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 About Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY)

What is Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY)?

Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) is the world’s first peer reviewed open access journal that amplifies and disseminates distributed ledger technology research and innovations in the healthcare information systems, clinical computing, network technologies and biomedical sciences. Fields of interest include utility for data integrity, privacy preservation, health information systems interoperability, permissioned security for health data, clinical support and clinical trials management, supply chain management, revenue cycle automation, cost, impact, and the integration of AI, machine learning, and quantum computing in this emerging field of research.

The preeminent international journal is published on a continuous basis to accelerate sharing rigorously vetted theoretical and experiential knowledge required for a global multi-disciplinary ecosystem. A world-class peer review board endeavors to includes constructive commentary to strengthen work.

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What makes BHTY the best resource?

Unlike any other journal in the market today, Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) continuously pushes the boundaries of technology innovation in scholarly publication and ecosystem practices. BHTY endeavors to utilize blockchain technology innovations for authors, peer reviewers & its global audience. The open access BHTY provides more legitimacy and artifacts for researchers and authors where original research is globally disseminated for an emerging market.

Journal statistics:

Readers from 118+ countries visit BHTY
Nearly 330,000 total reader engagements have been logged since launch, March 2018
400+ article citations - and continuously increasing
 Average annual reader engagements 33,909
 Compared to other publications in the same field, BHTY generates 5 – 44x MORE citations than average in the field according to Dimensions Analytics
 2021 BHTY manuscript Acceptance Rate: 46%
 2021 Days to Accept a final manuscript: 52

 Recognized by COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics

A First-In-Category international peer-review open-access online academic journal, BHTY:

    • Is dedicated to blockchain and converging technologies in healthcare around the world.
    • Is published on a continuous basis to accelerate sharing of theoretical and experiential knowledge and related data and software required for a growth sector.
    • Embraces articles that may not be traditionally valued, such as preliminary discovery, and key learnings from unsuccessful experiences.
    • Broadens the scope of scholarly publications’ references to discoverable, reproducible, and annotatable software code required to accelerate technology adoption with credibility and trust via its companion Code Ocean computational reproducibility platform and ARTiFACTS.
    • Is led by an internationally renowned editorial team that applies innovative means and tools to rigorously vet and objectively evaluate content in order to demonstrate credible progress that multidisciplinary stakeholders require.

Learn more about the editorial team here , or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/about/editorialTeam

Learn more about BHTY’s compliance with editorial guidelines and practices here, or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/authors

Is BHTY indexed?

BHTY is indexed in 12 databases including:

  • SCOPUS (accepted January 2022)
  • Engineering Village
  • ScienceOpen
  • Index Copernicus
  • Unpaywall
  • NEBIS
  • Google Scholar
  • Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER)
  • ProQuest Health & Medical Complete
  • ProQuest Public Health
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Program
  • Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester

Launched in March 2018, BHTY does not have an impact factor yet. Be assured, BHTY is working hard to meet this industry preference, however, trends indicate the JIF may not be the leading indicator for journal selection and articles will and are being amplified on their own merits. This is why BHTY is highly active across social media and provides authors with engagement measurements other that the JIF. We believe authors seek fair and bibliodiverse environments where their work is disseminated and amplified across relevant scientific, public and not-for-profit ecosystems and audiences around the globe.

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What is BHTY’s Impact Factor?

Be assured, BHTY is working hard to meet this industry preference, however, trends indicate the JIF may not be the leading indicator for journal selection and articles will and are being amplified on their own merits.

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Memberships and Affiliations

Is BHTY an academic journal?

BHTY is a peer-reviewed gold open access international journal that endeavors to meet the highest standards of academic rigor adhering to ICMJE, COPE, and WAME guidelines, publishing bibliodiverse original theoretical and experiential knowledge in the pursuit of trust through transparency and truth in scientific dissemination.

A First-in-Category, BHTY is intended for researchers, experts and readers seeking to accelerate pragmatic innovation, technology, education and adoption around the world.

The publisher's vision of building trust through truth is intended to catalyze and align a global ecosystem of stakeholders that champion the acceleration of healthcare transformation to share knowledge, build consensus and transform healthcare.

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Is BHTY a Pay-to-Play journal?

No. BHTY’s internationally renowned editorial team determines what will be accepted for publication following rigorous vetting and objective evaluation of whether content will augment the body of knowledge required for the field's  growth.

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Does BHTY accept white papers and press releases?

