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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.5 or doubled space; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Data Snapshots will be 1500 words in the main text, up to 2 table & figures and no more than 10 references.

Data Snapshots should include the following sections:

1) Background (with a clear statement of the Public Health Implications.) (500 words)

2) Data (including how UT is doing, trends over time (w/ figure), how do we compare to the US. (500)

3) How does this topic intersect with the 7 domains of health (if relevant) (250)

4) What is being done and available resources and recommendations (if relevant) (250)

 

 

Research Articles report the results of original research in up to 3500 words in the text, a structured abstract, up to 4 tables + figures, and no more than 20 references. The text should have Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion sections as well as a section on Health Implications. The research articles included in the supplement cannot have been published previously; however, data that has been presented elsewhere can be repackaged for the supplement. Previous work should be cited where relevant.

 

Abstract for research articles

All abstracts are up to 180 words, including headings. Structured abstracts employ 4–5 headings: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. A fifth heading, Health & Policy Implications, is recommended. 

 

Abstract for research articles

All abstracts are up to 180 words, including headings. Structured abstracts employ 4–5 headings: Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. A fifth heading, Policy Implications, is recommended.

 

Abbreviation and acronyms

Avoid abbreviations and acronyms as much as possible. Please do not create abbreviations specific to a manuscript in order not to repeat a recurring sentence or expression. When deemed absolutely necessary define them clearly after first use in the text.

 

Document Format

The text should be in a word document with 1.5 or double spaced with a font size of 12. Pages and lines in pages need to be numbered throughout the text of the manuscript, in order to facilitate the identification by editors and reviewers of the specific places in the manuscript where there is something the author needs to address. To number lines in Word: Page Setup > Line Numbers > Continuous.

 

References

All references must be formatted according to the APA. Endnote Reference Manager is strongly recommended.

 

Tables

Only tables presenting data summarizing the main findings will be incorporated. Tables must be self-contained, with a description of the content, the place, and the time of the study. Tables should not be pasted as a picture and should be editable within the document.

 

Figures

Figures must be self-contained with a description of the content, the place, and the time of the study.

 

 

NOTES ON STATISTICS

Statistics in Tables and Text

Beta and other Greek symbols, should only be used in the text when referring to theoretical equations or parameters being estimated, never in reference to the statistical results based on sample data. Use of only one decimal point for proportions and effect measures is preferred. For all regression-related results change all beta symbols (?) to b (for unstandardized regression parameter estimates) or B (for standardized regression parameter estimates). Presentation of the results from logistic regression or other types of models (such as such Poisson, Cox, or negative binomial regressions) should be the exponentiated parameter estimates (e.g., the odds ratio or the incidence rate ratio) and corresponding 95% confidence interval of the odds ratio, rather than the parameter estimates themselves. The inclusion of P values is unnecessary in the presence of 95% confidence intervals. When P values are used, the actual observed value rounded to 2 decimal points should be presented. Under no circumstance should the symbol “NS” be used in place of actual P values. There are very rare circumstances where a “one-sided” significance test is appropriate, and this must be justified and presented in the context of the experimental design. Therefore, “two-sided” significance tests are the rule, not the exception.

 

 Reproduced Material

 Reproduced material should be identified as such, and an appropriate reference should be cited.

 

 Images and Photos

 Any submitted image must be of print quality resolution 300 dpi minimum with a 150-line screen. Photos for the cover must be of print quality resolution 300 dpi minimum with a 150-line screen sized 11x17 or larger.

 

Supplemental Files

Supplemental material may include appendices, images, videos, recordings, and tables/figures that could not be included in the main article because of space constraints but can be included online.