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Instructions for Authors

Updated May 2023

Submission to Health Promotion Perspectives(HPP) is done through our online submission system. To streamline the process, the online submission system is designed to perform a series of automatic controls, promptly informing the user of any technical insufficiencies, and directing to the relevant instructions.

To start submission, please create an account and log in. The submitting author will take responsibility on behalf of all co-authors as the corresponding author of the submission and is required to enter full details including an active e-mail address, phone number, and address in the online profile. All correspondence, including, but not limited to, the results of initial evaluation, Editor’s decision, and request for revisions or proofreading will be sent to the e-mail address of the corresponding author, which will be published with the article.

The submission or any subsequent revision is evaluated at the editorial office. If corrections are necessary, it may be temporarily unsubmitted and returned to the authors, who are responsible for formatting their submission and providing the required information. Please see our editorial workflow for more information. For further help regarding submission, you may contact the editorial office.

We use iThenticate software in the processing of the submissions.

The Conditions of Submission

Open Access License, Copyright, and Charges

Upon submission, the authors are required to sign an exclusive license form for open access publication of their work in the journal under the Creative Commons license 4.0 (CC-BY). The authors retain the copyright to their work. Please see our open access and copyright policy and license agreement for more information.

Currently, there are no submission or publication charges applicable to the articles submitted to or published in HPP. The Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran supports open access publication of the Journal. Please see our open access and copyright policy for more information.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is required for every submission. The authors will need to confirm the following conditions in the cover letter:

  • That the submission is original, submitted solely to HPP, and not currently under consideration for publication or already published elsewhere unless explained in the cover letter. See our editorial policies on duplicate publication.
  • That no sentence is copied from other sources without clearly citing its reference. For more info, see our editorial policies on plagiarism and text recycling.
  • That the submitting author takes responsibility for the submission on behalf of all authors as the corresponding author.
  • That all authors have reviewed, approved, and consented to the submission, and they are accountable for all aspects of its accuracy and integrity in accordance with ICMJE criteria.

The cover letter should also include the following information, as well as any additional information requested in the instructions for the specific article type that the authors are submitting:

  • An explanation of why the submitted work should be published in the journal (the novelty of the work).
  • An explanation of any issues relating to journal policies.
  • A declaration of any potential competing interests.
  • The name of the particular special issue that the submission should be published in.

The authors may also suggest potential peer reviewers for their submission by providing name, institutional email addresses, and an ORCID or Scopus ID. Please see our editorial policies for more information on suggesting peer reviewers. Please also see our editorial policies regarding the use of unique identifiers.

The authors may also provide the details of anyone who they would prefer not to review their work.

Intentionally providing falsifying information, such as false names or email addresses will result in rejection of the submission and may lead to further investigation in line with our misconduct policy.

Title Page

The title page should include the manuscript title, authors' full names and affiliations, and the corresponding author's name and affiliation.

2. Preparing the Submission

Preparing the Manuscript

For general instructions, please see preparing the manuscript. HPP publishes these types of articles:

  • Research Article: Original work resulting from research, constituting complete studies that contain all relevant information, including systematic review and meta-analysis. Prepare the manuscript as follows: A Title, a Structured Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Ethical Considerations, Conflict of Interest, Funding, Authors’ Contribution, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures, and List of additional files.
  • Short Communication: Original work, but less substantial than the regular research article, presenting preliminary results, or results of immediate relevance. Prepare the manuscript as follows: A Title, a Structured Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Ethical Considerations, Funding, Authors’ Contribution, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures, and List of additional files.
  • Review: Narrative reviews on clinically relevant topics. Prepare the manuscript as follows: A Title, an Unstructured Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Subheadings in the manuscript as necessary, Discussion, Conclusion, Ethical Considerations, Funding, Authors’ Contribution, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures, List of additional files.
  • Case Report: Systematic reports of interesting or rare cases of importance for the practice of professionals. Prepare the manuscript as follows: A Title, an Unstructured Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Conclusion, Conflict of Interest, Authors’ Contribution, References, Tables, Figures, and List of additional files.
  • Letter: Comments or concerns on specific subjects or items published in the Journal. Also, new or additional findings of original nature. Prepare the letter as follows: A Title, Text, References.
  • Editorial: The Journal’s editors write the editorial.
  • Commentaries: Commentaries are short, narrowly focused articles that are usually commissioned by the journal. These articles are generally not peer-reviewed. Commentaries present an in-depth analysis of current issues such as policy, funding, regulatory, educational, and legislative issues, new institutes, careers, etc. Commentaries should not exceed 1500 words total and have a maximum of ten references. Typically, Commentaries do not contain figures or tables.
  • Perspectives: Perspectives present a new and unique viewpoint on existing problems, fundamental concepts, or prevalent notions on a specific topic, propose and support a new hypothesis, or discuss the implications of a newly implemented innovation. Perspective pieces may focus on current advances and future directions on a topic and may include original data as well as personal opinions. These are usually short peer-reviewed articles of around 2000-3000 words. A perspective article usually includes a short abstract of around 150 words and a few tables and figures, if required.
  • Systematic reviews:  Systematic review is a highly rigorous review of existing literature that addresses a clearly formulated question. The review systematically searches, identifies, selects, appraises, and synthesizes research evidence relevant to the question using a methodology that is explicit, reproducible, and leads to minimizing bias. Systematic reviews may or may not include a Meta-analysis or statistical summary of the individual study results. Search terms, PRISMA flowchart, and eligibility criteria should be provided. 


A concise, descriptive title should be chosen for the submission. Do not capitalize all words; only the first word and proper nouns should be capitalized. Include the type of the study (meta-analysis, systematic review, cohort, case report, etc.) in the title with a colon (:).


