Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

JMHS seeks evidence-based papers that contain well-supported policy ideas. Papers should begin with an executive summary of one page or less that briefly describes the theme and purpose of the article and that lists (preferably in bullet form) both its findings and its policy recommendations. Papers should generally not exceed 7,500 words, inclusive of the executive summary.

Ideas for papers — in keeping with the general criteria outlined in the concept note — can be vetted prior to submission with Donald Kerwin at (212) 255-1111 or All papers will be peer-reviewed and, thus, not all papers — even solicited papers — will be accepted for publication.



In order to ensure impartiality in the selection of manuscripts for publication, all papers deemed appropriate for JMHS will be sent out anonymously to reviewers. To protect anonymity, authors should submit a separate cover page with the manuscript title and author names, affiliations, and contact information. Authors should also remove names and affiliations from the executive summary, manuscript, and/or tables and figures.

JMHS has the right to first publication of all submitted manuscripts. Manuscripts should not be submitted simultaneously to another publication. Submission of a manuscript to JMHS is taken to indicate the author’s commitment to publish in JMHS. No paper known to be under review by any other journal will be reviewed by JMHS. However, JMHS will consider policy papers based on previously published or posted research. Authors will not be paid for accepted manuscripts. If manuscripts are accepted and published, all rights, including subsidiary rights, will be owned by CMS. However, the author will retain the right to use his or her article without charge in any book of which he/she is the author or editor after it has appeared in JMHS. There are no submission fees or article processing charges to publish in this journal.


Submissions, correspondence, revisions, and other communications should be made, whenever possible, electronically. Authors should:

  • Type and double-space all copy — including indented matter, footnotes, and references;
  • Include a cover page listing the manuscript title and author(s)’s names, affiliations, and contact information;
  • Include an executive summary of not more than one page summarizing the theme/topic of the paper, as well as its findings and recommendations.
  • Save any tables and graphs together in a separate file. Insert a location note (e.g., “Table 2 about here”) at the appropriate place in the manuscript text. Tables should not contain lines or more than 20 two-digit columns or the equivalent;
  • Follow the format for references in the text and appendix set forth below;
  • Not exceed 7,500 words, inclusive of the executive summary;
  • Email the electronic version of the manuscript (e.g., Word file) to; and
  • Promptly respond to proposed edits and revisions.


In-text citations and references should follow the author-date format of The Chicago Manual of Style. In-text citations should be parenthetical. For example, sources should be identified at an appropriate point in the text by last name of author, year of publication, and pagination, all within parentheses (e.g., Kerwin 2013, 24-27). Use of footnotes should be minimized and used only for substantive observations.

In an appendix entitled “References,” list all referenced items alphabetically by author, then by year of publication beginning with the most recent year. For multiple author or editor listings, give all authors. Use italics for titles of books and journals.


At this time, JMHS is not publishing book or report reviews.


For any further inquiries on JMHS, please conted the JMHS Editorial Office at