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Information For Authors

All submitting authors are required to complete their submissions using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.

Manuscripts must be submitted using the following URL:
http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lgbt

Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.

LGBT Health is a 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 perspectives in all of the areas identified above, as well select book reviews and letters to the editor.

Exclusivity

Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the same form or substantially similar form, except in the form of an abstract.  Presentation of an abstract at a meeting/conference should be disclosed in a footnote on the title page of the manuscript, and must include the name of the conference, meeting location, and date(s).

Special Open Access publishing option -- Contact:  OpenAccess@liebertpub.com

Use of English Language

All submissions must be in English. Appropriate use of English is a requirement for review and publication in LGBT Health. To support non-native speakers, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has partnered with Editage to provide language editing and translation services for a fee prior to official submission. To learn more about the services, please visit the Liebert Author Services website. Please note that employing the use of such services is not mandatory and using it, or any other language editing service, does not guarantee the acceptance of any paper. All submissions are subject to peer review.

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

Original Articles present original quantitative or qualitative basic science, clinical, or psychosocial research.

Original Articles should include the following components:

  • Title page
  • Structured Abstract: Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusion (250 word limit).
  • Text: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion (3000 word limit).
  • References: Maximum of 100 references.
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables and Figures: A maximum of 8 total figures and/or tables is permitted.

 

Review Articles

Review articles systematically review and analyze recent literature in an area of particular salience to the health of any sexual or gender minority group.

Review articles should include the following components:

  • Title page
  • Abstract: Structured headings are not essential (250 word limit).
  • Text: Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion (4500 word limit). Details on the study selection and inclusion process and on the participants in each selected study should be included.
  • References: Maximum of 250 references.
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables and Figures: A maximum of 10 total figures and/or tables is permitted.

Short Reports

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

Short Reports should include the following components:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract: Structured headings (Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusion) are ONLY required for original research (100 word limit).
  • Text: An Introduction and a brief Conclusion are mandatory for all articles. If the report is presenting original research, Methods, Results, and a Discussion are also required (2000 word limit). Include a concise literature review and a brief overview of the study and sufficient details on the study's methods and analysis.
  • References: Maximum of 25 references.
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables and Figures: A maximum of 3 total figures and/or tables is permitted.

 

Perspectives 

Perspectives present opinions and insights on a current topic, describe novel hypotheses, or consider controversial issues, including legal, policy, and ethical issues. These articles may provide critical commentary on recent advances and future directions and discuss implications for clinical practice or public health. The perspective and points in the article should be supported by relevant literature.

Perspectives should include the following components: 

  • Title page
  • Abstract: Structured headings are not required (100 word limit)
  • Text: Introduction and a Conclusion are mandatory (1500 word limit).
  • References: Maximum of 25 references.
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables and Figures: A maximum of 3 total figures and/or tables is permitted.

Book Reviews

Short reviews of particularly salient books in the field with direct bearing on LGBT health will be considered.  Limit 1,000 words.  No abstract, figures, or tables. 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 (not peer reviewed).

Letters to the Editor should include the following components:

  • Title Page: Include a short title related to, but distinct from, the published article being addressed; No running head or keywords.
  • Text: 500 word limit.
  • References: Maximum of 5 references, one of which must be the LGBT Health article being discussed.
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables and Figures: A maximum of 1 total figure and/or table may be included.

Special Note: The Editors may choose to invite the authors to submit a response to the Letter.

ONLINE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

All manuscript files must be uploaded to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lgbt 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.

Keywords

To facilitate the peer review process, select 4-6 keywords from the drop-down list when submitting your manuscript.   


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 article has not been previously published in any form
  • A statement confirming that the article is not under consideration nor in press elsewhere
  • Authors are encouraged to detail the significance and uniqueness of the work in a single paragraph

 

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: 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
  • Page size: Letter size (8.5 x 11 inches)
  • 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 an article.
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), including department, institution, city, and state
  • Email address

Notes: 

            Group authors (i.e., “…on behalf of the XYZ Study”) are permitted

Co-first authors are also permitted. On the title page, please put an asterisk after each co-first author and note them as such.

    4.  For the Corresponding author provide:

  • 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) including department name
  • Full mailing address, city, state, and country
  • Phone and fax numbers
  • Email address

5.    Running head: 50 characters or fewer (including spaces; abbreviations acceptable)

6.    Keywords: Provide a list of 4-6 keywords. These keywords will be included in the published article.

7.    Word Count/ Number of items: Indicate abstract and main text word counts and number of tables, figures, and appendices (if applicable).

 

Abstract (must be included within the main article file)

The abstract should appear on a separate page after the title page.   

 

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

 

Acknowledgments
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.

Disclaimer
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 presented previously

 

Author Disclosure Statement(s)

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.’’

