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Journal of Aging and Health

Journal of Aging and Health

2017 Impact Factor: 2.134
2017 Ranking: 27/79 in Health Policy & Services | 12/36 in Gerontology
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Kyriakos S. Markides, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA

eISSN: 15526887 | ISSN: 08982643 | Current volume: 31 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 10 Times/Year

The Journal of Aging and Health explores the complex and dynamic relationship between gerontology and health. You know health is one of the fast-growing areas in the field of gerontology. Look to the Journal of Aging and Health to be your primary source for the most current research findings and scholarly exchange available. Read below to see how the comprehensive coverage of the Journal of Aging and Health can benefit you.

Unique Focus

The Journal of Aging and Health covers a wide range of topics guaranteeing that you will receive material you can use. Recent topics have included articles on:

  • Active life expectancy
  • Diet/nutrition
  • Disease prevention
  • Ethics in health care
  • Health behaviors and beliefs
  • Health service utilization
  • Longevity and mortality
  • Long-term care
  • Mental health
  • Social support and health
  • The recovery process
  • Alcoholism
  • Suicide

Interdisciplinary Perspective

In each issue of the Journal of Aging and Health, respected scholars present views and perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that you are receiving the most balanced and comprehensive scholarship available. Recent articles spanning many fields include:

  • Allied Health
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Public Health
  • Demography
  • Social Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Social Services
  • Health Services Research
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Nursing

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


The Journal of Aging and Health is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of research findings and scholarly exchange in the area of aging and health. Manuscripts are sought that deal with social and behavioral factors related to health and aging. Disciplines represented include the behavioral and social sciences, public health, epidemiology, demography, health services research, nursing, social work, medicine, and related disciplines. Although preference is given to manuscripts presenting the findings of original research, review and methodological pieces will also be considered.

Dr. Kyriakos S. Markides University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Assistant Editor
Brian Downer, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Managing Editor
Editorial Board
Neda Agahi, PhD Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Ross Andell, PhD University of South Florida, USA
Flavia C. D. Andrade, PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Ronald J. Angel, PhD University of Texas - Austin, USA
Jacques Baillargeon, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Lisa L. Barnes, PhD Rush University Medical Center, USA
Dan Blazer, MD, PhD Duke University, USA
Anda Botoseneanu, MD, PhD University of Michigan, USA
Robyn L. Brown, PhD University of Kentucky, USA
Jeffrey A. Burr, PhD University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Neena Chappell, PhD University of Victoria Centre on Aging, Canada
Dan Clark, PhD Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Philippa Clark, PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Olivio Clay, PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA
Lindy Clemson, PhD University of Sydney, Australia
Dorly Deeg, PhD VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kerstin Gerst Emerson, PhD University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Qiushi Feng National University of Singapore, Singapore
Hector Gonzales, PhD Michigan State University, USA
Danan Gu, PhD United Nations, Population Division, USA
Jack Guralnik, MD, PhD University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA
Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, PhD, RPsych University of Regina, Canada
Terrence Hill, PhD University of Arizona, USA
Ellen Idler, PhD Emory University, USA
Sapna Kaul, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA
Jessica Kelley-Moore, PhD Case Western Reserve University, USA
Giyeon Kim, PhD Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea
Annemarie Koster, PhD University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Neal Krause, PhD University of Michigan, USA
Jersey Liang, PhD University of Michigan, School of Public Health, USA
David X. Marquez, PhD, FACSM University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
Carlos F. Mendes de Leon, PhD University of Michigan, USA
Verena Menec, PhD University of Manitoba, Canada
Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH University of California at San Diego, USA
Miriam Mutambutzi, PhD University of Antwerp, Belgium
Rory O'Neill Bradford, England
Kushang V. Patel, PhD, MPH University of Washington, USA
M. Kristen Peek, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
Thomas R. Prohaska, PhD George Mason University, USA
Tetyana Pudrovska, PhD The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Ana Quinones, PhD Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA
Taina Rantanen, PhD University of Jyvasklya, Finland
Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, USA
Carlos Reyes-Ortiz, MD, PhD University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
Sandra L. Reynolds, PhD University of South Florida, USA
Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez, PhD Brown University, Providence, USA
Jean-Marie Robine, PhD French National Institute of Medical Research (INSERM), Montpellier, France
Sunshine Rote, PhD University of Louisville, USA
Yasuhiko Saito, PhD Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan
Catherine Sarkisian, MD UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine
William A. Satariano, PhD, MPH University of California, Berkeley, USA
Markus Schafer, PhD University of Toronto, CA, Canada
Enid Schatz, PhD University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Benjamin Shaw, PhD SUNY at Albany, USA
Abla Sibai, PhD American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Eleanor Simonsick, PhD National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program, USA
Christine Stephens, PhD Massey University, New Zealand
Aloen Townsend, PhD Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Cassio M. Turra, PhD Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Robert B. Wallace, MD University of Iowa, USA
Steve Wallace, PhD UCLA School of Public Health, USA
Frederic D. Wolinsky, PhD University of Iowa, USA
Rebeca Wong, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
Anna Zajacova, PhD University of Western Ontario, Canada
Steven H. Zarit, PhD The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Zachary Zimmer, PhD University of California, San Francisco, USA
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  • This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    Manuscripts must be submitted for review via the Journal of Aging and Health SAGE Track website at Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Double space all manuscripts, including references, notes, abstracts, quotations, and tables, on 8 1/2 × 11 paper. The title page should be a separate document and include all authors’ names and affiliations and highest professional degrees, the corresponding author’s address and telephone number, and a brief running headline. Place acknowledgments in a separate document under the heading AUTHOR’S NOTE. The title page should be followed by a structured abstract of 100 to 150 words that includes the following subheadings: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Discussion. On the abstract page include 3 to 5 words or short phrases for indexing purposes.The abstract page as well as the first page of the text should include the manuscript’s title without the authors’ names to facilitate blind review. Tables and references should follow APA style and be double-spaced throughout. Ordinarily manuscripts will not exceed 30 pages (double-spaced), including tables, figures, and references. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to supply camera-ready figures. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.


    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,

    (ii) drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,

    (iii) approved the version to be published.

    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at 



    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.


    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), JAH additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Declaration of Conflicting Interests

    It is the policy of JAH to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Research Ethics

    All papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

    We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate on the Title Page which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    Patient Consent

    Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

    Contributor's Publishing Agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    JAH and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.


    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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