Author Guidelines

Abstracts, Articles, Case Reports, and Commentaries

A one-page abstract of your submission is required. Include a single-spaced summary page that includes the primary author’s full name, credentials, academic degree, title, and affiliation, postal address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. (Information is for verification and correspondence.)

Article and Manuscript Submission

Please provide an abstract with your article submission. Also include a brief author(s) biography and a color photograph (preferably electronically) of the author(s) at the time of submission. The bio should include the author’s full name, affiliations, highest academic degree, complete address, daytime phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. If there is more than one author, provide information for each contributor but designate one author to handle correspondence.

All submissions must be original content, not published elsewhere, and not under consideration by any other publication or electronic medium.

Font and Paragraph Format

Please use Times New Roman 12, single spaced, black. Single spaced after the end of a sentence, and after each line within a paragraph. Use AMA style for references and notate references using superscript within the text, proceeding in numerical order, with reference list provided at the end of the document.


Articles need not conform to strict word counts. However, as a general guideline, feature stories typically run 2,000 to 2,500 words and articles run 800 to 1,200 words. Authors are encouraged to submit sidebars as well.


Information from other published works should be completely and accurately referenced in the order in which it is cited in the text. List references in numerical order according to the American Medical Association Manual of Style. Do not list references that are not cited in the text. Provide a list of any individuals interviewed for the article and include the interviewee’s full name, title, affiliation, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. Include website URLs and date accessed when used as a reference.


Submission of photographs, charts, tables, and other graphics is encouraged. Please submit any artwork or other graphics along with a statement of originality. If the artwork has been previously published, or is based upon previously published material, written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce or adapt that artwork must be submitted. Consent forms must be provided by any individuals identifiable in photographs. Photographs may be submitted as glossy prints or electronically as JPEG, TIFF, PDF, or EPS files. Images must have at least 300 dpi resolution and be a minimum of 4″ x 6″. All photos, tables, and other graphics should be clearly labeled and captioned. Tables should be numbered in order of their citation in the article.

Author Responsibilities

Authors are solely responsible for the content of submitted articles. The journal accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies in manuscripts or references. It is the author’s responsibility to notify the journal of any potential conflict of interest with respect to submitted articles and to acknowledge affiliation with any organization or entity mentioned in the text and/or financial interest in any subject matter, organization, or product discussed.

Editing, Acceptance, and Expectations

While the editors will attempt to preserve the author’s voice whenever possible, all accepted articles, manuscripts or letters to the editor will be edited for space and clarity according to the journal’s style and format. We expect that your submission will come in a format that has already been edited for typographical errors and omissions. Submissions will be rejected that have not been properly edited and/or formatted.

Typically, authors are notified within 30 days as to whether their submission has been accepted.


If you have any further questions regarding submissions, please direct them to: