Australia’s leading public health journal
Public Health Research & Practice
Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP) is a journal published by the Sax Institute and independently ranked as Australia’s top journal in both the fields of health policy, and public health, environmental and occupational health.
It has a dedicated focus on the connection between public health research, policy and practice.
About Public Health Research & Practice
Public Health Research & Practice is Australia’s leading journal with a dedicated focus on the connection between research, policy and practice in the public health space.
Published by the Sax Institute for nearly a decade, PHRP is peer-reviewed and unusually, is completely open-access, with no mandatory cost barriers either for readers or authors. It is ranked as Australia’s No. 1 journal in the two fields of health policy, and of public health, environmental and occupational health by the independent Scimago Journal Rankings (SJR, 2021).
The journal plays a central role in helping the Sax Institute achieve its mission to improve health and wellbeing by driving the use of research in policies, programs and services.
With an influential and growing audience of policy makers, public health professionals and clinicians, PHRP has helped bring national and international attention to issues of public health interest or concern. Examples include a review of evidence on lung cancer screening in Australia, a Federal Government announcement of funding for the first national skin cancer campaign in over a decade in late 2021, and action by leading alcohol manufacturers to redress the lack of age-restriction controls on Facebook and Instagram advertising in response to research published on the issue..
First established by the NSW Ministry of Health in May 1990 as the NSW Public Health Bulletin, the journal was relaunched by the Sax Institute under the name Public Health Research & Practice in 2014.
Editions are online-only and published quarterly, and the journal is guided by an expert Editorial Board chaired by Editor-in-Chief Professor Don Nutbeam, a world-renowned and widely published expert in public health. Over a distinguished 30-year career, Prof Nutbeam has held a number of important posts, including a six-year term as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, Head of Public Health for the UK Government, Academic Provost at the University of Sydney and consultant for the World Health Organization
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Why publish in Public Health Research & Practice
- High influence. Ranked as Australia’s No. 1 journal in the two fields of health policy, and of public health, environmental and occupational health by the independent Scimago Journal Rankings.
- High visibility. Our open-access policy means articles are freely available online for people to access and disseminate without subscription or registration barriers.
- Free for authors. Authors are not required to pay for submission or publication of articles.
- Influential audience. Our point of difference is our strong commitment to connecting public health decision makers and practitioners with research that is meaningful to their work.
- Fast publication options. Full, edited articles can be published online early in advance of being allocated to an issue.
- Promotion and media coverage. Our dedicated communications team vigorously promotes each issue of the journal, attracting regular interest from the mainstream media.