Health Education Journal

Health Education Journal

2014 Impact Factor: 0.821
2014 Ranking: 100/224 in Education & Educational Research | 112/145 in Public, Environmental & Occupational Health (SSCI)
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor in Chief
Peter J Aggleton UNSW Australia, Australia

eISSN: 17488176| ISSN: 00178969|Current volume: 74|Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Health Education Journal is a leading peer-reviewed journal established in 1943.

The journal publishes high quality, peer-reviewed papers on health education and health promotion as well as occasional book reviews. Published six times a year, Health Education Journal is keen to receive original papers on health education and health promotion methodology, research, policy development, and practice – particularly from an international perspective.

Recent topics include: stress management and prevention; mental health education; drug and alcohol use; physical activity and healthy eating; health literacy and health coaching; healthy schools; health promotion in the workplace; childhood immunisation; E-health education; smoking cessation; safe schools; sexual harassment; and education for oral health.

Special issues of the journal allow a focus on particular health education issue or concern.

Reflecting its broad, multi-disciplinary and inclusive stance, Health Education Journal is abstracted and indexed in: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), Australian Education Index, British Nursing Index, CAB International, Contents Pages in Education, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Current Contents / Social and Behavioral Sciences, Educational Research Abstracts Online, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, EMCare, International Bibliography of the Social Science, Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, ProQuest Information & Learning, PsycINFO, SciVal, Scopus, Social Sciences Citation Index and Social SciSearch

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

Health Education Journal is a leading peer-reviewed journal established in 1943.

The journal publishes peer-reviewed authoritative papers on health promotion and health education and incudes book reviews and health event listings. Published 6 times a year, Health Education Journal carries original papers on health promotion and health education research, policy development and good practice.

Recent topics include HIV/AIDS, drugs, stress management & prevention, health coaching, cognitive-motivational variables, health promotion in small workplaces, health behaviours, food projects, healthier eating, infant feeding, immunising children in Primary Care, colorectal cancer risk, telephone based health education, smoking cessation, Health Action Zones, safe schools and sexual harassment, child sexual abuse, physical activity, melanoma, and facial pain. In most volumes we publish a special issue on a particular topic.

Associate Editors
Deevia Bhana University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Patti-Jean Naylor University of Victoria, Canada
Kim Raine University of Alberta, Canada
Louise Warwick-Booth Leeds Beckett University, UK
Editorial Board
Anthony Blinkhorn The University of Sydney, Australia
Robert Block The University of Rochester, USA
Eric Buhi San Diego State University, USA
Hugo Crombie National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK
Bhimsen Devkota Tribhuvan University of Nepal, Nepal
Becky Freeman The University of Sydney, Australia
Ruth Freeman University of Dundee, UK
Caroline Fusco University of Toronto, Canada
Owen Metcalfe Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Elias Mpofu University of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia)
Caroline Mulvihill National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK
Kathleen Quinlivan University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Morten Skovdal Save the Children, UK
Will Small Simon Fraser University, Canada
Carla Treloar UNSW Australia, Australia
Wayne Tony Usher Griffith University, Australia
Patricia Vertinsky University of British Columbia, Canada
Ian Warwick UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK
  • Australian Education Index
  • British Nursing Index
  • Contents Pages in Education
  • Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature CINAHL
  • Current Contents / Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • EMCare
  • Educational Research Abstracts Online
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • Journal Citation Reports Social Sciences
  • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • ProQuest Information & Learning
  • SciVal
  • Scopus
  • Social SciSearch
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
    1. Peer review policy
      1.1 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.2 Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      4.3 Plagiarism
      4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
      6.1 Informed Concent
      6.2 Ethics
      6.3 Data
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Health Education Journal publishes peer reviewed material on health promotion and health education research, policy development and good practice.


    1. Peer review policy

    Health Education Journal operates 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 but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 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

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

    1.1 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    2. Article types

    Health Education Journal publishes research papers and discussion papers on high quality health education and health promotion research, policy development and practice. It also includes book reviews

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may not be entered into the review process.

    Health Education Journal is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit  to login and submit your paper online.

    If you are a new user, you will first need to create a user account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper informally prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    4. Publishing policies

    4.1 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.  

    4.2 Journal 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Plagiarism

    Health Education Journal 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    Health Education Journal 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.


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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Health Education Journal does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    When relevant, please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading 'Declaration of Conflicting Interests'.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    Please acknowledge the name(s) of any medical writers who contributed to your article. With multiple authors, please indicate whether contributions were equal, or indicate who contributed what to the article.

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    6. Other conventions

    6.1 Informed consent
    Submitted manuscripts should be arranged according to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals". The full document is available at  When submitting a paper, the author should always make a full statement to the Editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work.

    Ethical considerations: All research on human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate research body in accordance with national requirements and must conform to the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki (http:/ as well as to the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects and the International Guidelines for Ethical Review for Epidemiological Studies (http:/ An appropriate statement about ethical considerations, if applicable, should be included in the methods section of the paper.

    6.2 Ethics
    When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional), or with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material.

    6.3 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Health Education Journal requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Health Education Journal additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC/DOCX and RTF.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Health Education Journal conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    Please note the following points in particular:

    • Ensure the correct tense is used. The most common error is slippage between past and present tenses (papers should adopt the past tense), and there is often a misuse of the simple past tense when the in fact the past perfect is needed.
    • Do not use contractions (e.g. didn’t, don’t) à did not, do not, instead.
    • Do not use the word ‘male’ as a noun (e.g. as in 100 males participated in the study). Male is an adjective (à 100 men instead).
    • Remember, USA is the noun and US is the adjective.  Do not use United States if you mean the USA (there is the United States of Mexico, as well as the USA).
    • Minimise the use of acronyms and contractions (e.g. MSM, SWs) à men who have sex with men, sex workers, instead.
    • Ensure the authors’ first and second names are in the correct order.
    • Do not use pronominal terms such as Professor, Dr, Mr, Ms, etc with authors’ names, corresponding authors’ details, and acknowledgements.
    • There should be no mention of degrees (e.g. BA, MSC, PhD) alongside authors’ details or in acknowledgements.
    • All journal titles should be quoted in full.

    9.3 Reference Style

    Health Education Journal adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation

    Papers should be no longer than 6,000 words, including all references and footnotes. Authors should keep tables and illustrations to an absolute minimum, and may be asked to remove those which the Editor-in-Chief finds excessive.

    9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Research papers should have an abstract which makes clear the study’s objectives, design, setting, method, results, conclusion. For discussion papers; the author/s should give an summary of what the paper attempts to do, together with its overall findings.  Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Up to 5 keywords should be included.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, institutional address (including Department and University/Institution). Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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

    9.4.4 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts should consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.  The journal itself is unable to undertake the editing of manuscripts for English language and authors may be asked to arrange for a careful edit of their work by an experienced English language editor prior to final acceptance. 

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication ( We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Health Education Journal with SAGE. 

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Authors should direct queries to the editor, Professor Peter Aggleton, at

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