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Health Informatics Journal

2016 Impact Factor: 3.021
2016 Ranking: 20/90 in Health Care Sciences & Services | 6/23 in Medical Informatics
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Editor
Rob Procter University of Warwick, UK
Associate Editor
P.A. Bath University of Sheffield, UK


eISSN: 17412811 | ISSN: 14604582 Frequency: Quarterly

Information and communication technology are integral to all areas of health care, from organisational management to the delivery of patient care and health promotion. In this fast-moving arena, Health Informatics Journal provides an international forum for the exchange of practice, innovation and research. Representing the interdisciplinary nature of health informatics, the journal publishes peer reviewed contributions from the fields of informatics and telematics, the health professions, computer science, engineering and management.

A free subscription to Health Informatics Journal is included as part of the membership to The British Medical Informatics Society. For further details about the society and how to become a member go to www.bmis.org.

The Editor is keen to receive submissions on any subject relevant to healthcare informatics, but especially welcomes contributions on e-health, electronic patient records; knowledge management, data and text mining; support for clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice; healthcare applications of mobile (mhealth) and pervasive digital technologies; applications of social media technologies and services; telecare and telehealth; security, confidentiality; modeling of healthcare service usage, evaluation and use of healthcare IT, barriers and enablers to adoption, design and development methodologies, workplace studies, dependability of systems and services; innovations and future developments in healthcare technologies and applications.

For more information on contributing to Health Informatics Journal, please email the Editor, Rob Procter: hijeditor@inf.ed.ac.uk
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Health Informatics Journal is an international peer-reviewed journal. All papers submitted to Health Informatics Journal are subject to peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board. The journal operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.
Representing the interdisciplinary nature of health informatics, Health Informatics Journal welcomes contributions from researchers worldwide who are working in the following areas:

  • informatics and telematics
  • the health professions
  • computer science and engineering
  • healthcare management
  • innovation studies

The Editor is keen to receive submissions on any subject relevant to healthcare informatics, but especially welcomes contributions on e-health, electronic patient records; knowledge management, data and text mining; support for clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice; healthcare applications of mobile (mhealth) and pervasive digital technologies; applications of social media technologies and services; telecare and telehealth; security, confidentiality; modeling of healthcare service usage, evaluation and use of healthcare IT, barriers and enablers to adoption, design and development methodologies, workplace studies, dependability of systems and services; innovations and future developments in healthcare technologies and applications.

For more information on contributing toHealth Informatics Journal, please email the Editor, Rob Procter: hijeditor@inf.ed.ac.uk

Editorial Board
Laurence Alpay Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
Sophia Ananiadou NacTeM, UK
Panagiotis D Bamidis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Ann Blandford UCLIC, London, UK
Matt-Mouley Bouamrane Institute of Health & Well-Being, Glasgow University, UK
Peter Burnap Cardiff University, UK
Guy Dewsbury "The Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery,King's College London, London, UK"
Ken Eason Loughborough University, UK
Gunnar Ellingsen Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Trisha Greenhalgh Centre for Health Sciences, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK
Jane Grimson Trinity College Dubin, Dublin, Ireland
Mark Hartswood Edinburgh University, UK
Flis J Henwood University of Brighton, UK
Marina Jirotka Oxford University, UK
Matthew Jones University of Cambridge, UK
Ray Jones Plymouth University, UK
Maria Liakata Warwick University, UK
Brian McKinstry Primary Care, University of Edinburgh, UK
Paula M. Procter School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sheffield, UK
Rebecca Randell Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Leeds, UK
Madhu Reddy College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Angus Robertson Sheffield University, UK
Mark Rouncefield CSCW Research Centre, Department of Computing, Lancaster University, UK
Aziz Sheikh UK
Jesper Simonsen Roskilde University, Denmark
Richard O. Sinnott Melbourne University, Australia
Roger Slack Bangor University, UK
Ian Sommerville St Andrews University, UK
Mark-Alexander Sujan Warwick Medical School, UK
Frank Sullivan Community Health Sciences, University of Dundee, UK
Deborah Swinglehurst Queen Mary University of London, UK
Paul Taylor Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education, UCL, UK
Dave Wastell Nottingham University Business School, UK
Andrew Webster University of York, UK
Johanna Westbrook Macquarie University, Australia
Joe Wherton Queen Mary University of London, UK
Rob Wilson Professor of Information Systems Management, Business School, Newcastle University, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Health Informatics Journal

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

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

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Health Informatics Journal, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Representing the interdisciplinary nature of health informatics, Health Informatics Journalwelcomes contributions of original research or original contributions to the existing literature on health informatics.

    Your manuscript should ideally be between 3000 and 4000 words long. Please also supply an abstract of 100-150 words, and up to five keywords, arranged in alphabetical order.

    1.3 Writing your paper

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

    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

    Health Informatics Journal is an international peer reviewed journal. All papers submitted to Health Informatics Journal are subject to peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board. The journal operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author. Each paper submitted, if considered suitable by the Editor, will be refereed by at least two anonymous referees.

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

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

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

    2.2 Authorship

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

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

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

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

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

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

    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

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Health Informatics Journaladditionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit the Research Information Network website.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Health Informatics Journal encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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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

    Health Informatics Journal 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

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

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

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

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

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

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

    4.3 Supplementary material

    Health Informatics Journal does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Health Informatics Journal 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. 

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Health Informatics Journal is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hij to login and submit your article online.

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

    5.1 ORCID

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

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

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

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

    5.3 Permissions

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

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

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

    6.2 Online First publication

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

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

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

    6.5 Informed consent

    Submitted manuscripts should be arranged according to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals". The full document is available at http://icmje.org. When submitting a paper, the author should always make a full statement to the Editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work.

    Ethical considerations: All research on human subjects must have been approved by the appropriate research body in accordance with national requirements and must conform to the principles embodied in the Declaration of Helsinki (http:/www.wma.net) as well as to the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects and the International Guidelines for Ethical Review for Epidemiological Studies (http:/www.cioms.ch). An appropriate statement about ethical considerations, if applicable, should be included in the methods section of the paper.

    6.6 Ethics

    When reporting experiments on human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) or with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

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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 Health Informatics Journaleditorial office as follows:

    Rob Procter
    Editor, Health Informatics Journal
    Email: hijeditor@inf.ed.ac.uk

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