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Games for Health Journal

Editor-in-Chief: Tom Baranowski, PhD

ISSN: 2161-783X • Published Bimonthly • Online ISSN: 2161-7856

Current Volume: 3

Call for Papers for the following Special Issues:

For Authors

  • Manuscript Submissions
  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
  • Self-Archiving Policy
  • Open Access Policy
  • Manuscript Submissions


    Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, and Clinical Applications publishes quantitative scientific articles in a wide range of health areas that are addressed in health games, such as physical activity, healthy lifestyle, disease prevention and self-management, adherence to treatment plans, mental and cognitive health, and clinical training and delivery of care. Also of interest are articles that test and advance theories and research methods relevant to the field, and outcomes studies that demonstrate how and why a health game was effective with a specific target population. In addition to peer-reviewed scientific articles, the journal will include news, product reviews, event announcements, roundtable discussions and opinion pieces.

    The Journal explores the development, applications, use and results of fixed and portable games and game-related devices and activities to directly or indirectly improve physical and mental health and well-being. Examples include simulation and training of health providers for new therapies; games and related devices to improve physical fitness, reduce obesity and overcome injuries; and behavior modification training for loved ones suffering from battlefield post-traumatic stress disorder.

    All manuscripts must be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/g4h

    Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.


    All manuscripts should be prepared in Word.  Do not upload PDFs of any text files.

    Original Research Papers: The title page should include the authors' names and affiliations, the source of a work or study (if any), and a running title of about 45 characters. Please indicate the author to whom correspondence should be sent when you submit. The abstract should be no more than 250 words and should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. Abstracts should be structured and contain separate sections as follows: Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Perspective papers should follow this format: Abstract (unstructured), Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, Author Disclosure, and References. The body of the MS should not exceed 3,000 words. At the end of the manuscript, give the name and address of the individual to whom correspondence should be directed.

    Brief Communications: An abstract of 300 words should outline the purpose, methodology and results of the communication. The format for the body of the manuscript may vary depending upon the nature of the report but may not exceed 1,000 words. References should be included.

    Reviews: An abstract of 250 words should state the subject of the review and its importance. The abstract should summarize the most important points of the review. The body of the manuscript should take on headings appropriate for the topic (for example: Introduction, Technology Issues, Regulatory Issues, Clinical Studies). The body of the text should not exceed 3,000 words.

    Other Communications: The editors welcome letters concerning items published in the Journal. Book reviews and potential news items are also welcome.

    Please adhere to the following instructions to avoid delays in processing.


    Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Do not repeat information that is given in the text, and do not make a table for data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences. Provide titles for all tables. Define all acronyms in table footnotes. All other types of table footnotes should be designated using superscript letters, not symbols.

    When naming your figure files, please label them with the author's last name, followed by the figure number. Ex: SmithFig1.tif. Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number. (ie: When figures or table files are opened, the figure or table number should appear inside the file.)

    Electronic submission of art MUST follow these guidelines:

    1. Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
    2. Do not prepare any figures in Word as they are not workable. 
    3. Line illustrations must be submitted at 900 DPI.
    4. Halftones and color photos should be submitted at 300 DPI. 
    5. Please submit only TIFF or EPS files.
    6. Color art must be saved as CYMK not RGB. If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK, and some color variation may occur.
    7. PowerPoint or Excel files cannot be uploaded.


    Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.”

    All authors must disclose any associations that pose real or perceived conflicts of interest in connection with the manuscript. Authors should also disclose any financial interests that they may have in the company supporting the work. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are perceived, potential, or actual be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."



    Patients and Study Participants
    All manuscripts must comply with the privacy and confidentiality requirements outlined on the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit http://www.icmje.org/ethical_5privacy.html

    When articles include reports of studies on human subjects, state in the Methods section that an appropriate institutional review board or ethics committee approved the study. Authors who do not have formal ethics review committees should follow the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. In the Methods section, state that informed consent was obtained from subjects (specify written or verbal).

    The principal author must state that if animals were used experimentally, permission was obtained from the appropriate committee(s), and that the animals were treated humanely and the standards conformed to those of current ethical animal research practices.

    In addition, text and photographs should not reveal any identifying information unless it is essential for scientific purposes (in which case, consent should be obtained). Masking the subjects’ eyes in photographs is often insufficient to protect their identity.


    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.

    *This portion of Games for Health Journal’s Instructions for Authors has been quoted directly from the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals website. For more information, visit www.icmje.org/ethical_6protection.html


    Please upload individual files of all manuscript material — do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure, and table files of your paper. Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process.



    Reference citations are not permitted in the abstract of a paper. References should be presented in the following style: 


    Hawn C. Games for health: The latest tool in the medical care arsenal. Health Aff 2009; 28:-28.


    Beale IL. Video Games for Health Journal: Principles and Strategies for Design and Evaluation (Public Health in the 21st Century). Hauppauge NY; Nova Science Publishers, Inc.; 2011.

    If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be so designated. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the reference and are reminded that inaccurate references are highly frustrating to the reader, the cited author, and indexing services. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow Medline


    Follow the Uniform Guidelines for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals (Ann Intern Med 1988; 108:258-265). Papers will be edited to conform to the individual style of Games for Health Journal.


    The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published material, even if it is the author's own work. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other institutions and should accompany the manuscript. 


    Institutional affiliations, as indicated on the title page, should include all corporate affiliations and all funding sources that support the work.


    Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.

    Games for Health Journal publishes 6 issues annually by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. Telephone: (914) 740–2100; fax: (914) 740–2101; online: http://www.liebertpub.com/default.aspx

  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies

    NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Self-Archiving Policy

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a "blue" publisher (as defined by Sherpa), as we allow self-archiving of post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF.

    In assigning Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. copyright, the author retains the right to deposit such a 'post-print' on their own website, or on their institution's intranet, or within the Institutional Repository of their institution or company of employment, on the following condition, and with the following acknowledgement:

    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

  • Open Access Policy

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    • Fast Track online-ahead-of-print publication
    • Immediate upload to PubMed Central and other internationally recognized repositories*
    • Recognition on online Table of Contents with exclusive OA icon
    • Compliance with OA funding mandates with no embargo period
    • Savings on future OA article publication
    • Complimentary membership in AuthorCite®, the author services platform exclusively licensed by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. that delivers the tools you need to maximize your professional impact.

    These valuable benefits are included with a one-time article processing charge (APC). APC charge varies based on journal, membership, and subsequent submissions.

    Contact openaccess@liebertpub.com for questions on article Open Access options. 

     *Please note that PubMedCentral, not the Publisher, has sole control over when the paper is made live on PMC.


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The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.

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