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International Journal of Care Coordination


Editor
Professor H.J.M. (Bert) Vrijhoef Principal Investigator,Department of Patient &Care,Maastricht University Medical Center,Maastricht,The Netherlands;Senior Research Fellow,Center for Care and Welfare,Tilburg University,the Netherlands;Visiting Professor,Free University of Brussels,Belgium


eISSN: 20534353 | ISSN: 20534345 | Current volume: 20 | Current issue: 1- 2 Frequency: Quarterly

The International Journal of Care Coordination (formerly published as the International Journal of Care Pathways) provides an international forum for the latest scientific research in care coordination. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed original articles which describe basic research to a multidisciplinary field as well as other broader approaches and strategies hypothesized to improve care coordination. The Journal offers insightful overviews and reflections on innovation, underlying issues, and thought provoking opinion pieces in related fields. Articles from multidisciplinary fields are welcomed from leading health care academics and policy-makers.

Published article types include original research, reviews, guidelines papers, book reviews, and news items.

The journal is published is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Additional information:

Please note that no issues were published in 2013. Volume and pagination sequencing skipped over the break in publication; for example Volume 16 was published in 2012 and Volume 17 in 2014.

Former titles are:
1997-1998 launched as Journal of Managed Care
1999-2001 Journal of Integrated Care
2002-2009 Journal of Integrated Care Pathways

The International Journal of Care Coordination (formerly published as the International Journal of Care Pathways) provides an international forum for the latest scientific research in care coordination. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed original articles which describe basic research to a multidisciplinary field as well as other broader approaches and strategies hypothesized to improve care coordination. The Journal offers insightful overviews and reflections on innovation, underlying issues, and thought provoking opinion pieces in related fields. Articles from multidisciplinary fields are welcomed from leading health care academics and policy-makers.

Published articles types include original research, reviews, guidelines papers, book reviews, and news items.

The journal is published 4 times a year in March, June, September, and December.

Editorial Board
Liesbeth Borgermans Free University Brussels, Belgium
David Challis University of Manchester, UK
Karen Davis John Hopkins University, USA
Prof. Dr. Sabina de Geest University of Basel, Switzerland
Ezra Dessers KU Leuven, Belgium
James A Dunbar Deakin University, Australia
Isabelle Durand-Zaleski URCEco Ile de France Hôpital de l'Hotel Dieu, France
Arianne Elissen Maastricht University, Netherlands
Antje Erler Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany
Jeroen Hendriks The University of Adelaide, Australia
Allan Krasnik University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ariel Linden Linden Consulting and School of Public Health, University of Michigan, USA
Shinji Matsumura Matsumura Clinic Tokyo, Japan
Iveta Nagyova Safarik University, Slovakia
Ellen Nolte London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Gastón Perman Instituto Universitario del Hospital Italiano and Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lotte Steuten Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Rosa Sunõl Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Pim Valentijn Maastricht University, Netherlands
Kris Vanhaecht KU Leuven, Belgium
Edward Wagner Group Health, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Care Coordination

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rsm-ijcp to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Journal of Care Coordination will be reviewed. Authors are encouraged to include their Twitter details and use the journal’s #IntCareCoord

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical trials
      2.8 Reporting guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
      4.6 Units and abbreviations
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to International Journal of Care Coordination, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    The International Journal of Care Coordination requests authors of original articles and systematic reviews to insert a separate paragraph about the relevance of study findings from a patient’s perspective. This necessitates authors to work with patients in order to get their publication accepted. The key argument here is that when research to inform evidence-based healthcare is not relevant to patients, then it should not have been executed in the first place (Int J Care Coordination 2016, Vol 19(1-2); 3-4).

    The International Journal of Care Coordination publishes contributions under the following headings:

    1. Research

    Research is divided into three categories: Original Articles, Systematic Reviews and Study Designs.

    Original Articles

    Original articles should generally be no longer than 4,000 words for the body of the work (excluding tables, figures and references).  Longer articles may be taken at the editor’s discretion. Original articles should be structured with the following headings: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References. The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words and be structured with the subheadings of Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion (IMRaD format). No more than 5 figures and tables and no more than 25 references.

    The Journal publishes different types of original research (quantitative/qualitative/ mixed methods design), and prefers studies with results that can be generalized beyond the local environment within which the work was performed.

    Systematic Reviews

    Systematic reviews should generally be no longer than 5,500 words for the body of the work (excluding tables, figures and references).  Longer articles may be taken at the editor’s discretion. Lengthy tables and appendices can be placed in the online archive. Subheadings should be used within the article to highlight the content of different sections. The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words and be structured into no more than four subheadings, using IMRaD format. No more than 5 figures and tables and no more than 50 references.

    Study Designs

    These articles report designs of novel studies in the field of care coordination and may be of a more descriptive character than original research, but should report novel applications of interest to and generalizable to the broader care coordination community. The body of the work should generally be no longer than 2,500 words, with subheadings used within the article to highlight the content of different sections. The abstract should be brief and unstructured, with a maximum of 200 words.

    Authors are recommended to prepare their manuscripts according to internationally recommended reporting guidelines and checklists whenever possible. Examples of these can be found: http://www.equator-network.org

    2. Leaders

    Leaders are published by invitation only. They are divided into three categories: Editorials, Focus and Opinion.

    Editorial

    This is a report of the authors' viewpoint on a specific subject of interest to care coordination. Editorials generally do not report original data, and may contain narrative commentary on an aspect of the literature. Editorials do not have an abstract.

    Focus

    A short paper focusing on a topical issue, to a maximum of 2,000 words, with a brief unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words.

    Discussion and opinion

    A short paper putting a potentially controversial opinion, to a maximum of 2,000 words, with a brief unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words. Opinion pieces should be written in the first person.

    3. Tailpieces

    Tailpieces consist of Letters, Conference and Society reports, and Book reviews. Note that all except Letters are by invitation only. Letters are given priority publication. They should be no longer than 1,500 words, with a maximum of 6 references and no abstract. Typically, they would report work in progress.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    The text must be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text. Texts of a length greatly exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits. If necessary end notes should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Authors are encouraged to provide 3 to 6 keywords for their manuscript. The journal recommends using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms).

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    International Journal of Care Coordination operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (eg) 4-6 weeks of submission.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

      • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
      • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
      • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

      1. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
      2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
      3. Approved the version to be published,
      4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    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. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Funding

    International Journal of Care Coordination requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of International Journal of Care Coordination to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    2.7 Clinical trials

    International Journal of Care Coordination conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    2.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLMNLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Journal of Care Coordination and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    International Journal of Care Coordination offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    International Journal of Care Coordination adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Vancouver EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    4.6 Units and abbreviations

    The SI system of units is preferred. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the readership and to avoid confusion, the number of abbreviations in the text should be kept to a minimum. All abbreviations must be defined in full at their first usage in the abstract and again at their first use in the text.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    International Journal of Care Coordination is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rsm-ijcp to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Journal of Care Coordination editorial office as follows:

    Jennie Atkinson
    Publishing Editor
    Jennie.atkinson@sagepub.co.uk

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