Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways publishes original researches and reviews in pharmacoeconomics and health economics. 
The aim is to provide contents of the highest quality, authority and accessibility. Emphasis is placed on evaluation of new drugs and pharmacoeconomics models, but the journal also publishes economic analysis of all types of healthcare interventions and of health policy initiatives, evaluation of methodologies, and analysis of pricing and reimbursement systems. Readership include health economists, market access experts, and in general everyone who have an interest in pharmacoeconomics, health economics, health policy, and public health.
Content is subject to peer-review and is editorially independent. 
Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways is an open access journal that provides immediate open access to all of its articles (in HTML) on the website (to access PDF files a subscription is required).


Section Policies


Editorials are short articles on issues of topical importance. They aim at offering a personal perspective on a topic of recent interest. Therefore, we encourage our editorial writers to express their opinions, giving the author the opportunity to present criticism or address controversy.

Figures and tables can be included in editorials, if necessary. Word limit: about 1,000-1,500 words      

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Review (Economic Analysis)

Review should be focused on a specific drug, class of drugs, or pathology.

Reviews on specific drug or class of drugs must include clinical issue and therapeutic role. Pharmacoeconomic profile and synthesis of the available economic evidence should receive the greatest emphasis.

Reviews on pathology must include clinical issue and therapeutic options; cost of illness should receive the greatest emphasis.

An abstract of less than 300 words is required. The text is limited to about 6,000 words (not including abstract, tables, figures, and references); about 6 tables, and no reference limit.

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Original research

Original researches include original works of research and analysis especially regarding economic evaluations such as cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost effectiveness analysis, and budget impact model. The articles should include description of how the data of cost was identified and quantified and, in case of a budget impact model, how the model was structured.

A structured abstract of less than 300 words is required. The text is limited to about 6,000 words (not including abstract, tables, figures, and references); about 6 tables (a detail of cost data input and of results should be included), and there are no reference limits.

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Articles should focus on specific methods and techniques used in economic analysis. Principles and applications of the techniques must be illustrated and practical examples of use should be reported.

An abstract of less than 300 words is required. The text is limited to 4,000 words (not including abstract, tables, figures, and references); about 3-4 tables, and no reference limit.

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Brief drug profile

It’s a brief review on the clinical and pharmacoeconomic aspects of a specific drug. The article should begin with a brief discussion on the disease for which the drug has received the indication. In case of two or more indications in each article will be discussed only one. Indication and dosing, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, efficacy and safety should be reported. Pharmacoeconomics profile should be focus on review of economic evaluations of the drug or the cost of illness, if economic analysis are not available in literature.

The text is limited to 3,000 words (not including tables and references); about 3 tables, and no reference limit.

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Letter to the Editor

The journal accepts two formats for Letters to the Editor:

  • Comments on papers published in Farmeconomia. Health Economics and Therapeutic Pathways. They should contain substantive ideas and commentary supported by appropriate data and references, and should not exceed five double-spaced typed pages. Whenever possible, they will be published with the reply of the published paper's author.
  • Brief reports that bring out a message adequate for the journal's scope and of particular interest to the community.

No abstract is required. The text is limited to 1,000 words; max 2 tables/figures, and no reference limit.

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Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online.

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts receive an initial review by the Editor and/or Editorial Board to determine the originality, validity, and importance of content and conclusions.

Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication will be rejected promptly.

Other manuscripts are sent (anonymous) for peer review at at least two reviewers.

All reviewers remain anonymous.

Authors will be sent reviewer comments that are judged to be useful to them.

Authors are informed about the Editor’s decision after the review process is completed.


Publication Frequency

Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways is now published continuously.


Article Purchase

Readers without a subscription may still purchase individual articles. The following payment options and fees are available.

Purchase Article: 9.60 (EUR)

The payment of this fee will enable you to view, download, and print the article in pdf.



Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways to ensure secure and permanent preservation of your content stores all the articles through PKP LOCKSS - PKP PNL


Open Access Policy

Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways is an open access journal that provides immediate open access to all of its articles (in html) on the website (to access PDF files a subscription is required). Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all the published articles in respect of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License. For any different use you need to get permissions.

