International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal which serves as an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of health policy and management research by directing attention to major issues in different arenas. It brings together individual specialties from different fields, notably epidemiology; health management, policy, economics, and information systems; social and public policy; and philosophy into a dynamic academic mix. The validity, importance and originality of each paper make a great contribution to the coverage of each field. IJHPM is intended to enhance communication among health system researchers, policy and decision makers, legislators, practitioners, educators, administrators, students, and other types of allied health professionals in the research and healthcare delivery systems. It aims to maintain a balance between theory and practice, from a variety of disciplines, fields and perspectives. IJHPM publishes high quality editorials, perspectives, review articles, original research articles (both empirical and theoretical), policy briefs, commentaries, correspondences, hypotheses, letters to editor, special reports and book reviews from countries with diverse political, social, cultural and economic environment. Geographical coverage including coverage of the poorest countries and low- and middle- income countries is of utmost importance in IJHPM. We are proud to mention that our six on-line publications per year undergo a fair, supportive and completely peer review process. We follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, issued by International Committee for Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), as well as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors.
IJHPM prevailing criteria for articles include the originality, high academic quality, and genuine interest to a wide international audience. The journal editorial team encourages the authors to pay close attention to the factors that will increase the likelihood of acceptance. Manuscripts that fall short of setting out the international debates and policy lessons are more likely to be rejected, returned to the authors for redrafting prior to being reviewed, or experience a slower acceptance process. Researchers who write about a specific health problem, disease, intervention, or service should discuss the relevance of the analysis for the broader health system. Those evaluating health policies or health system performance should draw on relevant bodies of theory in their analysis; otherwise justify why they have not done so, instead of just presenting a narrative based on empirical data. The IJHPM has also adopted a new initiative in line with the Knowledge Translation movement across the globe by which authors of the original articles should write about implications of their research to policy makers and public alike.
IJHPM supports the Open Access initiative. Abstracts and full texts (PDF format) of all articles published by IJHPM are freely accessible to everyone immediately upon publication. IJHPM also does not charge any publication fee.
IJHPM encourages materials of general interest to an international readership. It serves as an important resource for academic scholars, researchers, health professionals and healthcare providers, practitioners, administrators, health industry leaders, legislators, policy analysts, healthcare insurance, healthcare managers and planners, policy and decision makers, and public at both national and international levels. The originality of IJHPM is its attention to public as a major audience. The public is targeted via adding a section of implications for public to each original article and preparing the videocasts. IJHPM has made an attempt to inform public of these initiatives via diverse social networks such as YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Academia.
Elements of the International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM) logo exemplify the major tenets of health policy and management, among others, global heath, knowledge management, and future studies. It communicates a complex message with just a simple design linking well to the meaning behind the name.
Apple symbolizes health and beauty. The light blue colour is also associated with health and healing. The apple is surrounded by a circle, which exemplifies the globe. These together imply global health. You will find a path through the apple originating from the circle; this indicates strategies toward health or strategies to improve each nation’s health. The narrowing path also symbolizes future studies in health. There is a book underneath the apple and circle; this conveys knowledge and evidence. You will find blazes of knowledge surrounding the entire complex, which demonstrates that global health is underpinned and surrounded by knowledge and evidence. In other words, this represents evidence-based policy making and decision making and also evidence-based practice/medicine.