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• Philosophy of Journal of Evolution and Health

• Who May Submit?

• General Submission Rules

• Article Formatting

• Article Types

• Review Procedures

• Copyright

• Personal Use Exemption

Philosophy of Journal of Evolution and Health

For more information, please see the Journal’s Aims and Scope page.

Who May Submit?

The Journal of Evolution and Health welcomes contributions from all sources – scholars, clinicians, and laypersons. The Journal seeks to build a community that extends beyond the walls of academia, and to cultivate knowledge and insight wherever it may be found. Articles must be submitted by their authors and authors must own the copyright to the article or be authorized to submit the article by the copyright holder.

Authors are also required to agree to the following statement:

All human subjects research reported in this article was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008, and in accordance with ethical standards of all responsible institutional and national oversight committees. All animal subjects research followed institutional and national guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals.”

General Submission Rules

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Journal of Evolution and Health online submission system.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). However, "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, material submitted to the Journal of Evolution and Health may not be simultaneously submitted to or under review at another journal (electronic or print) until completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal of Evolution and Health.

If you have further questions, please contact the editors.

Article Formatting

Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word format. Articles should include some or all of the following sections: title page, abstract and keywords, introduction, results and discussion, materials / subjects and methods, acknowledgements and disclosures, and references. Within the main body (introduction, results and discussion, materials and methods), numerical citations ([1], [2], [3]) should be used to mark cited articles from the references section. Tables and figures should be positioned inline in the Word document at the locations where they would most naturally be referenced by the reader. Tables should use the simplest possible Microsoft Word table design, for easy rendering into HTML. Figures should be provided as high resolution (300 dpi or higher, 1800 pixels in smallest dimension) JPEG images. Text legends should be provided for tables and figures. Further formatting information is as follows:

1. The abstract should not exceed 300 words. Three to six keywords should be provided to aid web searches after publication.

2. The introduction should provide background context and history for the work. It should be as brief as possible but should assume an interdisciplinary readership who is not intimately familiar with the context and motivation of the work.

3. The results and discussion section should present results in text, tables, and figures and discuss the implications and significance of the results. The final paragraph should highlight the main conclusions and indicate opportunities for further research.

4. The materials / subjects and methods section should contain sufficient detail to allow experimental procedures to be reproduced. Articles on human or animal subjects, including case studies and clinical articles, should describe the patients or subjects.

5. The acknowledgements and disclosures section should acknowledge sources of support including funding sources, sources of material, and contributions not acknowledged in the author list; it should disclose funding sources germane to the published work and conflicts of interest.

6. The references section should provide a complete list of referenced articles including working hyperlinks to online articles and, where possible, Pubmed abstracts. Notes should be numbered in order of appearance in the article (1, 2, 3, etc). References should comply with the author-first MEDLINE/Pubmed journal article citation format, which follows the ANSI/NISO Z39.29-2005 (R2010) Bibliographic References. For example: Freedman SB, Adler M, Seshadri R, Powell EC. Oral ondansetron for gastroenteritis in a pediatric emergency department. N Engl J Med. 2006 Apr 20;354(16):1698-705. PubMed PMID: 16625009.

In addition, the manuscript must follow the formatting detailed in the Style Guide: Style Guide.

Article Types

The Journal of Evolution and Health welcomes these article types:

• Research Articles present original research in one or more scholarly disciplines.

• Clinical Articles discuss causes of disease and treatment methods for diseases, including methods for eliminating causes. They are directed at an audience of clinical practitioners.

• Case Studies present case histories and similar anecdotes that may illuminate an aspect of clinical practice.

• Popular Articles present lay perspectives; often they will draw upon personal experience and apply scholarly or clinical ideas.

• Reviews are expert overviews of the literature of a specific field directed largely toward specialists within that field or closely related disciplines. They should seek to present a balanced view of issues on which there is no scholarly consensus.

• Perspectives are expert overviews of a problem or issue that are directed toward a broad interdisciplinary audience. Perspectives should give outsiders insight into issues within a specific field. They may provide an idiosyncratic or opinionated view of issues on which there is no scholarly consensus.

• Letters are non-peer-reviewed communications to the journal which the editors believe have sufficient merit to deserve publication to a wide audience.

• Commentaries are peer-reviewed opinion pieces that are intended to stimulate discussion and debate on important issues or open scientific and medical questions.

Review Procedures

The Journal of Evolution and Health uses a single-blind review process in which reviewers know the identities of authors, but authors do not know the identity of reviewers.


Authors assign copyright to the Journal of Evolution and Health, subject to the expansive personal-use exemption described below. The Journal reserves the right to republish articles in collections and books.

If the article contains any material, such as figures or quotations, to which authors do not own copyright, the authors must obtain written permission to reproduce the material from the copyright owner and submit it with the manuscript. The original source should be cited.

Personal Use Exemption

Provided authors do not alter the format or content of articles and do not remove the notification that copyright belongs to the Journal of Evolution and Health, authors may: • Store and backup copies of the article on their personal computers and media; • Post a copy of the article on the author’s personal website or on an institutional repository at the author’s place of employment; • Post the article on a course website being taught by the author at a university or college employing the author.

Once published, a journal article cannot generally be revised or removed. We feel it is important to provide perpetual access to materials published whenever possible and appropriate. However, we will remove publications under special circumstances, including in the case of submission errors, rights violations, or inappropriate content. Please be aware, however, that even after the removal of a work, a citation to the work will remain in our system, along with a URL.

If you would like your work removed from eScholarship, please contact the editors.

Revising Work
Once manuscripts are published, we are generally unable to revise them. If a significant error or omission is discovered, contact the editors.

Open Access statement
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Journal of Evolution and Health does not have processing charges or article submission charges.
Journal of Evolution and Health
does not screen for plagiarism .

Long-term preservation policy
All materials submitted to eScholarship are automatically deposited in CDL's Merritt Preservation Repository for long-term preservation.