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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

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.

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  • Identity transparency: Single anonymized
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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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