Hospital Pharmacy

Instructions for Authors

Purpose of the journal
Hospital Pharmacy is practitioner focused and dedicated to the promotion of safe medication practice and the prevention of medication errors. Hospital Pharmacy features peer-reviewed clinical information applicable to pharmacists in hospitals and organized health systems, managed care practice, nursing homes, pharmacy schools, long-term care, and other settings where state-of-the-art practice information is essential.

Hospital Pharmacy features include drug and disease state management, recent FDA approvals, medication error and adverse reaction reporting, automation, medical usage evaluation, and governmental regulation. 

Because of its focus on high-quality, relevant content, Hospital Pharmacy is the most read journal among pharmacy managers, clinical and staff pharmacists, and formulary committee members. This clinical focus is the core of Hospital Pharmacy’s purpose. 

Open Access Policy 
There are no submission fees for this journal. However, authors of peer-reviewed articles who choose to have their articles posted with immediate open access upon publication may request this only after an article is accepted for publication. There will be a charge of $2,800 USD per article, which must be paid within 30 days of acceptance. To initiate immediate open access upon publication, contact

Manuscript submission
Hospital Pharmacy uses the Editorial Manager online manuscript submission system. Click here to access Editorial Manager. A brief registration is required. Forms and further information are available on the Editorial Manager system.

Hospital Pharmacy endorses the Declaration of Helsinki and assumes that authors of papers submitted to HPJ will have followed all ethical and legal standards for pursuing original experiments on human beings as determined by their institutions.

Manuscript review process 

All manuscripts are peer reviewed by one of the Editors and at least two outside reviewers for clinical relevance, originality, scientific quality, and statistical accuracy. 

Manuscript preparation
Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. They should be double-spaced and ordered as follows: abstract, key words, text, references, and, if applicable, tables, figure captions and figures, and appendices. All information that identifies the author(s) or institution should be removed from the manuscript before submission.

Authors must release copyright ownership of their manuscript at the time of its submission. A Copyright Release form (available in Editorial Manager) must accompany the manuscript before processing for publication can begin. It is understood that articles submitted to be published in Hospital Pharmacy will not be submitted to any other publication.

Submission checklist
Each submission must include the following:

1. Title page (separate from the manuscript document) including (1) title of the article, (2) author names (with highest academic degrees) and affiliations (including titles, departments, and name and location of institutions of primary employment), (3) any acknowledgments, credits, or disclaimers, and (4) a shortened title (maximum 45 characters) for use as a running head. 

2. Abstract of no more than 250 words and up to 7 key words that describe the contents of the article like those that appear in the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) or the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). For abstracts of Research Articles and Clinical Studies, please include background, objective, methods, results, and conclusions sections. (click here for an example of a structured abstract)

3. Clear indication of the placement of all tables and figures in text.

4. Signed Copyright Release Form

5. Written permission for any borrowed text, tables, or figures. Reprint Permission Request Form.

Cite references in text and style in the reference list according to the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th ed. They should be numbered consecutively in the order they are cited; reference numbers can be used more than once throughout an article. References should not be created using Microsoft Word’s automatic footnote/endnote feature. References should be included on a separate page at the end of the article and should be double-spaced. 

Include tables on a separate page at the end of the manuscript, not embedded in the manuscript. Number tables consecutively and call out each one in text. Supply a brief title for each table. Type explanatory statements, notes, or keys below the table. Explain in footmotes all nonstandard abbreviations. For footnote labels, use lowercase letters a, b, c, etc. Type source and permission lines below the table. Type credit lines exactly as requested by the original copyright holder. 

High-resolution figures can be submitted electronically as either a TIFF or JPEG file with at least 300 dpi. Save and submit files in both the application in which they were created (i.e., Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw and Photoshop) and as either JPEG or TIFF files. We do  accept art that is in color, is embedded in the text, was downloaded from the Internet, or has been photocopied. Cite each figure in the text in consecutive order. Supply a caption for each figure. Captions should include the figure title; explanatory statements, notes, or keys; and source and permission lines. If a figure has been previously published, in part or in total, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce or adapt the material.

Permission to reprint. The author is responsible for obtaining signed letters from the copyright holders granting permission to reprint material that is borrowed from other sources (including previously published material in TSR). Permission is needed when using any copyrighted table, figure, or illustration or direct quotes of 200 words or more from a periodical article. Permission forms are available in Editorial Manager.

Permission to adapt. Permission is also required if material is redrawn, reworded, modified, or adapted.

Fee payment. Copyright holders sometimes require that a fee be paid before granting permission. It is the author’s responsibility to pay this fee.

Drug names. The generic (nonproprietary) name of a drug should be used throughout a manuscript. Use the complete name of a drug, including the salt or ester (eg, tetracycline hydrochloride) at first mention and elsewhere in contexts involving dosage. When no generic name exists for a drug, give the chemical name or formula or description of the names of the active ingredients.