Aims and scope
Hepatology, Medicine and Policy seeks to situate biomedical advances in hepatology within the broader political and social context that determines the ultimate impact of research in both resource-rich and resource-limited settings. It encourages submissions in the areas of health policy, health systems, economics, epidemiology, health services, implementation research and delivery science, ethics, human rights, social mediators of health outcomes, and basic and clinical science.
The journal emphasises the translation of evidence into action, in part by encouraging the authors of original research articles to present their findings in ways that are meaningful to policy-makers, advocates and community members. Supplementary articles such as commentaries and patient perspectives are commissioned to help make research findings more widely accessible.
Hepatology, Medicine and Policy fills a gap in the scientific literature by integrating biomedical and public health perspectives on how to reduce suffering and death from liver-related diseases. The journal aims to galvanise the global public health response by providing a forum for researchers, policy-makers, health service providers, members of affected communities and other stakeholders to collectively explore how the greatest health gains can be achieved at the local, national and global levels. Our approach reflects a health systems perspective on public health challenges, with health system “building blocks” such as financing, the health workforce and health information systems all recognised as important areas of inquiry alongside medical products, vaccines and technologies.
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Open access publishing is not without costs. Hepatology, Medicine and Policy therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1370/$2145/€1745 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution participates in our open access membership program, some or all of the publication cost may be covered (more details available on the membership page). We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
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Hepatology, Medicine and Policy operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.
Manuscripts will initially be screened by the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts deemed suitable for peer review will be reviewed by at least 2 external experts.
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Citing articles in Hepatology, Medicine and Policy
Articles in Hepatology, Medicine and Policy should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Hepatol Med Policy [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Hepatol Med Policy 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Appeals and complaints
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Why publish your article in Hepatology, Medicine and Policy
Hepatology, Medicine and Policy's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience.
Speed of publication
Hepatology, Medicine and Policy offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF.
Online publication in Hepatology, Medicine and Policy gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
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