Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Health Behavior Research

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Health Behavior Research.

Formatting Requirements

  • The title page should include the article title and author byline(s) centered. For example:
    John Smith, Phd, MPH, FAAHB, FAED
    University of South Florida
  • Do not include page numbers, headers or footers. These will be automatically generated and reflected on published papers.
  • The Short Title (on the submission form) must be entered in ALL CAPS.
  • Write your article in English (unless the journal expressly permits non-English submissions).
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, or RTF files are accepted).
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch (25 mm), including your tables and figures.
  • Single-space your text using Times New Roman 12-point for text and tables.
  • Arial font should be used for figures.
  • Boldface is permitted for headings only.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
  • Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) for citations must be provided and hotlinked in the Word document. As a member of CrossRef, our publisher, New Prairie Press, is required to include DOIs. Use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef's website to check your citations.