About

Aims and scope

Global Health Research and Policy is an open access, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that rapidly disseminates high quality research to improve regional and global health and promote health equity.

The journal welcomes submissions in topic areas that focus on:

  • Health equity
  • Health systems and policy
  • Global health practice
  • Social determinants of health
  • Behaviour and health
  • Health promotion
  • Population health
  • Mental health
  • Human resources in health
  • Disease burden
  • Environmental health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Aging and health care
  • Global health education
  • Health ethics
  • Other urgent and neglected global health issues

Open access

All articles published by Global Health Research and Policy 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.

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

For those of you 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. The publication costs for Global Health Research and Policy are currently funded by the Global Health Institute of Wuhan University, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Global Health Research and Policy will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Global Health Research and Policy operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous. The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

The editorial policies of Global Health Research and Policy are determined jointly by its Editorial Board and Springer Nature in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements of China. Unless otherwise stipulated in these guidelines, all manuscripts submitted to  Global Health Research and Policy should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.

Why publish your article in Global Health Research and Policy

High visibility

Global Health Research and Policy's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Global Health Research and Policy 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.

Flexibility

Online publication in Global Health Research and Policy gives you 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 Global Health Research and Policy are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Global Health Research and Policy’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Global Health Research and Policy 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 Global Health Research and Policy. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Global Health Research and Policy you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).

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