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Women's Health Issues > Author Instructions



Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

The George Washington University

School of Public Health and Health Services

950 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20052




June 2014

Women's Health Issues is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes original research on women's health care and policy.

The journal has a particular focus on women's issues in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes, although it invites submissions addressing women's health care issues in global context if relevant to North American readers.  As the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, it builds on a history of valuing methodologically rigorous investigation as a basis for improving the quality of health care for women and the health of women across the lifespan.

The journal seeks to inform health services researchers, social scientists, health care and public health professionals, and policymakers and to engage readers in the perspectives of multiple disciplines relevant to the study of women's health.

Please note that we do not accept for review clinical case reports or standard literature reviews. Systematic literature reviews that include data syntheses (rather than just summaries of published work), and translational and implementation research studies are welcome.  For examples of what constitutes a systematic literature review, please visit the Cochrane Collaborative at http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/evidence-based-health-care.

Published manuscripts are abstracted and indexed in leading services, including Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Index Medicus, ISI's Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Alert and Social SciSearch, Sociological Abstracts, and Studies on Women Abstracts. Unsolicited manuscripts are invited that address women's health issues relating to the mission of the journal. Further information is available at jiwh.org. The Journal is available online at http://whijournal.com and on www.ScienceDirect.com.


Online Electronic Submission: If you wish to submit a manuscript or commentary to be considered for publication, you must do so via the Journal's submission/peer-review website (http://ees.elsevier.com/whi). You will be asked to create a unique login ID (free). Once created, your login stays in the system permanently. Please follow the instructions regarding file format submission of your manuscript, abstract, tables, and figures carefully. We ask that you submit your manuscript (abstract through references and any figure legends) as a Microsoft® Office Word file, with the title page and author descriptions page saved as separate files. Figures and tables must be uploaded as separate files. If you have multiple figures, consider compressing them into one .zip file for easier upload. A tutorial for authors is available at the website and online technical assistance is available at http://support.elsevier.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/612/c/6261. You will be able to track the status of your manuscript throughout the entire editorial process. You will also communicate with the Editorial Office via the website.

Please note that online electronic submission is the only method allowed by the Editorial Office. We do not accept manuscript submissions in paper hard copy form.  All manuscripts must be submitted online at http://ees.elsevier.com/whi.


In general, full-length article manuscripts should contain 2,000 to 4,000 words, excluding front matter, references, and tables and figures. Commentaries/editorials cannot exceed 2,000 words. Letters to the Editor cannot exceed 1,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using a font no smaller than 12 point. Pages should be numbered. Sections should include: title page, author descriptions page, abstract page, manuscript text, acknowledgments, references, tables and illustrations. The Title Page should provide:

  • a descriptive title for the manuscript;
  • the names, academic degrees, affiliations, and contact information (mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers) for all authors;
  • designation of the corresponding author; and
  • a statement of any funding sources for the work reported in the manuscript, with disclosure of any financial conflicts of interest involving any of the co-authors.

The Author Descriptions page must contain short (< 41 words) descriptions of the affiliations and research interests or areas of expertise for each author for publication with the manuscript if accepted for publication.

The Abstract page should provide an abstract no longer than 250 words including the following information: BACKGROUND (the paper's purpose or research question); METHODS (the methods used); FINDINGS (the main findings); and CONCLUSIONS (main conclusions, including implications for practice and/or policy). The abstract page must not include the names of the authors.

The Manuscript Text should be organized using subheads, with the following sections as a guide: introduction and background; methods; results; conclusions and discussion.  All manuscripts must contain a section entitled, “Implications for Practice and/or Policy.”  This section should address what practical lessons practitioners and/or policymakers can learn and potentially implement to improve outcomes. The manuscript text must not include any identifying author details.

Manuscript Style: The text and references of the manuscript must conform in style to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Visit http://apastyle.apa.org/ for more information about the APA Guidelines.

