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Criteria for Article Processing Charge (APC) Coverage

If authors believe that their manuscript meets the criteria described below, authors are invited to contact the Editors and provide them with an abstract before submitting their manuscripts. 

The journal editors will decide if the submission meets the criteria for coverage below. If granted, APCs will be fully covered by the journal’s societies, and the authors will receive a CMT Society account code to be used during manuscript submission in the payment confirmation page in Editorial Manager. More details will be provided if coverage is granted.


Manuscripts that may have their APCs covered need to have a good fit with the journal scope and the readers’ interests, have a strong chance of progressing to publication, and make a meaningful impact on the literature. This means the Editors usually prioritize high quality research articles that have demonstrated relevance and impact on clinical practice/patient care, and/or relevance and impact on future research, including:

  • Guidelines, systematic reviews, and scoping reviews 
  • Intervention clinical trials with patient-important outcomes
  • Observational studies
  • Studies about clinimetrics 
  • Mixed method and qualitative studies
  • Basic science

The Editors will also prioritize manuscripts that are innovative and agenda-setting, and when the first author is an early career researcher (research graduate student or within 5 years after their PhD degree); please indicate this when you contact the Editors.

The Editors are unlikely to provide coverage for Commentaries, Debates, Protocols, studies dealing with educational issues, case studies, studies with relevance to only a restricted specialized/regional area, and survey studies with a poor response rate. Finally, the Editors also consider the balance of topics relevant to our readership.

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