- Founded in 2002, we are a unique publishing venue for research related to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health.
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Aims and scope
International Journal for Equity in Health presents evidence relevant to the search for, and attainment of, equity in health across and within countries. International Journal for Equity in Health publishes research which improves the understanding of issues that influence the distribution of health and healthcare within populations. This includes the discussion of political, policy-related, economic, social and health systems- and services-related influences, particularly with regard to identifying and understanding the systematic differences or the lived experiences 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, the journal focuses heavily on understanding what influences at the level of the individual, and, what influences at the community level. The literature is relatively sparse on studies that look at what influences the policy and political arenas, and is especially deficient in analyses that examine the population-attributable fraction of ill health resulting from social, behavioral, medical, or biological factors, and the interrelated contributions of these spheres of influence. Such information and the insight derived from it is required by policy-makers in order to make informed choices and evidence-based decisions, and this is the focus of International Journal for Equity in Health.
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The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.
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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.
1:115 refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
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Annual Journal Metrics
9 days to first decision for all manuscripts
71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
138 days from submission to acceptance
29 days from acceptance to publication
4.666 - 2-year Impact Factor
4.767 - 5-year Impact Factor
1.911 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
1.369 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
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