Note to Authors from Non-English Speaking Countries: Women's Health Issues publishes manuscripts only in English. To assist you in preparing your manuscript in its best possible form- that includes the quality of the written English, adherence to our Guide for Authors, and the presentation of factual, accurate data - we recommend you take advantage of online resources provided by our publisher, Elsevier, Inc. Please visit "Language Editing Checklist" online at http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorsview.authors/languageediting/editchecklist.

Ethical Approval of Studies and Informed Consent: If applicable, all manuscripts reporting data from studies involving human participants should include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the relevant institutional review boards or ethics committees. State in the Methods section the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the study participants (i.e., oral or written). For those investigators who do not have formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki of 1975 and as revised in 2000, should be followed. This requirement is in compliance with "Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research" described by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/#protect).

Preparing Electronic Files. Text and graphics may be submitted as separate files in the following formats:

Text: Use Microsoft® Word, with the title page, the author descriptions page, and the manuscript text without author details saved as a separate files.

Graphics: Create digital artwork after consulting the Elsevier Electronic Artwork website; http://www.elsevier.com/locate/authorartwork, which contains appropriate instructions.

Please note that all images submitted in color will be converted to grayscale in the print version of the journal, but will appear in color on the Journal's website (http://www.whijournal.com), free of charge.

Please note that Elsevier allows the submission of MS Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) graphics files provided that they meet certain criteria (see information given on Electronic Artwork website). It is preferred to save files in JPEG or TIFF format. Label figures as referenced in text and include a list of figure legends.


The journal uses blind peer review: authors' names are removed from manuscripts when they are sent for peer review, and the names of reviewers are not disclosed to authors. All manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers selected by the editors. Authors are encouraged to submit suggestions for appropriate peer reviewers for their manuscripts. (Please include names and contact information for potential reviewers.) Authors will receive copies of the reviewers' comments. The journal strives to provide reviews to the authors within three months of the date of submission. Possible editorial decisions that may result from the peer review are: accept as written; revise - major; revise - minor; reject. When revisions are requested, the editor will specify the time frame for resubmission.


Commentaries and Letters to the Editor commenting on a journal article or on an issue in women's health care or policy will be considered for publication, space permitting and at the Editors’ discretion. Please note that Commentaries cannot exceed 2,000 words. Letters to the Editor cannot exceed 1,000 words. The Editor reserves the right to shorten letters and to make minor editorial revisions. Only a selection of letters submitted will be published.


Women's Health Issues publishes only original reports of research findings that have not been previously published and are not under consideration by another journal. Each and every author must attest to the statement below at the time of electronic submission:

    "I certify that this material has not been published previously and is not under consideration by another journal. I further certify that I have had substantive involvement in the preparation of this manuscript and am fully familiar with its content."

If you are using the online submission site, you must answer this certification in the affirmative in order to proceed with your submission.

Funding/Support and Roles of Sponsors. All financial and material support for the research and the work should be clearly and completely identified in the Acknowledgements section on the Title Page of your manuscript. In addition, the Cover Letter that accompanies your manuscript should address the specific role(s) of the funding organization or sponsor in each of the following areas:

    * design and conduct of the study;

    * collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; and,

    * preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.

Data Access and Responsibility. For all reports (regardless of funding source) containing original data, at least one (1) named author (e.g., the principal investigator) who is independent of any funder or sponsor should indicate that she or he "had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis." This exact statement should be included in the Acknowledgments section on the Title Page of the manuscript. Modified statements or generic statements indicating that all authors had such access are not acceptable.

These requirements are consistent with "Potential Conflicts of Interest Related to Project Support" described by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/#conflicts).

Elsevier will send to PubMed Central the author's manuscript on behalf of authors reporting research supported by an NIH grant. The author manuscript reflects any author-agreed changes made in response to peer-review comments. Elsevier will authorize its public access posting on PubMed Central 12 months after final publication. Authors will receive further correspondence from PubMed Central after the manuscript is deposited.

Updated June 5, 2014

Author Instructions as of January 2014

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