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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOI and URLs for the references have been provided in APA Style.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
    Be sure to review this checklist before submitting a manuscript. Only compliant submissions are considered for peer review. A manuscript is considered an appropriate submission if it:
    1. Conforms to IHR’s editorial scope..
    2. Conforms to IHR’s editorial format. The author provides a 200–300-word Summary – a structured Abstract, that describes the following points: Background, Methods, Results, Contribution to Evidence-Based Care;

    Please provide a text of up to 150 words answering the following three questions:
    What do we already know about this topic?
    What is the main contribution to Evidence-Based Practice from this article?
    What are the article's implications towards theory, practice, or policy?

    2.1 Subsequent sections in the Manuscript should cover Introduction, Methods, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
    3. It is formatted in current American Psychological Association (APA) style. In-text citations and references list are formatted according to current APA style AND INCLUDE DOI
    4. Does not exceed 4,000 words. The maximum word count excludes references, tables, figures, and the Summary (structured abstract).
    4.1 The article SHOULD NOT include more than 30 references and most references should be cited iun the main text/Manuscript
    5. It Is the author’s original work. Plagiarism, of either one’s own work or that of others, will not be accepted. IHR will not consider manuscripts that have been published, in whole or in part, or that have been accepted for publication elsewhere. All elements of the manuscript should be the author’s own. Authors are responsible for securing permission for material from another copyrighted work. At the time of submission, the author should note any portion of the manuscript that has been disseminated electronically or otherwise.
    6. It Is not under consideration by another publication. No portion of the manuscript can be submitted to another publication while under review at IHR.
    7. It Contains up-to-date information. Data and references older than 7 years should be avoided, except if they are Seminal work of the specialized are and when providing historical background.
    8. Add a final section in your manuscript before the list of References named ‘Conflicts of interest’ (here you should have the sentence ‘none declared’ or clarify if you have received financing or any other context of possible conflict of interest)
  • Orcid ID: We ask Authors to include their ORCID ID in the submission. If you do not yet have an ORCID ID, you may register for one here: ORCID (

Author Guidelines

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION (documents to be submitted)

Be sure to review this section before submitting a manuscript. Only compliant submissions are considered for peer review.

Questions regarding the peer review process or suitability of a manuscript for IHR should be directed to the editor via the contact information provided in the “Editorial Contacts” section.

For your submission, please PREPARE THE FOLLOWING THREE SEPARATE INDIVIDUAL DOCUMENTS. Please read carefully the guidance below: 

  1. Prepare ONE separate document named as "title page". For this file you may Copy&Paste the text below, points a) to g) to your file and adapt, as applicable. This Document should include the following information: (a) complete manuscript title; (b) authors' full names, degrees, postgraduate degrees and/or credentials, and affiliations; Please Verify that the spelling, order, and affiliation of each author is correct; (c) name and e-mail address of the corresponding author(s) (please noite that to register, you will need to add emails of all authors in the online submission platform, but not in this file); (d) any other acknowledgment the authors wish to include; and (e) Funding and conflict of interest statement; you can use this text, if applicable:
    > FUNDING: The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article
    >DECLARATION OF CONFLICTING INTERESTS: The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. 
      AND g) Please provide IN THIS Document FILE a text of up to 150 words answering the following three questions:
    What do we already know about this topic?
    What is the main contribution to Evidence-Based Practice from this article?
    What are the article's implications towards theory, practice, or policy? 
  2. One SECOND FILE named 'ANONYMOUS MANUSCRIPT': Remove all author-identifying information (names, initials, organizations) from the full manuscript file, including the title page and headers/footers. This is the file taht will be sent for expert double blind Peer Review, if the article is up to standards, after initial assessment by the Editor.
  3. One Third file named 'LIST OF REFERENCES': INCLUDE one separate document with all the references. Format all references according to current APA style and make sure you add DOI and URL TO ALL REFERENCES. Order the references alphabetically in a list following the text, and try to make sure every reference is cited in the article. PLEASE add  DOIs to ALL the references. Not adding a DOI to a reference may lead to its deleltion (unless justified due to format of publcation)
  4. On the Use figures and tables, try not to have more than a total of 4 and use them only when they enhance or clarify the information. Large tables with complex statistical data are discouraged. Your Manuscript may be returned if redundant or unnecessary items are inluded.
  5. Place figures and tables either in the place where tye are supposed to be or at the end of the full anonymous manuscript file iIN LOW RESOLUTION in the order in which they are discussed. Make sure that each figure/table is mentioned in the text.
  6. Submit Figures  or Images in TIFF or JPG (in higher good resoltuion) if these are important.
  7. Do not use footnotes except in figures/tables or endnotes.

You may submit any other additional files, if relevant for the assessment of the Article. Please contact the editor to confirm its relevance.



You may submit any other additional files, if relevant for the assessment of the Article. Please contact the editor to confirm its relevance.



All manuscripts must be submitted via the IHR Editorial Manager website. You must be registered as an author by clicking the “Register” link. Once registered, you will be able to log in to the system with a username and password.

