Journal Policies and Operations Procedures
- Peer review
- Editorial decisions
- Editorial process
- Proofs and reprints
- Unlabeled use
- Content validation
- Patient consent
- Statistical analysis
- Publication ethics
- Data sharing and reproducibility
- Ethical Publishing Practices
- Corrections, Retractions, Withdrawals
- ARTiFACTS Blockchain Scholarly Research Collaboration
Becoming a reviewer
Editors are selected either by self-nomination, in which case TMT reviews curriculum vitaes and conducts interviews with the candidate and/or colleagues and experts in the field; or by nominations that are made from the Editor-in-Chief(s) and Editorial Board recommendations. The same review and interview process is conducted. TMT seeks the experts of the highest caliber and passion for the field, and prefers candidates that possess knowledge of academic journal workflow and familiarity with the peer review process. Maintaining a collegial, team oriented environment is important to learn, share, grow, and build lasting professional relationships.
Peer review policy
All submissions are reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief(s)(s). Submissions containing plagiarized content will be returned to the author with comment(s). Once a submission has been accepted for peer review, this includes features/opinion/perspectives, expert reviewers are asked to assess the technical and scientific merits of the work.
As part of the review process, TMT strives to ensure that the peer review is fair, unbiased and timely. All manuscripts and associated material submitted to TMT remain confidential while under review. More information on related COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines and standards followed by TMT are here.
TMT Peer Review is double blind. All manuscripts submitted for publication undergo peer review including those written by editorial board members. All articles reporting original research is peer reviewed.
TMT’s editorial team strives to ensure that peer review is fair, unbiased, and timely. TMT endeavors to review submission within 7-14 days. Material submitted to TMT remains confidential while under review.
Submissions are rejected most often due to poor formatting and lack of substantiating claims. Two to three peer reviewers are assigned to each paper. If we do not possess board expertise to conduct a review, we will ask the author for suggestions for expert reviewers, and invite them to act as expert peer reviewer for the submission. This will likely delay the review process, but is important to maintain the integrity of the journal and peer review process for authors and submissions. We will inform authors to expect a delays with the review process.
Peer reviewer’s check list
Reviewers are be selected based on expertise in the sector. TMT reviewers will recuse themselves if they have a potential competing interest, including the following:
- Prior or current collaborations with the author(s) if known
- Reviewer is a direct competitor
- Reviewer may have a known history of antipathy with the author(s)
- Reviewer may profit financially from the work
When submitting a review, the Reviewer will indicate whether or not competing interests exist.
Writing the review
The purpose of the review is to provide the Editor-in-Chief(s)(s) and managing editor with an expert opinion regarding the quality of the manuscript under consideration, and should also supply authors with clear and concise feedback on how to improve their papers so that they will be acceptable for publication in TMT.
All comments made are transmitted to the author.
Reviewers are asked to consider the following when reviewing a submission:
- What are the main claims of the paper and how important are they?
- Are these claims novel? If not, please specify papers that weaken the claims to the originality of this one.
- Are the claims properly placed in the context of the previous literature?
- Do the results support the claims? If not, what other evidence is required?
- If a protocol is provided, for example for a randomized controlled trial, are there any important deviations from it? If so, have the authors explained adequately why the deviations occurred?
- Would other experiments or additional information improve the paper? How much better would the paper be if this extra work was done, and how difficult would it be to do?
- Is this paper outstanding in its discipline? If yes, what makes it so? If not, why?
- Who would find this paper of interest? Why?
- If the paper is considered unsuitable for publication in its present form, does it show potential to encourage an author to resubmit a revised version?
Reviewers are asked to be candid, not offensive, clear and concise. Authors should not confuse this with criticism.
Will authors know who is reviewing their manuscript?
Reviewers’ identities are anonymous.
Can authors exclude Editorial Board Reviewers or Independent Reviewers?
Upon submission of a manuscript, authors can request to exclude a specific reviewer from the peer review of their manuscript. The editorial team respects these requests when it does not interfere with the objective and thorough assessment of the article. Once all reviews are received and considered, a decision letter to the author is drafted.
If, after peer review, a manuscript is considered potentially appropriate, revisions are generally requested. Minor revisions are generally requested as a final step before acceptance.
Manuscripts that are rejected typically do not fit criteria for submissions such as originality, importance to the field, appropriate content, sound methodology, or submission format. Plagiarism and citation manipulation may also be factors. Submissions that are too general in nature where information is already available in the public domain will likely be rejected. Submissions that are commercially oriented will be declined outright.
The Managing Editor and Reviewers will assess revised manuscripts. Manuscripts that undergo major revision are re-reviewed. There is no guarantee of acceptance after major revision.
If you wish to appeal a decision, you can contact the Managing Editor and explain your reason(s), in detail. When a paper has been revised in response to the review, or when authors appeal against a decision, we ask reviewers to provide follow-up commentary.
All appeals are discussed with the Editor-in-Chief(s) and reviewers assigned to the manuscript. In the case of disagreement, TMT may seek external advice on the appeal, but it is most likely the decision will be left to the Editor-in-Chief(s). We will not consider second appeals.
