Author Guideline

 | Post date: 2017/02/20 | 


Manuscript preparation based on the following guidelines substantially reduces the time taken in editorial processing and results in rapid decision making. Manuscript should be submitted electronically as a single word file embedding all the figures and tables in the following format. Manuscripts must be completely double spaced. All lines should be numbered continuously (not per page) beginning with the abstract and ending before the references, tables, and figures. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner of each page, beginning with the title page.  Manuscript submissions that do not follow this format correctly may be returned to authors. Manuscripts should be submitted online at

Types of Articles
Manuscripts should be presented as one of the following formats:
Editorials are the message of the EBHPME and are written in-house by the journal's Editorial Board members. Editorials are preferably no more than 2000 words. These provide state of the art discussions on the EBHPME main scopes. An unstructured abstract is required for these types of articles.
Original Article
These articles must be of primary research, methodologically accurate, and relevant to international health policy and management. They should contain no more than 8000 words excluding structured abstract, tables, and references. Each manuscript should clearly state an objective or hypothesis; the design of study and methodology (including study setting, patients or participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, sampling and data source); data analysis and interpretations; the main results of the study, discussing the results; addressing study limitations and the conclusion. For all original articles, a structured abstract is required (see instructions for preparing Abstracts).
These articles present views or discussions (with a clear message) concerning an issue of health policy and management interest with no more than 2000 words. An unstructured abstract is required.
Review Article
These articles consist of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, meta-syntheses, health system reviews and narrative articles. These articles may be up to 7000 words excluding abstract, tables, and references. Inclusion and exclusion criteria for studies should be described in a flow diagram. The specific type of study or analysis, intervention, population, exposure, outcomes or tests should be described for each data source or article. Authors are to clearly cover the following topics in the method section: search strategy and selection criteria, data extraction, quality assessment, and data analysis. A structured abstract is required.
Letter to Editor
should be about criticism of previous articles, criticism or review over books, analysis of a related topic with reproductive medicine, expansion and explanation about an idea or a complicated problem. This should be prepared in maximum 1000-1500 words. These articles need no structure.
Short Communication
These types of articles are not intended to publish preliminary results, but the results which are of exceptional interest and are particularly topical and relevant. These articles should be no more than 4000words including up to three figures or tables, references and the main text. An unstructured abstract is required for these types of articles.
Policy Brief
Our policy briefs are intended to represent the findings and recommendations of your research project to non-specialized readers. You may write policy briefs to advice policies based on lessons learned from your research. These articles should not exceed 2500 words. Components of a policy brief are outlined in below:

  • An unstructured abstract is required.
  • Statement of the issue/problem and a short background of the problem.
  • Describing the current situation of the topic
  • Introducing 2-3options including the pros and cons of each
  • Identify recommended option and justify the recommendation
These articles are intended to discuss and challenge current and past health policies. They should not exceed 3000 words including an unstructured abstract, up to 2 figures or tables and references.
Readers’ views and comments are of high importance in the EBHPME’s editorial policies. EBHPME welcomes comments on its published articles to provide a forum for varying perspectives. These articles are mainly invited from eminent scholars in the field. These types of articles should not be more than 2000 words including maximum 2 figures or tables with an unstructured abstract.
These articles are mainly written in response to published commentaries by authors whose articles have been subject to commentaries. These types of articles should not exceed 1000 words including maximum 1 table or figure, references and the main text. No abstract is required for these articles.
Guidelines for preparation of manuscript
Text Style Guide
The manuscript must be submitted as a Word document. PDF is not accepted. Use A4 size. Text should be left-justified. Manuscript must be typed with "Times New Roman" font, size 14 for the title, 13 for subtitles, and 12 for the text. Use 1.5 line spacing. Use line and page number.
Language (usage and editing services)
All publications in the EBHPME are in English. Authors whose first language is not English should make sure their manuscript is written in idiomatic English before submission. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). No language and copy-editing services are provided by the EBHPME; hence, authors who feel their manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors are encouraged to obtain such services prior to submission. Authors are responsible for all costs associated with such services.
It is recommended that articles be prepared based on the following format:
Title page:
The title page must contain the following information:
  • Title of the article.
  • Authors’ names: Full names (First, Middle and Last) for all the authors of an article should be given and specified with superscript number(s) for the affiliation(s) [e.g., Mark Junior Smiths1]. The name of the corresponding author(s) should be specified with an asterisk after name (e.g., Mark Junior Smiths*). Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly.
  • authors’ Affiliations (Department / Research Center/Institution,  Name of School, University, City, and Country)
  • Postal address, E-mail and Telephone number of the corresponding author.
  • A running title 
Abstract: Include a structured abstract of no more than 350 words. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. It should state briefly and clearly the purpose and setting of the research, the principal findings and major conclusions, and the article's contribution to knowledge. Abstracts should be prepared in EBHPME style including Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion.
Keywords:  Each manuscript should provide three to five keywords according to the Medical Subject Headings, (MESH)(

