Call for Papers: Innovations in Implementation Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries


The journal Health Policy and Planning, and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research invite articles speaking to innovations in the methods, approaches and governance of research on the implementation of public health policies and programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The theme for the call is: “Innovations in Implementation Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries”.

Sub-themes include but is not limited to the following:

  • Quantitative assessment of public health policy and programme implementation
  • Multidisciplinary and qualitative approaches and mixed methods assessments of public health policy and programme implementation.
  • Health policy implementation analysis, including policy process and power.
  • Process evaluation of public health programme implementation.
  • Systematic reviews of public health policy and programme implementation
  • Embedding and participatory approaches in implementation research.
  • Governance and ethics of implementation research in LMICs.

All papers should clearly identify the specific innovation that it is presenting or illustrating and situate it in the literature. We invite the following types of submissions:

All papers will be subject to peer review. About eight-10 papers will be published in this supplement. The editors will screen and shortlist submitted manuscripts for consideration for the special supplement based on the quality of the submission, correspondence to the theme of the special supplement, and innovativeness in approach or topic of focus. The editors may also consider factors such as breadth of coverage of topics, approaches, and geography in shortlisting papers for the supplement. It is aimed that at minimum 50% of accepted papers come from a LMIC author, listed as first author on the paper.

Manuscripts that do not find a place in the shortlist for the special supplement, for any of the reasons cited above, but are otherwise of high quality and within the scope of the journal will be treated as routine journal submissions and considered for publication in a regular issue of the journal.

Full manuscripts should be submitted to Health Policy and Planning by 15 October 2019 through the submission link on the journal website. During the submission process please note your paper is to be considered as part of this supplement.

Papers that receive positive reviews but are not deemed suitable for this supplement may be considered for individual publication in Health Policy and Planning. It is envisaged that the launch of this supplement will coincide with the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, taking place in Dubai from 8-12 November 2020.

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For more information, visit the official page

Deadline: October 15, 2019


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