Article Types

This page details the article types accepted for submission to the International Journal of Public Health (IJPH) and Public Health Reviews (PHR). Please note that article types available to authors differ between the two journals. Article type descriptions can be found further below, but authors should refer to the list specific to each journal here:

International Journal of Public Health (IJPH)

IJPH welcomes the following article types: Original Article, Review, Hints & Kinks, Commentary, Editorial, Letter to the Editor, and Young Researcher Editorial.
IJPH does not publish Essays or Opinion articles.

Public Health Reviews (PHR)

PHR welcomes the following article types: Review, Systematic Review, Mini Review, Policy Brief, Letter to the Editor, and Editorial.
PHR does not publish Original Articles or Opinions.

Please ensure that any manuscript you submit to conforms to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for ethics, as well as to the general article requirements of the journal. Authors are encouraged to refer to the journal specific author guidelines. All submitted manuscripts will be checked by plagiarism detection software.

We encourage authors to refer to the minimum reporting guidelines for health research hosted by the EQUATOR network when preparing their manuscript. Checklists are available for a number of study designs.

All articles are peer-reviewed, receive a DOI, are citable, published in PDF and HTML format, and submitted for indexing in relevant digital archives.

Publishing Fees

Open Access provides free and immediate online access to the scholarly literature for anyone in the world to read, distribute and reuse. Articles that are accepted for publication following rigorous peer review incur a publishing fee.

Please consult the tables below for information on Article Processing Charges (APC). Authors should take note of the journal specific fee table. The below fees and discounts are valid for articles submitted on or after February 1, 2021. APCs may be subject to periodic revision. The invoiced APC is the one valid at the time of manuscript submission.

International Journal of Public Health (IJPH)

APC for IJPH comprise of the production costs of the publisher and the editorial costs of the owner, the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+).

The SSPH+ discounts the editorial costs for first authors from low and middle income countries according to the research4life country classification (group A and B countries).

APC (CHF)
Article Type Regular Group A Group B
Original Article 2,300 1,400 1,800
Review 2,300 1,400 1,800
Hints & Kinks 1,700 1,100 1,400
Editorial * 1,000 900 900
Commentary * 1,000 900 900
Young Research Editorial Free Free Free
* free for invited authors

If you require support for Article Processing Charges, please complete our Fee Support Application form.

Public Health Reviews (PHR)

APC for PHR comprise of the production costs of the publisher and the editorial costs of the owner, the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+).

The SSPH+ discounts the editorial costs for first authors from low and middle income countries according to the research4life country classification (group A and B countries).

APC (CHF)
Article Type Regular Group A Group B
Systematic Review 1,980 1,400 1,700
Review 1,980 1,400 1,700
Mini Review 1,400 1,200 1,300
Policy Brief 1,400 1,200 1,300
Editorial * 900 900 900
Commentary * 900 900 900
* free for invited authors

If you require support for Article Processing Charges, please complete our Fee Support Application form.

TIER 1 ARTICLE TYPES

Review

Research Reviews should concentrate on the most recent developments in the field. Authors should confirm during submission in the “Contribution to the Field” section (appearing during online submission process) that the topic was not covered in a review recently in IJPH, PHR or in other journals. Literature searches for all Reviews should be systematic and comprehensive. Reviews may or may not include a meta-analysis or statistical summary of the individual study results. The text body of Reviews should be structured in Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion and should be in the length range of 4000-4500 words (without reference list), referencing all included studies, and up to 6 figures and tables. A short Introduction should put the area into context and define the aim. The Method section should explicitly describe how the studies were identified and selected for inclusion in the review. Search terms, Prisma flow-chart and eligibility criteria should be provided.

Commentary

Commentary articles are invited more in-depth opinion pieces. Commentary articles have a maximum word count of 1,000 words and 10 references. They should not contain unpublished or original data.

Letter to the Editor

Reactions relating to recently published articles in IJPH or PHR. Letters should be submitted no later than 3 months after publication of the article. Usually, we invite the authors of the article to respond to the Letter.

Editorial

Editorials are invited short essays that express the author’s viewpoint or explain journal policies (800 words, 10 references max).