 

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

 

Study Design and Ethics

Documented review and approval from a formally constituted review board (Institutional Review Board or Ethics committee) should be required for all studies involving people, medical records, and human tissues. For those investigators who do not have access to formal ethics review committees, the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki should be followed. If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement from the committee should be required. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If not possible, an institutional review board must decide if this is ethically acceptable. This information should be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and a sentence declaring adherence should be included in the acknowledgment section of the manuscript.
 

Animal experiments should require full compliance with local, national, ethical, and regulatory principles, and local licensing arrangements.
 

Definitions of Scientific Misconduct
 

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers generally follows the guidelines and rules regarding scientific misconduct put forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

Scientific misconduct and violation of publishing ethics vary and can be intentionally or unintentionally perpetrated. Some examples of misconduct and violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scientific Misconduct: Fabrication, falsification, concealment, deceptive reporting, or misrepresentation of any data constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
     
  •  Authorship Disputes: Deliberate misrepresentation of a scientist’s contribution to the published work, or purposefully omitting the contributions of a scientist.
     

  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: Improper use of scholarly exchange and activity may constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.
     

  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
     

  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research:
    Including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biologic, or chemical materials constitutes misconduct.
     

  • Conflict of Interest:  Nondisclosure of any conflicts, direct or indirect, to the Journal which prevents you from being unbiased constitutes misconduct.
     
  • Deliberate misrepresentation: of qualifications, experience, or research accomplishments to advance the research program, to obtain external funding, or for other professional advancement constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
     
  • Plagiarism: Purposely claiming another’s work or idea as your own constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
     

  • Simultaneous Submission:  Submitting a paper to more than one publication at the same time constitutes misconduct.

Responding to Allegations of Possible Misconduct
 

The Publisher is committed to helping protect the integrity of the public scientific record by sharing reasonable concerns with authorities who are in the position to conduct an appropriate investigation into an allegation.  As such, all allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal who in turn will review the circumstances, possibly in consultation with associate editors and/or members of the editorial board. Initial fact-finding will usually include a request to all the involved parties to state their case and explain the circumstances in writing. In questions of research misconduct centering on methods or technical issues, the Editor-In-Chief may confidentially consult experts who are blinded to the identity of the individuals, or if the allegation is against an editor, an outside expert. The Editor-In-Chief will arrive at a conclusion as to whether there is enough reasonable evidence that the possibility of misconduct occurred.
 

When allegations concern authors, the peer review and publication process for the manuscript in question will cease while the process described herein is researched. The investigation will be taken to completion even if the authors withdraw their paper.  In the case of allegations against reviewers or editors, they will be replaced in the review process while the matter is investigated.
 

Editors or reviewers who are found to have engaged in scientific misconduct will be removed from further association with the Journal, and reported to their institution.
 

If an inquiry concludes there is a reasonable possibility of misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief will retract the paper from the Journal and the scientific record.  If the paper is still under peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will withdraw the paper from consideration to the Journal.
 

All allegations will be kept confidential.

 

Protection of Research Participants

Informed Consent, Study Ethics Approval, and Subject Confidentiality

All manuscripts must comply with the recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals. For more information, visit http://www.icmje.org

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013. 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. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.* In the Methods section of the article, authors must state that informed consent was obtained from subjects (specify written or verbal).


Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are de-identified, authors should provide assurance, and editors should so note, that such changes do not distort scientific meaning.*

 

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether institutional and national standards for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.*


*These sections of LGBT Health’s Instructions for Authors have been quoted directly from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors website. For more information, visit www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/protection-of-research-participants.html

References
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 sequential numerical order, superscripted, not contained within parentheses or brackets, and placed after punctuation.

 

  • 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 if there are 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
  • Do not include PMIDs or PCMIDs
  • References that are abstracts should be indicated as such, with the abstract number included, if applicable
  • Please see below for specific LGBT Health format examples.


Reference Samples

Journal Article
Erchull MJ, Liss M: Clinical outcomes of enjoying sexualization among lesbian women. J Homosex 2015;62:340-352.

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.

Book
Bagemihl B: Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1999.

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.  2009. 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.

 

Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV/AIDS among men who have sex with men. 2007. Available at www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/msm/resources/factsheets/pdf/msm.pdf Accessed June 12, 2015.

 

Tables
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:

  • Prepare all tables in one separate Word file.  Do not include them in the main article file and do not embed them in the text where they are cited.
  • 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

 

Figures
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: 

  • Figures include graphs, charts, diagrams, illustrations, and photographic images
  • All figures must be submitted as separate picture files.  Do not embed figures in the main article Word file.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Figure legends:

After the Reference section of the article in the main Word document include a separate page with the following information for each figure:
- 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.  NOTE:  Supplemental Information will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)

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. A manuscript with a decision of Accept with Edits will not receive a formal Accept decision until all requested edits are satisfactorily completed.

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

 

Permissions

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.

 

Page Proofs

An email containing a link to the PDF file of the page proof is sent to the corresponding author. The proof should be read carefully and returned within 3 business days to the Publisher with the author’s/authors’ approval or corrections.

