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- Number all pages, but do not include
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- Corresponding author contact information
- Sources of support
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- Date of manuscript submission
All manuscripts (except
editorials, essays, and letters to editor) must include
Include four-part structured abstract for research articles
Do not exceed 2,500 words for body of manuscript (excluding
abstract, references, tables, and legends).
Check all references
for accuracy and completeness. Put references in proper
format and order. Make sure each reference is cited
in the text. Reference list should NOT include presentations,
personal communications, or articles not yet accepted
of any figures or illustrations with all copies of the
Also provide native digital images of illustrations/figures
in gif, jpg, format, minimum 300 dpi.
Provide original copies of black-and-white laser graphics;
use shading with contrast.
Include legends for all figures and illustrations.
of interest statements
if any (submit lengthy appendices as one or more separate
(each table must be submitted as a separate file)
(each figure must be submitted as a separate file)
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page copy for identification of mail packet
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by each author
to republish previously published material
- Consent of individual to publish
- Figures in non-electronic format
- Related Publications
In general manuscripts
should be prepared according to guidelines described
in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted
to Biomedical Journals," which can be found in
the following locations:
- N Engl J Med.1997;336(4):309-315
- Ann Intern
be clear, succinct, well documented, and conform to
the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted
to Biomedical Journals," which can be found in
the March 19, 1997, issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA 1997;277(11):927-34).
Manuscripts that deviate
significantly from the format specified below will be
returned to authors without review.The entire manuscript,
including title page, reference list, tables, legends,
and text, should be double-spaced on one side of 81/2
x 11-in. white paper. Pages should be numbered. The
manuscript should not include a running header or footer,
and the name of the author(s) should not appear on the
manuscript anywhere but on the title page, as noted
should submit one copy of the manuscript electronically
via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
(your attachment should include, in one file, the entire
manuscript, including tables, reference list, etc but
with figures/illustrations as separate files.
and three printed copies of the entire manuscript,
including tables, figures, reference list, etc. Each
copy should be stapled in the upper left-hand corner.
Format of the copies should be prepared as described
below. Each copy of the manuscript should include photocopies
of any illustrations or figures.One-inch margins should
be used on all sides. Manuscripts should be typewritten
or printed with letter-quality printers; obvious dot
matrix printing is not acceptable. Justify only the
left-hand margin. Do not hyphenate words at the margin.
Use one space, not two, following the period at the
end of each sentence.Elements of the manuscript, in
the order in which they should appear, include the following:
Limit titles to 75 characters in length. Titles should
be descriptive and summarize the most important point
of the manuscript.On three copies of the manuscript,
the title page should include the following information:
manuscript title; name, professional degree, and institutional
affiliation of each author; name, address, telephone
number, fax number, and e-mail address of the corresponding
author; the date on which the manuscript was submitted;
a word count for the body of the text (ie, main text,
excluding abstract, tables, legends, and references);
financial support for the project being reported,
if applicable; and a statement about the name, date,
and location of any professional meetings at which
the content of the manuscript has been presented.
Two to six key words, using standard Index Medicus
terminology, should also be included on the title
page.On two copies of the manuscript, the title page
should include only the title of the article, word
count, and date of submission. No information that
might identify the author should be included on these
two copies of the title page.
(excluding editorial commentary, essays, and letters
to the editor) require an abstract of no more than
200 words. The abstract should be printed on a separate
page, following the title page. It should be labeled
as the abstract and include the title of the manuscript.
The name of the author(s) should not appear on the
abstract. Rather than stating what will be described
in the paper, abstracts should actually summarize
or review the main points of the paper. For example,
instead of saying, "This article will describe
the relationship between test scores and clinical
performance," the abstract should describe the
methods used to investigate the relationship and report
the actual results that were obtained. Articles reporting
the results of research should be in structured format,
consisting of four paragraphs, labeled Background
and Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
The length of the body of the text (excluding abstract,
references, tables, and legends) should normally be
between 1,000 and 2,500 words. Presentation of a manuscript
in the format described below will improve the likelihood
that the manuscript will be rated favorably by peer
reviewers. In general, authors should avoid having
their manuscripts stand out as different by preparing
them in unusual or unconventional formats.Scholarly
review articles should be well referenced and should
avoid anecdotal reports and personal opinions. Such
manuscripts should provide the reader with background
on why the topic of the manuscript is important to
the discipline of family medicine and/or medical education.
