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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)

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.

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