Scope and Purpose

JoHILA publishes articles about health library and information research and practice in the Australasian region.

JoHILA aims to record and showcase developments, progress, and achievements of health librarians and health library and information services in Australasia. JoHILA recognises that we are part of an international community, and seeks to advance knowledge about health library and information research and practice to improve health and wellbeing in our region.

As the premier publication of ALIA/Health Libraries Australia (HLA), the national professional group representing Australian health library and information professionals, JoHILA is HLA’s official communication channel for disseminating information to our various audiences – our members, health library and information colleagues in other parts of the world and in other sectors, information professionals in related industries, our clients and stakeholders, and the general public.

JoHILA supports education and continuing professional development for the health library and information services profession and those who wish to learn about health library and information services in Australasia.

JoHILA is also an advocacy, marketing and promotions tool, and a two-way communication channel for engaging with our communities of practice.

JoHILA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Creative Commons Licence

Publishing schedule

JoHILA is an open access journal, published 3 times per year in April, August, and December. Submissions will be accepted at any time.

Types of articles

1. Research articles

These cover current research about health library and information practice in the Australasian region on topics that are relevant to JoHILA’s readership.

 Submissions should be 3,000 to 5,000 words. (See instructions for authors .)

 JoHILA aims to publish at least one peer-reviewed research article per issue. These are assessed by two independent peer reviewers through a double-blinded process.

2. Practice-based articles

These focus on issues that are topical and relevant to our readership. They may be structured as case studies, reports of projects, programme evaluations, commentaries, opinion pieces, etc.

Submissions should be up to 3,000 words. (See instructions for authors .)

 3. Regular features

These vary, check the latest issues for information about current features.

 4. Reviews

These may cover books, journals, websites, information resources,  products, etc. Reviews should be 1,000 to 1,500 words.

5. Other

From time to time, the Editor may publish other types of material, such as items of news, letters to the editor, etc.

Information for sponsors and advertisers

Opportunities for advertising are available through enquiry at

Open Access Policy

JoHILA is licenced under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Authors retain copyright for articles published in JoHILA under the terms of the license. There are no article processing charges or reader access fees.


JoHILA is indexed by InformIt, Ebsco, Elsevier. 


JoHILA ISSN 2652-5453

Sources of Support

HLA thanks Wolters Kluwer for its ongoing support. Additional opportunities for advertising are available through enquiry at

Journal History

JoHILA was formerly HLA News: The national bulletin of Health Libraries Australia (ISSN: 1448-0840). First published in 1972, HLA News was a quarterly, print-based subscription, changing in the early 2000s to a freely available, online, open-access journal.