Journal of Public Health Policy (J PUBLIC HEALTH POL)

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Journal description

The Journal of Public Health Policy will continue its 25 year tradition: an accessible source of scholarly articles on the epidemiologic and social foundations of public health policy, rigorously edited, and progressive.

Current impact factor: 1.75

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.75
2012 Impact Factor 1.478
2011 Impact Factor 2.113
2010 Impact Factor 1.635
2009 Impact Factor 1.326
2008 Impact Factor 1.22
2007 Impact Factor 1.436
2006 Impact Factor 1.405
2005 Impact Factor 0.93
2004 Impact Factor 0.513
2003 Impact Factor 0.314
2002 Impact Factor 0.765
2001 Impact Factor 0.683
2000 Impact Factor 0.674
1999 Impact Factor 0.805
1998 Impact Factor 0.45

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.04
Cited half-life 4.40
Immediacy index 2.32
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.83
Website Journal of Public Health Policy website
Other titles Journal of public health policy (Online)
ISSN 0197-5897
OCLC 55053767
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Palgrave Macmillan

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 18 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • Pre-print on personal and employers websites, a free public pre-print server
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    • Must change to accepted by if accepted
    • Once published must update acknowledgement with set statement (see policy)
    • Author's version only
    • Post-print on institutional repository or funding body's repository
    • Must be clearly identified as authors post-peer-review, pre-copy-edit version
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Publisher copyright must be acknowledged with set statement (see policy)
    • Please see link below for list of journals not covered by this policy
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Public Health Policy 02/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2015.2
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    ABSTRACT: To gather insight on how Health in All Policies (HiAP) is applied in practice, we carried out a case study on transport policies intended to stimulate a shift from car use to bicycling. We reviewed 3 years (2010, 2011, and 2012) of national budgets and policy documents in the Netherlands, followed by two focus group sessions and a second round of document analysis. We found to our surprise, given the country's history of bicycle promotion, that no HiAP approaches for bicycle promotion remain in place in national transport policies. The Netherlands may face serious challenges in the near future for facilitating bicycle use. Inclusion of health goals requires that the health sector work towards acquiring a better understanding of core values in other sector's policies.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 5 February 2015; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.55.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 02/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.55
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    ABSTRACT: Fifty years after the original 1964 US Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health three paths can lead the world to largely eliminating tobacco use altogether: (i) expand current practices for demand reduction, (ii) make use of current legislators to build programs into the future, and (iii) think out of the box with new ideas, such as reducing nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels. It is possible to believe that tobacco use can be eliminated before the 100th anniversary.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 5 February 2015; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.57.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 02/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.57
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    ABSTRACT: Pesticide poisoning is a major public health issue especially in low-income countries. WHO figures show about 3 million pesticide poisonings occurring worldwide annually. A recent systematic review estimated that 360 000 fatalities result from self-poisoning with pesticides, accounting for approximately 30 per cent of all suicides worldwide. We analyzed the German cause-of-death registry with respect to pesticide-specific ICD codes. We present crude and age-standardized mortality rates plus the percentage of all suicides that are intentional pesticide poisonings. From 1980 to 2010 the number of fatal pesticide poisoning in Germany dropped from 506 to 39. The crude mortality rate decreased from 6.5 per 1 million inhabitants in 1980 to 0.5 in 2010. Reduced availability of toxic pesticides in Germany played the biggest role in the decline of fatal pesticide poisoning. We worry that declines in pesticide poisonings in industrialized countries are not matched in developing countries.Journal of Public Health Policy adavnce online publication, 22 January 2015; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.56.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 01/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.56
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    ABSTRACT: Global concerns about rising levels of chronic disease make timely translation of research into policy and practice a priority. There is a need to tackle common risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and harmful alcohol use. Using evidence to inform policy and practice is challenging, often hampered by a poor fit between academic research and the needs of policymakers and practitioners - notably for active living researchers whose objective is to increase population physical activity by changing the ways cities are designed and built. We propose 10 strategies that may facilitate translation of research into health-enhancing urban planning policy. Strategies include interdisciplinary research teams of policymakers and practitioners; undertaking explicitly policy-relevant research; adopting appropriate study designs and methodologies (evaluation of policy initiatives as 'natural experiments'); and adopting dissemination strategies that include knowledge brokers, advocates, and lobbyists. Conducting more policy-relevant research will require training for researchers as well as different rewards in academia.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 22 January 2015; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.53.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 01/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.53
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    ABSTRACT: In 1981, when acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first observed among persons who inject drugs, almost all US states had laws criminalizing the possession and distribution of needles and syringes for injecting illicit drugs. We reviewed changes to these laws to permit 'syringe exchanges' and the provision of public funding for such programs. Most of the changes in law occurred during the 1990s, 5-10 years later than in many other countries. Public funding of syringe exchanges is associated with lower rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, greater numbers of syringes distributed (a possible causal mechanism), and greater numbers of health and social services provided. Experience in the United states may prove useful in other countries: state, provincial, and local governments may need to move ahead of central governments in addressing HIV infection among persons who inject drugs.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 15 January 2015; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.54.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 01/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.54
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    ABSTRACT: Rapid international spread of emerging infections has increased interest in strategic collaborations, as they may be the best way to protect populations. Strategic collaborations can build capacity in less-resourced settings. As specialised institutions that provide a stable locus of expertise, continuity of experience, scientific knowledge, and appropriate human, technical, and financial resources, national public health institutes (NPHIs) are well-prepared to tackle public health challenges. We describe how a collaboration between the NPHIs of England and South Africa built a mutually beneficial professional relationship to help implement the WHO International Health Regulations, build capacity for health protection, and promote the exchange of information, advice, and expertise. We illustrate how this can be achieved in a mutually beneficial way.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 8 January 2015; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.52.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 01/2015; DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.52
