Help for Authors



Health Affairs
is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of major domestic and global health policy issues. Health Affairs places special emphasis on pursuing issues that are of concern to and engage both the private and the public sectors. Further, we encourage private and public decisionmakers–those who often generate creative ideas but seldom advance them in a form for publication–to contribute papers. The unique goal of Health Affairs is to incorporate in one publication the diverse viewpoints and perspectives of the health sphere–industry, labor, government, and academe–in a way that benefits everyone who reads it.


Exclusivity And Prior Publication

Only papers that have not been accepted and are not under consideration by another journal are considered for publication in Health Affairs. Papers or parts of papers that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere (including being posted on the Internet) are not considered.

If your paper has been posted on the Internet or otherwise circulated in a preliminary form or as a working paper for a limited audience, or if your paper is associated with a longer report or brief that either has or has not yet been released, you must inform the editors at the time of submission. Factors that will be considered in determining whether or not a paper that is derivative of such working papers, briefs, or reports include: online presence, the extent of distribution/exposure, media exposure that resulted from active attempts to promote the work to the media (e.g., by media releases or media briefings), the presence of new data, analysis, etc., in the submission that distinguishes it from the earlier work.

You must also disclose to the editors whether or not the paper has been presented at a meeting.


Each author must disclose all sources of support for the work, including all employers and any other sources of support relevant to the content/subject of the paper, financial or otherwise. Nonfinancial associations with organizations with a direct interest in the paper’s subject matter must be reported, as well. If your paper is published, each author’s primary employer will be included in that author’s bio entry on the first page of the article. Secondary employers, external support for the work, and any reported conflicts of interest will be included in the acknowledgments at the end of the paper; any additional information reported in our disclosure forms will be included as an online appendix document to the electronic version of the article.


After Health Affairs accepts a manuscript for publication, authors sign a publication agreement transferring copyright to Project HOPE-The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. See our copyright policy for more information.

Standard copyright protections apply. In addition, nothing appearing in Health Affairs, either in print or on our Web site, may be reproduced on any Web site other than the Health Affairs Web site without the express permission of the editorial staff. Address inquiries to Kathleen Ford, For standard permission to reprint an article, contact the Copyright Clearance Center, 222 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923, tel: 978-750-8400; fax: 978-750-4470,

Instructions for NIH-Funded Authors

Health Affairs’
Policy For Deposit To PubMed Central

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) instructs NIH-funded authors to submit their accepted manuscript to PubMed Central no more than 12 months after it is published.  This NIH policy applies to all peer-reviewed original research or review articles accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008 for authors who have received NIH funding.

Health Affairs
, as publisher and copyright holder of all material published in Health Affairs, offers the following instructions for NIH-funded authors wishing to submit their accepted Health Affairs manuscripts for PubMed Central:

  1. Submit the accepted manuscript (peer-reviewed but not final edited and formatted version) to PubMed Central (PMC) per PMC’s instructions.
  2. Specify the 12-month release date following publication in Health Affairs.

If you have any questions with respect to publication of your NIH-funded article in Health Affairs, please contact

Health Affairs
Access Policy

All readers have free access to selected Health Affairs journal articles at time of posting (Web Firsts for one week, Editor’s Page, selected sections); all journal articles three years old or older; and all Health Affairs Blog content.  The full article archive is online. Subscribers have access to all journal content.

Embargo Policy
And Press Relations

With each issue Health Affairs sends out advance notice of upcoming articles to members of the press. All papers are embargoed for release until a specified date. No story may be released to the public until 12:01 a.m. on the embargo date (this means that news stories may be printed, aired, or released electronically in that day's morning editions). Occasionally, if Health Affairs is holding a press briefing, an embargo time will also appear on the press release. This embargo policy is in accordance with standard U.S. practices.

Authors are requested not to share their findings with any members of the media when an article is being considered for publication, up until the time that the article is either rejected or published (not simply accepted for publication). If an author's organization is planning a press release or other media strategy, these activities should be coordinated with the Health Affairs staff. Address inquiries about this policy to Sue Ducat, director of communications, at