Help for Authors

EDITORIAL PHILOSOPHY AND POLICIES

EDITORIAL PHILOSOPHY


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.


EDITORIAL POLICIES


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 that either has or has not yet been released, you must inform the editors at the time of submission.


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


The editors of several health services and policy journals have released a joint statement on prior publication and disclosure; please refer to that statement for more details.


Conflicts Of Interest


You must disclose any affiliations that are relevant to the content/subject of your paper, financial or otherwise. At the editors' discretion, this information will be included with your paper if it is published. Your disclosure must include the following information: All current employers of all authors of the paper, a list of all funders that supported work that contributed to the development of the manuscript, and any other known associations of the authors that could be construed as presenting a conflict of interest.


Copyright


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, webmaster@healthaffairs.org. 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, http://www.copyright.com.

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 permissions@healthaffairs.org.


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 press@healthaffairs.org.