AJHE Author Guidelines

Aims and Scope

The mission of the American Journal of Health Education (AJHE) is to publish research manuscripts that focus on Health Education and Health Promotion interventions designed to prevent or delay the onset of the major chronic diseases and illnesses that impact populations of interest today (CVD, cancer, diabetes, COPD, cirrhosis, Alzheimer’s/dementia, etc.). In addition, AJHE is actively seeking manuscripts that inform the discussion on the role of lifestyle behaviors (nutrition/diet, physical activity, weight management, tobacco use prevention, stress control, self-management of chronic disease, emotional and social functioning, alcohol and other drugs abuse , etc.) in chronic disease management. Manuscript reporting on research conducted in community, medical care, worksite and school/university settings are acceptable. AJHE is particularly interested in manuscripts that focus on interventions related to the primary prevention of chronic disease from a social ecological perspective that conceptualized the role of individual, interpersonal, institutional, community and policy factors on lifestyle behaviors.  AJHE may also publish manuscripts on other health related topics based on the timeliness and merit of the topic. Health Education and Health Promotion are applied disciplines. Therefore, each manuscript should provide a clear discussion of how the research links together researchers and practitioners through professional practice in a section titled Translation to Health Education Practice. For many research studies, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. Areas of Responsibility and Competencies will frame the Translation to Health Education Practice discussion.   (www.nchec.org)

Research Articles

AJHE invites manuscripts reporting original research and applications of social and behavioral theory related to the prevention or delayed onset major chronic diseases impacting populations of interest and the lifestyle behaviors that impact chronic disease. Data-based research manuscripts must include the following headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Translation to Health Education Practice. As a general rule, AJHE does not publish manuscripts on pedagogy, professional preparation, philosophical issues or pilot studies. Research manuscripts can be up to 25 double-spaced pages, not including abstract, tables, figures, illustrations and references. 


Commentaries are learned opinions that address contemporary chronic disease issues in Health Education research, theory, philosophy, or practice. They are ≤ 1,500 words in length, not including references.

Letters to the Editor

Letters are a maximum of 500 words, not including references. Letters referring to a recent AJHE journal article must be received within four weeks of publication. Send the letter electronically directly to the Editor (jmeddy@uncg.edu) ). Letters are reviewed by members of the Board of Associate Editors. Receipt of letters and publication decisions will be acknowledged electronically.

Manuscript Submissions

AJHE receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajhe. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, and facilitates the review process and internal communication between authors, editors, and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne technical support can be accessed at http://scholarone.com/services/support. If you have any other requests, please contact  Jim Eddy, Editor, at jmeddy@uncg.edu. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to SHAPE America. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of SHAPE America. All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten in Times New Roman font, size 12 and double spaced. Please number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the manuscript title suitable for the running head, not to exceed 50 character spaces. Research Articles require structured abstracts up to 200 words in length using the following headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Translation to Health Education Practice. Feature Articles require descriptive abstracts up to 200 words in length without headings.


References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the most recent edition of the AMA Publication Manual. Manuscripts that do not adhere to AMA style will be returned to the author.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality production and should follow these guidelines: 300 dpi or higher; sized to fit on journal page; EPS, TIFF, or JPEG format; and submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. Figures should be clearly labeled with a clear legend, taking into account necessary size reduction. Reference all tables and figures in text to indicate placement.


Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt.

Reprints and Issues

The corresponding author of each article will receive one complete copy of the issue in which the article appears. Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary electronic access to their final article.

Indexing and Abstracting Services

The American Journal of Health Education is currently covered by the following indexing and abstracting services:

  • CABI
  • Agricultural Economics Database
  • CAB Abstracts (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux)
  • Environmental Impact
  • Global Health
  • Leisure Tourism Database
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences Database
  • Rural Development Abstracts (Online)
  • Tropical Diseases Bulletin (Online)
  • EBSCOhost
  • Current Abstracts
  • Education Research Complete/Index
  • Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
  • SPORTDiscus with Full Text
  • TOC Premier (Table of Contents)
  • Elsevier BV
  • Scopus
  • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
  • Exceptional Child Education Resources (Online)
  • Gale
  • Academic ASAP
  • Academic OneFile
  • Educator’s Reference Complete
  • Health Reference Center Academic
  • InfoTrac Custom
  • Nursing Resource Center
  • National Library of Medicine