For Authors

The Journal of Medical Regulation publishes a wide range of articles of interest to the medical regulatory community and accepts manuscripts on an ongoing basis. Original, unpublished articles and queries may be submitted for consideration at any time. Manuscripts should focus on issues of medical licensure and discipline or related topics of education, examination, postgraduate training, ethics, peer review, quality assurance and public safety.

JMR accepts submissions in the following categories: general articles, research articles, perspectives, commentaries and state board practices. For more detailed information, visit article categories. The JMR is a peer-reviewed journal and all manuscripts are reviewed by Editorial Committee members prior to publication. The review process may take up to eight weeks.

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

  1. An email or cover letter should introduce the manuscript, name a corresponding author and include full postal/mail address, phone, fax and email information.
  2. The manuscript components should include a title page, abstract, text, references, and as appropriate legends, tables, and figures. Start each of these sections on a new page, numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page.
  3. The title page should contain only the title of the manuscript and a word count (not including abstract, acknowledgements or references). A separate list of all authors should include full names, degrees, titles and affiliations.
  4. Manuscripts with multiple authors, especially research pieces, should address author contributions in the following areas: study concept and design; acquisition of data; analysis and interpretation of data; drafting of the manuscript; and critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content.
  5. The manuscript pages should be numbered, and length should be between 2,750 and 5,000 words. References should conform to the AMA Manual of Style. The manuscript should include an abstract of 200 words or less that describes the purpose of the article, the main finding(s) and conclusion. Footnotes or references should not be included in the abstract.
  6. For submission and review, acceptable manuscript file formats include Word or Word Perfect. Do not submit your manuscript in PDF format. Use 11- or 12-point font size, double-spaced text, and leave right margins unjustified (ragged).
  7. Any table or figure from another source must be referenced. Any photos should be submitted electronically in high-resolution JPEG format. If an electronic version is not possible, printed photos may be submitted, marked with a label on the reverse side that provides author contact information. Note that JMR rarely publishes photos but will consider their use based on the context of the manuscript. Tables and figures can be supplied in EPS, TIF, Illustrator, Photoshop (300 dpi or better) or Microsoft PowerPoint formats.
  8. The number of references should be appropriate to the length of the text, and references should appear as endnotes. (See References below).
  9. Commentary, letters to the editor and reviews are accepted for publication. Such submissions and references should be concise and conform to the format of longer submissions.
  10. The JMR requires all authors to complete and submit the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) form for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.
  11. Authors can find helpful guidelines for presenting systematic review or meta-analysis (PRISMA), presentation of statistical data (SAMPL) and presentation of interviews and/or focus group qualitative data (COREQ).
  12. Manuscripts are reviewed in confidence. The JMR uses a double blind review process in evaluating submissions.

Reference Formatting Guidelines

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references and for correct text citation. Number references in the order they appear in the text; do not alphabetize. In text, tables, and legends, identify references with superscript Arabic numerals. When listing references, follow AMA style and abbreviate names of journals according to the listing in PubMed. List all authors and/or editors up to 6; if more than 6, list the first 3 followed by “et al.”
Examples of reference style
  1. Henzel TR, Ciccone A, Cain F, Clothier CA, Hawkins RE. Implementing Assessment of Practicing Physicians: The Development and Benefits of a Collaborative Model. JMLD. 2007;99(4):16-24.
  2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS proposals to implement certain disclosure provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Accessed January 30, 2012.
  3. McPhee SJ, Winker MA, Rabow MW, Pantilat SZ, Markowitz AJ, eds. Care at the Close of Life: Evidence and Experience. New York, NY: McGraw Hill Medical; 2011.

Journal references should include the issue number in parentheses after the volume number.