Help for Authors

HOW TO DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF PAPER YOU ARE SUBMITTING

When the editors talk about types of papers, they mean one of two related things: (1) whether a paper is solicited or unsolicited, and whether a paper is new or revised; and (2) the section to which the paper will be assigned when accepted for publication.


How a paper is characterized according to the two overlapping classifications above will determine how you submit the paper. In any case, all papers must be submitted to Health Affairs via our online manuscript processing system, which requires you to establish an account (in some cases, an account will have been established for you). Details on the submission process are provided in the “submit” links on the Help for Authors main page. You should be able to determine which link contains the information you need, based on the descriptions below.


New (Unsolicited) Manuscript


Follow these instructions if you are (1) submitting a new paper “over the transom”--that is, you have not submitted this paper previously to the journal, and you are not responding to a specific invitation to submit a paper; and (2) the paper is not an Interview, a Narrative Matters paper, or a Letter to the Editor (each of those kinds of papers has its own submission procedure, so you must select a different “submit” link).


Narrative Matters Paper


Follow these instructions if you are submitting a new paper “over the transom”--that is, you have not submitted this paper previously to the journal and you are not responding to a specific invitation to submit a paper--for the Narrative Matters section of the journal.


Revised Manuscript


Follow these instructions if you are submitting a revised paper in response to a written request from an editor.


Solicited Article For A Thematic Issue


Follow these instructions if you are submitting a paper in response to an invitation to submit a paper for a specific theme issue of the journal.


Invited Perspective


Follow these instructions when you are submitting a paper in response to an invitation to submit a Perspective article commenting on another Health Affairs paper.


Interview


Follow these instructions when you are submitting an interview that you have discussed with an editor. If that editor has not already set up a record in the system for the interview manuscript, you will need to contact him or her for additional instructions.


Letter To The Editor


Follow these instructions when you are submitting a letter to the editor in response to a previously published paper.


Additional Information

During the submission process, when you are asked to select the manuscript type, select the one that most closely describes your paper. If you are unsure about this, select “other.” Note: If you are submitting a paper for Narrative Matters, it is important that you select that type in order for the paper to be routed properly.

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 dmetz@projecthope.org or 301-347-3907.