The International Journal of First Aid Education (IJFAE) publishes an annual volume with two issues per year of double-blind, peer-reviewed original empirical research and open reviewed reports.Peer-reviewed professional articles related to a broad spectrum of emergency response behaviors will also be disseminated along with informative articles about the learning, teaching, and performance of first aid knowledge, skills, and behavior competencies. Media reviews and organizational position statements are also welcomed for submission. A major goal of the editorial team is to provide a peer-reviewed forum for the exchange of emerging, evidence based, and translational scholarship and practice of first aid. IJFAE typically does not publish articles about nonhuman aspects of first aid or on topics primarily concerned with studying or improving in hospital competencies.

IJFAE currently employs a web-based submission and review system called ScholarWorks that is supported and operated by staff from University Libraries at Kent State University. Because of KSU’s support for ScholarWorks and the volunteer efforts of the editorial board, authors and readers have no publication or subscription fees.


Key features

  • Rigorous peer review.
  • Open Access journal.
  • Fast publication times; accepted papers published online within 3 working days and immediately citable.
  • International Editorial Board.
  • Adheres to COPE guidelines on publishing ethics. See IJFAE statement on Ethics & Transparency
  • Fully compliant with funding body mandates (author retains copyright)


IJFAE invites the submission of research manuscripts that study the following:

  • Outcomes of first aid education on the health/ survival of individuals and communities
  • Outcomes of first aid education on learners or tertiary benefits (ex., financial)
  • First Aid education technology, including facilities, equipment, supplies, and online modalities
  • Learners of first aid competencies, including the factors influencing participation and developing first aid competence along with the consequences of participation for various groups of people
  • Instructional competencies of individuals or platform that include learning knowledge, validating skills, and developing helping behaviors including confidence and willingness to act
  • Organizational or corporate initiatives to reduce incidents or severity through first aid education

Article types

Article types we accept are:

  • Empirical research papers
  • Descriptive manuscripts
  • Theory/model generating papers
  • Short papers, commentaries, letters to the Editor, organisational position statements, and view from the field