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New Content Item © © Irina Chetverikova / Getty Images / iStockNew: Trauma-informed approaches: Implications for practice, policy and research

Guest Edited by Sophie Isobel, Annie Lewis-O’Connor, Candice N. Selwyn

New Content Item © RF (royalty free)New: Digital health and the healthcare workforce

Guest Edited by Karen Day, Kerryn Butler-Henderson & Clair Sullivan

New Content ItemResearching and measuring inequalities in healthcare

Guest Edited by Magdalena Szaflarski & Zhonghua Wang

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Sustainability in health services

Guest Edited by Virginia McKay & Judith Singleton

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Advancing epidemic preparedness of health systems 

Guest edited by Yibeltal Assefa Alemu, Carl Abelardo T. Antonio​​​​​, Julie ​​​Balen & Megan Schmidt-Sane

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Health services for substance use disorders

Guest edited by Chaisiri Angkurawaranon, Berkeley Franz, João Pedro Silva

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Health workforce planning

Guest edited by Madhan Balasubramanian and
Sunny C. Okoroafor


  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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Editor's picks

New Content Item © Chainarong Prasertthai / Getty Images / iStockBarriers and facilitators to the implementation of digital technologies in mental health systems

New Content Item © Georgiy Datsenko / Getty Images / iStockFactors associated with health professionals’ stress reactions, job satisfaction, intention to leave & health-related outcomes 

New Content Item © Andrey Popov / Stock.adobe.comUnderstanding health care pathways of patients with sepsis: protocol of a mixed-methods analysis of health care utilization, experiences, and needs of patients with and after sepsis

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Annual journal metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 2.7
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: 3.1
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.177
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.029

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 26
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 198

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 11,190,375
    Altmetric mentions: 8,159

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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