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About Submission and Journal Operations:

Submitting your Original Public Health Research or Public Health Practice Manuscript

Prior to submitting your work, please carefully review the information on the Formatting page When submitting manuscripts please email submission letter and all submission documents to with "Manuscript" in the Subject line.  Receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged with an automated reply. If this automated reply is not received, please try again. 

Each submission is reviewed first by the Journal editorial team and is considered on individual merit, quality and suitability to our journal audience. Content of each manuscript submission is reviewed to ensure that it is consistent with basic public health concepts, complies with the goals/aims of the Association and is appropriate for our journal, keeping in mind our non-profit status.

If initial review is favorable, your manuscript will be forwarded for outside peer review by expert reviewers in the specific topic area. Original research and public health practice manuscripts will be reviewed by experts in the field for sound scientific methods.  We welcome your suggestions for at least 3 potential reviewers in the topic area of your paper who were not involved in any way in your project, writing of the manuscript or any other phase of the study or program.  Please list suggested reviewers along with their name and contact information on your submission letter or email. Doing so will greatly enhance the speed of the review process! All documents must be submitted electronically.

Reviewer comments will be forwarded to the corresponding author.  It is the responsibility of the authors to reply to editorial and/or reviewer comments in a separate document stating how each comment was addressed and where in the manuscript the revision was made or provide reasoning why it was not addressed in the manuscript. All suggested revisions must be made prior to re-submission.  Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in delays in acceptance or complete rejection. Failure to resubmit within 60 days will result in removal of your manuscript from further consideration.  If you choose to resubmit the revised manuscript after 60 days, your manuscript will be treated as a new submission.

Journal Operations
The operations of our volunteer journal team are monitored by our TPHA executive director and overseen by our TPHA Editorial Board.  Our journal is basically a volunteer endeavor and our resources are extremely limited.  Please help us maintain our journal's integrity and quality by ensuring 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 if missed, 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 so please check final versions carefully.  We will send the corresponding author the version that has been typeset, to allow very minor corrections, just prior to publishing.  There will be a short turn-around period allowed for minor edits and we require a return email stating "no further revision" or detailed instructions on what needs revision.  All correspondence must adhere to the timelines indicated to allow us to stay on our publication schedule.

If exceptions to any of these guidelines is necessary (i.e. length is longer than requested)please contact us at Attn:Editor.

Submission Charges: 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 electronic copy of the issue their article will appear in, please request a copy at and include your email address.  The entire issue will be emailed to the address you specify. 

Accessibility of our quarterly journal issues: Beginning with the Winter 2020 issue, our journal will be provided to our members and subscribers, electronically only. Our journal is NOT an "open access" journal and copyright of all content belongs to TPHA.  Please do not share content with others without obtaining permission.  Please contact to request permission. 

Requests for print copies must be arranged, prior to printing, with our Executive Director at  A cost of $10 per copy will be charged.  

Plagiarism is a serious offense.  Authors are totally and completely responsible for ensuring their submission is original work.

Copyright ownership of articles accepted for publication belongs to the Texas Public Health Association.

Thank you for choosing the Texas Public Health Journal, we look forward to reviewing your important work!

Texas Public Health Association
PO Box 9610
Longview, Texas 75608

(903)309-3380 phone