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The scope of the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy (EJHP) is broad and of interest to pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, as well as related disciplines of specific relevance to hospital pharmacy. The journal is of direct relevance to those involved in hospital pharmacy, as well as those involved with academic research, clinical, technical and social pharmacy, pharmaco-epidemiology and pharmaco-economics. The emphasis is on high quality content that augments the knowledge and practice of hospital pharmacists.

The print circulation exceeds 17,000 copies to hospital pharmacists in Europe. However, readership and authorship from other, non-European countries is encouraged. EJHP receives submissions from over 40 countries, many of which are from authors based outside Europe (including the USA, Asia, the Middle East and Africa). Readership of the online edition is global.

The journal publishes both professional and research content. In all cases the emphasis will be on quality, originality and the contribution of articles relevant to hospital pharmacists and their colleagues. Please note that animal studies are not considered to be relevant for the audience.

The Editor has a policy of encouraging first time authors to achieve a standard of writing that is suitable for publication in the journal and support will be given to achieve this. First time authors are asked to either contact the editor.ejhp@bmj.com when considering submitting a manuscript, or state that fact in their cover letter.


Editorial policy

European Journal of Hospital Pharmacyadheres to the highest standards concerning its editorial policies on publication ethics, scientific misconduct, consent and peer review criteria. The journal follows guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).To view all BMJ Journal policies please refer to the BMJ Author Hub policies page.

We take seriously all possible misconduct. If an Editor, author or reader has concerns that a submitted article describes something that might be considered to constitute misconduct in research, publication or professional behaviour they should forward their concerns to the journal. The publisher will deal with allegations appropriately.

Manuscripts are considered on the basis that they are submitted solely to this journal and do not duplicate material already published, or submitted, elsewhere. In cases of doubt, and whenever material from the same study/dataset has been published elsewhere, please mention this to the editor in your cover letter, and explain the relationship between the manuscripts and how they differ.

Articles are published under an exclusive licence (or non-exclusive licence for UK Crown and US Federal Government employees) and authors retain copyright. Articles can also be published under a Creative Commons licence to facilitate reuse of the content; please refer to the European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy Copyright Author Licence Statement.

As the author you may wish to post your article in a PrePrint service, institutional or subject repository or a scientific social sharing network. For more information on author self archiving and rights to reuse content – which are dependent on the licence you have obtained – please refer to the BMJ author self archiving and permissions policies page.

Peer review process

Articles submitted to European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy are subject to peer review. The journal operates single blind peer review whereby the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author; at least two external reviewer reports are usually be obtained before an original article or review is accepted for publication. Manuscripts authored by a member of a journal’s editorial team are independently peer reviewed; an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for their own article. Letters to the editor and educational items (e.g. case reports) may only be reviewed internally by members of the editorial team. Editorials written by the journal’s editor and news items do not undergo peer review. For more information on what to expect during the peer review process please refer to BMJ Author Hub – the peer review process.

BMJ requests that all reviewers adhere to a set of basic principles and standards during the peer-review process in research publication; these are based on the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. Please refer to our peer review terms and conditions policy page.

BMJ is committed to transparency. Every article we publish includes a description of its provenance (commissioned or not commissioned) and whether it was internally or externally peer reviewed.

Plagiarism is the appropriation of the language, ideas or thoughts of another without crediting their true source and representation of them as one’s own original work. BMJ is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. BMJ runs manuscripts through iThenticate during the peer review process. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.

Article publishing charges

During submission, authors can choose to have their article published open access for 1,950 GBP (exclusive of VAT for UK and EU authors). There are no submission, page or colour figure charges.

For more information on open access, funder compliance and institutional programmes please refer to the BMJ Author Hub open access page.

Submission guidelines

Please review the below article type specifications including the required article lengths, illustrations, table limits and reference counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements, contributions and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

For further support when making your submission please refer to the resources available on the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on writing and formatting your research through to the peer review process and promoting your paper.

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Original article

Full papers must present important, substantial new material and should be of direct relevance to clinical practice or important contributions to theoretical frameworks. Animal studies are not considered.

