Education and Health journal: Submission Guidelines

  • We are mostly interested in papers concerning young people of school age and are particularly interested in papers with recommendations for their education.
  • The journal also contains opinion pieces and commentaries. I hope a recent issue will give a fair picture of our scope.
  • The journal was first published 1983, is non-peer reviewed, published quarterly and aimed at those involved with education and health who are concerned with the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • As the journal is online and open access there are opportunities for you to make weblinks in your text to relevant webpages.
  • We do not guarantee to publish all submissions and reserve editorial rights.
  • Submissions are made using a Word doc (or similar) email attachment.
  • Contributors are sent a draft pdf to check before publication.
  • Articles can be up to 3,000 words, and if relevant, including Harvard-style references, with a maximum of 5 tables/charts.
  • You can place tables at the end of your draft or, if you want them to appear in the text, just mark the place Table 1 etc in text.
  • We prefer British English spellings and treat 'data' as a plural.
  • Article template :
    Author information
    Author email contact details
    Author First/Surname
    Article Title
    (No abstract)
    Text body with main and sub-headings
  • E&H does not levy an article processing charge or a publication fee
  • Please contact us should you have any questions.

Reference format (Harvard):
Balding J, Gimber P & Wise A (1997). A quarter of Year 7 boys want to cycle to school: a recent survey may help to promote county-wide initiatives to encourage safe alternatives to car travel. Education and Health, 15(4), pp.49-52.

Comments about SHEU

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner

"This week I have been working on a major strategy for service design -- it is easy to get solely focussed on hospitals, performance targets, and work force planning -- all very important; but at the same the needs of young people and how we need to work across agencies to address the health needs of today and tomorrow must be recognised. SHEU is founded to do just this."

PCT Performance Manager

"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC


I think the HRBQ is an absolutely wonderful, informative tool and I am keen to really encourage schools/other relevant partners (as appropriate) to utilise this invaluable data to encourage voice of the child, and subsequently contribute to shaping priorities and services.

Senior Health Improvement Practitioner (Children and Young People)

"This is an excellent way of keeping up to date belt and braces style."

School Drugs Advisor

"You have made a truly significant contribution to health education and health promotion of young people in, not only England, but all over the United Kingdom and beyond." Colleague from NHS Scotland paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

NHS Scotland

"...the only question to cause a problem was 'has everyone got a pen?" Supervisor's notes following a school survey

Supervisor's Notes

"The children found the survey very interesting and enjoyed doing it." Class Teacher

Class teacher

"The Schools Health Education Unit has been a unique inspiration to all of us. For me, as I have worked in the many different areas of the NHS, the SHEU, its principles and your determination have always been a cornerstone in what a health promoting service should be about."
PCT Performance Manager paying tribute to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

PCT Performance Manager

"The Health Related Behaviour Survey is an incredibly useful resource for (us) as it provides schools, with invaluable data which can inform curriculum content, methods of lesson delivery and empower schools to better meet the needs of their pupils."

Health Education Advisor