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Health Economics, Policy and Law

General correspondence and queries should be sent to the journal's Managing Editor, Ketevan Rtveladze at hepl@cambridge.org

Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted online via the website:

http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hepl

Detailed instructions for submitting your manuscript online can be found at the submission website by clicking on the ‘Instructions and Forms’ link in the top right of the screen; and then clicking on the ‘Author Submission Instructions’ icon on the following page.

The Editor will acknowledge receipt of the manuscript, provide it with a manuscript reference number and assign it to reviewers. The reference number of the manuscript should be quoted in all correspondence with HEPL Office and Publisher.

Health Economics, Policy and Law endorses the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Authors should familiarise themselves with the Uniform Requirements at www.ICMJE.org before submitting their manuscripts.

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and/or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate: www.cambridge.org/core/services/authors/language-services

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Articles

Original research articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including tables and figures, with an accompanying abstract not exceeding 200 words. Guest editorials, review articles and debate essays may also be considered. Authors should note the journal’s editorial policy when making submissions.

Guest editorials will be invited pieces in which authors will provide a short, analytical commentary on a topical issue. The recommended length for guest editorials is 2,000 words. Some issues of the journal may also contain review articles (5,000 words) and debate essays (3,000 words). Review articles will feature a discussion of two or three books on a related theme while debate articles will assess an area within the scholarly disciplines or policies pertinent to health. For specific comments on the appropriateness of an idea for a review article, debate essay or a research article generally, please contact Adam Oliver at a.j.oliver@lse.ac.uk. 

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors of articles published in the journal assign copyright to Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and you will receive a copyright assignment form for signature on acceptance of your paper.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used both in print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

In published articles where statistical analysis of original data has been conducted, contributors are expected to provide a replication data set that can be accessed via the electronic version of Health Economics, Policy and Law. Mathematical appendices may also be deposited with the HEPL website.

Style Sheet

1. Manuscripts should be clearly typed in double spacing and should have a left-hand margin of at least 25 mm/1 inch and a right-hand margin of at least 40mm/1.5 inches. Type size should be no smaller than 12 points. Contributors are asked to retain an exact replica themselves for use in answering copy-editor’s enquiries and correcting proofs.

2. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively (in superscript) within the text and listed in a separate section at the end of the article before the References.

3. Referencing. Authors must use the author-date system of referencing as described in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition, (The University of Chicago Press, 2003). In this system citations in the text and footnotes list the author’s surname and the year of publication of the work in parentheses. Eg. (Sen and Williams, 1963). Where there are three or more authors, list the first author’s surname, followed by et al. and the year of publication. The full list of cited references is then provided alphabetically at the end of the article. References should contain, in the case of books, the names of authors as they appear on the title page, the year of publication, the full title including any subtitle, the place of publication and the name of the publisher, and in the case of articles, the name(s) of the author(s), the year of publication, the full title of the article, the name of the journal, the volume and issue numbers, and the page reference (number of first and last page).

Le Grand, J. (2003), Motivation, agency and public policy: of knights & knaves, pawns & queens. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Harsanyi, J.C. (1982), ‘Morality and the theory of rational behaviour’, in A. Sen and B. Williams (Eds), Utilitarianism and beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Arrow, K.J. (1963), ‘Uncertainty and the welfare economics of medical care’, American Economic Review, 53(5): 941-73.

4. Tables and Figures. Each table and figure should be on a separate sheet, numbered and collected together at the end of the article, after the References. Their place in the text should be indicated by a space and the words ‘Table X (Figure X) about here’. Tables should be clearly laid out and designed to fit into a space 190 x 120mm. Vertical lines between columns should be omitted, and horizontal lines limited to the top and bottom of the table, with an additional line below the column headings. Totals and percentages should be labeled, and units identified. Figures should not contain more detail than can be clearly shown in a space 190 x 120mm.

Charges apply for all colour figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in colour in the online version only, or whether they should appear in colour online and in the print version. There is no charge for including colour figures in the online version of the Journal but it must be clear that colour is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

5. Spelling: Please use English rather than American spelling. In general use the spelling –ise/isation rather than –ize/ization (eg. organise/organisation).

Capitals: Please keep these to a minimum and be consistent throughout the manuscript.

Italics should be used for foreign words except proper names and words (such as role, elite) that have entered common English usage. The use of italics for emphasis is discouraged.

Abbreviations: Omit full stops in abbreviations consisting of capital letters (USA) and use capitals for acronyms (WHO). Use eg. instead of ‘for example’ and ie. instead of ‘that is’. Dates should be in the form 1 May 1968; 1990s (no apostrophe); the twentieth century.

Numbers up to ten should normally be spelt out, except for percentages, exact quantities or a series of numbers. Use ‘per cent’ (not %) except in tables. Include a comma in numbers over 999.

6. To ensure a fair and anonymous peer review process, authors should not allude to themselves as the authors of their article in any part of the text. This includes citing their own previous work in the references section in such a way that identifies them as the authors of the current work.

7. Proofs are supplied to ensure that the printed version coincides with the manuscript accepted. Rewriting sections of an article in proof is not possible. Please make sure that your accepted manuscript is in its final form before it is sent to the printer.

Language Services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and/or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Proofs

First proofs may be read and corrected by contributors provided they can return the corrected proofs within five days of receiving them. The master proof will always be sent directly to the Editors by the printer; contributors will receive duplicates.

Offprints

Authors will receive a PDF of the published paper sent to the corresponding author. If offprints are required, these must be purchased at proof stage.

Open Access

Please visit open access policies for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Last updated 1st November 2016