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Author Guidelines

Anyone may submit an original article (Provincial/Territorial Health Reform Analysis, Comparative Health Reform Analysis or Letter of Opinion/Reaction) to be considered for publication in Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the owners of the copyrights to their works under the journal's Copyright Policy. An exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer.

Network Editorials will be invited by the Editorial Board.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé, please feel free to email us at this address:

Manuscripts may be written in English or French.Provincial/Territorial Health Reform Analyses (HRAs) must follow the article format guidelines found at "HRA GUIDELINES" while Comparative Health Reform Analyses (CHRAs) should follow the article format guidlelines found at "CHRA GUIDELINES".

Submitted articles (Provincial/Territorial Health Reform Analyses and Comparative Health Reform Analyses only) must be accompanied by the following:

  • Keywords: Please submit 3-10 keywords that best describe your submission.
  • Key Messages: Please identify 1-3 key messages for readers to “take away” from the article. Each key message should not exceed one sentence in length. The editors will often use key messages to craft “tweets” that will spark interest in and discussion about the published article. We encourage authors to keep this broader social media audience in mind in identifying the key messages.
  • Abstract: Please submit an abstract that is appoximately 250 words in length. Abstracts for Provincial/Territorial Health Reform Analyses and Comparative Health Reform Analyses should follow the instructions set out in the Article Formats. Authors are asked to provide an abstract in both English and French. If you have a concern about the two languages requirement, please feel free to email us at this address:

In preparing your manuscript for submission, Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé strongly encourages authors of Health Reform Analyses (HRAs) and Comparative Health Reform Analyses (CHRAs) to follow the article format guidelines described above. Authors should follow the typesetting and layout requirements set out in the FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

Please submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file. As manuscript files need to be easily accessible by a number of different persons involved in the refereeing and the revision of manuscript, only the following files are accepted: .doc, .docx, or .rtf.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication.
  2. The author(s) have disclosed any financial, personal or professional relationships that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of such financial relationships include employment (working for the organization implementing the policy reform or for an organization with a vested interest in the policy reform) and consultancies/honoraria/paid expert testimony/grants or other payments. Examples of personal or professional relationships include a spouse/partner working for an organization implementing or with a vested interest in a reform, a role as a board member for an association representing affected organizations or a researcher whose work provided the intellectual justification for the policy reform or who has advocated personally for or against the reform (or related reforms).
  3. The submission file is in .doc or .docx file format.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS and follows the appropriate article format guidelines: HRA GUIDELINES or CHRA GUIDELINES
  5. The text is single-spaced, uses a 12-point font, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).


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