  1. All contents are freely available as html files.
  2. pdf files are available under subscription.
  3. Farmeconomia's Open Access without delay (e.g. no embargo period).
  4. Farmeconomia's funding model does not charge authors, readers or their institutions for access.


Creative Commons Licence

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Editorial Board

Editor in Chief

Mario Eandi. MD. Former Full Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Turin, Italy

Advisory Board

Sarah Acaster. MD, PhD. Director, Oxford Outcomes, Oxford, UK

Nicola Braggio. Area Vice President Latin America, AstraZeneca

Thomas Davidson. Ass. Professor, PhD, Health Economics Division of Health Care Analysis
Department of Medical and Health Sciences Linköping University

Wilson Follador. Pharm D, MSD, PhD, Director of Health Economics & Reimbursement at Medtronic plc, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brian Godman. Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden - Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

J-Matthias Graf von der Schulenburg. PhD. Director Center of Health Economics, Leibniz University Hanover, Hanover

Anke-Peggy Holtorf. PhD, MBA. Health Outcomes Strategies, Basel, Switzerland

Mihajlo Jakovljevic. MD, PhD Associate Professor Head of Health Economics & Pharmacoeconomics The Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Kragujevac, Serbia

Edward Kim. MD, MBA. Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ

Güvenç Kockaya. Vice President, Health Economics and Policy Association, Ankara, Turkey

Carlo Lucioni. Adis International, Milan, Italy

Lorenzo G. Mantovani. Professor (Associate) of Public Health, Department of Statistics and Quantitative Methods University of Milan-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Mark JC Nuijten. MD, MBA, PhD. A2M (Ars Accessus Medica BV) - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ewa Orlewska. MD, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, the Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce, Poland

Lorenzo Pradelli. MD. AdRes Health Economics & Outcomes Research, Torino, Italy

Steven Simoens. Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, KU Leuven, Belgium

Giuseppe Turchetti. PhD, Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Economics and Management, Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy

Xin Xu. PhD. Lead Economist. Office on Smoking and Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Richard J. Willke. Chief Science Officer - International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research

Managing Editor

Ombretta Bandi. SEEd Medical Publishers, Torino - Italy
Email: o.bandi@edizioniseed.it


Review Guidelines

Submitted manuscripts are usually by two experts. Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways operates using a double-blind peer review system. Reviewers should ensure that their reports are anonymous and do not include identifiable information such as tracked changes or comments.

Peer reviewers will be asked to recommend whether a manuscript should be:

  • Accepted without editorial revisions
  • Revised, inviting the authors to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before a final decision is reached
  • Rejected, usually on grounds of insufficient conceptual advance or major technical and/or interpretational problems

They should also alert the editors of any issues relating to author misconduct such as plagiarism and unethical behavior.

Publication of research articles and reviews by Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways is dependent primarily on their validity and coherence, as judged by peer reviewers and editors. The reviewers may also be asked whether the writing is comprehensible and how interesting they consider the article to be.

Points to consider

Reviewers are asked to provide detailed, constructive comments that will help the editors make a decision on publication and the author(s) improve their manuscript. A key issue is whether the work has serious flaws that should preclude its publication, or whether there are additional experiments or data required to support the conclusions drawn. Where possible, reviewers should provide references to substantiate their comments.

Reviewers should address the points below and indicate whether they consider any required revisions to be major compulsory revisions (if further analysis is required that may change the conclusions or additional controls are required to support the claims or the interpretations) or minor essential revisions

  • Is the question posed important and well defined?
  • Are the data sound and well controlled?
  • Is the interpretation (discussion and conclusion) well balanced and supported by the data?
  • Are the methods appropriate and well described, and are sufficient details provided to allow others to evaluate and/or replicate the work?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the methods?
  • Can the writing, organization, tables and figures be improved?
  • Are there any ethical or competing interests issues you would like to raise?

