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Submission Timelines
Submissions received eight months prior to the publication date will be considered by the upcoming issue. It usually takes 8-12 weeks from submission to notification (including 4-6 weeks for peer reviews) and 4-6 weeks from acceptance to online publication. A manuscript revision usually takes 4-8 weeks depending on authors. The publication timeline for a specific regional issue is below:

  1. Value in Health Regional Issues for Asia is published/printed in May
  2. Value in Health Regional Issues for Latin America is published/printed in December
  3. Value in Health Regional Issues for Central & Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Africa (CEEWAA) is published/printed in September

Manuscript Languages
ViHRI articles may be published in a language of the region. Acceptable languages for a specific issue are determined by the ViHRI Editorial Board. Acceptable languages for the following issues are below:

  1. Manuscripts submitted to the Value in Health Regional Issues for Asia 2012 and 2013 issues should be in English.
  2. Manuscripts submitted to the Value in Health Regional Issues for Latin America may be in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
  3. Manuscripts submitted to the Value in Health Regional Issues for Central & Eastern Europe, Western Asia and Africa 2013 issue should be in English.

Submission Contents
Each submission should contain separate documents as follows:

  1. Cover Letter
    The cover letter should include: 1) title of the manuscript; 2) name of the document file(s) containing the manuscript and the software (and version) used; 3) name and all contact information for the corresponding author and a statement as to whether the data, models, or methodology used in the research are proprietary; 4) names of all sponsors of the research and a statement of all direct or indirect financial relationships the authors have with the sponsors; and 5) if applicable, a statement that the publication of study results was not contingent on the sponsor's approval or censorship of the manuscript.
    » See Sample Cover Letter

  2. Title Page
    The title page should contain the following: 1) title; 2) full names (first and surname) of all authors including academic degrees and affiliation(s); 3) name, mailing and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers of corresponding author (with whom all correspondence will take place unless other arrangements are made); 4) all sources of financial or other support for the manuscript (if no funding was received, this should be noted on the title page); 5) at least four key words for indexing purposes; and 6) a running title of not more than 45 characters including spaces.
    » See Sample Title Page

  3. Manuscripts
    Manuscripts must be written in English (unless otherwise indicated; see "Manuscript Languages" above for more information), typed in either Microsoft Word (Version 5.0 or later) or WordPerfect (version 5.1 or later). Manuscripts should be in 8.5x11-inch page format, double-spaced with 1-inch margins on all sides and size 10 font (Arial or Times New Roman fonts are preferred). Minimal formatting should be used, i.e., no justification, italics, bold, indenting, etc. There should be no hard returns at the end of lines. Double-spacing after each element is requested (e.g., headings, titles, paragraphs, legends). The 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals' should be consulted for specific style issues not addressed here (, Ann Intern Med 1997;126:36-47). The word count should be less than 4500.
    1. Highlights
      Value in Health Regional Issues publishes papers that add to the literature in a substantive way to inform health care decision making. Therefore, during the submission process, authors are asked to identify several "Highlights" that illustrate the paper's contribution to the field. Highlights should not summarize the article, but rather should highlight the novel insights related to value in health care delivery that the paper provides.
      1. What is already known about the topic?
      2. What does the paper add to existing knowledge?
      3. What insights does the paper provide for informing health care-related decision making? (optional)
    2. Abstract
      An abstract of 250 words or less is required, summarizing the work reported in the manuscript. Original research manuscripts should use a structured format for the abstract, i.e., Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
    3. Text
      The body of the manuscript should be divided into sections that facilitate reading and comprehension of the material. This should normally include sections with the major headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Acknowledgments (if needed), and References. There should be no footnotes. Figures (inclusive of figure legends) and Tables must each be submitted as separate documents.
    4. References
      References should be listed in a separate section and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text. Citing unpublished or non-peer-reviewed work such as abstracts and presented papers is discouraged. Personal communications may be indicated in the text as long as written acknowledgment from the authors of the communications accompanies the manuscript. Reference style should follow that of Index Medicus. Spell out single-word journals and abbreviate all others according to the style of Index Medicus. If there are more than four authors, use only the names of the first three, followed by et al.

