Not every journal publishes Implementation Science work. And that’s okay. We don’t live in a cookie cutter world, nor do we want to do so.
To help you find the most appropriate journal for your work, we’ve identified tools that can help you find a good match between your work and a journal; and we’ve compiled a list of journals that have historically published dissemination and implementation research.
This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it mean that a journal not found on these pages won’t publish your work (or hasn’t published Implementation Science related work in the past).
Journal selection tools
JANE — Journal/Author Name Estimator – is an easy to use tool that compares your paper title and/or abstract to millions of documents in Medline to find the best matching journals.
Journal Suggester — a similar tool hosted by BioMed Central – uses algorithms and natural language processing to identify the ‘fingerprint’ of a scientific text and to then match that fingerprint to a journal’s content. Limited to open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen (over 400 journals).
A selection of likely journals
Implementation Science Communications, a companion journal to Implementation Science, is an inclusive and multidisciplinary journal, welcoming studies on strategies across the implementation continuum – from planned implementation to evaluations of implementation efforts and natural experiments to planned de-implementation of practices without clear evidence of benefit.
Implementation Science publishes research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organizational, or policy contexts.
Implementation Research & Practice is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, online-only journal providing rapid publication of interdisciplinary research that advances the implementation in diverse contexts of effective approaches to assess, prevent, and treat mental health, substance use, or other addictive behaviors, or their co-occurrence, in the general population or among those at-risk or suffering from these disorders.
Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed general medical journal dedicated to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health.
Journal of General Internal Medicine is the official journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine. It promotes improved patient care, research and education in primary care, general internal medicine and hospital medicine.
New England Journal of Medicine, their mission is to bring physicians the best research and information at the intersection of biomedical science and clinical practice and to present this information in understandable and clinically useful formats that inform health care delivery and improve patient outcomes.
Health services research
BMC Health Services Research is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of health services research.
Health Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal focused on health policy thought and research.
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice is a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on evidence-based public health practice and research.
Health promotion / disease prevention
American Journal of Preventive Medicine is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. It publishes articles in the areas of prevention research, teaching, practice and policy.
Health Promotion Practice publishes peer-reviewed articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education.
Preventing Chronic Disease is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has a mission to promote dialogue on the integration and application of research findings and practical experience to improve population health.
Prevention Science is a journal focused on prevention sciences encompassing etiology, epidemiology and intervention are represented through peer-reviewed original research articles on a variety of health and social problems.
Administration & Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to improve the effectiveness of mental health and related human service programs by advancing research on services and the practice and process of administration in the mental health setting.
American Journal of Community Psychology is a publication of the Society for Community Research and Action: The Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology welcomes submissions on treatment and prevention in all areas of clinical and clinical–health psychology and especially on topics that appeal to a broad clinical–scientist and practitioner audience. This journal encourages the submission of theory–based interventions, studies that investigate mechanisms of change, and studies of the effectiveness of treatments in real-world settings.
Psychiatric Services is a journal designed for mental health professionals and others concerned with treatment and services for persons with mental illnesses and mental disabilities.
Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing is a peer-reviewed journal from The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. The journal aims to bridge knowledge and application with a global perspective.
Current Developments in Nutrition is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that strives to briskly review, publish, and disseminate high-quality research in nutritional sciences.
Organization & Management
Journal of Applied Behavioral Science is the leading international journal on the effects of evolutionary and planned change. Founded and sponsored by the NTL Institute, JABS is continually breaking ground in its exploration of group dynamics, organization development, and social change.
Management Science is a scholarly journal that publishes scientific research on the practice of management. Within its scope are all aspects of management related to strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, information technology, and organizations; and all functional areas of business, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and operations.
Organization Science is widely recognized as one of the top journals in the fields of strategy, management, and organization theory. The journal publishes groundbreaking research about organizations, including their processes, structures, technologies, identities, capabilities, forms, and performance.
Academy of Management Review is a journal with a mission to publish theoretical insights that advance our understanding of management and organizations. The contributions of AMR articles often are grounded in “normal science disciplines” of economics, psychology, sociology, or social psychology as well as nontraditional perspectives, such as the humanities.
