Human Resources for Health

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Human Resources for Health  
DisciplinePublic health
Edited byJames Buchan, Mario Roberto Dal Poz
Publication details
Former name(s)
Human Resources Development Journal
BioMed Central in collaboration with the World Health Organization
FrequencyUpon acceptance
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution
2.882 (2017)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Hum. Resour. Health
OCLC no.52353314

Human Resources for Health is a peer-reviewed open-access public health journal publishing original research and case studies on issues of information, planning, production, management, and governance of the health workforce, and their links with health care delivery and health outcomes, particularly as related to global health. It was established in 1997 as the Human Resources Development Journal published by the Health Manpower Development Institute of the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand.[1] Since 2003, it is published by BioMed Central in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in PubMed, Social Sciences Citation Index, Current contents, Scopus, CINAHL and 10 other indexing services. The journal's impact factor as of 2017 is 2.882.


The journal occasionally publishes themed collections. In 2007, the journal issued a call for papers jointly with 17 other public health journals under the theme "Towards a scaling-up of training and education for health workers".[2] Twenty-two articles were published in Human Resources for Health on this special theme between July 2008 and November 2009.[3] In 2013, the journal issued a call for papers on the theme "Right Time, Right Place: Improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers."[4]

In 2016, the journal published a supplementary collection of research evidence of the relevance and effectiveness of the WHO's Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.[5]

In June 2019, the journal launched a thematic collection of research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing gender equality in health workforce policy and planning.[6]


  1. ^ "Human Resources Development Journal". World health Organization. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ Shaw, Daniel MP (2007). "Final call for papers: "Towards a scaling-up of training and education for health workers"". Human Resources for Health. 5: 22. doi:10.1186/1478-4491-5-22. PMC 2018692.
  3. ^ Mercer, Hugo (16 November 2009). "Article collections: Towards a scaling-up of training and education for health workers". Human Resources for Health. BioMed Central. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Liz (21 March 2013). "Right Time, Right Place". BioMed central blog. BioMed Central. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  5. ^ Human Resources for Health, Volume 14 Supplement 1, "The WHO global code of practice: early evidence of its relevance and effectiveness" [1] Accessed 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ Human Resources for Health: Research to support evidence-informed decisions on optimizing gender equity in health workforce policy and planning. [2] Accessed 5 June 2019.

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