Reviewers are asked to timely reviews in maximum 10 working days.
Any manuscript sent for peer review is a confidential document and should remain so until it is formally published.
Reviewers may not undertake a peer review on a submission if they aìhave any kind of conflict of interest.


Ethical Guidelines

Conflict of interest

Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways requires authors, reviewers, and editors to disclose any competing financial interests in relation to manuscript submitted.

Competing interests are defined as those of a financial nature that, through their potential influence on behavior or content or from perception of such potential influences, could undermine the objectivity, integrity or perceived value of a publication. They can include any of the following:

  • Funding: research support by organizations that may gain or lose financially through this publication.
  • Employment: recent, present or anticipated employment by any organization that may gain or lose financially through this publication.
  • Personal financial interests: Stocks or shares in companies that may gain or lose financially through publication; consultation fees or other forms of remuneration from organizations that may gain or lose financially; patents or patent applications whose value may be affected by publication.

These declarations will be published in the Disclosure at the beginning of the html form and in the lower right corner of the first page in pdf form.


All authors are required to complete the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and to return it to the Managing Editor (o.bandi@edizioniseed.it).

Authors from pharmaceutical companies, or other commercial organizations, should declare these as competing interests on submission. They should also adhere to the Good Publication Practice guidelines for pharmaceutical companies (GPP3), which are designed to ensure that publications are produced in a responsible and ethical manner. The guidelines also apply to any companies or individuals that work on industry-sponsored publications, such as freelance writers, contract research organizations, communications and consulting companies.


Editors and members of the Advisory Board must declare any conflict of interest for each submitted manuscript, and decisions on manuscripts in which they have a conflict of interest will be made by another editor. To preserve editorial integrity and eliminate bias editorial decisions for manuscripts commissioned, solicited or signed by some editor will be made by another one.

Peer Reviewers

All peer reviewers should declare any conflict of interests upon acceptance to review a paper.


In case reports, the privacy of patients should be respected. The identification of the patient has to be impossible. If, for scientific reasons, the patient’s identity shouldn’t be disguised, the authors should require written consent from patients: the document should be at SEEd’s disposal. The Consent Request form should be asked to the editorial staff (o.bandi@edizioniseed.it).

Informed consent

Every clinical trial submitted to Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways should include a statement that the study obtained ethics approval by the ethical committee (or a simple acknowledgment, or a statement that it was not required), reporting also the name of the ethics committee and the ID, and a statement that participants gave informed consent before taking part.

Human/Animal Rights

For articles concerning research on human beings, Authors should also provide assurance that the study protocol conformed to the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki.

For studies involving animal experimentation, Authors should provide assurance that all animals received humane care according to the criteria described in the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" published by the National Institutes of Health and available at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/Guide-for-the-Care-and-use-of-laboratory-animals.pdf .


Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways follows the COPE guidelines concerning the handling of plagiarism (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). Therefore, if a submitted article contains plagiarism, i.e. unattributed use of large portions of text and/or data, presented as if they were by the author, Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways editors will contact the authors requiring an explanation. If this is not satisfactory, the journal may contact the author’s institution.

Redundant publications will be managed in the same way, once again following COPE guidelines (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).


Crossref Similarity Check SEEd Medical Publishers uses the iThenticate software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Wherever you see the “Similarity Check Deposited” or “Similarity Check Depositor” logos, you can be reassured that the publisher whose content you are reading is committed to actively combating plagiarism and publishing original research. View SEEd Medical Publishers’s plagiarism policy above. To find out more about Similarity Check visit www.crossref.org/crosscheck/index.html


Appeals and complaints

Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways adheres to COPE guidelines regarding appeals to editorial decisions and complaints.



An 'author' is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study. According to the ICMJE guidelines, to qualify as an author one should have:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not usually justify authorship.

Farmeconomia. Health economics and therapeutic pathways does not permit the changing, adding or deleting of authors after submission of the paper.


All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance.

Medical writers

The involvement of medical writers or anyone else who assisted with the preparation of the manuscript content should be acknowledged, along with their source of funding, as described in the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) guidelines. The role of medical writers should be acknowledged explicitly in the ‘Acknowledgements’.