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Call for Papers: Contribution of climate change to the spread of infectious diseases

This cross-journal collection brings together in one place articles outlining diseases (and their vectors) that are likely to spread or are already spreading across borders due to the effects of climate change. The impact of policy implementation or interventions designed to contain the spread infectious disease, and studies that could inform future global policy or practical solutions are very much welcome.

Submissions are now open and the deadline is the 31st of May 2020. A full list of participating journals can be found following the link above. 

Announcing the launch of In Review

BMC Health Services Research, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

Featured Article: Immigrant health access in Texas: policy, rhetoric, and fear in the Trump era

Restrictive changes to immigration policies may impact healthcare access for immigrants already residing in the US. A recent study published in BMC Health Services Research investigated this by conducting focus groups with health workers in Texas. 

To learn more about this study, please read the Blog written by the authors. 

BMC Health Services Research Editor's Pick 2018

2018 was an exciting year for BMC Health Services Research, which published a wide range of interesting articles. Read the Editor's Pick 2018 blog to find a few of the Editor’s favorite articles published over the last year.

We are recruiting new Editorial Board members

We are now recruiting Associate Editors for our Editorial Board to join our team of academic editors in assessing manuscripts in the field of health services research.

Webinar series by BioMed Central and Health Systems Global

Publishing is an important part of sharing the outcomes of research, but the publication process and requirements may sometimes feel like a closed book. Health Systems Global (HSG) and BioMed Central, publisher of BMC Health Services Research which is affiliated with HSG, have partnered to deliver a series of five webinars to open up the peer review and publication processes. Aimed at researchers at a variety of career stages, the series covers how to prepare an article and choose the right journal, what happens during peer review, publishing models and open access, research and publication ethics and how to be a peer reviewer.


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Aims and scope

BMC Health Services Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of health services research, including delivery of care, management of health services, assessment of healthcare needs, measurement of outcomes, allocation of healthcare resources, evaluation of different health markets and health services organizations, international comparative analysis of health systems, health economics and the impact of health policies and regulations.

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Manuscript Editor 

Assistant Editor

  • James Edwards, BMC, UK

Section Editors

  • Onyebuchi A Arah, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Dina Balabanova, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Stefano Bonacina, Karolinska Institutet
  • Kostuv Dalal, Örebro University
  • Hengjin Dong, Zhejiang University School of Medicine
  • Michael Donnelly, Queen's University Belfast
  • Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Laval University
  • David Hotchkiss, Tulane University
  • Holly Lanham, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
  • Evelina Pappa, Hellenic Open University
  • Milena Pavlova, Maastricht University
  • Antoni Plasencia, ISGlobal Barcelona Institute for Global Health
  • Fabrizio Tediosi, University of Basel
  • Kaspar Wyss, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Organization information

Health Systems Global is a unique organization driven by a diverse, global membership of researchers, decision-makers and implementers who are dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation. The activities of Health Systems Global span across three broad areas of work: 1) foster the creation of new knowledge; 2) support knowledge translation focusing on bridging knowledge creation with practical application; and 3) foster research on the application of new knowledge in real world settings. Members of Health Systems Global will receive a discount on BMC Health Systems Research's article-processing charge when they provide a discount code (which members can obtain by contacting the society) during the submission process.

Dina Balabanova

Dina Balabanova, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Health Systems and Policy in the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

David Hotchkiss

David Hotchkiss is Vice Chair and Professor in the Department of Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Milena Pavlova

Milena Pavlova's research focuses on the financing of the health care sector, including health insurance, formal and informal patient payments, as well as stated preference approaches, such as willingness-to-pay methods and discrete choice experiments.

Kaspar Wyss, Section Editor

Kaspar Wyss is a Public Health Specialist, Professor and Head of Department of the Swiss Centre for International Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

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Latest Collections


Thematic series
Exploration of disinvestment in the local healthcare setting
Edited by: Dr Milena Pavlova
Collection published: 4 May 2017


Cross-journal collection
The Many Meanings of 'Quality' in Healthcare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Edited by: Dr Deborah Swinglehurst
Collection published: 23 April 2015


Cross-journal collection
Medical tourism - concepts, ethics and practices
Edited by: Dr Tulsi Patel and Prof Silke Schicktanz
Collection published: 20 August 2013


2018 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.932 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.636- 5-year Impact Factor
    1.122 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.057 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
    6738 Altmetric mentions