The Journal

Rural and Remote Health is a not-for-profit, online-only, peer-reviewed academic publication. It aims to further rural and remote health education, research and practice. The primary purpose of the Journal is to publish and so provide an international knowledge-base of peer-reviewed material from rural health practitioners (medical, nursing and allied health professionals and health workers), educators, researchers and policy makers.

The core business of the Journal is to:

  • Support rural health by disseminating rural health information in published peer-reviewed articles and other information.
  • Advantage our system to become self-supporting/independent.
  • Raise the profile of rural and remote health academics.

The Journal is committed to the accessibility of scholarly information, operates ethically (with regard to humans and animals, authorship and conflicts of interest) and upholds the integrity of scientific enquiry and publication. The authors, reviewers, honorary editorial positions and staff form the human content of the Journal and are treated fairly and with respect. All editorial, review and governance positions are honorary.

All material except some invited articles (editorials and commentaries), regularly published non-research material or news items and standing matter is reviewed by authors’ academic peers.
The journal does not accept paid third-party advertising.

Bibliographic information

Rural and Remote Health is indexed by MEDLINE, ISI, CINHAL, APAIS (incl. ATSIROM and AUSThealth), AMI (Australasian Medical Index), PsycINFO, and registered with PANDORA and the DEST Register of Referred Journals. The Journal is also recognised by the Australian Government's ERA.

ISSN: 1445-6354

Number of issues per year: 4

Impact factor: 0.783 (July 2016)

RRH Governance

North American Editorial Board

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Regional Editor

Bronwyn Fields

Bronwyn Fields is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University Sacramento in Sacramento, California, USA. Dr. Fields' research interests include the health workforce, nurse recruitment and retention in rural areas, health disparities and international health and development. As a nurse and midwife, she has worked extensively in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, including consulting for the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, AusAID and other international organizations on health workforce development. More recently, Bronwyn has lived and worked in rural Northern California. She joined the Rural and Remote Health North America section as a Regional Editor in 2016.

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Regional Editor

Rebecca Schiff

Rebecca Schiff is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Schiff also serves as adjunct faculty for the Masters' and PhD programs in Public Health and Community Health Sciences for the Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University in St. John's, NL, Canada. Rebecca has a long history of working closely with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across Canada to investigate and research health issues and solutions, with a particular focus on determinants of community health and wellness. She is committed to community-engaged, interdisciplinary research, rooted in principles of collaborative and respectful inquiry. Dr. Schiff lived for several years in Happy Valley - Goose Bay, NL, a northern and remote Canadian community where she worked closely with Inuit, First Nations, and MĂ©tis communities to investigate issues in remote and indigenous health and healthcare. During her time in Newfoundland and Labrador, Rebecca developed a firsthand understanding of the unique challenges and strengths of life in rural and remote communities. Dr. Schiff's work includes projects focusing on a wide range of community health determinants and issues in rural and remote healthcare.

North American Editorial Panel

Rural Health Status

Julie Kosteniuk Canada

Rural Health Education

Jamie Anderson United States



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