 

Reprints

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.

 

Publisher

LGBT Health is published eight (8) times a year 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

Publisher Policies

All Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. journals follow the standards, guidelines, and best practices set forth by the -Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE; publicationethics.org), the International Committee of Journal Medical Editors (ICJME; www.icmje.org), the World Medical Association (WMA); www.wma.net) and the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org).

LGBT Health is a single-blinded peer-reviewed journal. All submissions are subject to peer review. Upon submission, manuscripts are assessed by an editor for suitability for the journal.  For those that are deemed suitable, a minimum of two expert reviewers in the area of study will be selected to assess the scientific basis and significance of the manuscript. Following peer review, the Editor and/or Associate Editors will determine if the paper should be accepted, require revision, or is unacceptable for publication.

Confidentiality in Peer Review

Editors and reviewers must maintain strict confidentiality of manuscripts during the peer-review process. Sharing a manuscript in whole or in part, outside the scope of what is necessary for assessment, is impermissible prior to an accepted manuscript's official publication date.

Sharing of Materials during Peer Review

Authors must honor any reasonable request for materials, methods, or data necessary to reproduce or validate the research findings during peer review unless it violates the privacy or confidentiality of human research subjects.

Papers Authored by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors

The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors will recuse themselves from participating in the review process of any manuscript in which there is a potential or actual competing interest.

Self-Citation and Self-Plagiarism

LGBT Health is committed to maintaining the integrity of the peer review process by upholding the highest standards for all published articles. All manuscripts will be processed through plagiarism detection software prior to peer review. Plagiarized manuscripts will be rejected immediately. While a manuscript submission may contain some redundancy in language and content (i.e., Materials and Methods) compared to work previously published by authors, self-plagiarism can infringe upon copyright. To avoid plagiarism, be sure to properly cite and reference all published works. (Deposition of a preprint on a preprint server is not considered as prior publication and will not impact consideration of any submitted manuscript.)

Time in Review

LGBT Health aims to maintain a short, but thorough peer-review process. The average time in review is 26 days. However, the Editor(s) will strive to expedite manuscript handling if/when special circumstances dictate.

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AUTHORSHIP

Definition of Authorship

Authorship, as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, is based on the following criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Non-Author Contributors

Contributors who meet fewer than all four of the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but they should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgments section with a description of their contribution to the work.

For further information, visit the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ website at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html

ORCID IDs

All submitting authors are required to complete their submissions using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.

AUTHORSHIP LIMIT

There is a limit of 35 of authors permitted on a single submission, but in cases where there are 20 or more co-authors, LGBT Health recommends that a collective group or consortium name be provided and the individual authors listed in the Acknowledgements.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR**

One author should be designated as the corresponding author who will be responsible for communication between the authors and the journal editorial office(s) and publisher. This individual will be responsible for ensuring all authors submit copyright forms and coordinating and responding to page proofs, as well as any managing any other necessary contact during the peer review and/or production processes.

**NOTE: Due to configuration restraints, the submission system permits only one author to be identified as the corresponding author of record. However, we recognize that some submissions call for more than one corresponding author to be noted. In such cases, select one author to be the main point of contact and/or corresponding author for all communications regarding the peer review process of the paper, but on the title page of the manuscript, designate additional co-corresponding authors by including an asterisk after the authors' names in the byline, and include an accompanying footnote on the title page that reads, "*Co-corresponding authors."  Please ensure that the title page of the submission page carries the full affiliation details and email addresses of all authors who should be noted as a corresponding author. If the paper is accepted for publication, the full contact information for all desginated co-authors will be listed at the end of the article as per usual journal style.

WORKING GROUPS / TEAM AUTHORSHIP

Working Groups or Teams may be listed in the manuscript byline, but the entire listing of names and affiliations should be included in the acknowledgment section of the manuscript. Do not list the names in a footnote on the title page.

VARIATIONS OF AUTHORSHIP

It is permissible to list up to three authors as co-first authors, or as contributing equally to the work. Include an asterisk (*) next to the authors' names who are considered as first authors. Include a corresponding footnote, using the asterisk, on the title page that reads, "These authors contributed equally to this work and are considered to be co-first authors."

CHANGES IN AUTHORSHIP

Changes in authorship after submission or acceptance of a paper are strongly discouraged, but the editorial leadership recognizes that in certain circumstances, it may be required. The journal's policy for such cases is as follows:

  • A request to alter authorship must be made in writing from the corresponding author to the Editor-in-Chief, with a detailed explanation for the request, and the names and affiliations of the authors requiring addition and/or deletion.
  • Authorship may be altered after submission or acceptance of a paper ONLY with the expressed written approval of all authors named on the manuscript, as well as the individual(s) being added and/or deleted. The Publisher can provide a form for this, if needed.
  • Upon receipt of the request and all written approvals of all involved parties, the Editor-in-Chief will consider the request, render a decision, and notify the corresponding author.
  • There is a one-year post-publication statute of limitation on requests for alterations in authorship.
  • Post-publication changes or alterations to conference abstracts are prohibited.