No. BHTY does not accept white papers, press releases, or any other content that was previously made public.

BHTY accepts original research manuscripts, technical briefs and substantiated opinions to educate and accelerate healthcare transformation.

Learn more about BHTY’s submission policies and procedures here or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/authors

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How often is BHTY published?

BHTY operates on a continuous basis. That means there is no-deadline for submissions. Manuscripts are submitted and published on a rolling basis as they are accepted.

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How can I subscribe to BHTY’s updates?

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Who may be interested in what is published in BHTY?

What is Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY)?

BHTY is an evidence based gold open access journal where global community stakeholders engaged in blockchain technology and DLT research and innovations in healthcare share research and perspectives to enhance the understanding and utilization of the technology in healthcare. Fields of interest include utility for data integrity, privacy preservation, health information systems interoperability, permissioned security for health data, clinical support and clinical trials management, supply chain management, revenue cycle automation, cost and impact, and the integration of AI and machine learning tools.

Submit a manuscript here or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/about/submissions

What is the readership of BHTY?

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

Over 326,000 total reader engagements since launch in March 2018 have been logged.

Article citations are 400+ and continuously grow.

Social media conversations, and download statistics are located on the article landing page. Simply click on the article title on the BHTY homepage or archived issues. The article page typically features the article abstract. The article's download history is located in a graph, beneath the abstract.

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Who may be interested to publish in BHTY?

Who can publish in BHTY?

As a bibliodiverse publication, all are welcome to submit a substantiated manuscript or perspective which includes, but is not limited to academicians, non-academic practitioners, innovators, subject matter experts, students, etc. from around the world.

BHTY invites prospective authors to submit original research manuscripts, use cases, and substantiated opinions on a broad spectrum of topics. Fields of interest include utility for data integrity, privacy preservation, health information systems interoperability, permissioned security for health data, clinical support and clinical trials management, supply chain management, revenue cycle automation, cost and impact, and the integration of AI and machine learning tools.

Submissions may reflect real world impact, policy, health and social sciences, mathematical and engineering theory and methodologies, economics, legal and regulatory transformation and more.

BHTY’s internationally renowned Editorial Team and Editors-in-Chief determine what is published following rigorous vetting and objective, unbiased evaluation of submissions.

Note: Editorial Board Members are excluded from the peer review process if a competing interest exists. Where an Editorial Board Member is author they must declare this in the competing interests section on the submitted manuscript. 

Who is already published in BHTY?

To date, manuscripts from over 250 authors spanning four continents including North America, Europe, India and Asia have been published.

Author affiliations include:

UNIVERSITIES: Harvard, Johns Hopkins University, McGill University, UC San Diego School of Medicine, Lipscomb University, Edinburgh Napier University, Technical University of Denmark, Kennesaw State University and others.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: ATA, IEEE-SA, HIMSS

MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS: Intel, IBM Research. Amgen, Microsoft, Consysnsys Health, Boehringer Ingelheim and many others

HEALTHCARE PAYERS: Aetna, Independence Blue Cross

HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGES (HIEs): HealtHIE Nevada

CONSULTING FIRMS: Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, bPrescient, Inc, EY

SMBs: R&D Ribitzky, bPrescient, Inc, Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology, PioneerRx, OPPM

STARTUPS: Patientory, LedgerDomain, Izzy Care LLC and others 

Author professional titles include:

ACADEMIC TITLES: Professor, Dean, Associate Professor, Research Fellow, Director of Graduate Studies, Curriculum Developer

CLINICAL TITLES: Physician, Pharmacist

CORPORATE TITLES: Founder, CEO, Executive Director, Managing Director, Director, Founding Partner, Strategic Advisor

TECHNOLOGY TITLES: CIO, Clinical Data Architect, Director

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What topics are covered in BHTY?

What topics may be considered for publication by BHTY?

BHTY amplifies and disseminates distributed ledger technology research and innovations in the healthcare information systems, clinical computing, network technologies and biomedical sciences. Fields of interest include utility for data integrity, privacy preservation, health information systems interoperability, permissioned security for health data, clinical support and clinical trials management, supply chain management, revenue cycle automation, cost and impact, and the integration of AI and machine learning tools in this emerging field of research.

Original manuscripts and substantiated opinions on a broad spectrum of topics may be submitted that reflect real world impact, outcomes and scaled initiatives, policy, health and social sciences, mathematical and engineering theory and methodologies, economics, and legal and regulatory transformation in healthcare. 

