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Writing Articles


Behavioural Science and Public Health is an open-access, peer-reviewed, electronic journal aiming to promote greater integration between behavioural and social science research and public health strategy, commissioning and practice. It aims to promote shared learning between, and influence the practice of, those working in academic settings and those working directly to influence public health outcomes.


The journal invites contributions on any topic relevant to the application of Behavioural and Social Science to Public Health, including the development and evaluation of health interventions, services, education and training; development or application of behaviour change theory, or other theory-driven approaches. Submissions can include rigorous empirical research articles of any research design, systematic or scoping reviews and/or meta-analyses, process evaluations, study protocols, evaluations of training and health education initiatives, and opinion pieces.

In particular we welcome articles representing collaborations between those working in Public Health and academia. Academic research should include accessible and clearly explained implications and recommendations for practice, supporting the potential for impact of the research. Submissions from public health commissioners or practitioners should clearly express the parameters and contexts within which their work was conducted to facilitate greater understanding of this within the academic community.

Instructions for Authors

The text for all articles should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 2.5cm for left and right hand margins and 2.5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 12 point font. All articles should be written clearly for a non-specialist audience, with overly technical language limited to only when necessary. Submissions should be a maximum of 3000 words including references, and where relevant an abstract with a maximum of 250 words should be placed after the title page. Submissions should contain a title page with full author names and affiliations, and the contact details of the corresponding author. Please also include any acknowledgements on this page to allow blind review. We encourage authors to contact the editorial team to discuss potential manuscripts if there is any doubt about the suitability of any submission. Please use APA style referencing format.

The preferred format for the text and tables of manuscripts is Word. Behavioural Science and Public Health processes manuscripts for blind review by a minimum of two independent, expert reviewers. Opinion pieces and letters to the editor will be considered within the editorial team. Before submission please include the following statements, before the references:

  • Conflict of interest (if none then state – none to declare)
  • Any funding details (if none then state – none to declare)
  • Details of ethical approval where relevant

Submissions should be made electronically to Please use the subject heading PUBLICATION for your submission.

Editorial Board


  • Lou Atkinson, Aston University


  • Lesley Lewis, Public Health Wales
  • Suhana Begum, Surrey County Council

Associate Editors

  • Jim McManus, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Michelle Constable, Hertfordshire County Council