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EXCLUSIVITY

Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the same form or substantially similar form, except in the form of a conference abstract.  If work was presented at a conference, supply the name, date, and location of the meeting as a footnote on the title page of the submission.

AUTHOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

  • Competing Interests. A competing interest exists when an individual (or the individual's institution) has financial or personal relationships that may inappropriately influence his actions. These competing interests may be potential or actual, financial or other.
  • Personal Financial Interests. Stocks or shares in a company that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; consulting fees or other remuneration from an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; patents or patent applications that are owned by or licensed to companies/institutions that may gain or lose value from publication of the article.
  • Funding. Research support by organizations that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article. This support includes salary, equipment, supplies, honoraria, reimbursement or prepayment for attending symposia, and other expenses.
  • Employment. Recent (within the past 5 years), current, or anticipated employment by an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article.
  • Other Competing Interests. Any personal relationship which may inappropriately affect the integrity of the research reported (by an author) or the objectivity of the review of the manuscript (by a reviewer or Editor), for example, competition between investigators, previous disagreements between investigators, or bias in professional judgment.

SELF-CITATION AND SELF-PLAGIARISM

LGBT Health is committed to maintaining the integrity of the peer review process by upholding the highest standards for all published articles. All manuscripts will be processed through plagiarism detection software prior to peer review. Plagiarized manuscripts will be rejected immediately. While a manuscript submission may contain some redundancy in language and content (i.e., Materials and Methods) compared to work previously published by authors, self-plagiarism can infringe upon copyright. To avoid plagiarism, be sure to properly cite and reference all published works.

AFFILIATIONS

Authors should identify as their institution(s) the facility where the work was performed and executed.  Changes in an author’s affiliation after the work was completed but prior to the submission or publication of the manuscript should be noted by including an asterisk as a superscript to the name in the author listing, as well as a corresponding footnote on the title page indicating “Current Address” listing the new affiliation.   Corrections to affiliations or contact information due to relocation after publication is not permitted.

REPRINTS

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

Word limits do NOT pertain to the title page, abstract, disclosure statements, author contribution statements, funding information, acknowledgments, tables, figure legends, or references. Appendices count against the word limit. Exceptions to the limitations set herein are permissible at the discretion of the Editor.

Original Articles

Original Articles present original quantitative or qualitative basic science, clinical, or psychosocial research.
•    3,000-word limit
•    Structured abstract of no more than 250 words, with the following headings: Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusion.
•    Maximum total of eight (8) figures and/or tables
•    Maximum of 100 references

Review Articles
Review articles systematically review and analyze recent literature in an area of particular salience to the health of any sexual or gender minority population.
•    5,000-word limit
•    Structured abstract of no more than 250 words, with the following headings: Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusion.
•    Details on the study selection and inclusion process and on the participants in each selected study should be included.
•    Maximum total of ten (10) figures and/or tables
•    Maximum of 150 references

Short Reports
Short Reports are original research studies that present novel data or results from smaller study populations/clinical studies.
•    2,000-word limit
•    Structured abstract of no more than 150 words, with the following headings: Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusion.
•    Include a concise literature review and a brief overview of the study and sufficient details on the study's methods and analysis.
•    Maximum total of three (3) figures and/or tables
•    Maximum of 30 references

Perspectives
Perspectives present opinions and insights on a current or emerging topic, describe novel hypotheses, or consider controversial issues, including legal, policy, and ethical issues. These articles may provide critical commentary on recent advances and future directions and discuss implications for health research, clinical practice, or public health. The perspective and points in the article must be supported by relevant literature.
•    1,500-word limit
•    Unstructured abstract of no more than 150 words
•    An Introduction and a Conclusion are mandatory; other headings may be used to organize the text
•    Maximum total of three (3) figures and/or tables
•    Maximum of 25 references

Editorials
Editorials are typically invited by the editor-in-chief.
•    1,000-word limit
•    No abstract
•    No figures or tables
•    Maximum of 10 references

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor comment on articles published in LGBT Health in the preceding four months. Include a standard title page, but no running head or keywords. The Editors may choose to invite the authors of the published article to submit a response to the Letter.
•    500-word limit
•    No abstract or article headings
•    May include one figure OR table
•    Reference citations are identical in style to those of full original articles, but should not exceed five (5). One of the references must be the LGBT Health article being discussed.

Book Reviews
Short reviews of particularly salient books in the field with direct bearing on LGBT health and published within the preceding 6 months will be considered.
•    1,000-word limit
•    No abstract, figures, or tables
•    Maximum of five references
•    Include the title of the book being reviewed, the author and/or editors, publisher information, ISBN number, and number of pages.

