JUCM, The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, encourages you to submit articles in support of our goal to provide practical, up-to-date clinical and practice-management information to our readers—U.S. urgent care clinicians. Articles submitted for publication in JUCM should provide practical advice, dealing with clinical and practice-management problems commonly encountered in day-to-day practice.
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 cut during editing. The information you provide should be of practical use to our readers, who have come to practice in an urgent care setting from a variety of clinical backgrounds. Your article should take their perspective into account by considering several key issues, such as
- What immediate management is indicated?
- What laboratory tests or diagnostics are required?
- What are the next steps—with whom should the patient follow up?
- Who should be admitted or referred to the emergency department?
Imagine yourself in the reader’s shoes and ensure that your article includes the answers to questions you’d be asking.
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 the permission will be granted, and if it is not, we cannot reprint the graphics.
For questions about writing an article, please send your inquiry to .
Download these files to help you write your article:
You can also write to request samples of recent articles of the type you are writing (clinical review, practice management, case report), to use as guides to article organization and depth of topic coverage.
You can submit ideas for clinical review articles or case reports directly to Editor-in-Chief Lee Resnick, MD, FAAFP:
You can submit ideas for articles on practice management directly to Alan Ayers, MBA, MAcc, Associate Editor for Practice Management:
To get you started, here are topic suggestions for clinical review articles and for practice management articles.
Clinical review 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 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