Help for Authors


Use the instructions below if you are submitting an interview. If you are submitting an unsolicited paper, a revised paper, an invited Perspective, a paper invited for a theme issue of the journal, a paper for Narrative Matters, or a letter to the editor, you must follow different instructions; return to the Help for Authors main page and click on the appropriate link.

All manuscripts must be submitted via Health Affairsonline manuscript processing system.

Log In

An account has been established for you, and you should have been informed of your user ID and password. If you have forgotten your user ID or password, go to the login screen, enter your e-mail address in the “Password Help” field, then click on “Go.” You will receive e-mail with instructions on how to obtain a user ID and password. A record has been set up in our system for your interview manuscript. To access this record and submit the manuscript, go to the login screen, log in, enter your Author Center, locate the record in “Invited Manuscripts” under “My Manuscripts,” click on “Continue Submission,” and follow the instructions.

Required Information

Some of the required fields might have been filled in for you, but others will be blank. You must enter information in all required fields. Please enter this information exactly as you wish it to appear in the published interview. If you have any questions about how to complete the process, please contact a member of the editorial staff.

Manuscript Files

During Step 6 of the submission process (“File Upload”), you will be asked to upload the text of the interview. The document containing the interview should consist of the following two parts (in a single word-processing file): an abstract (not to exceed 100 words), and the text of the interview. In this instance, you may disregard instructions telling you not to include any information on the uploaded file that would allow identification of the author(s).

Manuscript Preparation

The entire manuscript should be prepared using a standard word-processing format (such as MS Word) in 12-point Courier New font or its equivalent, double-spaced, with a minimum of one-inch margins. All pages should be numbered.

Interviews do not customarily include endnotes, but if source materials or references are required, they must be presented in one section of consecutively numbered endnotes. Callouts in the text that refer to these notes should be consecutively numbered throughout the document (no repeat note callouts in the text).

Additional Information

For additional information on manuscript preparation, Health Affairs’ editorial policies and philosophy, and other matters, go to the Help for Authors main page and select the appropriate link.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact the editor who invited your submission, or Health Affairs’ executive editor, Don Metz, at or 301-347-3907.