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About the Journal

Health Science Inquiry is a student-run, annual online publication that seeks to publish the views and thoughts of Canadian graduate students and post-doctoral fellows on pertinent issues in the health sciences. Our group includes student members from universities all across Canada. We publish our journal once a year, with each issue framed around a specific theme. 

The mission of Health Science Inquiry (HSI) is to facilitate discourse among Canadian graduate students on global health issues. HSI presents an annual publication comprised of high quality articles written by graduate students and some of Canada’s most talented scientists on pertinent health issues facing society. Through its initiatives, HSI fosters the development of emerging scientists.


What we Publish

Health Science Inquiry strives to publish diverse and engaging scholarly and creative work done by Canadian graduate students and post-doctoral fellows across the health sciences. We accept submissions in a variety of formats including: 

  • scholarly perspectives and commentaries 

  • visual art and photography

  • short fiction 

The submissions must tackle an issue described in the annual theme. Previous year's themes can be found in our archives. 

Short fiction and visual art / photogrpahy can be directly submitted to They will not need to be amendable to the file formats described under "submissions," and will not undergo the peer review process.

Scholarly perspectives and commentaries may discuss and reflect on landmark publications, provide critical insight into advancing research, practice and/or policy, or enlighten readers on novel areas of focus concerning medicine and human health. Articles should be written in an engaging style while keeping in mind the broad readership of Health Science Inquiry. This includes undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, and faculty from multiple health disciplines (sociology, biology, pharmacology, medicine, public health and nutritional science, etc). We strongly recommend that authors read previous issues of the journal to obtain a sense of the level, length, and style of submissions.

Health Science Inquiry uses a double-blind review process. All submissions (excluding visual art and short fiction) will be reviewed by at least 2 independent graduate student reviewers in a related discipline. 


Health Science Inquiry provides immediate open access to its published content based on the principle that making scholarly material freely available to the public supports a global exchange of knowledge. Similarly, authors will not be charged to submit or publish a manuscript with Health Science Inquiry. Beginning in 2020, all scholarly work will be published under a Creative Commons licence.


By signing the Health Science Inquiry publication agreement, authors agree to the following:

  • The work has not been previously published in any format;

  • Health Science Inquiry is granted the royalty-free right to publish and disseminate the work in current and future formats;

  • The work will be published in Health Science Inquiry under a Creative Commons licence. Health Science Inquiry encourages authors to publish the work under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit the Author(s) for the original creation. Authors may however choose to have their work distributed under any of the Creative Commons licenses currently available by specifying their preferred licence in the publication agreement. A description of the Creative Commons licences is available here:

  • Authors retain their copyright, including the right to subsequently publish or disseminate their work elsewhere, provided that they make reasonable efforts to ensure that the publication in Health Science Inquiry is acknowledged. 

  • Authors agree to determine, prior to publication, whether it is necessary to obtain permissions from any third party who hold rights with respect to any photographs, illustrations, drawings, text, or any other material (“third party work”) to be published in connection with your work. Copyright permission will not be necessary if the use is determined to be fair dealing, if the work is in the public domain, or if the rights-holder has granted a Creative Commons or similar licence. 

  • All co-authors with claims to the intellectual property have read and signed the agreement, thereby providing their consent for the submission to be published in Health Science Inquiry. 

Unless otherwise specified, authors guarantee that all parts of the submission are the author’s original work. Submissions containing evidence of plagiarism will not be eligible for publication.