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About International Journal of Health Geographics

This page includes information about the aims and scope of International Journal of Health Geographics, 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

International Journal of Health Geographics is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal fully dedicated to publishing quality manuscripts on all aspects of geospatial information systems and science applications in health and healthcare.

International Journal of Health Geographics aims to cover a wide range of interdisciplinary geospatial topics in a health/healthcare context, from spatial data infrastructure and Web geospatial interoperability research, to research into real-time Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-enabled surveillance services, remote sensing applications, spatial epidemiology, spatio-temporal statistics, and even cyberspace mapping. The journal is thus of interest to audiences from many different fields.

Health geographics improves our understanding of the important relationships between people, location (and its characteristics: for example environmental or socio-economic), time, and health; it therefore assists us in discovering and eliminating disease, in public health tasks like disease prevention and health promotion, and also in better healthcare service planning and delivery.

Currently health geographics papers are offered very little room, priority and recognition in peer reviewed journals dealing with medical informatics, public health, statistics or GIS in general. All such journals available today are not specifically focused on the broader spectrum of geospatial information science in health and healthcare, and are at best journals of social medicine, public health, planning and policy with an emphasis on the concept of place. International Journal of Health Geographics is filling this serious gap in existing journals by providing a credible central venue for researchers and practitioners to publish their health geographics research.

Open access

All articles published by International Journal of Health Geographics 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 International Journal of Health Geographics 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. International Journal of Health Geographics therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1170/$1990/€1480 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 International Journal of Health Geographics 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 International Journal of Health Geographics include:

  • CABI
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • EmCare
  • Geobase
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • Medscape
  • 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.

International Journal of Health Geographics is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.20.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

International Journal of Health Geographicsconsiders the following types of articles:

  • Research - reports of data from original research or replica studies carried in new settings or different regions.
  • Methodology - these articles present a new or enhanced method, test, procedure or technological approach. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.
  • Review - comprehensive, authoritative, summaries of recent insights in specific research and practical areas, placing work reported over time into a broader context.

Please note International Journal of Health Geographics does not consider purely veterinary health-related studies.

Peer-review policies

  • All articles submitted to International Journal of Health Geographics are reviewed by at least two experts with the aim of reaching a first decision within four to six weeks. Referees comments are passed in anonymous form to authors.
  • For a manuscript to be published, it has to be relevant to the journal's scope, scientifically sound, coherent, and not substantially duplicating other published work.
  • Peer reviewers have four options: (1) accept without revision, (2) accept after revisions without expecting to check them, (3) neither accept nor reject until author(s) make revisions or (4) reject
  • All manuscripts submitted must be scientifically sound, but must also show some form of internationally-significant novelty beyond study locale.

Edited by Maged N Kamel Boulos, International Journal of Health Geographics is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My International Journal of Health Geographics, 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

International Journal of Health Geographics 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 IJHG should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in International Journal of Health Geographics

Articles in International Journal of Health Geographics 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. Int J Health Geogr [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. Int J Health Geogr 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in International Journal of Health Geographics?

High visibility

International Journal of Health Geographics'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

International Journal of Health Geographics 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 International Journal of Health Geographics, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in International Journal of Health Geographics 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 International Journal of Health Geographics are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on International Journal of Health Geographics's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in International Journal of Health Geographics 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 International Journal of Health Geographics. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

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

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