Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law


Journal Current volume: 46 Frequency: Bimonthly

Academic Editor: Jonathan Oberlander

A leading journal in its field, and the primary source of communication across the many disciplines it serves, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law focuses on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy and analyzes the relations between government and health—past, present, and future.

Read an interview with editor Jonathan Oberlander.

Tracking Health Reform
This section provides useful information for practitioners, stakeholders, and academics involved in national- and state-level health reform legislation, regulation, implementation, and policy evaluation in the United States. The section typically publishes shorter papers (4,000 to 4,500 words) that tend to be qualitative, often case analyses, and widely accessible to practitioner, journalistic, and academic readers.

Beneath the Surface
This section analyzes, unpacks, and challenges empirical claims, theoretical assumptions, taken-for-granted terms and concepts in health policy debates and literature to promote a better understanding of health policy realities. The section typically publishes shorter papers (3,000 words).

Social Media
Our social media platforms engage the JHPPL community in ongoing conversation about health politics, policy, and law, continuing discussions begun in the journal and enabling real-time immersion in current issues and debates. For further information, contact JHPPL's social media editor, Harold A. Pollack, at

The journal is affiliated with the following organizations:

American College of Healthcare Executives
American College of Legal Medicine
American Health Planning Association
American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Health Law Section, American Bar Association
International Health Economics Association
Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association
Medical Sociology Section, American Sociological Association
National Academy of Social Insurance
Organized Section on Health Politics and Policy, American Political Science Association

Members of these organizations receive a discount on individual subscriptions.


Members of affiliated organizations receive a 25% discount.

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Editorial Office:
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
Duke University Press
905 W. Main St., Suite 18B  
Durham, NC 27701

Jonathan Oberlander, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Editors:
Nicholas Bagley, University of Michigan
Sarah E. Gollust, University of Minnesota
Helen Levy, University of Michigan
Elizabeth Rigby, George Washington University

Book Review Editor:
Miriam Laugesen, Columbia University

Special Section Editors:
Beneath the Surface: Joseph White, Case Western Reserve University
Tracking Health Reform: Heather Howard, Princeton University, and Frank J. Thompson, Rutgers University

Social Media Editor:
Harold A. Pollack, University of Chicago

Managing Editor:
Jed Cohen

Former Editors:
Lawrence D. Brown
Colleen M. Grogan
Theodore R. Marmor
James A. Morone
Eric M. Patashnik
Mark A. Peterson
Mark Schlesinger
Michael S. Sparer
Ralph A. Straetz

Board of Editors:
Elizabeth M. Armstrong
Daniel Béland
David Blumenthal
Andrea Louise Campbell
Daniel Carpenter
Norman Daniels
Judith Feder
Daniel M. Fox
David M. Frankford
Erika Franklin-Fowler
Marie Gottschalk
Scott L. Greer
Michael K. Gusmano
Mark Hall
Richard Hall
Allison K. Hoffman
Lawrence R. Jacobs
David K. Jones
Timothy Stoltzfus Jost
Rogan Kersh
Anna Kirkland
Lars Thorup Larsen
Miriam Laugesen
Julia Lynch
Hans Maarse
Wendy Mariner
Rick Mayes
David Mechanic
Jamila Michener
Edward Miller
Jonathan Oberlander
Kieke G. H. Okma
Adam Oliver
Thomas Oliver
Juliana Pacheco
Jill Quadagno
Thomas H. Rice
Marc Rodwin
Theda Skocpol
Steven Rathgeb Smith
Deborah A. Stone
Sandra J. Tanenbaum
Sue Tolleson-Rinehart
Carolyn Tuohy
Joseph White

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The Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law seeks to publish original research and commentary on the initiation, formulation, implementation, and impacts of health policy; the political influences on and consequences of health care policy, public health policy, and health reform; and the relations between government and health. Our audience is broad and interdisciplinary; thus, we expect manuscripts to speak to readers both adjacent to and distant from authors’ native disciplines. We welcome submissions from political scientists, economists, legal scholars, sociologists, health services and public health researchers, and others, as long as the work exhibits intellectual rigor, scholarly depth, accessible writing, and relevance beyond next week’s headlines.

