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New Content ItemNEW: Disasters, crisis, and emergency management within health services

Guest Edited by Dylan Collins and Shahid Islam                     

substance use disorders smallNEW: Health services for substance use disorders

Guest Edited by Chaisiri Angkurawaranon, Berkeley Franz and João Pedro Silva

NEW: Decolonizing global health

Guest Edited by Robert Kaba Alhassan, Nafissatou Diop, and Henry Zakumumpa


Economic Evaluations of Vaccine Programs 

Guest Edited by Sayem Ahmed, Saskia den Boon, Edris Hasanpoor and Abdur Razzaque Sarker

delaysCombatting health service delays

Guest Edited by Katherine Harding, Alessandro Jatoba and Yafang Tsai

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Editor's Choice thumbnail 1Medical screening tests and vaccination among hospital-based physicians in Israel

Editor's Choice thumbnail 2The impact of COVID-19 on psychiatric and mental health services in Europe: suffering experienced by professionals

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Link to collectionInnovations for better health and social justice 

Guest Edited by Magdalena Szaflarski

telehealth thumbnailTelehealth

Guest Edited by Bassey Ebenso and Hao Xue

Resilient and responsive health systems in a changing world - smallResilient and responsive health systems in a changing world

Guest Edited by Jane K. O'Hara and Siri Wiig


  1. Authors: Catarina Cardoso Tomás, Emanuel Oliveira, D. Sousa, M. Uba-Chupel, G. Furtado, C. Rocha, A. Teixeira, P. Ferreira, Celeste Alves, Stefan Gisin, Elisabete Catarino, Nelma Carvalho, Tiago Coucelo, Luís Bonfim, Carina Silva, Débora Franco…

Innovations for better health and social justice
Edited by: Dr. Magdalena Szaflarski
Collection published: 30th May 2022

Advancing Dementia Care
Edited by: Dr. Clarissa Giebel and Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 13 May 2020

Health Services Research for Opioid Use Disorders
Edited by: Dr. Kim Hoffman
Collection published: 31 March 2020

Management of Infectious Diseases in Health Systems and Services
Edited by: Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 19 March 2020

Aims and scope

BMC Health Services Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of health services research. The journal has a special focus on digital health, governance, health policy, health system quality and safety, healthcare delivery and access to healthcare, healthcare financing and economics, implementing reform, and the health workforce.

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Annual journal metrics

  • Citation impact
    2.908 - 2-year Impact Factor (2021)
    3.647 - 5-year Impact Factor (2021)
    1.516 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.997 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    57 days to first decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only (Median)

    10,471,424 downloads (2022)

    Social media impact
    8,592 Altmetric mentions (2021)

    Transparency and Openness
    TOP Factor Score - 8

Peer-review Terminology

  • The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

    Identity transparency: Single anonymized

    Reviewer interacts with: Editor

    Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

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