The professional editors and Editor-in-Chief(s), together, make a decision based on the reviewers' comments.
If reviewers appear to fundamentally disagree, the editor may choose to share all the reviews with each reviewer for additional comment to make a decision. The editor will evaluate the recommendations and comments of reviewers with comments from the authors to resolve the conflict.
Proofs and reprints
Corresponding authors of accepted submissions are sent PDF proofs. Corrections should be relayed to the Managing Editor as soon as possible.
Order forms for reprints are emailed to the corresponding author if one is requested after article publication.
Reviewing Feature article and Opinion submissions
TMT will consider the following for Feature article submissions:
- Is the article relevant and of interest to an international audience?
- Does it address a global and topical subject? Will it be relevant across demographic populations?
- Do you think this article will have an impact on clinicians, researchers, health policymakers, or the broader public? Will it be widely read, disseminated, and cited? Could it help to improve public and/or global health? Will media at large find it interesting and curious?
- Does the article demonstrate accuracy? Are the authors' claims evidence-based?
- Have the authors missed anything important?
- Does this article contain enough new information to warrant publication? Does it take the discussion and debate on this topic to a new direction? Question current legacies?
- Is it written in a scholarly format? If not, will this impact the articles dissemination at large and the journal’s ability to obtain index status?
- Is the article well written, clear, and easy for a non-specialist
- If tables and figures have been included, do they help the reader, or hinder the article’s topic and focus? Could they be improved? Do you have suggestions for additional items (summary boxes, graphics etc.)?
For feature/opinion articles, where editorial judgment about readability and engagement is most important, an appeal is less likely to overturn our decision. You are welcome to submit a detailed rebuttal letter. Only one appeal will be considered per article.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
Articles published by TMT may contain information and discussions of published and/or investigational uses of devices and agents that are not indicated by the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA). Partners in Digital Health does not recommend the use of any devices or agents outside of the labeled indications.
Policy on content validation
- All the recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients
- All scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a patient care recommendation must conform to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis
Authorship and related information
Submitted manuscripts should be 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 the Authorship criteria based on the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). The link can be accessed here.
The ICMJE lists four conditions for authorship. Authors must meet all four conditions in order to be listed as author. TMT follows these recommendations. Manuscripts should only be submitted for consideration once all contributing authors understand and have approved their role(s) as author or contributor. The list of authors will include those who can legitimately claim authorship based on ICMJE guidelines. The following is taken from the ICMJE website on this link. For further details, please familiarize yourself with the recommendations. Authorship includes adherence to ALL of the following:
- Have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
- Approved the version to be published
- 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
Authors must meet the conditions of all of criteria above. Each author will have participated sufficiently in the work and take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research groups alone does not constitute authorship, although contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship can be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information here.
As recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/). Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, 01/02/2018. Available from: http://www.ICMJE.org., authors will ensure the guidelines below are followed. TMT has quoted the text below from ICMJE Protection of Research Participants for authors to know and follow:
"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.
Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is usually inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article."
Ensure that the methodology has been accurately described for statistical analysis. In comparative studies, power calculations are usually required. In research manuscripts, requiring complex statistics, the advice of an expert statistician should be sought at the design/implementation stage of the study. It is appropriate to include statisticians as co-authors. Should you have further questions, please contact the managing editor.
Data sharing and reproducibility
TMT strongly urges authors to share data to build public trust. This is a function of both research and innovation communities’ willingness to share, build, replicate, and expand the current knowledge base. Making raw data publicly available will accelerate the pace of understanding, and ultimately adoption and use, of blockchain technology. TMT encourages all authors around the globe to openly share data for purposes of reproducibility. TMT also asks authors and readers to share articles to encourage broadening the sector’s knowledge base.
TMT suggests authors include a data sharing statement when making a submission explaining:
- What additional unpublished data from the study is available
- Who can access the data and how can it be obtained
TMT encourages uploading your code at Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform. We encourage you to include your code with your manuscript submission for peer review, as well as publish this code to share with all upon article acceptance.
In addition, Dryad has declared its willingness to accept medical datasets.
Clinical Trial Studies:
Although not a current member of ICMJE, TMT endeavors to follow ICMJE guidelines for scholarly journal practice and, as such, will also follow the ICMJE data sharing policy. Manuscripts submitted to TMT reporting results of clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement that includes the “conditions of consideration for publication of a clinical trial report,” as delineated by ICMJE, and can be accessed here.
The new inclusion criterion are:
- Clinical trials that began enrollment on or after January 1, 2019, must include a data sharing plan in the trial’s registration. For ICMJE’s policy regarding trial registration go to icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html. If the data sharing plan changes after registration, this should also be included in the statement submitted and published with the manuscript.
- Authors of secondary analyses using shared data must attest that their use was ethical and legal. Authors must reference the data source using a unique identifier and provide credit to the original owner/researcher. Secondary analyses authors must completely describe how their analysis is different from others shared or published previously.
