The International Journal of Prison Health (previously known as International Journal of Prisoner Health) has a unique interdisciplinary focus on the health of prisoners, facilitating international research and discussion on experiences from a range of expert authors.

ISSN: 2977-0254
eISSN: 1744-9200

Aims and scope

The International Journal of Prison Health (IJOPH) – previously known as International Journal of Prisoner Health – provides a peer-reviewed platform for researchers, prison health experts, public policymakers and practitioners to share and learn from research and best practice.

The journal encompasses all stages of the criminal justice system to include police detention, migration detention centres, remand and sentenced prisons and initiatives that divert prisoners from custody.

IJOPH stimulates wider research by providing an outlet for publication for those who have an interest in health in prisons and other criminal justice settings.

Topics include:

  • prisoner health and wellbeing
  • prisoner health care services
  • resettlement/throughcare for prisoners
  • public health
  • health and illness among prisoners (e.g. chronic disease, mental illness, drug and alcohol use, self-harm)
  • impact of the physical environment on the well-being of staff, prisoners and the community 
  • juveniles, women and other groups of prisoners
  • women prisoners who have been victims of violence and abuse
  • violence and abuse in detention contexts.

 Submissions can include:

  • quantitative or qualitative analyses
  • commentaries challenging practices and encouraging debate
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • professional insight.

Top cited

These are the top cited articles for this journal, from the last 12 months according to Crossref (Last updated: January 2024)

This journal is aligned with our healthier lives goal

We understand the importance of a world that recognises and protects the most vulnerable and acknowledges the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

SDG 1 No poverty
SDG 2 Zero hunger
SDG 3 Good health & well-being
SDG 6 Clean water & sanitation
SDG 8 Decent work & economic growth
SDG 10 Reduced inequalities
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