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Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC  20052
Liz Borkowski, MPH
Managing Director


Women's Health Issues



Official Publication of the

Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University

950 New Hampshire Ave., NW, 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20052

(202) 994-0034

Women's Health Issues is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes original research on women's health care and policy.

The journal has a particular focus on women's issues in the context of the U.S. health care delivery system and policymaking processes, although it invites submissions addressing women's health care issues in global context if relevant to North American readers.  As the official journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, it builds on a history of valuing methodologically rigorous investigation as a basis for improving the quality of health care for women and the health of women across the lifespan.

The journal seeks to inform health services researchers, social scientists, health care and public health professionals, and policymakers and to engage readers in the perspectives of multiple disciplines relevant to the study of women's health.

Please note that we do not accept for review clinical case reports or standard literature reviews. Systematic literature reviews that include data syntheses (rather than just summaries of published work), and translational and implementation research studies are welcome.

Women's Health Issues 1-year 2014 impact factor is 2.330.  It is ranked first out of journals in the Women's Studies category of the Journal Citation Reports published by Thomson Scientific.

All manuscripts are subject to peer-review under the direction of the editors. The decision of whether to peer-review a manuscript is made in the Editorial Office.  Published manuscripts are abstracted and indexed in leading services, including Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Index Medicus, ISI's Current Contents/Social & Behavioral Sciences Research Alert and Social SciSearch, Sociological Abstracts, and Studies on Women Abstracts. Unsolicited manuscripts are invited that address women's health issues relating to the mission of the journal. Further information is available at jiwh.org. The Journal is available online at whijournal.com and on www.ScienceDirect.com.

WHI invites manuscripts reporting the results of original research on topics in women's health care and policy related to diverse health conditions and issues. The Journal is particularly interested in receiving original manuscripts that contribute to our understanding of:

  • Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in women's access to services and use of health services
  • Rural women's health and health care patterns
  • Patient and provider factors affecting women's screening and preventive services
  • Women's access to, and use of, health information sources
  • Providers' awareness of gender-based evidence for preventive and treatment practices
  • Organizational, provider, and patient determinants of quality of care for women
  • Agenda-setting and implementation of policies related to women's health and health care
  • Evaluation of integrated health care programs for women
  • Timely, relevant, and original, health services and health policy analyses of women's health issues

Questions about the appropriateness of a topic for Women's Health Issues may be directed to the editor at .


For detailed Author Instructions regarding manuscript preparation, please visit Author Instructions.

Online Electronic Submission: If you wish to submit a manuscript or commentary to be considered for publication, you must do so via the Journal’s submission/peer-review website (http://ees.elsevier.com/whi). You will be asked to create a unique login ID (free). Once created, your login stays in the system permanently. Please follow the instructions regarding file format submission of your manuscript, abstract, tables, and figures. We ask that you submit your manuscript (abstract through references and any figure legends) as a Microsoft Office Word file, with the title page saved as a separate file. Figures and tables must be uploaded as separate files. If you have multiple figures, consider compressing them into one .zip file for easier upload. A tutorial for authors is available at the website and online technical assistance provided by Elsevier is available ().  You will be able to track the status of your manuscript online throughout the entire editorial process.  You will also communicate with the Editorial Office via the website.

Please note that Elsevier's Online Electronic Submission is the only method allowed by the Editorial Office. We do not accept paper-only manuscripts.  All manuscripts must be submitted online at http://ees.elsevier.com/whi. 

Please visit http://jiwh.org/content.cfm?sectionid=165  for the full Author Instructions.

For copyright permission, please contact our publisher, Elsevier Inc., at  or by fax at 215-238-2239.

June 23, 2011

Women’s Health Issues Begins Paperless Publishing in 2012

Anne Rossier Markus, JD, PhD, MHS, Editor-in-Chief

D. Richard Mauery, MS, MPH, Managing Editor

The Editors of Women’s Health Issues, the bimonthly peer-reviewed journal of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, are pleased to announce that starting with our January/February 2012 issue, we are transitioning to paperless publishing.  Full-text online access to all published articles will continue to be available to individual subscribers at our website, http://www.whijournal.com, and to our institutional readers at http://www.sciencedirect.com.

The change to paperless publishing will not affect the peer review process for the journal or the quality of peer-reviewed full-length papers and commentaries published.

The decision to convert to “e-publishing” only was influenced by a number of significant factors we identified in discussions with our Editorial Board and our publisher, Elsevier, Inc.:

  • Consistent with industry trends among peer-reviewed journals, the number of print-only subscribers has declined substantially over the last several years;
  • Electronic subscriptions to our journal have increased substantially, especially among institutions such as academic libraries with ScienceDirect subscription packages that include Women’s Health Issues among their journals; and,
  • With an awareness of the environmental impact of ink and paper processing, we are refocusing our resources to meet the evolving needs and preferences of our readers and authors.

An important benefit of paperless publishing is that the cost savings achieved enable us to expand the number of peer-reviewed articles we publish each year – especially important since we have experienced consistent growth in the number of high quality publishable manuscripts submitted to our journal over the last several years.  This also represents a “value added” benefit for subscribers inasmuch as they will receive more content for the price of a subscription.   

Our publisher, Elsevier, Inc., will contact print-only subscribers to inform them of this change and to provide the options needed to convert to electronic subscriptions.  For those organizations interested in sponsoring journal Supplements, we will continue to make available to them the option of having print copies produced for their own use and distribution. 

We encourage all of our readers to sign up for new issue e-mail alerts for updates of new content published in the Journal. Please visit http://www.whijournal.com/user/alerts.  These alerts will keep you up to date with notices of new issue releases, articles in press, and other useful journal notices.

We thank the members of our Editorial Board who advised and guided us in making this important decision.  We are also grateful for the support and guidance of Elsevier, Inc., particularly Andrea M. Boccelli, who provided in-depth information about industry trends and the implications of this decision for our journal.  In achieving our mission of “advancing research, policy and practice,” we look forward to continuing to publish the highest quality peer-reviewed health services research and health policy analyses aimed at improving women’s health across the lifespan.

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