British Journal of Health Psychology

Cover image for Vol. 22 Issue 1

Edited By: Alison Wearden and David French

Impact Factor: 2.895

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 21/122 (Psychology Clinical)

Online ISSN: 2044-8287

Author Guidelines

The aim of the British Journal of Health Psychology is to provide a forum for high quality research relating to health and illness. The scope of the journal includes all areas of health psychology as outlined in the Journal Overview.

The types of paper invited are:

• papers reporting original empirical investigations, using either quantitative or qualitative methods, including reports of interventions in clinical and non-clinical populations;

• theoretical papers which report analyses on established theories in health psychology;

• we particularly welcome review papers, which should aim to provide systematic overviews, evaluations and interpretations of research in a given field of health psychology; and

• methodological papers dealing with methodological issues of particular relevance to health psychology.

Authors who are interested in submitting papers that do not fit into these categories are advised to contact the editors who would be very happy to discuss the potential submission.

All papers published in The British Journal of Health Psychology are eligible for Panel A: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

1. Circulation

The circulation of the Journal is worldwide. Papers are invited and encouraged from authors throughout the world.

2. Length

Papers describing quantitative research (including reviews with quantitative analyses) should be no more than 5000 words (excluding the abstract, reference list, tables and figures). Papers describing qualitative research (including reviews with qualitative analyses) should be no more than 6000 words (including quotes but excluding the abstract, tables, figures and references). The Editors retain discretion to publish papers beyond this length in cases where the clear and concise expression of the scientific content requires greater length.

3. Editorial policy

The Journal receives a large volume of papers to review each year, and in order to make the process as efficient as possible for authors and editors alike, all papers are initially examined by the Editors to ascertain whether the article is suitable for full peer review. In order to qualify for full review, papers must meet the following criteria:

• the content of the paper falls within the scope of the Journal

• the methods and/or sample size are appropriate for the questions being addressed

• research with student populations is appropriately justified

• the word count is within the stated limit for the Journal (i.e. 5000 words, or 6,000 words for qualitative papers)

4. Submission and reviewing

All manuscripts must be submitted via Editorial Manager. The Journal operates a policy of anonymous (double blind) peer review. We also operate a triage process in which submissions that are out of scope or otherwise inappropriate will be rejected by the editors without external peer review to avoid unnecessary delays. Before submitting, please read the terms and conditions of submission and the declaration of competing interests. You may also like to use the Submission Checklist to help your prepare your paper.

5. Manuscript requirements

• Contributions must be typed in double spacing with wide margins. All sheets must be numbered.

• Manuscripts should be preceded by a title page which includes a full list of authors and their affiliations, as well as the corresponding author's contact details. You may like to use this template. When entering the author names into Editorial Manager, the corresponding author will be asked to provide a CRediT contributor role to classify the role that each author played in creating the manuscript. Please see the Project CRediT website for a list of roles.

• For articles containing original scientific research, a structured abstract of up to 250 words should be included with the headings: Objectives, Design, Methods, Results, Conclusions. Review articles should use these headings: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusions. As the abstract is often the most widely visible part of your paper, it is important that it conveys succinctly all the most important features of your study. You can save words by writing short, direct sentences. Helpful hints about writing the conclusions to abstracts can be found here.

• Statement of Contribution: All authors are required to provide a clear summary of ‘what is already known on this subject?’ and ‘what does this study add?’. Authors should identify existing research knowledge relating to the specific research question and give a summary of the new knowledge added by your study. Under each of these headings, please provide 2-3 (maximum) clear outcome statements (not process statements of what the paper does); the statements for 'what does this study add?' should be presented as bullet points of no more than 100 characters each. The Statement of Contribution should be a separate file.

• Conflict of interest statement: We are now including a brief conflict of interest statement at the end of each accepted manuscript. You will be asked to provide information to generate this statement during the submission process.

• The main document must be anonymous. Please do not mention the authors’ names or affiliations (including in the Method section) and always refer to any previous work in the third person.

• Tables should be typed in double spacing, each on a separate page with a self-explanatory title. Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text. They should be placed at the end of the manuscript but they must be mentioned in the text.

• Figures can be included at the end of the document or attached as separate files, carefully labelled in initial capital/lower case lettering with symbols in a form consistent with text use. Unnecessary background patterns, lines and shading should be avoided. Captions should be listed on a separate sheet. The resolution of digital images must be at least 300 dpi. All figures must be mentioned in the text.

• For reference citations, please use APA style. Particular care should be taken to ensure that references are accurate and complete. Give all journal titles in full and provide doi numbers where possible for journal articles. For example:

Author, A., Author, B., & Author, C. (1995). Title of book. City, Country: Publisher.
Author, A. (2013). Title of journal article. Name of journal, 1, 1-16. doi: 10.1111/bjep.12031

• SI units must be used for all measurements, rounded off to practical values if appropriate, with the imperial equivalent in parentheses.

• In normal circumstances, effect size should be incorporated.

• Authors are requested to avoid the use of sexist language.

• Authors are responsible for acquiring written permission to publish lengthy quotations, illustrations, etc. for which they do not own copyright. For guidelines on editorial style, please consult the APA Publication Manual published by the American Psychological Association.

• Manuscripts describing clinical trials are encouraged to submit in accordance with the CONSORT statement on reporting randomised controlled trials.

• Manuscripts reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses are encouraged to submit in accordance with the PRISMA statement.

• Manuscripts reporting interventions are encouraged to describe them in accordance with the TIDieR checklist.

If you need more information about submitting your manuscript for publication, please email Hannah Wakley, Managing Editor ( or phone +44 (0) 116 252 9504.

6. Supporting information

We strongly encourage submission of protocol papers or trial registration documents, where these are in the public domain, to allow reviewers to assess deviations from these protocols. This will result in reviewers being unblinded to author identity.

Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include appendices, additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. Please indicate clearly on submission which material is for online only publication. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit the Supporting Information page on Author Services.

7. OnlineOpen

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. A full list of terms and conditions is available on Wiley Online Library.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an 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.

8. Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. You can then access Kudos through Author Services, which will help you to increase the impact of your research. Visit Author Services for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

9. Copyright and licences

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 licence 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 .

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

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

- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence (CC-BY-NC)
- Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs Licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs and you may also like to visit the Wiley Open Access Copyright and Licence page.

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

10. Colour illustrations

Colour illustrations can be accepted for publication online. These would be reproduced in greyscale in the print version. If authors would like these figures to be reproduced in colour in print at their expense they should request this by completing a Colour Work Agreement form upon acceptance of the paper.

11. Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found in Author Services. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

12. The Later Stages

The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from Adobe's web site. This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and annotated direct in the PDF. Corrections can also be supplied by hard copy if preferred. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

13. Early View

British Journal of Health Psychology is covered by the Early View service on Wiley Online Library. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so they cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are cited using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) with no volume and issue or pagination information. Eg Jones, A.B. (2010). Human rights Issues. Journal of Human Rights. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9299.2010.00300.x

Further information about the process of peer review and production can be found in this document. What happens to my paper? Appeals are handled according to the procedure recommended by COPE.