Aims and scope
Human Resources for Health aims to disseminate research on health workforce policy, the health labour market, health workforce practice, development of knowledge tools and implementation mechanisms nationally and internationally; as well as specific features of the health workforce, such as the impact of management of health workers' performance and its link with health outcomes.
The journal encourages debate on health sector reforms and their link with human resources issues, a hitherto-neglected area.
The development, deployment and evaluation of the health workforce are complex processes that require multidisciplinary collaboration in areas such as: analysis of needs; planning; evaluation of programmes; economic evaluation; political and policy analysis; demographics and statistics; effectiveness of teaching methods; and processes for improving motivation and productivity. There is no other specialist journal in which this analytical agenda can be debated and disseminated to the broader community of human resources scientists. This journal invites contributions from all the associated disciplines. It particularly welcomes articles concerning health workforce issues in developing countries.
All articles published by Human Resources for 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.
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Open access publishing is not without costs. Human Resources for Health therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1565.00/$2450.00/€1995.00 for each article accepted for publication.
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Human Resources for Health operates an open peer-review system, where the reviewers' names are included on the peer-review reports. In addition, if the article is published, the named reports are published online alongside the article as part of a 'pre-publication history'.
Submitted manuscripts are generally reviewed by three external experts. The Editor-in-Chief works with the Associate Editors to make the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of manuscripts.
All articles published in Human Resources for Health have a maximum word limit of 4,000 words regardless of article type, which excludes text in tables, figures and additional files. Authors are encouraged to avoid repeating unnecessarily information in the main article if it is present in any tables or figures.
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Citing articles in Human Resources for Health
Articles in Human Resources for 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. Hum Resour 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. Hum Resour Health 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
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Why publish your article in Human Resources for Health
Human Resources for Health'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
Human Resources for 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.
Online publication in Human Resources for Health 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).
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