The International Journal of Health Planning and Management

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Edited By: Professor Calum Paton

Impact Factor: 0.934

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 61/71 (Health Policy & Services)

Online ISSN: 1099-1751

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submission

The International Journal of Health Planning and Management operates an online submission and peer review system that allows authors to submit articles online and track their progress via a web interface. Please read the remainder of these instructions to authors and then click to navigate to The International Journal of Health Planning and Management online submission site.

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.

All papers must be submitted online.

File types

Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are .doc, .rtf, .ppt, .xls. Figures may be provided in .tiff or .eps format.

New manuscripts

Upload your manuscript files. At this stage, further source files do not need to be uploaded.

Revised manuscripts

Editable source files must be uploaded at this stage. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.


Authors must comply in full with the journal's Ethical Policy.

Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

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:

Manuscript style

The language of the journal is English. Please use twelve-point type in one of the standard fonts: Times, Helvetica, or Courier is preferred. It is not necessary to double-line space your manuscript. Tables must be on separate pages after the reference list, and not be incorporated into the main text. Figures should be uploaded as separate figure files.

·          During the submission process you must enter the full title, short title of up to 70 characters and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs (the 'corresponding author').

·          Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) .

·          Enter an abstract of up to 250 words for all articles. An abstract is a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions, and it should be understandable is without reference to the rest of the paper. It should contain no citation to other published work.

·          Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes.

The journal accepts a number of types of manuscript for publication: Articles, 'Perspectives' (see Editorial, Vol 22 No 2), Invited Responses, Invited Reviews, and Book Reviews. The maximum word count is 7,500 for Research/Conventional articles, and maximum of 3,500 for 'Commentaries'/Policy articles. Please note these are maximum word count limits and we encourage authors to be succinct.

Reference style

References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically. All references must be complete and accurate and must use Index Medicus journal abbreviations for links to MEDLINE. To check for correct abbreviations Where a paper is published online only, the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should also include date of access. If necessary, cite unpublished or personal work in the text but do not include it in the reference list. References should be listed in the following style:

Black D. 1997. Introduction to medicine. Basil Blackwell: Oxford, 1-10.

Lust JA. 1988. The impact of benefit availability on employee benefit satisfaction. In Proceedings of the Southern Management Association Meetings, Ray D (ed); University of Georgia, College of Business: Atlanta, GA.

Gaal P, McKee M. 2004. Informal payment for health care and the theory of 'INXIT'. Int J Health Plann Manage 19: 163-178. DOI: 10.1002/hpm.751


Upload each figure as a separate file in either .tiff or .eps format, with the figure number and the top of the figure indicated. Compound figures e.g. 1a, b, c should be uploaded as one figure. Tints are not acceptable. Lettering must be of a reasonable size - i.e., a size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Where a key to symbols is required, please include this in the artwork itself, not in the figure legend.

All illustrations must be supplied at the correct resolution:

·          Black and white and colour photos: 300 dpi

·          Graphs, drawings, etc: 800 dpi preferred; 600 dpi minimum

·          Combinations of photos and drawings (black and white and colour): 500 dpi

Please see for further instructions on figure submissions.

Tables should be part of the main document and should be placed after the references. If the table is created in Microsoft Excel, the file should be uploaded separately.

Colour Policy

Where colour is necessary to the understanding of the figures, colour illustrations will be reproduced in the journal without charge to the author. This will be at the Editor's discretion.

Archiving Policy

Unless specifically requested at submission, the publisher will dispose of all material submitted 12 months post publication and the Editorial office will dispose of all published or rejected material 12 months post submission.

Post Acceptance

Further Information

For accepted manuscripts the publisher will supply proofs to the submitting author prior to publication. 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. Twenty-five complimentary offprints will be provided to the author who checked the proofs, unless otherwise indicated. Further offprints and copies of the journal may be ordered.

Authors Resources

Manuscript now accepted for publication? If so, check out our suite f tools and services at  and sign up for:

·          Article Tracking

·          E-mail Publication Alerts

·          Personalization Tools

Citing 'EarlyView' Articles

To link to an article from the author’s homepage, take the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and append it to "" as per following example:

DOI 10.1002/hep.20941, becomes

To include the DOI in a citation to an article, simply append it to the reference as in the following example:

Oestreicher, N., The cost of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early-stage breast carcinoma, Cancer; 10 (1): 2054 - 2062, DOI: 10.1002/cncr.21464.

News and Diary

News and Diary on forthcoming meetings, publications, legislation and new products are invited and should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief.

NIH Public Access Mandate and other funding body requirements of accepted papers

For those interested in the Wiley-Blackwell policy on the NIH Public Access Mandate, please visit our policy statement. Please read our frequently asked questions on this topic which can be found in our Author Services website at

Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform the Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Note to NIH Grantees

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