Submission Guidelines

PulmCCM Journal publishes concise clinical review articles in critical care and pulmonary medicine. Other manuscript submissions are also welcomed and may be emailed to editors@pulmccm.org:

  • “Journal Club” literature analyses
  • Approach to a clinical problem
  • Editorial/opinion pieces
  • Case reports

Our mission is to provide the most useful, up-to-date, and readable references available for most clinical problems encountered by physicians in these disciplines.

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by at least two academic colleagues. PulmCCM Journal will be included in major academic indexes (PubMed, PubMed Central, MEDLINE, etc.) after our initial issues are certified by National Library of Medicine. We do not charge our authors publication fees. We use the AMA citation style. All articles in PulmCCM Journal are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), details of which can be found here.

Reviews and updates on common topics are welcome, even those thoroughly reviewed recently. You and your co-authors will also be invited to periodically update your review article online after publication. In this fashion, PulmCCM Journal will provide a comprehensive, open access library of up-to-date reference articles, and your work will steadily gain stature and influence over time.

Thank you for submitting your article to PulmCCM Journal.

 

Additional Requirements

All submissions must be written in clear English. Functional hyperlinks to PubMed and/or the PubMed ID (PMID) must accompany all citations/references.

Your title page should include:

  • Word counts for the article abstract and body;
  • Title (with additional descriptive title <50 characters if desired);
  • Author list in desired order for publication, with middle initials where appropriate, highest degree credentials and institutional affiliations;
  • Correspondence author’s email and postal mail addresses (to be published);
  • Funding source(s), including NIH grant numbers if applicable;
  • Summary conflict of interest statements;
  • Details of prior abstract publication if applicable.

 

Guidance for Submissions by Article Type

The simplest way to write a great article is to find excellent existing work, and emulate it while finding ways to improve upon it. Here are more suggestions to help write great review articles, journal club analyses, case reports and decision support tools.

Concise Clinical Review Articles

Review articles should cover important topics in clinical medicine, provide a concise state-of-the-art review of existing knowledge, and offer evidence-based recommendations to the practicing physician using the GRADE system where possible.

 

Element Requirements
Abstract length <250 words
Body length 1,800 – 3,500 words
References <50
Decision Support Tools

Decision support tools provide an author’s recommended approach to a clinical problem (e.g., initial management of cough; workup of unexplained hypoxemia; etc). A visual algorithm (i.e., flowchart) is required; this may be hand-sketched and submitted as a scanned or photographed image that  professional artists will render at our expense. A concise review of the authors’ medical-decision making process and its conceptual and evidentiary basis accompany the image(s). Limitations and potential failures of the described approach are mentioned.

Element Requirements
Abstract <250 words
Body length <2,000 words
References <60
Format Clinical Problem, Medical Decision-Making, Limitations, Conclusions

 

 

“Journal Club” Literature Analyses
Element Requirements
Abstract No abstract
Body length <2,000 words
References <20
Format Summary of the article (patients, methods, results), including relevant critique, followed by your assessment and analysis of 1) the article’s relationship to the relevant extant body of literature for this clinical issue (supporting/contravening current evidence & practice, etc.), 2) the validity, impact and utility of the article, 3) your conclusions and recommendations (“takeaway”) for the practicing physician.
Case Reports and Pearls

Cases should either:

  1. Describe a new clinical entity or a novel presentation of a known clinical entity (case reports), or
  2. Present a well-known clinical entity in a way that is particularly instructive and educational (pearls).
Element Requirements
Abstract <150 words
Body length <1,000 words for a single report; 2,000 words for a case series
References <20
Format Introduction, Case Report(s), Discussion
Permission Written permission from patient is preferred in most cases

 

 

Conflicts of Interest

conflict of interest (COI) exists whenever a person’s private interests compete with his or her responsibilities to scientific and publishing activities (academic honesty, unbiased conduct and reporting of research, and integrity of decisions or judgments). Also called competing interests, conflicts of interest are usually financial or social relationships. To preserve trust in one’s article and the journal, it is best to disclose potential conflicts not according to one’s own belief as to their existence, but whenever a reasonable observer might wonder if the scholarly work was unduly motivated or influenced by competing interests.

A summary statement declaring any known or potential conflicts must be included on the title page submitted with your article. Completion of a more detailed conflict of interest disclosure form may be required prior to publication.

Scholarly Integrity

Readers’ trust in the integrity of scholarly work is precious and fragile; unfortunately, on rare occasions this trust has been violated. Assistance by “ghostwriters” is not permitted on submissions to PulmCCM Journal and all co-authors must be listed on the title page. If an article has undergone professional copyediting prior to submission, copyeditors and agencies’ names and contact information must be included along with the authors’ on the title page. We use plagiarism detection software on all articles before publication.

Email your manuscript to editors@pulmccm.org.

 

Additional Resources:

A guide to great peer review

Principles of transparency in open access publishing

BMJ Style Guide