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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Dementia Awareness Week: How can we advance dementia care?

In an Editorial, Associate Editor Dr. Clarissa Giebel introduces the collection of BMC Health Services Research articles curated for Dementia Awareness Week. The collection samples articles from around the globe, evidencing the current barriers and facilitators to dementia care. 

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Assessing public health emergency preparedness and response synergies

de Vries et al. propose a methodology that can be broadly applied to assess the preparedness and response of institutions and communities to public health emergencies. 

Debate: Reframing implementation science to address inequities in healthcare delivery

How can we use an equity approach in implementation studies to address healthcare inequities in underserved populations? 

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They’ve come a long way – to be confronted with an even longer licensure process in Germany: Syrian doctors in Germany

Syrian doctors who have immigrated to Germany have reported being confronted with a convoluted and difficult application procedure to obtain their medical licenses. Professor Julika Loss, at the University of Regensburg, interviewed Syrian doctors, who had immigrated to Germany, to report on their experience of the medical license application system. Read more about the study in our latest blog


Aims and scope

BMC Health Services Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of health services research, including delivery of care, management of health services, assessment of healthcare needs, measurement of outcomes, allocation of healthcare resources, evaluation of different health markets and health services organizations, international comparative analysis of health systems, health economics and the impact of health policies and regulations.


Assistant Editors

  • James Edwards, BMC, UK
  • Anisa Lowe, BMC, UK

Section Editors

  • Onyebuchi A Arah, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Dina Balabanova, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Stefano Bonacina, Karolinska Institutet
  • Kostuv Dalal, Örebro University
  • Hengjin Dong, Zhejiang University School of Medicine
  • Michael Donnelly, Queen's University Belfast
  • Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Laval University
  • David Hotchkiss, Tulane University
  • Holly Lanham, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
  • Evelina Pappa, Hellenic Open University
  • Milena Pavlova, Maastricht University
  • Antoni Plasencia, ISGlobal Barcelona Institute for Global Health
  • Fabrizio Tediosi, University of Basel
  • Kaspar Wyss, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

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Society Affiliation Information

Health Systems Global is a unique organization driven by a diverse, global membership of researchers, decision-makers and implementers who are dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation. The activities of Health Systems Global span across three broad areas of work: 1) foster the creation of new knowledge; 2) support knowledge translation focusing on bridging knowledge creation with practical application; and 3) foster research on the application of new knowledge in real world settings. Members of Health Systems Global will receive a discount on BMC Health Systems Research's article-processing charge when they provide a discount code (which members can obtain by contacting the society) during the submission process.

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Call for Papers

Collection open for submissions: Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

This cross-journal collection brings together in one place articles outlining diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread of infectious diseases, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome. A full list of participating journals can be found following the link above. Deadline: 31 May 2020

Latest Published Collections


Advancing Dementia Care
Edited by: Dr. Clarissa Giebel and Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 13 May 2020

Health Services Research for Opioid Use Disorders
Edited by: Dr. Kim Hoffman
Collection published: 31 March 2020

Management of Infectious Diseases in Health Systems and Services
Edited by: Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 19 March 2020


2018 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.932 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.636- 5-year Impact Factor
    1.122 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.057 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
    5489 Altmetric mentions