Relevant literature should be reviewed and cited.
The main argument or points of the paper should proceed
logically and coherently, focusing on issues of particular
relevance to family medicine academicians, including
researchers, educators, and/or clinicians. The manuscript
should conclude with a discussion of recommendations
and/or implications for family medicine academicians
that is based on the issues raised in the main arguments/point
of the paper.Essays and commentary should relate to
medical education, practice, or research. Authors
should be attentive to readability and clarity of
writing, as only exceptionally well-written essays
and commentary will be considered for publication.Manuscripts
reporting research (both qualitative and quantitative
investigations) or educational interventions should
generally be divided into four sections, titled Background
and Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
The introduction section of manuscripts reporting
research or educational interventions should generally
include a brief review of relevant literature to establish
the need for the research project and/or the educational
intervention being reported. The introduction should
always address the following questions:
- What issue
is being addressed in the research?
- Why is the
- How will
the discipline of family medicine and/or medical education
benefit from having addressed the issue?
- What have
others done to address the issue?
- What remains
to be done to address the issue?
- What will
you do (ie, what are your study's objectives)?The
introduction section of all research papers should
include an explicit statement of the research objectives
and hypotheses. If the research is evaluating a new
curriculum or educational intervention, the introduction
should also comment on how the intervention is different
than curricula or interventions that have been previously
reported or that exist at other institutions.
For both qualitative and quantitative research, the
methods should be described in sufficient detail to
permit readers to fully understand how the research
was performed. This should include a complete description
of sampling methods, instruments used, methods of
data collection and data analysis, and steps taken
to avoid or adjust for bias and confounding. Copies
of actual survey instruments, evaluative tests, and
curricula are generally not suitable for publication
in the body of the manuscript, but may be considered
for summarization or reproduction in tables or appendices.
In selected cases, editorial staff may request a copy
of such documents before a decision is made on a manuscript.
For research involving human subjects, authors should
also indicate the status of the research with their
institution's human subjects review board.Manuscripts
reporting educational methods, curricula, or interventions
should include the goals and objectives of the educational
method, curricula, or intervention, along with a description
in sufficient detail to permit readers to understand
how the educational activity might be reproduced at
their own institutions. Programs that are completely
unique to a particular institution, without potential
for reproduction elsewhere, may be assigned a lower
priority for publication.Research on educational methods,
curricula, or other interventions should generally
include an evaluation of the effect of the intervention.
A description of the techniques used for evaluation
should be described in the methods section of the
manuscript. Manuscripts that merely describe an educational
activity, without any evaluation of its effect, often
receive lower priority for acceptance for publication
because they offer no evidence that the proposed educational
activity is beneficial.Several methods may be used
for evaluating the effect of an educational method,
curriculum, or intervention. Methods (both qualitative
and/or quantitative) that convincingly demonstrate
changes in learners' behaviors and attitudes (particularly
over long time periods) are generally the most desirable.Even
for manuscripts reporting non-interventional work,
it is important that authors carefully describe methods,
curricula, and other aspects of their work to provide
a full sense of the scope and nature of the project.
Results should be presented in coherent fashion, and
should be specifically tied to the objectives and
methods presented earlier in the manuscript. Results
are often most effectively reported in tables, reserving
the text for general descriptive statements and clarifications.
In general, quantifiable results should be reported
numerically, rather than with relative terms such
as "most" or "many." It is unnecessary
to present all results collected in the research process.
Rather, results pertinent to the a priori hypotheses
and objectives are of most importance.
The discussion section should (a) reiterate the principal
findings of the research, (b) comment on methodological
weaknesses of the study, and (c) discuss the importance
and/or implications of the investigation. Authors
should be careful not to draw conclusions or make
inferences that are not specifically supported by
the data reported in the study. When the article reports
on a new educational intervention, the discussion
should comment on what had to be deleted from an educational
program to permit inclusion of the new intervention.
be listed on a separate page(s) following the text.
Emphasize recent references. The reference list should
not include manuscripts in preparation, manuscripts
submitted for publication but not yet accepted, observations,
or personal communications.Personal communications
should be included parenthetically in the text, ie,
'In a conversation with H.E. Marman, MD, (August
1998) . . .' or 'Similar findings have been
noted by Roberts6 and by H.E. Marman, MD (written
communication, August 1998).' References
to unpublished material may include articles that
have been read before a conference but not published
and material accepted for publication but not yet
published. Information about software programs should
not be included in the references but can be listed
parenthetically in the text, ie, 'The investigators
compared findings using Ethnograph, a software program
for the computer-assisted analysis of text-based data
(version 3.0, March 1988, Qualis Research Associates,
Amherst, Mass, 413-256-8835).' References
should be numbered in the order in which they appear
in the text. References should be double spaced and
written in the style shown in the examples below.
reference should include the names and initials of
the author(s), title of the journal (abbreviated according
to Index Medicus usage) or book, the year, volume,
and first and last page numbers.
