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About Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal offering high quality articles, rapid publication and wide diffusion in the public domain.

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes aims to promote the dissemination of knowledge on the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) assessment within the scientific community.

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes considers original manuscripts on Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) assessment for the evaluation of medical interventions or psychosocial approaches and studies on psychometric properties of HRQOL and patient reported outcome measures, including cultural validation of instruments if they provide information about the impact of interventions. The journal will also consider study protocols and reviews summarising the present state of knowledge concerning a particular aspect of HRQOL and patient reported outcome measures. Reviews should generally follow systematic review methodology. Comments on articles and letters to the editor are welcome.

Open access

All articles published by Health and Quality of Life Outcomes are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2215/€1600 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes are included in:

  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • Current contents
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmCare
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • MEDLINE
  • Medscape
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • SCImago
  • Scirus
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 2.27.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Health and Quality of Life considers the following types of articles:

Research - reports of data from original research.

Commentaries - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of the journal. These articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings.

Reviews - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of the journal.

Short reports - studies focusing on validation of instruments, translation and cultural adaptation (for a full description see validation studies) are usually best submitted as short reports..

Letters to the Editor - these can take three forms: a substantial re-analysis of a previously published article, or a substantial response to such a re-analysis from the authors of the original publication, or an article that may not cover 'standard research' but that may be relevant to readers.

Study protocol - describes proposed or ongoing research, providing a detailed account of the hypothesis, rationale, and methodology of the study. We encourage all authors who have their articles published in the journal to also submit the full length article when it is ready.

Peer-review policies

  • Peer review in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is designed to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.
  • Health and Quality of Life Outcomes considers manuscripts spanning a wide range of scientific interests, and aims to publish articles of significance to the field.
  • We recognise the importance of highlighting articles that contain the most interesting, important or significant research. Peer reviewers are asked to indicate which articles they consider to be especially interesting or significant. These articles will be given greater prominence within Health and Quality of Life Outcomes and greater external publicity.
  • Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two external anonymous experts.
  • Peer reviewers will have four possible options, for each manuscript: (1) accept without revision, (2) accept after minor revision, (3) accept after major revision or (4) reject because scientifically unsound
  • In deciding whether to accept or reject a manuscript, a reviewer asks him/herself whether the scientific community is better served by publishing or not publishing the manuscript. The suitability of a research article for publication in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is assessed by peer reviewers, who base their decision on the article's validity and coherence, level of interest to the reader and comprehensibility.
  • When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed.
  • Health and Quality of Life Outcomes normally allows authors a maximum of two revisions of a manuscript.
  • Peer reviewers are asked to indicate if the manuscript is not sufficiently clearly written for publication. In such cases authors are asked to revise the manuscript, seeking, if necessary, the assistance of colleagues or a commercial editing service.
  • We aim to publish research as quickly as possible. Our electronic submission process is designed to facilitate rapid publication.

Edited by Holger Schunemann, Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to HQLO should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

Articles in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 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. Health Qual Life Outcomes [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. Health Qual Life Outcomes 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes?

High visibility

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 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; the article will then be available through Health and Quality of Life Outcomes and BioMed Central.

Flexibility

Online publication in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes gives authors 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).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Health and Quality of Life Outcomes's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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