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Aims and scope

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.

2016 Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    47 days from submission to first decision
    10 days from acceptance to publication

    Usage 
    28,875 downloads
    894.0 Usage Factor

    Social Media Impact
    232 mentions

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New Content ItemWe are pleased to announce that Health & Justice is indexed in Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and in PubMed Central, the free archive for full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles. 

This journal is indexed by

    • PubMed
    • PubMed Central® (PMC)
    • SCOPUS
    • Google Scholar
    • Criminal Justice Periodical Index
    • DOAJ
    • EBSCO Criminal Justice Abstracts
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
    • EBSCO TOC Premier
    • OCLC
    • ProQuest Central
    • ProQuest Health Management Database
    • ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection
    • ProQuest Public Health Database
    • ProQuest Social Science Collection
    • Summon by ProQuest

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