Publishing with HPHR

How to Submit to HPHR
Submissions - HPHR

Why Submit to the Harvard Public Health Review?

The Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR) is a peer-reviewed public health journal that has grown exponentially since launching in its current form, in 2014.  We are currently indexed in JSTOR.

invites submissions from students, faculty, researchers, and others across academic disciplines, as well as from members of the general public that speak to the Journal’s mission and vision and elucidate pertinent and timely public health issues within an evidence-based and health equity framework.


To ensure a dynamic showcase for contributors’ diverse research interests, talents, and creativity, HPHR seeks a range of materials. Complete submission guidelines and templates are provided in the Submissions section of HPHR.org and may be downloaded here


To submit manuscripts and media to HPHR, authors follow the steps below. 

Note: If you do not follow these steps, your article will not be reviewed and desk rejected. 

1. Identify Your Submission Type

HPHR currently accepts the following types of pieces in response to its Calls for Submissions


  1. Original Research Articles describe the results of original research of public health importance. Preferred length is 3,000 words max (excluding References, Figures, and Tables). Longer submissions considered on case-by-case basis.

  2. Review Articles may be systematic (with or without meta-analysis) or narrative, and must address a specific question or issue relevant to public health. Preferred length is 500-3,000 words.

  3. Research Letters are brief articles detailing original research in progress that are 750 words or less (excluding References, Figures, and Tables).

  1. Commentaries address public health issues written from an evidence-based perspective. Point-Counterpoints are often solicited special editorials on a specific public health issue from opposing vantage points or responses to previously published HPHR articles. Preferred length of these submissions is 500-3,000 words.

  2. Atypical Articles are unique, creative articles (such as research protocols, essays, poems, policy memos, ethical treatises, etc.) related to the field of public health. These pieces typically are no more than 1,000 words.

  3. Electronic Media encompass recordings of interviews, editorials, and so on. It also includes HPHR Author Insight videos from accepted authors. Pieces must be accompanied by a description of 200-300 words. Authors are responsible for obtaining all reprint permissions. Copies of release forms may be requested prior to publishing images and footage of identifiable persons. 

2. Prepare Submissions According to HPHR's Guidelines

Prepare your submission according to the appropriate submission guidelines, available here.

You may download the complete HPHR submission preparation guidelines and templates here

3. Upload Your Submission to HPHR's Editorial Platform, Scholastica

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to submit to HPHR’s editorial platform, Scholastica.  

HPHR Timeline

HPHR manages articles through the platform, Scholastica. Click here for a walkthrough of the platform or here to submit your materials.

Note: Submissions generally are reviewed within 10 weeks of submission. Materials submitted in response to special editions received an expedited review of 4-6 weeks.


Submit questions to editorial@harvardpublichealthreview.org.


Please do not email submissions or pitches/abstracts for potential articles. They will be returned to the author without comment.