What is the purpose of the Patients Included™ journal charter?
The Patients Included™ journal charter provides journal publishers with a means of demonstrating a title’s commitment to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition by ensuring that patients are neither excluded from nor exploited by the publication.
How can a journal achieve Patients Included™ status?
Patients Included™ status is self-assessed. A journal successfully meeting all four of the charter’s clauses may accredit itself as a Patients Included publication.
Patients Included™ journal charter clauses:
- At least two patients sit on the editorial board of the journal.
- Patients routinely publish editorials, reviews, or research articles in the journal as authors.
- Patients serve as peer reviewers of submissions to the journal.
- The journal is an open access publication, with no barriers to access full text content.
How can a journal promote its Patients Included™ status?
A journal fulfilling all four of the charter’s clauses may display the trademarked Patients Included™ logo within its publication, on its website, and in any promotional materials that it may produce. The self-accrediting title may also feature a link to the journals charter’s home page. Journals should be able to provide evidence in support of their Patients Included™ status to the public.
- An overarching term inclusive of individuals with personal experience of a health issue as well as their families, friends, and informal caregivers (Source).
- A group of people controlling the tone and direction taken by a publication’s editorial policy.
- The journal explicitly invites contributions from patients.
- As defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative (Source).
- Patients Included is a trademark of the REshape & Innovation Center.
- It is suggested this information be displayed prominently on the publication’s website.
Who are the authors of the Patients Included™ journal charter?
The Patients Included™ journal charter was written by members of the public during March 2016.
What can I do to show my support for the Patients Included™ journal charter?
Patients Included™ journal charter supporters may become signatories to the charter by adding their name to the form below.
Feedback concerning the Patients Included™ journal charter
Contributions to ongoing discussion concerning the #PatientsIncluded journal charter on Twitter are invited, as is all feedback concerning compliant and non-compliant publications. Instances where titles are deemed to have either exceeded or breached the charter’s clauses are particularly welcome.
v.1.0 April 2016