Instructions for Authors

Guidelines for Authors


JHEAL is an international, open-access, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal focused on publishing high-quality studies in the areas of active living, active transportation, healthy eating and the relationship between the natural, built, virtual and social environments.  We publish full length papers, brief communication, meta-analyses, scoping reviews, translational and practice-based research, case studies, notes from the field, commentaries, and systematic reviews.  We are also open to publishing digital media files including maps, visualizations and other modern media.  Please contact the digital media editor before submitting one of these types of formats.

Primary Audience

The audience for this journal includes a broad array of researchers including public health, transportation, urban planning, parks and recreation, tourism, forestry, psychology, sociology, nutrition, agriculture, political science and many others.  Policymakers and practitioners are also an important audience.

Abstracting and Indexing

Google Scholar, PKP Index

Copyright and Article Processing Fees

All articles published in the journal ae open access under the CC-BY Creative Commons version 4.0 attribution license.  The authors will retain copyright of all articles published in the journal.  The journal will be granted a right to publish from the authors upon acceptance of their manuscript. 

Article Processing Fees (APF) are charged to maintain the publication of the journal. 

The APF for full length papers, meta-analyses, systematic reviews and scoping reviews is US$1,500. The APF for Brief Reports and Notes from the Field are US$1,200.  Commentaries and letters to the Editor are $250, unless invited. All APF will also include an additional 8.25% sales tax.

A discount of 40% for lower middle income economies and 60% for low-income economies based on the World Bank Atlas Method and the location of the home institution of the corresponding author.

No refunds will be made for withdrawing a manuscript after it has been accepted for publication.

Ethics in Publishing

The journal follows the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals.


An author is defined as an individual who has participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content. Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to: a) conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data; b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and c) final approval of the version to be published. Anyone who does not meet all three of these criteria (e.g. someone who participated in data collection or analysis only) should be credited for their contribution in the acknowledgements.

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship. The order of authorship should be a joint decision of the co-authors, and the authors’ contributions should be explained at the end of each manuscript.

One author must be appointed by the authors as corresponding author; the corresponding author will be responsible for communicating with the editor and co-authors about revisions at all stages of editing and final approval of the text, proofreading, and completing the Author Publishing Agreement. In general, the corresponding author should be available to take charge of revisions, copyediting and proofreading following receipt of peer-reviews and acceptance of the manuscript, up to publication.


Any funding received for the study must be disclosed as follows:

For single agency grants: This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].

For multiple agency grants: This work was supported by the [funding Agency 1]; under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx].

Conflict of interest

Disclosure of any and all conflicts of interest are required in the manuscript and cover letter. 

Submitting your paper

All papers are submitted through our on-line portal at  All papers should be submitted as a Word file, doubled-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font.

Types of articles

  1. Full Length Papers.  May be either research, translational or practice-based papers – Maximum 6,000 words, 5 tables or figures, max 50 references
  2. Review papers includes Meta-analyses, systematic review, and scoping reviews, Maximum 6,000 words, 5 tables or figures, max 100 references
  3. Communications: includes Brief Reports, Case Studies and Notes from the Field – Maximum 2,000 words, 2 tables or figures, max 25 references. No abstract.
  4. Commentaries – 1,500 words, no figures or tables, max 8 references. No abstract.

Formatting & Citations

Articles will be published following the American Psychological Association (APA) style guidelines, 7th edition.  Articles may be submitted following the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines but will need to be changed to APA style upon acceptance.

Peer Review

All manuscripts undergo initial review by one of the editors.  Manuscripts meeting the scope of the journal and initial methodological review will be sent to at least 2 peer reviewers except commentaries.  Commentaries will be reviewed by at least one of the editors. The goal of the journal is to have the average time for initial decision to be less than 60 days and to publish accepted manuscripts on-line first within three weeks.

Peer reviewers will not be blinded to the authors.  The identity of peer reviewers will remain anonymous throughout the peer review process.  If the article is accepted for publication, the reviewers may select to have their name disclosed on the publication.

Cover letter

A cover letter should accompany every submission.  The cover letter should contain all of the following information:

  1. What type of article is being submitted.
  2. A conflict of interest statement that there is no conflict of interest or what, if any the potential conflicts of interest are.
  3. A disclosure of any and all funding sources.
  4. A statement on the contribution of each of the authors and assurance that all authors have met the requirements for authorship, reviewed the paper and agree to be on the submitted paper and that the paper is solely the work of the authors listed.
  5. A statement that the paper is not under review elsewhere and has not been previously published.
  6. The paper contains no plagiarized data, texts figures or ideas and acknowledges and references relevant previous works.
  7. If the research was conducted with human participants, that Institutional Review Board approval was obtained.

Preparing your Manuscript

All articles except communications (commentaries, case studies, and notes from the field) from the field should include a title page, abstract, key words introduction, methods, results, discussion and references. 

Commentaries, case studies and notes from the field should include title page, key words, body of the text and references.

Title page

On your title page, please include all authors’ full names, institution or affiliation, city and country. Clearly identify the corresponding author. Include the email, phone number and mailing address of the corresponding author.  Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. 

Abstract and key words

Please prepare an abstract for your submissions, with a maximum of 250 words. Abstracts are required for full length articles, review articles and brief reports.  Abstracts should not include headings but should follow the sections of the manuscript including introduction, methods, results and discussion.

When submitting, authors will also need to select three to seven specific keywords, to increase the visibility of your research in article searches like those that appear in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) or the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

Author Contributions

An author contribution statement should follow the discussion section and include the contributions by each of the authors and anyone included in the acknowledgments section following  CASRAI CRediT guidelines. 

For example:

Conceptualization, J.E.M and J.B.M.; Methodology, A.H., J.E.M. and J.B.M.; Investigation, A.H., A.G., J.E.M. and J.B.M.; Writing – Original Draft, J.E.M., Writing – Review & Editing, A.H. and A.G., Funding Acquisition, J.E.M and J.B.M..; Resources, J.O.S.; Supervision, J.O.S.


Acknowledgements should be included after the discussion section and recognize individuals who contributed to the manuscript but did not meet author guidelines as well as any and all funding sources and other potential conflicts of interest.

Tables and Figures

Tables should be submitted within the main article.  figures should be uploaded individually.

  • Number tables consecutively, and include a brief title for each.
  • Include explanatory footnotes for all nonstandard abbreviations. For footnotes, use the following symbols, in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ll, **, etc.
  • Cite each table in the text in consecutive order.
  • If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge fully. Include "Source: Author" on tables that you created.
  • Each figure must be saved and submitted as a separate file. Figures should not be embedded in the manuscript text file.

Questions:  Any questions about these submission guidelines can be submitted to for clarification.