Introduction: Introduction should provide a background and specifies the research objective of the study or observation. This section must emphasize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
Materials and Methods: Materials and methods must indicate clearly the steps taken to acquire the information. It should be detailed. Repeating the details of standard techniques is best avoided. The software used for statistical analysis and description of the actual method should be mentioned. This section should have some subtitles.
*Article must have the approval of Ethics Committee and ethics code number should be mentioned at the end of Methodology. In the case of not having code of ethics, authors should mention all ethical issues based on the Helsinki Declaration.
Results: Authors should describe their important observations in this section. The data should have been analyzed statistically.
*Tables: Tables should be in Word format and placed in the main text where the table is first cited. Tables should be consecutively numbered in accordance with their appearance in the text. Footnotes should be placed below the table body. Tables should be sparing in the use and the data presented in them should not be described elsewhere in the manuscript. To show P-value, Write in the text; P-value  in detail and use the symbol P in the tables.
*Figures:  Each illustration should have a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep the illustration texts to minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Figures should be included only if they improve the manuscript.
Discussion: Discussion should emphasize the new and important aspects of the study. Possible explanations for these findings should be mentioned.
Conclusion: In this section, overall conclusion of the author(s) from the research, the limitation of the work and the implications of the finding for future research should be noted.
After the “Conclusion” section, authors can acknowledge the technical help/financial grant of their colleague/institutes etc.
In this section, individuals or organizations who cooperated in the study, except the authors, can be appreciated. This includes all the people who helped the author/s materially or spiritually (technical, writing, etc. support). It is necessary to mention the reason of appreciation and individuals' roles briefly if possible.
It also should be noted if the article is a research thesis or research project. If it is the result of a thesis, mentioning the name of the university is vital, and if it is driven from a research project, the research code number and the name of organization that approved it must be mentioned. Generally, in the case of financial support, it is necessary to mention the name of research institute or organization that supported it.
If you have a project or a thesis Code, the relevant code to be written in this part.
Conflict of interests
Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper.
Authors' contributions
Based on the recommendations by International committee of Medical Journal Editors/ICMJE( about the conduct, reporting, editting and publication of scholary work in medical journals, all authors should have made significant conceptual, intellectual, experimental, and analytical contributions to the research, as well as having participated in writing and revising the manuscript.
All authors' contribution statements must include
  • Designed research 
  • Conducted research 
  • Analyzed data or performed statistical analysis.
  • Wrote the manuscript 
  • All authors have read and approved the final manuscript. For single-authored research papers and reviews, please state: The sole author is responsible for all parts of the manuscript.
For example Manavdadi A, Rahmani B, and Hashemi P designed research; Manandadi A and Rahmani B conducted research; Khosravi P analyzed data; and Rahmati A, Manandadi A and  Mohammadi B wrote the paper. Mavandadi A had primary responsibility for final content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of cited references and these should be checked before the manuscript is submitted.
