JUCM, The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, welcomes original articles and case reports which provide practical clinical and practice management information for our readers―the nation’s urgent care clinicians and business leaders.
Clinical manuscripts submitted for publication in JUCM should report the results of original research, explore clinical or practice management topics from a uniquely urgent care perspective, or describe a case study dealing with clinical problems commonly encountered in the day-to-day practice of urgent care.
JUCM articles should offer practical advice and solutions to issues commonly encountered on a frequent, routine basis in urgent care. Our aim is to combine scientific precision and evidence-based content with a concise, lively style that’s easy to read.
JUCM has developed a loyal readership among practitioners. The information you provide should be of practical use to our readers, practitioners of urgent care medicine, who trained in a variety of clinical backgrounds. Your article should take their perspective into account by considering key issues, such as:
- Why is this issue relevant in urgent care medicine?
- What are the important aspects of the history and exam?
- What laboratory tests or diagnostics are required?
- What immediate management is indicated?
- What are the next steps—with whom should the patient follow up?
- Who should be admitted or referred to the emergency department?
Keep these questions and the guidelines which follow in mind as you’re preparing your manuscript, and remember that we have highly skilled, experienced editors who are prepared to give you as much help as you need to have a high-quality, readable article published.
Manuscripts on clinical or practice-management topics should be 2600–3200 words in length, plus tables, figures, pictures, and references. Articles that are longer than this will, in most cases, need to be shortened during editing. Authors will have the opportunity to review edited manuscripts before publication.
Please send tables, graphs, sidebars (boxes) and digital or film pictures whenever possible. Digital images should be a minimum of 300 dpi. Our readers appreciate well-chosen graphics that add practical value to an article. We prefer that you submit graphics that are original to you, such as x-rays taken as part of your practice.
If you wish to use graphics that have previously appeared elsewhere — in print or on the internet — you must let the editor know. We can write the previous publisher for permission to reuse the material in JUCM. There is no guarantee, however, that permission will be granted, and if it is not, we cannot reprint the graphics.
With such a broad audience, the scope of JUCM is equally wide-ranging. The following are some examples of topics we’d like to cover in clinical review and practice management articles in the future.
Clinical Review Potential Topics
- Burns: chemical, thermal
- Common soft-tissue injuries, such as those caused by fishhooks, foreign bodies, animal or human bites, and envenomation (bees, ants, spiders, marine animals, snakes, scorpions)
- Complications of malignancy
- Elbow pain and injury
- Electrolyte disturbances, such as hypo- or hypernatremia and hypo- or hyperkalemia
- Epididymitis, orchitis, prostatitis
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Geriatric falls
- Hypertension (stable versus urgent versus emergency)
- Joint pain—evaluation in the urgent care center
- Neck pain and trauma
- Pancreatitis and hepatitis
- Shoulder pain and injury
- Weakness and fatigue
Practice Management Potential Topics:
- Accountable care and new reimbursement models
- Billing and coding insights and changes
- HIPAA and patient privacy
- Hospital system integration of urgent care
- Human resources issues
- Integrating ancillary services
- Integrating physician assistants and nurse practitioners
- Leveraging electronic medical record systems
- Marketing to attract patients
- Patient satisfaction measurements and improvements
- Provider recruiting and retention
- Quality and compliance
- Risk management and patient safety
- Working with primary care physicians and specialists
Before submitting your manuscript, please make sure to follow these guidelines:
Declare that your manuscript is not published elsewhere.
A manuscript submitted to JUCM must not have appeared previously in any publication, including other print journals or technical magazines, preprint servers, blogs, websites, or repositories.
Declare any conflicts of interest (COI).
Conflict of interest (COI) as defined by the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) “exists when there is a divergence between an individual’s private interests (competing interests) and his or her responsibilities to scientific and publishing activities such that a reasonable observer might wonder if the individual’s behavior or judgment was motivated by considerations of his or her competing interests.” For additional information, including examples, please go to: http://wame.org/conflict-of-interest-in-peer-reviewed-medical-journals.
Check that all coauthors meet criteria for authorship and ensure appropriate acknowledgements made in the manuscript.
An individual should be cited as an author of an article only if that person has made substantial intellectual contributions to the submitted manuscript. Supporting activities after the work has been completed are not considered substantial intellectual contributions. If you (and/or your coauthors) still have questions about authorship you can find an extensive resource at the COPE website: https://publicationethics.org/files/u7141/Authorship_DiscussionDocument_0_0.pdf
Include appropriate funding statements in the manuscript.
If during the conduct of the work or preparation of the manuscript any author received financial compensation from any individual or institution outside his or her principal employer such funding should be stated in order to determine any potential COI.
