Journal of Human Lactation

Journal of Human Lactation

2015 Impact Factor: 2.233
2015 Ranking: 30/120 in Pediatrics | 5/116 in Nursing (SCI) | 26/80 in Obstetrics & Gynecology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Joan E. Dodgson, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN School of Nursing, Saint Louis University

eISSN: 15525732 | ISSN: 08903344 | Current volume: 33 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly
The top-ranked breastfeeding journal

Journal of Human Lactation
(JHL) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, insights in practice and policy, commentaries, and case reports relating to research and practice in human lactation and breastfeeding. JHL is relevant to lactation professionals in clinical practice, public health, research, and a broad range of fields related to the trans-disciplinary field of human lactation. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Journal of Human Lactation is the official journal of the International Lactation Consultants Association® (ILCA®). The International Lactation Consultant Association promotes the professional development, advancement, and recognition of lactation consultants worldwide for the benefit of breastfeeding women, infants and children. ILCA membership includes a subscription to the Journal of Human Lactation.

Written for professionals by professionals, the Journal of Human Lactation deals with the practical, everyday topics that nurses, lactation consultants, midwives, nutritionists/dieticians, public health and social workers, therapists, and physicians face every day, such as

  • Patient counseling
  • Sociological and ethnic issues in dealing with breastfeeding
  • Practical discussions of diseases and conditions, such as mastitis, candida infections, engorgement
  • Care plans developed to help mothers and babies that require special care
  • Economics of breastfeeding
  • Educating physicians, hospital administration and other departments
  • Practical training for lactation consultants

The Journal of Human Lactation is the official journal of the International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®). The International Lactation Consultant Association promotes the professional development, advancement, and recognition of lactation consultants worldwide for the benefit of breastfeeding women, infants and children. ICLA membership includes a subscription to the Journal of Human Lactation

Joan E. Dodgson, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN School of Nursing, Saint Louis University
Associate Editor
Kathleen A. Marinelli University of CT School of Medicine
Sara L. Gill, PhD, RN, IBCLC University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio School of Nursing
Managing Editor
Consulting Editor for WHO Code and International Advocacy
Maryse Arendt IBCLC Chargée de direction (director), Initiativ Liewensufank Luxemburg
Lisa Mandell, MBA, IBCLC Havertown, PA, USA
Albert Wolf, MD, IBCLC Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Executive Director
Richard Padlo, MA Apex, NC, USA
Statistical Editor
Georgine Burke, PhD Hartford, CT, USA
Editorial Board
Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FABM, FILCA La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Julie Armstrong, RNutr, RD, MPH, PhD Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, United Kingdom
David Balayssac, PhD, PharmD University of Auvergne, Faculty of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Toxicology, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Helen Ball, PhD, MA Durham University, Durham, UK
Caroline J. Chantry, MD University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Karen D. Cowgill, PhD, MSc Seattle University College of Nursing; University of Washington Department of Global Health, Seattle, WA, USA
Laura Duckett, PhD, MPH, RN University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Aimee R. Eden, PhD, MPH The American Board of Family Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
Roger A. Edwards, ScD Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA
Laurence M. Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, PhD World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Laura N. Haiek, MD, MSc McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Thomas W. Hale, RPh, PhD Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX, USA
Leena Hannula, PhD, MNSc, RM, RN Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland
Peter Hartmann, BRurSc, PhD The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia
Foteini Kakulas, BSc, Hons, PhD University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Suzanne G. Haynes, PhD Department of Health and Human Services, Washington DC, USA
Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Maite (MT) Hernández-Aguilar, MD, MPH Centro de Salud Fuente de San Luís, Valencia, Spain
Erica Hesch Anstey, PhD, MA University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Katie Hinde, PhD Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Miriam H. Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FACPM, FABM, FILCA Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Dawn Leeming, PhD, Dip. Clin. Psychol. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK
Jennifer N. Lind, PharmD, MPH National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
Katsumi Mizuno, MD, PhD, IBCLC Showa University Koto Toyosu Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Elizabeth (Bette) R. Moore, PhD, RN, IBCLC Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
Guido E. Moro, MD University of Milan, Italy
Samar Musmar, MD, FAAFP An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Laurie A. Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Howard L. Sobel, MD, MPH World Health Organization, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Marie Tarrant, RN, MPH, PhD University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Carol L. Wagner, MD, FAAP, Fellow ABM Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch, Weston, MA, USA
Karen Wambach, PhD, RN, IBCLC University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS, USA
Nancy E. Wight, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP San Diego Neonatology, Inc., San Diego, CA, USA
Irena Zakarija-Grkovic, MD, FRACGP, IBCLC, PhD University of Split School of Medicine, Split, Croatia
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  • General Information

    The Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes papers on the widening field of topics pertinent to human lactation. Specifically, JHL publishes reviews, original research, original research (brief reports), student research, insights in policy and practice, commentaries, special reports, case reports, and letters to the editor as they relate to human milk, human lactation, lactation consulting, lactating mothers, breastfeeding infants, health outcomes, policy and practice. In addition, in each issue, JHL publishes Inside Track, a patient-focused, breastfeeding-related handout.

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SAGE Track system powered by ScholarOne. Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the Editor-in-Chief.

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using SAGE Language Services. This service is open to any authors who need assistance cleaning up their paper and are willing to pay professionals for help. Please note that any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author and that using this service does not guarantee acceptance into the journal, but is intended as a resource for editing, translating, figure and text formatting, and other manuscript preparation needs.

    Contributors to JHL should note that our author guidelines have recently changed, including an important update to APA format. Manuscripts submitted after July 15 should be formatted in APA style to be considered for publication. This change underscores the journal’s commitment to more clearly align with the values and mission promoted by ILCA and the community of IBCLCs it serves by providing access to quality research in the social sciences and humanities, alongside the excellent research in the health sciences for which it has been known. For more information on recent changes in the scope of JHL, please read the Editorial by the new Editor-in-Chief, Joan E Dodgson, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, published in the May 2016 issue.

    JHL Author Guidelines

    Submission guidelines are available here.

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