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Journal of Health Services Research & Policy

2016 Impact Factor: 1.605
2016 Ranking: 39/77 in Health Policy & Services
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Editors
Jacqueline Cumming Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Director, Health Services Research Centre, Faculty of Health, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Ellen Nolte Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ; Hub Coordinator, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, UK


eISSN: 17581060 | ISSN: 13558196 | Current volume: 22 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly
With ever increasing pressure for health services in all countries to meet rising demands, improve their quality and efficiency, and to be more accountable; the need for rigorous research and policy analysis has never been greater. The Journal of Health Services Research & Policy presents the latest scientific research, insightful overviews and reflections on underlying issues, and innovative, thought provoking contributions from leading academics and policy-makers. It provides ideas and hope for solving dilemmas that confront all countries.

Supplements
The journal is always interested in discussing proposals for funded supplements. Estimated costs including peer review, editing of papers, and 100 sponsor copies is around £16,000 for a 64-page supplement, published in hardcopy as well as online (for subscribers). Interested parties should contact Christine.Rivett-Carnac@lshtm.ac.uk

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Journal of Health Services Research & Policy provides a unique opportunity to explore the ideas, policies and decisions shaping health services throughout the world. Edited and peer-reviewed by experts in the field and with a high academic standard and multidisciplinary approach, readers will gain a greater understanding of the current issues in healthcare policy and research. The journal's strong international editorial advisory board also ensures that readers obtain a truly global and insightful perspective.

Editorial Committee Members
Yvonne Birks Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, UK
Maria Goddard Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK
Scott Greer University of Michigan School of Public Health, USA
Steven Lewis Access Consulting Ltd, Canada
Catherine Pope University of Southampton, UK
Christine Rivett-Carnac Dept of Health Services Research & Policy, LSHTM, UK
Trevor Sheldon University of York, UK
Francesco Taroni University of Bologna, Italy
Justin Waring Nottingham University Business School, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
Davina Allen School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, UK
Nick Black UK
Jeffery Braithwaite Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, Macquarie University, Australia
Reinhard Busse Department of Health Care Management, Berlin Technical University, Germany
Mavis Cao Department of Health Policy and Management, Renmin University of China, China
Bronwyn Croxson Wellington, New Zealand
Nigel Edwards The Nuffield Trust, London, UK
Giovanni Fattore Centre for Research on Healthcare Management, Bocconi University, Italy
Josep Figueras European Observatory on Health Systems & Policies, WHO European Centre for Health Policy, Belgium
Colleen Flood Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canda, Canada
Claire Goodman Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Peter Groenewegen NIVEL, Netherlands
Jane Hall Centre for Health Economics Research & Evaluation, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Chris Ham The King's Fund, UK
Karen Hassell College of Pharmacy, California Northstate University, USA
Jan Kees Helderman Department of Public Administration & Political Science, Radboud University, Netherlands
Lisa Lezzoni Mongan Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Kyoko Imamura Office of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Japan
Miriam Laugesen Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, USA
John Lavis McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Canada
Yee Wei Lim Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jill Manthorpe Kings College London, UK
Nicholas Mays London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
Ruth McDonald Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK
John McKinlay New England Research Institute, USA
Jon Nicholl School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK
Kieke Okma Wagner School of Public Services, New York University, USA
Jan Abel Olsen Department of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway
David Pencheon NHS Sustainable Development Unit, UK
Neil Söderlund Boston Consulting Group, Australia
Paul Taylor Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education, UCL, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy (JHSRP)

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

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

    The editorial office does not provide individual advice or feedback on draft papers or abstracts before submission.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Health Services Research & Policy will be reviewed.

    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
    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 Writing style
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions 
      5.4 Social Media
    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

    The Journal of Health Services Research and Policy publishes scientific research on health services from a wide variety of disciplines, and rigorous health care policy analysis. The Journal also engages in, and responds to, current scientific, methodological and policy debates in health care. The Journal aims both to reflect current concerns and to contribute to setting the health services and health care policy agenda.

    As we are a multidisciplinary journal, and there are 3 main criteria we look out for: 

    • the importance and originality of the research/policy question; 
    • the extent to which the implications of the findings for policy or practice have been drawn out and have been justified; and
    • the degree to which the paper would be understood by an international audience which is not necessarily familiar with the health system in question - the paper needs to avoid being parochial and focus on issues of international interest.

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Note that all word counts include the abstract, main text and references. Please do not exceed the word limit.

    Quantitative empirical research:

    Papers could be up to 3000 words inclusive of abstract, main text, and up to 30 references, plus up to six figures, and/or tables and boxes

    Qualitative and mixed methods:

    Papers can be up to 5000 words inclusive of abstract, main text and up to 30 references, plus up to two figures, and/or tables and boxes

    Essays (i.e. commentaries and theoretical pieces):

    Essays can be up to 4000 words inclusive of abstract, main text and up to 30 references

    Systematic reviews:

    Reviews can be up to 5000 words inclusive of abstract, main text and up to and 50 references

    Editorials:

    These should be 800-1200 words including up to 12 references

    Perspective articles:

    These require an unstructured abstract and can be up to 2000 words including up to 30 references.

    Worth a Second Look articles:

    Articles can be up to 1500 words including up to 12 references.

    Climate Change and Health Services articles:

    These contributions can be original research articles, reviews, essays or editorials.

    1.2.1 Specific Section Guidelines

    1.2.2 ‘Perspective

    The ‘Perspective' section of the Journal of Health Services Research and Policy is a short essay, of around 2000 words (inclusive of abstract and up to 30 references), reviewing either a single, fundamental concept in current use in the arena, or a cluster of related concepts.

    The aim of Journal of Health Services Research and Policy is to raise the level of academic and policy debate. The 'Perspective' section contributes towards this, by offering brief, provocative but scholarly reviews of some of the prevalent ideas used in analysis and policy discourse.

    Health services research and health care policy is multidisciplinary at is core, requiring us to draw on a range of concepts derived from different disciplines. This can create tensions, and, if not done well, lead to misleading interpretations at best and slogans and clichés at worst. ‘Perspective’ seeks to contribute to improving our understanding of the field, inviting leading scholars to produce concise, readable, wide-ranging and informative reviews of some of the basic concepts in the field.

    In reviewing a concept, authors might consider:

      • its historical origins and how it has developed over time;
      • the current state of research and theory as well as gaps;
      • its transferability to other areas and how it has been taken up elsewhere;
      • common myths, misinterpretations, meanings, usage or ideological distortions;
      • its implications for policy along with evidence of impact;
      • whether there are better ideas which have been ignored;
      • the underlying disciplinary ideas on which it is based (if there is one);
      • how far the idea is demand-driven, rather than research-led.

    We have chosen an essay format to allow our contributors as much flexibility as possible. Each ‘Perspective’ piece will, obviously, be a personal view while it will have to have an academic base. However, it is important that the view is not too narrowly focused and that several of the core topics in the list above are touched upon. In particular, the origins, scientific adequacy, popularity and policy implications of the idea should all be considered, though contributors are free to vary the balance between these. Each ‘Perspective’ will be written in language intelligible to those outside the writer's own discipline.

    1.2.4 ‘Climate Change and Health Services’

    These contributions can be original research articles, reviews, essays or editorials. The Journal of Health Services Research & Policy currently wishes to provide a platform to reflect critically and analytically on the challenges for health services brought about by climate change.

    Contributions should explore the impact of climate change on health services and the ways in which health systems can prepare for the challenges brought about by climate change. We welcome contributions that offer original insights, critical perspectives or present new research addressing such themes as:

    • What changes can be implemented to achieve a ‘greener’ health system?
    • How can we reduce the environmental impact of health services?
    • What will the financial burden to the health sector imposed by climate change mean for
    • Health services delivery?
    • What policies can we design to reduce the health inequalities brought about by different
    • Regional patterns of climate change?
    • What are the key changes in service delivery that are necessary to ensure health care
    • will be sustainable when faced with extreme weather and changes in disease incidence
    • Resulting from climate change?

    1.2.5 Statistics

    These guidelines are designed to help authors prepare statistical data for publication and are not a substitute for the detailed guidance required to design a study or perform a statistical analysis. Each section of a scientific paper is addressed separately.

    Abstract

    The number and source of data must be stated and conclusions which have a statistical basis must be substantiated by inclusion of pertinent descriptive statistics (mean or median, standard deviation [SD] or interquartile range, percentage coefficient of variation [%CV], 95% confidence limits, regression equations, etc.).