  • In order to minimize errors in writing sources it is better to apply bibliographic information management software such as Endnote and Reference Manager.
  • References should be numbered consecutively (Vancouver style) and cited in the manuscript text by number (not author and date). References should not be formatted as footnotes.
  • Journal article (1-6 authors):
Surname Initial(s). Title of article. Journal title/or title abbreviation. Year;volume(issue):page(s). DOI - if available
Becker ER, Morris SD, Mauldin L, Shaw JD, Talley Ws, Culler PD. The Changing Healthcare Market and How It Has Influenced the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease- Part 1. American Journal of Managed Care. 1999; 5(1): 1119-24.
  • Journal article (more than 6 authors):
Surname Initial(s), et al. Title of article. Journal title/or title abbreviation. Year;volume(issue):page(s). DOI - if available
Fairhall N, Sherrington C, Lord SR, Kurrle SE, Langron C, Lockwood K, et al. Effect of a multifactorial, interdisciplinary intervention on risk factors for falls and fall rate in frail older people: a randomized controlled trial. Age and Ageing. 2014; 43(5): 616-22.
  • Important Notes:
* In the case of having DOI, PMID, or PMCID numbers, they should be listed at the end of the sources.
* Those journals that have abbreviated titles in Medline, should be mentioned abbreviation
in the sources. The list of abbreviated titles is available on https://www. ncbi.nlm. nlmcatalog/ journals:
Michaud J, Kates J. Global health diplomacy: Advancing foreign policy and global health interests. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2013; 1(1): 24-8. doi:10.9745/GHSP-D-12-00048.
  • Book:
Surname Initial(s). Book title.Edition - if available. Place of publication: Publisher; Year.
Reuter T. Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Land and Territory in the Austronesian World. 2nd ed. Canberra: Australian National University Press; 2006. p. 85-93.
  • Book Section:
Surname author Initial(s). Chapter title. In: Surname editor Initial(s), editor(s). Book title. Place of publication: Publisher; Year. page(s).
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editor. 6th ed . The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p: 93-113.
  • Newspaper article – in print:
Surname Initial(s). Article title.Newspaper title.Date:page.
Wolf W. State’s mail-order drug plan launched. Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 14, 2004:1B.
  • Newspaper article – online:
Surname Initial(s). Article title. Newspaper title. Date. p. http://... . cited date.
Pollack A. FDA approves new cystic fibrosis drug. New York Times. January 31, 2012. p. 81. Last Access: February 1, 2012.
  • Websites:
Author. Title [Internet]. Available from: http://...  .cited date.
Garfinkel PE, Lin E, Goering P. Should amenorrhea be necessary for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa?. Available from URL: Last Access: mar 3, 2014.
  • Thesis:
Surname Initial(s). Title [type of publication]. Place: Publisher; Year.
Weisbaum LD. Human sexuality of children and adolescents: a comprehensive training guide for social work professionals [MSc thesis]. Long Beach (CA): California State University; 2005.
*If there is the name of the school and department, after the name of the university to be added in the following order:
Ghazavi SH. The Effect of Trust and Customer Satisfaction to Customer loyalty (case study: Sina Insurance of Yazd) [MSc Thesis]. Yazd: Yazd University, School of Accounting, Department of Management & Economic; 2011. [In Persian]
  • Conference proceedings:
Surname author Initial(s). Paper title. In: Surname editor Initial(s), editor(s). Conference title. Place of publication: Publisher; Year. page(s).
Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992: 1561-5.
  • Report:
The name of Organization. Title Published. place. year: page(s).
World Health Organization. World health Statisiics report on global health  goals for 194 countries. WHO : Switzerland, Geneve. 2015: 5-8.
*The phrase [In Persian] should be added after each Persian source.


