Information for Authors & Editorial Policies

  • Editorial Focus
  • Submission Categories
  • Time-stamped Research Articles
  • Publishing Schedule
  • Peer Review Turn-Around
  • Production Time
  • Audience
  • Authorship and Related Information
  • Criterion for Publication
  • Language Editing
  • Fees and Publishing Model
  • Waiver Policy
  • Refund Policy
  • Copyright
  • Competing interests
  • Open Access Policy
  • Embargo Policy
  • Diversity Commitment
  • Journal Pillars

Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT) is a gold open access international peer reviewed journal examining the value of telehealth and clinical automation, its use and scalable developments, business process guidance, market research and the economic impact of digital health innovations in an evolving health technology sector. 

Editorial Focus

Manuscripts of interest will present innovations from around the world fostering ecosystem efficiencies in virtual care, telecare, and telehealth utilizing evidence-based outcomes for:

  • New Business Models: provider and health system strategies, incentive models, future society transformation strategies, hardware, software and technology selection, financial impact to health systems and patient out-of-pocket cost, scalability, sustainability, business continuity
  • Technology: RPM, apps, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, voice interface tech, augmented reality, identity management, consent, cybersecurity, data management, interoperability, FHIR, HIE, DLT, claim adjudication, clinical trials, medical devices, Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, sensors, smart health cities and medically fit homes
  • Use Cases: use case discovery frameworks, use case roadmaps, key learnings from successful and unsuccessful experiences
  • Legal and Regulatory: reimbursement, reduced hospital readmissions, interoperability, mobile health, devices, EHR, health and wellness consumer protection, health policy, patient privacy (GDPR and HIPAA)
  • Home Care: long-term care, care transitions, care team strategies, remote health, sensors, workforce, cost of care, RPM
  • Negative Research Results and Failed Market Initiatives: theoretical or experimental negative result(s) that do not support a hypothesis. Note: study will exhibit rigorous conduct. 
  • Security and Governance: oversight, workflow, staffing solutions, recruitment, scaling, monitoring, and maintaining of security systems
  • Trends and Specialties: COVID-19, equity and diversity and social conditions, population health, chronic condition management, behavioral health, tele-dermatology, tele-radiology, tele-pathology, ecosystems for mid-life and beyond
  • User Experience: market and user segmentation, generational demographics, consumerization of healthcare, behavioral considerations, user centered design, adoption drivers and barriers

In addition, TMT publishes a BLOG, where authors can share experiences and reflections including commentary, discussion and debate on any aspect of healthcare, policy, and technology around the globe. The submission should be approximately 1000 words and referenced in the Vancouver style.

Submission Categories

TMT accepts original research that has not appeared in the public domain (meaning has not been previously published in print or online). 

Manuscripts of interest will present original research (see descriptions below) or establish advances or failures utilizing evidence-based outcomes in the following categories:

  • Original Research
  • Proof of Concept
  • Use Cases/Pilots/Methodologies
  • Production/Deployment/Scaled Use
  • Narrative/Systematic Reviews/Meta-Analysis
  • Technical Briefs and Reports
  • Market Research Report
  • Opinion/Perspective/Point of View

Original Research: these are detailed studies and include hypothesis, background study, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications. Randomized, controlled experiments, case studies, cohort studies, pilot studies, and meta-analysis are also examples of original research that TMT accepts for this category. As applicable, economic implications should also be explored.

Examples published in TMT:

Proof of Concept: demonstrate feasibility to verify real world application, potential value and learnings. Examples such as interoperability, system integration and deployment may be topics. Use cases may also be submitted under this category. If possible, TMT asks the author(s) to include examination of the financial impact and/or scaled use of the product or service may have on the marketplace.

An example published in TMT:

Use Cases/Pilots/Methodologies: this is a description of the way in which an end-user will engage with a system and describes what that system does and defines the features to be implemented and potentially, the resolution of any errors that may be encountered. Use cases are particularly valuable to the market to help explain system behaviors and process and may also provide a benchmark reporting experiential cost and complexities and can include devices or business processes, production and deployments.

Examples published in TMT:

Review Article: review articles give an overview of existing literature, often-identifying specific problems or issues and analyzing substantive information from available published work on the topic with a balanced perspective. Note: meta-analyses should be submitted as original research.  In addition, authors are encouraged to familiarize themselvrs with the Collection Development Guidelines, Manucripts should be well referenced.

