Information for Authors & Editorial Policies

  • Editorial Focus
  • Editorial Categories
  • Publishing Schedule
  • Peer Review Turn-around
  • Production Time
  • 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

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) amplifies distributed ledger technology research and innovations in the healthcare sector. BHTY is the preeminent open-access international peer-review journal for strategic thought leaders, researcher, practitioners, and community stakeholders engaged in discovering and implementing solutions for the future of health and care around the globe. The online only journal is published on a continuous basis in order to accelerate sharing of rigorously vetted theoretical and experiential knowledge required for a growth sector.  Authors are invited to submit original manuscripts, use cases, unpublished research, and defensible opinions on a broad spectrum of topics ranging from theory to science, technologies and methodologies, pilots and scalable deployments, operations and economics, user experience, Return-on-Adoption, legal and regulatory, transformation and disruption, and ecosystem and societal issues relevant to blockchain and converging technologies in healthcare. A world-class peer-review board endeavors to offer rapid, peer-review (14 days), and includes constructive commentary to strengthen work.

Editorial Focus:

  • USE CASES:  contact tracing,  supply chains and management, distributed data storage, security and privacy, cybersecurity, enterprise grade, 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  homes and health environments
  • LEGAL, REGULATORY, GOVERNANCE and ETHICS: health ploicy, 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 addiion, 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 approximately1000 words.

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 Submission Categories

Authors around the globe are invited to submit original papers (meaning have not been previously published or have not appeared in print or online prior to submission to BHTY), under the categories below.  There are no word counts or limitations. BHTY wants you to contribute and share your research, innovation, and voice, in as many words as you need to communicate effectively.

  1. Proof of Concept
  2. Use Cases, Pilots
  3. Technical Briefs
  4. Methodologies/API
  5. Production, Deployment
  6. Original Clinical Research
  7. Original Market Research
  8. Narrative/Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  9. Opinions, Perspectives, and Commentary on a current trend or issue impacting the sector
  10. Training and Tool Kits

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.

All BHTY articles and content are at no cost to readers. It is a gold open access online peer reveiw journal. 

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.

Article Production Time

If your paper is accepted, it typically takes up to two weeks to approve and finalize galley proofs, stylistic changes, and minor edits before uploading the article site for live publication.

BHTY Audience

BHTY's audience includes blockchain executives, researchers, and innovators in healthcare and academia including experts and leadership at hospitals, payer organizations, informatics, biopharma, public health, population health, government, healthcare insurance, CROs, not for profit organizations, consultants, financial advisors across the globe, and all those with an interest in the latest knowledge on blockchain technology, implementation, and advances on the horizon in healthcare and life sciences – interested in transforming and dramatically increasing the quality of healthcare and access around the globe.

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 ScenceOpen, 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, hosting, copy editing, production, proofs, archiving on dedicated servers, time stamping article provanance on the distributed ledger, and providing custom dashboards to authors.  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 aplies to original research published in BHTY.

Waiver policy

BHTY has a waiver policy for authors who cannot pay. We want to encourage open exchange in an evolving market and 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.