Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Journal of Market Access & Health Policy is the official journal of the Market Access Society. The journal aims to consolidate the concept of market access from technical, scientific, sociological, psychological, and policy perspectives – in addition to economic perspectives - as a multidisciplinary research field, to be the reference desk for market access for industry, regulators, and academics who will have immediate and free access to innovative research papers, discussion papers for best practices, and valuable guidelines.

Market access is the ability for an invention to reach the market and become accessible to patients. It covers health policies for pricing, reimbursement, health technology assessment, incentive/disincentive for hospitals to adopt new technologies, psychology of expert group decision making under uncertainty, and sociology of patient groups, citizens and consumers toward access to innovation. It also covers all cultural aspect of decision making and health policy including but not limited to equity, solidarity, corporate responsibility and risk taking. It encompasses the local, regional, national and cross country differences in terms of access to innovation and related health consequences for the population. All those facets converge to define market access conditions for innovative interventions.

Today, many journals only address some elements of market access such as health economics, HTA, health policies, outcome research, sociology or psychology underlying decision making. No journals link all components to provide a convergent perspective. With respect, these prestigious journals do not address the overall impact on market access and do not put in perspective the studied field in the light of other related fields. The undisputed success of the first EU Market access diploma only underscores the huge demand for information education and research in such a critical domain for any innovative health intervention to be successful. Publishing on these topics will represent a unique opportunity to present and discuss all relevant aspects of market access in a single specialized journal while today this happens across multiple journals, each dealing with their particular angle.

Types of articles
Journal of Market Access & Health Policy welcomes Original research papers, Review articles, Short communications, Practical application papers, Editorial commentaries, Debate essays, and Letters to the Editor; read more here. Supplementary material in the form of large datasets, protocols, videos etc. is encouraged. All papers are published online immediately after they have been accepted and proofs finalized. Thematic clusters of articles (special issues) and Supplements are published occasionally and are collated into online collections published at one and the same time. Abstracts from The Society’s annual meetings are also published in the journal.

Indexing
Since Journal of Market Access & Health Policy is a new journal (launched in 2013) the Publisher is currently dedicated to having it indexed/tracked/covered by a number of relevant databases, including PubMed Central, PubMed, MEDLINE and Scopus, and also to work toward an impact factor. Once the journal has been accepted for inclusion in the various databases, all articles – i.e. as from volume 1, 2013 – will be included and thus indexed.

Material in Journal of Market Access & Health Policy will also be distributed by EBSCO, one of the world's largest content aggregators and research database providers, which helps link the content in the Journal into the research literature.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Original Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Debate Pieces

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Best Practice Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Position Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Meeting Reports

Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Guidelines

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Journal of Market Access & Health Policy are subject to rigorous peer review.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Chief Editor. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are then assigned to at least two peer reviewers who carry through the entire peer review process after which they recommend acceptance or rejection of the paper to the Chief Editor.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail.

Journal of Market Access & Health Policy has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Chief Editor if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

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. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in Journal of Market Access & Health Policy are posted online immediately they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly, only in volumes per year, but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Journal of Market Access & Health Policy is published  Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. Authors retain the full copyright over their work. For more information see copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

Journal of Market Access & Health Policy is accessible via the journal’s website at www.JMAHP.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:

http://www.jmahp.net/index.php/jmahp/oai

 

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).