IJoHS welcomes the following article types:

Guidelines about each article type are 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.

Short Reports on Simulation Innovations Supplement (SRSIS) 

The SRSI supplement is a platform to share innovations with the healthcare simulation community as part of the International Journal of Healthcare Simulation (IJoHS). (https://www.ijohs.com/) The SRSI Supplement will accept short reports of innovative ideas transformed into practice to fill a gap/problem/challenge in your practice. This may include the development of simulators, simulation design, assessment methods, or quality improvement projects. Successes and failures are welcome since they both offer learning opportunities.

We anticipate that the innovations have not been conceived as research projects but are simply really good ideas that our community will benefit from reading. They may be pilot or other preliminary work. They likely will not require human research ethics/institutional research board approval, so think carefully about the nature of the data you present.

The supplement will be published bi-annually (July & January). The manuscript submission deadline for the July Issue is March 31, and for the January issue is September 30.

There will be no author charge for publications in the first two supplements.

Structure of accepted reports

We recommend the following structure for submissions. However, you may have reason to deviate from the structure (Please include your reason in the letter to the Supplements Editors).

We will consider reports that share innovations that did not work or have any impact. These reports will be selected only if they show substantial effort to find the gaps in education and training and develop a solution to address the same.

Manuscript submission guidelines for authors
  1. Cover Letter (follow the submission guidelines of IJoHS).
  2. Title page (follow the submission guidelines of IJoHS)
  3. Manuscript length 800 words
  4. Title not more than 10 words
  5. No abstract required
  6. Manuscript structure