Case Reports and Case Series will only be considered if they have significant clinical and/or educational merit and make a novel contribution to the field.

 

INTERNAL REVIEW BOARD APPROVALS/WAIVERS

(as described and defined on the World Medical Association's website; www.wma.net)

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki as revised in 2013. 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. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.

If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement from the committee is required. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If not possible, an institutional review board must decide if this is ethically acceptable. This information should be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and in a sentence declaring adherence should be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript.

ETHICS OF EXPERIMENTATION

All articles involving the use of human fetuses, fetal tissue, embryos, and embryonic cells must adhere to the US Public Law 103–41, effective December 13, 2001. (http://ethics.od.nih.gov/).

ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

All peer-reviewed submissions containing animal experiments must comply with local and national regulatory principles and contain a statement in the Materials and Methods section stating whether their national and institutional guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

For further information, consult the World Medical Association’s website: https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/

AUTHOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

  • Competing Interests. A competing interest exists when an individual (or the individual's institution) has financial or personal relationships that may inappropriately influence his actions. These competing interests may be potential or actual, financial or other.
  • Personal Financial Interests. Stocks or shares in a company that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; consulting fees or other remuneration from an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; patents or patent applications that are owned by or licensed to companies/institutions that may gain or lose value from publication of the article.
  • Funding. Research support by organizations that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article. This support includes salary, equipment, supplies, honoraria, reimbursement or prepayment for attending symposia, and other expenses.
  • Employment. Recent (within the past 5 years), current, or anticipated employment by an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article.
  • Other Competing Interests. Any personal relationship which may inappropriately affect the integrity of the research reported (by an author) or the objectivity of the review of the manuscript (by a reviewer or Editor), for example, competition between investigators, previous disagreements between investigators, or bias in professional judgment.

INTERNAL REVIEW BOARD APPROVALS/WAIVERS

(as described and defined on the World Medical Association's website; www.wma.net)

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki as revised in 2013. 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. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.

If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement from the committee is required. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If not possible, an institutional review board must decide if this is ethically acceptable. This information should be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and in a sentence declaring adherence should be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript.

COPYRIGHT AGREEMENT FORM

Upon acceptance of any manuscript, all authors will receive an email with detailed instructions and a unique, author-specific link to access and complete our online Copyright Agreement form. It is critical to ensure the accuracy of ALL authors' email addresses when uploading submissions to Manuscript Central to ensure the proper delivery of all email communications. FAILURE BY ALL AUTHORS TO SUBMIT THIS FORM WILL RESULT IN A DELAY OF PUBLICATION. 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. Copyright forms may also be completed by logging in to the system using an author's credentials. After logging on, click on Author Center and complete the forms located under "Manuscripts I Have Coauthored."

Published manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., unless alternate arrangements are made prior to publication, including CC-BY licensing (see below). By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the author(s) agree(s) to each of the above conditions. In addition, the author(s) explicitly assign(s) any copyrighted ownership he/she (they) may have in such manuscript to the Journal.

OPEN ACCESS / CC-BY LICENSING

LGBT Health is a subscription-based peer-reviewed journal with Open Access options. Creative Commons CC-BY and CC-BY-NC licensing is available for all articles published open access for a standard Article Processing Charge (APC) of $3,200.00 USD. Please contact our Open Access Manager to order open access for your article. Learn more about open access publishing on our website.

PERMISSIONS

When reproducing copyrighted material such as figures, tables, or excerpted text, the author(s) of the submitted paper must obtain permission from the original publisher and submit it concurrently with the manuscript. The publication from which the figure or table is taken must be listed in the reference list. Finally, a footnote to a reprinted table or the legend of a reprinted figure should read, "Reprinted by permission from Jones et al." and list the appropriate reference. All permissions must be supplied at the time of submission.  Authors are responsible for any fees that may be incurred by securing permission to reproduce or adapt material from other published sources.

REUSE OF MATERIAL POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

As material posted on social media platforms is usually not peer-reviewed content, it is not permitted as an official citation and/or reference.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers permits the use of accepted pre-published manuscripts for the sole purpose of pitching to news organizations under strict embargo, and with the approval of and expressed collaboration with the publisher. A watermarked PDF version of the article (not a Word document or any other editable version) may be shared only with named, personal contacts at trusted news sources upon request. News sources must be informed upon delivery of the PDF that the manuscript is for reference-only purposes and can be used only in preparation of their news coverage of the article. It is strictly prohibited to publicly share, post, or otherwise distribute the PDF in any media format. Upon official publication of the article, news organizations must link directly to the published article on the publisher’s journal website. To coordinate publication timing and press efforts, please contact the Director of Marketing, Kathryn Ryan (kryan@liebertpub.com).

