Authors

General Information for Authors

  • Editorial emphasis
  • Audience
  • Publishing model
  • Article types
  • Authorship and related information
  • Criterion for publication
  • Article Processing Charge
  • Waiver policy
  • Refund policy
  • Competing interests
  • Open access
  • Embargo policy

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY), is an open access online, peer review journal where thought leaders and innovators converge to find solutions in a new health technology sector. BHTY provides objective evaluation of methodologies, pilots, scalable blockchain deployments, and cost efficiencies that advance value based care, exclusively, in the healthcare sector. BHTY offers rapid, peer-review (5-7 days) publication of research, commentary, and proof of concept for blockchain technology that advance value-based healthcare across the care continuum.

Emphasis focuses on local and global innovations that foster ecosystem efficiencies which include:

Public Health |  Identity Management  |  Data aggregation |  Data Linkage and Interoperability  |  Payment Models, Scalability and Adoption  |  Clinical Study Protocols  |  Health Insurance, Smart Contracts and Claims Processing  |  Liability and Indemnification  |  Risks of Blockchain Use in Healthcare  |  Machine Learning  |  Artificial Intelligence | EMR and PHR | HIE |  HL7  |  Precision Medicine  |  Drug Supply Chain Management  |  Clinical Trials Management

Manuscripts of interest will present or establish advances utilizing evidence-based outcomes in the following categories:  

  • Proof of Concept
  • Use Cases/Pilots/Methodologies
  • Production/Deployment
  • Narrative/Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  • API
  • Healthcare Research
  • Opinion/Perspective/Point of View

Audience

Blockchain in Healthcare Today™‘s audience will include 9,000 healthcare executives, CIOs, and researchers in hospitals, healthcare payers and providers, ACOs, informatics, academia, population health, government, CROs, biopharma, not-for-profit organizations, and other innovators. Blockchain in Healthcare Today™ provides the latest knowledge on blockchain technology and implementation challenges and benefits – with the ultimate objective of transforming and dramatically increasing the quality of healthcare.

Publishing model

BHTY publishes articles on a continuous basis to keep up with an ever evolving and dynamic marketplace. Continuous publishing means all BHTY articles will be available faster online as they become ready to publish, without linking them to a specific issue. This way, we can ensure an accurate reflection of developments, trends and open source information relevant to the trusted exchange of peer reviewed knowledge, while providing a forum for developing shared work and consensus. As an open access journal, all research articles are freely available immediately on publication - and citation retroactively once indexed.

Once BHTY has attained index status, each online article will have a unique identifier. This identifier (elocator) should be used when citing any BHTY article. The citation should appear on all articles, in PubMed, and other indexes in the near future.

BHTY asks authors to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $850.00 US on acceptance of their original research article. Article Processing Charges (APC) cover the expenses incurred by publication, including the peer review process, journal production and publication, hosting software and archiving fees. There is no fee for Feature articles or Opinion pieces submitted.

BHTY has a waiver policy (see “Waiver Policy” under “Journal Policies”), 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.

Open access enables the free publication to everyone of research, sharing of information, and reuse with minimal restrictions. Open access articles can be identified by the Creative Commons copyright statement that appears at the end of articles published.

BHTY revenue model consists primarily of commercial support and related initiatives conducted under the auspices of the journal, such as conferences, summits, and roundtables.

ARTICLE TYPES

Please note, there are no word counts or limitations. BHTY wants you to contribute and share in as many words as you need.

Original research: These are detailed studies reporting original research in which blockchain technology has played a significant role. They include hypothesis, background study, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications. Randomized, controlled trials, case series, cohort studies, pilot studies, and meta-analysis are also examples of original research that BHTY accepts for this category. As applicable, financial, and quality of care implications should also be explored.

Proof of Concept: Demonstrate feasibility to verify real world application, potential value and learnings. Examples such as interoperability, system integration and deployment may be topics. Use cases may also be submitted under this category. If possible, BHTY asks the author(s) to include examination of the financial impact the product or service may have on the marketplace.

Review article: Review articles give 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. The goal of this article type is to identify specific problems or issues and analyze information from available published work on the topic with a balanced perspective. Note: meta-analyses should be submitted as original research.

Clinical case study: Clinical case studies present the details of real patient cases from medical or clinical practice in which blockchain technology played a significant role. The cases presented are usually those that contribute significantly to the existing knowledge on the field. The study is expected to discuss signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of a disease.

