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Author Guidelines

Submitting A Manuscript

Terms of submission

YEHP considers original papers that have not been previously published. Submission to YEHP implies that this is the case and that the submitted manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

During the submission process, authors are asked to declare that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors. Submission also implies that authors agree to abide by YEHP's publishing ethics, including the declaration of any competing interests to the journal on submission of a manuscript.

Authors should clearly highlight the key finding(s) of the paper and explain its significance and interest to the field of youth-led health promotion in their cover letter.

Online submission

Please format your manuscript in accordance with our manuscript preparation guidelines.

For new submissions, we recommend that you submit your paper as a single Microsoft Word file that contains all the necessary text, figures and tables. However, if your manuscript contains figures that you wish reviewers to view at high resolution, please submit individual text and figure files (see our  figure preparation guidelines for more information). Our submission system converts submitted files into a PDF file for the review process, which the corresponding author must proof.

For revised submissions and accepted manuscripts, you are required to provide all source text and figure files. Please note that revised manuscripts will be treated as a new submission if they are not submitted within 3 months of the date of the initial decision.

For more information on suitable file formats, please see our manuscript preparation and figure preparation guidelines.

For more information on the types of articles that can be submitted to JYHP, please review our article types page.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Preparation of manuscripts for submission

Authors should read YEHP's publishing ethics before preparing their manuscripts.

YEHP requires authors to submit their articles online.

For new submissions, we recommend that you submit your paper as a single PMicrosoft Word file that contains all the necessary text, figures and tables. However, if your manuscript contains figures that you wish reviewers to view at high resolution, please submit individual text and figure files (see our figure preparation guidelines for more information).

For revised submissions and accepted manuscripts, you are required to provide all source text and figure files. Please note that revised manuscripts will be treated as a new submission if they are not submitted within 3 months of the date of the initial decision.

File formats

For manuscript text and tables, our preferred file format is Microsoft Word. Please include tables as part of the manuscript file.

General information

(1) Prepare manuscripts in English.
(2) Supply at least three keywords for indexing.
(3) Prepare tables in 'cell' format and include in the same file as the main text.
(4) Do not insert any figures into the manuscript document.
(5) Do not use picture boxes in text to create special characters.
(6) Fonts: use Times for normal characters and Symbol for Greek characters.
(7) Please provide a list of abbreviations used.
(8) Please provide information on all financial and material support, if any, of your research (including grant funding) in a separate section entitled Funding.

To be acceptable, papers must be clearly written and provide significant new data, new theoretical insights or new practical applications of youth-led health promotion.

Manuscript length

The following table shows the maximum word count of the main text (excluding title page, summary/abstract, references and figure captions) for different article types.

Article type

Maximum word count

Research/Applied Research/Case Study


Short Communications






Experiential Paper


Article Descriptors

Research/Applied Research/Case Study ArticlesArticles exceeding the maximum word count will be returned to authors upon submission unless sufficient justification for the increased manuscript length has been included in the cover letter.

Authors should present original research findings and the applications to practice. They should clearly articulate the research purpose(s) and/or questions, background, research methods (design, sample, instrumentation, procedures, and analyses), results, and conclusions. Authors are expected to present material in a style that highlights applications for youth health promotion practice. For community-based applied research authors are asked to highlight the program design, implementation and evaluation results along with implications and applications for youth health promotion.

Short Communications

Short Communications are short (max. 2500 words + 2 display items), peer-reviewed articles focusing on a high-quality, self-contained piece of original research and/or the proposal of a new theory, framework/model or concept based on existing research. They should not be preliminary reports or contain purely incremental data and should be of significance and broad interest to the field of youth health promotion.


Commentaries are non-exhaustive review-type articles that are aimed at non-specialist readers with the aim of informing and inspiring those with a limited background in a subject. Commentaries can also be a venue for new and challenging ideas. Commentaries are between 1500 and 4500 words long, with no more than 50 references.

Unconventional and possibly controversial ideas can be accepted in Commentaries when clearly labelled as such by the authors.


