Online Submissions

We are pleased to announce that from Volume 26, this journal is published open access in partnership with BMJ under the title: BMJ Health & Care Informatics.

BMJ Health & Care Informatics is the official journal of BCS Health & Care, the health informatics specialist group of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Dr Philip Scott of the University of Portsmouth will serve as interim Editor-in-Chief for the first year of the journal's transition to BMJ.

Please see for author instructions and submission guidance.


Author Guidelines

The Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics welcomes correspondence and articles from all those involved in informatics in health care (see Focus and Scope) and does not charge authors for publication. The instructions below give some information about how contributions should be presented. 

All papers submitted for publication will be subject to external single blind peer review.  Authors are invited to recommend two appropriate reviewers for their paper; it is at the editor's discretion as to whether these will be used. 

1. Format: Authors should submit Word or similarly editable word processed files. If there are several files (e.g. separate figures or tables), please upload all files in a zipped folder.

2. Work submitted for publication must be previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

3. Authors should include a covering letter setting out what the paper adds, its principal findings and why it should be published.

4. Types of publications accepted for this journal include scientific/ research papers, short reports, technology reports, systematic reviews and commentaries. For more information and word limits, please see the Section Policy

5. The title should accurately describe your study or principal finding and incorporate the method. Generally the first part of the title is separated from the second by a colon, e.g. The barriers to clinical coding in general practice: a literature review.

6. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. Try to make your abstract a complete description of your paper and use as many terms and phrases that someone searching to find it might use. The better your abstract, the more likely it is to be cited. It should include the following:

Background: This is a brief description of the context of your study. It should justify the investigation you are reporting in the rest of your paper. 

Objective: This describes what you set out to do and should link the context of the study to your method and results. It encompasses the research question your study set out to answer.   

Method: This should include the subjects of your research, the setting and the technology. 

Results: This should include the key findings and any key statistical differences. 

Conclusion: Report your key finding. 

7. Keywords: Use MeSH headings. 

8. Use the Vancouver System for references. References should be numbered in the text and listed consecutively at the end of the article in the order that they appear in the text. The list of references should include names and initials of all authors.

9. Any conflict of interest must be declared under Step 3 of the submission process



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. This submission is on behalf of all authors and signifies that they are in complete agreement with the contents of this paper and its submission, and that they are prepared to abide by the policies of this journal.
  2. This paper has not been previously published, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


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