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LGBT Health

Editor-in-Chief: William Byne, MD, PhD

ISSN: 2325-8292 • Published Quarterly • Online ISSN: 2325-8306

Current Volume: 1

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be submitted using the following URL:

Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.

LGBT Health is the quarterly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to promoting optimal healthcare for sexual and gender minority persons worldwide by identifying best practices and  removing barriers to care.   While focusing narrowly on LGBT health, the Journal  maintains sufficient breadth to encompass the full range of biopsychosocial and health policy matters relevant to each sexual and gender minority population under the LGBT umbrella.  The Journal provides a much-needed authoritative source and international forum in all areas pertinent to LGBT health and healthcare services. Contributions from all continents are solicited including regions which are currently underrepresented in sexual and gender minority research.

LGBT Health publishes original research, reviews, clinical reports, and legal and policy perspectives in all of the areas identified above, as well select book reviews and letters to the editor.


Use of English Language

All submissions must be in English. Appropriate use of the English language is a requirement for review and publication in LGBT Health.  For authors whose native language is not English, we suggest using a service that can aid in the translation and rewriting of material into correct and proper English usage.  The Publisher offers this service with a subsidy from the author prior to official submission.  It is important to note that employing the use of the Publisher’s service does not guarantee acceptance of any paper.  

All submissions to the Journal are subject to peer review.  Authors are encouraged, but not required, to supply the names and email addresses of three to four individuals who are considered qualified to review the submitted material, as well as the names of individuals whom the authors would prefer not be selected as a reviewer. However, the review selection is ultimately at the discretion of the Editor.

Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract. Prior abstract publications should be described in the form of a footnote to the title. Published manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the author(s) agree(s) to each of these conditions. In addition, the author(s) explicitly assign(s) any copyrighted ownership he/she (they) may have in such manuscript to the Journal.

Article Types

All articles are peer-reviewed unless otherwise noted.   Submissions should not exceed the  limits for text, figures/tables, and references listed below. Original Articles present original quantitative or qualitative basic science, clinical, or psychosocial research.

Original Articles

  • Abstract: Standard abstract 300 word limit. See standard abstract guidelines under Manuscript Components.

  • Text: 3,000 word limit.

  • Figures and Tables: Maximum of 8 total figures and/or tables.

  • References: Maximum of 100 references.

Review Articles

  • Abstract: Standard abstract 250 word limit, but structured headings not required.

  • Text: 4,500 word limit. Details on the study selection and inclusion process and on the participants in each selected study should be included.

  • Figures and Tables: Maximum of 10 total figures and/or tables.

  • References: Maximum of 250 references.

Short Reports

(Clinical reports, case series, particularly promising  preliminary findings,  or other research findings or commentaries that are not suitable for a full Original Article)


  • Abstract: Include a brief abstract of 100 words or less; structured headings are not required.

  • Text: 2,000 word limit. Include a concise literature review and a brief overview of the study, sufficient details on the study's methods and analysis, and a brief summarizing conclusion.

  • Figures and Tables: Maximum of 3 total figures and/or tables.

  • References: Maximum of 25 references.

Legal and Policy Perspectives 

(e.g., short pieces in which authors share or argue a viewpoint grounded in the literature but not linked to a particular recent article in LGBT Health)


  • Abstract: Include a brief abstract of 100 words or less; structured headings are not required.

  • Text: 1,500 word limit. The first paragraph should be a brief overview as there is no abstract. The perspective and points should be grounded in the literature. Include a brief summarizing conclusion.

  • Figures and Tables: Maximum of 3 total figures and/or tables.

  • References: Maximum of 25 references.

Book Reviews:   Short reviews of particularly salient books in the field with direct bearing on LGBT health.  Limit 1,000 words.  No abstract, figures, tables, or references. Include book title being reviewed, author and/or editors, publisher information, ISBN number, and number of pages.

Letters to the Editor:  Comments on recently published LGBT Health articles.

  • Special Notes: Include a short title related to but distinct from the published article being addressed. Provide the standard title page, but no running head or Keywords. The Editors may choose to invite the authors to submit a response to the Letter. Not peer reviewed.

  • Text: 500 word limit.

  • Figures and Tables: Maximum of 1 total figure and/or table.

