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Instructions for Authors

Initial manuscript review to determine potential suitability for the Journal will be conducted by Journal staff. If the manuscript is potentially publishable, it is then subjected to peer review. Manuscript review is double-blind, that is, author identity and/or institutional affiliation will not be revealed to reviewers, nor will reviewer identity be revealed to authors. Authors should hear from the editors regarding the status of the manuscript 6 to 8 weeks after submission. Editors may also be in contact with authors concerning the manuscript in the interim.

Manuscript preparation

Submit manuscript, tables, and figures via email to Prepare the manuscript in Word format using 12-point font, double-spaced text, and ragged (unjustified) right margin. Paginate beginning with the title page. Do not submit the manuscript as a pdf. Submit tables as separate Word files. Submit figures in tiff or jpeg format, not embedded in a Word document.

Types of submissions

Note: original research manuscripts require a structured abstract using the following headings, as appropriate: background, aim or purpose, methods, results, and conclusion(s). All other types require a brief unstructured abstract.

  • Original research
  • Quality studies*
  • Case reports
  • Reviews
  • History of Medicine
  • Vignettes
  • How I do it

*Publishable quality-focused manuscripts will include a concise but thorough review of the literature on quality measures, and the data will be collected and interpreted in a scientifically rigorous manner.

Elements of the manuscript

Organize as follows: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgment (optional), references and figure legends. Submit tables as separate Word files. Submit figures as tiff or jpeg files, not embedded in a Word document. Securing permission to use previously published work (eg, tables, illustrations) is the responsibility of the author.

Title page should contain:

  • manuscript title
  • author names, highest academic degrees and institutional affiliations
  • corresponding author’s name, mailing address, telephone, facsimile and email
  • short title (40 characters, including spaces)


Number references in the order cited in the text. Identify references in the text using superscript Arabic numerals. List all authors up to six; if more than six authors, list the first three and use et al. Format references according to the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.

Journal Article
Hammes BJ, Rooney BL, Gundrum JD. A comparative, retrospective, observational study of the prevalence, availability, and specificity of advance care plans in a county that implemented an advance care planning microsystem. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010;58(7):1249-1255.

Chapman SW, Dismukes WE, Proia LA, et al. Clinical practice guidelines for the management of blastomycosis: 2008 update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Clin Infect Dis. 2008;46(12):1801-1812.

Book Section or Chapter
Bansal S, Goradia VK, Matthews LS. Sports knee rating systems. In: Insall JN, Scott WN, eds. Surgery of the knee. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Churchill Livingstone; 2001.

Whole Book
Doweiko HE. Concepts of chemical dependency. 8th ed. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole; 2012.

Edited Book
Tanner SM, Smith DM, Hunter S, eds. Preparticipation physical evaluation. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Physician & Sports Medicine; 1997.

Electronic Source
Wedro BC. Broken ankle or ankle sprain? Updated September 19, 2011. Accessed November 17, 2011.

Conflicts of Interest

All authors are required to complete and submit the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest.

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