Perspectives in Public Health
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Perspectives in Public Health

Formerly Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health
2015 Impact Factor: 0.987
2015 Ranking: 111/153 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
Published in Association with Royal Society for Public Health

Honorary Editor
Heather Hartwell Bournemouth University, UK
Deputy editor
Rosalind Stanwell Smith London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Editorial Office
Amy Ellis-Thompson Royal Society for Public Health, UK
Connie Harris Royal Society for Public Health, UK


eISSN: 17579147 | ISSN: 17579139 | Current volume: 136 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly


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.

"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

Electronic access:
Perspectives in Public Health is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://pph.sagepub.com

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

Editorial Board
Lisa Ackerley Hygiene Audit Systems, UK
Chitta Chowdhury International Programme for Tropical Oral Health, UK
Stephen Clift Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Eugenia Cronin  
Rotimi Jaiyesimi Basildon and Thurrock NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust, UK
Patrick Keady Better Outcomes Ltd, UK
Bashir Qureshi General Practitioner, UK
Joanna Saunders NHS Rotherham, UK
Angela Scriven Brunel University, UK
Anthony Stewart Staffordshire University, UK
Robert Warwick National Blood Service, UK
International Advisory Board
Georges Benjamin American Public Health Association, USA
Rachel Davey University of Canberra, Australia
Sian Griffiths The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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
  • Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts (ASSIA)
  • Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature CINAHL
  • Current Contents / Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Current Contents/ Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Food Science and Technology Abstracts
  • Food Science and Technology Abstracts
  • Index Medicus (Ceased 2004)
  • MEDLINE
  • PAIS International
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
    1. Peer review policy
      1.1 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
      4.1.2 Prior Publication
      4.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      4.3 Open Access and author archiving
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
      7.2 Ethical Approval Acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Perspectives in Public Health (PPH) 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 RSPH's work. The journal also commissions articles for themed issues and publishes original peer-reviewed articles. PPH'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, PPH 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 initiative

    1. Peer review policy

    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.

    1.1 Authorship

    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.

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    2. Article types

    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

    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.

    • 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.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Peer review manuscripts should be submitted via Scholar One Manuscript Central.

    Current topic and opinion articles should be submitted to the Editorial Office by e-mail attachment and should be addressed to:

    Editorial Office
    Royal Society for Public Health
    John Snow House
    59 Mansell Street
    London
    E1 8AN
    DD: +44 (0) 20 7265 7332
    Fax: +44 (0) 20 7265 7301
    Email: publications@rsph.org.uk

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    4. Publishing policies

    4.1 Publication ethics

    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

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    PPH 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.

    4.1.2 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.

    4.2 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 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Open Access and author archiving

    PPH 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.

     

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    PPH encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable

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    7. Acknowledgements

    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.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), PPH 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. 

    7.2 Ethical Approval Acknowledgement
    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.

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    8. Permissions

    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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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC and RTF. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

    9.2 Journal Style
    Please consult the submission guidelines on the publications page at www.rsph.org.uk.

    9.3 Reference Style
    PPH adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    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 PPH and 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.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. Abstracts for original research papers should be structured under the following headings: aims, methods, results, and conclusions. Abstracts should be no more than 400 words.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details on the first page of the manuscript for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers. Academic affiliations (degrees and institutional affiliations) are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    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.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article as appropriate.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    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.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in PPH with SAGE. 

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet. PPH offers OnlineFirst.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office at the following address:

    Editorial Office
    Royal Society for Public Health
    John Snow House
    59 Mansell Street
    London
    E1 8AN
    DD: +44 (0) 20 7265 7332
    Fax: +44 (0) 20 7265 7301
    Email: publications@rsph.org.uk

    For more information on submitting manuscripts for publication in PPH, please see the complete guidelines for authors online at www.rsph.org.uk.

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