Reviews in YEHP are predominantly commissioned articles that aim to provide a timely, insightful and accessible overview of a particular aspect of youth-led health promotion. Longer reviews of ~5000 words provide a broad overview of a subject, by bringing together data from different areas, while shorter ones of ~3500-4500 words can be more focused on a particular topic.

Although authors are free to express their opinions in a review, they are asked to provide counterbalancing viewpoints where appropriate and to ensure that opinion and fact are clearly distinguishable.

Experiential Papers (Youth Authors)

Experiential papers provide significant personal insights around the area of youth-led health promotion. Experiential papers should outline the role the youth author played as a member of a youth-led health promoting group and/or the overall program they participated in. These articles should highlight the author’s personal experiences, their thoughts on the impact of youth-led health promotion, challenges and success they faced and outline the potential for future practical applications for similar youth-led health promotion activities based on their experiences.


Provide a brief abstract of no more than 250 words (for Research/Applied Research/Case Study or Review Articles) or 150 words (for Short Communications, Commentaries or experiential papers). Do not include references.

Preparing the text

(1) Use 1.5 line spacing for all text and include line numbers.
(2) Use size 12 font or larger.
(3) Abbreviations should be defined the first time they are used in text – uppercase should be typed without stops (USA, UK); lowercase with stops (u.v.)
(4) Cite each figure and table in the text in numerical order.
(5) Use Fig. 6A,B or Figs 8, 9.
(6) In figure legends, the first sentence should summarize the figure and should be in bold.


Prepare following normal journal style.

All figures, tables and equations should be numbered separately from the main text as Fig. A1, Table A1, etc.


References in text

Each reference cited in the text must be listed in the References and vice versa: please check these carefully.

Literature citations in text are as follows.
(1) One author – (Cox, 1995) or (Cox, 1995; Smith, 1996).
(2) Two authors – (Delaney and Winn, 1994) or (Delaney and Winn, 1994; Smith, 1996).
(3) More than two authors – (Jones et al., 1995) or (Jones et al., 1995a; Jones et al., 1995b; Smith et al., 1994; Smith et al., 1995).
(4) Avoid any additional text within the brackets; this format is necessary for on-line literature searches.
(5) Manuscripts accepted for publication but not yet published – list in References as (in press).
(6) Citation of unpublished work:
(a) Your own unpublished observations and results submitted for publication should be cited in text only and not in the reference list. Use the format (J. L. Cox, unpublished).
(b) Personal communications, i.e. the unpublished observations of other scientists, will only be published when substantiated by written permission.

Reference list

(1) References are listed in alphabetical order according to surname and initials of first author. Within a group of papers with the same first author, list single author papers first, then papers with two authors, then et al. papers. If more than one reference exists for each type, arrange in date order. Use a and b for papers published in the same year.
(2) 'In press' citations must have been accepted for publication and the name of the journal or publisher included.
(3) Initials should follow all surnames in the list of authors; insert a full stop and space after each initial and parentheses round the date followed by a full stop. Use bold for authors' names.
(4) Use the following style:

Jones, M. W., Winn, K., Cox, R. S. and Delaney, P. C. (1995). Practical Applications of Youth-led Health Promotion. Health Promotion International. 108, 3661-3670.

Morrow, K. S. and Lynch, M. J. (1992). Health Promoting Behaviours. In Theories of Health Promotion (ed. D. W. Longan and G. Gees), pp. 447-473. New York: Raven Press Ltd.

If there are more than 10 authors, use 'et al.' after the 10th author.


Details of all funding sources should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear immediately after the Acknowledgments section. Please provide the full official funding agency name, i.e. 'National Institutes of Health', not 'NIH'. Grant numbers should be given in square brackets as follows: [grant number xxxx]. Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]. Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus 'and' before the last funding agency). Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding, please add 'to initials' after the relevant agency or grant number. e.g. This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to R.C., BB987654 to A.S.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr55889977].

It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to provide the relevant grant information from All authors.

