissions must include a cover letter specifying:
      • the manuscript category
      • specific contribution to advancing knowledge for practice
      • Institutional Review Board/Human Subjects approval or stated exemption
      • respective roles of each author
      • manuscript submission history (has it been submitted and declined publication elsewhere) and affirmation that it is not currently under consideration by another journal 
      • Contact information for the corresponding author

    Please note: Manuscripts without a complete cover letter may be returned without review.

    • Title Page and Acknowledgements: The title page should include the title of the manuscript; author names, degrees, and affiliations; and any acknowledgements, funding information, or conflict of interest statements that the authors wish to include with the manuscript. The title page must also include one line bios for all authors:
      • Example: Jordan A. Public, MPH, is Director of Health Education at Mountain County Health Department,  Anytown, State, Country
    • Abstract (250 words or less): The narrative abstract should read as a stand-alone document and reflect the full text of the manuscript. A summary of the key results that indicate implications for practice and/or policy and research must be included.  Please note that the abstract is available for all to read, even if the publication itself is behind the paywall.
    • Keywords: Authors should identify 6 – 10 keywords that will help the publication be discovered in online searches  (this may be in addition to the keywords selected from the drop-down menus ScholarOne provides). The best keywords are closely aligned with the text and selected to attract readers and other authors searching for articles about a specific population, health issue, approach, method, theory or conceptual framework, or setting. During production, the keywords included on the title page are added to the final product. If keywords are not provided, ScholarOne automatically uses a set of keywords used internally to match reviewers to manuscripts.  This internal list is more general than the keywords that will help potential users discover the paper in their own online searches. Authors are encouraged to pay careful attention to the selection of current and relevant keywords. 
    • Text: Headings should be used to delineate the key sections of the manuscript. For research-based articles, this may include Background, Purpose or Aims, Methods, Results, Discussion (including Limitations) and the required Implications for Practice and/or Policy and Research. Department and poetry submissions may be structured differently (see their respective guidelines). 
    • References: All references should be formatted and cited in accordance with the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition).  Footnotes should be avoided.  For detailed information on how to format citations and references, please consult the APA Tutorial.
    • Tables, Figures, and Images: All tables, figures, and images should be labeled with explanatory captions in accordance with the style and format requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). This material must be editable and provided in PowerPoint, Excel, or Word formats. Tables, figures, and images should be placed at the end of the document immediately following the reference list or uploaded in separate document files. Placement notations should be made throughout the text (e.g., “Insert Figure 1 here”).  Please submit images exactly as you wish to see them when published. These files should be submitted in their original file format for best quality.

    Tables, figures, and images should be well constructed, easy to comprehend, and avoid duplication of results presented in the text. Excessively long tables should be considered for access in Supplemental Material, linked to the paper but leaving space for a shorter summary or key points table in the paper itself.

    All tables, figures, and images should be able to be understood independently without requiring explanation from the text. Titles should be descriptive and follow APA format.

    Illustrations, photographs, and grayscale images should be supplied in the highest quality original electronic format and in the size they will appear in the journal, or larger. Photos are best sent as originals or scanned in at the correct size and resolution (300 dpi). All files should follow the Sage artwork guidelines accessed at the Sage Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  All original photographs require signed releases from anyone appearing in the image.

    Please note the respective limits on figures/tables/images/photographs for each article type. 

    • Supplemental Material: Supplemental material (e.g., questionnaires, codebooks, campaign material) that the authors wish to share may be included as a separate file clearly identified with “online sup” in the file name.  If the manuscript is accepted for publication and the Editor approves, a link to the supplemental material will be embedded in the article during production. Please note that supplemental material is open to all, even if the publication is not.  We recommend that the source of each item placed in Supplemental Material be clearly labeled with author, affiliation, and link to the HPP publication. Questions about this can be directed to our managing Editor Miranda Bohl (hpp@jjeditorial.com).

