Offical Journal of PHPCI: Palliative Care and Social Practice

Palliative Care & Social Practice is an international open access palliative care journal that publishes articles from symptom science, clinical practice and health services research, as well as cutting-edge research from the realm of social practice – from public health theory and practice, social medicine and social work, to social sciences related to dying and its care, as well as policy, criticism and cultural studies. We want to showcase the next generation of palliative care innovation research and practice - in clinics and in the wider society. The journal welcomes unsolicited article proposals. All articles are listed on PubMed, PubMed Central and Scopus. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Editorial Team


  • Allan Kellehear, PhD, FAcSS - University of Bradford, UK

  • Lukas Radbruch, MD - Department of Palliative Medicine, University Hospital Bonn, Germany

Associate Editors

  • Luc Deliens, MSc, MA, PhD - Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent & Brussels, Belgium

  • Denise Marshall, MD, CCFP(PC) FCFP - Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, ON, Canada

Managing Editor

  • Georgia Patey - SAGE Publications Ltd, London, UK


Supporting journal:

Annals of Palliative Medicine

Annals of Palliative Medicine (Ann Palliat Med; Print ISSN 2224-5820; Online ISSN 2224-5839) is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal published bi-monthly with both online and printed copies since 2012. APM is indexed and covered by Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) (IF: 1.262 in 2018), PubMed/MEDLINE and Scopus. The aim of the journal is to provide up-to-date and cutting-edge information and professional support for health care providers in palliative medicine disciplines to improve the quality of life for patients and their families and caregivers.

Annals of Palliative Medicine publishes articles in the field of palliative medicine, specific fields related to symptoms management (pain, fatigue, vomiting, delirium, etc.), palliative medicine in different diseases (cancer, AIDS, and other diseases), palliative care in elderly and young, and end-of-life health care, etc., and provides current and practical information on palliative medicine. Contributions pertinent to palliative medicine are also included from related disciplines of oncology, psychology, surgery, nursing, public health, education, nutrition, sociology, ethics and policy, and others. It publishes article types including Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Reports, Clinical Guidelines, Technical Notes, and Editorials. It also publishes special issues focusing on selected topics of palliative medicine.

The journal features a distinguished editorial board, which brings together a team of highly experienced specialists in palliative medicine. The diverse experience of the board members allows our editorial panel to lend their expertise to a broad spectrum of palliative medicine subjects. The entire submission and review process are managed through OJS system, an easy-to-use electronic system that ensures a rapid turnaround of manuscripts submitted for publication. 

Manuscripts Turnaround Time:

External peer review: 1-2 months. 

Acceptance to Publication Ahead of Print: 20 days.   

Acceptance to Publication: 1-3 months. Original Articles are listed as priority