The Publications and Presentations (P&P) Committee meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month (with the exception of Nov/Dec when there is only one call per month). Upcoming due dates for proposals and manuscripts:
Friday, September 11
Thursday, September 24
Friday, September 25
Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9
Thursday, October 22
Authors are advised to contact the Chair(s) of relevant
Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs) in WHI as they develop their proposal for assistance and to avoid duplication with works in progress.
Meeting abstracts should be submitted for review at least two weeks before submission to meeting organizers. Abstracts must have a pre-approved paper proposal before review.
Submit materials for review to the P&P Committee (email@example.com).
Investigators need to collaborate with a
WHI sponsoring Principal Investigator.
PIs of ancillary studies also need to submit paper proposals before they will be granted access the WHI Investigators data.
Review existing WHI publications before submitting a proposal. See
WHI Published Papers. To avoid overlap with manuscripts in progress, ask your sponsoring PI to review the list of manuscripts in progress or contact P&P at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A note about TOPMed papers:
Manuscript proposal application form (NEW as of 12/2/19)
Manuscript proposal sample
WHI Data Use Agreement (For investigators performing their own analyses)
Long List and
Guidelines for cancer mortality and survival analyses generated from WHI data
Guidelines for post-intervention analyses of the original WHI trials
Guidelines for Combined CT and OS data in observational analyses
Guidelines for Body Composition Analysis
procedures and policies for writing a paper. For collaborative studies, please note the additional requirements for author representation.
Draft a proposal (use the Manuscript Proposal Application Form). Also refer to the Manuscript Analysis Guidelines
for tips in developing your analysis plan.
Submit the proposal to the P&P Committee by emailing the email@example.com. The proposal will be sent to two committee members for review and will be presented at the next P&P meeting. P&P@whi.org will contact the investigator regarding the committee's decision.2
After the proposal is approved, your proposal will be posted for writing group nominations for WHI investigators. After a two week nomination period, you will receive the list of nominees with appropriate expertise to confirm they will be accepted on the writing group. Confirm the WHI nominees and provide firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and contact information for any additional co-authors to be included on the manuscript.
P&P@whi.org will send a memo, designating you as the Chair, to the final approved writing group members. After you receive this memo, circulate the proposal to co-authors for review and feedback.
If needed, schedule a writing group conference call fo finalize analysis plan. Contact email@example.com to obtain a conference call number.
Incorporate feedback from writing group. The P&P wants the proposed analysis to be as strong as possible. Be as specific as possible regarding which data items off the forms should be included.3
If the analyses are being done at the CCC or a Regional Center, a statistician will be in contact as soon as they are available to start work on the paper (please note: low-priority papers may be required to do their own analyses even if the CCC or RC was selected as the top preference for where the analyses will be performed).4
Any descriptive tables requested will be sent first. The statisticians prefer to get feedback on the data in these tables before proceeding with any modeling or other multivariate methods. Notify the statistician if you will be unable to review the data shortly after receipt.
After any required modifications have been made, work on the remaining analyses will begin. It usually takes a few iterations before all analyses are finished. When data analyses are completed, analyses and results will be sent for review.
If the authors intend to perform their own analyses, all investigators who will work with the data must complete and return a
WHI data use agreement5; the sponsoring PI will assist with accessing the data.
Distribute final analyses and results to all writing group members to solicit input.
Contact co-authors and begin to prepare the draft manuscript. You may assign tasks to committee members or set up conference calls to discuss the manuscript.6
Circulate the draft manuscript to all writing group members to solicit input. The final draft of the manuscript must be approved by all co-authors before submission to the P&P Committee.
Submit the final draft manuscript to the P&P Committee for review at firstname.lastname@example.org. The manuscript will be sent to two committee members for review and will be presented at the next P&P meeting. P&P@whi.org will contact the investigator regarding the committee's decision.7
P&P policy requires papers to be published with an appendix acknowledging WHI investigators; please use either the
short list or the
long list of WHI investigators. All WHI publications must also include an acknowledgement that approximates the following: "The WHI programs is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through contracts, HHSN268201600018C, HHSN268201600001C, HHSN268201600002C, HHSN268201600003C, and HHSN268201600004C."
After the manuscript is approved, submit the manuscript to a journal. Notify email@example.com and the NHLBI if submitting to a high-profile journal8. If the journal request revisions or responses to comments, inform the writing group and solicit their input as appropriate. If the manuscript undergoes substantial revisions in context or interpretation, then the revised paper must be re-submitted to P&P for approval.
Notify firstname.lastname@example.org when the manuscript is accepted for publication. Provide copies fo the accepted manuscript and expected publication dates as they become available.
Inform email@example.com immediately if any press releases or media materials are generated. The P&P Committee will expedite their review, and must approve all materials before they are distributed.
After the manuscript is published, please send a copy of the final paper to firstname.lastname@example.org. PDF copies are preferred.
1Papers may be submitted to P&P via the email@example.com account.
2Possible decisions are as follows: approve; approve with recommended changes; approve with required changes (proposal does not need further review, but changes must be incorporated into manuscript); revise and resubmit to primary reviewers (further review by the full P&P Committee is not necessary, but the two reviewers must re-review); revise and resubmit; disapprove.
3Forms are available
4If you are concerned about the timeframe or feel that the analyses for your paper are not progressing, please contact the Statistics Unit Manager
5This form is also available by emailing
6The P&P Committee recommends no more than four conference calls per group. WHI sponsors up to two calls per group.
7Manuscripts with an NHLBI co-author will need to undergo additional review by the NHLBI Project Office.
8Examples include Archives of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Hypertension, JAMA, Lancet, Nature, Nature Genetics, and New England Journal of Medicine. NHLBI monitors submission to these journals to anticipate media attention.