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About International Journal for Equity in Health
This page includes information about the aims and scope of International Journal for Equity in Health, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
International Journal for Equity in Health is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal presenting evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health across and within countries.
International Journal for Equity in Health aims to improve the understanding of issues that influence the health of populations. This includes the discussion of political, policy-related, economic, social and health services-related influences, particularly with regard to systematic differences in distributions of one or more aspects of health in population groups defined demographically, geographically, or socially.
Although there is a large amount of literature on the 'social determinants' of health, this focuses heavily on influences at the level of the individual, and, at most, on influences at the community level. The literature is relatively sparse on influences in the policy and political arenas and is especially deficient in analyses that examine the population-attributable fraction of ill health resulting from the different categories of influences. Because policy-makers need these sorts of information in order to make informed choices among alternatives, such information is needed.
All articles published by International Journal for Equity in Health are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. International Journal for Equity in Health therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1220/$1985/€1465 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health include:
- Current contents
- Global Health
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PAIS International
- PubMed Central
- Social Sciences Citation Index
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).
The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.
International Journal for Equity in Health is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.84.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for Publication
International Journal for Equity in Health considers the following types of articles:
Research - reports of data from original research.
- Annotated bibliographies - compilations of bibliographic references for a limited, coherent subject area, with annotations either for each included article or other reference, or for groups of articles.
- Commentaries - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
Peer review in International Journal for Equity in Health is designed to ensure that the research published is 'good science'. The journal recognizes the importance of highlighting articles that contain the most interesting, important or significant research. Peer reviewers are asked to indicate which articles they consider to be especially interesting or significant. These articles will be given greater prominence within International Journal for Equity in Healthand greater external publicity.
Manuscripts submitted to International Journal for Equity in Health will generally be reviewed by two external experts.
Edited by Barbara Starfield, International Journal for Equity in Health is supported by an expert Editorial Board.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My International Journal for Equity in Health, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
International Journal for Equity in Health will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to IJEqH should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in International Journal for Equity in Health
Articles in International Journal for Equity in Health should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Int J Equity Health [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Int J Equity Health 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in International Journal for Equity in Health?
International Journal for Equity in Health's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
International Journal for Equity in Health offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through International Journal for Equity in Health, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in International Journal for Equity in Health gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on International Journal for Equity in Health's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
Authors of articles published in International Journal for Equity in Health retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).
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