In addition, BHTY will consider and encourages submissions that present:

  • 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. 

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.

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

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About BHTY Peer Review

Who are BHTY’s Peer Reviewers?

The Editors-in-Chief of Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) are Bill Buchanan, OBE, Professor, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University; Fellow of the BCS, and Dr.  John Halamka, MD, MS, President, Mayo Clinic Platform.

All editorial board members and peer reviewers may be called upon to peer review manuscript submissions.

BHTY’s international peer reviewers includes the following nations:

Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, UAE, UK, Uganda and USA

Learn more about the current roster of peer reviewers and their financial/conflict of interest disclosures here , or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/about/editorialTeam

BHTY continuously seeks experts of the highest caliber and passion in the field for purposes of expansion, inclusion and diversify.

To become a BHTY peer reviewer, please send a note with your CV to the editor at info@partnersindigitalhealth.com

Who can become a Peer Reviewer at BHTY?

BHTY’s peer reviewers seek experts of the highest caliber and passion in the field and prefer candidates that possess knowledge of academic journal workflow and familiarity with the peer review process.

BHTY’s peer reviewer evaluation process includes review of the candidate’s CV, and interviews with the candidate and/or colleagues and experts in the field.

Learn more about BHTY peer reviewers, and their financial/conflict of interest disclosures here , or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/about/editorialTeam

To become a BHTY peer reviewer, please send an email with your CV to the editors at info@partnersindigitalhealth.com

What if BHTY Peer Reviewers may have a conflict of interest?

The pursuit of trust through transparency and truth is a founding principle and pillar of BHTY. For example, BHTY is the first journal to require all peer reviewers and staff to publish financial disclosure/conflict of interest disclosures. (https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/coi); and to comply with strict impartiality policy and professional conduct.

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What if I want my article published in BHTY?

What are the benefits for authors?

With 400+ citations, and read in over 118+ countries, and over 300,000+ viewer engagements, unlike any other journal in this market today, Blockchain in Healthcare Today (BHTY) continuously pushes the boundaries of technology innovation in scholarly publication and ecosystem practices needed to bring together multidisciplinary stakeholders from the private and public sectors around the world.

A First-In-Category international peer-reviewed gold open-access online academic journal, BHTY provides the following benefits to authors:

IMMEDIATE BROAD EXPOSURE UPON PUBLICATION

  • Worldwide reach to readers in over 118 countries
  • International localized Chapters
  • Altmetric measurement of social media conversations and exchanges
  • Direct mail community outreach to thousands of community members around the world
  • Press release about the article and author/s.
    For an example click here or go to https://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=232988
  • LinkedIn post that the article was published.
    For an example click here or go to https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6480478844154368000
  • Twitter, Facebook and YouTube posting as appropriate that the article was published.
    For an example click here or go to https://twitter.com/BHTYJournal/status/1074765173074866179
  • Re-publication of high interest articles in other journals such as the Mid-East extending reach and awareness for author work beyond BHTY's audience
  • Scite badges are featured on article landing pages to help researchers better discover and evaluate scientific research. Citations provide a context and classification describing whether it provides supporting or disputing evidence for the cited claim and facilitates reproducibility.
  • Optional payment of APC in digital currency is also possible. Authors should contact the publisher at t.cenaj@partnersindigitalhealth.com
  • BHTY now accepts video submissions to compliment an author's written work. Videos can demonstrate simulations, experimental demos, or "interviews" with authors/researchers. Authors should submit a jpeg representing the video and/or transcript of audio. Video format may be MP4. Length: 5-7 minutes maximum.

COMPETITIVE MERIT EXPOSURE

  • High Consequence Article interview with journal editors-in–chief for ground breaking research and discoveries
  • Qualification for the annual "Editors Best Article Award," selected by the editors-in-chief and announced at the annual #ConV2X conference. The award is based on total views, downloads, and citations. Should the work be a ground breaking game changer in health, the editors-in-chief may take that into consideration and weigh determinants accordingly. 

GREAT EASE OF PUBLICATION

  • Superior customer service and communication with authors
  • Accepts submissions on an ongoing, continuous, no-deadline basis
  • Establishes credibility of the scholarly work evaluated by measured by internationally renowned reviewers
  • Broadens the article reach across disciplines in both private and public sectors around the globe
  • Accelerates global R&D collaboration
  • Benefits from the growing ecosystem
    • Enhances author/s trust-based reputation
    • Strengthens the validity of the article
    • Extends the scope of the article’s relevant software code and data to discoverable, reproducible, and annotatable code with Code Ocean
    • Acquires proper credit with Publons’ author-centric one-stop-shop publication aggregation, verification, and management platform
    • Improves user experience tracking the impact of work, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work with Publons’ author-centric one-stop-shop publication aggregation, verification, and management platform
    • Article Proof of Origin (APOO) article format

What is the turnaround time from submission to publication?