  • References: No more than 5 references, one of which must be the LGBT Health article being discussed.


It is incumbent upon the submitting author to ensure the accuracy and inclusion of all contributing authors’ names and affiliations upon original submission of the paper. Once a paper is accepted for publication, changes in authorship – including the page proof stage – are NOT permitted. Changes in authorship after publication are strictly prohibited.

Online Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be uploaded to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lgbt in a word processing format, preferably in Microsoft Word. Do not submit the manuscript or any of its components in PDF format. All authors on a submitted manuscript must have a Manuscript Central account.

Create An Account in Manuscript Central

If you do not already have an account in Manuscript Central for LGBT Health, you will need to create one.  Once you create your account, you may log in to the system to begin your submission.


Provide a minimum of four keywords when uploading your manuscript.  These keywords will facilitate the review process and will be published as part of the paper.

Suggested Reviewers

Authors are encouraged to suggest the names and emails of appropriate reviewers during Manuscript Central submission, though final selection of reviewers is at the discretion of the Editors.

Cover Letter

Please include a cover letter from the corresponding author. The cover letter should include the following:


  • A statement indicating that the paper has not been previously published in any form

  • Abstract word count

  • Main text word count

  • Number of tables

  • Number of figures

  • Number of appendices (if applicable)

  • Authors are encouraged to detail the significance and uniqueness of the work in a single paragraph

Manuscript Components

General Formatting and Style


  • Use of English Language: All submissions must be in English. LGBT Health uses American-style English

  • Plagiarism: All submitted manuscripts will be processed through plagiarism detection software. Plagiarized manuscripts will be rejected immediately.

  • Word limits: See word limits under Article Types. Word limits do not include the title page, headings, abstract, acknowledgments, disclaimer, author disclosure statement, references, figures, tables, or legends.

  • Font: Times New Roman or Arial in 12-point type

  • Abbreviations: Expand all abbreviations at first mention in the text

  • Margins: 1 inch

  • Line and word spacing: Double-space all manuscript pages, including figure legends.

Title Page

The title (first) page of all manuscripts must contain the following information:

1.   Exact title (No proprietary names, trade names, or abbreviations should be within the article title)

2.   All participating authors should be listed on the manuscript at the time of submission.  Changes in authorship will not be permitted after acceptance of a paper.

3.   For each author:

  •   Full name, including middle initial if applicable
  • Primary academic degrees (such as MD, DO, PhD, MPH, etc. No undergraduate or honorary degrees, fellowship or society memberships, etc.)

  •  Institutional affiliation(s)

  • City, state, and country for each affiliation

  • Email address

  • Note: 

                    O  - Group authors (i.e., “…on behalf of the XYZ Study”) are permissible
                    O  - Co-first authors are also permitted. On the title page, please include an asterisk after each co-first author and note them as such


 4.  Corresponding author:

  •  Full name, including middle initial if applicable
  • Primary academic degrees (such as MD, DO, PhD, MPH, etc. No undergraduate or honorary degrees, fellowship or society memberships, etc.)
  • Institutional affiliation(s)
  • City, state, and country for each affiliation
  • Full mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Email address
  • It is the Journal’s policy that a manuscript has only ONE corresponding author listed on a paper.  This designation should be determined at the time of submission.  Additions to corresponding authors are not permitted after acceptance or in page proofs.

5.    Running head:

  • 50 characters or fewer (including spaces; abbreviations acceptable)


Abstract (must be included within the text of the manuscript)

A structured abstract using the following guidelines should accompany every manuscript unless otherwise noted above under Article Types. The abstract should appear on a separate page after the title page. The abstract should be no more than 300 words, formatted with the following headings:

              - Purpose
              - Methods
              - Results
              - Conclusion

  •  Do not use proprietary or trade names
  •   References are not permitted in the abstract
  •  Headings do not contribute toward abstract word count


After the Conclusion of the main body of the manuscript, include a separate section acknowledging any contributors who did not meet the requirements for authorship and any science writers or corporate employees who participated in the development of the manuscript. Also include acknowledgments of research support for the study.