DATA SHARING

LGBT Health strongly advocates the sharing and archiving of the data and any other artifacts that define and support the results stated in a manuscript in a suitable public repository (in accordance with valid privacy, legal, and ethical guidelines). A data availability statement should be included in the manuscript (in the Methods section or as a separate section at the end of the manuscript), describing the location of the data, with details on how it can be accessed as well as any licensing information. If the data is not publicly available or accessible, that information should also be provided.

Datasets should be cited in the reference list by Author (Year). Title. Publisher. Identifier/DOI.

Important: Please check with your funding agencies to ensure that are you following their data sharing polices. If your funding agency has additional requirements exceeding our policy, you must follow the requirements of your funder.

PREPRINT SERVERS

A preprint is a complete draft of a research paper that is shared on a public preprint server prior to submission to a journal for peer review.
 
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., allows for papers that were previously deposited on preprint servers to be submitted to our journals, with the proviso that the author updates any preprint versions with a link to the final published article.  All submissions are subject to peer review and allowing the submission of preprint manuscripts does not guarantee publication in any Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., journal.
 
The submitting author of a paper that was previously deposited to a preprint server should include a disclosure on the title page of the manuscript indicating the name and website of the server and include the DOI number of the preprint.
 
Referencing/citing non-peer-reviewed material that is found on any preprint server is generally discouraged by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., journals, but if it is necessary, the citation must make it clear that the content is not officially published in a journal, and can only be found on a preprint server.

 

RESEARCH FUNDER COMPLIANCE (FundRef)

Upon submission of a manuscript, the submitting agent will have an opportunity to enter funding/grant information. If funding information is entered correctly, the publisher will deposit the funding acknowledgements from the article as part of the standard metadata to FundRef. The entered information should include funder names, funder IDs (if available), and associated grant numbers.  Special care should be taken when entering this information to ensure total accuracy. (See https://www.crossref.org/services/funder-registry/ for a listing of more than 13,000 international funding agencies.)

GOVERNMENT FUNDED RESEARCH

LGBT Health is fully NIH-, HHMI-, RCUK, and Wellcome Trust-compliant.

OPEN ACCESS

Our open access publishing solutions allow you to comply with the open access policies of your institution, government, and funding body. If you are employed or funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Wellcome Trust, Research Councils UK (RCUK), or Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), you can find more information below:

  • NIH and HHMI 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 paginated version of the published article to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors after a 12-month embargo period. Authors need not take any action. This service is provided free of charge. Authors who wish to remove the 12-month embargo period are encouraged to consider publishing with Open Option.
  • Wellcome Trust Policy–To easily comply, you can choose to have your article published open access under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. The publication charge will be covered by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)–To easily comply, you can choose to have your article published Open Access under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. The publication charge will be covered by the RCUK.

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Failure to whitelist these domains may significantly hinder the progress of peer review on submitted manuscripts, and the production process of accepted papers.

POST-ACCEPTANCE / PRODUCTION

All accepted manuscripts will go through copyediting, typesetting, figure sizing and placement, author proofing, corrections, revisions (from corrected proofs), online-ahead-of-print release, and lastly, issue assignment. Depending on the length and complexity of any accepted submission, these steps typically take 3-6 weeks from acceptance.  Changes or alterations to a submission are not permitted after acceptance, but should be addressed in page proofs.

PAGE PROOFS

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author as designated in Manuscript Central when the manuscript was submitted. It is the corresponding author's responsibility to share the page proofs with co-authors, if desired, and to coordinate all authors' corrections into one proof. The Publisher will not accept corrections from multiple authors/sources.

AUTHOR RESPONSE TO GALLEY PROOF

  • The corresponding author is responsible for returning corrected galley proofs generally within 72 hours of receipt.
  • If the corresponding author does not respond within that timeframe, the manuscript may be delayed in the publication schedule, or published as is, at the discretion of the Editor and Publisher.
  • If the corresponding author expects to be unavailable during the time the manuscript is in production, the publisher should be provided with an alternate contact. 
  • Only corrections directly related to errors in typesetting and/or layout will be allowed.
  • Any requested changes related to content, or that alter the outcome of a study, will require the approval of the Editor, and may require further peer review.

REPRINTS

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

POST-PUBLICATION CORRECTIONS

In the event an error is discovered after publication of an article, the corresponding author should submit the correction in writing to the editorial office for consideration.  After editor approval, alterations will be made to the online version of the article, and if the errors are significant, an official correction statement will be issued.

  • Changes to author affiliations or contact details due to relocation after publication are not permitted.
  • Corrections to meeting abstracts will be made only to the online version.  The Journal does not issue formal correction statements for corrections to meeting abstracts, regardless of the nature of the correction.
  • Correction Statements/Errata to published articles that require the reproduction of color figure(s) and/or table(s) may incur additional costs to the author(s).

RETRACTIONS**

The journal and its publisher are committed to upholding the proper protocols and established standards of peer review.  Published papers found to be in violation of any of the misconduct noted above, or in the accepted principles of peer review and scientific publishing, will be officially retracted from the literature.  An official retraction notice explaining in full detail the circumstances surrounding the need for a retraction.

