Appl Clin Inform 2013; 04(03): 428-433
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2013-04-IE-0030
Invited Editorial
Schattauer GmbH

The Challenges of Publishing on Health Informatics in Developing Countries

C. Paton
1   The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford, UK
M. Househ
2   King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Health Informatics, Saudi Arabia
M. Malik
3   Division of Medical Education, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK
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Further Information

Publication History

received: 07 May 2013

accepted: 20 August 2013

Publication Date:
16 December 2017 (online)


The Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries was established to meet a perceived need for Health Informaticians in developing countries to be able to share the results of their research in an affordable and easy-to-access online publication. The journal was developed using the open source platform “Open Journal System,” and has now published 67 articles across 13 issues. A collaborative editorial approach has been established to address the problems of limited research budgets, difficulties with translating to English and other problems specific to authors from developing countries. The journal faces many challenges including ensuring future financial sustainability and inclusion in journal indexing systems. However, the continuing support of an international body of Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members has enabled a wide range of useful and informative health informatics research to be disseminated across the developing world.