About the Journal


JCPH publishes three types of submission:

Research Papers. We consider submissions from any discipline, across the social and health sciences, and both qualitative and quantitative empirical papers.  These should be no more than 6000 words (although we will consider longer qualitative papers, if justified). The research  should be directly relevent to public health (including social medicine, health promotion, population health and related issues). Although we accept that almost any topic can be related to the public health, our focus is on work that is most closely aligned to implications for policy and practice in public health. All papers should be written for an international and multi-disciplinary readership. 

Research & Practice Notes. These are shorter empirical papers (up to 3000 words), which can report pilot studies or case studies that are likely to be of wider (international) interest.  

Commentary. The Commentary section (limit 4000 words) is for innovative and scholarly discussions which provide fresh perspectives and new thinking on public health issues.  There is limited space for Commentary papers, so we cannot consider general essays or reviews which are unlikely to progress scholarship on a topic.  

JCPH operates a double-anonymous peer review policy.

JCPH is 'diamond open access': there are no fees for publishing or reading articles in the journal.


The journal began life in 1979 as the newsletter Radical Community Medicine (RCN).  The archive of RCN is digitised on the Critical Public Health Network site.  RCN  was rebranded as Critical Public Health in 1990, and became a fully refereed international journal in 1998, with the publisher (then Carfax) taking ownership of the journal.  In 2023, as the constraints of commercial academic publishing became increasingly difficult to align with the principles of the Critical Public Health Network, the editorial board resigned en masse to set up the Journal of Critical Public Health, as a publication which could be owned and managed by the wider critical public health community.  An editorial discussed some of the tensions that led to JCPH being established in 2023.