Instructions for Peer-Review Manuscript Submission
Authorship Criteria and Responsibilities
Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content. According to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, authorship credit should be based on the following 4 criteria: (1) substantial contributions to conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and (2) drafting of 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.
All authors (i.e., the corresponding author and each coauthor) must read, complete, and submit an electronic authorship form with signed statements on authorship responsibility; confirmation of reporting conflicts of interest and funding; and publishing agreement. An email with links to the authorship form will be sent to authors for completion after manuscripts are at the revise and resubmit stage.
Original Research 1 (2500 word Maximum)
Original Research 2 (2500 word maximum)
Ethics Case Vignette with Commentary (1500 word maximum)
Medical Education (1500 word maximum)
State of the Art and Science (1500 word maximum)
In the Literature (1500 word maximum)
Health Law (1500 word maximum)
Policy Forum (1500 word maximum)
Medicine and Society (1500 word maximum)
History of Medicine (1500 word maximum)
Images of Healing and Learning (1500 word maximum)
Medical Narrative (1500 word maximum)
On Second Thought (1500 word maximum)
Letter to the Editor (800 word maximum)
Manuscripts submitted for peer-review consideration should be written at the word counts specified above, excluding abstract, references, tables, and figures.
Manuscripts submitted for peer-review consideration must upload one file containing an anonymized manuscript and a separate file containing a cover page that lists authors’ names, affiliations, and contact information.
Manuscripts for consideration as Original Research 1, reports of original data, should include a structured abstract must not exceed 300 words using the headings listed below. Each section should include the following content:
Manuscripts for consideration in as Original Research 2 or any other manuscript type must include an abstract that summarizes the article’s key points and identifies major concepts that are drawn upon to motivate a conclusion about those key points. Abstracts for this kind of manuscript must not exceed 125 words.
Authors’ manuscripts must include a brief 2-3 sentence biosketch that includes authors’ degrees (e.g., MD, JD, PhD, EdD), credentials, preferred professional self-descriptions, institutional affiliations, and summaries of relevant professional interests.
Formatting and Style
For submission and review, please submit the manuscript as a Word document. Do not submit your manuscript in PDF format. Use 11- or 12-point font size, double-space text, and leave right margins unjustified (ragged).
Manuscript should include authors’ names, affiliations, and biosketches on a separate title page. Word count (exclusive of abstract, acknowledgement, references, tables, and figures) should also be included in the title page.
Manuscripts should include authors’ names and affiliations only on a separate title page. Manuscripts’ text must comply with the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Manuscripts must be paginated in the bottom right corner.
Abbreviations in manuscripts’ titles should be avoided. Abbreviations in the text should be introduced with full descriptors followed by the abbreviation in parentheses with subsequent in-text uses of the abbreviation only.
Terms requiring in-text emphasis must be italicized, not underscored or capitalized.
Unless the brand name of a drug is directly relevant to a manuscript’s content (rare), all drugs, biologics, or devices should be referred to by generic names.
All references to persons or their conditions must be de-identified as much as possible.
For Original Research 1 manuscripts, please identify the institutional review board, if any, that granted approval of or exemption for the study.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references and for correct text citation. Number references in the order they appear in the text; do not alphabetize or use the endnotes function in Word.
References must be indicated in the text with full-size Arabic numerals in brackets, e.g., , and must be numbered with full-size Arabic numerals followed by a period, e.g., 3., at the end of the manuscript in the reference section.
References must be formatted according to the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition; samples are offered below. URLs for material accessed on the Internet must be listed completely with a date of most recent access. Sources for direct quotations must indicate the specific page on which the quotation is found in the source document.
Solensky R. Drug allergy: desensitization and treatment of reactions to antibiotics and aspirin. In: Lockey RF, Bukantz SC, Bousquet J, eds. Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Marcel Decker; 2004:585-606.
Government and association online documents:
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Pub L No. 111-148, 124 Stat 119. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/html/PLAW-111publ148.htm. Accessed April 1, 2016.
AMA Code of Medical Ethics:
Number all tables and figures in their order of citation in the text. Include the source(s) and permissions, when drawn—either verbatim or adapted— from a prior publication, for the data or information contained in each table or figure.
Include a title for each table (a brief phrase, preferably no longer than 10 to 15 words). Include all tables at the end of the manuscript file. Maximum of 4 tables and/or figures per manuscript. If a table must be continued, repeat the title on the second page, followed by “(continued).”
Number all figures (graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations) in the order of their citation in the text. Include a title for each figure (a brief phrase, preferably no longer than 10 to 15 words). Maximum of 4 tables and/or figures per manuscript.
At submission, the following file formats are acceptable: TIFF, GIF, JPG, PDF, Postscript, or EPS. Figures should be loaded as separate files for submission purposes.
Naming of Persons with Disabilities, Illnesses, or Health Conditions
The journal’s policy is to preserve the anonymity of persons with disabilities, illnesses, or other conditions unless they self-identify in an identifiable source listed in the references.
The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the acknowledgment section of the manuscript is complete and must confirm in the Authorship Form that acknowledged individuals’ permission to be named has been obtained.
If applicable, please identify institutional review boards that granted approval of or exemption for a study or any other important contributions from nonauthors.
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