MJ, Wilson GR, O'Connor-Kettlestrings P. Creating
a research culture: what we can learn from residencies
that are successful in research. Fam Med 1998;30(7):
Stanton TK, Giles DE, Cruz NI. Service learning: a
movement's pioneers: reflections on its origins, practice,
and future. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers,
Rhyne R, Cushman S, Kantrowitz M. An introduction
to community-oriented primary care (COPC). In: Rhyne
R, Bogue R, Kulkulka B, Fulmer H, eds. Community-oriented
primary care: health care for the 21st century. Washington,
DC: American Public Health Association, 1998:1-15
Simpson DE, Morzinski J. Moving beyond the traditional
faculty development program. Presented at the 1996
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring
Conference in San Francisco.5. Jones PQ, Moon ML.
Assessing the knowledge of practicing physicians.
Fam Med 1999;in press.
The journal does not verify the accuracy of literature
citations in reference lists. Therefore, it is essential
for authors to ensure that all citations are correct
appear on a separate page, following the reference
list. Acknowledgments should be brief.
The use of appendices
is discouraged in Family Medicine. If the material
in question is essential to understanding the article,
it may be handled as a table or figure or integrated
into the text. Appendices may be published on rare
occasions when they contain helpful information for
the readers not covered in the manuscript, ie, additional
reading materials, addresses and telephone numbers
for national organizations, etc.
Tables should be
self-explanatory, concise, and should not duplicate
material presented in the text. Tables should include
labels and explanatory notes sufficient to permit
readers to understand them without reference to the
text. Submit each table on a separate page (not within
body text) and reference the table within the text,
ie: (Table 1)
figures (including charts and graphs) must be in high-quality,
camera-ready, reproducible form. The following are
acceptable: high-resolution digital images saved in
a TIFF or eps format, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution;
photographs; computer-generated laser graphics; and
professionally drawn illustrations. Digital images
or black-and-white prints are preferred; however,
color prints (but not slides) are also acceptable.
noted previously, each copy of the manuscript should
contain photocopies of all figures and illustrations.
In addition, submit digital images of the native
figure file in jpg or gif format (300 dpi minimum)
or submit two camera-ready copies of figures and
illustrations. On the back of each copy, use a self-adhesive
label to indicate the figure number, the last name
of the first author, and the proper orientation
(ie, "top"). Do not use paper clips or
write on the back of photographs.All figures and
illustrations should be accompanied by a legend,
printed on a separate page. The legend should be
included in the manuscript on the page preceding
the illustration or figure. Legends should include
sufficient explanatory information to permit readers
to understand the illustration or figure without
reference to the text.
Use ALL CAPITALS
to indicate major sections of a paper, and Initial
Capitals to indicate subsections.
Include SI units in parentheses after conventional
units. See the January 6, 1993, issue of JAMA (vol.
269, p. 156) for a table of preferred SI units and
Do not put periods
after metric measurements (e.g., 3.5 mmol per L, 11.6
mg per kg).
Spell out numbers
one through nine. Use numerals for 10 and higher.
Exception: Always use numerals in dosages, percentages,
degrees of temperature, and metric measurements.
the generic name for all drugs. Include the trade
name in parentheses after the first mention of a drug
in the text.
Except for units
of measurement, abbreviations are discouraged. When
first used, an abbreviation should be preceded by
the words for which it stands.
Use the word "percent"
rather than the percent sign (%).
Questions:For questions about medical writing
style, consult the American Medical Association Manual
the following general text formatting guidelines:
(1) do not justify the right margin; (2) do not use
bold print or italics; and (3) use a single, standard
typeface of letter quality.
of Inclusive, Humanistic Language:
Avoid sexual and racial bias; use gender-inclusive
language whenever possible. Do not mention the race
of a patient in a case summary unless it is clinically
relevant. Refer to "men and women" rather
than "males and females" where possible.
Do not refer to a patient as a case or a subject
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