Be alert to bias and follow guidelines for accurate and complete reporting.
“A case report is a narrative that describes, for medical, scientific or educational purposes, a medical problem experienced by one or more patients” as stated by the CARE (CAse REport) guidelines. A 2013 BMJ Case Report explained that:
“The primary items of the checklist are title, key words, abstract, introduction, patient information, clinical findings, timeline, diagnostic assessment, therapeutic interventions, follow-up and outcomes, discussion, patient perspective and informed consent. We believe the implementation of the CARE (CAse REport) guidelines by medical journals will improve the completeness and transparency of published case reports and that the systematic aggregation of information from case reports will inform clinical study design, provide early signals of effectiveness and harms, and improve healthcare delivery.”
For additional information regarding the CARE guidelines go to: http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/care/
Inform the journal if you subsequently find errors in your article.
There is no time limit on an author’s responsibility to inform the journal in which his or her article was published that errors have been identified. Depending on the consequences of the error the Editor may decide to include a short Errata in the next print version and/or a permanent comment appended to the digital version of the journal. Only extreme cases will create the need for a full retraction of an article.
Sign a copyright agreement.
Failure for all authors of an accepted manuscript to sign a copyright agreement will result in their manuscript not going forward to production and ultimate publication. The copyright agreement protects both the author and the publisher from a third-party stealing the intellectual property submitted for publication.
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
Primary clinical and practice management articles, as well as key case reports, published in JUCM are the basis of Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities in each issue. If the editors determine that your accepted manuscript will be one of these articles, you will be asked to complete an additional disclosure form, which JUCM will submit to its CME accreditor on your behalf.
EDITORIAL MISCONDUCT, COMPLAINTS, OR APPEALS
JUCM expects the highest ethical standards will be upheld by its authors, reviewers, and editors when conducting research, submitting papers, and throughout the peer-review process. JUCM supports the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) and follows its recommendations on publication ethics and standards. For additional information on COPE, please visit http://publicationethics.org/.JUCM further draws upon the ethical guidelines set forth by the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) on its website, www.wame.org
To report any allegations of editorial misconduct or complaints, or to appeal any article, email the Publisher, Stuart Williams, directly at [email protected].
SUBMITTING YOUR ARTICLE
JUCM uses the content management platform Scholastica for manuscript submissions and peer review. When ready to submit, please use the Submit an Article page. There is no cost to authors in order to submit a manuscript, however you will have to create a free account on Scholastica.
THE JUCM PEER REVIEW PROCESS
Upon submission, your manuscript will undergo a review by experts in your field in order to assure the accuracy, objectivity, and originality of the work. JUCM’s peer review proceeds as follows:
YOU SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT VIA SCHOLASTICA
YOU RECEIVE AN ACKNOWLEGEMENT THAT YOUR MANUSCRIPT HAS ARRIVED
YOUR MANUSCRIPT IS THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE APPROPRIATE MEMBER OF OUR EDITORIAL STAFF TO CONDUCT A REVIEW. IT WILL ALSO BE SHARED WITH SELECT MEMBERS OF THE JUCM PEER-REVIEW PANEL
YOUR MANUSCRIPT IS THEN TRANSFERRED BY A MEMBER OF OUR EDITORIAL STAFF TO THE APPROPRIATE MEMBER OF THE JUCM PEER REVIEW PANEL
WITHIN WEEKS YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHETHER YOUR MANUSCRIPT HAS BEEN ACCEPTED OR REJECTED; IF ACCEPTED IT WILL BE ASSIGNED TO AN UPCOMING ISSUE OF THE JOURNAL
IF ACCEPTED, YOUR MANUSCRIPT WILL BE SENT TO AN EDITOR WHO WILL CHECK FOR STYLISTIC INCONSISTENCIES (GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, APPREVIATION, ETC.) AND IDENTIFY ANY POTENTIAL ERRORS, AMBIGUOUS WORDINGS, OR OTHER CHANGES WHICH COULD IMPROVE YOUR MANUSCRIPT
THE EDITOR WILL FORWARD THE MANUSCRIPT, INCLUDING THE EDITOR’S RECOMMENDED CHANGES AND QUERIES FROM THE PEER-REVIEW PANEL, TO YOU FOR YOUR REVIEW
YOU AND THE EDITOR MAY EXCHANGE THE MANUSCRIPT ONCE MORE TO ENSURE IT IS READY FOR PUBLICATION
AFTER YOU AND THE EDITOR HAVE AGREED THAT THE MANUSCRIPT IS READY, IT WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT AND WITHIN WEEKS PUBLISHED IN AN ISSUE OF JUCM