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Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles in the field of integrated care on a continuous basis.

The IJIC is sponsored by the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a not for profit network that crosses organisational and professional boundaries to bring people together to advance the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care policy and practice around the world.

Established in 2000, IJIC's mission has been to promote integrated care as a scientific discipline. IJIC's primary purpose has been to examine critically the policy and practice of integrated care and whether and how this has impacted on quality-of-care, user experiences, and cost-effectiveness.

It is important that prospective authors recognize that IJIC will only consider articles that fit the aims and scope of the Journal.

The focus of IJIC is on integrated care. We define this as follows:

Integration is a coherent set of methods and models on the funding, administrative, organisational, service delivery and clinical levels designed to create connectivity, alignment and collaboration within and between the cure and care sectors. The goal of these methods and models is to enhance quality of care and quality of life, consumer satisfaction and system efficiency for patients ... cutting across multiple services, providers and settings. [Where] the result of such multi-pronged efforts to promote integration [lead to] the benefit of patient groups [the outcome can be] called 'integrated care' (Kodner and Spreeuwenberg, 2002).

It is important for prospective authors to recognise that we distinguish between integration and integrated care, noting that the structures and processes that support organisational and service integration may not always result in the enhanced outcomes and patient experience associated with integrated care.

The editorial board of IJIC believes that the primary purpose of integrated care should be to improve quality-of-care, user experiences, and cost-effectiveness of care since such issues give integrated care both a rationale and a common basis on which to judge its impact.

The field of integrated care comprises a broad spectrum of themes. Those that fit within the aims and scope of IJIC include:

  • Integration between health services, social services and other care providers (horizontal integration);
  • Integration across primary, community, hospital and tertiary care services (vertical integration);
  • Integration of care within one sector (e.g. within mental health services);
  • Integration of care between preventive and curative services;
  • Integration of delivery systems that bring together clinicians and managers, funders and deliverers, professionals and patients;
  • The use of new technologies and other innovations that enable and support integrated care to flourish;
  • The use of system incentives, such as governance, guidance, funding and payment mechanisms, that seek to embed and reward integrated care; and
  • Integration between care providers and patients that supports shared-decision making, self-management, and remote care.
  • The impact of integrated care in reducing health inequalities.
  • Integration of health promotion strategies with population-based and patient-centred approaches to health care; and,
  • The relationship between global/International health

Within these subject fields, we accept articles that focus on integrated care to populations or particular client groups (e.g. older people, or persons with an unspecified chronic or long-term care need) as well as to particular service areas or diseases (e.g. to people with diabetes).

If you remain uncertain as to whether your article fits within the scope of the International Journal of Integrated Care, please use our quick Author Checklist to find out.

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. A paper submitted during 2014 took an average of 20 weeks to be published.
  • 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 2017 was 181,605.

In 2017 there were 139,515 visits to the IJIC website and 243,506 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
PubMed Central Canada
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 2.489 with the 2018 JCR, June 2019.

Immediacy Index:  0.442

ISI Journal Citation Reports Ranking (2018 edition): 36/98 Science edition, subject categories HEALTH CARE SCIENCES & SERVICES; 22/81 Social Science Edition, subject categories HEALTH POLICY & SERVICES

Scopus CiteScore in 2018: 2.18

Scopus, Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 1.083

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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