Publication summary

Advances in Health Care Management (AHCM) is an annual research publication. Contributions are double-blind reviewed and indexed by MEDLINE and Scopus. AHCM began as a research annual in 2000; please check the past issues tab for a list of prior special topics. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2022 issue. The topic is grand health care challenges.


Aims and scope

As conceived by the founding editors – John D. Blair, Myron D. Fottler, and Grant T. Savage – the series provides a forum for leading research on health care management. For each annual edition, the editors and the board seek to identify current and pressing issues in the field. The 2021 issue will focus on grand health care challenges. Submissions are currently being accepted for that issue.

AHCM publishes research on all types of health care services and health care-related organizations, so long as it focuses on research questions of interest to the broad discipline of management. We invite interested scholars to contact the editor to propose themed volumes and to serve as volume editors.

Call for papers

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Volume 22 of Advances in Health Care Management (AHCM), an annual research series published by Emerald Publishing Group. The past few volumes have focused on identifying and setting a research agenda for grand healthcare challenges (see Preface, vol. 20, Hefner & Nembhard 2021). Through informed commentaries from prominent scholars in health care management, volume 21 (Shortell, Burns, & Hefner, in press) highlighted the challenges of health system digitization, DEI, COVID-19, performance improvement, network governance, inter-sector alliances, alterative payment models, and social determinants of health. Despite volume 21’s focus on one challenge per chapter, health care management scholars must avoid siloing these challenges and instead develop solutions at their intersection.


Therefore, this year’s call is for papers focuses on work at the intersection of these challenges. For example, performance improvement is inextricably linked with both health system digitization and alternative payment models. As are social determinants of health and inter-sector alliances. To present these grand health care challenges as separate was an intellectual exercise meant to highlight each challenge but is not reflective of real-world scenarios. Instead, the next volume will focus on the development of research and theory across challenges, guided by, and expanding upon, the insights presented in the past few AHCM volumes.


A related aim of this, and future volumes, is to devote a section to theory building within health care management. Many of the chapters in volume 21 highlight the important place for theory in addressing health care challenges and guiding future research. AHCM wants to acknowledge this by becoming a recognized venue for papers focused on theory development or reliant on existing theory for research design and/or results interpretation.


Submissions to this call for papers can be empirical studies, literature reviews, conceptual frameworks, case explorations, and discussions of policies and implications.


Submissions: Accepted at on a rolling basis until Nov. 15, 2022. This website includes manuscript formatting instructions. Contact the editorial team if you have questions. Additionally, chapter authors can select open access publishing upon acceptance.


Key dates:

  • Dec. 15, 2022: Last day for manuscript submissions via the online portal,
  • Feb 1, 2023:  Reviews returned to authors
  • March 15, 2023: Revised final manuscripts due
  • April 1, 2021: Final decisions
  • October 2023: AHCM Volume 22 published by Emerald




Author guidelines

Authors should follow the American Psychological Association's style guidelines (6th edition) in preparing manuscripts, while also adhering to the following guidelines:

Order of material for submissions

Title Page: Title of paper, name and affiliation of author(s), author(s') complete current address(es) and telephone number(s) e-mail address(es), and any acknowledgement of assistance. For multiple author papers, please indicate corresponding author.

Abstract: Title of paper without author(s') name(s) and a structured abstract of about 200 words summarizing the article and its findings/conclusions.

Main Text: Title of paper without author(s') name(s).

In the text of the manuscript, indicate the approximate placement of each table by a clear break in the text inserting:




Set off by double spacing above and below; all figures/tables should be numbered consecutively, e.g., table 1, figure 1.


References: Use APA style for the reference list and in-text citations

Appendix-Figures: Numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.

Appendix-Tables: Numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.


Other issues for preparing your manuscript

Use 12-point Arial for all text and tables. When typing:

  • Distinguish between the digit 1 and the letter l (also 0 and O).
  • Use tabs for indents, not spaces.
  • Display titles and headings in a consistent manner.
  • Double-space between all lines of the manuscript. Single spacing is only acceptable on tables.