After the Acknowledgments section, include a “Disclaimer” section, if needed, for the following:


  • Detail any important disclaimers (for example, the primary data collection organization for a secondary-analysis article)
  •   Provide all appropriate details if any part of the manuscript was previously presented

Author Disclosure Statement

Following the Acknowledgments section (or Disclaimer if one was included), include a section entitled ‘‘Author Disclosure Statement.’’ Here authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. 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 actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state ‘‘No competing financial interests exist.’’


Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references. Number references in the order they are cited in the text; do not alphabetize. In-text citations should be in numerical order, superscripted, not contained within parentheses or brackets, and placed after punctuation.


  • Check the Article Types section for reference number limits for some article types
  • Begin the Reference section on a separate page after the Author Disclosure Statement section
  • Double-space all lines and single-space between words
  • Articles accepted and in press are included in the Reference section
  • Personal communications, unpublished data, or manuscripts “in preparation” or “submitted for publication” should not be included in the Reference section. If necessary, these should be included at the appropriate place in the body of the text. Personal communications should include the contact’s first initial and last name, and the month and year of the communication
  • List all authors and/or editors up to 4; for 5 or more, list the first 3 followed by “et al.”
  • For books, volume and edition numbers should be included when appropriate
  • Abbreviate journal names in accordance with PubMed / MEDLINE
  • No PMIDs or PCMIDs
  • References that are abstracts should be indicated as such, with the abstract number included, if applicable
  • Citation formats are based on NLM style, please see below for specific LGBT Health format examples 

Reference Samples

Journal Article
Ramirez MH, Rogers SJ, Johnson HL, et al: If we ask, what they might tell: Clinical assessment lessons from LGBT military personnel post-DADT. J Homosex 2013;60:401-418.

Hembree WC, Cohen-Kettenis P, Delemarre-van de Waal HA, et al: Endocrine treatment of transsexual persons: An Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2009;94:3132-3154.

Chapter in edited volume
Pleak RR: Ethical issues in diagnosing and treating of gender-dysphoric children and adolescents. In: Sissies and Tomboys: Gender Nonconformity and Homosexual Childhood. Edited by Rottnek M. New York: New York University Press, 1999, pp 34-51.

Bagemihl B: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.


[Author (if available)]:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health.  www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth    Last accessed on May 13, 2014.

Chapter in single authored book
Bagemihl B: The birds and the bees.  In:  Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, 1st  ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999, pp 9-42.

Resolution by professional association
American Medical Association House of Delegates. Resolution 122 (A-08). 122. 2008.

Task Force Report    
American Psychological Association Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance. Report of the Task Force on Gender Identity and Gender Variance.  2008. Washington, DC, American Psychological Association.

Independent publisher
Consortium on the management of disorders of sex development: Handbook for Parents Rohnert Park, CA., Intersex Society of North America, 2006.

Publication by an association
American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., text revision. DSM-IV-TR ed. Washington, DC, 2000.

Unpublished Material

When a reference is unpublished data, a manuscript in preparation, or a manuscript submitted but not in press, it should be included in parentheses in the body of the text, and not cited in the reference list. Personal communications should also be listed parenthetically in text, and should contain the first initial and last name of the contact, as well as the month and year of the communication. Published manuscripts, and those that have been accepted and are pending publication, should be cited in the reference list.

Within the text, cite tables in the order in which they appear using Arabic numerals. Tables in accepted articles will be typeset and placed near the first mention of the table in the text; do not include separate lines indicating table placement.

Table guidelines:


  •  Check the Article Types section for limits on the number of tables and/or figures for some article types

  • Prepare all tables in Word and include all tables in one file.  Do not include tables at the end of manuscript

  •  Provide a brief but descriptive title for each table. Avoid abbreviations in the table title when possible

  • Table footnote(s) should include any essential notes and must include definitions of all abbreviations and acronyms used in the table


Within the text, cite figures in the order in which they appear using Arabic numerals. Figures in accepted articles will be typeset and placed near the first mention of the figure in the text; do not include separate lines indicating figure placement.

Figure guidelines: 


  •  Check the Article Types section for limits on the number of tables and/or figures for some article types

  • Figures include graphs, charts, diagrams, illustrations, and photographic images

  • File types and guidelines:

             - All figures must be submitted as separate .TIF or .EPS files.  Do not embed figures in the main word processing document.

