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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.
  • For all submissions, authors have uploaded at least two files:
    1. FILE 1 Title page
    • Include article type and article title
    • Show names and affiliations of all authors
    • Identify corresponding author and provide contact information
    • When needed, include author note with disclosure of conflicts of interest and research funding
    • Show any other acknowledgements
    2. FILE 2 Text of article including abstract and keywords.
    • Please blind or remove any information that potentially identifies authors to reviewers including citations of authors’ prior works.
    • Position tables in the article text.
    • After the manuscript text, and prior to the reference list, identify the contribution made by each listed author. Refer to journal policies for authorship definitions.
    • Include appendices and other supplementary information if this information is needed for peer review
    3. OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL FILES
    • Cover letter to editor (alternately use the built-in discussion function in the submission portal);
    • Appendices including questionnaires or instruments
    • Any other supplementary information that is not essential for reviewers.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in the Submissions section. These include but are not limited to: use of article and reference formatting that is consistent with American Medical Association (AMA) 11th edition publication guidelines; content that demonstrates the clear relevance of the work to public health research, practice, or education in Ohio; adherence to applicable article type length guidelines.
  • DOIs or other URLs have been included for reference list items

Author Guidelines

Publishing criteria:

OJPH does not accept for publication submissions that have already been published, in whole or in part, in other scholarly journals. 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.

We do not consider conference presentations, publication as a pre-print, or publication as an academic dissertation or thesis as prior publication.  

Article Types

  1. Research articles and research brief reports: Use these paper categories to submit original public health research. OJPH will publish reports of secondary data analysis but does not generally publish research review papers unless the topic is highly relevant for OJPH readers. Empirical research reports can be up to 4000 words in length (not including abstract, tables/figures, or reference lists) and brief reports should be no longer than 2000 words. For research articles and brief reports:
    • Include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words, with these sections: introduction, methods, results, conclusions.
    • Please provide up to 5 keywords. One keyword should describe method or design
    • Include these paper sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Public Health Implications
    • Cite sources in text using superscript numbers and format reference lists following 11th edition AMA style guidelines. Include DOIs for all cited articles in this format: https://doi.org/

Research articles may include up to 5 tables and/or figures. Content in the introduction section of the manuscript should include a description of the problem or concern as relevant to Ohio, and a summary of recent research which describes the current state of knowledge and provides a rationale for the work described in the report. The purpose or research question should be clearly stated in the introduction section of the paper.

The methods section should include information about design, participants or data sources, recruitment strategy when applicable, data gathering and data processing and analysis. Authors should use citations when appropriate to support design and analysis decisions.

The results section should include a comprehensive description of results and authors should further interpret and explain the results in the discussion section, comparing their findings with work described in the introduction as appropriate. Authors should also acknowledge limitations and describe strengths or unique features of their work in the discussion section. The Public Health Implications section should identify use of the findings, and, when possible, identify those who may benefit from the research, with particular focus on Ohio relevance.  If the authors believe further research is warranted, please recommend specific strategies.

Research brief reports are typically descriptions of small, focused project with relatively straightforward findings. Examples include small survey research studies, papers based on review of policies or records, or simple secondary analyses.  If the methods or results are complex, please consider submitting the manuscript as a research article. Brief reports may include up to 2 tables or figures.  Authors should use the same sections as used in a research article. However, the introduction section of a brief research report is likely to emphasize current data or trends rather than present a summary of prior published research.

  1. Public health practice articles: Use this paper category to submit articles that include description of a public health program, intervention, or other applied (actual or planned) approach to a public health concern in Ohio. This category includes any papers up to 4000 words in length.
    • Include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Authors may provide a structured abstract with section headers used in the paper or an unstructured abstract.
    • Please provide up to 5 keywords. One keyword should describe the specific public health concern.
    • Public health practice articles should begin with an Introduction section and conclude with a Public Health implications section. Because practice reports are highly variable, authors may use other article section headings as needed to organize the information to provide an engaging report for readers. Possible section headings include: Program Development; Resources; Processes; Implementation; Program Delivery; Program Assessment; Program Evaluation; Lessons Learned, and others.
    • Cite sources in text using superscript numbers and format reference lists following 11th edition AMA style guidelines. Include DOIs for all cited articles in this format: https://doi.org/
  1. Public health education articles: Use this paper category to submit articles that include description of a public health educational program developed or delivered in an academic, workplace, conference or other context or setting. Papers where authors’ primary aim is to advocate for changes to public health education may fit better in the commentary category. The public health education category includes any papers up to 4000 words in length.
    • Include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Authors may provide a structured abstract with section headers used in the paper or an unstructured abstract.
    • Please provide up to 5 keywords. At minimum, one keyword should describe the education topic or the intended audience.  
    • Public health education articles should begin with an Introduction and conclude with a Public Health implications section. Because education reports are highly variable, authors may use other article section headings as needed to organize the information to provide an engaging report for readers. Possible section headings include: Skills (or Knowledge) needed; Program (or Course) development; Program (or Course) delivery; Course Assessment; Course Evaluation; Instructional needs; Lessons learned, or others.
    • Cite sources in text using superscript numbers and format reference lists following 11th edition AMA style guidelines. Include DOIs for all cited articles in this format: https://doi.org/
  1. Commentary or Policy article: Use this paper category to submit commentary and policy papers supported by research or other credible evidence. This is distinguished from an Op-Ed by the inclusion of an evidence base. Commentary or policy articles may emphasize one dimension of an issue or argue for a preferred solution. The commentary or policy paper category includes any papers up to 4000 words in length.
    • Include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Authors may provide a structured abstract with section headers used in the paper or an unstructured abstract.
    • Please provide up to 5 keywords. At minimum, one keyword should describe the issue or the intended audience.  
    • Commentary or policy articles should begin with an Introduction and conclude with a Public Health implications section. Because these reports are highly variable, authors may use other article section headings as needed to organize the information to provide an engaging report for readers.
    • Cite sources in text using superscript numbers and format reference lists following 11th edition AMA style guidelines. Include DOIs for all cited articles in this format: https://doi.org/

5. Op-Ed or Letters: Use this category to submit a brief opinion paper written in the form of a letter or narrative. No abstract or section headings apply. Please limit submissions in this category to 500 words. Up to 5 references or footnotes may be included to supplement or verify information.

6.Other types. If you want to submit an article that does not fit into any of these categories, please reach out to the editor with a proposal in which you identify the subject matter, describe the intended audience, and provide either an abstract or brief outline.

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

OJPH follows publication guidelines provided by the American Medical Association (AMA); please refer to the AMA 11th edition style guide for specific information regarding content, order, in text citations and reference list formatting.  

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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