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About Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.

Aims & scope

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that considers manuscripts on all aspects of cost-effectiveness analysis, including conceptual or methodological work, economic evaluations, and policy analysis related to resource allocation at a national or international level.

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation is aimed at health economists, health services researchers, and policy-makers with an interest in enhancing the flow and transfer of knowledge relating to efficiency in the health sector. Manuscripts are encouraged from researchers based in low- and middle-income countries, with a view to increasing the international economic evidence base for health. The journal particularly solicits manuscripts on the costs, effectiveness, or cost-effectiveness of health interventions, based on primary empirical research/data collection or via a modelling approach. A health intervention is defined broadly as any action whose primary intent is to improve health - promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative actions at the clinical or population level. As well as manuscripts reporting cost or cost-effectiveness data, the journal also considers contributions that report or discuss methodological aspects of economic evaluation - such as disease modelling, cost estimation, or uncertainty - and policy-related issues such as the interplay between efficiency and other decision-making criteria.

There will never be sufficient resources available to allow all possible means of improving health to be provided to all people who might benefit from them. Information on the health improvements resulting from possible uses of scarce resources is critical to informed decision making about where scarce resources should be allocated. Nowhere is this truer than in low- and middle-income countries, where there is greatest pressure on limited resources for health and health care. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation aims to be a home for this type of information.

Open access

All articles published by Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

Authors of articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.

For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1325/$2255/€1675 for each article accepted for publication. If the submitting author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.

Indexing services

All articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation include:

  • CABI
  • Cinahl
  • Citebase
  • DOAJ
  • Embase
  • EmCare
  • Global Health
  • Google Scholar
  • Index Copernicus
  • OAIster
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • SCImago
  • Scopus
  • SOCOLAR
  • Zetoc

The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation has an unofficial Impact Factor of 1.16. BioMed Central is working with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Criteria for publication

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation considers the following types of articles:

  • Research - country-level primary research on the costs, effectiveness, or cost-effectiveness of (single or combined) interventions.
  • Commentaries - opinion articles on the use of information for policy purposes, including ethical dimensions of the use of cost-effectiveness analysis.
  • Methodology articles - articles on methodological issues surrounding studies of costs, effectiveness or cost-effectiveness.
  • Review articles - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of subjects within the journal's scope.

Peer-review policies

To promote transparency and accountability, a policy of open peer review of submitted manuscripts is adopted by the journal. Peer review in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation is designed to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation considers manuscripts spanning a wide range of scientific interests, as long as the results and conclusions are scientifically justified and not misleading.

Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by two or three external experts. Peer reviewers will have four possible options, for each manuscript: (1) accept without revision, (2) accept after revision without expecting to check those revisions, (3) neither accept nor reject until author(s) make revisions and resubmit or (4) reject because scientifically unsound

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. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation normally allows authors a maximum of two revisions of a manuscript. Peer reviewers are asked to say if the manuscript is not sufficiently clearly written for publication. In such cases authors are asked to revise the manuscript, seeking, if necessary, the assistance of colleagues or a commercial editing service.

We aim to publish research as quickly as possible. Our electronic submission process is designed to facilitate rapid publication.

Edited by Joan Rovira, Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation is supported by an expert Editorial Board.

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, a personalized section of the site.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to CERA should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation

Articles in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Cost Eff Resour Alloc [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Cost Eff Resour Alloc 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation?

High visibility

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.

Flexibility

Online publication in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright policy and license agreement).

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