Health Services Research

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Edited By: Jacqueline S. Zinn and Patrick S. Romano

Impact Factor: 2.865

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 9/75 (Health Policy & Services); 20/88 (Health Care Sciences & Services)

Online ISSN: 1475-6773

Author Guidelines

Health Services Research is now accepting manuscripts electronically via an online submission site, ScholarOne Manuscripts. The use of an online submission and peer review site will speed the time to decisions, enable immediate distribution and allow authors to track their own manuscripts. To access this system for submission and review, go directly to

Manuscripts, correspondence on editorial matters, and books for review should be addressed to the coeditors. For details on manuscript preparation please visit HSR's website at Here you will see a link to 'Information for authors'. HSR's Editorial office is at the American Health Association, 155 N. Wacker Dr., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60606. We are soliciting the following types of submissions:

Research Papers presenting the results of original research that can inform efforts to improve efficiency and value. Possible areas of focus include increasing efficiency at the provider or system level (e.g., through process improvements, substitution of more cost-effective technologies, benefit plan redesign, or improved incentives or organizational arrangements), and improving the functioning of health care markets (for example through increased competition or greater price and quality transparency).

Research Methods Papers reporting methodological advances that improve the reliability and utility of research on efficiency and value for public and private policy-makers, payers, and consumers.

Evaluations or Policy Analyses using rigorous methods to evaluate the results of pilot programs, demonstrations, or other large-scale initiatives (e.g., public reporting, provider or consumer incentives, regional or national voluntary ‘campaigns’, etc.) designed to improve efficiency and value.

Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit  for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

For authors signing current licensing/copyright agreement

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements                   

Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period.  Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website:  Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.


Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period.  Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

If you do not select the OnlineOpen option you will follow the current licensing signing process as described above.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If you decide to select the OnlineOpen option, please use the links below to obtain an open access agreement to sign [this will supersede the journal’s usual license agreement].  By selecting the OnlineOpen option you have the choice of the following Creative Commons License open access agreements:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please click the license types above and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements.  For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: