Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Frontiers in Health Informatics (formerly known as Iranian Journal of Medical Informatics) is an on-line English peer-reviewed journal for practitioners, researchers and students who are interested in the field of medical informatics and information technology in healthcare sectors. The Journal aims to publish novel and high quality relevant information written by peers to researchers and readers involved in all fields of health informatics and related interdisciplinaries, strives to keep pace with the rapid growth of publications, and move on to the edge of knowledge in this field.

The Editor welcomes original articles on current practice, research projects or the development of new resources or services. Review articles are also welcome. The scope of the journal encompasses (but is not restricted to):

- Information systems, including registraty systems, hospital information systems, departmental and/or physician's office systems, document handling systems, electronic medical record systems, standardization, systems integration etc.;

- Library and information sciences;

- Image Processing, including new algorithm development to detect lesions or diagnose diseases, implement or modify methods or algorithms etc;


- Computer-aided medical decision support systems using heuristic, algorithmic and/or statistical methods as exemplified in decision theory, protocol development, artificial intelligence, etc.;

- Health Information Management and Health Information Technology;

- Educational computer based programs;

- Health technology assessment;

- Other related fields;

From time to time the Editor may decide that a particular issue should be devoted to a single theme or topic and guest editors will be asked to review a range of papers relating to that theme or topic. Please read the instructions carefully for details on the submission of manuscripts, the journal's requirements and standards as well as information concerning the procedure after a manuscript has been accepted for publication.

Section Policies

Research Articles

Research articles should be included Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion and conclusion sections, and should not exceed 3000-5000 words (exclude references, abstract, tables, illustrations). The abstract is limited to 250-300 words.

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Review Articles

The journal will accept literature reviews and systematic reviews. These are subject to 10000 word limit (including all references, abstract, tables, illustrations). The abstract should not exceed 250-300 words.

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Letter To Editor

Generally 1500 words (exclude references) is ideal, with one diagram or figure.

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Inovation in Health Informatics

Inovation in Health Informatics follow the same structure as research papers. However, instead of methods and results, there should be Development and Application sections (Introduction, Development, Application, Discussion, Conclusion). They should not exceed 2,000 words and six diagrams or illustrations. The abstract is limited to at most 300 words. 

The development section should describe the generic type of technology, i.e. how it was developed and the barriers/technical challenges that had to be overcome to develop it. The application of the technology section should describe the context in which the pilot application or other technology should be used and give any early feedback about its use. Even limited real world data is useful in this section. Wherever possible, a link to a demonstration website should be provided.

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Short Communication

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Peer Review Process

Peer review helps editors select reasonable original copies, in any case, the editor settles on an official choice with respect to all the substance. Choices might be made by issues irrelevant to the nature of an original copy, for example, appropriateness for the journal. The editor can dismiss any article whenever before distribution, including after acknowledgment whether concerns emerge about the uprightness of the work.

Manuscripts chose for companion audit will be refereed by at any rate two commentators amid about a month as indicated by explicit research detailing rules for various investigation structures; Authors better send their updated original copies inside about fourteen days and if the reexamined adaptation isn't transferred inside 2 months, the accommodation will be documented.

- Reviewers' and creators' personalities are kept secret.

- The presence of a submitted composition isn't uncovered to anybody other than the commentators and publication staff.

- Reviewers are required to keep original copies and their data private.

- They should not utilize information of the original copy before its production for their own advantages.

- The analysts' remarks ought to be productive, legit, and obliging.

- Reviewers ought to pronounce their irreconcilable situations and decrease audit if a contention exists. Knowing the author(s) must not influence their remarks and choice.

Publication Frequency

Manuscripts can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

Open Access Policy

This journal gives prompt open access to its substance on the rule that creation look into unreservedly accessible to the open backings a more prominent worldwide trade of information. All articles published by Front Health Inform are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license. This means:

  • everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in Front Health Inform journal;
  • everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given
Where papers are accepted, an acceptance letter includinge payment invoice will be sent to corresponding author. The following coorespondings will be included in the discount:

1- Members of the Iranian Medical Informatics Association (50% discount)

2- Iranian medical informatics PhD students for the first paper (40% discount)

3- Iranian medical informatics master's students for the first paper (60% discount)

4- The discount request of non-Iranian authors can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and based on the request of the responsible author.


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