    Organization of the Submission

    • Cover letter
    • Title Page, including Acknowledgements
    • Abstract (250 words)
    • Keywords
    • Manuscript (double spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, word count aligned with manuscript category)
    • References (APA format, 7th ed.)
    • Tables/figures/images (following the references or in a separate file, editable format, highest possible quality, releases if needed)
    • Any supplemental material (uploaded in a separate file and clearly labeled “online sup” in the file name)

    Presentation and Style of the Submission – Author Checklist

    • Do your cover letter and introduction make clear how your manuscript aligns with the mission of HPP?
    • Does your cover letter address all of the required points?
    • Have you selected keywords that will make your paper easily discoverable through online searches?
    • Does your manuscript follow the HPP language and word choice guidelines?
    • Does your manuscript clearly identify implications for practice and either policy or further research?
    • Do your references comply with the APA Publication Manual (7th ed.) format?
    • Have you noted where any tables or figures should be inserted within the text? i.e. “—insert Table 1 here—”
    • Do all tables/figures/images have clear, explanatory titles?
    • Have you redacted all identifying information for review purposes, such as identity of authors and funding source? 

    Manuscript Revisions

    If invited to revise and resubmit your manuscript, please submit a clean copy with no editing marks and any track changes notations accepted.   The clean copy will be used for the next round of peer review, guided by your detailed “Response to Reviewers. ”  In addition to the revised manuscript, an organized and specific “Response to Reviewers” is critical to a focused and timely next review. You may choose to enter your responses in the space provided with the online submission or attach your response in a separate document.  Many authors and reviewers find that a table or chart showing each comment and the specific response to that comment (quoting new language and specifying line and page numbers) is the best way to organize this important part of the review process.  Please make sure not to include any information that identifies the authors or participants in your response.

    Please note that authors are not required to make all of the changes recommended by reviewers, but they are required to address each point in their response.

    Copyright

    A signed copy of the agreement transferring copyright from author to publisher is required upon manuscript acceptance. The corresponding author will be required to electronically sign a transfer of copyright form on behalf of the authors – except in the case of Work Made for Hire. In this case, an employer’s signature is required.  Authors will be directed to the appropriate form when the manuscript is accepted for publication, including instructions for obtaining signatures and submitting the completed form.

    Pre-Publication Proofs 

    Proofs of manuscripts accepted for publication will be supplied to the corresponding author directly from Sage Productions. That author has the responsibility to check the accuracy of typesetting and copyediting, including references, and to return corrected proofs within the specified time allowed (usually 5 business days).

    OnlineFirst /Publish Ahead of Print

    Health Promotion Practice uses OnlineFirst, a Sage Journals Online feature through which accepted articles are published online prior to their inclusion in a formal issue (also referred to as “publishing ahead of print”). This feature offers you the advantage of making your research accessible to our readers and discoverable by the public in a timely manner.

    During the production process each manuscript is assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a unique identification number similar to the ISBN assigned to book publications.  (You can find this number on the bottom left-hand corner of the first page of your proofs.)  While available through OnlineFirst, your manuscript should be cited using the DOI as follows:

    Mata, H.  & Valerio-Shewmaker, M. Article title. Health Promotion Practice. Prepublished December 17, 2018, DOI: 10.1177/0123456789123456

    After the article is assigned to a specific issue, new citations can be made using volume and page number information, while still using the DOI:

    Mata, H. & Valerio, M.  Article title. Health Promotion Practice. 2019, 6: 211–217, DOI: 10.1177/0123456789123456

    Post-Publication Article Access

    The corresponding author will receive a link to a PDF of the article as it appears in the issue in which it will be published.  Corresponding authors are responsible for distributing the link to all co-authors.  The link is to be used in accordance with the specified instructions.  We ask that authors invite others to directly access their article through the HPP website.  When authors share pdfs rather than the article link, critical evaluative statistics will not accurately reflect the degree to which your article has been used.

    Promoting Your Article

    Once your article is in production, there are several things that we can do to make sure that your work is discovered, read, and used.

    HPP on social media:  Authors are invited to provide information to support the paper or poem, should it be published in HPP, when they submit the original manuscript. The information authors provide is crucial for our social media and special collection promotion.

    The HPP Podcast: Prospective authors are invited to subscribe to The HPP Podcast on Spotify, Apple, Google or other podcast platforms. Engaging with the journal helps authors understand what’s new and trending at HPP, and shows you what we can do for your published paper! Authors may be invited to join us for an episode to air when their paper publishes or as part of a themed collection.

    Final Note:

    We recognize and appreciate the work and hope that goes into manuscript preparation, particularly for first-time authors. We are not able to review and/or publish all of the good work that comes our way, but we promise feedback that will help you understand what happened in the the review process and suggestions for next steps.

    If HPP seems like the right place for what you want to publish, we look forward to receiving your submission!

    Questions?

    Please direct inquiries to:

    Miranda Bohl, HPP Managing Editor
    J&J Editorial
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