Author’s Style Guide

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts should be submitted via e-mail as Microsoft Word attachments to Only one manuscript should be included per e-mail. Authors who wish to submit more than one manuscript at a time should send additional emails with attachments. The full title of the manuscript should be included in the subject line of the e-mail. Each manuscript should have the abstract, manuscript text, and notes submitted in one Word document. Manuscript attachments that exceed 10 megabytes cannot be accepted.

Contact information for all authors should be included in the body of the e-mail message, not as part of the manuscript. Contact information for all authors should include name, degrees, credentials, organization, position, address, and e-mail address. The phone number of the lead author should also be included. Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, no additions can be made to the list of authors.

Do not duplicate the contact information on the manuscript’s title page. The manuscript itself should not include any identifiable information about authors such as on the title page, as the electronic file is forwarded to reviewers as part of a double-blind review process.

Perspectives in Health Information Management does not accept simultaneous submissions; manuscripts should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted for consideration to Perspectives should not have been published (in full or in part) either in print or online.

Manuscript Acceptance

Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to sign a copyright transfer agreement which must be returned prior to manuscript publication. The work becomes the property of the AHIMA Foundation and may not be published elsewhere without permission. Opinions and views expressed by authors in all manuscripts should not be construed to represent the opinions and views of the AHIMA Foundation or AHIMA. Papers are edited to conform to AHIMA Foundation style.

Most manuscripts require some changes. The reviewer’s comments and suggestions will be returned to the author. There will be a stated deadline for revisions to the manuscript. The deadlines must be adhered to so that the journal can be published on time.

Authors will receive a proof copy for final approval before publication. Authors are required to disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest or the appearance of conflict of interest. Financial support for work reported or a grant under which a study was made should be noted in a section titled, “Support” just prior to the Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments or appreciation to individuals for assistance with the manuscript or with the material reported should be included as a note to appear at the end of the manuscript prior to the References section.

Additional Submission Guidelines

Format Requirements

Font: Times New Roman
Font Size: 12 points
Text Color: black
Single spaced
Margins -1 inch and text in one column

Endnotes and References Style Sheet

The AHIMA Foundation follows the Chicago Manual of Style. The format for endnotes and references are listed below:

Sample Endnotes


  1. Additional data on costs versus benefits for 1962 are presented in the Health Insurance Institute’s Sourcebook of Health Insurance Data. New York: Health Insurance Institute, 1963, pp. 36, 46.
  2. Barzun, Jacques, and Henry F. Graff. The Modern Researcher. 4th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985, p. 52.
  3. Breiman, Robert F., et al. “Emergence of Drug-resistant Pneumococcal Infections in the United States.” Journal of the American Medical Association 271, no. 3 (1994): 1831.
  4. National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. “Information for Health: A Strategy for Building the National Health Information Infrastructure.” Washington, DC, November 15, 2001. Available online at

Sample References


Barzun, Jacques, and Henry F. Graff. The Modern Researcher. 4th ed. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985.

Brandt, Mary D. “Health Informatics Standards: A User’s Guide.” Journal of AHIMA 71, no. 4 (2000): 39-43.

Citing Data and Figures from Other Sources


If you use data or figures from other published or unpublished sources, obtain permission and acknowledge fully. If a figure has been previously published, either in part or in total, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce or adapt the material. Submit a caption for each figure, including explanatory statements, notes, or keys, and source or permission lines.

Footnotes, References, and Figures


Footnotes and references should be placed at the end of the manuscript and indicated with corresponding numbers in the appropriate places in the text. Section headings, when appropriate should be included.  Please place each figure or table on a separate page at the end of the document in portrait orientation only.


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