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Editorial Policies

Peer Review Process

Overview
IJIC applies a double blind peer review. Referees remain anonymous for the author during the review procedure and the author’s name is removed from the manuscript under review. Only after publication, and only with the permission of the referee, the names of the reviewers are published in the article.

Each article is first assessed by two of the editors of the editorial board and, if it is judged suitable for IJIC, it is sent to two or three external referees for a double blind peer review. IJIC uses three different review forms (for example: Research and Theory, Integrated Care Cases, Policy papers) all of which apply scientific criteria and take account of the purpose of the article and its merits for integrated care. Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the editors then decide whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. In case of revisions, a final decision on publication will be made after resubmission. If there is no agreement on the part of the editors, the editor-in-chief will make the final decision.

The journal is happy to accept submissions of papers that have been loaded onto preprint servers or personal websites, have been presented at conferences, or other informal communication channels. These formats will not be deemed prior publication. Authors must retain copyright to such postings. Authors are encouraged to link any prior posting of their paper to the final published version within the journal, if it is editorially accepted.
 
IJIC Editors' screening criteria are:
·          Is the paper well-structured?
·          Is the paper well written and easy to follow?
·          Are the references up to date?
·          Is the English acceptable?
·          Does it have any news value?
·          Does the paper not exceed the maximum length (too much)?
·          Do the definitions in the article link to definitions in the field of Integrated Care, health services research and methodology?
·          Are facts and data separated from opinions?
·          Does the paper fit the editorial aims and scope of the journal?
 
A very common reason for the editors and reviewers to reject well written papers is that they do not fit the aims and scope of the journal. Please read the section focus and scope of the IJIC under Editorial Policies section of this website and use our quick Author Checklist to find out if your paper is a good fit for our journal.

Data Policy

The journal strongly encourages authors to make all data associated with their submission openly available, according to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). This should be linked to from a Data Accessibility Statement within the submitted paper, which will be made public upon publication. If data is not being made available within the journal publication, a statement from the author should be provided to explain why. Data obtained from other sources must be appropriately credited. When depositing data for a submission, the below should be considered:

  • The repository the data is deposited in must be suitable for this subject and have a sustainability model.
  • The data must be deposited under an open license that permits unrestricted access (e.g. CC0, CC-BY). More restrictive licenses should only be used if a valid reason (e.g. legal) is present.
  • The deposited data must include a version that is in an open, non-proprietary format.
  • The deposited data must have been labelled in such a way that a 3rd party can make sense of it (e.g. sensible column headers, descriptions in a readme text file). 
  • Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Where applicable, the studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee. The identity of the research subject should be anonymised whenever possible. For research involving human subjects, informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants (or their legal guardian). 
  • A ‘Data Accessibility Statement’ should be added to the submission, prior to the reference list, providing the details of the data accessibility, including the DOI linking to it. If the data is restricted in any way, the reasoning should be given. 

A list of data repositories is available at http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/Data_repositories.

Preprint Policy

The journal allows authors to deposit draft versions of their paper into a suitable preprint server, on condition that the author agrees to the below:

  • The author retains copyright to the preprint and developed works from it, and is permitted to submit it to the journal.
  • The author declares that a preprint is available within the cover letter presented during submission. This must include a link to the location of the preprint.
  • The author acknowledges that having a preprint publicly available means that the journal cannot guarantee the anonymity of the author during the review process, even if they anonymise the submitted files (see review policy).
  • Should the submission be published, the authors are expected to update the information associated with the preprint version to show that a final version has been published in the journal, including the DOI linking directly to the publication.

ORCID

The journal strongly recommends that all authors submitting a paper register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the correct credit for their work. As the ORCID remains the same throughout the lifetime of the account, changes of name, affiliation, or research area do not effect the discoverability of an author's past work and aid correspondence with colleagues.

The journal encourages all corresponding authors to include an ORCID within their submitting author data whilst co-authors are recommended to include one. ORCID numbers should be added to the author data upon submission and will be published alongside the submitted paper, should it be accepted.

Competing Interests, Funding and Ethics 

To ensure transparency, all authors, reviewers and editors are required to declare any interests that could compromise, conflict or influence the validity of the publication. Competing interests guidelines can be viewed here.

In addition, authors are required to specify funding sources and detail requirements for ethical research in the submitted manuscript (see Author Guidelines). All authors must confirm that they fit the definition of an author (see Authorship Guidelines), during submission.

Corrections and Retractions

The Press handles different kinds of error in accordance with guidelines from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), where applicable. All articles have their proofs checked prior to publication by the author/editor, which should ensure that content errors are not present. Please contact the editorial manager if you believe an article needs correcting.

Post-publication changes are not permitted to the publication, unless in exceptional circumstances. If an error is discovered in a published article then the publisher will assess whether a Correction paper or Retraction is required. This ensures that the error can be appropriately corrected, whilst the integrity of the publication record is not broken. Please contact the publisher for the full Correction/Retraction policy.

Misconduct and Complaints

Allegations of misconduct will be taken with utmost seriousness, regardless of whether those involved are internal or external to the journal, or whether the submission in question is pre- or post-publication. All reasonable steps will be taken to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication. If an allegation of misconduct is made to the journal, it must be immediately passed on to the publisher, who will follow guidelines from the Committee  on Publication Ethics (COPE) on how to address the nature of the problem. Should the matter involve allegations against a member of the journal or publishing team, an independent and objective individual(s) may be sought to lead the investigation.

Should an author wish to lodge a complaint against an editorial decision or the editorial process in general they should first approach the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, explaining their complaint and ask for a reasoned response. Should this not be forthcoming or inadequate, they should raise the matter with the publisher, who will investigate the nature of the complaint and act as arbiter on whether the complaint should be upheld and investigated further. This will follow guidelines set out by COPE.

Section Policies

PhD Thesis summaries

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Perspective papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Integrated Care Cases

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Research & theory

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Policy papers

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Lost and Found

  • Open Submissions
  • Indexed
  • Peer Reviewed

Types of papers

Authors are invited to submit research papers including bibliographic references to the international literature and, where relevant, to experiences in other countries. We encourage researchers who finished their PhD theses to publish excerpts from their dissertation in our journal. We also invite experienced authors working on a national level to submit practice papers describing aspects of integrated care in their own countries and furthermore we welcome papers on integrated health policy.

IJIC welcomes the submission of papers under the following key headings:

  • Research and Theory (RT) papers include: original research; systematic reviews; new theoretical perspectives; and innovative research protocols (study designs).To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Research and Theory papers
  • Policy (P) papers include: description and analysis of national and international policy developments on integrated care and their impact.To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Policy papers
  • Integrated Care cases (ICC) are case studies of innovative local approaches to the delivery of integrated care in practice. To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Integrated Care Cases
  • Lost and Found (LF) papers are retrospective assessments of the impact, legacy and lessons of significant historical innovations or research into integrated care. To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Lost and Found papers
  • Perspective papers (PP) are short papers from leading managers and professionals working at the 'coalface' of integrated care. To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Perspective papers
  • Book reviews (BK) provide an outline of the main topics and a brief discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the books, and their relevance for integrated care. Book Reviews are included in the journal on a range of relevant topics.To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Books Reviews
  • Thesis summaries (TS) include the summation of the aims, theory, method, results and conclusions of PhD theses in integrated care. To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the specific Guideline for Thesis Summaries
  • Letter to the editor (E) is a section for reactions to articles or editorials published in the IJIC. Contact the IJIC Managing Editor if you wish to submit a Letter to the editor.

The content of the articles should be within the editorial Focus and Scope of International Journal of Integrated Care.

The content of the papers should be appealing to readers who are in any way involved in the study, the development or the execution of integrated care.

Conference Supplements and Special Editions

IJIC publishes a regular series of conference supplements and special themed editions. A nominal fee is charged where these are developed in partnership with an external organization: €5000 for IFIC members and €7500 for non-members.

Contact the Managing Editor to request more information about how to apply for and publish your own conference supplement or Special Edition.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The International Journal of Integrated Care adheres to the publication ethics for editors, authors and reviewers as defined by COPE – Committee on Publication Ethics, in their Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors

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