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Submission Procedures

Prepare all manuscripts according to the guidelines below. Please direct all additional questions or information to [email protected]

  • All manuscripts should be submitted using the form below. Manuscripts that do not adhere to our standards will not be reviewed.

Publication Eligibility

  • For each manuscript, at least one of the authors needs to be an undergraduate, medical, or graduate student at a nationally accredited institution. Work completed as a student, even if the author has graduated, is acceptable.
  • The submitted manuscript has not been published nor will be published in another publication at the undergraduate, graduate or professional level.
  • The manuscript must be the authors’ own original work, and the authors are the sole authors of the manuscript.
  • The primary author is willing and able to work with JGH editors in revising the submission if it selected as a likely candidate for publication.

Submission Types

  • Original Academic Research Papers – Research-based works addressing a specific area of global health
  • Perspectives – Opinion pieces that analyze or discuss a recent issue or development in global health
  • Field notes – Journal-style pieces, with a more personal voice, based on direct work in the field

Preparation of Manuscripts

Title Page

  • Include full name, institution, degree(s), and emails of each author.
  • Include succinct, but descriptive title

*Do not include author names on any other page except for the title page


  • Submit manuscripts in double-spaced, size 12, Times New Roman font in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx only).
  • Submissions should not exceed 20 pages.

Some general grammar rules

  • If there is a local place and a more general place, e.g. a province and country, or a town and state, etc., there should be commas before and after the more general place.
    1. I traveled to ten villages in Andhra Pradesh, India, with a team of CARE Byrraju employees.
    2. I live in New York, NY, and attend Columbia University.
  • When writing a date, use commas before and after the year.
    1. On March 4, 2003, the researcher interviewed the study participants.
  • “That” is used without a comma. “Which” is preceded by a comma; if it’s in a clause, put commas before and after the clause.
    1. This particular individual lived in a dilapidated straw-roofed house that hid in the outskirts of Mahadevapatnam village.
    2. The state of Andhra Pradesh has launched several initiatives aiming to supplement the National Rural Health Mission of India, which has established basic rural public health infrastructure throughout the country.
    3. This mode of delivery requires a nurse, which in this case would be the CARE Byrraju nurse, to visit certain households and provide appropriate care.
  • The word “only” has to come directly before the word to which it is referring. (This actually applies to a lot of other words, too.)
    1. I ate only one slice of pizza. → This means you had one slice, not two or three or four slices.
    2. I only ate one slice of pizza. → This means you only ate the slice. You didn’t drop it or throw it or chop it into tiny pieces; you ate it.
  • Do not end a sentence with a preposition. You can end it with a preposition if really necessary – if the sentence will sound really strange otherwise – but try to avoid it.
    1. Incorrect: I searched for the person I needed to speak with.
    2. Correct: I searched for the person with whom I needed to speak.
  • “Fewer” is used for things that are counted. “Less” refers to a non-counted amount.
    1. Fewer than 50 children each year develop the disease.
    2. Fewer adults used allopathic medicine then than do now.
    3. The villagers would go to the doctor if visits cost less.
  • People deserve “who,” not “that.”
    1. Incorrect: I followed the person that was standing by the gate.
    2. Correct: I followed the person who was standing by the gate.
  • Use a comma after abbreviations such as e.g. and i.e.
    1. Incorrect: e.g. common cold and flu
    2. Correct: e.g., common cold and flu

JGH-specific grammar rules

  • Do not use the Oxford comma. In a list of three or more items, there should not be a comma before the last item.
    1. Incorrect: I formally interviewed ten aged villagers, three caregivers, and eight village doctors.
    2. Correct: I formally interviewed ten aged villagers, three caregivers and eight village doctors.
  • Numbers: If it is ten or below, write it out in letters. If it is above ten, use number symbols.
    1. Three
    2. Ten
    3. 31
  • We use em-dashes without spaces on either side. Replace all dashes with an em-dash (—).
  • There should be only one space after a period.

Content Guidelines for Perspectives and Field Notes

Perspectives are opinion-based pieces. Field Notes take a more personal, informal tone that addresses public health work the author has done in the field. For both Perspectives and Field Notes, we are looking for submissions that address fresh and exciting developments in global health from an interdisciplinary perspective. Perspectives and Field Notes should be grounded in the preexisting literature base. For citations and references, please use APA style. If tables and figures are used, please include them at the end of the submission.

Content Guidelines for Original Academic Research Papers

The appropriate structure of Academic Research Papers varies based on the topic of the manuscript. With a few exceptions, most Academic Research Papers should have the following sections: a) Abstract, b) Introduction, c) Methods, d) Results, e) Discussion, f) Acknowledgments and References, g) Tables and Figures.

  • Original Academic Research Papers – Research-based works addressing a specific area of global health
  • Perspectives – Opinion pieces that analyze or discuss a recent issue or development in global health
  • Field notes – Journal-style pieces, with a more personal voice, based on direct work in the field


  • Tables, figures and images should be the original work of the manuscript’s authors and should all be included at the end of the manuscript. In the body of the article, please denote clearly in the body of the article the general area in which you would prefer the figures to be placed.
  • Captions should describe what the table/figure/image shows and the conclusion that should be drawn
  • Labels and axes should be clearly marked and readable. Please submit all tables, figures, and images in high resolution.
  • Submit the working Excel files of all tables and graphs as well.
  • Figures should be in the font Gill Sans.

Citations and Works Cited

  • All works cited should be referenced within the article. In-text citations are superscript numbers.
    • The superscript number citations should follow any punctuation and/or be at the end of a sentence. For example:
      1. A 2008 meta-analysis on back pain in the United States indicated that between $12-90 billion annually in direct healthcare costs, with an additional $7-28 billion for indirect costs, are allocated to treatment for back pain.5
      2. This cutoff age was selected because it represents the Peruvian age of suffrage and “Age of Majority”12—the age at which an individual enters adulthood.
  • If there is more than one number in a superscript, do not use spaces after commas.
  • The works cited list should be formatted in APA style except it should be in numerical (rather than alphabetical) order. That is to say, each citation should be listed in the order in which it appears in the manuscript.
  • Every reference in the works cited list should be cited in the manuscript.
  • In general, footnotes are fairly difficult on our formatting end, and we tend to highly discourage them.

*check out online tools like Zotero and EndNote for help in formatting citations

Submission Form