Promoting practice-based research in public health
Perspectives in Public Health is an indexed bi-monthly, multidisciplinary public health journal with a truly international scope. Indexed in MEDLINE and ISI, Perspectives in Public Health publishes original peer-reviewed articles, literature reviews and research papers, and opinion pieces on all aspects of the science, philosophy, and practice of health promotion and public health, as well as news and features.
For guidance on how to write a review paper, please refer to the Perspectives in Public Health review guidelines here.
"Perspectives in Public Health is essential reading for all those who have an interest in health and health promotion." Baroness Sally Greengross OBE, Co-Chair, Alliance for Health and the Future
"The strength of this journal is its multidisciplinary nature- not only is it informative for subjects relating directly to my profession, but it also keeps me up-to-date with what is happening in different fields." Professor Raman Bedi, Chief Dental Officer for England
"Perspectives in Public Health provides a good mix between news coverage on health issues and academic papers- the issues discussed are broad, topical and interesting" Martin Habell, Architect and Director of Maybourne Projects
SAGE Choice and Open Access: If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to 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.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Perspectives in Public Health is a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal. It is practice orientated and features current topics and opinions; news and views on current health issues; case studies; book reviews; letters to the Editor; as well as updates on the Society's work.
The journal also commissions articles for themed issues and publishes original peer-reviewed articles. Perspectives in Public Health's primary aim is to be an invaluable resource for the Society's members, who are health-promoting professionals from many disciplines, including environmental health, health protection, health and safety, food safety and nutrition, building and engineering, primary care, academia and government. In addition to members, Perspectives in Public Health targets practitioners and policy makers, researchers and academics.
For un-themed issues, the journal considers submissions on all aspects of public health across all disciplines, focusing firmly on the Society's mission 'Vision, Voice and Practice'. Typically these are:
- practice based
- systematic reviews
- digests of policy analysis with relevance to practitioners
- implementation and/or evaluation of health protection and health promotion initiatives
- economic analyses of health protection and health promotion initiatives
|Lisa Ackerley||Hygiene Audit Systems, UK|
|Chitta Chowdhury||International Programme for Tropical Oral Health, UK|
|Rotimi Jaiyesimi||Basildon and Thurrock NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, UK|
|Patrick Keady||Better Outcomes Ltd, UK|
|Bashir Qureshi||General Practitioner, UK|
|Theodore Stickley||University of Nottingham, UK|
|Georges Benjamin||American Public Health Association, USA|
|Rachel Davey||University of Canberra, Australia|
|Sian Griffiths||The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Matthew Hobbs||Leeds Trinity University, UK|
|Federico Jose Armando Perez Cueto Eulert||The University of Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Sir Michael Marmot||University College London, UK|
|Michael W. Popejoy||Central Michigan University and Florida International University, USA|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Perspectives in Public Health
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pph to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Perspectives in Public Health will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Ethical Approval Ackowledgement
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Journal Style
4.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.4 Supplementary material
4.5 Reference style
4.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Perspectives in Public Health, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Contributions in the following categories will be considered:
- Original research
Original research papers are peer-reviewed by subject specialists and preference will be given to those appropriate for publication in up-coming themed issues. Submissions will need to show appropriate ethical approval. Length: 2,000-4,000 words. Requisites: key words, structured abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusions, references. Abstracts for original research papers should be structured under the following headings: aims, methods, results, and conclusions. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words.
Review papers will also be considered and authors should describe the methods used to undertake the review. Length: 2,000-4,000 words and requisites as above.
Perspectives in Public Health review guidelines can be downloaded here.
- Short reports
Short reports are peer-reviewed and are an opportunity to present research findings that do not constitute a full paper. Length: 1,000-1,500 words, No abstract or keywords are required, and there should be a maximum of 10 references and 1 table or figure.
- Current Topics and Opinions
This section provides a forum for well-referenced, expert opinion on topical issues in public health. Appropriate submissions might be: proposals for action; examples of good practice; criticism of current practice or policy; or responses to published statements. Length: 500-1000 words. Requisites: concise presentation of facts and 10-15 references. Items submitted for this section are not subject to peer review.
- Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor for publication in PPH should reflect journal content, giving precise details for cross-referencing purposes. Length: 350 words maximum. Letters can include references where appropriate.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Original research papers, secondary research, articles and short reports are peer-reviewed by subject specialists. PPH operates a 'double-blind' review process, which means that the identities of the referees are kept from the authors, and vice versa.
As part of the submission process you can provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
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, or a department chair who provided only general support.
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.
Perspectives in Public Health requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Perspectives in Public Health encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
As the journal is a member of COPE, if a paper involves human subjects it must have relevant ethical approval. This should be detailed under the acknowledgements heading, and if there isn’t any this should be stated.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Perspectives in Public Health 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
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 licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence 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 the SAGE Author Gateway.
Perspectives in Public Health offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. All pages must be numbered.
A covering letter signed by all of the authors must be submitted with articles, and original or secondary research papers submitted for publication in PPH.
The letter must contain the following information:
- Why the submission is appropriate for publication in PPHand what it adds to existing health promotion knowledge.
- Which article category the submission is for.
- Confirmation that the paper has not been published or submitted for consideration elsewhere.
- Declaration of competing interests or the absence of competing interests and disclosure of all sources of funding.
- Original research must declare ethical approval from an appropriate body and consent from participants.
Name of the corresponding author and their full contact details.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
Please consult the submission guidelines on the publications page.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Perspectives in Public Health adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Perspectives in Public Health is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pph to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Current topic and opinion articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office by e-mail attachment and should be addressed to:
Royal Society for Public Health
John Snow House
59 Mansell Street
DD: +44 (0) 20 7265 7332
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7265 7301
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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Perspectives in Public Health editorial office as follows:
Royal Society for Public Health
John Snow House
59 Mansell Street
DD: +44 (0) 20 7265 7332
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7265 7301
For more information on submitting manuscripts for publication in PPH, please see the complete guidelines for authors online at www.rsph.org.uk.