Perspectives in Public Health

Perspectives in Public Health is our bi-monthly journal, combining peer-reviewed research and reviews with practice-based current topic and opinion articles, news and views, case studies, book reviews, and updates on our latest work.

It has an Editorial Board and an International Advisory Board made up of a distinguished panel of public health experts from around the world.

Free access to Perspectives in Public Health is one of the many benefits of RSPH membership and all members can access current and past issues online.


Student essay competition 

Our student essay competition 2021 is now open to all RSPH Student Members. Deadline for entries is October 31st and the winning submission will receive:

  • Publication in Perspectives in Public Health
  • £200 in Amazon vouchers 
  • £100 SAGE book vouchers
  • One year's RSPH membership (Student or Associate level)
  • 6-month term on Perspectives in Public Health editorial board

Journal ranking

  • 2020 Impact Factor: 4.940
  • 2020 5-year Impact Factor: 4.405
  • Ranking 17 out of 176 journals in the ‘Public, Environmental and Occupational Health’ category



Policy and Campaigns Articles

In each issue of Perspectives, the RSPH Policy and Campaigns team write an article about a pressing public health issue. Here, you can read their articles and find out more about our policy work to protect and improve the public's health.

Call for papers for special issue – Climate Change and Health: Tackling Global Inequalities

We will be publishing a Special Issue in November, 2021 called 'Climate Change and Health: Tackling Global Inequalities'. This will be guest edited by  Professor Selena Gray, Emerita Professor of Public Health University of the West of England, Bristol, Professor Diarmuid O’Donovan, Professor of Global Health, Queen’s University Belfast, and Helen Johnston, Specialty Registrar in Public Health.

The issue will have a special focus on climate change and health and inequalities with a particular emphasis on actions being taken by public health professionals to tackle this issue at local, national and global levels.

All the information on how to submit an article is provided in the document below. Full papers should be submitted online by 20th May 2021.

Climate Change call for papers 2021

Recent issues

September 2021: an issue that includes papers on preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancy, improving population health by better supporting breastfeeding and using Community Partnered Participatory Research methods as tools for racial justice and health equity.

July 2021: a special issue on Understanding Loneliness, with papers covering making connections in a time of disconnection, combating intergenerational loneliness and taking a holistic approach in tackling the loneliness crisis.

May 2021: an issue that includes papers on student mental health, the changes in the demography of homeless adult populations and the impact of socioeconomic position on non-communicable diseases.

March 2021: a special issue on Physical Activity, with papers covering working with healthcare professionals to promote physical activity whole system approaches, local delivery pilots and suitability of HIIT for pregnant women.

January 2021: an issue that includes a collection of papers on workplace health and wellbeing, as well as papers on using social media for smoking cessation and antibiotic over-prescribing.

November 2020: a special issue on Behaviour Change, with papers covering targeted hygiene and antimicrobial resistance, community resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, changing personal health behaviours during a pandemic and treating video game addiction.

September 2020: a special issue on Creative Health Through the Age Span, with papers covering integration of visual arts into post-diagnostic dementia support groups; creative expression in medical student art; community singing, wellbeing and older people; and art, nature and mental health.

Perspectives in Public Health uses the Scholar One Manuscript Central submission system: for all submissions please upload your paper here.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact the Editorial Office

Please note, authors may enquire about the relevance of their topic or abstract, but we do not offer pre-submission reviews. Please only contact the Editorial Office, not the editors directly.

For more information on the types of paper we accept, please see our submission guidelines.

Interested in reviewing for the journal?

Perspectives in Public Health is always looking for new reviewers to provide reviews of peer reviewed papers. If you are interested, please contact the Editorial Office.

For more information on becoming a reviewer, please see our guidelines for review.