Instructions for Authors

Statement of policy

Papers submitted to the American Journal of Health Economics must not have been published and must not be under consideration elsewhere. We do not publish notes, comments, or book reviews.

Manuscripts are reviewed in a double-blind process: the identities of authors will remain anonymous to referees and vice versa. Your manuscript should include a title page that does not include author names or contact information.

All submissions, including revisions, must be accompanied by this AJHE dislosure statement form. Only this form may be used. This requirement applies even when the authors have no relevant interests to disclose. The submitting author may submit one form providing the disclosures for all authors.

See the AJHE’s disclosure policy for details.

Manuscript submission

Preparing files for online submission
Manuscripts must be in English and begin with an anonymous title page that does not include identifying information for any authors and an abstract of 200 or fewer words. Text should be in single-column format and double spaced. Manuscripts will generally be between 5,000 and 14,000 words. Any reasonable citation style is fine for submission purposes. The instructions in the “After acceptance” section below are for accepted papers only.

File content
You may submit a single file with figures, tables, and images included in the main document or have the main text in one file and tables and figures in separate files. You may submit a cover letter in a separate file, either in the same format as your main text file or in plain text format (ASCII file).

Use of Word Processing Software
The preferred format for submitting manuscripts online is Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF format. If your original document is in LaTeX format, please submit it as a PDF. If the paper is accepted, you will need to submit the source files as well.

Submitting your manuscript
Manuscripts should be submitted via Editorial Manager at The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process. If you have problems, please contact for assistance.

After acceptance

Guidelines for manuscript preparation
After your manuscript has been accepted, you will be asked to provide a text version (either Word or LaTeX) that can be used for production. Your manuscript will be edited in accordance with the practice of the American Journal of Health Economics and the University of Chicago Press. With some exceptions, we use The Chicago Manual of StyleWebster’s Collegiate Dictionary, and our in-house style sheets. The University of Chicago Press offers specific instructions for tables (Manuscript preparation – tables), figures (Manuscript preparation – artwork), and math (Manuscript preparation – math). If you are submitting LaTeX files please read the Editorial Manager and LaTeX Guide.

The American Journal of Health Economics style
Manuscripts submitted for publication should be double spaced throughout (including footnotes, tables, and figure legends). The manuscript must be arranged in the following order:

Title page
Abstract (strict limit of 200 words)
Classification codes
Tables & Figures (as separate files)

For general matters of style, the American Journal of Health Economics follows The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, published by The University of Chicago Press. Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Three levels of headings are permitted:

I. Level One Heading in Headline Style



Footnotes are allowed; authors should not use endnotes. Please use the footnote function in your word processor. Footnotes must be substantive and cannot contain purely bibliographic material. Simple citations must be in the text.

The American Journal of Health Economics follows The Chicago Manual of Style. We encourage you to use bibliographic software when preparing your reference list. If you are using such software, please select “Chicago Manual Author-Date” style.

Not all document types are covered in reference list software. Please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style for guidance in these situations.

For web references, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.

Immediately after the abstract, provide a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms.

Classification codes
Please provide a maximum of 6 standard JEL codes. The available codes may be accessed at JEL: These codes should be entered after the keywords.

Footnotes in appendixes should be numbered consecutively with those in the rest of the text.

Numbering of equations, tables, and figures in appendixes should begin again with 1 (Equation A1, Table A1, Figure A1, and so on, for Appendix A; Equation B1, Table B1, Figure B1, and so on, for Appendix B). Appendixes should be submitted in PDF format. AS it won’t be edited, please make sure that is formatted properly.

Tables & Figures
Tables and figures should be submitted as separate submission items from the manuscript, using the Table and Figure submission items in Editorial Manager. High quality TIFF or EPS file formats are requested. Please see the Press’s Artwork Instructions for guidance on figure and artwork quality requirements. The figure files should include any labels or markers that are part of the figure itself, but not the figure number, title, legend, or notes. The figure number, title, legend, and notes should be provided with the text of the manuscript.

Tables and figures should be properly labeled and numbered using Arabic numerals and titles. Tables and figures should have brief titles. All explanatory material should be provided in notes at the bottom of the table or figure. Each table and figure must be mentioned in the text in order of its appearance. All figures and tables, including those in appendixes, must be mentioned in the text. No more than one table should appear on a page.

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