Original articles should not exceed 3000 words plus references; articles that exceed this word limit may need to be returned for revision before peer review. Additional data may be presented as supplementary information, which will be published online only should the article be accepted. This can take any form (text, tables, images, videos etc.) but please note that these files will not be copyedited or typeset and will be published as supplied, therefore PDF files are preferred where possible (excluding videos).

Original articles should be presented in sections:

Abstract

No more than 300 words, summarising the problem being considered, how the study was performed, the salient results and the principal conclusions under subheadings ‘Objectives’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, and ‘Conclusions’.

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Authors may also submit a version of their abstract in their local language, for publication online only. This should be uploaded as a separate file and labelled as ‘Abstract in local language’. The text should match the English version as closely as possible. Note that this version of the abstract will not be copyedited or typeset, and will be published online in the format provided by the author as supplementary information.

Keywords

A minimum of 5 are required. These should be presented beneath the abstract and in the box provided in the online submission process.

Introduction

Brief description of the background that led to the study (current results and conclusions should not be included).

Methods

Details relevant to the conduct of the study. Wherever possible give numbers of subjects studied (not percentages alone). Statistical methods should be clearly explained at the end of this section.

Results

Undue repetition in text and tables should be avoided. Comment on validity and significance of results is appropriate but broader discussion of their implication is restricted to the next section. Subheadings that aid clarity of presentation within this and the previous section are encouraged.

Discussion

The nature and findings of the study are placed in context of other relevant published data. Caveats to the study should be discussed. Avoid undue extrapolation from the study topic.

Acknowledgments and affiliations

Individuals with direct involvement in the study but not included in authorship may be acknowledged. The source of financial support and industry affiliations of all those involved must be stated.

References

Should not exceed 30.
Please see References for further style guidance.

Figures and tables

Maximum of 6 tables and/or figures. As there are no charges for colour figure reproduction, authors are encouraged to supply figures and illustrations in full colour.
Please see Figures/illustrations and Tables for further style guidance.

Units of measurement

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (metre, kilogram, or litre) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius. Blood pressures should be given in millimetres of mercury. All haematological and clinical chemistry measurements should be reported in the metric system in terms of the International System of Units (SI). The symbol L for litre is recommended in order to avoid the risk of confusion between the letter l and the number 1. Percentages should normally be presented as whole numbers.

Abbreviations and symbols

Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

Trial registration

Where applicable, articles should include trial registration: registry and number (for clinical trials and, if available, for observational studies and systematic reviews). Please refer to our policy for trial registration.

Research reporting guidelines

BMJ requires compliance to the following reporting guidelines. Please upload the relevant completed checklist for your study type with your submission, and label it “Research checklist”. If no relevant checklist is available for your study type, this can be indicated on the submission form.

  • CONSORT statement – Required for all randomised controlled trials
  • PRISMA statement – Required for all systematic reviews
  • EVEREST statement – Required for all economic evaluations
  • STARD statement – Required for all diagnostic research papers
  • STROBE statement – Required for all observational studies
  • SQUIRE statement – Required for all quality improvement studies

Guidance and forms are available from EQUATOR.

Key messages

When you submit your manuscript we will ask you for ‘key messages’. This is a short summary explaining what your article adds to the literature. It should be divided into two sections:

  • What is already known on this subject – In two or three single sentence bullet points please summarise the state of scientific knowledge on this subject before you did your study and why this study needed to be done. Be clear and specific, not vague.
  • What this study adds – In one or two single sentence bullet points give a simple answer to the question “What do we now know as a result of this study that we did not know before?” Be brief, succinct, specific, and accurate.

Systematic review

The journal welcomes systematic reviews with or without meta-analyses according to PRISMA guidelines. Authors may wish to seek the advice of the editor.ejhp@bmj.com in advance.

Word count: up to 3000 words
Abstract: up to 300 words
Tables/illustrations: maximum of 6
References: up to 50

Short report

The format is identical to that of an original article (see above) and should include an Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion.

Word count: up to 1500 words.
Abstract: up to 150 words.
Tables/illustrations: maximum 1 table and/or figure.
References: up to 15

Editorial

The aim of an Editorial is to stimulate thought (often with more questions than answers) rather than review the subject exhaustively. Editorials are often commissioned and linked to one or more articles published in the same issue. Personal opinion and comment are perfectly legitimate since the Editorial is not anonymous, though of course such opinion needs to be reasonable and backed up by appropriate evidence.

