Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Building Healthy Academic Communities (BHAC) Journal is the official journal of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities (https://healthyacademics.org/). It is an Open Access journal published by The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries. The journal is published twice a year and is accepting manuscripts consistent with our mission to promote comprehensive, evidence-based practices on faculty & staff wellness, student wellness, academic medical centers, and wellness innovation.


Section Policies

Feature Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Briefs

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

International Columns

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Innovation Center News Items

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book and Product Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Policy and Position Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal uses a double blind review process. 


Open Access Policy

Journals published by The Ohio State University Libraries provide immediate open access to their content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, our journals do not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

Beginning with Volume 1, Issue No. 2 (2017), Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license unless otherwise indicated.

While authors retain copyright ownership of their work, this Creative Commons license will allow readers to print, share, re-post, and republish an article, without asking for permission, as long as the work is properly attributed to the author(s), it isn’t used commercially, and it isn’t changed in any way. Read more about the license here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ or view the full legal text here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode.

(Updated April 22, 2018)


Editor Bio

Dr. Meredith Wallace Kazer completed her BSN degree Magna Cum Laude at Boston University. Following this, she earned an MSN in medical-surgical nursing with a specialty in geriatrics from Yale University and a PhD in nursing research and theory development at New York University. During her time at NYU she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. In this capacity she became the original author and editor of Try This: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing series. Dr. Kazer is an award-winning researcher and an adult and gerontological primary care nurse practitioner. Her work has been disseminated in eleven books, over 75 peer-reviewed journal publications, 26 book chapters, and over 100 research and invited presentations. She currently maintains a practice in Connecticut with a focus on chronic illness in older adults, clinical experience that informs her scholarly work. In 2013 she was awarded the Connecticut Nurse Association Virginia Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research. Dr. Kazer received the Springer Publishing Company Award for Applied Nursing Research and four American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. In addition, she is the recipient of the Eastern Nursing Research Society/John A. Hartford Foundation junior investigator award and in, 2011, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an appointment reserved for nurse leaders at the forefront of the profession nationwide. In 2014, Dr. Kazer was named among the 15 top adult gerontology professors.  In 2015, Dr. Kazer was named the 10th most influential dean of nursing in the United States.  


Conflict of Interest Policy

Authors, reviewers, and editors are required to disclose conflicts of interest at the earliest possible opportunity - for example, when a manuscript is submitted or a review assignment is accepted. Conflict of interest is defined as any competing personal, professional, or financial interest that may introduce bias into the publishing process of the journal.

Example conflicts of interest:

  • financial support from commercial enterprises that have a vested interest in the results
  • personal relationships that would compromise objectivity during review or publication
  • professional competition that would prevent objective evaluation of a submitted manuscript

Disclosure of a conflict of interest by an author does not necessarily mean that a manuscript will be denied acceptance to the journal. If an author is found to have a conflict of interest that was not disclosed during the submission and review process, the editor will identify an appropriate remedy, which may include a published correction or a retraction.

(Updated September 8, 2016)


Plagiarism Policy

Journals published by The Ohio State University Libraries' Publishing Program do not accept manuscripts with plagiarized material. For the purposes of this policy, plagiarism is defined as the use of previously authored works - including text, data, and images - of others or self without proper attribution.

Journal editors will respond to plagiarism at their discretion. Actions taken will be based on the severity of the plagiarism attempt, but can include corrections to or retractions of the published article, the author being banned from publishing in the journal, and/or the editor notifying the author's institution or funding agencies. 

(Updated September 8, 2016)


Retraction Policy

When errors are discovered in published content, our policy is to follow the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The following language is a brief summary of relevant portions of the guidelines for the benefit of our editors, authors, and readers. The full guidelines should be consulted if questions arise or action is being considered.

If the editor becomes aware of major errors in, or misconduct related to published work, the editor may issue a retraction, statement of concern, or correction. These actions are meant to maintain the scholarly record and are not meant to be a form of punishment. An author who determines that his or her published article may contain errors should contact the editor promptly so that the journal can determine a path forward. Readers are also invited to contact the editor with concerns about published content.


A retraction is defined as a public disavowal, not an erasure or removal. Retractions will occur if the editors and editorial board find that the main conclusion of the work is undermined or if subsequent information about the work comes to light of which the authors or the editors were not aware at the time of publication.

Statement of Concern

A statement of concern will be issued if there is inconclusive evidence of research misconduct / ethical wrongdoing or there is an ongoing investigation and results are pending.


A correction will be published if the scholarly record is seriously affected (e.g., if accuracy / intended meaning, scientific reproducibility, author reputation, or journal reputation is judged to be compromised). Corrections such as misspellings or grammatical errors will not be published. Published corrections will be added to the original article whenever possible. When that is not possible, the correction will link to and from the original work.


Removal of published content may occur if an article is determined to be defamatory by a court of law, if it infringes on legal rights, or if there is a reasonable expectation that it will be subject to a court order for any reason. The bibliographic information about the work will be retained online, but the work will no longer be available through the journal. A note will be added to indicate that the item was removed for legal reasons.

(Updated October 27, 2016)


Copyright Policy

Authors retain all rights to work published by The Ohio State University Libraries' Publishing Program. The specific terms of our author agreements may vary slightly from journal to journal, but they all constitute nonexclusive licenses covering the rights required to publish, index, abstract, and preserve the content. Authors are free to reuse their work and to enter into other agreements as long as they credit the relevant journal as the site of first publication and provide a link to the journal website.

Beginning with Volume 1, Issue No. 2 (2017), Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license unless otherwise indicated.

(Updated October 4, 2017)


Preservation Policy

This journal participates in the Public Knowledge Project’s Private LOCKSS Network to preserve its contents. https://pkp.sfu.ca/pkp-lockss/

(Updated September 26, 2017)