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About Archives of Public Health

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Archives of Public Health, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Archives of Public Health is an open access, peer-reviewed, international online journal whose focus is on the better understanding of the health of populations.

Archives of Public Health contributes to public health knowledge, enhances the interaction between research, policy and practice and stimulates public health monitoring and indicator development.

The journal considers submissions on health outcomes and their determinants, with clear statements about the public health and policy implications. The journal welcomes methodological papers (e.g. on study design and bias), papers on health services research, health economics, community interventions, and epidemiological studies dealing with international comparisons, the determinants of inequality in health, and the environmental, behavioural, social, demographic and occupational correlates of health and diseases.

The journal is supported by a grant of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment.

Open access

All articles published by Archives of Public 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.

Authors of articles published in Archives of Public Health are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors 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.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Archives of Public Health therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1240/$1940/€1580 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. 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.

Indexing services

All articles published in Archives of Public Health are included in:

  • CABI
  • DOAJ
  • Global Health
  • PubMed
  • Scopus

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Archives of Public Health will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Archives of Public Healthconsiders the following types of articles:

  • Research - reports of data from original research. Takes one of two forms; original research papers (approximately 3500-4000 words) and brief original research papers (maximums: 1500 words, 1 table or 1 graph, 20 references).
  • Systematic reviews - systematic reviews and meta-analyses (4000-4500 words).
  • Methodology - presents issues related to epidemiological methods, survey methods and health impact assessment methods. The article may focus on, for example, bias identification, questionnaire development and validation, indicator development and/or methodological challenges in translating research results into public health practice. The article should describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available (maximums: 1500 words, 1 table or 1 figure, 20 references).
  • Study protocols - describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study including the strengths and limitations related to the study design (maximums: 1500 words, 1 table or 1 figure, 20 references).
  • Commentaries - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal (maximums: 1500 words, 1 table or 1 figure, 10 references).
  • Letters to the Editor - these can take three forms; a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers (maximums: 600 words, 1 table or 1 figure, 10 references).

Peer-review policies

Contributors to Archives of Public Health will benefit from fast and professional peer review. After an initial screening for general suitability, the editors will assign submissions for external peer review. The assessments of at least two referees will be considered when deciding on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript. Final decision rests with the Editors-in-Chief who aim to provide a decision within eight weeks. The journal will operate an open peer review policy.

Edited by Herman Van Oyen and Olivier Bruyère Archives of Public Health is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Archives of Public Health operates using 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'. All previous versions of the manuscript, and all author responses to the reviewers are also available to readers.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Archives of Public Health, a personalized section of the site.


High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.


Archives of Public Health will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Archives of Public Health should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Archives of Public Health

Articles in Archives of Public 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. Arch Public 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. Arch Public Health 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Archives of Public Health?

High visibility

Archives of Public Health's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Archives of Public 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; the article will then be available through Archives of Public Health and BioMed Central.


Online publication in Archives of Public Health gives authors 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 Archives of Public Health are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Archives of Public Health's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Archives of Public Health 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 Archives of Public Health. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Archives of Public Health retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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