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Evaluation & the Health Professions

Evaluation & the Health Professions

2018 Impact Factor: 1.604
2018 Ranking: 68/98 in Health Care Sciences & Services | 54/81 in Health Policy & Services
Source: Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019)

Editor
Steve Sussman USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California


eISSN: 15523918 | ISSN: 01632787 | Current volume: 42 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
Evaluation & the Health Professions provides health-related professionals with state-of-the-art methodological, measurement, and statistical protocols or tools for conceptualizing the etiology of health promotion and problems, and developing, implementing, and evaluating health programs, teaching and training services, and products that pertain to a myriad of health dimensions. It is designed to provide a forum for keeping health professionals abreast of the latest technological advances in evaluation research methods as well as provide the results of important evaluations. Furthermore, EHP is designed to provide a forum for debate of timely evaluation issues in health research and evaluation.


Multidisciplinary Perspective

For well over 30 years, EHP has offered a broad, multidisciplinary approach to the conduct of rigorous original research that focuses on the results of evaluation studies. It is increasingly recognized as the premiere methodological resource in the health professions as well as a source for innovative outcome evaluations that potentially affect patients’ quality of life. Articles often influence, not only the design of health care research and evaluations, but also the delivery of health care programs themselves.

Translational Research Focus

Most recently EHP has dedicated itself to issues related to translation research, which is defined as (1) the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory to the development of trials in humans and (2) enhancing the adoption of these results into health care practices and products that potentially improve health within the community. The journal considers this arena a natural extension of the evaluation process itself and intends to become a leading outlet for articles addressing important issues in this recently adopted major NIH Roadmap Initiative

Current and Comprehensive

Recent articles discussing topics of vital importance to researchers and evaluators:
  • A multi-method intervention to improve adherence to clinical practice guidelines
  • Evaluating the relevance and external validity of translational research
  • Acupuncture as an expectancy effect
  • Relationship between resident workload and inpatient satisfaction
  • Assessment of physicians’ clinical skills
  • Determining the statistical significance of HRQOL changes in individual patients
  • History of research synthesis
  • Development of the Cochrane centralized register of controlled clinical trials
State-of-the-Art Special Issues 

EHP averages at least one special issue per year with invited articles by the leading researchers and thinkers in the most pressing research and methodological arenas. Recent examples include:
  • Design and Methodological issues in Drug Use/Abuse Research: Special Considerations and New Approaches
    (Lawrence M. Scheier, Editor - June, 2018)
  • Evaluation in Clinical and Translational Science, Part 2
    (Paul E. Mazmanian, Editor - March, 2014)
  • Evaluation in Clinical and Translational Science, Part 1
    (Paul E. Mazmanian, Editor - December, 2013)
  • Surveying Clinicians
    (Jonathan B. VanGeest and Timothy P. Johnson, Editor - September, 2013)
  • Qualitative Research and Evidence-based Practices
    (Steve Sussman, Editor - September, 2011) 
  • Special Populations
    (Steve Sussman, Editor - December, 2010)
  • Professional Competence-Related Concerns
    (Steve Sussman, Editor - September, 2010)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medical Research: Issues and Opportunities
    (R. Barker Bausell, Editor - December, 2009)
  • International Translation of Health Behavior Research Innovations
    (Steve Sussman, Editor - June and September, 2008)
  • Translation Issues in Prevention and Treatment Research
    (Steve Sussman, Editor - March, June, and September, 2006)
  • Methodological Issues Related to QOL Measurement
    (David Cella, Editor - March 2005)
  • Power Analysis
    (R. Barker Bausell, Editor - September, 2003)
  • Recent Advances in Placebo Research
    (R. Barker Bausell, Editor - December, 2002)
  • The Cochrane Collaboration: Preparing, Maintaining, and Promoting the Accessibility of Systematic Reviews of Health Care Interventions
    (Mike Clarke, Editor - March, 2002)
  • Recent Methodological Advances in the Conduct of Meta-Analysis
    (R. Barker Bausell, Editor - June and September, 2001)

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Evaluation & the Health Professions is a peer-reviewed journal that provides health-related professionals with state-of-the-art methodological, measurement, and statistical protocols or tools for conceptualizing the etiology of health promotion and problems, and developing, implementing, and evaluating health programs, teaching and training services, and products that pertain to a myriad of health dimensions. It is designed to provide a forum for keeping health professionals abreast of the latest technological advances in evaluation research methods as well as provide the results of important evaluations. Furthermore, EHP is designed to provide a forum for debate of timely evaluation issues in health research and evaluation more broadly of importance to the health professions.