The structured abstract (maximum 250 words) should contain the following major subheadings: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. The Background subheading reflects the background as well as the purpose of the study, that is, the hypothesis being tested. The Methods should include the setting for the study, the subjects (number and type), the treatment or intervention, and the type of statistical analysis. The Results includes the outcome of the study and statistical significance if appropriate. The Conclusion states the significance of the results. Clinical trials should include the trial registration number on the last line of the abstract.

The unstructured abstract (maximum 150 words) does not contain subheadings.


Three to 10 keywords for each submission should be selected from the list of MESH words. List keywords in alphabetic order, all lower case, except where necessary.


The Introduction section contains a concise review of the subject area and the rationale for the study. More detailed comparisons to previous work and conclusions of the study appear in the Discussion section.


The Methods section should describe in adequate detail the experimental subjects, their important characteristics, and the methods, apparatus, and procedures used so that other researchers can reproduce the experiment.

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

The Methods section must indicate that the protocol was reviewed by the appropriate institutional review body and that each subject in the project signed a detailed informed consent form.


Results should be presented in a logical sequence about tables, figures, and illustrations as appropriate.


New and possible findings of the study should be emphasized, as well as any conclusions that can be drawn. The Discussion section should compare the present data to previous findings. Limitations of the experimental methods should be indicated, as should implications for future research. New hypotheses and clinical recommendations are appropriate and should be clearly identified. Recommendations, particularly clinical ones, may be included when appropriate.

Preparing References, Equations, Tables, Figures, and Additional Files

To correctly prepare the references, equations, tables, figures, or additional files for a submission, please follow these guidelines:

  • For instructions on formatting the citations of the submission, please see preparing references.
  • For correct formatting of formulas, please see preparing formulas or equations.
  • Smaller tables that are considered integral to the manuscript can be pasted at the end of the manuscript file in A4 portrait or landscape format. Please see preparing tables for more instructions.
  • Figures must be submitted after tables in the main manuscript file in a proper format (and also embedded in the manuscript to expedite the review process). Please see preparing figures for more instructions.
  • Datasets, videos, or other information must be submitted separately as additional files, which will be published along with the article. Please see preparing additional files for more instructions.

3. Providing the Required Information

The authors should have the required information below, ready upon submission. The manuscript should not include this information to ensure a blind peer review. Please see our editorial policies for more information regarding peer review policy. The editor will review the supporting information.

Authors’ Contribution

Authors should provide the information related to the Authors' Contribution section (CRediT) when submitting the article. If the Authors’ Contribution section is not sent at the time of submitting the article, it must be submitted when sending the corrections requested by the reviewers. The corresponding author is responsible for the accuracy and validity of the information. The Authors' Contribution section will be included in the published article.

14 CRediT groups are as follows:

Note: Each of the articles must complete the groups related to CRediT based on the type of article and research.

Ideas; formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims

Development or design of methodology; creation of models

Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components

Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/ reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs

Formal analysis
Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data

Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection

Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools

Data Curation
Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later reuse.

Project administration
Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution

Funding acquisition
Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication

Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/ data presentation

Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team

Writing - Original Draft
Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation)

Writing - Review & Editing
Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision – including pre-or post publication stages

In an “Acknowledgments” section, the authors are required to acknowledge anyone who contributed to the submitted work who does not meet the criteria for authorship. It is obligatory to state any support with translating or editing by third parties such as professional commercial writing/editing services. The authors should obtain permission to acknowledge all those mentioned in the Acknowledgments section.

Please see our editorial policies for further explanation of authorship criteria and acknowledgments.


The authors are required to declare all sources of funding for the research reported. The role of the funding body in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript should be declared.

Disclosure of Financial and Non-Financial Relationships and Activities

The authors are required to declare all financial and non-financial relationships and activities with regard to the publication of their work during submission. Please see our editorial policies for more information on financial and non-financial relationships and activities. If any of the authors are unsure whether they have financial and non-financial relationships and activities, they should contact the editorial office.

Ethical Considerations

Authors of submissions reporting studies involving human participants, human data or human tissues are required to provide the following information:

  • A statement on ethics approval and consent (even where the need for approval was waived).
  • The name of the ethics committee that approved the study and the committee’s reference number if appropriate.

Submissions reporting studies involving animals must include a statement on ethics approval.

Please see our editorial policies for more information.

If the submission does not report on or involve the use of any animals or human data or tissues, please state “Not applicable” in this section.

If the submission contains any person’s data in any form, consent to publish must be obtained from that person, or in the case of children, their parents or legal guardian. All presentations of case reports must have consented to publish. The authors may use their institutional consent form. The form is not to be sent on submission, but we may request to see a copy at any stage (including after publication).

If the submission does not contain any person’s data, please state “Not applicable” in this section.

Supplementary Materials

The recommended format for providing any supplementary materials (e.g., audio-visual data) for HPP can be checked in the following link:


4. Finalizing Submission

Before completing the process, the submitting author is required to review the submission proof (PDF), which will be automatically generated. The submission proof may be shared with co-authors for a final check and approval. The submitting author may go back and correct any parts as necessary, review the submission proof again, and then submit the work using the “Submit” button.

5. Revising the Submission

Any subsequent revisions to the submission upon request from the editor will have to follow the same guidelines presented here.

Upon submitting a revised submission, the authors will be guided to provide a re-submission letter, attaching the revision details, based on the comments provided by the editor. The attached revision details should not include author information to ensure blind peer review.

For any further assistance, please contact the editorial office before submitting your manuscript at hpp@tbzmed.ac.ir or +984133364795.

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