Texas Public Health Association
Information for Authors
The Texas Public Health Journal is the quarterly publication of the Texas Public Health Association and is a benefit of membership.
NEW! Separate TPHA Newsletter for our Members!
Our Newsletter will strive to keep you current by:
If you are interested in submitting items for consideration for our newsletter (now published separately from the journal) please contact Terri Pali, TPHA Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include "Newsletter Item" in the subject line
Texas Public Health Journal Goals
- Provide information on current public health practice through;
- Publish peer-reviewed articles of original scientific research related to public health topics,
- Feature public health related articles
- With a historical edge,
- Current Poison Control information
- Provide timely information on public health related materials available such as:
Our TPHA Journal is listed with the EBSCO index as a peer-reviewed journal.
All public health professionals, students and interested individuals are encouraged to submit articles. You need not be a member to submit. Manuscripts submitted are peer reviewed externally by experts in the topic area of the manuscript Reviews are based on the following criteria:
- Timeliness and usefulness,
- Relevance to public health audience,
- Clarity and efficiency of organization of manuscript,
- Accuracy of information,
- Currency of references,
- Use of references to support information presented,
- Statistical Method (if applicable)
Our quarterly publication is typically released as follows: Winter Issue 1 released in January; Spring Issue 2 released in April (generally coincides with National Public Health Week); Summer Issue 3 released in July; Fall Issue 4 released in October.
Suggested Deadline for Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts*
February 1 (Spring), May 1 (Summer), August 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Winter)
* submission of manuscripts by deadline does not guarantee publication in that issue
Send us your manuscript detailing your original scientific research or one describing a state, regional or local public health department project or program of interest, following the guidelines below.
Guidelines for submission
Format: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, have at least 1" margins, use 12 point font Pages must be numbered. All manuscripts and accompanying materials must be submitted in electronic format. Files may be submitted in the following formats: Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Figures and photographs may be submitted as JPEG, or TIF files.
Title: must reflect the main point of the article, and should be brief.Authors & Affiliations: Names and affiliations of all authors. For the corresponding author provide name, degree/credentials, title, place of employment and mailing and email addresses. (See sample below)
Science of Making Movies
John Smith, MPH1; Jane Doe, MBA2 and John Wayne, PhD3
1 Department, Agency, City, State
2 Department of xxxxx, University of xxxxx, Lexington, KY
3 Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA
Address correspondence to:
John Smith, MPH
Mailing Address with city state and zip code
Request reprints from email@example.com
Body of Paper: Text should be narrative with complete sentences, and few abbreviations. If abbreviations are used, all must be defined when first used. Body of the manuscript should generally be arranged in the following order: Abstract or Summary (250-300 words); Introduction or Background; Population and Methods; Results; Conclusion or Discussion (1800-2000 words or about six pages excluding references, figures, tables etc).
Subheadings should be logical. Please ensure the entire manuscript is checked for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Quotations must be given credit to both author and source.
- Accuracy and completeness of references is the sole responsibility of the author(s).
- References must be numbered in the order each appears in the text with superscript reference numbers in the body of the paper. Please click on the example manuscript to review.
- References need not follow an established format but at a minimum must contain, in this order: (1) Author's last name, first name/initials; (2) Year the article was published; (3) Title of article/book; (4) Name of journal; (5) Volume number, month, year, and inclusive page numbers. For books, the title should be followed by the name of the publisher and year published. (See sample below)
1. American Cancer Society (ACS). Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc.; 2011.
2. Jemal A, Siegel RS, Xu J, Ward E. Cancer Statistics, 2010. CA: A CancerJournal for Clinicians 2010;60(5):277–300.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: Breast cancerscreening among women aged 50-74 years - united states, 2008. Morb
Mortal Wkly Rep 2010;59(26):813-816.
4. National Center for Health Statistics Health (NCHS), United States, 2008 With Chartbook Hyattsville, MD: 2009.
5. Ryerson AB, Miller JW, Eheman CR, Leadbetter S, White MC. Recent trends in U.S. mammography use from 2000-2006: A population-based analysis. Prev Med 2008;47(5):477-482.
Permission must be obtained from publishers and authors for any previously published material such as extensive text, illustrations, or tables used. Copies of permission must accompany the manuscript.
Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged. Each will be forwarded for appropriate review. Each submission is reviewed first by the Journal editor and/or the Association's Editorial Team and is considered on individual merit. Content of each manuscript submission is reviewed to ensure that it is consistent with basic public health concepts and with the goals/aims of the Association and if felt appropriate for our journal, forwarded for outside peer review by expert reviewers in the specific topic area. Original research will be reviewed by experts in the field for sound scientific methods. Reviewer comments will be forwarded to the corresponding author. It is the responsibility of the authors as relayed in editorial or reviewer comments to make all suggested revisions prior to re-submission. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in delays in acceptance or complete rejection. The operations of the Editorial Team are overseen by an Editorial Board.
Please ensure your manuscript is thoroughly checked for grammar and spelling prior to submission. Major errors may be cause for immediate rejection. The Journal Editor and Editorial Board reserve the right to make appropriate minor grammar and spelling changes to noticeable errors, but the responsibility for correct grammar, spelling and punctuation is the author's. Please note that the version accepted for publication will be sent for typesetting as is. We are not able to send individual “proofs” prior to publication.
If exceptions to any of these guidelines is necessary (i.e. length is longer or shorter than requested or photograph/figure cannot be electronically reproduced for submission) please contact the TPHA office.
Copyright ownership of articles accepted for publication belongs to the Texas Public Health Association.
Contact us if your group or agency would like to talk about sponsoring an issue that focuses on one area of public health research or practice.
There are no charges to authors associated with submission of any article. If the lead author is not a member or subscriber and wishes to receive a complimentary copy of the issue the article will appear in, please request a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org (include full mailing address). The entire issue will be sent to the address you specify. Additional copies of the issue may also be purchased for $7.00 plus shipping and handling per copy. Request for copies MUST be made in advance of printing. Additional charges may apply if requesting AFTER publication.
Email manuscripts to: TPHA Journal Editor at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org insert "TPH Journal Submission" in the SUBJECT line.
Thank you for choosing the Texas Public Health Journal, we look forward to reviewing your important work!