Aims and scope
Health & Justice is open to submissions from public health, criminology and criminal justice, medical science, psychology and clinical sciences, sociology, neuroscience, biology, anthropology and the social sciences, and covers a broad array of research types. It publishes original research, research notes (promising issues that are smaller in scope), commentaries, and translational notes (possible ways of introducing innovations in the justice system).
Health & Justice aims to:
- Present original experimental research on the area of health and well-being of people involved in the adult or juvenile justice system, including people who work in the system;
- Present meta-analysis or systematic reviews in the area of health and justice for those involved in the justice system;
- Provide an arena to present new and upcoming scientific issues;
- Present translational science—the movement of scientific findings into practice including programs, procedures, or strategies;
- Present implementation science findings to advance the uptake and use of evidence-based practices; and,
- Present protocols and clinical practice guidelines.
As an open access journal, Health & Justice aims for a broad reach, including researchers across many disciplines as well as justice practitioners (e.g. judges, prosecutors, defenders, probation officers, treatment providers, mental health and medical personnel working with justice-involved individuals, etc.). The sections of the journal devoted to translational and implementation sciences are primarily geared to practitioners and justice actors with special attention to the techniques used.
The submissions for the journal are peer-reviewed, according to rigorous standards.
Why publish your article in Health & Justice
Health & Justice'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
Health & Justice 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 Health & Justice 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 Health & Justice are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be highlighted on Health & Justice’s pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in Health & Justice 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 Health & Justice. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
As an author of an article published in Health & Justice you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work (for further details, see the BioMed Central license agreement).
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All articles published by Health & Justice 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 Health & Justice 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 BioMed Central license agreement.
For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Health & Justice therefore levies an article-processing charge of £860.00/$1290.00/€1060.00 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.
BMC provides a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit our OA funding and policy support page to view our list of research funders and institutions that provide funding for APCs, and to learn more about our email support service.
All articles published in Health & Justice are included in:
- Criminal Justice Periodical Index
- EBSCO Criminal Justice Abstracts
- EBSCO Discovery Service
- EBSCO TOC Premier
- ProQuest Central
- ProQuest Health Management Database
- ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection
- ProQuest Public Health Database
- ProQuest Social Science Collection
- Summon by ProQuest
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 BMC on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published in Health & Justice will be available in their databases when appropriate.
All manuscripts submitted to Health & Justice 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 Health & Justice
Articles in Health & Justice 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. Health Justice [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. Health Justice 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure. For complaints that cannot be resolved with the Editor, the authors should contact the Publisher.