Journal Description


About Globalization and Health

What is Globalization and Health?

Globalization and Health is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that provides an international forum for high quality original research, knowledge sharing and debate on the topic of globalization and its effects on health, both positive and negative. The journal is is affiliated with the London School of Economics (LSE Health).

Globalization, namely the intensification of flows of people, goods, and services across borders, has a complex influence on health. The journal publishes material relevant to any aspect of globalization and health from a wide range of social science and health-related disciplines (e.g. economics, sociology, epidemiology, demography, psychology, politics and international relations). The output of the journal is useful to a wide audience interested in global health, including academics, policy-makers, health care practitioners, and public health professionals.

The journal focuses on advancing the conceptual and theoretical tenets, empirical evidence base, and policy applications relevant to globalization and health. Related issues include the SARS virus and its control, the politics of the tobacco industry, the ‘Westernization' of lifestyle behaviours and associated health implications, and access to essential medicines. The relationship between globalization and health assumes a broad lens and multidisciplinary approach, attending to the multitude of factors that directly and indirectly impact upon health.

Globalization and Health is dedicated to supporting the breadth of topics and issues underpinning this emerging and divergent area of research, and welcomes a range of publications, including original research, commentaries, evidence reviews, debate articles and book reviews. As a global health journal it also actively encourages publications from developing countries and economies in transition.

Content overview

Globalization and Health considers the following types of articles:

  • Research - reports of data from original research.
  • Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject with the scope of the journal. These articles are usually written by opinion leaders, invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Commentaries - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any subject within the journal's scope. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Debate articles - present an argument that is not essentially based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects of the subject including sociological and ethical aspects.
  • Short reports - brief reports of data from original research.
  • Book reviews - short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book. They should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.

Peer review policies

Each manuscript submitted to Globalization and Health will be screened by a member of the Editorial Board. If the quality and scope are considered to be appropriate for the journal, the manuscript will be sent for external peer-review. The Editors will make the final decision about publication, based on the external reviewers' comments.

Edited by Greg Martin and Emma Pitchforth, Globalization and Health is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Publishing in Globalization and Health

All articles will be listed in PubMed immediately upon acceptance (after peer review), and will be covered by PubMed Central, Scopus and PAIS International.

Articles in Globalization and Health should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. However, because articles in this journal are not printed, they do not have page numbers. Instead, they have a unique article number.

The following citation:

Global Health 2004, 2:1

refers to article 1 from volume 2 of the journal.

As an online journal, Globalization and Health does not have issue numbers. Each volume corresponds to a calendar year.

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Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Globalization and Health using the online submission system. Full details of how to submit a manuscript are given in the instructions for authors.

General journal policies

Globalization and Health is published  by BioMed Central, an independent publisher committed to ensuring peer-reviewed biomedical research is Open Access. That means it is freely and universally accessible online, it is archived in at least one internationally recognised free access repository, and its authors retain copyright, allowing anyone to reproduce or disseminate articles, according to the BioMed Central copyright and licence agreement. Globalization and Health however, has taken this further by making all its content Open Access.

Globalization and Health's articles are archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and also at INIST in France and in e-Depot, the National Library of the Netherlands' digital archive of all electronic publications. The journal is also participating in the British Library's e-journals pilot project, and plans to deposit copies of all articles with the British Library.

BioMed Central is working closely with the Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Globalization and Health will be available.

Globalization and Health is able to deliver summaries of frequently updated content via Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. These are accessible via the orange "XML" button at the top of the list of recent articles or the list of most accessed articles. For more information about RSS feeds see our publisher's website.

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For further information about general policies please see the instructions for authors.

Subjects GlobeEthicsLib

  • Bio ethics
    • Health ethics