The copyright owner retains all rights to IP, patents, and trademarks for their work(s). All rights to the owner of IP, patents and trademarks are retained by the owner. Sharing articles for professional and personal use is encouraged.
Corresponding author contact details
Please provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all authors. These details should be uploaded in a separate document independent of the manuscript to facilitate anonymous peer review.
Post publication discussion and corrections
TMT encourages collegiate discourse and transparency to assist the expansion of the body of knowledge and understanding within and beyond the sector. This can only be achieved with the highest ethical principles for education and science.
Ethical Publishing Practices
Submitted manuscripts should be 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. Authors are responsible for all statements made in the article and references cited.
TMT is a member CrossRef and Similarity Check, iThenticate. This is a plagiarism tool to verify originality of content. TMT will screen manuscripts upon submission. If the editor identifies plagiarized content. the submission will be returned with comment for resubmission with original content.
TMT strives to abide by the guidelines and standards prescribed by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), its Code of Conduct, and its Best Practice Guidelines (please click the link to learn additional details).
Authors, editors, and reviewers are expected to be aware of, and comply with, best practice in publication ethics.
- Authors are expected to be aware of, and comply with, best practice in publication ethics specifically but not limited to, dual submission, plagiarism, manipulation of figures, competing interests, and compliance with policies on research ethics.
- Reviewers and editors are required to treat manuscripts fairly and in confidence, and to declare competing interests.
TMT will investigate allegations of misconduct and will contact author institutions, funders or regulatory bodies as needed.
TMT will follow COPE flowcharts and seek guidance as per COPE recommendations on resolving issues that may arise. Evidence of misconduct will require corrective action in the form of a scientific record including issuing a correction or retraction.
Address concerns regarding misconduct to the journal’s Editor-in-Chief(s), Publisher, or Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will address the issue with all appropriate person(s) as soon as possible and send responses to confirm receipt of the alleged misconduct.
Correction, Retraction, Withdrawal Policies
- Corrections may be made when the accepted manuscript galley proof is relayed to the author to proof before publication creating the PDF and XML article versions for publication.
- Post publication, TMTeditors will consider correcting the XML and PDF versions of articles. We are a member of Crossmark and corrections will be indexed accordingly.
TMT follows guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for retractions. Click to view the complete COPE policy here. TMTwill consider retractions for proven unreliable data or findings, duplicate publication, and unethical research. The retracted article will be replaced with a version marked as such. If content must be removed for legal reasons, metadata will be removed and TMT will indicate why the article was removed. We are a member of Crossmark, and retractions will be indexed accordingly.
Manuscripts may be withdrawn at any time by submitting a letter of explanation to email@example.com
ARTiFACTS Blockchain Scholarly Research Collaboration
TMT now provides a blockchain-based service for its author community for PoE, attributions, and indexing of content, plus linking supporting article materials for an early user-community in this leading-edge field. TMT has partnered with ARTiFACTS to integrate blockchain into scholarly publishing workflow & collaborate on research to assess its effectiveness to improve speed, collaboration, access, transparency, & attribution in scientific research.
Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT), is an online peer-review journal available for authors to add to their list of “where” to publish. There are a few items to note when you consider TMT:
Editorial Mission of Publication: TMT endeavors to assist and inform an evolving health sector in launching and scaling delivery services to achieve sustainable outcomes in telehealth ad medicine within clinically integrated healthcare systems. This includes positive and negative results. One of our journal pillars is to honor success and failure in research. We believe it is the duty of scholarly publications to publish both.
Turn-around Time: TMTis committed to providing fast turnaround for peer review. Our aim is 7 to 14 business days.
Caliber of Board Members and Peer Reviewers: The team is a cross section of world-renowned experts bringing depth and breadth of knowledge and curiosity to a collegiate and egalitarian platform. Join the network and help build the community.
Scholarly Practices: We adhere to ICMJE, COPE, and WAME guidelines and practices. TMT uses the PKP Open Journal Systems (OJS), platform. We seek inclusion on content aggregators and online directories while we await membership to scholarly organizations.
Portfolio: We are a far-reaching new era portfolio publishing in the telehealth and blockchain sectors. We are committed to sharing knowledge, stimulating thoughts and conversations to build consensus, and promote a path forward in areas that pioneer innovation and change legacy systems, and assist in achieving better health, quality of care, and a more efficient healthcare system. If you share these values, throw your support behind us. It takes a village, and everyone brings something to the table. Opportunities present once—this one is yours to seize now…!
Indexing: As a new journal, we don’t have an Impact Factor. Without your submissions, we don’t obtain an Impact Factor. As soon as TMT obtains index status, indexing articles will occur retroactively. All articles receive a DOI number. Considering it takes months to publish a paper in some journals—in that time, TMTcan have an Index Factor—but it doesn’t happen without your manuscript submission!
TMT has been conceived as a serious scholarly publication to benefit the healthcare sector and the initiatives, pilots, deployments, and outcomes many of you are focused on. Its scope, quality, originality of content sought, and significance of this content, will qualify TMT for inclusion in scholarly databases. We welcome your suggestions, and look forward to working together to achieve the goals both author and publisher need to meet.