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Information For Authors Guidelines


We acknowledge receipt of all manuscripts via email and assign each a unique, confidential manuscript number. The Editorial Office will not release any information about the status of a manuscript to anyone who does not provide the manuscript number. [PRIOR TO SUBMISSION CHECKLIST]


Reviewer selection is ultimately the decision of the editors, but authors may provide the names and e-mail of preferred/nonpreferred peer reviewers. Manuscripts deemed appropriate for the Journal will be sent to external peer reviewers. Typically, a manuscript will be sent to a minimum of 2 reviewers who will be asked to provide feedback on the scientific merit of the paper. Generally, we will also send the manuscript for a "relevance review." The relevance reviewer will be an individual practicing in the healthcare industry who may not have a research background. This person will not be asked to comment on the scientific merit of the study, but instead directed to specifically address the relevance of the research question and findings. The reviewer's evaluation is requested back within 3 weeks. Editorial decisions are based on the comments of both the scientific and relevance reviewers.


We judge manuscripts on the interest and importance of the topic, the intellectual and scientific strength, and relevance to AJPB readers. We also consider the strength of the paper compared with other papers under review and the number of accepted and previously published papers on a specific topic.


Most authors can expect a first decision on their manuscript in approximately 2 months. At any time in the process, authors can log on to our web-based tracking system to check the status of their manuscript submission. However, we communicate editorial decisions on acceptance or rejection only to the corresponding author.


Almost all papers accepted require some editorial or statistical revision before publication. PDF page proofs are e-mailed to the corresponding author for review approximately 1 to 2 weeks before the scheduled issue date. All proofs must be returned to the editorial office within 48 hours.