Open access

IGHPE pursues a full “Platinum Open Access” policy. Publication in IGHPE is free of charge to authors, and upon acceptance, all publications are freely accessible on IGHPE’s website.



Contributions to IGHPE are published under a Creative Commons-Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY) license which allows re-use of the work, provided due credit is given to its authors and IGHPE is mentioned as the platform that published the used material.


Peer review

Submissions to IGHPE are subject to initial screening by an editor, then double-blinded peer review by two or more expert reviewers. Authors may not recommend or exclude reviewers of their papers. All communication related to a submission is kept confidential. Details of the peer review process are available here.


Publishing ethics

IGHPE’s editorial team assists authors to publish their contributions through a transparent and timely process. Hereby the publication adheres to the Standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and its editors apply the Recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). We encourage authors to familiarize themselves with the guidelines of both organizations.



Submitted manuscripts must not use wordings, sentences, or works of authors who do not occur in the manuscript’s authors’ list without giving credit by proper citation. For IGHPE we use iThenticate —all submitted manuscripts will be routinely checked against a database of existing publications to detect plagiarism.


Simultaneous submission and prepublication

Submitting your work to IGHPE excludes its simultaneous submission to another journal or publishing platform. Also, a work can only be published in IGHPE if no part of it or itself has been published before. This does not pertain to contributions for meetings (speeches, presentations, recorded interviews or discussions, and posters), but please indicate from which meeting or conference the material derived. Manuscripts will undergo a pre-publication check after submission.


Publishing schedule

Once contributions to IGHPE are accepted following editorial and peer review they are processed into their final form and published immediately.



Items published in the IGHPE journal are automatically archived in the Public Knowledge Project’s Private LOCKSS Network.