Feature articles should not exceed 4,000 words, not including illustrations and references. Articles should consist of background, rationale, methods or implementation, results, and discussion, but this will depend on the nature of the article. When possible, articles should contain case studies or problems and practical solutions. For manuscripts on the development and testing of interventions to improve the quality and safety of health care, authors are encouraged to use the SQUIRE Publications Guidelines (http://www.squire-statement.org).
Manuscripts are invited for the following:
Letters: Letters can pertain to an article or department published in the Journal or to any issue, topic, or project in quality and safety in health care.
Field Notes (limit, 1,000 words): Field Notes provides a forum for brief papers on works in progress.
Tool Tutorial: Tool Tutorial describes new tools or new uses for current tools that can be used in any quality or safety activity.
Rapid Response Systems: Innovative approaches to or important issues in rapid response systems, which usually involves rapid response teams (also called medical emergency teams).
Case Study in Brief (limit, 2,000 words): Case Study in Brief provides pragmatic, hands-on examples of how organizations address quality and safety issues and problems.
Forum: Commentaries on issues and practices of typical interest.
Frontline Tips: Quality and safety tips from practitioners “in the trenches.”
Please contact the editor for further guidance.
An electronic version (Microsoft Word or ASCII format), preferably as an e-mail attachment, is required. By a jointly signed cover letter or by e-mail correspondence, all authors should confirm that the manuscript represents original work that has not been published or is not being considered for publication elsewhere and that they have all contributed to, and approve of, the manuscript. Copies of any closely related manuscripts, whether published or in development, should be submitted along with the manuscript that is to be considered by the Journal. On manuscript submission, authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest or provide a declaration of no conflicts of interest.
Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins at top, bottom, and sides, and in 12-point type. The order of items in the manuscript is the title page, acknowledgments, abstract, text, references, legends, tables, and figures. All pages should be numbered.
Title Page. Include the title of the article, lead author's address and contact information, authors’ (no more than 10) names and titles, affiliations, and, if different, the affiliation when the article was written. Grant support that requires acknowledgement must be mentioned on the title page. Any commercial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article must also be disclosed.
Acknowledgments. Obtain permission to reprint or adapt any illustrations of tables published previously; a copy of the original signed letter granting such approval must accompany the manuscript. All material reprinted or adapted from previously published literature must be accompanied by the name of the original author, title of the article, title of the journal or book in which it appears, date of publication, and publisher’s city and name.
Abstract. Provide a structured abstract of 270 or fewer words.
Text. Use only standard abbreviations and acronyms; spell out at first use and use short version thereafter. Use generic names for drugs whenever possible. If using brand names, put in parenthesis after first citing generic names.
References. Number references consecutively as they are cited. Citations to periodicals should include the information shown in the following example, in the same order and with the same punctuation, capitalization, and use of italics. This example shows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) uniform requirements, also known as the Vancouver style, for periodicals. Vancouver should be used for periodical sources only. Please note that these examples show full page ranges and italicized periodical titles, which are deviations from the Vancouver style. (See also http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html.)
Examples: Author Name(s). Title of article. Journ abbrev. Year abbreviated month day if known;volume(issue number):inclusive page numbers.
Halpern SD, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284–287.
Simpson KR, et al. Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Obstetrics: A Statewide collaborative for perinatal patient safety in Michigan. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 37(12):544–552.
Authors are responsible for accuracy. Please consult the JCR Editorial Style Manual References section for more information.
Tables and Figures. Cite tables and figures (for example, Table 1, Figure 1) consecutively in the text. All tables and figures should have titles and be easily understood. Figures should also have short legends that comment on the information in the figure.
Authors are notified on receipt of a manuscript and again upon the editorial decision regarding publication.
Manuscript review. Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are sent to Editorial Advisory Board members and/or other reviewers. Notification of the editorial decision is usually provided within to eight weeks from receipt of manuscript. Publication of solicited manuscripts is not guaranteed. In most cases, manuscripts are accepted conditionally, pending an author’s revision of the material.
Copyright. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) is required to sign an assignment of copyright ownership to The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
Author Approval. Authors are responsible for all statements in articles, including changes made by editors. The liaison author must be available for consultation with an editor of The Journal to answer questions during the editorial process and to approve edited copy. Authors receive edited typescript (not galley proofs) for final approval. Changes cannot be made to the copy after the edited version has been approved.
Please direct all inquiries, manuscripts, and related correspondence to
Steven Berman, Executive Editor
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Joint Commission Resources
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
Phone: (630) 792-5453
Fax: (630) 792-4453