Health Policy and Planning’s 2017 Impact Factor and Top 10 articles

By Natasha Salaria (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Health Policy and Planning has received a new 2017 Impact Factor which has seen an increase to 2.420, placing us 17th out of 79 journals in the Health Policy and Services category (Quartile 1). With a new impact factor comes rehashed conversations about the value of the impact factor and its meaning and use in the publishing world. Nonetheless it still remains an important and recognised calculation associated with journals and their citation rates.

Below are our top 10 most highly cited articles contributing to the 2017 impact factor in Health Policy and Planning:

Top 10 Cited:

  1. Systematic review: Which intervention design factors influence performance of community health workers in low- and middle-income countries?
  2. Original article: Strengthening the implementation of Health in All Policies: a methodology for realist explanatory case studies
  3. Original article: Surgical and anaesthetic capacity of hospitals in Malawi: key insights
  4. Review: Opening the ‘black box’ of performance-based financing in low- and lower middle-income countries: a review of the literature
  5. Original article: Survey using incognito standardized patients shows poor quality care in China’s rural clinics
  6. Original article: The emergence and effectiveness of global health networks: findings and future research
  7. Original article: Removing user fees for facility-based delivery services: a difference-in-differences evaluation from ten sub-Saharan African countries
  8. Original articlePerformance-based financing in the context of selective free health-care: an evaluation of its effects on the use of primary health-care services in Burundi using routine data
  9. Editor’s choice: 10 Best resources on … intersectionality with an emphasis on low- and middle-income countries
  10. Original article: Cardiovascular disease and impoverishment averted due to a salt reduction policy in South Africa: an extended cost-effectiveness analysis

*These data summarize the characteristics of the journal’s published content for the most recent three years, that is, 2017 and the two prior years, combined. This information is based on all listed authors and addresses. It is meant to be descriptive rather than comparative.

The journal has wide reach and publishes papers from authors in over 40 countries including low- and middle-income countries, many of whom take advantage of our reduced rate or free access countries list.

Our blog audience in 2017 also included readers from South Africa, Kenya, India, Nigeria, Ghana, and Tanzania.

Our top 10 contributions by organizations include high performing higher education institutions such as Harvard University, Oxford University and the World Health Organization.


Altmetrics is an alternative measure, not just looking at the impact on the journal level (as the impact factor does) but delivers data on universal popularity and uptake, including within policy documents to be able to determine how research has influenced health policy.

The articles from 2016-2018 with the highest Altmetric score published in Health Policy and Planning are:

Top 10 Accessed:

  1. 10 best resources: 10 best resources on power in health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries
  2. Original article: Minding the gaps: health financing, universal health coverage and gender
  3. Editor’s choice: Cuban infant mortality and longevity: health care or repression?
  4. Original article: The cost of not breastfeeding in Southeast Asia
  5. 10 best resources: 10 Best resources for community engagement in implementation research
  6. Original article: Priority setting for health in the context of devolution in Kenya: implications for health equity and community-based primary care
  7. Original article: An evaluation of early countermeasures to reduce the risk of internal radiation exposure after the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan
  8. Original article: How to do (or not to do)… gender analysis in health systems research
  9. Original article: Reimagining infertility: a critical examination of fertility norms, geopolitics and survey bias
  10. Original article: Psychosocial support for adolescent girls in post-conflict settings: beyond a health systems approach

We also have a newly launched infographic allowing readers to discover the global impact of the journal in a quick snapshot. Feel free to use and share – until next time!


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