    Methods

    Experimental design, subject selection and randomization procedures should be described and analytical precision quoted when appropriate. The hypotheses to be tested by a statistical procedure must be stated and where appropriate power calculations for the sample size used should be given (it is recommended that the power is X80%). In case-control studies clearly define how cases and controls were selected and what matching has taken place.

    We would advise authors to consider the STARD,1 CONSORT2 and STROBE3 statements for studies reporting diagnostic or clinical trials. They offer guidance on writing reports with complete clarity.

    Results

    Unnecessary precision, particularly in tables, should be avoided. Rounded figures are easier to compare and extra decimal places are rarely important. Descriptive statistics require an additional digit to those used for the raw data. Percentages should not be expressed to more than one decimal place and not be used at all for small samples.

    Normally distributed data should be described using a mean, SD and/or %CV and expressed as ‘mean (SD)’ not ‘mean ± SD’. When data are not normally distributed, following demonstration by tests such as the Shapiro-Wilk test,4 then medians and interquartile ranges should be used in place of mean and SD. Skewed data can often be normalized by logarithmic transformation or a power transformation. The statistical analysis and calculation of summary statistics should be carried out on the transformed data and the summary statistics transformed back to the original scale for presentation. If a logarithmic scale is used then graphs should display non-transformed data on a logarithmic scale.

    Graphs showing data of comparable magnitude should be of a similar size and design. All individual points should be displayed where possible by displacing overlapping points. Error bars showing the standard error of the mean (SEM) or interquartile range, as appropriate, can be used to aid interpretation of the data. The results of significance tests such as Student’s and chi-squared should be presented with descriptive statistics, degrees of freedom (if appropriate) and probability P. The validity of any assumptions should be checked (e.g. conventional t-tests assume a normal distribution and equal variance for each set of data). For 2 x 2 contingency table analysis by the chi-squared test the continuity correction must be applied and for small expected frequencies Fisher’s Exact Test used. P values should be reported in fullto1or 2 significant figures, describing P values as 40.05 or NS (not significant) should be avoided. If the results are highly significant and the calculated P value from the computer is e.g. 0.000, then the use of P <_0.0005 is="is" acceptable.="acceptable." confidence="confidence" intervals="intervals" should="should" be="be" stated="stated" particularly="particularly" for="for" non-significant="non-significant" results.="results." br="br">The conventional use of statistical significance is P≤0.05. If a different significance level needs to be used then the reasons why must be clearly stated in the statistical method section.

    Discussion

    Statistical significance should not be equated to importance and P values should not be compared between different data sets or different statistical tests. Association should not be interpreted as causation without additional evidence.

    Problem areas:

    Multiple comparisons

    Multiple comparisons can produce spurious and misleading significance values. The primary hypothesis should always be clearly stated, and associations detected by retrospective analysis should be interpreted with caution. Whenever possible a single overall statistical test should be applied first e.g. ANOVA. If this is not significant then multiple comparisons must not be applied. If it is significant then some form of multiple range test can be applied. If a single overall test is not possible then multiple comparisons must use a Bonferroni type significance level.

    Paired data

    With paired data the differences between individual pairs of data and the variability of the differences are more important than the individual values. Graphical representation should also show the difference between individual pairs, e.g. by plotted lines joining the paired data points.

    Standard regression analysis

    Standard regression analysis requires data points to be independent (repeated measurements are not independent). The independent variable should be measured without significant error, e.g. age or time, and the points should be evenly distributed over the range and have no outliers (this can be easily examined with a scatterplot). These requirements are rarely satisfied with biological data.

    Method comparison

    Method comparison using regression and correlation coefficients is inappropriate and should be performed using Altman and Bland difference plots.5 If a standard scatter plot and regression line are thought to be useful they can be given along with the Altman–Bland plot. Remember if two methods are supposed to be measuring the same thing then it is extremely likely they will be correlated so as a statistical tool correlation is not going to tell you anything new.

    If you are carrying out complicated statistical analyses e.g. multivariate analysis, ROC analysis etc., then it is recommended that you seek advice from a statistician.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    When devising the paper please be aware that the text must be written in a way that cannot be construed as legally objectionable, infringing copyright, defamatory, obscene or likely to be actionable by law.

    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

    All papers submitted for publication undergo peer review.

