Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


The Healthy Populations Journal (HPJ) is a multi-faculty, student led, open access, peer-reviewed journal housed at the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Our mission is to identify and disseminate research which mobilizes evidence to improve population health and health equity globally.

Population health is thinking beyond the health of an individual and looking at the health outcomes of a whole community. It considers all the factors that influence the overall health of a specific population including the social and structural conditions in which people are born, work, live and age.

Differences in the social determinants of health result in health inequities – the unnecessary or unjust conditions that result in differences in people’s health status or health outcomes.  We can achieve our population health goals by focusing on reducing health inequities, drawing attention to the variety of factors that are known to have impact on individual and community health. The HPJ will champion building health equity by disseminating research which addresses the fundamental causes and structural barriers of unhealthy lives and communities around the world. It is imperative that we research the wider determinants of health and create solutions that allow all members of a population to be well.



The scope of the journal is guided by the HPI Competency Framework (Miller et al, 2019). We will allow any research relevant to population health and health equity as it relates to the following principles and competencies:

-        Guiding Principles: Capacity Enhancement; Cultural Safety; Critical Reflection; Community Empowerment & Engagement

-        Competencies: Communication; Leadership; Agents of Change; Knowledge & Knowledge Translation; Research, Policy & Practice; Programming & Evaluation

We strongly encourage population health and health equity research submissions that address:

  • One or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • One or more of the Healthy Populations Institute’s five Flagship Project themes.

Authors should identify which Sustainable Development Goal and/or Flagship Project theme their work mostly closely aligns with, recognizing that health intersects with other aspects of inequality, injustice, discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion.

We prioritize student research and diverse and intersectional forms of knowledge or expression (i.e. visual and graphic artwork, short stories, poetry, and multi-media expression such as audio-recordings), and approaches. We encourage submissions from a broad authorship including post-secondary students (undergraduate/graduate), independent and government (local/regional/national) scientists and policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and community members worldwide.




Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Art Work

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Publication Frequency

The journal will release one issue per academic year. There will also be one additional special issue each year featuring the accepted abstracts from the Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference, an annual multidisciplinary student-led conference at Dalhousie University.


Open Access Policy

The journal aims to reduce barriers to publishing and sharing research and inequalities to accessing information.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. The open-access nature of the journal means that there will be no charge for authors or readers to use the journal. The journal has a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CCBYNC) attribution which allows the author (and others) to share and distribute their full-text article in other public domains, such as Google Scholar or Research Gate.



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