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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • If the submission is text, the submission file is a Microsoft Word document.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Submission Information & Author Guidelines (https://journals.ku.edu/kjm/about/submissions)
  • If the submission is accepted for publication, all authors agree to the terms in the Kansas Journal of Medicine Publication Agreement (https://journals.ku.edu/kjm/agreement)

Author Guidelines

Other information for authors:  Manuscript Preparation - Publication Agreement - Submitting Original Research - Submitting Reviews & Commentaries - Submitting Case Reports

Submission Process Overview

Manuscripts are considered for publication in the Kansas Journal of Medicine with the understanding that neither the manuscript nor any part of its text, figures, or tables have been published in, accepted for publication in, or submitted at the same time to another journal. This does not preclude consideration of a complete report that follows publication of preliminary findings elsewhere. When submitting a paper, the author should make a full statement to the Editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as prior or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work. Copies of such material should be included with the submitted paper to help the Editor decide how to deal with the matter. Kansas Journal of Medicine endorses the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (ICMJE). Each manuscript will be peer reviewed by members of the Editorial Board or assigned specialty reviewers. Peer review: All submitted manuscripts are reviewed initially by a Kansas Journal of Medicine editor. Manuscripts are evaluated according to the following criteria: material is original and timely, writing is clear, study methods are appropriate, data are valid, conclusions are reasonable and supported by the data, information is important, and topic has general medical interest. From these basic criteria, the editor assesses a paper's eligibility for publication. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are rejected. Other manuscripts are sent to expert consultants for peer review. Peer reviewer identities are kept confidential. Author identities are not made known to reviewers. The existence of a manuscript under review is not revealed to anyone other than peer reviewers and editorial staff. Peer reviewers are required to maintain confidentiality about the manuscripts they review and must not divulge any information about a specific manuscript or its content to any third party without prior permission from the journal editors. If necessary, the manuscript will be returned to the author(s) for revision(s) prior to a final decision. All attempts are made to obtain prompt reviews and a decision regarding need for revision, acceptance, or rejection. Revisions: After receiving a decision from the Editor and revising the manuscript as instructed, the final revision should include: a cover letter explaining revisions based on reviewers' comments, the final/revised manuscript and accompanying files. Proofs: Once your article is accepted for publication, galley proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author for correction prior to publication.

Please include the following files

  1. Cover letter to the Editor providing corresponding author's information (name, address, telephone number, and email address) and stating the category of article the manuscript represents.
  2. The full text includes: title page, abstract (for original research manuscripts), key words, article, references, and acknowledgments; tables and figures in separate files. Include a legend for tables and figures.
  3. If appropriate, a copy of the permission to reproduce previously published materials from the publisher or owner of the material; permission to use photographs of identifiable subjects; and permission for the use of personal communications.

Submitted manuscripts will not be returned. Once accepted for publication, all manuscripts are subject to editorial changes. The Editor reserves the right to edit manuscripts to comply with the Kansas Journal of Medicine's format, remove redundancies, and improve clarity without altering the meaning. Copyright of the material will be retained by the authors.

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author must sign a Creative Commons License agreement on behalf of all authors.

Article Types

The following categories of submissions will be accepted.

Original Research - Manuscripts describe original research relevant to clinical care and/or teaching in general internal medicine, including health policy issues. Investigations may be descriptive or interventional.  We also welcome reports of quality improvement projects performed in medical practices in Kansas and surrounding area. Please see details for submitting original research.

Reviews - Manuscripts review the practice of medicine, especially topics for which there is new evidence about management options. Reviews should be comprehensive and evidence-based. We also welcome systematic reviews and meta-analyses.  Please see details for submitting a review.

Commentaries - Manuscripts are expert opinion on timely issues in clinical practice, medical education, and health policy. These manuscripts represent appropriately referenced viewpoints of the author(s). Please see details for submitting a commentary.

Case Reports - Manuscripts report on interesting and unusual clinical cases that provide insight into clinical practice and generate hypotheses for clinical research. The manuscript should include a review of past published relevant cases, a detailed description of the case or vignette, a discussion of why the case or vignette is unique and adds to past published literature, and implications for subsequent developments in clinical practice, teaching, or research. Please see details for submitting a case report.

Images - Manuscripts present a short history, photograph, differential diagnosis, and brief discussion of a classic and/or rare case.

Letters to the Editor - If you would like to submit a letter in response to an article in the Journal, please send your letter within 6 weeks of publication for the article of interest.

Last modified: Aug 8, 2019

Original Research

Manuscripts describe original research relevant to clinical care and/or teaching in general internal medicine, including health policy issues. Investigations may be descriptive or interventional. 

We welcome reports of quality improvement projects performed in medical practices in Kansas and surrounding area. The link below provides guidance on the conduct and writing of a these studies.

Title Page: The title page (page 1) should contain (1) a concise and informative title; (2) an identified short running head (short title); (3) the first name (spelled out), middle initial, and last name of each author with highest academic degree (s) and institutional affiliation; (4) the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work is attributed; (5) any disclaimer; (6) contact information for the corresponding author; and (7) the source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, and/or drugs. If the work described in the manuscript has been formally presented at a scientific meeting, provide the name of the organization, date, and location of the meeting.

Abstract: All manuscripts that are reports of original research must be submitted with a structured abstract of no more than 250 words with the following headings: Background, Methods (include information on design, setting, participants, interventions, and main outcomes measured), Results, and Conclusions.

