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About Health Policy and Planning

Health Policy and Planning publishes high-quality health policy and systems research that aims to inform policy and practice in low and middle income countries.

Health Policy and Planning improves the design, implementation, and evaluation of health policies in low- and middle-income countries through providing a forum for publishing high quality research and original ideas, for an audience of policy and public health researchers and practitioners. HPP is published 10 times a year.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Attract high quality research papers, reviews and debates on topics relevant to health policies in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Ensure wide geographical coverage of papers including coverage of the poorest countries and those in transition;
  • Encourage and support researchers from low- and middle-income countries to publish in HPP ;
  • Ensure papers reflect a broad range of disciplines, methodologies and topics;
  • Ensure that papers are clearly explained and accessible to readers from the range of disciplines used to analyse health policies; and
  • Provide a fair, supportive and high quality peer review process.

Peer review policy

HPP has a double-blinded peer-review policy. All papers, in each of the categories described within the instructions for authors are peer reviewed. 

Instructions for authors

Our instructions for authors have been updated. Authors should pay close attention to the factors that will increase likelihood of acceptance. 

Improving chances of publication

As well as the high overall quality required for publication in an international journal, authors should take into consideration:

  • Addressing HPP's readership: national and international policy makers, practitioners, academics and general readers with a particular interest in health policy issues and debates.
  • Manuscripts that fail to set out the international debates to which the paper contributes, and to draw out policy lessons and conclusions, are more likely to be rejected, returned to the authors for redrafting prior to being reviewed, or undergo a slower acceptance process.
  • In addition, economists should note that papers accepted for publication in HPP will consider the broad policy implications of an economic analysis rather than focusing primarily on the methodological or theoretical aspects of the study.
  • Public health specialists writing about a specific health problem or service should discuss the relevance of the analysis for the broader health system. Those submitting health policy analyses should draw on relevant bodies of theory in their analysis, or justify why they have not, rather than only presenting a narrative based on empirical data.

Impact Factor and ranking

Year Impact Factor Si: Health Care Sciences & Services Ssi: Health Policy & Services
2015 2.513 25 out of 87 13 out of 74
2014 3.470 7 out of 89 4 out of 71
2013 3.442 13 out of 85 7 out of 70
2012 3.056 10 out of 82 4 out of 67
2011 2.651 13 out of 76 7 out of 62
2010 2.793 8 out of 71 6 out of 56
2009 2.477 15 out of 69 10 out of 49
2008 1.953 23 out of 62 16 out of 41
2007 1.653 20 out of 57 15 out of 40
2006 1.750 21 out of 56 15 out of 39

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index by ISI.

Abstracting and indexing services

Health Policy and Planning is covered by several major indexing services including:

  • Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts (ASSIA)
  • CAB Abstracts
  • CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Current Contents® /Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Excerpta Medica Abstract Journals
  • Health & Safety Science Abstracts
  • PubMed
  • Social Sciences Citation Index®
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Tropical Diseases Bulletin
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