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Integrated Healthcare Journal is an online-only open access journal aimed at a wide audience, including all types of healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals), service providers, patients, patient groups, and carers.

The journal will publish high quality peer-reviewed original research dealing with all aspects of integrated, multidisciplinary and patient-centred approaches to healthcare, through topics such as prevention, management, education, cost-effectiveness and safety. The journal offers rapid publication through its continuous online publication model.


Editorial policy

Integrated Healthcare Journal adheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics and scientific misconduct. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

Authors are required to submit a statement that their study obtained ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required and why) and that participants gave informed consent. Our Editors will consider whether the work is morally acceptable as determined by the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki. In addition to this, in line with General Medical Council guidelines, an article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires patients explicit consent (in the format of a signed BMJ patient consent form) before we will publish it. Please find further details on BMJ research ethics policies (human participants and animals) and consent for publication; including a link to the downloadable consent form.

To make the best decision on how to deal with a manuscript, Integrated Healthcare Journal needs to know about any competing interests authors may have; this includes any commercial, financial or non financial associations that may be relevant to the submitted article. Authors must download and complete a copy of the ICMJE Conflict of Interest disclosure form. In addition to this Integrated Healthcare Journal ensures that all advertising and sponsorship associated with the journal does not influence editorial decisions, is immediately distinguishable from editorial content and meets all other BMJ guidelines. Please find more information about competing interests and a link to the form.

We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately following ICMJE and COPE guidelines. Corrections and retractions are considered where an article has already been published; corrections, expressions of concern or a retraction notices will be published as soon as possible in line with the BMJ correction and retraction policy.


Copyright and authors’ rights

As an open access journal, Integrated Healthcare Journal adheres to the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access. Articles are published under an exclusive licence or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown employees or where BMJ has agreed CC BY applies. For US Federal Government officers or employees acting as part of their official duties, the terms are as stated in accordance with our licence terms. Authors or their employers retain copyright. Such open access articles can be reused under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content. please refer to the Open Heart Author Licence. More information on copyright and authors’ rights.

When publishing in Integrated Healthcare Journal, authors choose between two licence types – CC-BY-NC and CC-BY (Creative Commons open access licences require payment of an article processing charge). As an author you may wish to post your article in an institutional or subject repository, or on a scientific social sharing network. You may also link your published article to your preprint (if applicable). What you can do with your article, without seeking permission, depends on the licence you have chosen and the version of your article. Please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page for more information.


Preprints

Preprints foster openness, accessibility and collaboration by allowing authors to make their findings immediately available to the research community and receive feedback on an article before it is submitted to a journal for formal publication.

BMJ fully supports and encourages the archiving of preprints in any recognised, not-for-profit server such as medRxiv. BMJ does not consider the posting of an article in a dedicated preprint repository to be prior publication.

Preprints are reports of work that have not been peer-reviewed; Preprints should therefore not be used to guide clinical practice, health-related behaviour or health policy. For more information, please refer to our Preprint policy page.


Article processing charges

Integrated Healthcare Journal is an open access journal and levies an Article Publishing Charge (APC) of 1,700 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). The APC for a short report is 1,000 GBP, a review is 2,200 GBP and an editorial or viewpoint it is 675 GBP. There are no submission, colour or page charges.

Find out if you are eligible for institutional funding

A number of institutions have open access agreements with BMJ which can either cover the whole cost of open access publishing for authors at participating institutions or can allow authors to receive a discount of the Article Processing Charge (APC).

Visit BMJ’s open access agreements page to find out whether your institution is a member and what discounts you may be entitled to.

BMJ also grants waivers and discounts* in specific circumstances, for more information on publishing open access with BMJ visit our Author Hub.

*Please note that applications for waivers or discounts should be made during initial submission and not after an article has been accepted. Editors are not involved in this process and the ability to pay has no bearing on editorial decisions. Payment will not be required unless your article is accepted. Accepted articles will not be published until payment has been received. BMJ does not refund APCs once paid.


Provenance and peer review

Integrated Healthcare Journal submissions are predominantly unsolicited, all articles submitted are subject to peer review. The journal operates single blind peer review whereby the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author; usually two external reviewer reports are obtained before an original research or review article is accepted for publication. Manuscripts authored by a member of a journal’s editorial team are independently peer reviewed; an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for their own article. For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – your paper’s journey.

BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.

BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer review process; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.

Reader responses, questions and comments to published content are welcomed by Integrated Healthcare Journal; these should be submitted electronically via the journals website. Please find further details on how to publish a response and the terms and requirements.