             - Do not submit figures as PDFs, PowerPoint, or Excel files

             - To ensure proper print quality, please submit only TIFF or EPS files. JPEG files are for screen representation-quality only and will
                print very poorly during the printing process

              - Line illustrations should be submitted at 900 DPI.  Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 DPI

               - Name figure files using only alphanumeric characters.  Do not use symbols, dots, or dashes. File names should be formatted with first author’s
                  last name and the figure number. (Ex:  SmithFig1)

  • Color figures:

             - Color art must be saved as CYMK, not RGB. (Note: If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK and some color
              variation will occur)

  • Authors must subsidize the cost of color printing.  Contact the Publisher for estimates.

  • Figure legends:


             - After the Reference section of the main word processing document (or any Tables included in the word processing document), include
                a separate page with the following information for each figure:
             - Provide a brief but descriptive title for each figure. Avoid abbreviations in the figure title when possible

             - Define all relevant information in figures, including figure part labels, footnotes, abbreviations, acronyms, arrows, and levels of
                magnification in insets

Online-Only Materials

Appendices and other supplementary materials should be included only when they are pertinent to the submitted manuscript but beyond the word or table/figure limits.

Appendix and supplementary material guidelines:

  • Published only with the online version of an accepted article
  • The print version of the article will include a URL directing readers to the online-only materials
  •  Should be important to understanding or interpretation of the manuscript and limited in length
  • Should be original and not previously published
  •  Acceptance of online-only materials is separate from acceptance of the manuscript and at the Editors’ discretion
  • Authors are encouraged to contact the Editor prior to submission of online-only materials

Post-Submission Information

Submission-Related Emails and Online Status

The Manuscript Central system sends emails only to the corresponding author (except for copyright release emails for accepted articles). Submitted manuscripts will show in the Manuscript Central Author Center of only the corresponding author.

Manuscript Decisions

Manuscripts may receive decisions of Reject, Major Revision, Minor Revision, or Accept. A manuscript decision of Major Revision or Minor Revision does not guarantee the manuscript will ultimately be accepted. Article type word limits apply to revisions as well as initial submissions.


It is the submitting author’s  responsibility to ensure the accuracy and inclusion of all contributing authors’ names and affiliations upon submission. Once a paper is accepted for publication, changes in authorship while the paper is in production – including page proofs – are NOT permitted. Changes in authorship after publication are strictly prohibited.



Upon acceptance of any manuscript processed through Manuscript Central, all authors will receive a follow-up email with instructions on completing our online Copyright Agreement form.  Each author will receive individualized links to their copyright form.  Authors will not be permitted to “share” or forward these individualized links as they are unique to each author.  Therefore, it is critical to ensure the accuracy of ALL authors’ email addresses when uploading submissions to ensure the proper delivery of each copyright form, and any other pertinent email communications.

The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to ensure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright.

Failure by all authors to submit this form will result in a delay in publication.


Authors are responsible for procuring permissions to reproduce illustrations or tables taken from other publications and must be acknowledged by a complete credit line in the figure legend. The original publisher’s letter of permission should be available for submission to LGBT Health if requested by the Editors or the Publisher. A full citation should also be included in the Reference section.



If applicable, it is incumbent upon the author(s) to obtain patient release statements of permission to reproduce any identifiable images of patients.  The submitting author should provide written confirmation of this critical information.  Acceptable forms of consent statements are emails or letters.  The Journal does not provide a generic patient release form.

The written consent must contain specific information about the patient's name, age, and if pertinent, conservatorship -- as well as stated permission -- granting the Journal the rights to publish the photograph within its pages (which includes the name of the Journal and article title).  

Page Proofs

Page proofs will be sent to the (one) corresponding author as designated when the manuscript was uploaded to Manuscript Central.  It is the corresponding author’s responsibility to share the page proofs with co-authors and to coordinate all authors’ corrections into one proof.  The Publisher will not accept corrections from multiple authors.
Changes in authorship in page proofs are NOT permitted under any circumstance.


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


LGBT Health is published quarterly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215, Tel: (914) 740-2100; Fax: (914) 740-2101; Email: info@liebertpub.com;  Website: www.liebertpub.com/LGBT

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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