American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®
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American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®

formerly American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care

2014 Impact Factor: 1.383
2014 Ranking: 61/89 in Health Care Sciences & Services
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor
Robert E. Enck University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

eISSN: 19382715| ISSN: 10499091|Current volume: 32|Current issue: 6 Frequency: 10 Times/Year

The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AJHPM) is a peer-reviewed journal, published eight times a year. In 30 years of publication, AJHPM has highlighted the interdisciplinary team approach to hospice and palliative medicine as related to the care of the patient and family. This journal, therefore, appeals to members of the team including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, pastoral counselors, psychologists, program administrators, and any other specialty involved in this care. Editorials, commentaries, opinions, original research articles, ongoing topical series, and review articles are the format of AJHPM. Currently, we are not accepting case reports, end-of-life vignettes, uninvited commentaries and editorials. With changes in health care, aging of the population and the chronicity of a wide array of diseases, AJHPM provides a stimulating and educational forum to maintain relevance in the field of hospice and palliative medicine.

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

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American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine is a peer-reviewed journal that considers articles in the related fields of hospice and palliative medicine which are scientifically sound and clinically relevant. The aim of the Journal is the dissemination of medical science to broaden education and advance understanding of the complex issues encountered in these areas. Articles related to multidisciplinary care, end of life issues, pain and symptom management psychosocial aspects, quality of care, and the like are appropriate for the Journal. As always emphasis is on information directly applicable to the care of the patient/family at the bedside.

Editor-in-Chief
Robert E. Enck University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Associate Editor-in-Chief
Steven J. Baumrucker East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Editorial Board Members
Michael Adolph, MD, MPH, FACS Mercy Health West Region Hospital
Roger C. Bodine Thomas Jefferson University
John Bossaer, PharmD Gatton College of Pharmacy
Susan Breakwell, APHN-BC, DNP Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA
Janet Bykowski Mary Washington Hospital
Ira R. Byock Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Iraida Carrion, PhD, LCSW School of Social Work, University of South Florida
Brian S. Carter, MD University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri
Gregory T. Carter University of Washington, USA
Albert M. E. Coleman, MD, MPH The Coppice, Callington Road Hospital, Bristol, UK
Mellar P. Davis The Cleveland Clinic
George E. Dickinson College of Charleston
Katie E. Duckworth, PhD Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Kate W. Faulkner Tufts University School of Medicine
Walter B. Forman University of New Mexico, USA
Faustino Gonzales, MD Hospice of Palm Beach County
Holly M. Holmes, MD The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Sadie Hutson, RN, PhD, WHNP, BC University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Marja Kaunonen University of Tampere, Finland
Jane Marie Kirschling University of Kentucky, USA
Caprice A. Knapp Pennsylvania State University
Ruth Lagman The Cleveland Clinic
Carlo Lai, PhD Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Paul Marik, MD, FCCP Eastern Virginia Medical School
Ellen P. McCarthy Harvard Medical School
Mary Lynn McPherson University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD
Richard McQuellon Wake Forest University
Susan Miller University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
Seema Mishra All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Mitsunori Miyashita Tohoku University, Tokyo, Japan
Marcos Montagnini, MD, FACP University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Eric Prommer, MD Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ
Dona J. Reese, PhD, MSW, LCSW Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, MD The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Joanne E. Sheldon Hospice of the Western Reserve
Gregg K. VandeKieft Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program
Elizabeth K. Vig University of Washington, USA
Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles, PhD City of Hope National Cancer Center, Duarte, California
Camilla C. U. Zimmermann University of Toronto
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), but please adhere to AMA Manual of Style 10th edition for reference formatting.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajhpm 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 American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine will be reviewed.

    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. Article types
    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
    3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Word processing formats
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Access to your published article
    6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further information

    1. Article types
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine publishes original research (3,000 words), reviews (4,000 words), and invited commentaries and editorials (2,000 words). An abstract of 250 words should accompany each submission. A short list of 6-8 keywords should follow the abstract.

    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine does not accept case reports or letters to the editor.

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine strongly endorses the value and importance of peer review in scholarly journals publishing. All papers submitted to the journal will be subject to comment and external review.
    The journal operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author unless the reviewer requests a preference for their identity to be revealed.

    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 and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
    When a large, multicenter 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.

    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.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 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 American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 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.

    In terms of patient privacy, authors are required to follow the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    2.7 Clinical trials
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 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 Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.

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

    2.9 Data
    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at robertenck@comcast.net.

    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
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    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 license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice program. 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.

    3.4 Permissions
    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats
    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with one-inch margins on all sides of the text. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point Times New Roman. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.
    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) References, (6) Tables, (7) Figures, and (8) Appendices.

    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 color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color 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. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Reference style
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine conforms to the reference style specified in the AMA Manual of Style 10th edition. Click here to review the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. Please list all authors if six or less, otherwise list first three authors followed by et al. in the Reference list.

    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.

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript
    American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajhpm 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.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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.

    6.2 Access to your published article
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication
    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet.

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine editorial office as follows:

    Robert E. Enck
    robertenck@comcast.net
    (267) 614-4567

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