If you are involved in research that could impact on the way public health is practised in Australia, we are interested in your work and encourage you to submit it to Public Health Research & Practice. The journal is open-access, peer-reviewed and published quarterly online. It contains innovative, high-quality papers that inform public health policy and practice and has a special focus on innovations, data and perspectives from policy and practice.
The journal will publish:
Our peer review process will assess manuscripts for:
Evaluations of programs that did not have an impact on the outcomes of interest, or tests for association that were not significant, will be considered for publication provided that they were sufficiently powered
The journal’s primary audiences are population and public health policy makers and practitioners and researchers who wish to influence public policy and practice.
While we have a special focus on public health in NSW, we are also interested in reaching similar audiences across Australia. We also aim to reach policy makers and practitioners elsewhere within the health sector (eg clinicians), and practitioners outside the health sector (e.g. government departments/agencies and NGOs).
Public Health Research & Practice publishes papers that will inform public health policy and practice. All submitted papers must adhere to our Author Guidelines and you can find more information on submission steps at Submit a paper. Please refer to our Editorial policies before submission.
The journal publishes:
The word count for these papers should be 2500–3500 words (excluding references and figures but including abstract, key points and tables). These manuscripts are peer reviewed and can be commissioned or proffered. Internationally recognised reporting guidelines must be followed. Please see our Author guidelines for more detail.
The journal publishes:
The word count for these papers should be 1000–1500 words (excluding references and figures but including abstract, key points and tables). Longer articles will be considered in cases where a topic of special interest for policy makers and practitioners warrants further discussion. These manuscripts are peer reviewed and can be commissioned or proffered. The journal also publishes editorials from the Editor-in-Chief or the Editorial Board – these are not peer reviewed.
The journal publishes In Practice articles that are led by practitioners working in policy, program development or service delivery and describe insights from their work in the field, based on analysis of empirical information (quantitative or qualitative). These articles:
For example, this might include descriptions of innovative programs or policies using a case study approach. Assertions about effects of policies or programs should be substantiated by verifiable information and accessible performance data.
Papers that are simply descriptions of programs or services will generally not be accepted, nor will ‘promotional pieces’ more suitable for a newsletter.
The word count for these papers should be 1500–2000 words (excluding references and figures but including abstract, key points and tables). These manuscripts are peer reviewed and can be commissioned or proffered.
The journal publishes brief reports of:
The word count for these papers should be 600–800 words (excluding references and figures but including tables). They are peer reviewed and can be commissioned or proffered.
We welcome your letters and will publish correspondence about our editorial content in this section. Please send your correspondence via the Contact us page or via email to the Editor. Letters should be no longer than 350 words and submitted no later than eight weeks after publication of the original article.