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Health services and systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions

Launched to mark World Refugee Day 2021, our new Guest Edited collection showcasing research into how health services and systems can be sustainably strengthened in fragile and conflict-affected regions. Open to submissions until June 2022. 

Innovations for better health and social justice

We warmly welcome submissions to our new Guest Edited collection curating innovative research broadly examining the factors that perpetuate health inequities and social injustices in health systems. Open to submissions until May 2022. 

Editor's choice

New in: Health system quality and safety

A new qualitative study explores healthcare leaders' use of innovative solutions to ensure resilience in healthcare during the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

New in: The health workforce

A systematic review explores the experiences of frontline healthcare workers and their views about support during previous pandemics and the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 eHealth, governance, health policy, health system quality and safety, healthcare delivery and access to healthcare, healthcare financing and economics, implementing reform, and the health workforce.

Journal Editor

Senior Assistant Editor

  • James Edwards, BMC, UK

Assistant Editor

  • Anisa Lowe, BMC, UK

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Our commitments to diversity and inclusion

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New Content ItemRead our collection of content that amplifies Black voices and the Black Lives Matter movement

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Supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

BMC Health Services Research is committed to supporting efforts to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by helping researchers to disseminate and showcase their work. We aim to support policy-makers, governments, and humanitarian organizations in making evidence-based decisions to advance good health and wellbeing (SDG 3) and reduce inequalities (SDG 10).  

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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

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Annual journal metrics

  • Speed
    96 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    62 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    217 days from submission to acceptance
    16 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation impact
    2.655 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.297 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.445 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.098 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social media impact
    5912 Altmetric mentions

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