**Any publication fees for retracted and/or withdrawn articles are nonrefundable in any circumstance.

STUDY DESIGN AND ETHICS

RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS OF POSSIBLE MISCONDUCT

The Publisher is committed to helping protect the integrity of the public scientific record by sharing reasonable concerns with authorities who are in the position to conduct an appropriate investigation into an allegation. As such, all allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal who in turn will review the circumstances, possibly in consultation with associate editors and/or members of the editorial board. Initial fact-finding will usually include a request to all the involved parties to state their case and explain the circumstances in writing. In questions of research misconduct centering on methods or technical issues, the Editor-In-Chief may confidentially consult experts who are blinded to the identity of the individuals, or if the allegation is against an editor, an outside expert. The Editor-In-Chief will arrive at a conclusion as to whether there is enough reasonable evidence that the possibility of misconduct occurred.

When allegations concern authors, the peer review and publication process for the manuscript in question will cease while the process described herein is researched. The investigation will be taken to completion even if the authors withdraw their paper. In the case of allegations against reviewers or editors, they will be replaced in the review process while the matter is investigated.

Editors or reviewers who are found to have engaged in scientific misconduct will be removed from further association with the Journal, and reported to their institution.

If an inquiry concludes there is a reasonable possibility of misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief will retract the paper from the Journal and the scientific record. If the paper is still under peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will withdraw the paper from consideration to the Journal.

All allegations will be kept confidential.

DEFINITIONS OF SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers follows the guidelines and rules regarding scientific misconduct put forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

Scientific misconduct and violation of publishing ethics vary and can be intentionally or unintentionally perpetrated. Some examples of misconduct and violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scientific Misconduct: Fabrication, falsification, concealment, deceptive reporting, or misrepresentation of any data constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Authorship Disputes: Deliberate misrepresentation of a scientist's contribution to the published work, or purposefully omitting the contributions of a scientist.
  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: Improper use of scholarly exchange and activity may constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.
  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research: Including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biologic, or chemical materials constitutes misconduct.
  • Conflict of Interest: Nondisclosure of any conflicts, direct or indirect, to the Journal which prevents you from being unbiased constitutes misconduct.
  • Deliberate misrepresentation: of qualifications, experience, or research accomplishments to advance the research program, to obtain external funding, or for other professional advancement constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Plagiarism: Purposely claiming another's work or idea as your own constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Simultaneous Submission: Submitting a paper to more than one publication at the same time constitutes misconduct.

RETRACTIONS

The journal and its publisher are committed to upholding the proper protocols and established standards of peer review.  Published papers found to be in violation of any of the misconduct noted above, or in the accepted principles of peer review and scientific publishing, will be officially retracted from the literature.  An official retraction notice explaining in full detail the circumstances surrounding the need for a retraction.

Three versions of the article format versions are referenced in the below policy guidelines:

•    Original Submission: The article version that is submitted by the author for consideration, before peer review.
•    Accepted Version: The article version that has been formally accepted after peer review, prior to any typesetting for the journal. This is the version accepted by the editor, before proofs, corrections, and typesetting. Also known as the “raw” accepted version of a manuscript.
•    Article of Record: This article version is the “version of record” that has been formally copyedited, typeset, and published online epub ahead of print and/or in a journal issue. It is the same version published in the “Online Now” section of the journal website.

Self-Archiving Policy

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers offers authors many options and opportunities to self-archive their work. Self-archiving of work is also referred to, or known as, publishing “Green Open Access”.

Authors can self-archive the original submission version of their article on any website or repository without embargo.

Additionally, authors can self-archive the accepted version of their article on their personal websites or institutional repositories only, without embargo. Any archiving of the accepted version for inclusion in subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central (PMC), should follow the requirements of the funder of the work.  

Authors are not allowed to publish or self-archive the article of record on any website, social media platform, or repository without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, unless they publish their paper Gold Open Access (OA). Learn more about publishing your work Open Access here.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ society partners or associated affiliates may set self-archiving policies independently, outside of the below -mentioned general policies. Authors should refer to the copyright policy of their chosen journal, which can be found on the Journal Collection Page or by contacting the specific journal editorial office directly. In addition, specific funding organizations have separate agreements and authors should refer to the policies of those specific funding agencies prior to the submission of their manuscript.

Original Submission Version

The original submission version of an article is the author's version that has not been peer reviewed.

This version may be placed on:

•    The author's personal website
•    The author's company or institutional repository or archive
•    Any not-for-profit subject-based preprint servers or repositories

Self-archiving of the original submission version is not subject to an embargo period.

If your submission is formally accepted after peer review in one of our journals, authors must include an acknowledgement of acceptance for publication on all archive sites and, following online publication, authors must include the following notice on the first page:

This is the original submission version (pre-peer review) of the following article: [full citation], which has now been formally published in final form at LGBT Health at [link to final article using the DOI]. This original submission version of the article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ self-archiving terms and conditions.

