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Thank you for your interest in submitting a manuscript to the Health Environments Research & Design Journal (HERD). Please take a moment to review the attached information and guidelines for researching, writing, and formatting your paper.

HERD features evidence-based articles and research papers on the relationships among health and environmental design and organizational, provider, and patient outcomes. As a translational journal linking research to practice, HERD features both rigorous research from academic sources and applied research from practice. Papers on research methods and techniques, theory papers, integrative and synthesized reviews of literature, case studies, and critical reviews of new books are accepted. Letters to the editor commenting on published articles or research and theory issues are welcome.

HERD accepts a range of manuscripts including research papers, opinion papers, theory papers, metanalysis/metasynthesis, book reviews, case studies, independent post occupancy evaluations, letters to the editors, and responses to letters/papers.

HERD publishes only original works. Manuscripts must not have been previously published and must not be under consideration by another publication. We also retain all rights to works published in print and online. All authors listed on a submitted manuscript must sign and return a Copyright Transfer form, a Disclosure (Conflict of Interest) form, and, where applicable, a Photo License Agreement when the manuscript is submitted.

HERD is a refereed journal. Authors are urged to seek colleague peer review before submitting their manuscripts. Poorly written or formatted manuscripts will not be sent for peer review.

Manuscript content is assessed for relevance, accuracy, and usefulness to those in healthcare and design settings. Manuscripts will be blind reviewed by two or three peer reviewers, depending on the type of paper. Authors will receive a summary of reviewer comments and recommendations for revision, and the editors' final recommendation.

Authors are also responsible for obtaining written permission to adapt or reprint all material to which they do not hold the copyright (i.e., which they did not create themselves or which has been previously published), including art (figures and tables) and significant textual quotations (exceeding 100 words). Please note that this Reprint Permission covers reproduction in print and online.

Papers must adhere to the style and format described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition (2010) in all respects, except the title page. The title page should contain the following information: title of article; name, degrees, title, and affiliation of each author in the order of authorship; telephone and e-mail for corresponding author; acknowledgment of funding or other support (financial and otherwise); key words; and running head. Authors are also strongly encouraged to review back issues of the journal for examples of the various styles they may use to present their research.