Submit a paper

We welcome proffered papers that meet the scope and objectives of the journal. However, we receive a large number of submissions so there are a few steps you should take before submitting a paper, to ensure it can be considered for publication. Following these steps will help save your time and that of the journal editors.

  1. Please review our Editorial criteria, paying special attention to whether your manuscript meets the scope and objectives of the journal, which include being relevant to public health policy and practice. Also ensure your manuscript aligns with our Editorial policies.
  2. If you are unsure whether your manuscript is suitable for the journal, please email the editor to ask for advice – include your abstract or a brief overview in the body of your email if possible.
  3. Read our Author guidelines, and make sure your manuscript meets the requirements for the relevant type of paper (Research, Perspectives, In Practice, Brief Report). We encourage you to complete our Author checklist, to ensure you have taken all the necessary steps for submitting your paper.
  4. Follow the directions below to submit your manuscript via the ScholarOne system.


Public Health Research & Practice uses the journal management system ScholarOne. If you need help using the system, please refer to the ScholarOne online help guide for authors or contact the Editor.

We also require authors to complete the forms outlined below as a condition of publication. Please submit these with your manuscript.

Conflict of Interest declaration

Each author is required to sign a conflict of interest form in the interests of transparency. Conflicts may be financial or non-financial. Public Health Research & Practice uses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) disclosure form. This form is housed in ScholarOne for the corresponding author and is also available below.

The corresponding author should include a summary statement on conflict of interest in the manuscript template. This will be published with the article. If there are no conflicts to declare, this will be stated on the article.

Opening the Conflict of Interest form

The Conflict of Interest Declaration is an Adobe form. Adobe forms must be opened using an Adobe program, such as Adobe Reader (version eight or newer, which can be downloaded for free here) or Adobe Acrobat. Most non-Adobe PDF viewers (Apple Preview, Google Chrome PDF viewer, etc) will not allow you to submit the form electronically. If you cannot open this form, please save it to your desktop so you can open it in Adobe.

Licence to Publish

Authors are also required to sign a licence to publish form. This is done by the corresponding author on behalf of all other authors digitally via ScholarOne. See our Copyright policy for more information.

Authorship statement

Authors are required to supply a short statement outlining each author’s contribution with each manuscript. This can be uploaded in ScholarOne. Please review our Authorship policy before compiling this statement.

Data availability form

The corresponding author must fill out the data availability form, detailing where the data that supports the findings of their research is located.

The journal encourages authors, where possible and applicable, to deposit data that support the findings of their research in a public repository such as an institutional repository (e.g., with the authors’ affiliated university) or a general repository such as figshare.

Authors may be requested by the editorial team to provide data and/or to verify findings.

Important notes:

  • Published or in-press articles based on the same research data as a manuscript submitted to the journal must be disclosed and a copy supplied as a supplementary file with the manuscript.
  • Authors must obtain the appropriate clearances for the material contained in their paper from their directors or supervisors before submission
  • Authors must provide an assurance that their research has received the relevant ethics approvals.