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Focus and Scope

Since its inception in 2000 the International Journal of Integrated Care has documented the trends, developments and newest findings in the research, policy and practice of integrated care. As its subject matter has continuously evolved over the years, so have the articles we publish reflected the growing understanding of what integrated care is and what it isn’t. Some of the key learnings over the years have been that, while there are some common building blocks and elements, which are essential for integrated care, ultimately all frameworks and models need to be contextualized to local needs and resources. This contextualization should ideally happen with wide community and professional involvement.

Read the full Aims and Scope.

Publication Frequency

Continuous publishing and archived issues

To publish articles on a continuous basis means that they enter the current issue as soon as they are ready to publish. IJIC then archives its articles within 4 issues: Jan-March; April-June; July-Sept; Oct-Dec.

IJIC often publishes groups of papers related to a theme in Special Editions and also develops Conference Supplements to publish the abstracts from academic congresses. Special Editions normally run for a year and are archived as annual editions.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Why publish in IJIC?

IJIC can offer you the expertise, experience and networks of a distinguished multidisciplinary group of researchers and policy analysts. We also offer authors the following advantages:

  • No time lost! - Online publishing allows IJIC to depart from the traditional journal structure of monthly or quarterly issues. Submissions are accepted at all times and are peer reviewed and published on a continuous basis.This means that your work doesn't lie on a shelf waiting for publication. The world can access your work rapidly.
  • Fast! - Because everything is submitted, reviewed and published electronically, authors will be notified of the status of their article (i.e. accepted, rejected or to be revised) within a maximum of twelve weeks. Publication is guaranteed between three to eight weeks after acceptance. 
  • Size! - Articles may be longer and contain more tables than would be permitted in a hard copy journal, although every article is evaluated on the ratio of number of words to news value.
  • Multi-media! - We welcome full-colour photos, audio material and video footage for illustrating the message and content of an article.
  • PubMed Central! - All articles published in the International Journal Of Integrated Care will appear in the database of PubMed Central and consequently in the PubMed search engine
  • Coverage in Web of Science (SSCI and SCI) and Scopus!

Facts and figures

The total number of full text views and downloads from PubMed Central during 2021 was 396,969.

In 2021 there were 287,335 visits to the IJIC website and 349,347 unique page views.

Abstracting & Indexing

Open Access
BASE search, Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Electronic Journals Library (University of Regensburg)
Google scholar
Health in Forum
PubMed Central (included in The PMC Open Access Subset)
PubMed Central Europe
Social Care Online
Venture – portal for integrated care pathways

Subscription databases
Cengage Learning
Ebsco Host Academic Search Complete
Ebsco Discovery
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Library catalogues
Web of Science JCR Science Edition and Social Sciences Edition

COPAC, Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in the UK and Ireland
Picarta, Dutch Central Catalogue
SUDOC, Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in France
Worldcat (OCLC), global catalog of library collections
ZDB, Catalogue of resources at all the university libraries in Germany


IJIC received an Impact Factor of 2.913 with the 2021 JCR, June 2022.

Immediacy Index:  0.323

ISI Journal Citation Reports Ranking (2021 edition): 62/109 Science edition, subject categories HEALTH CARE SCIENCES & SERVICES; 42/88 Social Science Edition, subject categories HEALTH POLICY & SERVICES

Scopus CiteScore in 2021: 3.4

Scopus, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2021: 1.083

Journal statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2021 volume (excluding conference issues):

Submissions received1213
Reviews requested21138
Reviews received3226
Total Rejections4101
...of which, Desk rejects510
Acceptance rate746%
Time from submission to publication8315 days


1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will require a account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.

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