  • Journal of Public Health Policy 12/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.51
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    ABSTRACT: During the past decade, tobacco leaf production has shifted from high-income countries to developing countries, particularly those in Africa. Most African governments promote tobacco farming as a way to alleviate poverty. The economic benefit of tobacco farming has been used by the tobacco industry to block tobacco control policies. The tobacco industry is active in promoting the alleged positive aspects of tobacco farming and in 'protecting' farmers from what they portray as unfair tobacco control regulations that reduce demand. Tobacco farming has many negative consequences for the health and well-being of farmers, as well as for the environment and the long-term well-being of the countries concerned. We provide an overview of tobacco farming issues in Africa. Encompassing multi-dimensional issues of economic development, there is far more to it than tobacco control questions.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 27 November 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.47.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 11/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.47
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past decade, India's economic growth has been remarkable - yet almost half of India's children under 5 remain stunted. The National Food Security Bill is the country's response to this critical situation. Studies reveal that Indian children are chronically undernourished, not only because of lack of food but also because of recurring gastrointestinal infections. The stunting problem revolves more around lack of sanitation than food insecurity. Despite acknowledging that malnutrition is 'complex and multidimensional', government action has consisted largely of nutritional interventions and subsidized food. Although improvements in sanitation would be the most effective way to reduce excessively high levels of chronic undernutrition and stunting, a review of policy formulation and implementation reveals deficits and disconnects with available scientific evidence. It is time to change these mistaken assumptions and focus on improving access and use of safe sanitation facilities to achieve India's nutritional goals.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 27 November 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.45.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 11/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.45
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    ABSTRACT: The Ebola epidemic exemplifies the importance of social determinants of health: poverty and illiteracy, among others.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 27 November 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.50.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 11/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.50
  • Journal of Public Health Policy 11/2014; 35(4). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.34
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    ABSTRACT: State anti-bullying laws have been enacted across the United States to address bullying both by and of youths. Although these statutes can provide critical protection to youth, there is debate about whether such laws should enumerate protected classes of youth. Weight-based bullying is an increasingly prevalent form of harassment and it has been overlooked in policy initiatives. Enumeration in existing laws might help protect overweight victims. As no research has examined this issue, we conducted a national survey of American adults (N=1155) to assess public opinion about enactment of anti-bullying laws that vary according to whether or not they enumerate distinguishing characteristics. Our results demonstrated substantial public agreement (ranging from 2/3 to 3/4 of participants) with enactment of state and federal anti-bullying laws that enumerate distinguishing characteristics, including physical appearance and weight, which are currently absent in most statutes. Our evidence can inform policy and legal approaches to protect youth effectively from bullying.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 13 November 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.46.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 11/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.46
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    ABSTRACT: Suicide is a global public health problem and solutions to it can be found only through a global dialog. The suicide rate in Japan has been alarming, but Japan has made substantial efforts to reduce this rate, making prevention a high priority. This report reviews the developmental stages of a comprehensive policy of suicide prevention in Japan from 1998 to 2013. Our review suggests that suicide prevention activities were facilitated by the 2006 Basic Act for Suicide Prevention and the 2007 General Principles of Suicide Prevention Policy. Along with the establishment of a Special Fund program for local governments, the Basic Act and General Principles led to the development of a comprehensive and multi-sector approach to suicide prevention. Suicide rates in Japan, especially among middle-aged men, decreased consistently after 2009, suggesting that the initiatives were effective. Continuous monitoring is needed to evaluate Japan's suicide prevention policy.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 30 October 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.42.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 10/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.42
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    ABSTRACT: Assisted suicide (AS) is a controversial practice with which physicians and nurses are confronted more and more often. In Switzerland, it is available for Swiss residents and in certain cases for foreigners. Prisoners meet the same prerequisites for AS as the general population and should therefore be eligible for it. Ethical issues, such as informed choice and the autonomy of prisoners, and organizational questions need to be addressed. They must not lead to a denial of this practice. Even though prisons constitute a special area of work for medical staff, it is important to address the possibility of AS in prison openly. This can raise awareness of the difficulties health-care professionals face working in closed institutions.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 30 October 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.43.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 10/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.43
  • Journal of Public Health Policy 10/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.41
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    ABSTRACT: Ancient China emphasized disease prevention. As a Chinese saying goes, 'it is more important to prevent the disease than to cure it'. Traditional Chinese medicine posits that diseases can be understood, thus, prevented. In today's China, the state of people's health seems worse than in the past. Thus the Chinese government undertook the creation of a new health system. Alas, we believe the results are not very satisfactory. The government seems to have overlooked rational allocation between resources for treatment and prevention. Public investment has been gradually limited to the domain of treatment. We respond to this trend, highlighting the importance of prevention and call for government and policymakers to adjust health policy and work out a solution suitable for improving the health of China's people.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 2 October 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.39.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 10/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.39
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    ABSTRACT: Using US state-level data for 1974 to 2003, this article estimates a relationship that describes both the transitory and permanent effects of unemployment rates on mortality. It shows that the transitory effect of increasing unemployment rates is to decrease mortality. The permanent effect of increasing unemployment rates is to increase mortality. The detrimental effects of higher unemployment rates on health take a long time to become visible. The permanent scars of unemployment on population health are detrimental and overwhelming. They dwarf any opposite and transitory effects.Journal of Public Health Policy advance online publication, 2 October 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.40.
    Journal of Public Health Policy 10/2014; 36(1). DOI:10.1057/jphp.2014.40