Clinical trial: Clinical trials describe the methodology, implementation, and results of controlled studies in which blockchain technology played a significant role. Please see “Format” and “Manuscript” sections below under “Journal Information.”

Technological Report: These reports focus on blockchain technology in healthcare. Priority is given to papers on the technical underpinnings of an initiative presented in a manner that informs influencers in making decisions in this space. For example, relevant pragmatic work on change management, human factors, and design thinking that accompany innovation should include actual implementation experience whenever available. Reports of metrics to measure these components is highly recommended. 

Perspective, opinion, and interview: 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.

Book review: The aim of a book review is to provide insight and opinion on recently published scholarly books on blockchain technology or related topic.

Authorship and related information

Please see "Defining the Role of Authors and Contributors," on the ICMJE site here for details and further information to that listed below and taken from ICMJE.

Manuscripts should only be submitted for consideration once authorization of all contributing authors is gathered. The list of authors will include those who can legitimately claim authorship. This includes all those who:

  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.

Authors will meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author will have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information.

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has published the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” (ICMJE Recommendations, formerly “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts”). Details can be found here.

CRITERIA FOR PUBLICATION

BHTY applies rigorous editorial and peer review overseen by a team of independent expert professional editors in the field.

Within the scope of the journal, as noted above, manuscripts should represent:

  • Originality and practicality in advancing blockchain in the value based care environment
  • Importance to research, practice, or change in the field
  • Interest and relevance for those outside the audience
  • Rigorous methodology, with conclusions justified by the evidence presented
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards

Article Processing Fee: $850.00 US.

Open access (OA) journals provide unrestricted, immediate online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research.

What does the article-processing charge (APC) cover?
Costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, including software, hosting, peer review,  copy editing, archiving on dedicated servers etc. As a result, we ask authors to pay an APC for their article to be published open access. By paying the APC, authors can post the final, published PDF of their article on a non-commercial web site, institutional repository or other non-commercial free public server, immediately on publication.

Why do authors pay article-processing charges (APC)?
BHTY
is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. To provide open access, the journal charges publication fees for each article published. These fees cover the expenses incurred for publication, including software, the peer review process, journal production, publication, hosting, and archiving fees.

Waiver policy

We understand that some authors do not have access to funding to cover publication costs.  BHTY will accept partial payments where limited funds are available. We will offer waivers to authors in exceptional circumstances, on request. No payment information is requested before an article is accepted. The ability to pay does not affect editorial decisions.

There is no charge for students currently enrolled at an academic institution.

Requests for waivers and discounts will be considered using the following criteria:

  • Was there external funding for the research for any of the authors
  • Can author(s) contribute from their personal accounts

Please note, Article Processing Charges (APCs) may be covered by research grants. If your institution has Open Access Funds available, your institution may cover your APCs or reimburse you after you have paid.

Refund policy

There are no refunds for original research articles once published.

Competing interests

The BHTY editors are not paid a fixed salary. Editors, editorial board members, and peer reviewers are required to declare all relevant competing interests and do not participate in the review of any submission for which they have a competing interest.

BHTY requires all peer reviewers to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest (i.e., any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods, stocks, coin, ICO interests, or service consumed by, or used on, patients). Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

 We ask BHTY peer reviewers if the BHTY article submission over which he/she have control contain information about healthcare products or services related to an activity in which he/she will participate and if he/she (or spouse/partner) has had a personal financial relationship in the last 12 months with a commercial interest that produces, markets, re-sells, or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on patients that will be discussed in the article submission. If yes, we ask him/her to disclose the commercial interest and nature of the relationship. The document requires signature and is maintained on file at BHTY, and published. Although conflicts of interest are inevitable, we endeavor to avoid them and assign alternate reviewers as needed.

Open access

BHTY publishes these articles under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license that allows reuse subject only to the use being non-commercial and to the article being fully attributed (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0). BHTY makes all open access articles freely available on BHTY website from the date of publication.

BHTY research articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This requires journalists, PIOs and bloggers to credit BHTY as the source and provide a link to the journal and/or the original article in online coverage.

Open access articles can be identified by the Creative Commons copyright statement that appears at the end of the article and takes the following form:

“This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, adapt, enhance this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0.”
or
“This is an open access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, adapt and enhance this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0.”

BHTY will also send these articles, without further intervention from the author, to PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine’s full text article archive, where they will be made fully available in future in PubMed’s open access subset.

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.

ADDITIONAL CONTENT FOR AUTHORS

1. Submission Information

2. Journal Information, Peer Review and Editorial Process

3. Multimedia, Figures, and Tables