Where no specific funding has been provided for the research, please use the following sentence: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

Author contributions

An author is someone who has made significant and substantial contributions to a paper. This should include conception, design, execution and interpretation of the findings being published, and drafting and revising the article. Papers must be submitted with the agreement of all authors, and all authors should give final approval of the version to be published.

Those who have made other contributions to the work, such as by providing material support or assisting with the writing, should be listed in the Acknowledgements and their role or involvement outlined.

For Research/Applied Research /Case Study articles and Short Communications, YEHP requires that authors include a statement in the manuscript that specifies the contribution of every author. Such statements can designate those authors who developed the concepts or approach, data collection and/or analysis, and prepared or edited the manuscript prior to submission.

Author competing interests

For all article types except commentaries/experiential papers, YEHP requires that authors include a statement in the manuscript that declares any competing interests (as defined in our publishing ethics).


Papers should specify the ethical considerations undertaken in conducting research. The governing body who granted ethical permission should be clearly stated in the submission. Informed consent, participant information sheets and all other ethical considerations undertaken should be outlined. Ethical considerations are only a requirement in research/applied research manuscript submissions.


Responsibility for (1) the accuracy of statements of fact, (2) the authenticity of scientific findings or observations, (3) expressions of scientific or other opinion and (4) any other material published in the journal rests solely with the author(s) of the article in which such statements, etc., appear. No responsibility for such matters is assumed by the journal or its owners, publishers, reviewers or staff.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Rights and Permissions

Author Rights

(these rights are retained when publishing an Open Access article)

Authors remain the owners of the copyright to the article and retain the following non-exclusive rights (for further details, please refer to the license agreement that accompanies article proofs):

(1) authors may reproduce the article, in whole or in part, in any printed book (including a thesis) of which they are author, provided the original article is properly and fully attributed;

(2) authors and any academic institution where they are employed may reproduce the article, in whole or in part, for the purpose of teaching students;

(3) authors may post a copy of the article on their website, provided that it has already been published by the Journal and is linked to the Journal's website;

(4) authors may use data contained in the article in other works they create. 

Disclaimer: Responsibility for (1) the accuracy of statements of fact; (2) the authenticity of scientific findings or observations; (3) expressions of scientific or other opinion; (4) any other material published in the journal rests solely with the author(s) of the article in which such statements, etc., appear. No responsibility for such matters is assumed by the journal, its owners, publishers, referees or staff.

Reader and Librarian Rights

Readers and librarians are free to make copies of articles without seeking specific permission in the following circumstances, providing they are for free distribution and are not sold:

(1) for private study, copying must be done by the individual who wishes to use the article, or an employee at the institution to which s/he belongs, without any charge beyond the cost of the copying;

(2) in the case of production of multiple copies, these must be used for bona fide teaching purposes, and copying must be done by a member of staff of the university, school or comparable institution, without any charge beyond the cost of the copying.

Open Access Rights and Permissions within our Subscription Journal Model

Articles published will be made freely available online via the Journal’s website immediately following publication and can be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence (the terms of which are set out at Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but undertake to allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles, including for commercial purposes, provided that:

(1) the original authorship is properly and fully attributed and the journal is attributed as the original place of publication with correct citation details given;

(2) if an original work is subsequently reproduced or disseminated not in its entirety but only in part or as a derivative work this is clearly indicated.

No permission is required from the authors or the publishers under the CC-BY licence.

Copyright and Reproduction

Articles in journals are published under an exclusive, worldwide license granted to the publisher by the authors, who retain copyright. For full details of Open Access article use, see Open Access rights and permissions above.

Permission to use Material from Other Publications in YEHP

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to use material (e.g. figures) from another publication in any article submitted to our journal and to ensure that any such use is credited to the source. Written permission from the author and/or publisher of the original material, as appropriate, should be provided at the time of submission, otherwise publication may be delayed. If you have modified a figure from a previously published figure, please check with the copyright owners to see whether permission is required and include a complete citation/reference for the original article.


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