Guidelines for Writing a Clinical Manuscript
EMERGENCY MEDICINE®: The Practice Journal for Emergency Physicians reaches approximately 34,000 emergency medicine and urgent care physicians.
ARTICLE OBJECTIVES AND STYLE
Feature articles in EMERGENCY MEDICINE® are intended to provide emergency medicine and urgent care physicians with practical,
clinical information that will help improve their diagnostic and management skills. Articles should be written in a straightforward style that minimizes jargon and colloquialisms. Please use the AMA Manual of Style, 10th Edition, as a guide.
Feature articles should include the following sections, to the extent that they are appropriate to the topic:
- Overview. Why is this clinical topic important? What are the consequences of missing the diagnosis?
- Pathophysiology. What causes this condition or disease? What is its prevalence? Its incidence?
- Risk factors. What predisposes patients to the development of this condition or disease?
- Clinical presentation. What is the classic presenting symptom? Other signs and symptoms? What clues should you look for in the patient’s history yield?
What are the key physical examination findings?
- Differential diagnosis. What diagnostic possibilities should be considered by the clinician? What are the appropriate diagnostic tests to order?
- Management strategies. What is the standard of care for successful management of patients with this condition or disease? What is appropriate patient disposition?
Whenever possible, contributors should furnish photographs, x-rays or other diagnostic images, tables, diagrams, and/or illustrations that will enhance the article.
These can be submitted in rough form, to be finalized by our art department. A title and explanatory caption should accompany each image.
High-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) files in jpg or tiff format are required for printing.
If any graphic material has been reproduced from a copyrighted source, this must be acknowledged by the author,
who will obtain and provide written permission for print and electronic use prior to publication.
MANUSCRIPT LENGTH AND OTHER DETAILS
Most manuscripts submitted to EMERGENCY MEDICINE® should be about 2,500 to 3,000 words in length, but shorter articles are welcome.
Manuscripts should include references to primary sources from major scientific literature. Journals included in Index Medicus are preferred.
Chapters from books and Web sites may be used less frequently. References should be recent (published within the last 5 years), except in the case of landmark studies.
Your article should be e-mailed to us as a Microsoft Word document attached to a message to the editor at the e-mail address below.
All manuscripts should include a title page with the names, degrees, institutional affiliations, and addresses of all authors, and the mailing address,
telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Manuscripts should be sent to: email@example.com
REVIEW PROCESS AND PUBLICATION
After a manuscript is submitted, it will be reviewed by the editors and then undergo a double-blind peer review.
When the reviews have been completed, the authors will be notified of their outcome. Our reviewers may recommend revisions or reorganization or request additional material.
If an article is accepted, it will be edited by our staff for consistency with EMERGENCY MEDICINE®’s editorial style and the authors may be consulted to answer queries during this process. Authors will receive a final copy for review before publication.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the preparation of your manuscript. We look forward to working with you.