Data sharing

Integrated Healthcare Journal adheres to BMJ’s Tier 3 data policy. We strongly encourage that data generated by your research that supports your article be made available as soon as possible, wherever legally and ethically possible. All research articles must contain a Data Availability Statement. For more information and FAQs, please see BMJ’s full Data Sharing Policy page.

ORCID

Integrated Healthcare Journal mandates ORCID iDs for the submitting author at the time of article submission; co-authors and reviewers are strongly encouraged to also connect their ScholarOne accounts to ORCID. We strongly believe that the increased use and integration of ORCID iDs will be beneficial for the whole research community.

Please find more information about ORCID and BMJ’s policy on our Author Hub.

Patient and public involvement

BMJ encourages active patient and public involvement in clinical research as part of its patient and public partnership strategy. To support co-production of research we request that authors provide a Patient and Public Involvement statement in the methods section of their papers, under the subheading ‘Patient and public involvement’.

We appreciate that patient and public involvement is relatively new and may not be feasible or appropriate for all papers. However, the papers where it must be included are research papers. We therefore continue to consider papers where patients were not involved.

The Patient and Public Involvement statement should provide a brief response to the following questions, tailored as appropriate for the study design reported (please find example statements here):

  • At what stage in the research process were patients/the public first involved in the research and how?
  • How were the research question(s) and outcome measures developed and informed by their priorities, experience, and preferences?
  • How were patients/the public involved in the design of this study?
  • How were they involved in the recruitment to and conduct of the study?
  • Were they asked to assess the burden of the intervention and time required to participate in the research?
  • How were (or will) they be involved in your plans to disseminate the study results to participants and relevant wider patient communities (e.g. by choosing what information/results to share, when, and in what format)?

If patients were not involved please state this.

In addition to considering the points above we advise authors to look at guidance for best reporting of patient and public involvement as set out in the GRIPP2 reporting checklist.

If the Patient and Public Involvement statement  is missing in the submitted manuscript we will request that authors provide it.


Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process and promoting your paper. You may also wish to use the language editing and translation services provided by BMJ Author Services.

Original research

Original research should include the following:

  • Title – include the research question and the study design
  • Structured Abstract – include the following headings “Objective”, “Methods and Analysis”, “Results” and “Conclusion”
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion

The abstract should be followed by a key messages box which outlines the significance of the study. This should address the following questions:

  • What is already known about this subject?
  • What does this study add?
  • How might this impact on clinical practice or future developments?

A patient and public involvement statement is also required (see above).

When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to choose one subject area that most closely relates to the topic of your article. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to assist in the identification of suitable reviewers.

Abstract Style/Limit: Structured; 275 words
Word Limit: 4,000
Figure/Table Limit: 5
Reference Limit: 100

Review

Both narrative and systematic reviews are considered for publication.

The abstract should be followed by a key messages box which outlines the significance of the study. This should address the following questions:

  • What is already known about this subject?
  • What does this study add?
  • How might this impact on clinical practice or future developments?

When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to choose one subject area that most closely relates to the topic of your article. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to assist in the identification of suitable reviewers.

Abstract Style/Limit: Unstructured; 275 words
Word Limit: 4,000
Figure/Table Limit: 5
References: 100

Short report

These should present shorter reports of original research or implementation efforts, similar to research letters in major general medical journals. They should follow the same structure as original articles.

When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to choose one subject area that most closely relates to the topic of your article. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to assist in the identification of suitable reviewers.

The abstract should be followed by a key messages box which outlines the significance of the study. This should address the following questions:

  • What is already known about this subject?
  • What does this study add?
  • How might this impact on clinical practice or future developments?

A patient and public involvement statement is also required (see above).

When submitting your manuscript you will be asked to choose one subject area that most closely relates to the topic of your article. You will also be asked to select specific keywords to assist in the identification of suitable reviewers.

Abstract Style/Limit: Structured; 275 words
Word Limit: 750 (or up to 1,000 if no figures/tables)
Figure/Table Limit: 2
References: 100

Viewpoint

Unsolicited viewpoint articles on interesting topics within the scope of the journal are considered for publication. These differ from editorials in that they provide authors with an opportunity to express their own personal views and opinions on a specific topic or theme, which may be controversial.

Abstract Style/Limit: none
Word Limit: 2,000
Figure/Table Limit: 2
Reference Limit: 20

Editorial

Occasional editorials will be published, and will usually be commissioned by the Editor.

Abstract Style/Limit: none
Word Limit: 2,000
Figure/Table Limit: 1
Reference Limit: 20

Responses

Letters in response to articles published in Integrated Healthcare Journal are welcomed and should be submitted via the specific article’s webpage. Click on the tab marked ‘Responses’ and complete the online form.

Responses will be reviewed by the editor and shown to the authors of the original article, when appropriate.


Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate