Submitting an Article Online
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IJIC accepts new submissions on a continuous basis. Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system. If you would like to submit an article for publication in IJIC, please download and read carefully the following guidelines.
Download the Guidelines for Research and Theory papers
Download the Guidelines for Perspectives papers
Download the Guidelines for Integrated Care Cases
Download the Guidelines for Policy papers
Download the Guidelines for Methodology papers
Download the Guidelines for Thesis summaries
Download the Guidelines for Book Reviews
This guide on scientific writing and presenting may also be useful
Formatting your article
For all article types, please follow the below formatting instructions.
- Manuscripts must be written in English (UK spelling) and complete in all respects, including figures and tables
- Spell out almost all acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parentheses immediately thereafter. Use the acronym for all subsequent references.
- Where there is a methodology, it should be clearly described under a separate heading
- Please consult the appropriate paper guideline for article word limits.
- The paper should be delivered in Word format
- Make sure all changes have been accepted and turn off any 'track changes' (when submitting for the first time)
- Footnotes are not allowed
- Quotations should be presented on a separate line within quotation marks (“text”). In case of quotes from literature from your reference list, include page number of quote in the reference number, for example [4, p.234]. Do not use italics or underlining.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please ensure a blind review. Delete authors’ names, acknowledgements and references that suggest the identity of the authors on the main paper and add as a separate file. Remove information from the authors in the details of the paper properties.
Title, subtitles and biography
- A brief autobiographical note can be supplied.
- Notes are not allowed in the title, biography or any of the subtitles.
- Subtitles must be short and clearly defined.
- Titles and subtitles should be indicated by using numbers in parenthesis (for example: (0). Title paper; (1). Title first paragraph; (1.2) Title subparagraph; (2). Title second paragraph; etc.). These numbers will not be published, but they are used for indexing.
Tables and figures
- Illustrations, figures, tables, photographs, et cetera must be submitted in a form and condition suitable for electronic publishing. They must appear in the text on the right spot and be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of their appearance in the text (e.g. Fig. 1., Fig. 2.; Table 1., Table 2.). In addition, they must be provided with a brief descriptive title and legend.
- Tables and figures (etc.) should also be sent in separate files, if possible in colour and at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Each file should not be more than 20MB.
- IJIC uses the Vancouver referencing system.
- Where available, DOIs for the references should be provided.
- Do NOT number automatically.
- Do not use italics.
- All references cited in the text should be listed numerically at the end of the manuscript in order of their appearance in the text, not in alphabetical order (1. Author etc.)
- Include International References ALL with English translation. All non-English references should have an English translation of the title between square brackets and the language used in the publication should be mentioned at the end of the reference. Example:
- Asioli F, Bologna M, Contini G, Jonus A. Il circuito medicina di base e psichiatria: lo studio e l'organizzazione di Reggio Emilia. [Primary Care and Psychiatry link: Reggio Emilia study and organization.]. Rivista Sperimentale di Freniatria: la rivista dei servizi di salute mentale. 1995;119(4):555-563. [in Italian].
- Books: The form of literature references to books should be: author(s) - mention first six, if more: add "et al" -, initials, title of book, city publisher, year and page number referred to. Example:
- Haastregt van J. Preventing falls and mobility impairments in elderly people living in the community. Maastricht: Maastricht University; 2002.
- References to authors contributing to multi-author books or to proceedings printed in book form should be: author(s), initials, title of contribution, In: full reference to book. Examples:
- Drummond MF. Economic evaluation of laser applications. In: Banta HD, Schou I. editors. Lasers in health care: effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and policy implications. Frederiksberg, Denmark: Academic Publishing; 1991. p.72-81.
- Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.
- Periodicals: Literature references to periodicals must be complete, including names and initials of all authors cited, title of paper referred to, title, year, volume, and first and last page numbers of the article in a periodical.
- Journal titles are commonly given in full. Example:
- Phillips VL, Temkin A, Vesmarovich S, Burns R, Idleman L. Using telehealth interventions to prevent pressure ulcers in newly injured spinal cord injury patients post-discharge: results from a pilot study. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 1999;5(4):749-55.
- Internet Sources: References to sources on the Internet should contain regular title information, and added the title of the web site, the Uniform Resource Locator (URL or Internet address) and date on which the existence of the web page was last checked. Examples:
- Kodner DL. Integrated care: meaning, logic, applications, and implications - a discussion paper. International Journal of Integrated Care [serial online] 2002 Nov 14; 2. [cited 2006 Jul 14]. Available from: http://www.ijic.org. URN...
- Document on the Internet:
- Department of Health. Our health, our care, our say: making it happen. London: NHS; 2006 Oct. [cited 2005 13 Sep]. Available from: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4139925.
- Webpage on the Internet:
- Centre for Policy on Ageing. Single assessment process: National SAP Resource. [webpage on the internet]. [cited 2008 July 3]; updated 2007 May 3]. Available from: http://www.cpa.org.uk/sap/sap_about.html.
- Unpublished sources: Information from manuscripts not yet in press, papers reported at meetings, or personal communications should be cited only in the text, not as a formal reference.
IJIC accepts different types of manuscripts for publication.To improve the chance of acceptance of your manuscript, we recommend reading the following information when preparing your manuscript.
- Previous publication and electronic preprints (eprints): IJIC does not want to publish material that has already appeared elsewhere. But we do accept some papers that have been published as abstracts or have been partially reported by the media at scientific meetings, and some that have already appeared in foreign language journals. Previous publication in electronic form, known as preprint or eprint, may also be acceptable. In all these cases authors should tell us about previous publication and supply us with copies of such previous versions. Then we can decide whether publication in IJIC will add usefully to the literature on the topic of integrated care, or whether it will just add redundant material.
- Redundant publication: To protect readers and researchers from being overwhelmed by redundant material we do not want to publish papers that overlap substantially with papers published elsewhere. Whenever a paper submitted to IJIC overlaps by more than 10% with previously published work, or work submitted elsewhere, we want authors to send us copies of those papers. We will then decide if it is an acceptable degree of overlap.
- Web links: If we accept your article we will insert hyperlinks to related sites (e.g. full text of referenced articles) so readers can directly go from your article to the related site. If you have the web addresses (URLs) of these related links available for us, please include them in the relevant places in the text of your article.
- Privacy statement: IJIC is very concerned about the privacy of its authors and guards their data carefully. All data supplied by the author are secured and not available to third parties unless the author explicitly grants permission in exceptional cases. On delivery the manuscripts are time-stamped and marked with an identification code. This information is documented and will not be altered. Additionally, internal practises help protect your privacy by limiting employee access to and use of your data. Subsequently, the manuscript enters the peer reviewing procedure anonymously. If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy please contact the managing editor.
- Liability: International Journal of Integrated Care (IJIC) accept no liability whatsoever for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements. Although every effort is made by IJIC and the editorial board of this online journal to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this issue, we wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles are the responsibility of the contributor concerned.
- Reproducibility: If data, structured methods or code used in the research project have been made openly available, a statement should be added to inform the reader how/where to access these files. This should include the repository location and the DOI linking to it. Read our reproducibility guide for more information on best practice and maximising the impact of your open data. If data used in the research project has not been made available, a statement confirming this should be added, along with reasoning why. The journal's data policy is available on the Editorial Policies page.
Quick Authors Checklist
Once you have prepared your paper for submission following the specific IJIC types of paper guideline and IJIC format and reference style, please use our Quick Authors Checklist to verify that your manuscript has fulfilled IJIC key requisites, and therefore increasing your chances for acceptance.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please ensure a blind review
- All authors qualify as authors, as per the authorship guidelines, and have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper.
Starting in 2009 the International Journal of Integrated Care applies the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internaltional License (CC-by, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) to all articles, submitted in or after January 2009, that are published in IJIC. Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their articles, but they permit anyone unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. After it has appeared in IJIC authors may republish their text in any way they wish (electronic or print) as long as they clearly acknowledge IJIC as its original publisher with the correct citation details and copyright notice, independent of whether the article is used in whole or in part.
- Authors of accepted manuscripts assign IJIC the right to publish and distribute their text electronically and to archive it permanently retrievable electronically.
- Authors retain the copyright of the article. After it has appeared in IJIC authors may republish their text in any way they wish (electronic or print) as long as they clearly acknowledge IJIC as its original publisher with the correct citation details and copyright notice (see below), independent whether the article is used in whole or in part.
- IJIC may change the appearance of the article, both layout and technical format, to ensure consistency and readability. Under no circumstance will the content of the article be altered.
- The author warrants to IJIC that the article is original, does not infringe any existing copyright, and does not infringe the rights of any third party. This warrant concerns the entire manuscript, text as well as pictures, sound, video, data sets etc. The author also warrants to us that he has full authority to enter into this agreement and that the rights he is granting to IJIC are done so without breaching any obligations he may have.
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- Linking: IJIC encourages and appreciates links in your own Web pages to IJIC-webpages. Permission is expressly granted to any person who wishes to place a link in his or her own Web page to IJIC's homepage http://www.ijic.org. As a courtesy, if you link to, or include IJIC in an index, please let us know.
- Privacy statement: On the IJIC site we may collect some anonymous information about you when you visit this site. IJIC may also include information for its own use about your visit in collective or aggregated data that does not identify you specifically.
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All papers submitted on or after 15 February 2021, that are accepted for publication, will incur an author fee of £1500*.
Many institutions have funds available to support open access publications by their staff, therefore we ask that you contact the relevant body to cover the APC. If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds may be available to you.
Papers submitted on or after 15 February 2021 that are first-authored by PhD students and accepted for publication, will incur a discounted author fee of £750*.
If any PhD student does not have access to a publication budget then, with an accompanying signed and stamped letter from their University, we will publish articles from those PhD students at no cost.
* Fees are VAT exclusive. VAT will be charged where applicable.
We run a bursary scheme to reduce author fee costs to authors from low- and middle-income countries (please contact our Managing Editor, Susan Royer, in the first instance).
No fee will be charged on thesis summaries, book reviews, guest editorials and any other papers directly solicited from the Editorial Board.
£475 plus VAT of the APC covers publisher processing costs at Ubiquity Press (editorial processes; platform development and maintenance; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration etc.). This also ensures that all of the content is fully open access.
The remaining fees primarily cover costs to the journal’s sponsor, IFIC, in covering the salary of the IJIC managing editor, to providing bursaries for publishing articles (for example, from PhD students without publication budgets, and low- or middle-income countries where publication may be provided for free); and for marketing of the Journal to ensure that articles are well publicised across IJIC’s registered readers and IFIC’s wider network. Some costs are associated with holding web-based and face-to-face meetings of the journal’s Editors. No Editors receive remuneration or gifts-in-kind for their commitment to the Journal.
For further information about Journal policies regarding author fees please contact the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries regarding fees for Conference Supplements and Special Themed Editions should be directed to Susan Royer, in the first instance.
If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.