BHTY endeavors to adhere to a rapid turnaround:

  • In 2021, BHTY manuscript Acceptance Rate was 46%.
  • The number of Days to Accept a final manuscript in 2021 was 52.

Journals usually ask reviewers to complete their reviews within 3-4 weeks. However, few journals have a mechanism to enforce the deadline, which is why it can be hard to predict how long the peer review process will take. Highly technical papers and papers from niche subject areas can take longer to review.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail.

Authors are given up to three weeks to make changes/revisions to the manuscript once peer reviewed. Should they need more time, authors are required to contact the Managing Editor, via email, with an explanation.

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Submit a manuscript here or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/submissions

What is the manuscript submission / publishing ratio?

  • In 2021, BHTY manuscript Acceptance Rate was 46%
  • In 2020, BHTY manuscript Acceptance Rate was 42%.

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Does BHTY charge authors any fees?

Yes, only if the submission is accepted for publication. BHTY’s Article Processing Charge (APC) for the international specialty journal is $1150.00 USD for original research articles, $1450.00 USD for Special Reports (15,000 words and upwards of 100 references), and $650.00 USD for students currently enrolled at an academic institution. Please plan accordingly. Please see below for details regarding the BHTY waiver policy.

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

There is NO CHARGE for Editorials, Opinions, or BLOG submissions.

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.

Learn more about the APC and BHTY’s Waiver here or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/authors

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What is this Partners in Digital Health ecosystem?

What is the purpose of PDH ecosystem?

BHTY’s publisher, Partners in Digital Health (PDH), has created, and continues to drive an ecosystem that identifies educational and research gaps, while amplifying novel findings to accelerate innovations and adoption of telehealth worldwide.

In addition, PDH continuously pushes the boundaries of technology innovation in scholarly publication and ecosystem practices needed for the future society forging trust, transparency, and truth.

Who are BHTY ecosystem partners?

Telehealth in Medicine Today (TMT), an international peer-reviewed gold open-access journal dedicated to technology innovation for value-based patient-centered care across the care continuum.

Converge2Xcelerate (#ConV2X), an annual conference that has set out to accelerate healthcare’s pragmatic adoption of new technologies by informing, inspiring, and debating the role and value of technology innovation to health systems, healthcare workforce, and patients around the world.

Innovation Ignition competition demonstrating how telehealth and blockchain technology in health products and services can radically change the future of our health system with innovations that revolutionize and rock current perspectives.

Almetric, helps authors extend short & long term reach of research in social media conversations that include an article DOI. Authors have a new tool to measure how research is shared and discussed. Badges on article landing pages make feedback transparent. The Citation Badge includes Google ScholarCrossRef, PubMed Central, and Scopus, and also adopts citations in secondary knowledge sources. 

Code Ocean, creator of a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform enabling researchers, engineers, developers, and scientists to link working code in a computational environment.

Editage, has served nearly 371,000 researchers, doctors, and scientists across 191 countries and has transformed over 1M papers across 1,200 disciplines. The partnership with ReviewerCredits is one of many initiatives including peer review support, translation services, manuscript editing and more – all to improve the global science communication process.

ReviewerCredits, is a platform that rewards the contribution of peer reviewers to the publication process via global recognition and tangible benefits. Individuals can file peer review claims for over 23,000 journals worldwide. 

Publons, creator of an author-centric one-stop-shop publication aggregation, verification, and management platform.

ATA, a non-profit association based in Washington DC with more than 10,000 industry leaders and healthcare professionals. ATA is working to change the way the world thinks about telemedicine and virtual care as the only organization dedicated to it. For more information go to http://legacy.americantelemed.org/home

IEEE-SA, a non-profit association based in NJ, USA, a global network of industry & technology experts that change the way people live, work, and communicate developing standards, guidelines and best practices for global industries.  

Learn more about the value these partnerships offer prospective authors and readers of BHTY here or go to https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/announcement

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To become a BHTY Ambassador please visit  https://blockchainhealthcaretoday.com/index.php/journal/ambassador

Language Editing services are located on 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. 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.