Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Focus on Health Professional Education (FoHPE) is the official journal of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE), which is the peak organisation for practitioners who educate and train health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.  The refereed journal was formally established in November 1998, and is  published by the Association to promote, support and advance education in all the health professions.  The Journal is intended for educators, clinicians and students who have a commitment to improving health care through better learning and teaching.

Four underlying principles distinguish the journal from others:

  • A focus on all health professions: the Journal is multi-professional and this is reflected in its editorial panel, its editorial policy and the balance of articles published in it.
  • A focus on regional issues and concerns: the Journal primarily serves the Western Pacific Region of Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, and focuses on education and training in this Region.  Nonetheless, it maintains an international outlook, and also deals with issues of global concern.
  • A focus on quality research around teaching and learning: FoHPE is the only regional publication that focuses primarily on research in learning and teaching, curriculum design, assessment, and the evaluation of health professional education.
  • A focus on diverse and stimulating ideas: controversial, challenging and substantive issues face health professional educators and their students, and the Journal provides a forum where these issues can be examined and advanced.


The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board acts as an advisory body to the Editor and the Committee of Management (CoM) of ANZAHPE on the editorial policy of the journal.  The Editorial Board comprises a number of eminent members in the field of health professional education, and its composition is determined by the CoM, with due regard for the need for representation across disciplines, nationally and internationally.


The roles and responsibilities of members of the Editorial Board are to:

  • advise on the maintenance of standards of the journal
  • provide guidance on the scope and focus of the journal
  • advise on refereeing procedures for articles submitted to the journal
  • advise the Editor on matters such as suitable referees or topics for the journal
  • report on the views of their various constituencies
  • promote the journal amongst their various constituencies
  • referee journal articles as required, including initial decisions on sending out for review.


The Editor

The Editor is appointed by the CoM, to be responsible for the implementation of editorial policy and procedures.  The Editor provides a report to each CoM meeting, and is supported by the Editorial Board. 


Publication frequency

Thre are three issues per annum. 


Section Policies


Original Research, Papers, Reviews & Reports (<3500 words).  Short Reports or Discussion Papers (<2000 words). See ‘Author Guidelines’.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Innovative Teaching and Learning Project

See ‘Author Guidelines’

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor will be peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board.  Letters should relate to journal content or topical health professional education issues.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process


The peer review process adopted by the Editorial Board of Focus on Health Professional Education serves two purposes:


  • to advise the Editor whether a manuscript fits within the scope of the journal and, if it does, whether it is of a standard that is acceptable for publication or, if it is not, whether it can be revised to meet that standard
  • to provide constructive feedback to the author(s) by giving specific indications of where the manuscript does or does not meet the criteria for publication and, where it does not,  to suggest ways in which it could be revised or re-written to meet those criteria.


The criteria referred to above are:

  • the author guideline has been followed (click here to review requirements)
  • the manuscript falls within the scope of the journal (theory, research or practice relevant to health professional educators)
  • the quality of the writing is of a suitable standard (or could be made so)
  • the research is embedded in the existing literature
  • the research makes a contribution to what is already known
  • the method, results and discussion are relevant and justified (or could be rendered so by revision)


The process:

  • On submission the manuscript is allotted a unique id, the submission requirements are checked and the manuscript is referred to an Associate Editor (AE)
  • The AE performs an initial evaluation attending to word count and briefly checking the criteria above
  • If the manuscript meets the criteria on initial inspection or if it is considered that the ms could be revised to meet the criteria, the AE refers the ms to two independent reviewers.
  • Each reviewer performs a more thorough evaluation and provides a report for the Author(s) and a report for the Editor
  • The AE reviews these reports and advises the Editor
  • The Editor reviews the reports and the AE’s advice then informs the Author(s) of the decision
  • Manuscripts accepted for publication are then reviewed by the copy editor and, where necessary, returned to the Author(s) for approval of changes made by the copy editor
  • The Author(s) return the approved manuscript and associated documentation



Articles accepted for Publication in the Journal

FoHPE is funded by ANZAHPE and current financial members receive access to the journal.

From 1st January 2016 the following policy relates to any submitted articles that are eventually accepted for publication:-

  • If any of the authors are current financial members of ANZAHPE there will be no fee to publish.
  • If no author is a current financial member of ANZHAPE they will be given the option of becoming a member (AU$270) or a fee of AU$500 will be applied.

For information on applying for membership with ANZAHPE and associated benefits please see (http://www.anzahpe.org/#!membership/c10kf)

There is no fee associated with the submission and peer review process.