The leading international journal on telemedicine and e-health
The leading journal in its field Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare helps you to stay up-to-date in this fast moving and growing area of medicine. Contributions from around the world provide a unique perspective on how different countries and health systems are using new technology in healthcare. This high quality scientific work provides excellent coverage of developments in telemedicine and e-health with a focus on clinical trials of telemedicine applications.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
The leading international Journal on telemedicine and e-health
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare provides excellent peer reviewed coverage of developments in telemedicine and e-health and is now widely recognised as the leading journal in its field. Contributions from around the world provide a unique perspective on how different countries and health systems are using new technology in health care. Sections within the journal include technology updates, editorials, original articles, research tutorials, educational material, review articles and reports from various telemedicine organisations. A subscription to this journal will help you to stay up-to-date in this fast moving and growing area of medicine.
Associations and Societies
Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare is the official journal of:
- ATA (American Telemedicine Association)
- ATHS (Australasian Telehealth Society)
- DSCT (Danish Society for Clinical Telemedicine)
- FST (Finnish Society of Telemedicine)
- ISTeH (International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth)
- NVEH (Dutch Association of eHealth)
- Telemed Austria
|Anthony Smith||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Gary Doolittle||University of Kansas Medical Center, USA|
|Trine Bergmo||University Hospital of North Norway, Norway|
|Nigel Armfield||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Natale Brunetti||University of Foggia, Italy|
|Chris Frueh||University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA|
|David Hailey||University of Wollongong, Australia|
|Bree Holtz||Michigan State Universtiy, USA|
|Elizabeth Krupinski||Emory University, USA|
|Frances Mair||University of Glasgow, UK|
|Maurice Mars||University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Jennifer Pecina||Mayo Clinic, USA|
|Pedro Ramos||Hospital San José Tec de Monterrey, Mexico|
|Giselle Ricur||Instituto Zaldivar, Argentina|
|Richard Scott||NT Consulting, Canada|
|Shuju Shimizu||Kyushu University Hospital, Japan|
|Victoria Wade||University of Adelaide, Australia|
|John Whited||Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital, USA|
|Peter Yellowlees||University of California, USA|
|Richard Wootton||University of Queensland, Australia|
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jtt to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.1 Manuscript structure
4.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.4 Supplementary material
4.5 Reference style
4.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Telemedicine has been defined in general terms to be ‘medicine practised at a distance’ and as such it encompasses both diagnosis and treatment, as well as medical education. During the last decade certain telemedicine applications, such as videoconsulting and teleradiology, have matured to become essential health-care services. Others, such as telepathology, remain the subject of intensive research effort. The Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare is an academic journal that publishes peer-reviewed papers on all aspects of telemedicine and telecare, including online health and e-health.
The Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare publishes contributions under the following headings:
Research is divided into four categories: Original Articles, Systematic Reviews, Preliminary Communications and Case Reports.
Original articles should generally be no longer than 3,000 words for the body of the work, but longer articles may be taken at the editor’s discretion. Original articles should be structured with the following headings: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References. The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words and be structured with the subheadings of Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion.
The Journal publishes the following types of original research, and prefers studies with results that can be generalized beyond the local environment within which the work was performed:
- Clinical trials of telemedicine applications, i.e. reports of work at a later stage with reportable outcomes rather than the initial validation and demonstration studies of technical feasibility. Comparative studies and economic analyses are encouraged.
- Work that is primarily technical in focus may be considered, but must be understandable to the general reader and directly relevant to clinical practice. Work that includes a validation of the technology will be given higher priority.
- Qualitative or mixed methods studies may be an appropriate means of investigating areas such as uptake of telemedicine into usual practice, sustainability, and the organisation of telemedicine within health services. Qualitative work should have an explicit theoretical framework that relates to the authors’ chosen methodology, and be able to demonstrate new conceptual understandings to the reader.
Systematic reviews should generally be no longer than 3,000 words for the body of the work, but longer articles may be taken at the editor’s discretion. Lengthy tables and appendices can be placed in the online archive. Subheadings should be used within the article to highlight the content of different sections. The abstract should be a maximum of 250 words and be structured into no more than four subheadings.
These articles report earlier development of telemedicine services and may be of a more descriptive character than original research, but should report novel applications of interest to and generalizable to the broader telemedicine community. The body of the work should generally be no longer than 2,500 words, with subheadings used within the article to highlight the content of different sections. The abstract should be brief and unstructured, with a maximum of 200 words.
Case reports should report novel uses of telemedicine and be prepared in a narrative style comprising a short introduction stating the reasons for reporting the case, the case report, including history, investigations and treatment, and a discussion referring to the relevant literature. Case reports should be a maximum of 2,500 words, and do not require an abstract. If an abstract is provided, it should be brief and unstructured, with a maximum of 200 words.
Education and Practice
Articles in this section are aimed primarily at informing the reader about various aspects of telemedicine, including Overview, Fundamentals, History, Technology, and Praxis. Article content should have the potential to be generalized. In more detail:
Practical reviews of basic or emerging concepts in telemedicine
History articles may be considered if new insights can be brought to the reader
Practical reviews of basic or emerging concepts in telemedicine technology
An overview of an area of telemedicine practice
Authors are strongly recommended to ensure that manuscripts in this area add value for the reader, and do not repeat previous work. Most articles in this section will be commissioned, and to avoid rejection it may be helpful to consult the Editor before sending unsolicited manuscripts.
The length of these articles should be a maximum of 3,000 words. Subheadings should be used within the article to highlight the content of different sections. The abstract should be brief and unstructured, with a maximum of 200 words.
Leaders are published by invitation only. They are divided into three categories: Editorials, Focus and Opinion.
This is a report of the authors' viewpoint on a specific subject of interest to telemedicine. Editorials generally do not report original data, and may contain narrative commentary on an aspect of the literature. Editorials do not have an abstract.
A short paper focusing on a topical issue, to a maximum of 2,000 words, with a brief unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words.
A short paper putting a potentially controversial opinion, to a maximum of 2,000 words, with a brief unstructured abstract of no more than 200 words. Opinion pieces should be written in the first person.
Tailpieces consist of Letters, Conference and Society reports, and Book reviews. Note that all except Letters are by invitation only.
Letters are given priority publication. They should be no longer than 1,500 words, with a maximum of 6 references and no abstract. Typically, they would report work in progress.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
• The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
• The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
• The author has recommended the reviewer
• The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
- Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
- Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
- Approved the version to be published,
- Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
2.3.2 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.
Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Each manuscript should contain:
The covering letter is important. To help the Editors in their preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your article should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.
The first page should contain the full title of the manuscript, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the name, postal and email addresses of the author for correspondence, as well as a full list of declarations. Up to eight co-authors may be entered on SAGE Track; please ensure all additional co-authors are included on the title page.
Please do not submit the Tables and Figures as separate files. The manuscript should be uploaded as single file, laid out in the following order: (1) main text, including title page, abstract and references; (2) tables; (3) figures; and (4) supplementary files.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. View the SAGE Vancouver guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jtt to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare editorial office as follows: