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Aims and scope

Health Research Policy and Systems covers all aspects of the organisation and use of health research – including agenda setting, building health research capacity, and how research as a whole benefits decision makers, practitioners in health and related fields, and society at large.

Health Research Policy and Systems considers manuscripts that investigate the role of evidence-based health policy and health research systems in ensuring knowledge from research is effectively used to improve health and health equity, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

We are interested in both how health research can shape health policy and systems, and how health systems and policy can shape health research.

Our scope includes work on health research agenda-setting, research capacity-building, collaborative research production, research impact assessment and how research can best help health decision-makers, including health policy-makers, practitioners, consumers and society at large.

In considering manuscripts, we particularly look for articles that report the results of research on the prioritisation, conduct or use of research (‘research-on-research’) and/or that explicitly investigating the interaction between research and health policy or health systems.

We are keen to consider manuscripts that:

  • Provide insights on how the many, varying people involved in health (clinicians, consumers, managers, policy-makers, administrators, media, funders, researchers) can work more effectively together to improve health.
  • Explore what we can learn from other areas of research and policy to improve the use of health research in health policy, and how we can support collaborative and interdisciplinary research for health.
  • Describe and test approaches, frameworks and measures to strengthen health systems research and promote evidence-informed health policies, as well as innovative demonstrations of health systems impact.

We do not usually publish articles that solely address translation of research into practice in one clinical area or health service context.

Our mission is to support and further the discussion, debate and development of effective health research, policy and systems. We aim to bring diverse groups of people together with research evidence to overcome important health problems.

Open access

All articles published by Health Research Policy and Systems are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BioMed Central license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Health Research Policy and Systems therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565/$2450/€1995 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

BioMed Central provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.

Indexing services

All articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems are included in:

  • CABI
  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmCare
  • Global Health
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Health Research Policy and Systems operates an open peer-review system, where the reviewers' names are included on the peer-review reports. In addition, if the article is published, the named reports are published online alongside the article as part of a 'pre-publication history'.

Publication of research articles by Health Research Policy and Systems is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Health Research Policy and Systems should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Health Research Policy and Systems

Articles in Health Research Policy and Systems  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Health Res Policy Sys [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Health Res Policy Sys 2009, 1:115.

Refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Health Research Policy and Systems

High visibility

Health Research Policy and Systems's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Health Research Policy and Systems offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.

Flexibility

Online publication in Health Research Policy and Systems gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Health Research Policy and Systems’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Health Research Policy and Systems you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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