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Aims and scope

Population Health Metrics aims to advance the science of population health assessment, and welcomes papers relating to concepts, methods, ethics, applications, and summary measures of population health. We discourage papers that are simply descriptive of disease trends without methodological advances. These are unlikely to be accepted for publication in the journal.

The journal provides a unique platform for population health researchers to share their findings with the global community. We seek research that addresses the communication of population health measures and policy implications to stakeholders; this includes papers related to burden estimation and risk assessment, and research addressing population health across the full range of development.

Population Health Metrics covers a broad range of topics encompassing health state measurement and valuation, summary measures of population health, descriptive epidemiology at the population level, burden of disease and injury analysis, disease and risk factor modeling for populations, and comparative assessment of risks to health at the population level. The journal is also interested in how to use and communicate indicators of population health to reduce disease burden, and the approaches for translating from indicators of population health to health-advancing actions. As a cross-cutting topic of importance, we are particularly interested in inequalities in population health and their measurement.

Open access

All articles published by Population Health Metrics 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 Population Health Metrics 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 (APC)

Authors who publish open access in Population Health Metrics are required to pay an article processing charge (APC). The APC price will be determined from the date on which the article is accepted for publication.

The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, is: £2090.00/$2790.00/€2390.00

Visit our open access support portal and our Journal Pricing FAQs for further information.

Open access funding

Visit Springer Nature’s open access funding & support services for information about research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs.

Springer Nature offers agreements that enable institutions to cover open access publishing costs. Learn more about our open access agreements to check your eligibility and discover whether this journal is included.

Springer Nature offers APC waivers and discounts for articles published in our fully open access journals whose corresponding authors are based in the world’s lowest income countries (see our APC waivers and discounts policy for further information). Requests for APC waivers and discounts from other authors will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and may be granted in cases of financial need (see our open access policies for journals for more information). All applications for discretionary APC waivers and discounts should be made at the point of manuscript submission; requests made during the review process or after acceptance are unable to be considered.

Indexing services

All articles published in Population Health Metrics are included in:

  • CABI
  • CAS
  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmCare
  • Global Health
  • MEDLINE
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • SOCOLAR
  • 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.

Population Health Metrics 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.

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.

Submitted articles will generally be reviewed by two external experts. Reviewers advise the editors, who are responsible for the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript.

Reviewers give detailed comments in the following areas to advise the editors and to give guidance to authors on revisions if needed: importance, originality, clarity and presentation, validity and scientific quality, study design and methodology, statistical standards, and justification of conclusions in terms of evidence presented.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Population Health Metrics should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Citing articles in Population Health Metrics

Articles in Population Health Metrics  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. Popul Health Metrics [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. Popul Health Metrics 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

Population Health Metrics'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

Population Health Metrics 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.

Flexibility

Online publication in Population Health Metrics 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 Population Health Metrics are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Population Health Metrics’s pages and on the BMC homepage.

In addition, articles published in Population Health Metrics 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 Population Health Metrics. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BMC is available here.

Copyright

As an author of an article published in Population Health Metrics you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BMC license agreement).

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    3.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.9 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.353 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.955 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2022 Speed
    29 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    374 days submission to accept (Median)

    2022 Usage 
    769,908 downloads
    1,874 Altmetric mentions