Overview

Mission

What we look for

What to expect after you submit

Completing the submission form

Article Submission Form

 

Overview

ISPOR’s digital HEOR news magazine, Value & Outcomes Spotlight, invites submissions that examine pragmatic, methodological, or policy‐related applications of health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) in way that is easy to grasp for our readership, which consists of both members and nonmembers.

Key areas of focus for Value & Outcomes Spotlight include:

  • Health policies that affect the conduct, dissemination, and use of health economics and outcomes research.
  • Methodological strategies and approaches that advance the science of health economics and outcomes research with practical examples of their value to healthcare delivery and decisions.
  • Reviews of clinical, economic, health‐preference, or health‐related quality‐of‐life studies that are relevant to current healthcare decision making.
  • Reports on international or country‐specific healthcare guidelines and regulations that are generalizable to other regions.

Mission

The mission of Value & Outcomes Spotlight is to foster dialogue within the global health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) community by reviewing the impact of HEOR methodologies on health policy and healthcare delivery to ultimately improve decision making for health globally.

What we look for

Value & Outcomes Spotlight publishes brief overviews (~1500 words) that synthesize complex concepts for non-HEOR experts. Articles should highlight the real-world applications of the methods, models, and approaches, and distill the salient points of why the research into these areas are important to our readers (which include both members and nonmembers).

Value & Outcomes Spotlight is not a peer-reviewed scientific journal; hence, all submissions should be written in a style that enhances the reader’s ability to easily grasp the main points and insights. Authors are encouraged to consider novel, nonscientific article formats to maximize the readability and interest level of their submissions. As such, the Editors are most interested in content related to health economics and outcomes research that is both timely and relevant to the broad community of healthcare researchers, payers, policy makers, and patient representative organizations.

Article guidelines:
  • All submissions are to be original contributions. Certain exceptions will apply as determined by the Editors. In these cases, synopses, summaries of previously published works, or references must be properly sourced.
  • Articles that contain a high level of technical detail or methodologic rigor will be returned with a request to “lighten” the approach to the subject matter and recast to address “why this is important” to key stakeholder audiences (ie, payers, policy makers, clinicians, patient advocacy groups, etc).
  • Include an over-arching summary sentence (75 words or less) that will entice a reader to want to read the article.
  • Graphics are encouraged.
Article specifications:
  • Author bylines should include the full names, highest academic degrees, affiliation, city, state/province, and country of each author.
  • Overall length should not exceed 1500 words and contain no more than 4 graphic elements (combined total of tables and figures).
  • Tables, figures, photos, and other graphics are encouraged to highlight non-quantitative ideas and concepts. Graphic elements should be clearly labeled and easy to understand without the need for detailed explanations in the text.
  • Figures must be submitted as high-quality images that are reproducible for publication (ie, 300 dpi image files [not Word or Excel files] at a size of 3” x 5”).
  • Tables and figures should be placed after the reference section (not embedded in the text of the article) and be cited in the text at the point in which the reader would view them.
  • Articles must be written in English.
  • Articles must not contain any advertising, publicity, or promotion of any product or service provided by the author’s company.
  • Press releases are not considered for publication.
  • Articles must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • References should be minimal (no more than 10) and follow AMA style.
  • All references should be listed in a separate section after the text of the article and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text.

What to expect after you submit


  • Submission of an article or column (even if solicited) does not guarantee acceptance and publication in Value & Outcomes Spotlight.
  • Submissions are subject to review and approval by the editors.
  • Authors can typically expect to receive feedback from the editors within 3 weeks of submission.
  • Authors may be asked to revise or rework their paper in response to the feedback provided by the editors.
  • Authors will receive page proofs in the form of a PDF for their review and approval of the content and layout.
  • Accepted articles are posted online on the ISPOR website around the 15th of even numbered months (ie, Feb, Apr, Jun, etc).
  • ISPOR distributes an electronic table of contents for each issue to 38,000+ readers on or about the 15th of even numbered months.
  • @ISPORJournals tweets about select articles from each issue. We encourage authors to do the same.

Completing the submission form


  • Authors are required to complete an Article Submission Form and upload manuscript files via the ISPOR website. The submission form can be completed in 3 easy steps:
  • Enter corresponding author’s full name and email address.
  • Upload the article file(s) (8MB or less in Word format).
  • Click "Submit."
  • Upon acceptance, the Editorial Office requires the corresponding author to complete a Statement of Affirmation and Consent form.
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