Examples published in TMT:

Technical Briefs and Reports: technical briefs may capture design, challenges, new technologies and applications, standards, performance analysis and optimization to communicate information obtained through a process of technical or experimental work. Actual implementation experience should be included where possible along with reports of metrics to measure components is highly recommended. Technical Briefs are limited to 1500 words. Reports have no word limit.

Perspective, Opinion, And Interview: these are scholarly reviews of fundamental concepts or prevalent ideas in the field. A perspective piece can be a review of a single concept or a few related concepts. These articles may represent an expert opinion or considered point of view, alerts of potential problems, observations, comments, controversies and opinions. It can contain a single concept or several related concepts.

Examples published in TMT:

Market Research Reports: these articles can identify market trends, consumer behavior, demographics, economic shifts, customer habits, competitive analysis etc.

Examples published in TMT:

Special Reports: encompass manuscripts that are neither reviews nor original reports of primary research. They may include consensus statements, guidelines, statements from a reputable task force or work group, or recommendations. Submissions must be original, based upon a high level of evidence, be relevant and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions from groups must explicitly state all contributing members in developing the work including affiliations. Special Reports should not exceed 15,000 words of body text and 250 words for the abstract. A limit of 100 references is recommended. Submitting supplemental files, and use of tables and figures to summarize critical points is strongly encouraged.

Time Stamped Ledger of Record for Researchers 

BHTY is pleased to offer the first life science research portal for authors and global communities. The portal registers each original research article’s provenance on the blockchain for every author to create a permanent and immutable public record of their work on the blockchain for the scientific community.
 
The TMT+ARTiFACTS portal provides custom dashboards so authors and research teams can:

  1. Transact smart contracts on the blockchain to secure the provenance of their research files and receive citations in real time
  2. Control access to their research materials
  3. Synchronize with their ORCID ID’s and works and many other capabilities and features

In addition, authors can include relevant software code and data in the peer review workflow by uploading it to TMT’s Code Ocean computational reproducibility workflow. 

Publishing Schedule

TMT is published quarterly to reflect a dynamic marketplace to ensure accurate reflection of developments, trends, and the most current knowledge The joural is published in January, April, July and December. 

DEADLINE for manuscript submissions:  December 1, March 1, June 1, and October 1. 

All TMT articles and content are open access and no charge to readers.

Peer Review Turn-around

A world-class peer-review board endeavors to offer rapid, peer-review (14 days per review round), and includes constructive commentary to strengthen work. Note: Authors are given up to three weeks to make changes/revisions to a paper once peer reviewed. Authors are required to send a letter explaining why revisions may take longer to resubmit, to the managing editor.

Article Production Time

If your paper is accepted, it typically takes up to two weeks to approve and finalize galley proofs, stylistic changes, and minor edits before uploading the article site for live publication.

TMT Audience

The Telehealth and Medicine Today audience includes leadership from enterprise, hospitals and medical research centers, payer organizations including researchers, medical directors, IT/IS, healthcare providers, universities, consultants, entrepreneurs/startups, biopharma/device/pharmacy, NGO, government, and policy.

Authorship and related information

Manuscripts are exclusively submitted to TMT, with the understanding they have not been published elsewhere, in any form, and will not be submitted elsewhere, unless declined by TMT.

If a manuscripts was submitted to another journal and declined, the author should disclose why and what attempts have been made to revise the manuscript for resubmission. Authors are responsible for all statements made in the article and references cited.

TMT  follows ICMJE recommendations for scholarly work in medical journals, as it aspires to adhere to the highest standards of scholarly publication practices. Details may be obtained here. TMT requires these guidelines and recommendations are met for authors submitting papers to TMT for review and publication.

Below you will find the "Role of Authors and Contributors" as outlined by ICMJE. Should you wish for a more detailed explanation, please click here. All authors must meet all four criteria below.

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement 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.

Contributors who do not meet the criteria above can be listed in the Acknowledgments section of your manuscript. See the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines for "Non-Author Contributors" here." Obtaining funding, collecting of data, or overall supervision of a research group does not qualify authorship.

