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 2021 issue. The topic is grand health care challenges.

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2020.

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 20 of Advances in Health Care Management, an annual research series published by Emerald Publishing Group. This volume will be an exploration of how the field of health care management contributes to our understanding of grand health care challenges. “Grand health care challenges” can include current events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, or ongoing challenges related to one or all dimensions of the quadruple aim: higher quality care at lower cost with improved patient and clinician satisfaction. These ongoing challenges are amenable to organizational and managerial solutions, and the field of health care management has many important lessons to contribute.

Submissions will be accepted at on a rolling basis until November 15, 2020. This website includes manuscript formatting instructions. Contact the editorial team if you have questions.

Peer review

Advances is using a peer review model leveraging the expertise of interested participants in improving the quality of research in this domain. As a result, prospective authors should expect to peer review other submissions for this edition.

Key dates

  • Nov. 15, 2020: Last day for manuscripts submissions via the online portal,
  • Jan. 15, 2021:  Reviews returned to authors
  • Feb. 15, 2021: Revised final manuscripts due
  • March 15, 2021: Final decisions
  • Aug. 15, 2021: AHCM Volume 20 published by Emerald

Principal contact

Jennifer L. Hefner, MPH, PhD



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.