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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 Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is double-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, which is found in About the Journal, and was created using the corresponding Microsoft Word template.
  • Authors and affiliations appear on a separate title page; the submission otherwise is blinded to remove author identifying information, including cited works, funding sources, research design information, and institutions and/or locations as necessary.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • To comply with the terms of the publisher's Crossref membership, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) must be included with references when they are available. To check for DOIs, you can use the Free DOI Lookup form on the Crossref website. By checking the box, you assert that you have included DOIs where applicable.

Author Guidelines

Publishing criteria:

OJPH does not accept for publication submissions that have already been published, in whole or in part, elsewhere in the peer-reviewed literature. All figures included in manuscripts should be original, and should not have been published in any previous publications. OJPH will not consider submissions that are currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Sharing work early through deposition of manuscripts with preprint servers, such as bioRxiv or arXiv, or published as a thesis, does not impact consideration of the submission. We will also consider work that has been presented at conferences.

Publication types:

  1. Research articles: Original research on a public health issue. Up to 4000 words and a 250-word abstract. Should contain sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Public Health Implications. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  2. Research briefs: Original research on a public health issue. Up to 2000 words and a 250-word abstract. Should contain sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Public Health Implications. Limited to 2 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  3. Letters/Op-Ed pieces: Opinion piece on a public health topic that is important and current in Ohio. Limited to 500 words and up to 5 AMA style references or footnotes.
  4. Public health practice: Description of a public health program or approach to addressing a public health problem in Ohio. Up to 4000 words and a 250-word abstract. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  5. Public health education: Description of a public health education topic that is implemented in Ohio. Up to 4000 words and a 250-word abstract. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  6. Commentary: Description and evidence-based analysis of a public health issue. Please note this is not an opinion piece. Up to 4000 words. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.

The corresponding author must be a resident of Ohio with an Ohio address. Other authors can reside outside of Ohio.

Authors should use the templates linked above for each article type in order for the paper to be reviewed. Papers will be submitted through the website link to the Editor, who will then assign each paper to at least 2 peer reviewers.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright owners if they use an illustration, table, or lengthy quote (100+ words) that has been published elsewhere.

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