Donate | Print Page | Sign In | Join
Manuscript and References Formatting
Share |

Formatting Public Health Research or Practice Manuscripts
All public health professionals, students and interested individuals are encouraged to submit manuscripts at any time. You need not be a member to submit. Manuscripts submitted are peer reviewed externally by experts in the topic area of the manuscript.  Accepted manuscripts will be published as soon as possible based on space availability.  

Initial Review by Editor and co-editors include:

  • Review for appropriate formatting of manuscript and references as outlined on these journal pages,
  • Proper grammar, correct spelling, sentence structure and general scholarly quality,
  • Content appropriate for our journal audience and in compliance with rules for our 501c3 non-profit status.

Manuscripts not meeting all these criteria will be returned without peer review.
Authors must correct deficiencies before the manuscript will be considered for the peer review process.

Peer Reviews are based on the following criteria: 
    Clearly stated public health significance and relevance,
    Timeliness and usefulness,
    Clarity and efficiency of organization of manuscript,
    Accuracy of information,
    Currency of references,
    Use of references to support information presented,
    Statistical Method (if applicable)

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. 

Format: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, have at least 1" margins, use 12 point font, with all pages numbered. Overall manuscript length is limited to 1800-2000 words or about six pages excluding references, figures, tables etc. Please discuss how your research is different in the context of other published work in the field and how your findings can affect public health practice.

Tables, Graphs, Figures and Photos
All accompanying materials must be clear and easy to read.  Please use the same font for these materials that is used in the rest of the manuscript. Please do not use color on tables.  Minimal light shading will be accepted.  Photos may be in color, figures and graphs may include minimal color on the item itself, not in the text.  All abbreviations and footnotes must be explained in the item.

Other Important Manuscript Formatting Information:

  • 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.
  • It is the responsibility of the author to acknowledge the work of others and to obtain permission from the original author or publisher to use any previously published material such as extensive text, illustrations, or tables. Copies of permission must accompany the manuscript.
  • We will accept the following types of files, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, JPEG or TIF. No PDFs please.
  • All must be submitted electronically.
  • Remember that plagiarism is a serious offense.  Authors are totally and completely responsible for ensuring their submission is original work.

Title: Must reflect the main point of the article, and should be brief.
Authors & Affiliations: Names and affiliations of all authors. Please provide name, degree/credentials, title, place of employment, mailing and email address for the corresponding author . 

    Science of Making Movies

    John Smith, MPH1; Jane Doe, MBA2 and John Wayne, PhD3

    1 Department, Agency, City, State 
    2 Department of xxx, University of xxx, Lexington, KY 
    3 Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA

    Address correspondence to:
    John Smith, MPH 
    Mailing Address with city state and zip code 
    Telephone: xxx-xxx-xxxx 

Abstract: Please include an abstract of no more than 300 words that summarizes the key points of your project or program.  Please include a short background statement, the purpose of the paper, key methods and data sources used, key results and a summary statement of the public health significance of your findings.
Body of Paper: Text should be narrative with complete sentences, and few abbreviations. If abbreviations are used, all must be defined when first used. The body of the manuscript should generally be arranged in the following order:

Introduction or Background (recommend inclusion of statement of public health relevance and significance).

Population and Methods (please include statement regarding Internal Review Board (IRB) approval, or if none was required, please state). 

Results Present the findings of your research or program.  All findings presented in tables or figures must be detailed in the results section. 

Conclusion or Discussion  Discuss your results as compared to other published work in your topic area.  Conclusions should include justification for public health significance of your findings and suggestions for incorporating your findings into public health practice.


- 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.
- Each reference cited must be referenced in the text and be needed to substantiate the text it is related to.
- Each reference must reflect the original work of the authors of the referenced material, not a news release or restated interpretation of the work.
- 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.


  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 Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2010;60(5):277–300.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: Breast cancer screening 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.
  6. Enterprise Online Survey Software & Tools -SurveyGizmo
    date accessed.
  7. The Community Guide [Internet]. Adolescent Health:Person-to-Person Interventions to Improve Caregivers’ Parenting Skills. c2007– [cited 2016 Dec 28]. Available from: caregivers-parenting-skills

Find submission instructions here

Links to other Journal information:

Our Editorial Board

Advertise with TPHA

TPHA Publication Resources

Texas Public Health Association
PO Box 9610
Longview, Texas 75608

(903)309-3380 phone