Scope and Focus



Health Inform is an official publication of Health Libraries Inc. featuring news, articles and research by information professionals working in the health sector. It is published twice a year, in July and December.

Full-text articles from Health Inform are indexed in the Informit Health Collection as well as CINAHL Complete (including backfiles). This content is also available to current HLI members who are logged into this website.


Common categories of articles:

  • full-length articles or research papers (1000-3000 words)  
  • short features (250-1000 words) 
  • event or product reviews 
  • book reviews
  • letters to the editor
  • editorials


Here are examples of ideal topics:

  • New ways of doing things
  • Collaboration and partnerships
  • Use of innovative tools and technology
  • Demonstrating or maximising value of your library
  • Deploying specialist / expert skills
  • Creative approaches to library services
  • Marketing, outreach, and promotion  


Manuscripts are reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they have not been published (or made available online), submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presentation of a paper at a conference without published proceedings is not considered to be prior publication. Authors are responsible for statements made in the material.


The editors reserve the right to hold manuscripts over to future issues for publication. 

Health Inform no longer includes personal news items, the exception being profiles (of people retiring) to recognise a long career in health libraries and where the content is authorised by the person concerned. Health Libraries Inc. considers the e-list the most appropriate forum for personal news items.