Authors may submit their work to JHPPL’s main section or one of its special sections (more below). All submissions to JHPPL are prereviewed by an editor. If the editor decides to move an article forward, it undergoes double-blind peer review. Decisions whether to move an article forward are made within a week; for manuscripts sent out for review, our average turnaround time from initial submission to first decision is about two months.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

General Specifications

  • Anonymized manuscript
  • Microsoft Word file
  • File name should be article short title (no author names)
  • Times New Roman
  • 12-pt. font
  • Double-spaced
  • Page numbers


JHPPL follows The Chicago Manual of Style’s author-date style for in-text citations and references with some key exceptions. Before formatting your references, please consult the examples below as well as the JHPPL style sheet, which includes Duke University Press journals’ documentation requirements and JHPPL’s exceptions.


In-Text Citation

These increases in coverage reduced health care access disparities by income and race/ethnicity (Griffith et al. 2020; Kominski, Nonzee, and Sorensen 2017; Lipton, Decker, and Sommers 2019).

Reference List

Anderson, David, and Paul Shafer. 2019. “The Trump Effect: Postinauguration Changes in Marketplace Enrollment.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 44, no. 5: 715–36.
KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation). 2018. “Kaiser Health Tracking Poll—January 2018: The Public’s Priorities and Next Steps for the Affordable Care Act.” January.
Pear, Robert, and Thomas Kaplan. 2017. “Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No.” New York Times, July 27.

Article Types


We consider shorter (~1,500–3,500 words) essays on topics in health politics, policy, and law. Although commentaries may address current events, they should hold broader relevance. Abstracts (200 words max) for commentaries should be unstructured.

Original Research

Research articles should offer novel theoretical and/or empirical insights, using whatever approach is most appropriate to the task: quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. Our typical word limit for original research articles is 8,000 words, though we will consider longer submissions.

Research articles should feature a structured abstract (200 words max) with the following headings:

Context: [An explanation of the article’s background, objectives, and salience for policy and research.]
Methods: [A description of the procedures used to obtain and analyze data and/or research materials.]
Findings: [A summary of the results from the analyses.]
Conclusions: [A summary of the findings’ implications for policy, practice, and future research.]

Special Section Submissions

Tracking Health Reform

Articles that appear in “Tracking Health Reform” provide useful information for practitioners, stakeholders, and academics involved in national- and state-level health reform legislation, regulation, implementation, and policy evaluation in the United States. The section typically publishes shorter papers (4,000–4,500 words) that tend to be qualitative (often case analyses) and widely accessible to practitioner, journalistic, and academic readers. Abstracts (200 words max) should be unstructured.

“Tracking Health Reform” is edited by Heather Howard (Princeton University) and Frank J. Thompson (Rutgers University).

Beneath the Surface

“Beneath the Surface” publishes shorter articles (~3,000 words) that analyze, unpack, and challenge empirical claims, theoretical assumptions, and taken-for-granted terms and concepts in health policy debates and literature to promote a better understanding of health policy realities. Abstracts (200 words max) should be unstructured.

“Beneath the Surface” is edited by Joseph White (Case Western Reserve University).

Book Reviews

JHPPL publishes reviews of recent books in the field. To propose a review, please contact Miriam Laugesen at We do not consider unsolicited book reviews.

Submission Instructions

Please visit If this is your first time using our Editorial Manager site, please register. You may do so by selecting “Register” from the toolbar at the top of the page and following the prompts. Once you have registered, select “Submit a Manuscript” from the top toolbar. Use the information generated when you registered to log in as an author, click on the “Submit New Manuscript” link, and follow the instructions.

If you have difficulty registering or submitting your manuscript, please contact us at

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June 2021 (46:3) - Closes 03/15/2021
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ISSN: 0361-6878
e-ISSN: 1527-1927