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Featured Editorial: Evidence for objects of implementation in healthcare

The Editors-in-Chief of Implementation Science and Implementation Science Communications reflect on what is meant by implementation of evidence-based practices, programmes, or policies in healthcare in the context of the journals' aims and scope.

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Featured Editorial: a refreshed description of the journals' scope and expectations

This editorial describes the mission, scope, and expectations of Implementation Science and Implementation Science Communications and highlights some differences between the journals. We intend to support authors in their consideration on whether to submit to the journals, and hope we will continue to receive many high-quality submissions in the coming years.

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Announcing the launch of In Review

Implementation Science, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication.
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review.
  • Track their manuscript – including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received.

Read more about the full range of benefits of In Review and how to opt in, or see the In Review platform for yourself here.

Aims and scope

Implementation Science is a pioneering, highly-accessed journal dedicated to publishing evidence regarding methods for promoting the uptake of consolidated research findings into routine healthcare practice and health policy. 

Implementation Science provides a unique, multidisciplinary platform for research on implementation strategies, including their development, outcomes, economics, process by which effects are achieved, and factors associated with implementation outcomes. The journal has a particular interest in rigorous studies and novel, theory-based approaches, and covers implementation science across the full spectrum of healthcare services and settings.

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Call for papers

Cross-journal collection:
Advancing the Science and Metrics on the Pace of Implementation
Organized by Enola Proctor, Alex Ramsey and Gila Neta

Cross-journal collection:
Generalizing and Context in Implementation Research: Tensions and Opportunities
Guest edited by Whitney Irie, Aaloke Mody and Radhika Sundararajan

Cross-journal collection:
Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices for Improving Maternal and Neonatal Health
Guest edited by Michelle H. Moniz, Rebecca Hamm and Jennifer Callaghan Koru

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Gregory Aarons, University of California San Diego, USA
Paul Wilson, University of Manchester, UK

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Announcing: Implementation Science Communications

We are delighted to share that Implementation Science Communications (ISC), which launched as a companion journal to Implementation Science in 2020, is now indexed in the Emerging Sources Citation Index, PubMed, PMC and Scopus. 

It is due to receive its first Impact Factor from Clarivate in June 2025, and received a first CiteScore from Scopus in June 2024 of 4.2.

Read about the journal's launch and its aims and scope in the Implementation Science editorial here, and visit ISC for more information.

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Citation Impact 2023
Journal Impact Factor: 8.8
5-year Journal Impact Factor: 9.2
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 3.222
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 2.964

Speed 2023
Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 40
Submission to acceptance (median days): 126

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Altmetric mentions: 2,448

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