Article Types

IJoHS welcomes the following article types:

Guidelines about each article type is listed below. Please contact the editor if you have any questions.

Original Research

Reports research on any aspect of healthcare simulation and any research design. Original research includes empirical research (any research paradigm) and systematic reviews (meta-analyses, scoping, narrative, integrative etc.). Please note the following guidelines.


Publishing study protocols enables researchers, funding bodies and others to stay up to date in their fields by providing exposure to research activity that may not otherwise be widely publicised. Publishing protocols can also increase transparency in research and minimize unnecessary duplication of research.

Protocols of completed studies will not be considered for publication. Research studies nearing completion may be considered but dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please communicate with the editor-in-chief.

Please note the following guidelines.

Practice Guidelines

These manuscripts are designed to translate healthcare simulation research to simulation practice. They may take the form of evidence-based tips/approaches/strategies enabling readers to apply research in practice.


Reports practice, theory, innovation and more from arts, philosophy, technology, clinical sciences, health policy, governance and how they inform healthcare simulation.


Debate articles in which a healthcare simulation issue is presented with a pro and a contra argument. These may appear as one article (<3000 words) or as two articles with separate authors (pro <1500 words and contra <1500 words).


Perspectives on text (poetry, short story etc.) or art works (painting, cartoon, photograph etc.) on any aspect of healthcare simulation and/or research. This article type also includes book reviews - fiction or reference works – that inform healthcare simulation.

Key Concepts

One page overviews/summaries of key concepts in healthcare simulation. Concepts may address practices, policies, governance, research designs etc that are important to the healthcare simulation community. The overview/summary is intended to provide readers with an orientation to contemporary thinking about the focus of the concept. The overview/summary is presented as an infographic (containing text and image/figure). The concept must be evidence-based. Authors are invited to upload the infographic with images. The design team may recommend changes.


Letters about contemporary healthcare simulation issues or in response to published articles. Letters are peer reviewed and addressed to the Editor-in-Chief.