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About the HS&DR journal

Editor-in-Chief

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone

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Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) was launched in 2013 and is indexed by NHS Evidence, Europe PMC, NCBI Bookshelf and the CRD Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE). 

Remit

Research includes:

  • quality, access and organisation of health services
  • costs and outcomes
  • implementation

Publication criteria

Reports are published in Health Services and Delivery Research if

  1. they have resulted from work for the NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme or programmes which preceded the NIHR HS&DR Programme, and
  2. they are of a sufficiently high scientific quality as assessed by the external reviewers and journal editors.

Research funded by the NIHR Service Delivery & Organisation (SDO) programme between 1999 and 2011, before it merged to form the HS&DR programme, has been published as comprehensive, peer reviewed web publications, which are available from the individual HS&DR research project pages.

The journal will only publish research findings from these research programmes, therefore speculative submissions are not considered and there are no article processing charges (APCs) or article submission charges for authors.

Publication process

Final reports are delivered to the editorial office at the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) at the University of Southampton. We manage the editorial review process between the editors, reviewers and authors, ahead of sending the report to the production house. We also co-ordinate the editorial boards, and manage the relationship with the production house. 

In preparing and submitting their HS&DR report, researchers are expected to follow the Information for authors guidance. We take an active role in the prevention of plagiarism, falsification of data, fabrication of results and other areas of ethical misconduct. Please see the Information for authors for more information about our plagiarism policy.

Our community of reviewers plays a vital part in maintaining and improving the quality of the journal. Reviewers are usually sourced from our database of experts, from author suggestions, or from peer-to-peer recommendations. Typically, for each report, four reviewers are chosen for suitability by the editors, and will cover a variety of relevant areas in their reviews. HS&DR has a system of single blind review, where authors do not know who has reviewed or edited their final reports. Please see our be a reviewer page for more information.

Our production house, Prepress Projects, is based in Perth, Scotland. We have a dedicated project management team at Prepress who are responsible for managing the production stage following editorial review. This involves copy-editing, typesetting and producing the electronic files of reports. When reports reach Prepress, they are copy-edited and proofread by professional writers and proof-readers who liaise directly with the report authors and editors.

All reports published in HS&DR are open access. For further information please see the Journals Library open access statement.

The NIHR Journals Library is committed to maintaining the content it publishes and to alerting readers to changes if and when they occur.

Research

The HS&DR programme funds nationally important research, and aims to produce rigorous and relevant evidence to improve the quality, access and organisation of health services.

The Programme supports many types of research, including: primary research, evidence synthesis and large-scale studies of national importance. View HS&DR research projects.

For further information on the HS&DR programme and its remit programme pages on the NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies (NETS) website.  Research projects currently in progress can be viewed here.