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Aims and scope

The Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes (JPRO) is an international, open access, multi-disciplinary journal publishing original manuscripts in the field of patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

JPRO will consider original research and review articles, brief communications, commentaries, editorials, and reviews of recent books and software advances relevant to topics 1 through 6, below. In general, JPRO does not publish case reports, articles reporting study designs, pilot studies, or feasibility studies.

The journal uses the ISOQOL Dictionary of Quality of Life and Health Outcomes Measurement1 definitions of PROs, PROMs and PREMs.

Listed below are some examples of the types of papers to be considered for publication in JPRO.

  1. PROs in clinical trials. Results and methodology for PROs in clinical trials and other clinical studies.
  2. PROs in clinical practice. Methods and applications of PROs in clinical practice, including individual patient management and using PRO results from comparative studies.
  3. Patient, family, community, and public engagement. Methods to engage patients, family members, and members of the general public in the process of PRO-related research, policy formulation, and clinical guidelines development, and the evaluation of the effects of such engagement.
  4. Quantitative and qualitative studies on the development, psychometric evaluations and application of PROs. Application, innovation, and best practices in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods in the development and use of PRO measures.
  5. Studies of the social and behavioural determinants of health using PRO measures.
  6. Patient-Reported Experience Measures (PREMs). Innovative methods of capturing and analysing patient (or caregiver) reports of their experiences receiving care.

Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs)
Measures related to patient-centered care that cover aspects of the structure and processes of care as experienced by the patient and not interpreted by any other person. Dimensions of the patient experience covered by PREMs include respect for patients’ values and preferences; provision of information, communication and education; coordination of care; involvement of family; emotional support; physical comfort; preparation for discharge, continuity and transitions in care; and access. In the hospital context, PREMs cover aspects of care such as communication and responsiveness of health professionals, cleanliness and quietness of the environment, pain management, and adequacy of discharge information. PREMs are distinct from measures of satisfaction as the latter is strongly affected by expectations and outcomes2.

Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs)
A measurement of any aspect of a patient’s health that comes directly from the patient without interpretation of the patient's responses by a physician or anyone else. A distinction can be made between those outcomes for which no other interpretation is valid, such as the rating of symptoms or difficulty in carrying out an activity, and those outcomes where verification is possible.   For example, the patient can be a good source of information on limitations in physical function, but if need be, the information reported on could be verified by observed performance. The term Self-reported Outcome (SRO) would better represent this type of construct.

  1. Mayo NE. ISOQOL Dictionary of Quality of Life and Health Outcomes Measurement: Isoqol; 2015.
  2. Bull C, Teede H, Watson D, Callander EJ. Selecting and Implementing Patient-Reported Outcome and Experience Measures to Assess Health System Performance. JAMA Health Forum. 2022;3(4):e220326. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2022.0326

The Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes is an official publication of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL).

Why publish your article in Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes?

  • We are an official journal of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), a leading society in the field of health-related quality of life research.
  • We are an international, open access, multi-disciplinary journal publishing original manuscripts in the field of patient-reported outcomes.
  • Our renowned editorial team offers expert early guidance for researchers, helping transform their ideas into discoveries.

Open access

All articles published by the Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes 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.

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The current APC, subject to VAT or local taxes where applicable, for Research, Reviews, and Software Reviews is: £1390.00/$1990.00/€1690.00.

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Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers do not know the names or affiliations of the authors and the reviewer reports provided to the authors are anonymous.

The benefit of double-blind peer review is that it allows reviewers to judge the manuscript based on content alone, and they are not unconsciously biased by knowledge of who the authors are.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by a minimum of two experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

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Citing articles in Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Articles in Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes 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. J Patient Rep Outcomes [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. [insert full example] 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. J Patient Rep Outcomes 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

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High visibility

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Speed of publication

Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes 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 Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes and SpringerOpen.


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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.7 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.4 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.078 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.729 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    10 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    173 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage 
    559 Altmetric mentions