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Acceptance rate


Time to first decision

53 days*

Time from acceptance to publication

28 days*

Aims and scope

Integrated Healthcare Journal is an online only Open Access journal co-owned by BMJ and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Integrated Healthcare Journal aims to support a joined-up and connected approach for healthcare design and delivery in which health and social care professionals, service providers, patients, patient groups, and carers are brought together to collaborate in a unified and integrated approach. The mission will be to improve all aspects of care for individuals and communities orientated around a person-centred philosophy.

Fragmentation of care and care gaps arising from a lack of optimal integration translate into negative experiences and outcomes for patients and unnecessary costs for healthcare providers. This will become increasingly problematic as patients in an ageing population present with ever more complex health and social care needs.

Effective integrated healthcare is a pathway to a more effective and efficient health system truly centred on the patient. The journal will present content related to initiatives and improvement approaches leading to greater levels of integration with a strong emphasis on co-design with patients, carers and families.

Editorial Board

For information about the Integrated Healthcare Journal Editor-in-Chief Dr Paresh Dawda and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.


Integrated Healthcare Journal is co-owned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society  and BMJ.

Journal information

Publication Model Open access
Frequency Continuous online publication
Launch date 2019
Digital Archives Portico, LOCKSS
Indexed by Google Scholar, DOAJ
Peer Review Model Single blind; the names of reviewers are hidden from the author
Online ISSN 2399-5351

Journal Statistics (2020)

Acceptance rate: 42%

Time to first decision: 53 days (mean)
Time from acceptance to publication: 28 days (mean)

2020 total content views: 5,987

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