Special Issue Editorial

Editorials are submitted exclusively by the host editor(s) of a Special Issue, to convey to the reader the aims and objectives of the research that pertains to the special issue, as well as placing it in a broader context. The Editorial should present the contributing articles of the Special Issue but should not be a mere table of contents. As the final contributing article to the Special Issue, Editorials should be submitted once all expected articles have been accepted and published. Editorials should not include unpublished or original data and the inclusion of references is strongly encouraged. Editorial articles may contain 1 Figure and have a word count of 1,000 for Topics with 5-10 articles. The word limit can be increased for each additional article in the Topic, up to a maximum of 5,000 words for 50 articles or more. Submissions are required to have the title Editorial: "Title of Special Topic".

Systematic Review

Systematic Review articles present a synthesis of previous research on a given topic that uses systematic and clearly defined methods to identify, categorize, analyse and report aggregated evidence on a specific topic. Included in this article type are meta-synthesis, meta-analysis, systematic review, and systematic review with a meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews articles are peer-reviewed, have a maximum word count of 4,500-5000 words and may contain no more than 6 Figures/Tables. Authors are required to pay a fee to publish a Systematic Review article. Systematic reviews should: Clearly define the research question in terms of population, interventions, comparators, outcomes and study designs (PICOS), state which reporting guidelines were used in the study (for design and reporting, conform to the reporting guidelines in your field (e.g., PRISMA, Cochrane, Campbell), include the PRISMA flow diagram as part of your submission http://prisma-statement.org/prismastatement/flowdiagram.aspx (if applicable), include funding information (if no specific funding to carry out the research, please state so). Systematic Review articles should have the following format: 1) Abstract, 2) Introduction, 3) Methods (including study design; participants; interventions; comparators; systematic review protocol; search strategy; data sources; studies sections and data extraction; data analysis), 4) Results (including a flow diagram of the studies retrieved for the review; study selection and characteristics; synthesized findings; assessment of risk of bias), 5) Discussion (including summary of main findings; limitations; conclusions). The title should include the words systematic review/meta-synthesis/meta-analysis, as appropriate.

Policy Brief

Policy Briefs are peer-reviewed short reports that summarize research evidence, and present and critically assess policy options to inform decision makers who develop public health policies and programs. The length is 2’500 words, with up to 4 figures and/or tables and 30 references. Policy Briefs describe a relevant public health problem and the need for political action (Background), summarize the available local and global evidence (Evidence), critically assess key policy options for addressing the problem, their likely impacts, potential barriers and facilitators to their implementation and present recommendations (Policy Options and Recommendations) and conclude (Conclusions). The Abstract has 200 words max. and the same structure as the main text (Background/Evidence/Policy Options and Recommendations/Conclusions).

Mini Review

Mini Review articles cover focused aspects of a current area of investigation and its recent developments. They offer a succinct and clear summary of the topic, allowing readers to get up-to-date on new developments and/or emerging concepts, as well as discuss the following: 1) Different schools of thought or controversies, 2) Current research gaps, 3) Potential future developments in the field. Mini Reviews articles are peer-reviewed, have a maximum word count of 3,000 and may contain no more than 2 Figures/Tables. Authors are required to pay a fee to publish a Mini Review article. Mini Review articles should have the following format: 1) Abstract, 2) Introduction, 3) Subsections relevant for the subject, 4) Discussion. Mini Review articles must not include unpublished material (unpublished/original data, submitted manuscripts, or personal communications) and may be rejected or reclassified, at a significant delay, if found to include such content.

Correction

Corrigendum: should authors notice errors that affect the scholarly record or the integrity of the paper, authors are encouraged to submit a correction online. The correction must detail the reason(s) for the error(s) and include only the elements (e.g. sections, sentence, figure) of the manuscript being revised or corrected. All authors of the original paper need to agree to the request for changes. The contribution to the field statement should be used to clearly state the reason for the Correction. Depending on the extent of the correction required, corrections may require peer review. Authors are informed that requests for changes beyond that described here may not be accepted for publication. Erratum: should authors notice differences between their approved galley proofs and the final published article, thus leading to errors that affect the scholarly record or the integrity of the paper, authors are encouraged to submit a request for erratum to the Production Office (production@ssphjournal.org), clearly specifying the error and the correct information. The Correction article type will be used for corrigenda and errata. The the article title for each should read: - Corrigendum: Title of original publication - Erratum: Title of original publication

ASPHER Statement

ASPHER Statements are invited short essays that express the author’s viewpoint or explain journal policies (800 words, 10 references max).