Specifications for Effective Health Care (EHC) Clinician Research Summary

AHRQ Publishing and Communications Guideline

Page Size

8.5 x 11 inches.

Margins

1/2 of an inch on all four sides (.5 inches).

Ink Colors

Clinician Research Summary: Use Pantone 295 (blue) for banner and headings. Use Pantone 370 (green) for bullets, rules, and other accents. Make body text black.

In special cases, where a full-color figure is required to convey essential information, use a 5-color treatment as follows: equivalents of full process color plus the primary Pantone color.

Bleed

No bleed.

Sample product

Two pages of a sample clinician research summary are shown.

Design Elements

EHC banner: The EHC banner with rounded corners should be used at the top of page 1. The banner includes the topic name and subject area. The banner should be flush with the top, left, and right margins at 1/2 inch. The banner must not be stretched, cropped, or modified in any way. The banner should be Pantone 295 (blue) with white lettering.

Sample banner

The Effective Health Care program banner for a sample clinician research summary is shown.

Charts and tables: Charts and tables should be in shaded boxes with rounded corners.

Photos

The only photos used are images of the corresponding EHC consumer booklet front cover. The cover prints as a gray-scale image.

Columns

After the introductory text, which spans the page width, text will appear in two columns. The only exception to this are the "Source" and "For More Information" pages which may be one column depending on fit and design. Charts, figures, and other visuals may be one or two columns as required for best layout.

Page Numbers

Page numbers should appear on each page, except for the first page, in a size equal to the body text. Page numbers are not needed if the summary is front and back only.

Fonts

Use the fonts below. Due to their complexity, charts and graphs can have text smaller than 11-point, but no smaller than 8 point.

  • Title: 20-point Myriad Pro Bold.
  • Body text: 11-point Minion Pro with 13-point leading.
  • Level 1 heads: 14-point Myriad Pro Bold.
  • Level 2 heads: 11-point Myriad Pro Bold.
  • Level 3 heads: 11-point Myriad Pro Italic.
  • Run-in heads: 11-point Minion Pro Bold.

Bullets

Square.

Hyphenation

Should be turned off.

Sample fonts and sizes

A box shows the following sample text: Sample Title is 20-point Myriad Pro Bold. Head Level 1 is 14-point Myriad Pro Bold. Head Level 2 is 11-point Myriad Pro Bold. Head Level 3 is 11-point Myriad Pro Italic. Body text is 11-point Minion Pro with 13-point leading. It should be flush left, ragged right, with no hyphenation. This is a sample of bulleted text with a square bullet. It should be flush left, ragged right, with no hyphenation. The text size is 11-point Minion Pro with 13-point leading.

Branding

HHS and AHRQ branding logos must be placed at the bottom of the front cover (see below). The HHS/AHRQ logos must not be stretched, cropped, or modified in any way. The branding logo should fit proportionally with the design elements on the front cover. Use PMS 295 (blue) or black for color. A sample is shown below.

Front cover branding logo

The HHS and AHRQ logos are shown in blue.

AHRQ logo, publication number, and date must appear at bottom of back cover.

All AHRQ publications being printed for distribution from the AHRQ Clearinghouse must bear an AHRQ publication number and a date. These items normally appear at the bottom of cover four or on the last page of fact sheets and marketing materials. The AHRQ logo and publication number may be flush right or left depending on the design. The AHRQ editor will provide publication numbers to contractors. A sample of a flush left back cover is shown below.

Back cover logo

The AHRQ logo is shown above the Publication Number and date of publication.

Submitting Files to AHRQ

For draft materials going to AHRQ for content review or layout, provide Word® 2007 documents (do not provide PDF files).

For print-ready proofs to go to the Government Printing Office (GPO), provide AHRQ source files in Quark Xpress or Adobe InDesign. Include fonts, logos, and any picture files (TIFs, EPS, or JPGs) with the source files.

In addition to the electronic files, a full-size color printout of each page including bleeds and crop marks and a folding dummy are required.

GPO also requires that a completed Form 952 accompany print files. This form is downloadable from the GPO Web site at http://www.gpo.gov

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Page last reviewed February 2013
Internet Citation: Specifications for Effective Health Care (EHC) Clinician Research Summary: AHRQ Publishing and Communications Guideline. February 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/publications/pubcomguide/ehcclinspecs.html