About GHJournalSearch

GHJournalSearch is an easy-to-use free resource developed by the USAID-supported Johns Hopkins Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project in collaboration with The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Our goal for GHJournalSearch is to present the major core peer reviewed global health journals in one place providing authors a simple tool to discover and choose the "best fits" for their intended publication, enhancing publication quality and the probability that important evidence will make its way in to the literature.

Authors can browse by Journal Title or Topic Category and filter by whether a fee is required and/or by the journal's open access availability.

Who maintains GHJournal Search?

Overall journal selection, updating, and hosting of the website is provided by global health professionals from the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP).

What Areas of Study Are Covered?

Journals in GHJournalSearch are intended to be the primary, reputable journals that cover broad global health approaches.  We include journals on:

General Global Health
Environmental Health
Infectious Diseases
Maternal Child Health
Non-communicable Disease and Injury
Nutrition
Public Health
Reproductive Health
Women's Health
Other Cross-cutting Topics (see Home page for list)

How Are Journals Selected for Inclusion?

Journals included in GHJournalSearch must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control by qualified specialists and be covered by one or more online Abstracting and Indexing services.

We do not attempt to include journals that are primarily focused on clinical practice or very basic human biology, though some prominent journals are rather broadly based and are included.

Thus we have to exercise judgement in deciding which journals to include. In addition, within focused areas such as various infectious diseases, nutrition, adolescent health etc, we seek input from experts in those fields.

Can I find out everything I need to know about a journal?

To help you narrow down options to identify potential best fits, we supply basic journal information -- taken from the publisher's website and Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, a few simple descriptors such as publishing frequency, open access and indexing information, and a link to the journal's website where you can get more detailed information about a journal's publishing process. We also include Impact Factors for 2017. The impact factor or journal impact factor of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent articles published in that journal. The calculation is based on a two-year period and involves dividing the number of times articles were cited by the number of articles that are citable. Impact Factor is not a perfect tool to measure the quality of articles and should be used only—and cautiously—for measuring and comparing the influence of entire journals, but not for the assessment of single papers.

What if there is incorrect information about a journal?

Please contact us if you have any questions about the journals included or to provide updated journal information.