Information For Authors

Information for Contributors

Health Security
is a bimonthly peer-reviewed journal.  Its purpose is to serve as an international forum for debate and exploration of the key strategic, scientific, and operational issues posed by biological weapons and bioterrorism.  The Journal provides multidisciplinary analyses and perspectives essential to the creation of strategies and programs that can diminish the threat of bioweapons.

The intended audiences for this Journal are those professional communities that have strategic, scientific, or operational responsibilities critical to improving biosecurity, including medicine, public health, law, national security, bioscientific research, agriculture, food safety, and drug and vaccine development.

The Editors encourage submissions to the Journal from professionals in these fields and others who have the responsibility or opportunity to improve biosecurity. Contributors are asked to follow these guidelines:

• Send an outline or letter to Jaclyn Fox at summarizing your paper before submitting—or even writing—the paper. We can give you quick feedback on whether the idea fits the journal.

• Do not submit papers that have been published or that are currently being considered by another journal.

• Original articles, reports, and case studies should range from 3,000 to 5,000 words. Leading edge review papers of a scientific concept or technological application of relevance to biodefense or bioweapons development may be up to 5,000 words in length.

• Editorials and commentaries may be on any issues of relevance to the field but should be succinct and include appropriate documentation. Letters to the Editors intended for publication should be no more than 500 words and may be edited.

• Avoid jargon and overly technical presentations. Our readers come from a number of different fields, and your article should be understandable to well-informed, intelligent readers from various disciplines.

• In addition to presenting the methods and results of a study, you should draw implications from the results and discuss their relevance.

• All authors and co-authors, by definition, are responsible for a significant part of the manuscript. All authors should have taken part in writing the paper, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content.  Any author whose name appears on a paper assumes responsibility and accountability for the content. All authors will be required to sign a copyright release form.


Authors must disclose any potential conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, when submitting a manuscript.  Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at for further guidance.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted online using the following url:

• Submit all manuscripts double blinded and do not put your name on every page.
• All material published in the journal is copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., including print and electronic rights. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce papers are handled efficiently and consistently and will also allow the material to be as widely disseminated as possible. Forms for this purpose will be sent to authors when manuscripts have been accepted for publication. Authors may use their own material in other publications, provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and that the publisher is notified in advance.


Health Security was created to foster discussion of biosecurity and bioterrorism issues and to promote informed biodefense decision making amongst policymakers, technical experts, and the public.  However, the editors recognize that, in the process of promoting this critical debate, some of the articles published in this journal may contain information, such as public health biodefense preparedness vulnerabilities, biotechnologies, experimental methodologies, and medical response capacities, that could arguably lower the barriers to bioweapons attacks and/or increase the potential consequences of those attacks.  There exists a recognized and important tension between academic freedom and the potential for misapplication of scientific and other knowledge.  Judgments must be made regarding the balancing of risks against the importance of an open, robust debate on these topics.

Given that essentially all biological science information is currently unclassified and available on the worldwide web and that medical and public health planning efforts are largely proceeding in the public domain, the editors believe that it will be a rare occasion that a decision not to publish potentially sensitive information will occur.  While editorial procedures are in place to ensure such actions can occur should they be necessary, the editors have a strong commitment against withholding scientific or other information unless there are clear and compelling reasons to do so.


Preparation of Manuscripts

• Type the entire manuscript, including tables and figure legends, double-spaced with 1-inch margins on all sides. Number pages consecutively.

• Title page.  The title page should have a title of about 45 characters (including spaces).  Do not include authors’ names on this page or subsequent pages.

• Abstract.  The abstract should state the topic of the article and provide a summary of its main points. It should not exceed 250 words.

• Text.  Insert appropriate subheads in the text. A typical research article will have an introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, and references. Policy articles, commentaries, and other types of articles should include appropriate subheads.

• Acknowledgments.  Authors should acknowledge only those people and institutions that have made substantive contributions to the study. Details of sources of funding must be given, and any potential conflicts of interest must be declared (e.g., financial, personal, political, or academic).

• References.  The references should be cited in the text using the numerical order of citation method. The reference list should be at the end of the paper, double-spaced, and organized numerically by order of citation. References should be presented according to the style of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Vancouver style)  [], as shown below:

            Journal article
            Chadee DD, Kitron U. Spatial and temporal patterns of imported malaria cases and local transmission in Trinidad. Am J Trop Med Hyg 1999;61:513-7.

            Fish D. Population ecology of Ixodes dammin. In: Ginsberg H, ed. Ecology and Environmental Management of Lyme Disease. Rutgers, NJ: Rutgers University Press;1993:25-42.

• Tables.  Submit each table as a separate file. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations used in the body of the table in footnotes.

• Illustrations.  Cite figures consecutively within the manuscript.

Please follow these guidelines for submitting artwork:

• Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
• Line illustrations should be submitted at 1200 dpi.
• Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
• Save as either TIFF or EPS files.
• Color art must be saved as CYMK - not RGB.
• Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale – not RGB.
• Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap or Excel files.

Please name your artwork files with the submitting authors name i.e. SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc. Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.

You will be given directions on how to correct any files which do not pass.


Converting Word or Excel files: Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:

• All files should be scanned at 100% size.
• 300 dpi
• Final color mode: cmyk
• save file as: .tif or .eps
If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to

• Permissions.  Figures, tables, and text taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher of the original material granting permission for reproduction. Include permission from authors to cite unpublished data or papers still in press.

• Reprints.  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.


The journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215; Telephone: (914) 740–2100; fax: (914) 740–2108; e-mail:; web site:

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