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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's aim is to improve 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 eight 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.

    Our Instructions to authors have been updated. Authors should pay close attention to the factors that will increase likelihood of acceptance. As well as the high overall quality required for publication in an international journal, authors should address 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.


YearImpact FactorSsi: Health Policy & ServicesSi: Health Care Sciences & Services
20143.4704 out of 717 out of 89
20133.4427 out of 7013 out of 85
20123.0564 out of 6710 out of 82
20112.6517 out of 6213 out of 76
20102.7936 out of 568 out of 71
20092.47710 out of 4915 out of 69
20081.95316 out of 4123 out of 62
20071.65315 out of 4020 out of 57
20061.75015 out of 3921 out of 56

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
Social Sciences Citation Index®
Sociological Abstracts
Tropical Diseases Bulletin

Impact factor: 3.470

5-Yr impact factor: 3.552


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