About the Journal

Annals of Palliative Medicine

Aims and Scope

Annals of Palliative Medicine (Ann Palliat Med; Print ISSN 2224-5820; Online ISSN 2224-5839) is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal published bimonthly with both online and printed copies (quarterly published from Apr. 2012 to Jul. 2019, bimonthly published from Aug. 2019 to Dec. 2020, monthly published from Jan. 2021 to Dec. 2022). The aim of the journal is to provide up-to-date and cutting-edge information and professional support for health care providers in palliative medicine disciplines to improve the quality of life for patients and their families and caregivers. For more information, please refer to: https://apm.amegroups.org/article/view/119214/html.

The scope of APM encompasses supportive care, palliative care, hospice care and public health palliative care. We will specifically solicit articles pertaining to serious or life-threatening diseases to focus on the supportive, palliative, hospice, and public health aspects of medicine and care related to these conditions.

Below are eight sections of APM:

  • Palliative medicine and palliative care for incurable cancer, including, but are not limited to advanced lung cancer, advanced breast cancer, advanced colon cancer, advanced pancreatic cancer, advanced liver cancer, advanced gastrointestinal cancer, advanced cervical cancer, incurable hematological malignancies, and multiple metastatic cancer.
  • Palliative medicine and palliative care for serious or advanced diseases, including, but are not limited to dementia, multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, severe aortic stenosis or heart failure, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, chronic or end-stage lung disease, chronic or end-stage liver disease, chronic or end-stage kidney disease, and other uncontrolled situations requiring intensive care.
  • Symptom management in palliative medicine and palliative care, including, but are not limited to pain assessment and management, difficulty in swallowing, nausea and vomiting, constipation and diarrhea, anorexia and weight loss, hiccups, ulcers, difficulty in breathing, coughing, lymphedema, difficulty in urinating, fatigue and weakness, sleep disorders, bleeding, and thrombotic complications.
  • Psychiatric, psychological, social, and spiritual issues in palliative medicine and palliative care, including, but are not limited to depression, fear, anxiety, loss of dignity, delirium, social and cultural differences, loss of meaning and purpose, existential issues, and bereavement.
  • Public health in palliative medicine and palliative care, including, but are not limited to evidence-based advanced care planning, role of community support and engagement, challenges of equity, diversity and inclusion, challenges of continuity of care, caregiver and bereavement social support, public education and civic policy development, job and financial losses, and religious and cultural meaning.
  • Teamwork and education in palliative medicine and palliative care, including, but are not limited to the professional roles, collaboration and training of physicians/nurses/pharmacists/nutritionists/radiologists/physiotherapists/social workers/spiritual care providers/volunteers, discussions on prevention and management of burnout and compassion fatigue among healthcare providers.
  • Ethics and policy in palliative medicine and palliative care, including, but are not limited to human rights, ethical dilemmas, euthanasia, do not resuscitate orders and family decision making, and withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
  • Communication in palliative medicine and palliative care, including, but are not limited to communication skills with patients and families, difficult conversation scenarios, truth-telling and consent, and communication in multicultural contexts.

APM also features a distinguished editorial board, which brings together a team of highly experienced specialists in palliative medicine. The diverse experience of the board members allows our editorial panel to lend their expertise to a broad spectrum of palliative medicine subjects. The entire submission and review process are managed through OJS system, an easy-to-use electronic system that ensures a rapid turnaround of manuscripts submitted for publication. APM has been indexed by PubMed/MEDLINE since March 11, 2015 and Web of Science [Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)] between January 11, 2019 and April 14, 2023.

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Information for Authors

APM is a member of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and it follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)'s guidelines and the ICMJE recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journal.

Manuscripts submitted must be the original work of the author(s) and must not be published previously or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Submission Turnaround Time 

  • In-house review: 1-3 weeks
  • External peer review: 1-3 months
  • Publication Ahead of Print: within 1 month after being accepted
  • Formal publication: within 1-3 months after being accepted. Original Articles are listed as priority.

Publication Schedule

APM is currently published bimonthly (January, March, May, July, September, November). APM has been published quarterly from Apr. 2012 to Jul. 2019, bimonthly from Aug. 2019 to Dec. 2020, and monthly from Jan. 2021 to Dec. 2022.

Open Access Statement

This journal is a peer reviewed, open access journal. All content of the journal is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for all to read, download, copy and distribute as defined by the applied license.

Free access and usage
Permitted third party reuse is defined by the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. This license allows users to copy and distribute the article, provided:

  • this is not done for commercial purposes and further does not permit distribution of the Article if it is changed or edited in any way.
  • the user gives appropriate credit (with a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI) and provides a link to the license but not in an any way implying that the licensor is endorsing the user or the use of the work.
  • no derivatives including remix, transform, or build upon the material was allowed for distribution.

The full details of the license are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/


For open access publishing, this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will transfer copyright to APM, but will have the right to share their article in the same way permitted to third parties under the relevant user license, as well as certain scholarly usage rights.

For any inquiry/special circumstance on the copyright, commercial usage or adaptation of APM articles, please contact: permissions@amegroups.com

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Support for Authors to Comply with Funding Body Mandates

We work with authors of research articles supported by funding bodies with open access mandates to ensure that authors can meet their funders’ requirements for public access to research results.

In addition, we offer further support for authors who are required to comply with funding body mandates, including but not limited to:

Editorial Office

Email: apm@amepc.org

Publisher Information

APM is published by AME Publishing Company.
Address: Flat/RM C 16F, Kings Wing Plaza 1, NO. 3 on Kwan Street, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong, China.


Updated on March 21, 2024