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Top mentioned article, August

31 August 2021

Our top mentioned article for August was Altmetrics logoThe presence and potential impact of psychological safety in the healthcare setting: an evidence synthesis, authored by Grailey et al. 

Check out this article's coverage on Altmetric here

Roundup of our Editor's Picks, August

31 August 2021

Here's a roundup of August's Editor's picks.

Top mentioned article, July

4 August 2021

Our top mentioned article for July was Altmetrics logoDispensing antiretrovirals during Covid-19 lockdown: re-discovering community-based ART delivery models in Uganda, authored by Zakumumpa et al. 

Check out this article's coverage on Altmetric here

Roundup of our Editor's Picks, July

2 August 2021

A fantastic range of articles were published in the journal through July. Here's a roundup of July's Editor's picks.

New editorial

23 July 2021

Read our new Editorial introducing our Health services and systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions collection, authored by Guest Editors Prof. Mike Landry and Dr. Clarissa Giebel, and the Journal's Editor Tillie Cryer. 

Editorial board recruitment call 

20 July 2021

We are recruiting new, international Editorial Board Members. We are particularly looking for Health Services Researchers who have a research background in: 

  • Acute care and intensive care
  • Cancer health services research
  • eHealth, mHealth, and telehealth
  • Geriatric healthcare
  • Governance
  • Health system resilience, responsiveness, and preparedness
  • Healthcare disparities and discrimination
  • Human resources for health
  • Implementation science
  • Infectious disease care (particularly HIV, neglected tropical diseases, and respiratory viruses)
  • Musculoskeletal disorder services
  • Maternal and child health services
  • Performance and productivity of health services
  • Services for substance use disorders
  • Sexual health services and family planning

More information about joining the board can be found here.

Call for Papers: Health services and systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions

20 June 2021

Launched to New Content Item (1)mark World Refugee Day 2021, our new Guest Edited collection aims to showcase research into how health services and systems can be sustainably strengthened in fragile and conflict-affected regions. The collection is open to submissions until June 2022. More information can be found here

Call for papers: Innovations for better health and social justice 

27 May 2021

New Content ItemWe warmly welcome submissions to our new Guest Edited collection curating innovative research broadly examining the factors that perpetuate health inequities and social injustices in health systems. This collection is open to submissions until May 2022. More information can be found here

Refreshed journal scope

18 December 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have refreshed and expanded the scope of the journal to encompass new research areas such as eHealth, human resources for health, and implementation science. You can read more about the journal's expanded scope here

Updated study protocol criteria 

22 October 2020

The journal has updated its criteria for Study Protocols to make it clearer what the journal considers. View the updated criteria here.

Announcement: Disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

23 March 2020

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.

Annual journal metrics

  • Speed
    96 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    62 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    217 days from submission to acceptance
    16 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation impact
    2.655 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.297 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.445 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.098 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social media impact
    5912 Altmetric mentions

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