Introduction: Clearly state the purpose of the article. Summarize the rationale for the study, report, or observation. Give only strictly pertinent references, and do not review the subject extensively. Do not include data or conclusions from the work being reported. Table 1 from Preparing Manuscripts for Submission to Medical Journals: The Paper Trail has helpful guidance with sample introductions.

Methods: Describe the selection of subjects, including controls. Identify the methods, apparatus (manufacturer's name and address, i.e., city, state, province, and country in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including the statistical methods; provide references and brief descriptions of methods that have been published but are not well known; and describe new or substantially modified methods. Precisely identify all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s) and route(s) of administration. Proprietary names may be included, but should be capitalized, enclosed in parentheses, and should follow the generic names.

All studies involving human or animal research must indicate approval by an institution's human or animal subject review board IRB. Authors should confirm that written informed consent was obtained from all human subjects or that this requirement was waived by the review committee.

Results: Present the results in a logical sequence, using tables and illustrations where possible. Include numbers of observations and statistical significance of the findings when appropriate. Do not repeat in the text all of the data found in the tables or illustrations. Report measurements in the units in which they were made.

Statistics: All statistical techniques must be clearly identified and referenced where appropriate. Describe statistical methods with enough detail to enable a reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. When possible, quantify findings and present them with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty. Discuss eligibility of experimental subjects, randomization, methods of blinding, treatment complications, numbers of observations, and losses to observation. Specify any computer programs used.

Put general descriptions of statistical methods in the Methods section. When data are summarized in the Results section, specify the statistical methods used to analyze them. Restrict tables and figures to those needed to explain the argument of the paper and to assess its support. Use graphs as an alternative to tables with many entries: do not duplicate data in graphs and tables.

Discussion: Emphasize the new and important aspects of both the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data given in the Introduction or the Results sections. Include in the Discussion the implications of the findings and their limitations, including implications for future research. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study, but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by the data. Clearly label new hypotheses. Appropriate recommendations may be included.

Case Reports

Manuscripts report on interesting and unusual clinical cases that provide insight into clinical practice and generate hypotheses for clinical research. The manuscript should include a review of past published relevant cases, a detailed description of the case or vignette, a discussion of why the case or vignette is unique and adds to past published literature, and implications for subsequent developments in clinical practice, teaching, or research. See details for submitting a case report.

The links below may provide guidance on writing case reports.

Details for the preparation of a case report.

Case reports are original observations related to patient care. Cases should increase awareness of a condition, suggest the proper diagnostic strategy, or demonstrate a more cost-effective approach to management. A case can represent an unusual presentation of a relatively common condition, include an unusual complication of a disease and its management, or be a rare condition not frequently seen. Authors should consider the message or lesson that the case can deliver to the journal’s readership.

 Title Page: The title page (page 1) should contain (1) a concise and informative title; (2) an identified short running head (short title); (3) the first name (spelled out), middle initial, and last name of each author with highest academic degree (s) and institutional affiliation; (4) the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work is attributed; (5) any disclaimer; (6) contact information for the corresponding author; and (7) the source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, and/or drugs. If the work described in the manuscript has been formally presented at a scientific meeting, provide the name of the organization, date, and location of the meeting.

Abstract: Not required.

Introduction: Case reports begin with a short evidence-based introduction. This typically describes the context of the case and explains its relevance and importance.

Case Report / Presentation: Describe in sequence the history, physical examination, investigative studies, and the patient's progress and outcome. Be complete without obscuring the essence of the case with irrelevant details. Avoid the use of medical jargon and excessive reliance on abbreviations. Always spell out the abbreviations the first time they are mentioned.

Discussion: Review the pertinent literature, why clinical decisions were made, and extract the lesson(s) from the case. Make a small number of teaching points in clear and succinct language.

Images

Images - Manuscripts present a short history, photograph, differential diagnosis, and brief discussion of a classic and/or rare case.

Review

Reviews:  Manuscripts review the practice of medicine, especially topics for which there is new evidence about management options. Reviews should be comprehensive and evidence-based. See details for submitting a review.

We also welcome systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The links below provide guidance on the conduct and writing of a systematic review or meta-analysis.

Details for the preparation of a review or commentary.

Evidence-based clinical reviews focus on clinical conditions that are encountered frequently by practicing physicians, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of common, important diseases.

 Title Page: The title page (page 1) should contain (1) a concise and informative title; (2) an identified short running head (short title); (3) the first name (spelled out), middle initial, and last name of each author with highest academic degree (s) and institutional affiliation; (4) the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work is attributed; (5) any disclaimer; (6) contact information for the corresponding author; and (7) the source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, and/or drugs. If the work described in the manuscript has been formally presented at a scientific meeting, provide the name of the organization, date, and location of the meeting.

 Abstract: Not required.

Commentary

Commentaries:  Manuscripts are expert opinion on timely issues in clinical practice, medical education, and health policy. These manuscripts represent appropriately referenced viewpoints of the author(s). See details for submitting a commentary.

Details for the preparation of a review or commentary.

Evidence-based clinical reviews focus on clinical conditions that are encountered frequently by practicing physicians, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of common, important diseases.

 Title Page: The title page (page 1) should contain (1) a concise and informative title; (2) an identified short running head (short title); (3) the first name (spelled out), middle initial, and last name of each author with highest academic degree (s) and institutional affiliation; (4) the name of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work is attributed; (5) any disclaimer; (6) contact information for the corresponding author; and (7) the source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, and/or drugs. If the work described in the manuscript has been formally presented at a scientific meeting, provide the name of the organization, date, and location of the meeting.

 Abstract: Not required.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor - If you would like to submit a letter in response to an article in the Journal, please send your letter within 6 weeks of publication for the article of interest.

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