Submission Guidelines

Before submission

Informed consent: Authors must ensure that informed consent was acquired if human subjects are involved in their work. Research on human subjects must comply with the Declaration of Helsinki.

Conflicts of interest: Authors must disclose potential conflicts of interest on the title page of the submission (for manuscripts) or the cover letter (for other kinds of submission). State whether any author has financial interests relevant to the work.


Manuscript requirements

We recommend you use the IGHPE detailed manuscript guideline, which includes a title page and detailed instructions for formatting your manuscript. Should you choose not to use the template, please submit your manuscript in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Please note the following:

Text: Text should be double-spaced, using a standard 12-point font (such as Times New Roman, Cambria, Arial, or Helvetica). Please use italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Please assign line and page numbers to the text. Do not use footnotes.

Headings: Do not use more than two heading levels for manuscript sections and sub-sections. Indicate heading levels clearly in the manuscript text.

Figures and tables: The preferred formats for figures and tables are .tiff or .png, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The positions of all figures, and tables should be indicated within the text at the appropriate points. All figures, and tables should be numbered independently in ascending order (Figure 1, Figure2…; Table 1, Table 2…, etc). Legends are optional.

Nomenclature and units: Use always correct and standard, established nomenclature. SI (metric) units must be used for all measurements.

Abbreviations: Define non-standard abbreviations upon first appearance in the text. We recommend submitting your text together with a list of abbreviations. Abbreviations should only be used for terms appearing at least three times. Please minimize the use of abbreviations.

Citations and references: In the text, refer to literature source with continuous superscript numbers—1, 2, 3… Please format references using the ICMJE ‘Vancouver’ referencing style as described at Citing Medicine. Please provide URLs and/or DOI numbers where possible. For examples of many reference types, see Samples of Formatted References for Authors of Journal Articles.

Audio files: We prefer the .mp3 format.

Video files: We prefer the .mp4 format but also accept .mpg and .mov.


What to submit

Manuscripts: Submit the text of your manuscript, preferably using the IGHPE detailed manuscript guideline. Please submit figures and tables as supplementary files in step 4 of the submission process, in either .tiff or .png file formats, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Standalone images: Along with the item, please submit a cover letter stating the title, creators, corresponding author’s contact details, and a short (<100 word) description of the item (see the IGHPE cover letter guideline).

Standalone audio and video files: Rather than submit audiovisual files directly, we would request that you provide us with a URL to the item. Please submit a cover letter stating the title, authors, corresponding author’s contact details, the URL for the item, and a 100-200 word abstract describing the aim and content of the item (see the IGHPE cover letter guideline).


The submission process

Please register at the IGHPE registration page.

Manuscripts, standalone images, standalone audio & video file: After registering, please submit your contribution online. The software will guide you through the submission process and help you ensure that all required information has been submitted.

Blog entries: If you would like to contribute to IGHPE’s Innovators blog, please contact the editorial office at

If you have any questions regarding file formats or other technical issues, please contact the editorial office at


After submission

Submissions to the IGHPE journal undergo the following process:

  • Editorial review for basic manuscript quality and subject relevance.
  • Plagiarism checking.
  • Double-blinded peer review by two (or more) reviewers leading to an initial accept/revise/reject decision:
    • Accept
    • Accept with minor revisions
    • Accept with major revisions
    • Reject
  • Re-review if required
  • Final acceptance
  • Copyediting
  • Layout
  • Proofreading
  • Publication