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About Health Information Science and Systems

Before submitting a software manuscript to Health Information Science and Systems, please ensure you understand our pre-submission requirements.

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Health Information Science and Systems, 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

Health Information Science and Systems is a multidisciplinary journal that aims to integrate computer science/information technology with health science and services, embracing information science research coupled with topics related to the modeling, design, development, integration, and management of health information systems.

Health Information Science and Systems is an international, archival, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary, open access journal covering all aspects of the health information sciences and the systems that support this information. The scope includes i) medical/health/biomedicine information resources, such as patient medical records, devices and equipments, software and tools to capture, store, retrieve, process, analyze, optimize the use of information in the health domain, ii) data management, data mining, and knowledge discovery, all of which play a key role in decision making, management of public health, examination of standards, privacy and security issues, iii) development of new architectures and applications for health information systems. Health Information Science and Systems' topical coverage includes, but is not restricted to, the following subjects:

  • Information systems including electronic health records, hospital information systems, data exchange and integration
  • Health service delivery, workflow
  • Data mining, knowledge discovery, decision making support
  • System interoperability, ontology and standardization
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Brain informatics
  • Telemedicine
  • Health data management
  • Health database and information-system integration
  • Health information extraction
  • Health information services
  • Health information-system modeling, design, and development
  • Health information visualization
  • Support tools and languages for health information-system development

Health Information Science and Systems seeks articles on research methods and conceptual insights that are healthcare motivated but could potentially be applied broadly in diverse domains, both within and outside healthcare context. Methods may be drawn from information technology, computer science, bioinformatics, biomedicine, decision science, cognitive science, psychology, management science, and statistics. Articles emphasizing information management and knowledge representation/modeling issues that arise from the storage and use of health informatics will also be considered. System descriptions are welcome if they illustrate and substantiate the underlying methodology.

Open access

All articles published by Health Information Science and Systems 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 Health Information Science and Systems 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. Health Information Science and Systems 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 Health Information Science and Systems are included in:

  • DOAJ
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central

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 Health Information Science and Systems will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Health Information Science and Systemsconsiders the following types of articles:

  • Book reviews: summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book. They evaluate the books overall usefulness to the intended audience.
  • Case reports: reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction.
  • Case studies: describe a major program intervention or policy option. These should include a rigorous assessment of the processes and the impact of the study, as well as recommendations for the future.
  • Commentaries: short, focused and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders.
  • Database articles: describe a new database or a substantial improvement of an existing database.
  • Meeting reports - a short description of a conference that the author has attended. It is usually best for the article to be published as soon after the meeting as possible, and should focus on the key developments presented and discussed at the meeting. These articles are usually commissioned but reports and suggestions may also be submitted for the editors' consideration.
  • Methodology articles: present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method.
  • Research: reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.
  • Software articles: describe the source code for software applications, tools or algorithm implementations. Typically, an archive of the source code of the current version of the software should be included with the submitted manuscript as a supplementary file.


Peer-review policies

Manuscripts will be assigned to a Handling Editor who will oversee the review process and make recommendations on acceptance to the Editor-in-Chief who will then make the final editorial decision. For manuscripts deemed suitable for peer review two or more expert reviews will be sought. Reviewers may be members of the Editorial Board or external experts in the field. Reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests they may have in reviewing a manuscript. The journal aims for a first decision to be made within 8 weeks of receipt of the submission. If an author is unhappy with, or formally appeals, an editorial decision then the Editors-in-Chief will review the decision in accordance with the procedures outlined in the COPE Code of Conduct for Editors.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Health Information Science and Systems, a personalized section of the site. Please see the instructions for authors and pre-submission guidelines for software articles for details of the submission requirements and peer review process.


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


Health Information Science and Systems 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 Health Information Science and Systems should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Health Information Science and Systems

Articles in Health Information Science and Systems 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 Inf Sci Syst [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 Inf Sci Syst 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Health Information Science and Systems?

High visibility

Health Information Science and Systems'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

Health Information Science and Systems 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 Health Information Science and Systems and BioMed Central.


Online publication in Health Information Science and Systems 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 Health Information Science and Systems are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Health Information Science and Systems's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Health Information Science and Systems 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 Information Science and Systems. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Health Information Science and Systems 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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