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Aims and scope

Israel Journal of Health Policy Research seeks to promote intensive intellectual interactions among scholars and practitioners from Israel and other countries regarding all aspects of health policy, health services research, public health, health promotion, health economics, health care management, and the ethics, sociology, and political science of health care in Israel.  The ultimate aim of these intellectual interactions is to contribute to the development of health policy in Israel and around the world.

The Israeli health care system is considered to be among the most innovative, advanced, and efficient in the world, and accordingly generates a great deal of scholarly interest and activity. The quantity, quality, and sophistication of Israeli health services research is unusually impressive relative to the number of professionals in the field.

This journal seeks to disseminate information about the achievements and dilemmas of Israeli health care, to facilitate dialogue between experts from Israel and elsewhere, and to enhance the extent to which Israel and other countries can learn from one another's health systems.

Article selection is guided by considerations of scientific merit and potential contribution to Israeli health care and health systems around the world. Thus, the typical article will report on a new study regarding an important feature of Israeli health care and explore the implications of the study's finding for Israel as well as other countries. The journal also has a particular interest in comparative studies involving Israel and other countries and in-depth, comparative, analyses of Israeli data from multi-national studies.

One of the major tools for advancing the journal's objectives is the use of short commentaries by leading scholars, many of whom are from other countries, who are asked to highlight the international significance of an Israeli study's findings and/or methods. The journal gratefully acknowledges the willingness of the European Observatory of Health Care Systems and Policies to assist in identifying relevant international scholars for these commentaries.

Another major tool for encouraging cross-national learning is the publication of  occasional book reviews, which explore the relevance for Israeli health care of important new books by leading international scholars.

The journal also encourages collaborations between authors from Israel and abroad. These can be particularly valuable in papers that integrate information from a variety of sources to address a pressing issue in Israeli health care.

The journal features thematic series (the online analogue of special issues) focused on prominent features of Israeli health care that have generated substantial international interest, such as prioritization of new technologies, quality monitoring, health informatics, and IT, addressing the needs of ethnically diverse populations, and reducing health disparities. This will make it possible to examine those issues from varied perspectives and encourage synergy and debate relating to those perspectives.

Generally speaking, the number of authors should be limited to four. In cases where there are more than four authors please indicate, in the cover letter, how each author contributed to the manuscript.

Pre-submission inquiries may be in Hebrew or English, but must be sent to, all other correspondence must be in English.

Open access

All articles published by Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 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.

As authors of articles published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the BMC license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BMC can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1690.00/$2390.00/€1990.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable.

If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

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The Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research will take responsibility for the article processing charge for commissioned commentaries and for other manuscripts that are clearly relevant to the Israeli health care system. Before completing submission, authors of manuscripts meeting these criteria should send the title and abstract of their manuscript to Authors will then be informed whether the Institute will cover their article processing charge and provided with instructions.

Indexing services

All articles published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research are included in:

  • Citebase
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  • DOAJ
  • Journal Citation Reports/ Social Sciences Edition
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  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Zetoc

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by BioMed Central on SpringerLink.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

IJHPR operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
Submitted manuscripts are screened by one of the Editors and/or Editorial Board members and appropriate manuscripts are sent to at least two peer reviewers, one based in Israel and one based outside of Israel. Edited by Avi Israeli and Bruce Rosen, IJHPR is supported by an expert Editorial Board that brings together leading scholars and policymakers from Israel and abroad. It includes past and present Editors and Editorial Board members from leading international journals in the field (The European Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Inquiry, The Milbank Quarterly).

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Israel Journal of Health Policy Research should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

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Citing articles in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research

Articles in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research  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. Isr J of Health Policy Res [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. Isr J of Health Policy Res 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should follow the procedure outlined in the BMC Editorial Policies.

Benefits of publishing with BMC

High visibility

Israel Journal of Health Policy Research's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 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.


Online publication in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research gives you 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 Israel Journal of Health Policy Research are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Israel Journal of Health Policy Research’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 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 Israel Journal of Health Policy Research. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.


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