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COVID-19 and impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

The JoPPP 2020 Virtual Conference

On 20-21 November, 2020, the journal held the 2nd JoPPP conference on pharmaceutical policy and practice.  This conference was held virtually.  Details and videos of all the presentations can be found here.

Overview and Highlight videos:

Call for Papers: Thematic series on COVID-19

The Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice would like to announce a Call for Papers for a special series on COVID-19. 

The journal seeks works related to prevention, newer treatments, medicines safety, medicines quality and shortages, pharmaceutical policy and practice, pharmacists and pharmacy services, information and dissemination, as well as technology aspects of COVID-19. 

Read the articles published in this series here.

Featured article: Pharmacists at the frontline beating the COVID-19 pandemic

This editorial, which begins our thematic series related to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights the many roles pharmacists will play in combating this disease.  Examples from the UK and Pakistan are discussed, and guidelines and practices are provided that could be applied to any country.

Collections and Thematic Series


Pharmacists and the COVID-19 Pandemic


Health Policy and the Management of Antimicrobial Resistance in LMICs

Click here to see our earlier collections and thematic collections.


  1. Authors: Ali Elbeddini, Thulasika Prabaharan, Sarah Almasalkhi and Cindy Tran

    Content type: Commentary

Aims and scope

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice (formerly known as Southern Med Review) provides a platform for researchers to disseminate empirical research findings with the aim that people everywhere have access to the medicines they need and be able to use them rationally.

The Journal encompasses all aspects of pharmacy including clinical, social, administration, and economics. It also covers pharmaceutical aspects of healthcare policy, providing a platform to researchers, academics and practitioners from around the world to share evidence, concerns and perspectives on pharmacy systems, management, ethics, and financial analysis.

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is now indexed in ESCI

New Content Item © ClarivateBMC is pleased to announce that Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice has been accepted for inclusion in both the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) and International Pharmaceutical Abstracts. The journal's content starting from January 1, 2018 will be indexed in Web of Science.

Announcing the 2020 Helen Clark-JoPPP Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Helen-Clark-JoPPP Award for Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice Research: Andy Gray, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Birna Trap, Denmark; and Paul Newton, University of Oxford.  They are being presented with the award based on the scientific merit of their work, as well as the impact of their work on patients, decisions makers and on governments.

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About the Editor

Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar is Professor in Medicines and Healthcare at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom.

He is globally recognized for his research in pharmaceutical policy and practice, including the quality use of medicines, clinical pharmacy practice, access to medicines and issues related to pharmacoeconomics. Previously he was the Head of Pharmacy Practice at School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand. A pharmacist by training and a Ph.D. in pharmacy practice, Prof. Babar is the recipient of prestigious “Research Excellence Award” from the University of Auckland.

Journal history

In December 2008, Southern Med Review was started by Prof. Zaheer Babar to promote pharmaceutical policy research at a global level. The journal has been unique in publishing the work of new researchers, documenting the pharmaceutical situation of low- and middle-income countries and debating pertinent pharmaceutical policy questions. The journal's work has been recognized at a global level and, according to WHO, it fulfilled a global need. For example, published studies have been instrumental in changing medicines policies in certain regions, especially in Vietnam and Thailand. The journal is indexed in Scopus, EMBASE and PubMed Central and in 2013 has been relaunched as Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice by BioMed Central.

Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice is affiliated with The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Ltd.

Archival content

An electronic archive of content under the journal's previous name Southern Med Review (2009-2012) can be found on PubMed Central.

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