      The three most common types of references are illustrated below for example.

      Journal article: Surname and initials of author(s), title of article, name of journal, year, volume number, first and last page.
      Arocho R, McMillan CA. Discriminant and criterion evaluation of the U.S.-Spanish version of the SF-36 Health Survey in a Cuban-American population with benign hyperplasia. Med Care 1998;36:766-72.

      Book: Surname and initials of author(s)/editor(s), title and subtitle, volume, edition (other than first), city, publisher, year.
      Johnston J. Econometric Methods (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984.

      Chapter in Book: Surname and initials of author(s), title of chapter, author(s)/editor(s) of book, title of book, volume, edition (other than first), city, publisher, year.
      Luce BR, Manning WG, Siegel JE, et al. Estimating costs in cost-effectiveness analysis. In: Gold MR, Siegel JE, Russell LB, et al., eds., Cost-effectiveness in Health and Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.
      » See Sample Manuscript
  1. Tables
    Tables should be clearly labeled, neatly typed, and easy to understand without reference to the text. Each should be double-spaced and submitted as separate files, independent of the main manuscript file. Statistical estimates should indicate parameter estimates and, as appropriate, t ratios or standard error, statistical significance, sample size, and other relevant information. All abbreviations must be explained below each table. Each table should be numbered and have a self-explanatory title.
    » See Sample Table
  1. Figures
    Figures should each be submitted as a separate image file, not embedded in the manuscript document or in a slide presentation. Cite figures consecutively, as they appear in the text, with Arabic numbers (Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3A, etc.). If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable color figures then the Journal will ensure, at no additional charge that these figures will appear in color on the Web (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. There will be a charge for color reproduction in print; you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article. Please indicate your preference for color in print or on the Web only.  Each figure must be assigned a brief title (as few words as possible, and reserving abbreviations for the legend) as well as a legend. The corresponding legend should be typed double-spaced on a separate page. All symbols, arrows, and abbreviations must be explained in the legend. Please submit files with a resolution of at least 300 DPI. Line artwork should contain a resolution of least 1000 DPI. Elsevier recommends submitting figures in the following formats: TIFF, JPG, EPS, and PDF. Please be sure to delete any identifying patient information such as name, social security number, etc. Photographs in which a person's face is recognizable must be accompanied by a letter of release from that person explicitly granting permission for publication in the Journal. For any previously published material, written permission for both print and electronic reprint rights must be obtained from the copyright holder. For further explanation and examples of artwork preparation, see Elsevier's Author Artwork Instructions at
    » See Sample Figure
  1. Supplementary Material or Supplementary Data:
    You may submit appendices that describe either methods or results in more detail if these are needed for clarity of understanding by either peer reviewers or readers. If appropriate, materials suitable for Web publication but not print publication (eg, audio or video files, see below) can also be submitted. If you do so, indicate the particular reasons for the appendix and whether you are submitting it for possible Web publication or simply for peer review purposes. Value in Health Regional Issues accepts audio and video files as ancillaries to the main article. Audio files should be in .mp3 format; the recommended upper limit for the size of a single file is 10 Mb. Video files should be submitted in .mpg or .mp4 format, the recommended upper limit for the size of a single file is 10Mb. Any alternative format supplied may be subject to conversion (if technically possible) prior to online publication.
  1. Survey Instrument (if applicable)
    For papers analyzing preferences, Value in Health Regional Issues requires the submission of a copy of the survey instrument used to generate the preference data. This is to help in the review process and the survey instrument need not appear in a final publication. If the authors wish the questionnaire to be published with the paper, it should be submitted through ScholarOne Manuscripts as part of the paper. If they do not wish it to be published, it should be submitted through ScholarOne Manuscripts as Supporting Information and then will be sent to the reviewers as a reviewer's appendix.

Submission Instructions
Each submission, using the web-based system, must

  1. Indicate the study topic and method;
  2. Indicate the disease or disorder studied; and
  3. Upload the following documents:
    1. Cover Page
    2. Title Page
    3. Manuscript
    4. Tables & Figures (use separate document for each table/figure)
    5. Survey Instrument (if applicable)

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