Information for Authors & Editorial Policies

 

  • Editorial Focus
  • Submission Categories
  • Time-stamped Research Articles
  • Publishing Schedule
  • Audience
  • Authorship and Related Information
  • Criterion for Publication
  • Language Editing
  • Fees and Publishing Model
  • Waiver Policy
  • Refund Policy
  • Copyright
  • Competing Interests
  • Open Access Policy
  • Embargo Policy
  • Diversity Commitment
  • Journal Pillars

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) is the world’s first peer reviewed journal that amplifies and disseminates distributed ledger technology research and innovations in the healthcare, information systems, clinical computing and network technologies and biomedical sciences sector. The preeminent gold open access journal facilitates reporting, discussion and consensus building across a global multi-disciplinary ecosystem. The journal is published on a continuous basis to accelerate sharing rigorously vetted theoretical and experiential knowledge required for a growth sector. 

Editorial Focus:

  • USE CASES:  contact tracing,  supply chains and management, distributed data storage, security and privacy, cybersecurity, discovery frameworks, roadmaps, key learnings from successful and unsuccessful experiences
  • SPECIAL REPORTS: public health impact, pandemic core challenges and opportunities with DLT, consensus statements, guidelines and recommendations from a task force or work group, technology adoption and market trends, regulatory healthcare compliance and the impact of relaxed policies. These manuscripts are neither reviews nor original reports of primary research. 
  • MODELS for TRUST: zero knowledge proofs and data privacy, secure multiparty computation and privacy preserving technology, consensus algorithms and data provenance, transactional data sharing and integrity
  • NEW BUSINESS MODELS: value based health economics, incentive models, cashless economy, internet of value, ecosystem structure and dynamics, scalability, sustainability, and disintermediation
  • HIT: electronic health records, interoperability, medical devices, clinical trials, provenance,  Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, sensors, smart  health environments
  • LEGAL, REGULATORY, GOVERNANCE and ETHICS: health policy, regulation, governance, consumer protection, ethical considerations for new technology, health insurance, fraud, liability, indemnification
  • NEGATIVE RESEARCH RESULTS & FAILED MARKET INITIATIVES: theoretical or experimental negative result(s) that do not support a hypothesis. Note: the study will exhibit rigorous conduct. 
  • EDUCATION: technology fundamentals, innovation management, managing digital transformation, workforce transformation

In addition, BHTY publishes a BLOG, where authors can share experiences and reflections including commentary, discussion and debate on any aspect of healthcare, policy, and technology around the globe. The submission should be approximately 1000 words and referenced in the Vancouver style.

BHTY Submission Categories

BHTY accepts original research that has not appeared in the public domain (meaning has not been previously published in print or online). BHTY will accept manuscripts from pre-print servers. 

Manuscripts of interest will present original research (see descriptions below) or establish advances or failures/negative research utilizing evidence-based outcomes in the following categories:

  • Original Research
  • Proof of Concept/Pilots/Methodologies
  • Use Case
  • Narrative/Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Technical Briefs & Reports
  • Opinion/Perspective/Point of View
  • Letter to the Editor

Original Research: detailed studies reporting original research in which blockchain technology has played a significant role will be considered for peer review. This may include hypothesis, background study, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications. Randomized, controlled experiments, case studies, pilot studies, and meta-analysis are examples of original research that BHTY accepts for publication. Where possible, BHTY encourages authors include information related to economic market implications. Unless specified, there are no word counts or limitations. 

An example published in BHTY is:

  • DSCSA Solution Through Blockchain Technology: Drug Tracking, Tracing, and Verification at the Last Mile of the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain, DOI: https://doi.org/10.30953/bhty.v1.34

Proof of Concept/Pilots/Methodologies: demonstrate feasibility to verify real world application, potential value and learnings. Examples such as interoperability, system integration, API, production and deployment may be topics. If possible, BHTY asks author(s) to include examination of the economic impact the method, product or service may have on the marketplace.

Examples published in BHTY:

Use Case: this is a description of the way in which an end-user will engage with a system and describes what that system does and defines the features to be implemented and potentially, the resolution of any errors that may be encountered. Use cases are particularly valuable to the market to help explain system behaviors and process and may also provide a benchmark reporting experiential cost and complexities and can include devices or business processes.

Examples published in BHTY:

Review Article: these articles provide an overview of existing literature, with emphasis on blockchain technology, often-identifying specific problems or issues and analyzing information from available published work on the topic with a balanced perspective. Review articles can be of three types: literature reviews, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses. Note: meta-analyses should be submitted as original research. In addition, authors are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Collection Development Guidelines. Manuscripts should be well referenced.

 Examples published in BHTY :

Clinical Case Studies: these submissions may report on clinical trials and results of controlled studies in which blockchain technology played a significant role. This can include clinical trial management processes, protocol development and approval, error reporting, quality assurance procedures, safety, privacy issues, consent, supply chain management, drug and device deployments and cost of experiments.

Technical Briefs and Reports: technical briefs may capture design, challenges, new technologies and applications, standards, performance analysis and optimization to communicate information obtained through a process of technical or experimental work. Actual implementation experience should be included where possible along with reports of metrics to measure components is highly recommended. Technical Briefs are limited to 1500 words. Reports have no word limit.

Special Reports: encompass manuscripts that are neither reviews nor original reports of primary research. These Special Reports may include consensus statements, guidelines, statements from a reputable task force or work group, or recommendations. Submissions must be original, based upon a high level of evidence, have contemporaneous relevance to blockchain implementation, and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions from groups must explicitly state all contributing members in developing the work including affiliations. Special Reports should not exceed 15,000 words of body text and 250 words for the abstract. A limit of 100 references is recommended. Submitting supplemental files, and use of tables and figures to summarize critical points is strongly encouraged.

Opinion/Perspective/Point of View: these are scholarly reviews of fundamental concepts or prevalent ideas in a field of blockchain technology. A perspective piece can be a review of a single concept or a few related concepts. These articles may represent an expert opinion or considered point of view, alerts of potential problems, observations, comments, controversies and opinions. It can contain a single concept or several related concepts.

Examples published in BHTY are:

 Time Stamped Ledger of Record for Researchers 

BHTY is pleased to offer the first life science research portal for authors and global communities. The portal registers each original research article’s provenance on the blockchain for every author to create a permanent and immutable public record of their work on the blockchain for the scientific community.
 
The BHTY+ARTiFACTS portal provides custom dashboards so authors and research teams can:

  1. Transact smart contracts on the blockchain to secure the provenance of their research files and receive citations in real time
  2. Control access to their research materials
  3. Synchronize with their ORCID ID’s and works and many other capabilities and features

In addition, authors can include relevant software code and data in the peer review workflow by uploading it to BHTY’s Code Ocean computational reproducibility workflow. 

BHTY is the first academic journal to introduce Article Proof of Origin (APOO), now located on BHTY article landing pages, beginning with 2021 content. APOO formats are located on article landing pages.

Publishing Schedule

BHTY is published on a continuous basis to reflect a dynamic marketplace. Continuous publishing means articles are published as they are accepted, or, on a rolling basis, to ensure accurate reflection of developments, trends, and the most current knowledge available, while providing a forum for developing shared work and consensus.

  • In 2020, BHTY manuscript Acceptance Rate was 42%.
  • The number of Days to Accept a final manuscript in 2020 was 43.

Peer Review turn-around

A world-class peer-review board endeavors to offer rapid, peer-review (14 days), for each review round and includes constructive commentary to strengthen work. Note: Authors are given up to three weeks to make changes/revisions to a paper once peer reviewed. Authors are required to send a letter explaining why revisions may take longer to resubmit, to the managing editor.

Proofs and reprints

Corresponding authors of accepted submissions are sent galley proofs with final production queries for stylistic changes and minor edits. Corrections should be relayed to the Managing Editor as soon as possible to facilitate publication. ORCID IDs will be added at this stage if not provided at submission. The corresponding author will receive an invoice for the APC during this time. Manuscripts are published upon receipt of payment. The production phase typically takes up to two weeks to resolve queries and we ask authors to facilitate turn-around.

Reprints and e-Prints may be ordered once published with a request send to the publisher at t.cenaj@partnersindigitalhealth.com.

BHTY Audience

Thousands of readers from over 118+ countries visit BHTY’s website.

Nearly 300,000 total reader engagements have been logged since launch in March 2018 .

BHTY's audience includes leadership from research, payer organizations, business, universities, consultants, entrepreneurs/startups, biopharma/device/pharmacy, government, policy, NGO, engineers, health information technologists, cybersecurity, auditors, computational engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, healthcare network users, public health, hospitals and innovation labs across the globe and invites all those with an interest in the latest knowledge on blockchain technology and DLT to its community..

Authorship and related information

Manuscripts are exclusively submitted to BHTY, with the understanding they have not been published elsewhere, in any form, and will not be submitted elsewhere, unless declined by BHTY.

If a manuscripts was submitted to another journal and declined, the author should disclose why and what attempts have been made to revise the manuscript for resubmission. Authors are responsible for all statements made in the article and references cited.

BHTY follows the ICMJE recommendations for scholarly work in medical journals, as it aspires to adhere to the highest standards of scholarly publication practices. Details may be obtained here. BHTY requires these guidelines and recommendations are met for authors submitting papers to BHTY for review and publication.

Below you will find the "Role of Authors and Contributors" as outlined by ICMJE. Should you wish for a more detailed explanation, please click here. All authors must meet all four criteria below.

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributors who do not meet the criteria above can be listed in the Acknowledgments section of your manuscript. See the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines for "Non-Author Contributors" here." Obtaining funding, collecting of data, or overall supervision of a research group does not qualify authorship.

Criteria for Publication

Your manuscript submission should represent the following:

  1. Originality and practicality in the global advancement of blockchain and intersecting technologies in healthcare
  2. Importance to research, practice, or changes in the field
  3. Relevance to the BHTYaudience and those with an interest in blockchain technology and innovations in healthcare
  4. Rigorous methodology, with conclusions justified by the evidence presented
  5. Adherence to the highest ethical standards

Language Editing (https://pdh.editage.com/)

All manuscripts must be submitted in English and meet the high-quality standards set by the journal. Writing should be clear and concise with the correct use of grammar and spelling. If you are unsure whether your manuscript meets BHTY’s requirements, we recommend asking a native English-speaking colleague to review it prior to submission. There are also agencies that can help; for example, we partner with Editage to offer a Language Editing Service. This includes a Premium Editing Service which ensures your manuscript meets BHTY’s formatting requirements and supports you in the preparation of your cover letter.

Indexing

BHTY is indexed in ScienceOpen, Index Copernicus, Unpaywall, NEBIS, Google Scholar and the Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester.

Fees and Publishing Model

BHTY’s Article Processing Charge (APC) is $850.00 USD, for original research articles, and $1050.00 USD for Special Reports, which are typically lengthier. The APC for students currently enrolled at an academic institution is $450.00 USD. Students, remember to inlcude the APC in your grant submissions.

BHTY is pleased to offer authors the option of paying their APC with digital currency (Bitcoin). Contact the publisher for more information if you would like to use this payment method at t.cenaj@partnersindigitalhealth.com

The BHTY revenue model consists primarily of commercial support and related initiatives conducted under the auspices of the journal, conferences, and innovation competition.

What does the article-processing charge (APC) cover?
Costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, including software, platform hosting, copyediting, production, proofs, graphics, archiving on dedicated servers, time stamping article provenance on the distributed ledger and providing custom dashboards to authors, membership to appropriate scholarly publishing organizations such as STM, COPE, Altmetric, ScienceOpen and many others, management of database and lists, social media dissemination and writing, market research and journal amplification, coding for journal plugins and new features, and compensation for work performed and commissioned (this does not include peer review or board members).

We ask authors to pay an APC if their original research article is accepted for publication. Once published, authors can immediately post their article on non-commercial web sites, institutional repositories, or other free public servers. The APC only applies to original research published in BHTY.

Waiver policy

BHTY has a waiver policy for authors from lower-middle income countries as per the World Bank (click here for details). We give fair consideration to all submissions, and believe this should not be linked to the ability to pay.

Where limited funding is available to authors, BHTY can provide a complete or partial waiver to authors on request, AFTER, an article is accepted. We review papers based strictly on MERIT. The quality and contribution it makes to the sector supersedes the APC. We believe this is paramount for fair and open exchange. 

Refund policy

There are no refunds for Open Access articles once published.

There is no APC for published BLOGS.

Copyright

Authors contributing to BHTY agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License that allows reuse, subject only to the use being non-commercial, and to the article being fully attributed. Authors hold and retain copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY). BHTY makes all open access articles freely available from the date of publication.

Competing interests

BHTY editors are not paid a fixed salary. Editors, editorial board members, and peer reviewers are required to declare all relevant financial and competing interests which are published here. Reviewers do not participate in the submission process should they have a competing interest.

Likewise, authors are required to disclose financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. All submitted manuscripts include a ‘Conflict of Interests’ section listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). 

Open access policy

BHTY publishes articles under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which  provides authors non-commercial reuse, and full attribution from the date of publication. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0. Journalists, PIOs and bloggers must credit BHTY as Source when quoting articles, and provide a link to the journal and/or the original article with the DOI number cited.

Embargo Policy 

The content of accepted articles cannot appear in print, on media outlets, or electronic form (including blogs and discussion groups), prior to publication on the BHTY website. Abstracts of work may be presented at scientific conferences.

Diversity Commitment

Partners in Digital Health (PDH) is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion and egalitarianism across scientific and academic communication and in publishing practices.

This belief is reflected in our internal journal practices, editorial and peer review boards, in published content, journal and community outreach and ambassador chapters to demonstrate the portfolio’s integrity, trust and values to communities far and wide in tearing down any barriers and borders relating to knowledge, economics, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, geography and political views. The founder and publisher has stated repeatedly since the journal’s inception, “All are welcome to the table.” The journal maintains an objective, unbiased and fair balanced posture at all times. 

Priorities and actions include:

  • Manuscript submission and Authorship 
  • Peer reviewers
  • Editorial and Advisory Board Members
  • ConV2X Conference and Pitch Competition
  • Fees and business model

We encourage all global citizens from all countries to learn, share and participate as equals. 

We continuously address equity and inclusion in our portfolio in these areas and others as needed, to ensure our ongoing commitment to global equality, diversity and inclusion.

Journal Pillars