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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Include a completely anonymized PDF version of your paper in the submission, as well as a fully identified word version.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Peer Review and Ethics

JCPH follows the COPE guidance on publication ethics.  Authors should consult this for guidance on authorship, research ethics, conflicts of interest, redundant publication and plagiarism. Lead authors and principal investigators must ensure that people for whom they are responsible are aware of the requirements of national laws and regulations for the protection of human subjects and of the ethical codes of the relevant professional bodies.

The Editorial team of JCPH is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your (anonymised) paper has been assessed for suitability by the Editor(s), it will then be peer reviewed by two independent, anonymous expert referees, each delivering at least one report.

Instructions to Authors

  1. General

Please upload your paper in both Word and PDF format. The Word version should be fully identified. The PDF version must be completely anonymized. 

Your paper should be organised in a structure suitable for the content.  All papers should have: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments, including any declaration of conflicts of interest and sources of funding; references.

The main text should be organised with headings appropriate to the style and content, such as (for research articles) Introduction, Methods, Findings, Discussion.  Please do not number headings and sub headings.

Include any appendices in a separate file.

2.  Word Limits

Please include a word count for your paper.

Research papers should not normally exceed 8,000 words, including all text, abstract, notes and references, but exclusive of appendices.  We may consider longer papers if the topic/methods justify this.

Research & Practice Notes should not normally exceed 3,000 words (all included).

Commentaries should not normally exceed 4,000 words (all included).

  1. Style Guidelines

There are a few requirements for house style:

  • We accept any English spelling, but please ensure one style is used consistently throughout.
  • Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’.
  • Long extracts of quoted material should be indented without quotation marks.
  • Spell out numbers 1-10.
  • Keep abbreviations to a minimum, remembering that an international and interdisciplinary readership may not be familiar with those common in your field. Spell all out on first use. Do not use abbreviations such as min, k (write them in full).
  • Footnotes should be kept to a minimum 
  • Use bold for main headings; italics for subheadings.

 4. Title page

 Provide full names and affiliations for all authors and , where available, ORCiD identifiers. Indicate the order in which authors should be listed. Once a paper is accepted, we cannot change affiliations.

One author should be identified as the corresponding author.

  1. Title, Abstract and Key Words

Most readers of your paper will only see the title, abstract and keywords.  Include up to 5 key words.  Do consider the key words that are likely to be discoverable to those in your field (not too broad; not too narrow), and ensuring that all reflect the content of the paper.

To maximise discoverability, please consider a title that includes the study design and setting, as well as summarising the content.

Abstracts should be under 200 words. They should not include headings, citations or abbreviations.  Please write this as accessibly as possible, and remember that reviewers make decisions on whether to review based on the abstract: do ensure this clearly signals your contribution to critical public health scholarship.

  1. Acknowledgements & conflicts of interest

This should include any funding details, in the format required by your funder.  You should also list any interests you have that are, or could be perceived as, conflicting with those of research.  If there are no financial or other interests likely to be seen as conflicting with your interests as a researcher, include a statement to that effect. (e.g. 'The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest’)

  1. References

Please use APA style referencing (author/date).  All  citations and references should be checked carefully before submission, and any embedded field codes (such as from referencing software) saved as text only to enable editing. Include a doi for all references.

Web sources cited should be given in full, with a date last accessed.

  1. Figures and Tables

Please only include those that add to, rather than repeat, material in the texts.  Figures should be of high quality.

 All tables should be editable: please do not save as images.

  1. Appendices

 This can include supplementary methodological material (such as interview schedules, participant summaries, additional data/analysis tables), datasets, or illustrative material.   Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper. 

  1. Using Third-Party Material

It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that all necessary permissions are obtained for the use of any third-party material (text, images etc). 


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