Administration Science Quarterly publishes the best theoretical and empirical papers on organizational studies from dissertations and the evolving, new work of more established scholars, as well as interdisciplinary work in organizational theory, and informative book reviews.
Organization & Management | health-related
Academic Medicine is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. It’s focus includes: education & training issues; health & science policy; institutional policy, management and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings.
Health Care Management Review is a peer-reviewed journal that disseminates state-of-the-art knowledge about management, leadership, and administration of health care systems, organizations, and agencies. Articles are theory-driven and translate findings into implications and recommendations for health care administrators, researchers, and faculty.
Medical Care Research and Review is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal containing critical reviews of literature on organizational structure, economics, and the financing of health and medical care systems. MCRR also includes original empirical and theoretical research and trends to enable policy makers to make informed decisions, as well as to identify health care trends.
Journal of Healthcare Management is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing healthcare leaders with the information they need to manage complex healthcare issues and to make effective strategic decisions.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a medical sociology journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care.
Learning Health Systems Journal is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal published in collaboration with the University of Michigan. With a goal of advancing the interdisciplinary area of learning health systems, the journal promotes research, scholarship, and dialogue focused on theory, complex issues, conceptual syntheses, education models and more. LHS seeks to achieve continuous rapid improvement in health and healthcare and to transform organizational practice.
Quality Management in Health Care is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for our readers to explore the theoretical, technical, and strategic elements of health care quality management. The journal’s primary focus is on organizational structure and processes as these affect the quality of care and patient outcomes.
The Milbank Quarterly is devoted to scholarly analysis of significant issues in health and health care policy. Topics addressed in The Milbank Quarterly include the impact of social factors on health, prevention, allocation of health care resources, legal and ethical issues in health policy, health and health care administration, and the organization and financing of health care.
Journal of Health Organization and Management is a peer-reviewed journal that supports the application of health organization and management research into practice from a diverse range of perspectives. Topics covered include: organizational strategies, (re)structures, cultures and dynamics of health care services; management, leadership and governance of health care services; health systems organization, financing and delivery, among others.
Social Science and Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal that provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of social science research on health. The journal publishes material relevant to any aspect of health from a wide range of social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, policy, psychology, and sociology), and material relevant to the social sciences from any of the professions concerned with physical and mental health, health care, clinical practice, and health policy and organization.
Pediatrics is the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
American Journal of Public Health is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the American Public Health Association that is dedicated to publication of original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the field of public health.
Medical Care is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association. It is devoted to all aspects of the administration and delivery of healthcare.
Journal of Public Health publishes work on the theory and practice of the whole spectrum of public health across the domains of health improvement, health protection and service improvement, with a particular focus on the translation of science into action, as well as public health ethics and the law.
Journal of Public Health Management publishes articles which focus on evidence based public health practice and research in a wide range of population health topics including research to practice; emergency preparedness; bioterrorism; infectious disease surveillance; environmental health; community health assessment, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, and academic-practice linkages.
Quality and safety
American Journal of Medical Quality is a peer-reviewed journal for those practicing, conducting research and teaching in the field of clinical quality improvement.
BMJ Quality & Safety is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a rich mix of news, opinion, debate and research for academics, clinicians, healthcare managers and policy makers. It encourages the science of improvement, debate, and new thinking on improving the quality of healthcare. The journal is led by a patient-focused editorial team with a view towards helping all team members improve their knowledge with the overall goal of improving patient care. The journal integrates the academic and clinical aspects of quality and safety in healthcare by encouraging academics to create evidence and knowledge valued by clinicians and clinicians to value using evidence and knowledge to improve quality.
International Journal for Quality in Health Care is a peer-reviewed journal addressing research, policy and implementation related to the quality of health care and health outcomes for populations and patients worldwide.
The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Public Safety is dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care, on topics related to development, adaptation, and/or implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care.
Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, Research journal’s mission is to engage, inform, and catalyze dialogue between the research, practice, and policy communities about behavioral medicine. It aims to bring actionable science to practitioners and to prompt debate on policy issues that surround implementing the evidence.