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Ethical consideration
Details of formal ethical approval should be stated at the end of method. If authors were not required to obtain ethical approval (as is the case in some countries) or unable to obtain attain ethical approval (as sometimes occurs in resource-poor settings) they should explain this. Please anonymize this information as appropriate in the manuscript, and give the information when asked during submission.Procedures for securing informed consent should be provided.

Submission Process
Authors should ensure that papers conform to the scientific and style instructions given above. In order to accelerate the publication process the Journal requires that manuscripts be submitted online.
EBHPME offer a completely digital submission, and production process. At the time of submission of a manuscript, thus, it is advised to prepare production-quality files to speed up the process. It is advised that authors should follow the given guidelines above, unless otherwise the submission will be returned to the authors for additional revision which may decelerate the manuscript evaluation process and hence delay publication.  Thus careful attention is fully appreciated by the editorial members of the journal.
Authors are required to register to create an account for submission at the online submission site Authors can also follow on-screen instructions and the system will provide the essential guide through the submission process.

Peer review process
   Each submitted manuscript is assessed by Editor-in-Chief, at first for its quality, accuracy, novelty, relevance and significance. If the manuscript meets the minimum standards, it enters the double blind peer review process in maximum two weeks. If submitted manuscript is considered out of journal's scope or inappropriate to publish, it will be rejected or returned to corresponding author without entering the peer-review process. The manuscript will then be sent at least to one in-office and two out of office referees for review. Authors can suggest to the journal office if they do not wish their manuscript to be reviewed by a particular reviewer because of potential conflicts of interest but, it is up to the Editor-in-Chief to accept it. Final decision pertaining to each manuscript is determined by Editor-in-Chief and after that the decision will be immediately sent to the corresponding author up to about two months. Editor can reject manuscript at any time before publication even after acceptance if concerns arise about the integrity of the work. In the peer review process, research protocols and plans for statistical analysis will be reviewed. Editorials, letters, and book reviews will not be entered to peer-review process.
Revision: Manuscripts may be returned to the corresponding author for modification of the scientific content and/or for language corrections. Revised manuscript and a letter listing point-for-point response to the reviewers must be submitted to the editor and must be accompanied by a copy of the original version. Suggestion by the editor about resubmission does not imply that a revised version will necessary be accepted. If a manuscript that is returned to the authors for modification is not resubmitted within two months it will be regarded as having been withdrawn and any revised version received subsequently will be treated as a new manuscript and the date of receipt will be altered accordingly. Authors who resubmit a manuscript that has previously been rejected must provide the original manuscript and a letter explaining in detail how the manuscript has been modified.
Corresponding author will be sent page proofs (as PDF files) by email ( or These should be checked immediately and corrections, as well as answers to any queries, returned to the journal as an annotated PDF via email within 3-5working days (further details are supplied with the proof). It is the author's responsibility to check proofs thoroughly.
We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please note that rephrasing sentences, additions, or omissions are not allowed at the proof stage.
Important Note: Authors should approve the PDF Proof and provide us with the corrections in due time. Not meeting the deadline and a long delay to respond could lead to withdraw of paper at this stage.
Corrections or erratum: Evidence Based Health policy, Management & Economics will be published corrections if important errors are found. The corrections should be distinguishable from retractions and statements of concern relating to misconduct. If errors would be enough fundamental to make invalid the work, the journal have right to retract the published paper. Also, this journal will be published correction if the author/contributor list would be incorrect including, a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included.
Retraction and expression of concern: Retraction will be published by Evidence Based Health policy, Management & Economics if errors affect the interpretation of the results or it is proven serious ethical misconduct, including duplication, redundant publication (publishing the data elsewhere without cross-referencing, permission or justification), disagreement of all authors for publication, plagiarism, miscalculation, experimental error. Expression of concern will be published by Evidence Based Health policy, Management & Economics if editors receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors, unreliability of the findings, an investigation would be underway but a judgment will not be available for a considerable time.
Withdrawal of articles: If legal infringements, defamation, false on inaccurate data would be occurred especially those could pose a serious health risk, the Evidence Based Health policy, Management & Economics have right to remove or withdraw the article. In this circumstance, a retraction statement will be published by this journal and an explanation will be given about the circumstances of removal or withdrawal.
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