Journal Information



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  • Focus and scope
  • Publication frequency
  • Types of articles published
  • Open access
  • Review process
  • Marketing
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Focus and scope

The journal Rehabilitation Advances in Developing Health Systems aims to disseminate cutting-edge research and promote innovative ideas in the field of rehabilitation with a particular focus on strengthening health systems in developing economies. The journal seeks to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders to share their knowledge and contribute to the advancement of rehabilitation services in low-income settings.
The journal's scope encompasses a wide range of topics related to rehabilitation, with a focus on the following areas:
  1. Innovations or conceptual ideas to strengthen rehabilitation in health systems: The journal welcomes articles that propose new ideas, approaches, and technologies to enhance rehabilitation practices within the broader context of health systems. This includes research on novel interventions, tools, and strategies to improve patient outcomes and enhance the delivery of rehabilitation services.
  2. Methods to improve resilience and adaptability of rehabilitation services: The journal encourages submissions that explore methods and frameworks to enhance the resilience and adaptability of rehabilitation services in the face of challenges such as resource constraints, natural disasters, or public health emergencies. This includes research on disaster preparedness, community-based rehabilitation models, and innovative service delivery approaches.
  3. Research conducted in low-income settings (developing economies) to advance rehabilitation: The journal provides a platform for research conducted in low-income settings, with a focus on how such research can contribute to the advancement of rehabilitation practices. This includes studies on the effectiveness and scalability of rehabilitation interventions, as well as the identification of barriers and facilitators to the implementation of rehabilitation programs in resource-limited settings.
  4. Initiatives or theories to promote rehabilitation as a priority health strategy: The journal welcomes articles that discuss initiatives, policies, and theories aimed at promoting rehabilitation as a priority within national health strategies. This includes research on advocacy efforts, policy frameworks, and theoretical models that highlight the importance of rehabilitation in achieving universal health coverage and addressing the burden of disability.
  5. Multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary approaches to advance or strengthen rehabilitation and ensure inclusion in national health insurance: The journal seeks to promote research that explores multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary approaches to advancing rehabilitation services. This includes studies on collaborations between healthcare professionals, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders to develop inclusive and sustainable rehabilitation programs. Additionally, the journal encourages research on the integration of rehabilitation services into national health insurance schemes to ensure equitable access for all.
  6. Education research to future-proof rehabilitation professions: The journal recognizes the importance of education and training in preparing rehabilitation professionals for the evolving healthcare landscape. It welcomes research on innovative educational approaches, curriculum development, and competency frameworks that aim to future-proof rehabilitation professions. This includes studies on the integration of emerging technologies, interprofessional education, and strategies to address workforce shortages in rehabilitation.
Overall, the journal Rehabilitation Advances in Developing Health Systems provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and contribute to the advancement of rehabilitation services in developing health systems. The journal is committed to promoting open access to facilitate global collaboration and ensure the broad dissemination of research findings to support evidence-based practice and policy development in the field of rehabilitation.



Historic data

The need for rehabilitation is increasing significantly in developing countries. Many people living in developing countries do not have access to the services they need. South Africans experience many unmet rehabilitation needs. In South Africa, the Years Lived with Disability (counts) doubled from 1990 to 2022. This significant need is juxtaposed by the stark shortcoming in rehabilitation capacity in developing countries such as South Africa. Rehabilitation capacity is often constrained by governance, finance and workforce challenges. In developing countries, the lack of rehabilitation services is most visible at community- or primary-care level where services are most needed. The World Health Organization (WHO) call to integrate rehabilitation into health systems is viewed as a key strategy to strengthen rehabilitation. A journal dedicated to publishing novel and innovative ways to integrate rehabilitation into local health systems is critical to developing an evidence base which can support the integration of rehabilitation in health systems.



Publication frequency

The journal publishes one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.



Types of articles published

Read full details on the submissions guidelines page.



Open access

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.



Review process

The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by the editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.




AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.




AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.



DHET Accreditation

We are working closely with the DHET Accreditation services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available and accredited when appropriate.

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.


The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • AOSIS Library
  • Portico
  • SA ePublications,Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware. The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is, Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal Impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.


Citation-based measurement  


Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)


CiteScore, based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier


H5-index, based on Google Scholar


*Journal launched in 2023.