From the “Author Main Menu,” click on the “Submit New Manuscript” link (beneath “New Submissions”) then proceed through the following steps:

  1. Select Article Type. From the pull-down menu, choose your
  2. Enter Title. Enter a complete title (limit 20 words; required). A short title (limit 8 words) may also be entered.
  3. Add Authors. Enter the names, postgraduate academic degrees/honorifics, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of the authors who have contributed to your manuscript (limit 10 authors).
    1. Ensure that ALL coauthors complete and submit the journal’s copyright transfer agreement, which confirms authorship and includes a section on the disclosure of conflicts of interest. Manuscripts will not be published until ALL the authors have completed the agreement.
  4. Submit Abstract.Enter the Summary. This may be copied and pasted from a word processing program
  5. Enter Key Words. Enter up to 8 keywords (each keyword can have up to four words, for example: ‘nephrology trends’, ‘artificial intelligence in nephrology’), ‘nursing management’)
  6. Select Classifications. Choose up to 5 subject classifications. They facilitate the process of matching your manuscript with reviewers.
  7. Enter Comments (optional). Enter any comments you would like the editor to take into consideration. These comments do not appear in your manuscript.
  8. Suggest Reviewers (optional). Suggest potential reviewers for your manuscript.
  9. Oppose Reviewers (not required) .Identify anyone you would prefer not to review the manuscript.
  10. Attach Files. Prepare and Upload separate files for the contents of the article. SEE ABOVE: 1) title page(PLEASE include authors names here), 2) anonymous manuscript (do NOT include any authors names in this file); 3) list of references. Optional additional files you may submit: 4)  figures (if they exist, prepare and upload one MSWord document with the figures in good resolution); 5) tables (if they exist, prepare and upload one MSWord document with the tables);
  11. Build PDF for Approval. Click “Build PDF for My Approval.” Click the “Submissions Waiting for Author’s Approval” link. Once your files are built into a submission PDF, the status of the submission will change to “Needs Approval.” From this point, you can view, edit, approve, or remove your submission. You can also come back to your submission at a later time prior to your approval. The manuscript will not be submitted until you approve it.

Please also note the following additional aspects before you submit.

Conflicts of Interest
Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest on the separate title page. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as “none declared.” All sources of funding should be acknowledged. All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included in the manuscript (before the list of references) with the heading “Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding.” For example:

  • Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company Z. B is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization Y, and is on the speaker’s bureau for Organization X – the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none are declared.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

In addition, each author must complete and submit the copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” ( .

By submitting to the International Healthcare Review you are accepting the Copyright Terms defined in this website under "Copyright Notice"


Authors must provide written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use any direct quotation, table, or illustration that appeared in copyrighted form elsewhere, along with complete details about the source. Any permissions fee required by the copyright owner is the responsibility of the authors requesting use of the material, not the responsibility of the International Healthcare Review or its publisher.

For permission to use content for which IHR’s publisher owns the copyright, go to the journal website and, after navigating to the article whose content you wish to reuse, contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Supplemental Digital Content

Authors may submit supplemental digital content (SDC) files that enhance their article's text to be considered for online posting. SDC includes standard media such as text documents, graphs, audio, and video. On the “Attach Files” page of the submission process, select Supplemental Material for your uploaded file as the submission item. If an article with SDC is accepted, IHM’s production staff will create a URL for the SDC file. The URL will be called out in the article. SDC files are not copy-edited; they are presented digitally as submitted.

SDC callouts: SDC items must be cited consecutively in the text of the submitted manuscript. Citations should include the type of material submitted (e.g., Video, Audio, Figure, Table), be clearly labeled as “Supplemental Digital Content,” include the sequential list number, and describe the supplemental content. All descriptive text should be included in the call-out as it will not appear elsewhere in the article. For example:

  • We performed many tests on the xxxxxx  (see Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, which demonstrates xxxxx) and found our results inconclusive.

List of SDC: A list of SDC items must be included at the end of the manuscript file. Include the SDC number and file type. This text will be removed by our production staff and will not be published. For example:

  • Supplemental Digital Content 1. Wmv
  • Supplemental Digital Content 2. Doc
  • Supplemental Digital Content 3. Xls

SDC file requirements: All acceptable file types are permissible up to 10 MB. For files greater than 10 MB, authors should first query the editor-in-chief for approval.

Peer Review

Reviewers consider manuscripts for publication in IHR on the basis of originality and timeliness, soundness of methods, significance of findings, and quality of presentation. Manuscripts must include explicit analysis of the topic’s implications for the improvement of evidence-based healthcare (see the Journal’s scope). The review process may take UP TO 6 weeks. Reviewers may require revision of a manuscript before final acceptance.


Questions regarding the publication process for accepted manuscripts should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief via the contact information provided in the “Editorial Contacts” section below.

The following briefly outlines the steps taken once your article has been accepted and published online:

  1. The manuscript will be assigned a DOI and published online;
  2. the Manuscript will be published online;
  3. The manuscript may be assigned to a Print issue;
  4. During the production process, the corresponding author will have the opportunity to review page proofs. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the necessary input from all coauthors;
  5. All accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of IHR and its publisher (authors retain their copyright)


A number of research funding agencies request or require that authors submit the post-print (the article after peer review and acceptance but not the final published version) to a repository that is accessible online by all without charge.

An author whose work is funded by an organization that mandates the use of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license can meet that requirement through the available open access license for approved funders.


Authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles have the option to pay a fee to allow perpetual, unrestricted online access to their published article to readers globally, immediately upon publication. The open access option is offered at the point of acceptance to ensure that it does not influence the peer review process and acceptance decision. Open access articles are subject to the journal's standard peer review process and are accepted or rejected on their own merits.

The open access fee is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 15 days by the author, funding agency, or institution. Payment must be processed for the article to be published open access.

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