OJPH Journal Publishing Information and Author Guidelines

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Journal Summary

The goal of the Ohio Journal of Public Health is to publish high-quality, peer reviewed manuscripts that present research, as well as public health and educational practices that are relevant to Ohio. The journal will publish original papers on public health topics such as disease prevention, health promotion, health policy, environmental health, social justice, public health education, public health practice, and surveillance, among other topics. The focus will be on education, practice, and research conducted in Ohio or, if outside Ohio, relevant for Ohio public health.

About the Journal

This journal is sponsored by the Ohio Public Health Association.  This is an online journal that publishes two issues per year.

Articles will be published without a processing or publishing fee.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board will consist of the following individuals:

  • Editor-in-Chief – 3-year term
  • Associate Editor – Past President of OPHA
  • 1 representative from each accredited College/School/MPH program (7 programs – OSU, Kent State, Case Western, Wright State, University of Cincinnati, Northeastern Consortium, Northwestern Consortium)
  • 3 “at large” representatives, each from a different OPHA Section. The Sections which have a representative to the Editorial Board can rotate and will be appointed by the OPHA Executive Board.
  • 2 members from local public health departments
  • 2 OPHA student members – MPH or doctoral students who have at least 2 years left in their program
  • 1 representative from the Ohio Department of Health

Except for student members who have 2-year terms, all members will have 3-year terms. However, members will initially be assigned to 2-, 3-, or 4-year terms in order to prevent forming a new Editorial Board every 3 years.

The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor will perform the tasks of assigning articles to peer reviewers and monitoring the review process. Other Editorial Board members will be largely advisory and serve to get the word out about the journal to their colleagues and sections.

All Editorial Board members must be members of OPHA.


Electronic ISSN: 2578-6180

Ethics Compliance Guidelines-Principles of Transparency

Peer review process: For OJPH, peer review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from experts in the field who are not part of the journal’s editorial staff.

Governing Body: OJPH is led by an Editorial Board with members representing academic institutions, local and state health departments, boards of health, and student public health organizations. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors are provided in the OJPH Publishing Information on the Website.

Author fees: As stated in the Publishing Information, there are no fees or charges required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in OJPH.

Copyright Notice: Specifics related to copyright are clearly described in the Publishing Information on the Website.

Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct: OJPH editors will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. The OJPH editors will follow COPE’s https://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct guidelines in dealing with allegations.

Ownership and management: OJPH is published by the Ohio Public Health Association.

Web site: The OJPH website is a tab on the OPHA (www.ohiopha.org) website and the OJPH domain (www.ojph.org).

Name of journal: The name is the Ohio Journal of Public Health or OJPH. Based on the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, the OJPH scientific citation is Ohio J. of Public Health

Conflicts of interest: The OJPH policies on handling potential conflicts of interest of authors, reviewers, editors, and the policies are included in the Publishing Information on the OJPH Website.

Access: An open access statement is included in the Publishing Information on the OJPH Website. Publishing schedule: OJPH is published two (2) times annually: Spring, and Fall.

Archiving: The OJPH is currently working toward providing preservation of access to its content.

Open Access Statement

In accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access, OJPH is an open access journal. All content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Copyright Notice

All articles are open-access distributed under the terms of the: Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work (“first published in the Ohio Journal of Public Health…”) is properly cited with original URL and bibliographic citation information. The complete bibliographic information, a link to the original publication on http://www.ojph.org/, as well as this copyright and license information must be included.  Authors retain ownership of the copyright of their content, control over the integrity of their work, and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

Publishing Criteria

OJPH does not accept for publication submissions that have already been published, in whole or in part, elsewhere in the peer-reviewed literature. All figures included in manuscripts should be original, and should not have been published in any previous publications. OJPH will not consider submissions that are currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Sharing work early through deposition of manuscripts with preprint servers, such as bioRxiv or arXiv, or published as a thesis, does not impact consideration of the submission. We will also consider work that has been presented at conferences.

Author Guidelines

Publication types:

  1. Research articles: Original research on a public health issue. Up to 4000 words and a 250-word abstract. Should contain sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Public Health Implications. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  2. Research briefs: Original research on a public health issue. Up to 2000 words and a 250-word abstract. Should contain sections for Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Public Health Implications. Limited to 2 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  3. Letters/Op-Ed pieces: Opinion piece on a public health topic that is important and current in Ohio. Limited to 500 words and up to 5 AMA style references or footnotes.
  4. Public health practice: Description of a public health program or approach to addressing a public health problem in Ohio. Up to 4000 words and a 250-word abstract. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  5. Public health education: Description of a public health education topic that is implemented in Ohio. Up to 4000 words and a 250-word abstract. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.
  6. Commentary: Description and evidence-based analysis of a public health issue. Please note this is not an opinion piece. Up to 4000 words. Limited to 5 tables and/or figures. References should be AMA style.

The corresponding author must be a resident of Ohio with an Ohio address. Other authors can reside outside of Ohio.

Authors will be given a template that they must use in order for the paper to be reviewed. Papers will be submitted through the website link to the Editor, who will then assign each paper to at least 2 peer reviewers.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright owners if they use an illustration, table, or lengthy quote (100+ words) that has been published elsewhere.

Review Guidelines

OJPH uses a blind review process. Reviewers will be given a template to fill out for each paper and will be asked to submit reviews within 3 weeks. Reviewers will provide a recommendation to the editor; however, it will be up to the editor to make the final decision to reject, revise and resubmit, or accept based on the reviews received. If authors have the option to revise and resubmit, the revision will be due 2 weeks after the decision is received.

Peer Review Ethics Policy

Competing Interests for Reviewers

Reviewers will be asked to comply with the competing interests disclosure policy specified below.

For Editors, Articles Editors, and Peer Reviewers: Editorial personnel avoid all financial relationships, personal, political, or intellectual entanglements, that might constitute a conflict of interest or that could be construed as establishing a particular bias that might influence one’s judgments.

Scientific publishing is a highly competitive enterprise. The number of manuscripts rejected far exceeds the number accepted at most journals. Requiring editors to remain conflict-of-interest free assures rejected authors that bias or potential bias did not enter into the editorial decision to reject their manuscript. Similarly, readers have the right to know that the choice of articles, choice of reviewers, and choice of editorial or commentary writers was made by senior editorial managers whose judgment was not influenced by financial conflicts of interest or ideological bias.

Enforcement:  Conflict of interest disclosure relies on the honor system. Editors do not have the time, resources or inclination to serve as financial auditors or ideological arbiters. Successful disclosure policies depend on the good will and integrity of editors, authors, and peer reviewers.

Most cases of a failure to disclose relevant conflicts of interest arise because someone brings it to the attention of the editors. In such cases, editors should investigate the allegation. If true, editors should determine the cause of the failure to disclose a relevant conflict. The editors may wish to consult their editorial board.

In all cases of failure to disclose a relevant conflict of interest, editors will publish an editor’s note that becomes part of the permanent record of that article. In those rare cases where editors uncover a willful desire to hide financial conflicts of interest, the editors will consider appropriate penalties, such as refusing to allow that author to publish in the journal for a specified period of time.

Some of the language in this guidance document was used with permission of the Georgia Journal of Public Health.