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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times. Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

Featured Commentary: Unpacking the complexities of de-implementing inappropriate health interventions

Darko Stojanovic / Pixabay.comDe-implementing inappropriate health interventions is essential for minimizing patient harm, maximizing efficient use of resources, and improving population health. This commentary explores unique aspects of de-implementing inappropriate interventions that differentiate it from implementing evidence-based interventions, including multi-level factors, types of action, strategies for de-implementation, outcomes, and unintended negative consequences. 

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Featured Editorial: Implementation science in times of COVID-19

We have experienced unprecedented global changes in healthcare and society in response to SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting disease COVID-19. This commentary elaborates on the potential contributions of implementation science to addressing the challenges, as well as on the need and opportunity to develop new perspectives on the field.

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  1. Authors: Samuel U. Takvorian, Justin Bekelman, Rinad S. Beidas, Robert Schnoll, Alicia B. W. Clifton, Tasnim Salam, Peter Gabriel, E. Paul Wileyto, Callie A. Scott, David A. Asch, Alison M. Buttenheim, Katharine A. Rendle, Krisda Chaiyachati, Rachel C. Shelton, Sue Ware, Corey Chivers…

    Content type: Study protocol

  2. Authors: Rinad S. Beidas, Brian K. Ahmedani, Kristin A. Linn, Steven C. Marcus, Christina Johnson, Melissa Maye, Joslyn Westphal, Leslie Wright, Arne L. Beck, Alison M. Buttenheim, Matthew F. Daley, Molly Davis, Marisa E. Elias, Shari Jager-Hyman, Katelin Hoskins, Adina Lieberman…

    Content type: Study protocol

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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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Michel Wensing, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Paul Wilson, University of Manchester, UK

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Announcing: Implementation Science Communications

We are delighted to announce that Implementation Science Communications (ISC), a new companion journal to Implementation Science covering research on strategies across the implementation continuum, is now indexed in PubMed and PMC. 

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

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Annual Journal Metrics

71 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
20 days to first decision for all manuscripts
131 days from submission to acceptance
29 days from acceptance to publication

Citation Impact
7.327 - 2-year Impact Factor
8.708 - 5-year Impact Factor
2.965 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
3.167 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

3,247 Altmetric mentions

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