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Focus and Scope

JOHPEC is a peer-reviewed journal with ongoing publications of students and alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in the fields of:

  • Global and International Health Policy
  • Health Economics
  • Health Financing
  • Health Systems Assessments
  • Health Security
  • Health Governance
  • Population Health
  • Public Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Integrated care between health services, social services, and other care providers
  • Other health and economic-related content within the scope of the Health Policy Department and its associated research centres (CPEC, NIHR SSCR, LSE Health, African Health Observatory, European Observatory on health systems and policies, etc.)

Submissions and publications are free, but must be authored by at least one Undergraduate, MSc, PhD candidates and/or alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume per year separated by term-issues (Lent, Michaelmas, Summer). Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

The journal also occasionally has special collections on specific themes as decided by the Editorial Board. These will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

Houghton St Press is an open access publisher, and all of our publications are free to read and published under Creative Commons licences.

Archiving Policy

Houghton St Press registers our journals and books with as many suitable indexes as possible. All of our article metadata are openly available for harvesting by indexing services via OAI-PMH and the journals are registered with Open Archives for discovery.

Houghton St Press content is LOCKSS enabled, and copies of all Houghton St Press publications are made available from LSE Research Online, the School’s open access repository.

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.


We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the LSE Department of Health Policy for the hosting of the JOHPEC.


The Journal of Health Policy and Economics (JOHPEC) was founded in 2020 by J.Sam Meyer and Camile Bou under the auspices of the Houghton St. Press and sponsorship of the Department of Health Policy.

The purpose of the JOHPEC is to both encourage students in the Health Policy Department to publish the original papers they have written related to their coursework, and assist them in finding publishing opportunities to further their future professional and academic pursuits. The JOHPEC is also open to submissions from alumni and students of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences who were not specifically enrolled in the Department of Health Policy, but cultivate a keen interest and passion for health-related research.

At the time, there were no other student journals under the auspices of the Houghton St. Press that were dedicated to issues in the field of health policy and economics. Therefore, it was the case that students who were not directly studying these disciplines were unaware of the many contemporary health issues impacting the right to health, i.e. complete physical, mental and social well-being.

Making the research of Health Policy students and health-enthusiastic students accessible to the greater student body allows the wider student body to be better informed about critical concepts and contexts affecting their lives and that of others.

Additionally, the Health Policy Department is dedicated to encouraging their students to think critically and creatively about the healthcare industry around the world, and students in turn produce high-quality, nuanced research. The JOHPEC thus provides a reputable avenue to enable students to promote their research individually and reflect the research of the Health Policy Department as a whole.

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