Editor
Steve Sussman USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
Founding Editors
Editorial Board
Mark A. Albanese National Conference of Bar Examiners and University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Jon-Patrick Allem University of Southern California, USA
Sophia Chan University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Brian Colwell Texas A&M School of Public Health, USA
James H. Derzon Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, USA
Susan T. Ennett University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Angela Fan National Yang-Ming University
Matthew S. Fritz University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA
Shirley M. Glynn VA West Los Angeles and University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Lawrence W. Green University of California, San Francisco, USA
P. Cristian Gugiu Clinical Outcomes Solutions, USA
Ilene B. Harris University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Ronald A. Harris University of San Francisco, USA
Timothy P. Johnson University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Mimi M. Kim Sheps Center at the UNC - Chapel Hill, USA
Carol Koprowski University of Southern California, USA
Ariel Linden Linden Consulting and School of Public Health, University of Michigan, USA
Jocelyn Lockyer University of Calgary, Canada
Maria Isabel G. Loureiro New University of Lisbon, Portugal
David P. MacKinnon Arizona State University, USA
Paul E. Mazmanian Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
John J. Norcini Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, USA
Pallav Pokhrel University of Hawaii Cancer Center, USA
W. James Popham University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Mark R. Raymond National Board of Medical Examiners
Rob Sanson-Fisher University of Newcastle, UK
Lawrence M. Scheier LARS Research Institute
Kimberly Swygert National Board of Medical Examiners
Jonathan B. Vangeest Kent State University, Center for Public Policy and Health, USA
Frances M. Weaver Hines VA Hospital and Loyola University, Maywood, USA
Thomas A. Wills University of Hawaii Cancer Center, USA
Yan Zhang Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX, USA
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  • Please read the guidelines below then visit Evaluation & the Health Professions (EHP)’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of EHP will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that EHP may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

     

    1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical trials
    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    2.9 Research Data

    3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplemental material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information
    7.1 Appealing the publication decision

                   

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript to EHP, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types
    The editor welcomes the submission of original data-based or review articles, and brief reports, pertaining to the philosophical, technical and political aspects of evaluation that are unique to the health professions, as well as research-oriented manuscripts that pertain to the results of evaluation studies, instructional innovations, progress reports, and updates.

    In general, articles should not exceed 40 typewritten double-spaced pages with notes, references, tables, and figures on separate pages, and should follow the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). An abstract of no more than 200 words should accompany the manuscript.

    Occasionally, we will publish brief innovative Notes from the Field of 2-to-5 pages text length. In addition, we occasionally publish commentaries, letters to the editor, or brief reports which are, in general, no more than 6 pages in length.

    Since manuscripts are sent out anonymously for review, the authors' names and affiliations should appear only on a separate page, which is handled as a separate document in SAGE Track.

    More specifics on each type of contribution are described as follows:

    • Articles: Important empirical, review, or theoretical contributions; 20-40 text pages in length (5000-10,000 words; max. 200 word Abstract; no more than 3 tables or figures in general)
    • Book Reviews: May be published, if relevant to the breadth of work published in the journal. The length of journal reviews range between 250 and 500 words, and should briefly summarize the book contents, provide a recommendation regarding for whom the book is appropriate, and provide an overall evaluation of the quality of the text
    • Brief Reports: Replication studies or other contributions that are rigorous in design, but narrower in scope than work suitable for a regular article; approximately 6-8 text pages in length (1500-2000 words; max. 200-word Abstract; 1 table or figure)
    • Commentaries: Debate or critical commentary on an article that appeared in the Journal or in the media; approximately 6 total pages in length (1500 words; no Abstract; no tables or figures)
    • Letters to the Editor: Brief notes about an article that appeared in the Journal or about a recent health profession evaluation issue; approximately 2 total pages in length (500 words; no Abstract; no tables or figures)
    • Notes from the Field: Very novel contributions that are too limited in scope for a regular article, but still are rigorous in design and interpretation; approximately 2-5 total pages in length (500-1250 words; max. 200-word Abstract; 1 table or figure)

    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract (for regular articles, brief reports, and notes form the field), Main Body, References, and Tables and/or Figures (if applicable).

    1.3 Writing your paper
    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    EHP utilizes a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review in a few cases. Some authors also have decided to reveal their names to blind reviewers. However, our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed (i.e., double blind review)

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    EHP is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for the journal can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship
    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements
    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding
    EHP requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    It is the policy of EHP to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    2.7 Clinical trials
    EHP conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

    2.9. Research Data
    At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, The Journal encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    EHP and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      
    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    EHP offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting
    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material
    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files

    4.4 Reference style
    EHP adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services
    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    5. Submitting your manuscript
     

    EHP is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/eahp to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID
    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

    6.2 Online First publication
    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article
    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact with Kudos

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the EHP editorial office as follows:

    Steve Sussman, PhD, FAAHB, FAPA
    Email: ssussma@usc.edu

    7.1 Appealing the publication decision
    Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

    If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at publication_ethics@sagepub.com

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