Focus and Scope

Our journal accepts all types of papers (class papers, essays, interviews, reflections, experiences, etc) from any health and human service program.

Articles written as part of a UBC course are acceptable and should be formatted in APA. Papers submitted do not have to be a class paper and can be an original piece.

Papers involving human subjects should have had previous ethics approval. In contentious cases, ethical cases will be reviewed by the College of Health Disciplines and UBC faculty members.

Peer Review Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a collaborative blind review process (two students from different disciplines meet either face-to-face or online to review an article together) and selected by the editor. After the peer reviewers send the edited articles back to the editor, the editor/associate editor will review the edited articles and make suggestions for further edits to the author(s) if necessary. If there are inconsistencies with the comments from the peer reviewers, the editor/associate editor will discuss with the HPSJ committee. Should an article be returned for revision, the author will have one month to make necessary changes and return the article to the editor. Should an article be rejected, the author(s) will be notified. The author(s) will be encouraged to re-submitt their article after considering all of the reviewer's comments and will be considered a new submission.

Publication Frequency

HPSJ is published biannually, in January and July.

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.

Journal History

HPSJ was founded by Jae Yung Kwon and Laura Yvonne Bulk, both of whom were students in health disciplines. Since its inception, HPSJ has grown and now includes a range of perspectives and expertise.

In Autumn 2014 two sections were added to enhance HSPJ:

Community Voices: acknowledging the value of including diverse voices from inside and beyond academia, the editorial board chose to dedicate a section in the journal to promoting the voices of community members.

Unexpected results: it is important to learn from our successes and our less successful experiences. Thus, this section was designed to create a space to share results that might otherwise not be published.