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.


Journal ranking

  • 2019 Impact Factor: 4.073
  • 2019 5-year Impact Factor: 2.669
  • Ranking 13 out of 170 journals in the ‘Public, Environmental and Occupational Health’ category



Policy and Campaigns Articles

Each month, the RSPH Policy and Campaigns team write an article for Perspectives 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.

Physical Activity Call for Papers

We will be publishing a special issue in March 2021 called ‘Physical activity: wider influences and novel approaches for promotion’. The Guest Editor editors will be Prof. Jim McKenna, Professor of Physical Activity and Health and Director of the Active Lifestyles Research Centre in the Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University, and Dr. Matthew Hobbs, Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

All the information on how to submit an article is provided in the document below. Full papers should be submitted by 14th September 2020.

Physical Activity - Call for Papers Guidance

Loneliness Call for Papers

We will be publishing a Special Issue in July, 2021 called 'Understanding Loneliness'. Alison Iliff, Health and Wellbeing Programme Lead (Yorkshire and the Humber) for Public Health England, will be Guest Editor. The issue will have a special focus on epidemiology of loneliness across the life course and will highlight examples of best practice in interventions to improve connections and reduce its impact on health and wellbeing.

All the information on how to submit an article is provided in the document below. Full papers should be submitted by 8th January 2021.

RSPH Loneliness Call for Papers

Recent issues

May 2020: a special issue celebrating the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, and the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This issue covers Florence Nightingale’s public health agenda, 21st century public health issues of homelessness, achieving Sustainable Development Goals, and how Nightingale’s legacy as a nurse theorist promotes healthful food systems.

July 2020: an unthemed issue covering topics such as public awareness of mouth cancer, public health messages in Bollywood movies, climate change and global health, and long-term exposure to air pollution.

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.