Criteria for Publication

Your manuscript submission should represent the following:

  • Originality and practicality in the global advancement of blockchain and intersecting technologies in healthcare
  • Importance to research, practice, or changes in the field
  • Interest and relevance for the TMTaudience and those with an interest in blockchain technology and innovations in healthcare
  • Rigorous methodology, with conclusions justified by the evidence presented
  • Adherence to the highest ethical standards

Language Editing (https://pdh.editage.com/)

All manuscripts must be submitted in English and meet the high-quality standards set by the journal. Writing should be clear and concise with the correct use of grammar and spelling. If you are unsure whether your manuscript meets TMT’s requirements, we recommend asking a native English-speaking colleague to review it prior to submission. There are also agencies that can help; for example, we partner with Editage to offer a Language Editing Service. This includes a Premium Editing Service which ensures your manuscript meets TMT’s formatting requirements and supports you in the preparation of your cover letter.

Fees and Publishing Model

TMT’s Article Processing Charge (APC) is $650.00 USD. The APC only applies to original research published in TMT. APC for students currently enrolled at an academic institution is $250.00 USD. There is no fee for BLOG posts.

What does the article-processing charge (APC) cover?
 Costs are involved in every stage of the publication process, including software, hosting, copy editing, production, proofs, archiving on dedicated servers, time stamping article provanance on the distributed ledger, and providing custom dashboards to authors.  We ask authors to pay an APC if their original research article is accepted for publication. Once published, authors can immediately post their article on non-commercial web sites, institutional repositories, or other free public servers. 

Waiver policy

TMT has a waiver policy for authors from lower-middle income countries as per the World Bank (click here for details). We give fair consideration to all submissions, and believe this should not be linked to the ability to pay.

Where limited funding is available to authors, TMT can provide a complete or partial waiver to authors on request, AFTER, an article is accepted. We review papers based strictly on MERIT. The quality and contribution it makes to the sector supersedes the APC. We believe this is paramount for fair and open exchange. 

Revenue sources revenue consists of advertising support for the journal, reprints, special editions, supplements, summits, roundtables, and custom projects.  The portfolio also curates the annual Converge2Xcelerate (#ConV2X) conference. Under no circumstance does commercial support impact the editorial decisions for journal manuscript review or acceptance.

Copyright

Authors contributing to TMT agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License that allows reuse, subject only to the use being non-commercial, and to the article being fully attributed. TMT makes all open access articles freely available from the date of publication on TMT.  Open access enables the free publication to everyone, of research, sharing of information, and reuse with minimal restrictions, and are identified by the Creative Commons copyright statement that appears at the end of articles published.

Competing interests

TMT editors are not paid a fixed salary. Editors, editorial board members, and peer reviewers are required to declare all relevant financial and competing interests which are published here. Reviewers do not participate in the submission process should they have a competing interest.

Likewise, authors are required to disclose financial support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. All submitted manuscripts include a ‘Conflict of Interests’ section listing all competing interests (financial and non-financial). 

Open access policy

TMT publishes articles under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, that allows non-commercial reuse, and fully attribution from the date of publication. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0

Journalists, PIOs and bloggers must credit TMT as Source when quoting articles, and provide a link to the journal and/or the original article with the DOI number cited.

Open access articles are owned by the author and can be identified by the Creative Commons copyright statement that appears at the end of the article.

Embargo Policy 

The content of accepted articles cannot appear in print, on media outlets, or electronic form (including blogs and discussion groups), prior to publication on the TMT website. Abstracts of work may be presented at scientific conferences.

Diversity Commitment

Partners in Digital Health (PDH) is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion and egalitarianism across scientific and academic communication and in publishing practices.

This belief is reflected in our internal journal practices, editorial and peer review boards, in published content, journal and community outreach and ambassador chapters to demonstrate the portfolio’s integrity, trust and values to communities far and wide in tearing down any barriers and borders relating to knowledge, economics, age, race, gender, geography and political views. The founder and publisher has stated repeatedly since the journal’s inception, “all are welcome to the table.” The journal maintains an objective, unbiased and fair balanced posture at all times. 

Priorities and actions include:

  • Manuscript submission and Authorship 
  • Peer reviewers
  • Editorial and Advisory Board Members
  • ConV2X Conference and Pitch Competition
  • Ambassador Chapters
  • Fees and business model

We encourage all global citizens from all countries to learn, share and participate as equals. 

We continuously address equity and inclusion in our portfolio in these areas and others as needed, to ensure our ongoing commitment to global equality, diversity and inclusion.

Journal Pillars