The original submission version posted may never be updated or replaced with the article of record version unless the author chooses to publish their paper OA under any of the Creative Commons Licenses available through the publisher. If you are interested in publishing your work OA, please feel free to review our Open Access policies and Licenses or contact us.

Accepted Version

Authors may only archive the accepted version of their manuscript on their personal and professional websites, and/or the author’s institutional repository or archive. Any archiving of the accepted version for inclusion in subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central (PMC), should follow the requirements of the funder of the work. This process may impose additional embargo periods.  

The accepted version may be placed on:
•    The author's personal website
•    The author's company/institutional repository or archive

The accepted version posted must include the following notice on the first page:

This is the accepted version of the following article: [full citation], which has now been formally published in final form at LGBT Health at [link to final article using the DOI]. This original submission version of the article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ self-archiving terms and conditions.

The posted accepted version may never be updated or replaced with the article of record version unless the author chooses to publish their paper Open Access under any of the Creative Commons Licenses available through the publisher. If you are interested in publishing your work OA, please feel free to review our Open Access policies and Licenses or contact us.

Article of Record

The article of record version may never be archived on a website, or in a repository or research network, unless published Gold Open Access under any of the Creative Commons Licenses available through the publisher. If you have questions, please contact us for more information. You can also review our Open Access policies and Licenses.

Funder Requirements

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers adheres to national and international funder requirements. Various funders, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for example, have specific requirements for depositing the accepted version and/or the article of record version of the author manuscript in a repository after an embargo period. Authors funded by these organizations should follow the self-archiving terms and conditions of these separate agreements based on the policies of the specific funding institutions. If you have questions, please contact us for more information.

Terms and Conditions for Use of All Self-Archived Article Versions

Authors may use either the original submission version or accepted version in the following ways:

•    For purposes of your own curriculum or teaching, dissertation, thesis, or book provided that all posted versions include the aforementioned notices, and follow all guidelines and requirements specified.
•    To share with researchers and research colleagues provided that such sharing is not for commercial purposes.

The self-archived submitted and accepted versions may only be used in non-commercial capacities. Individual users may view, print, download, and copy self-archived articles, as well as text and data mine the content conditions for non-commercial and non-promotional research and private study purposes, under the following requirements:

•    The authors' moral rights are not compromised and there is clear "attribution" of the author(s) in the shared work.
•    The authors’ integrity remains intact; the work should never be altered in such a way that the author's reputation or integrity may be damaged.
•    Any reuse complies with the copyright policies of the owner of that content.
•    Self-archived content may never be republished verbatim in whole or in part in print or online formats.

 

 

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Our journal editors welcome contributions from researchers around the world; however, they are also required to follow sanction laws and regulations. Upon the date of this update (August 2020), sanction measures imposed by the United States, United Nations, European Union, and Australia are currently in place against the following countries: Cuba, Crimea, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Journal editors will treat with caution any submission from a sanctioned country regarding the subject matter and will seek appropriate legal advice from the publisher if necessary.

Papers from sanctioned countries that are submitted to any Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., journal MUST contain a confirmation statement after the conclusion section of the manuscript which indicates that EACH listed author confirms that their research is supported by an institution that is primarily involved in education or research.

For further questions, please contact our Director of Production and Editorial Operations.

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., deposits and archives all publications in Portico for long-term digital preservation. Your article will be easily searchable on Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines.

PUBLISHER

LGBT Health is owned and published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801; Tel: 914-740-2100; Email: Info@liebertpub.com; Website: www.liebertpub.com/LGBT

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Once your article has been accepted for publication in a journal, you will receive an email with information on ordering Liebert Open Access. If you would like more information about Liebert Open Access or would like to order open access, please email openaccess@liebertpub.com.

Publishing open access includes an article publication charge (APC) and authors are asked to fill out a short open access order form.  You can pay by credit card or receive an invoice to be returned with payment or via bank transfer. Please remember that traditional subscription journals can carry mandatory or optional author fees. The Liebert Open Access APC does not cover or replace existing publication or author fees.

Publishing biomedical or biotechnology research?

Biomedical researchers should consider publishing in BioResearch Open Access, a fully open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing top research in the biomedical and biotechnology fields. For details, please visit the information for authors on the journal website.

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

 

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JOURNAL FEES

  • There are no submission fees to LGBT Health.
  • There no page charges for LGBT Health.
  • Please contact AuthorBenefits@liebertpub.com for costs for publishing images in color.
  • Open Access and Creative Commons licensing options are available. Contact our Open Access Manager for more information.
  • For pricing and purchasing reprints, contact our Reprints Manager.
  • Any fees collected or payments associated with a submitted and/or published paper that is subsequently withdrawn and/or retracted for any reason are non-refundable.

 

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