    All Original Research, Perspectives, Essays and Review articles are initially reviewed by one or both Editors who select two appropriate reviewers unless the manuscript is of poor quality, outside the scope of the Journal, or not considered sufficiently original or important given the space constraints of a quarterly journal, in which case it is rejected without peer review. Generally, we choose one reviewer who can comment primarily on the methodological aspects of the paper and one who can primarily assess its policy relevance and implications.

    We invite authors to suggest two reviewers, one of whom we may use. Most of our reviewers are based in Europe, North America or Australia/New Zealand and are suggested to us by members of the Advisory Board and other established researchers in the field.

    For ethical reasons, attempts are made to mask reviewers to the identity of the authors by excluding the names and affiliations of authors and acknowledgements from the manuscript. Our aim is to make initial decisions on manuscripts within 12 weeks of receiving them.The contents of the manuscript should be treated as confidential and should not be discussed with anyone else without prior permission from the editors. Reviewers are asked to comment on the following issues:

    1. Importance of the research/policy question
    2. Originality of the research/policy question
    3. Strengths and weaknesses either of the study design, data collection and data analysis (for research papers) or the policy analysis/commentary (for policy papers)
    4. The writing, organisation and presentation of the data in the paper
    5. The extent to which the implications of the findings have been drawn out and have been justified
    6. The degree to which the paper would be understood by an international audience which is not necessarily familiar with the health system in question (not applicable for systematic reviews)

    Reviewers are not asked explicitly to give their opinion as to whether or not the paper should be published.

    The Editors aim to decide on each paper within 4-6 weeks of receipt of the second review. Three decisions are available: accept; resubmit; and reject. Authors are sent the editorial decision together with copies of the two reviewers' comments (anonymised). The Editors usually send individualised feedback letters to authors, if the authors are being invited to resubmit the paper. Reviewers are sent the other reviewer's anonymised comments for information.

    Covering letter

    The covering letter is important. To help the Editors in their preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication.

     

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 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 Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 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

     

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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

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 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

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 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. Word 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

    Only essential references should be included. Authors are responsible for verifying them against the original source material.

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 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 Writing style

    Authors are asked to ensure that the text must be written in a way that cannot be construed as legally objectionable, infringing copyright, defamatory, obscene or likely to be actionable by law.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jhsrp 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 it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    When submitting a manuscript, the title page, main text, tables or boxes, figures and acknowledgements must be saved and uploaded as separate files:

    • Title page file – Manuscript title, Author(s)’ name; author’s position, department, institution and country; Name, email, telephone and fax of corresponding author
    • Main text file – Manuscript title, Abstract, Main Text and References (minus author details, acknowledgements and any running heads of author names, to allow blinded review)
    • Keywords (3 keywords)
    • Tables [or Boxes] – separate file(s)
    • Figures – separate file(s)
    • Appendix – separate file(s)
    • Acknowledgements – separate file
    • Supplementary file – supplementary material can be added. Online-only material should be clearly marked.

    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.

    5.4 Social media

    Twitter

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy uses the social media hashtag of #jhsrp. Authors and readers are encouraged to join the ongoing discussion around the hashtag on issues related to the journal. Authors are offered the option of providing their twitter handle to be published alongside their name and email address within their article. Providing a twitter handle for publication is entirely optional, if you are not comfortable with promoting your article along with your personal twitter handle then please do not supply it.

    By providing your personal twitter handle you agree to let the Journal and SAGE Publications to use it in any posts related to your journal article. To include your twitter handle within your article please provide this within the ScholarOne submission form when prompted and on the separate title page in the format outlined below (please refrain from adding it to the manuscript itself to facilitate anonymous peer review).

    As an example of how to supply this information please use the example below:

    Joe Bloggs, Department of Research, University, Town, ZipCode, USA
    Email: JoeBloggs@email.com
    Twitter: @drjoebloggs

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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 Ethics, Funding, and Conflict of Interest statements 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 Journal of Health Services Research & Policy editorial office:

    Christine Rivett-Carnac

    Editorial Administrator

    Journal of Health Services Research & Policy Editorial Office

    Department of Health Services Research & Policy

    London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,

    15-17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH, UK

    Tel: +44 (0)20 7927 2107;

    Email: Christine.Rivett-Carnac@lshtm.ac.uk

    The editorial office does not provide individual advice or feedback on draft papers or abstracts before submission.

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