Health Economics

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Edited By: Andrew Jones, John Mullahy, Andrew Briggs and Sally Stearns

Impact Factor: 2.301

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 19/77 (Health Policy & Services); 34/90 (Health Care Sciences & Services); 52/347 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1099-1050

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

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The Journal publishes articles on all aspects of health economics: theoretical contributions, empirical studies and analyses of health policy from the economic perspective. Its scope includes the determinants of health and its definition and valuation, as well as the demand for and supply of health care; planning and market mechanisms; micro-economic evaluation of individual procedures and treatments; and evaluation of the performance of health care systems.

Contributions should typically be original and innovative. As a rule, the Journal does not include routine applications of cost-effectiveness analysis, discrete choice experiments and costing analyses. 


Health Economics invites the following types of submission:

Research articles

Research articles are the Journal’s primary mode of communication. Research articles should not exceed 5000 words of body text. Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum.

Health Economics Letters

The Journal encourages the submission of concise reports which are published as Health Economics Letters. These should not exceed 2000 words of body text. A summary is required. All Letters are peer-reviewed.

Letters have been part of Health Economics since 1996 and have become a very successful and useful outlet for shorter papers. All areas of health economics are considered, including theory or methodological papers. All papers should make a new and rigorous contribution to health economics. Letters appear in print as part of Health Economics, with the associated indexing and full impact factor.


Summaries of pertinent issues, commentaries on recently published papers, or freestanding pieces expressing an opinion—are typically invited. Authors who wish to submit an unsolicited Editorial should first contact one of the Editors to determine its suitability for publication in the Journal. Editorials should not exceed 1500 words of body text.


All submissions should be made online at the Health Economics ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) site - New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre.

Authors must only supply to the Editorial office:

  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with original signature(s) - without these we are unable to accept the submission, and
  • permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from online or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form


Mrs Frances Sharp, The Editorial Office, University of York, Centre for Health Economics, York, YO10 5DD, UK; Email: ; Fax: +44 1904 321402.


Manuscripts must be written in English

Text should be supplied in a word processed format such as Microsoft Word for Windows. LaTeX files may be submitted provided that a pdf file is provided in addition to the source file. Charts and tables are considered textual and should be supplied in the same format. Figures (illustrations, diagrams, photographs) should be supplied in gif, jpeg, tif or eps format.

All manuscripts must be typed in 12 pt font with lines double spaced and margins of at least 2.5 cm.

Abbreviations must be defined when first used, both in the abstract and in the main text.

Manuscripts must be as succinct as possible. Repetition of information or data in different sections of the manuscript must be carefully avoided. Text must comply with the word limits defined in Section 2, and, where appropriate, include:

Title Page

The first page of all manuscripts (including correspondence) should contain the following information:

  • the title of the paper
  • a running head not exceeding 50 characters
  • 2–6 article keywords
  • manuscript word, table and figure count
  • names of authors
  • names of the institutions at which the research was conducted
  • name, address, telephone and fax number, and email address of corresponding author
  • a statement of all funding sources that supported the work
  • any conflict of interest disclosures (see Section 5).


Abstracts (maximum 200 words) are required for all articles. Abstracts should contain no citations to previously published work.


This should in general, but not necessarily, be divided into numbered sections with the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Legends and Figures.

Headings should be numbered consecutively, e.g., 1. INTRODUCTION; 2. METHODS; 2.1 Literature search; 2.2 Study selection; 3. RESULTS

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be inserted in the appropriate place in the text but should be included at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page.

Tables and figures should be referred to in text as follows: Figure 1, Figures 2–4; Table I, Table II. The place at which a table or figure is to be inserted in the printed text should be indicated clearly on a manuscript. Each table and/or figure must have a legend that explains its purpose without reference to the text.

Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce previously published figures or tables.


References should be in 'APA (American Psychological Association) Reference Style' , i.e., names and dates in brackets in the text (Palmer & Roy, 2008; Sharp, Aarons, Wittenberg, & Gittens, 2007), and the full reference listed at the end of the paper, in alphabetical order by first author, as follows:

Fawcett, T. (2006). An introduction to ROC analysis. Pattern Recognition Letters, 27(8), 861–874.

Ramus, F., Rosen, S., Dakin, S. C. Day, B. L., Castellote, J. M., White, S., & Frith, U. (2003). Theories of developmental dyslexia: Insights from a multiple case study of dyslexic adults. Brain, 126(4), 841–865.

Beck, I. (1989). Reading today and tomorrow: Teachers edition for grades 1 and 2. Austin, TX: Holt and Co.

Borstrøm, I., & Elbro, C. (1997). Prevention of dyslexia in kindergarten: Effects of phoneme awareness training with children of dyslexic parents. In C. Hulme & M. Snowling (Eds.), Dyslexia: Biology, cognition and intervention (pp. 235–253). London, UK: Whurr.

Negative Findings

Please see the Health Economics policy on negative findings.


Original Publication

Submission of a manuscript will be held to imply that it contains original unpublished work and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. The author must supply 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.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships between themselves and others that might be perceived by others as biasing their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist.


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) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institution's or a national research council's guide for, or any national law on, the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. A statement describing explicitly the ethical background to the studies being reported should be included in all manuscripts in the Materials and Methods section. Ethics committee or institutional review board approval should be stated.

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential but patient data should never be altered or falsified in an attempt to attain anonymity. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity.


All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. One or more authors should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article. Authorship credit should be based only on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; 3) final approval of the version to be published. Conditions 1, 2 and 3 must all be met. Acquisition of funding, the collection of data or general supervision of the research group, by themselves, do not justify authorship. All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgements section.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), adherence to these submission criteria is considered essential for publication in Health Economics ; mandatory fields are included in the online submission process to ensure this. If, at a later stage in the submission process or even after publication, a manuscript or authors are found to have disregarded these criteria, it is the duty of the Editor to report this to COPE. COPE may recommend that action be taken, including but not exclusive to, informing the authors' professional regulatory body and/or institution of such a dereliction.

The website for COPE may be accessed at:



Proofs of accepted articles will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue.

Cost of Color

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Early View

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For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Supporter Journal

This journal works together with Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Health Science Reports to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors may be offered the option of having the paper, along with any related peer reviews, automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Health Science Reports. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editor of Health Science Reports will accept submissions that report well-conducted research that reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Health Science Reports is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to

Note to NIH grantees

Pursuant to NIH mandate, Wiley Blackwell will post the accepted version of contributions authored by NIH grant-holders to PubMedCentral upon acceptance. This accepted version will be made publicy available 12 months after publication. For further information, click here

Best Paper Award

On a biennial basis, Health Economics provides a prize of $2,000 for the best paper published in the two preceding volumes. For further information, click here