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About Health Research Policy and Systems

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Health Research Policy and Systems, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & 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 the efficient utilization and application of knowledge to improve health and health equity, especially in developing countries. Research is the foundation for improvements in public health one problem is that people involved in different areas of research, together with managers and administrators in charge of research entities, do not always communicate sufficiently with each other and with other actors relevant to research systems such as policy makers, innovators, and those charged with funding research. How do those in research systems make sure that what they do will actually improve health? Do they have good links with the decision makers who can influence how their research findings are used? Is the money used to sponsor their activities spent wisely, fairly and efficiently? Are there means to assess the impact and utility of their work? How many of them are leaving the country for greener pastures? How can they be enticed to stay, or, perhaps often more importantly, return to low-middle income countries (LMICs) after developing their skills? How well informed is the public of the results of their research?

Through the publication and dissemination of quality research, the journal's mission is to provide a vehicle and a forum for furthering the intellectual debate and discourse on the important role of evidence-based Health Research Policy and Systems. It is all about sharing knowledge in order to improve health and health equity, especially in developing countries.

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.

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

For authors 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 £1365/$2325/€1725 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. 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.

Indexing services

All articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems include:

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

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Health Research Policy and Systems is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.86.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Health Research Policy and Systems considers the following types of articles:

  • Research - reports of data from original research.
  • Commentaries - short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of Health Research Policy and Systems; these articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.

Peer-review policies

A policy of open peer review is adopted by the journal. Peer review in Health Research Policy and Systems is designed to ensure that the research published is based on sound principles of science.

We recognize the importance of highlighting articles that contain the most interesting, important or significant research. Peer reviewers are asked to indicate articles they consider to be especially interesting or significant. These articles will be given greater prominence within the journal and greater external publicity.

Edited by Miguel Gonzalez Block and Stephen Hanney, Health Research Policy and Systems is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Health Research Policy and Systems operates an 'open peer review' policy meaning reviewers are asked to sign their reviews. The pre-publication history including all submitted versions, reviewers' reports and authors' responses will be linked to from the published article.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Health Research Policy and Systems, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Health Research Policy and Systems will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to HARPS should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

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.

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. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

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; the article will then be available through Health Research Policy and Systems, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Health Research Policy and Systems gives authors 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 included in abstract books mailed to academics and are 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.

Authors of articles published in Health Research Policy and Systems retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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