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Send all manuscripts to the Editorial Office:

David Vlahov, PhD, Director
Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10029-5293

Focus of the Journal:

In concert with the mission of its parent organization, The New York Academy of Medicine, the Journal serves as a vehicle for publishing articles relevant to urban health. Clinical, health services research, and policy papers are welcome.


All manuscripts submitted must be typed, double-spaced throughout, including references, and on only one side of the paper. Pages are to be numbered consecutively. One original copy should be submitted and a copy maintained by the author. In addition, the manuscript, including all tables, must also be submitted on a 3 1/2 diskette, and the names of all software programs used, including graphics programs, must be listed on a separate attachment.

Grammar, punctuation, and scientific writing style should follow the American Medical Association Manual of Style (1). Abbreviations should be limited to those in the AMA Manual (1).

An abstract of the paper must be included and should present the reason for the importance of the topic, major findings or outcomes, and conclusions. The abstract will appear at the beginning of the article. There is no need for a summary.

References should be cited in the text chronologically and double-spaced at the end of the article in AMA style. All authors should be listed unless there are more than six (6); if there are more than six, the first three should be listed, followed by et al.

Research or project support should be acknowledged by a footnote on the title page. Authors should note any affiliations, financial agreement, or other involvement with any company whose product figures in the manuscript.

Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged promptly. Generally, manuscripts will be reviewed by two outside consultants or members of the Editorial Board.


Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the authors will receive a standard Copyright Agreement, which must be signed by all authors and returned to the Editor. All acc epted manuscripts become the property of The New York Academy of Medicine and may not be published elsewhere in whole or in part without written permission of the Academy.


Manuscripts reporting experiments with human subjects must specify in the text the provisions of the consent form signed by the subjects and must be accompanied by a letter indicating that an institutional review committee has authorized the research.

If any tables or illustrations have been published previously, permission in writing from the author and the publisher or holder of the copyright must accompany the letter of transmittal. Legends for illustrations or tables should contain a full reference to the original source.

Illustrations containing anything that cannot be set in type should be submitted as original drawings or as glossy black-and-white prints. An adhesive label should be attached to the back and should include the figure number, the top indicated by an arrow, and the author's name. They should be unmounted and untouched by staples or paper clips. Legends should be provided for all figures and be typed, double-spaced, on separate pages. Color illustrations can be printed only if the authors subsidize the full cost.

Tables are to be typed double-spaced, each on separate, unnumbered pages, with the consecutive table number in upper case Roman numbers followed by the title at the top of each page.

Author Self-Archiving/Public Access policy from May 2005

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

Types of Articles:

The Journal will publish review articles, original research, abstracts, book reviews, and editorials relevant to urban health. Selected reports of the Academy's conferences, committees and projects relevant to urban health also may be published.

1. Iverson C, et al. American Medical Association Manual of Style. 9th ed. Baltimore, MD: Williams and Wilkins; 1998.

Checklist for Authors:

  • Original double-spaced article (one copy)
  • 3 1/2" diskette containing the manuscript and tables
  • Corresponding author's complete address, degrees, affiliation, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail (if available) on cover page
  • Degrees and affiliation of each author
  • One set of illustrations, appropriately labeled (original set must include original laser prints and/or glossy prints in black and white)
  • Signed permission forms or letters for reproduction of illustrations or other material published previously elsewhere, if applicable
  • Abstract and key words
  • List of abbreviations with definitions only if their use cannot conveniently be avoided.

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David Vlahov, PhD