Brown ArrowGuidelines, Journals, Other Publications

HSR Information Central is not an index of all health services resources on the Web. Rather, it contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.





    Open-Access Journals
    Subscription-Based Journals


    Open-Access Journals
    Journals that are currently freely available, but may require free registration.

  • BMC Health Services Research - (BioMed Central) Details

    Open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in all aspects of health services research.

  • BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making - (BioMed Central) Details

    An open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the design, development, implementation, use, and evaluation of health information technologies and decision-making within the healthcare setting.

  • BMJ Open Quality - (BMJ Group) Details

    Formerly BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, journal is dedicated to publishing high quality, open access, peer reviewed healthcare improvement work. Articles covering original research, local, national and international QI projects, value-based healthcare improvement initiatives and educational improvement work are all considered.

  • Inquiry - (Excellus Health Plan, Inc.) Details

    A JCR-ranked, broad-spectrum, open access journal whose mission is to improve health at both the public health and individual healthcare organization levels by enabling scientists, educators, healthcare practitioners, administrators, managers, and policymakers to translate their research and ideas into actionable outcomes.

  • Kaiser Health News - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)) Details

    Link to blog, videos, and daily reports. Covers health care policy and politics as well as trends in industry and delivery of care. KHN is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.

  • MMRR - Medicare & Medicaid Research Review - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS) Details

    Peer-reviewed, online journal published between 2011 and 2014, which reported on current and future directions of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance programs. The journal sought to examine and evaluate health care coverage, quality and access to care for beneficiaries, and payment for health services.

  • RAND Health Quarterly - (RAND Corporation) Details

    This online journal provides research articles related to RAND's priority areas: health policy and health economics; health care delivery, quality, and patient safety; clinical care; global health; mental health; health promotion and disease prevention; public health and emergency preparedness; military health; research methods; and science policy.

  • Systematic Reviews - (BioMed Central) Details

    The journal aims to publish high quality systematic review products including systematic review protocols, systematic reviews related to a very broad definition of health, rapid reviews, updates of already completed systematic reviews, and methods research related to the science of systematic reviews, such as decision modeling. The journal also aims to ensure that the results of all well-conducted systematic reviews are published, regardless of their outcome.

  • The American Journal of Managed Care - (American Journal of Managed Care) Details

    An independent, open-access, peer-reviewed, monthly publication dedicated to disseminating clinical information to managed care physicians, clinical decision makers, and other healthcare professionals.

  • eGEMs: Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes - (Electronic Data Methods (EDM) Forum) Details

    eGems an open access, online, peer-reviewed journal from the AHRQ-sponsored EDM Forum, designed to curate a knowledge base of emerging lessons learned in using electronic clinical data for health research and QI.


  • Subscription-Based Journals
    These journals require a paid subscription, but may offer some content free of charge.

  • BMJ Quality & Safety - (BMJ Group) Details

    Leading international peer review journal providing information to improve patient safety and quality of care. It is an essential forum for researchers, clinical professionals and managers as well as experts in organisational development and behaviour. Published by BMJ and formerly called Quality & Safety in Health Care.

  • Health Affairs - (Project Hope) Details

    Leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres.

  • Health Economics - (Wiley Interscience) Details

    Publishes articles on all aspects of health economics: theoretical contributions, empirical studies and analyses of health policy from the economic perspective. Its scope includes the determinants of health and its definition and valuation, as well as the demand for and supply of health care; planning and market mechanisms; micro-economic evaluation of individual procedures and treatments; and evaluation of the performance of health care systems.

  • Health Policy and Planning Online - (Oxford University Press) Details

    Health Policy and Planning's aim is to improve the design and implementation of health policies in low- and middle-income countries through providing a forum for publishing high quality research and original ideas for an audience of policy and public health researchers and practitioners. HPP is published 10 times a year.

  • Health Services Management Research Journal - (Royal Society of Medicine Press) Details

    An authoritative international peer-reviewed journal which publishes theoretically and empirically rigorous research on questions of enduring interest to health-care organizations and systems throughout the world.

  • Health Services Research (HSR) - (AcademyHealth) Details

    A peer-reviewed scholarly journal that provides researchers and public and private policymakers with the latest research findings, methods, and concepts related to the financing, organization, delivery, evaluation, and outcomes of health services. Published by the Health Research and Educational Trust in cooperation with AcademyHealth.

  • International Journal for Quality in Health Care - (Oxford University Press) Details

    Publishes papers in all disciplines related to the quality and safety of health care, including health services research, health care evaluation, technology assessment, health economics, utilization review, cost containment, nursing care research, and clinical research.

  • International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care - (Cambridge Journals) Details

    Serves as a forum for the wide range of health policy makers and professionals interested in the economic, social, ethical, medical and public health implications of health technology. It covers the development, evaluation, diffusion and use of health technology, as well as its impact on the organization and management of health care systems and public health.

  • Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved - (Johns Hopkins University Press) Details

    Focuses exclusively on contemporary health care issues of low-income, under-represented, and other medically underserved communities. JHCPU is the official journal of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Journal of Health Management - (Sage) Details

    The Journal of Health Management is designed as a forum for exploring major issues of health policy and health management (including population and family welfare) in developing countries with a view to assisting the better implementation of desired changes.

  • Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law - (Duke University Press) Details

    Focuses on the initiation, formulation, and implementation of health policy and analyzes the relations between government and health-past, present, and future. Access to articles may require subscription.

  • Journal of Health Services Research & Policy - (Royal Society of Medicine Press) Details

    An e-journal that explores the ideas, policies, and decisions shaping health services worldwide.

  • Medical Care - (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) Details

    Official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association.

  • Medical Care Research and Review - (Sage) Details

    Formerly Medical Care Review, this journal has been a pioneering force in the area of health services research. Carries critical reviews of literature on organizational structure, economics, and the financing of health and medical care systems. Has expanded to reflect the growth of the field and the increasing importance of health services research.

  • Medical Decision Making - (Sage) Details

    Journal offers rigorous and systematic approaches to decision making that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health policy development.

  • Social Science and Medicine - (Elsevier) Details

    Provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of research findings, reviews and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists, health practitioners and policy makers.

  • The Milbank Quarterly - (Milbank Memorial Fund) Details

    Continuously published since 1923, The Milbank Quarterly is a multidisciplinary journal of population health and health policy. It presents original research, synthesis, policy analysis, and commentary from leading thinkers, policymakers, and practitioners. All articles published between 1997 and the most recent one-year period are available free of charge to all on PubMed Central of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine.

  • World Medical & Health Policy - (Berkeley Electronic Press) Details

    World Medical & Health Policy is a subscription-based journal dedicated to the intersection of policy, medicine and public health. The Journal's primary objective is to help improve global health by translating medical knowledge and scientific evidence into the normative function of policy.