Word count: up to 1500 words
Tables/illustrations: maximum of 2 tables and/or figures
References: up to 30

Letter to the Editor

The objective of a letter is to provide a platform for discussion and dialogue between readers and the EJHP. Readers are encouraged to submit items for discussion which would be of particular interest to hospital pharmacists, as well as to submit feedback on a topic in a previous issue. This article can be in the style of a letter-to-the-editor, and can either be opinion based or can focus on the factual background of a previously published topic.

Word count: up to 500 words
Tables/illustrations: maximum of 1
References: up to 5

E-letter

Readers have the opportunity to comment directly and immediately on any article published online. E-letters should be submitted electronically via the website. Contributors should go to the article in question and click on the ‘Responses’ tab to complete the online form.

Hands on medicines information

This section aims to present clinical queries arising from medicines information practice. These should be complex or unusual queries that would be of interest to other hospital pharmacists that may come across similar cases in their clinical practice.

The submission should present a clearly defined clinical question and answer, which should be supported with scientific evidence. The inclusion of patient-specific information and an outcome assessment is strongly encouraged.

The article should be structured as:

Summary of up to 150 words
Introduction, including the case presentation and any clinical or background information relevant to the query
Clinical question
Recommended answer, including the problem-solving approach used (if applicable)
Outcome and discussion
Key message/learning outcome of one sentence

Word count: up to 1500 words
Tables/illustrations: maximum 1 table and/or figure
References: up to 10

Case report

A case report should be a detailed narrative that describes for pharmaceutical, medical, scientific or educational purposes a medication problem experienced by one or several patients and focused on pharmaceutical aspects in the medication process with (potential) harm to the patient (critical incidence) or proven specific benefit/result. The case could also be of a medication error that may have wider interest. A pharmacist should be involved in the process and the contribution and interest for pharmacists clearly stated.

The case report must be submitted in the form of the standard EJHP template.

Case reports are also required to fulfil certain criteria:

  • They should add to the clinical and/or pharmaceutical knowledge, so should not be about a common occurrence.
  • They should be set in the context of the wider literature. In particular, authors should check whether the problem has already been discussed or reported elsewhere.
  • For patient-related reports, signed permission for publication must be obtained from the patient(s) concerned according to BMJ’s usual patient consent guidelines.

Protocol

Protocol manuscripts should report planned or ongoing studies. If data collection is complete, the report can be considered for publication but not as a protocol. EJHP will consider for publication protocols for any study design, including observational studies and systematic reviews. This is in addition to an appropriate registration of the trial on a protocol register.

Publishing study protocols enables researchers and funding bodies to stay up to date in their fields by providing exposure to research activity that may not otherwise be widely publicised. This can help prevent unnecessary duplication of work and will hopefully enable collaboration. Publishing protocols in full also makes available more information than is currently required by trial registries and increases transparency, making it easier for others (editors, reviewers and readers) to see and understand any deviations from the protocol that occur during the conduct of the study.

Please note that protocols will be published online only.

Protocols should follow the following structure:
Title: This should include the specific study type e.g. randomised controlled trial.
Abstract: This should be structured into sections: Introduction; Methods and analysis; Ethics and dissemination. Registration details should be included as a final section, if appropriate.
Introduction: Explain the rationale for the study and what evidence gap it may fill. Appropriate previous literature should be referenced, including relevant systematic reviews.
Methods and analysis: Provide a full description of the study design, including how the sample will be selected; interventions to be measured; the sample size calculation (drawing on previous literature) with an estimate of how many participants will be needed for the primary outcome to be statistically, clinically and/or politically significant; what outcomes will be measured, when and how; a data analysis plan.
Ethics and dissemination: Outline ethical and safety considerations and the dissemination plan (publications, data deposition and curation).
References
Authors’ contributions: State how each author was involved in writing the protocol.
Funding statement: Preferably worded as follows: ‘This work was supported by [name of funder] grant number [xxx]’ or ‘This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors’.
Competing interests statement

Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  • The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  • The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  • The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  • A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate