- Submission of Manuscripts
- Explanation of Papers
- Figures and Tables
The following has been released as a guide to potential contributors and readers. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.
It is the mission of the Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care (JEPHC) to publish original research articles, case studies, critical reviews, educational, technological and informative issues relevant to national and international aspects of prehospital emergency care. Consideration will be given to publish submitted articles according to the significance of their innovative, educational, informative or collaborative contributions towards the advancement of prehospital emergency care.
Initial evaluation of all manuscripts will be assessed by the Editor(s) to determine suitability for publication in JEPHC. A process of peer review by appropriately qualified professionals will follow the Editor's approval to determine quality and synthesis of submitted articles, prior to publication. Acceptance of a manuscript for publication is possible only after completion of the editing process. Every author whose name appears on the manuscript is responsible for all statements published in the article, including any changes made in the editing process. The author whose name appears as the corresponding author, will receive a copy of the final edited version of the article to circulate to co-authors and obtain joint approval (if applicable) prior to publication in the ejournal.
Submission of Manuscripts
Contributors are encouraged to follow the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals http://www.icmje.org. The document provides useful information to authors, reviewers, editors and general readers, in many aspects of ethical, technical and formatting principles which should be applied to manuscripts prior to submission and publication in any medical journal.
Explanation of Papers
- Original papers should not exceed 3000 words for full-length reports of original research.
- Review articles should provide a concise account of reviews in both established and new areas of prehospital emergency care and related primary health care issues. Reviews should not exceed 4000 words.
- Case reports should not exceed 2000 words and may include one table, figure and a graphic. A short abstract and a brief concise literature review should be included.
- Short papers may cover areas of new methods, technology, education or experimental work in prehospital or primary health care. A maximum of 1500 words including a short abstract, one table, figure and a graphic may be included.
- Education and Debate may cover areas of education, innovation, technological change and non-political issues of ethical and societal importance in prehospital care. A maximum of 2000 words including a short abstract and summary conclusion should be included.
- Editorials are written or invited by the editor(s), however recommendations for topics and suitable authors are encouraged.
JEPHC will adopt a modern copyright policy, promoted by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), whereby the copyright of articles published will remain with the author(s) of the articles. Authors will licence JEPHC to publish their articles.
Where manuscripts refer to the investigations involving humans, proof of clearance from an institutional ethics committee must accompany the assignment of copyright letter.
Manuscripts must be submitted in English, using the Concise Oxford Dictionary as a spelling reference and/or the English (U.K.) language setting in software programs. Font selection should be sized at 12 point in Times New Roman or Arial and line spacing should be single and justified. Pages should be numbered consecutively on the bottom right hand corner commencing with the title page to include all references, tables, acknowledgements and legends. All manuscripts should be submitted in document (.doc) or rich text format (.rtf). and may be submitted electronically online.
A title page should include full names and one affiliation for each author involved in the submitted manuscript. Full contact details including name, address, telephone, fax and email address of only one author is sufficient.
Abstracts must precede the main body of text and should be kept to a minimum of 300 words. Abstract sub-headings should include Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions, and the provision of keywords (no more than five) should be provided in lower case separated by a semi-colon (;), bold text at the end of the abstract.
It is the responsibility of authors to obtain permission for the publication or reproduction of images in the journal. Images should be submitted with a descriptive caption and should include the names of identifiable participants. Images which are not taken within the public domain or, which have been reproduced from books, newspapers, journals etc., must also accompany a signed permission statement from identifiable participants or publishing authority prior to publication in the journal.
For best quality image reproduction, colour images should be submitted digitally where possible, in jpeg format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi per image. Black and white illustrations and photographs should be saved as tiff, gif or jpeg files to a minimum of 150 dpi. Images that do not meet the recommended requirements may be refused publication.
Figures and Tables
Figures and tables must be numbered consecutively and layouts must not exceed margin allowances. When symbols are used to represent parts of an illustration, each symbolic representation should be identified and explained in a separate legend. A brief explanatory legend may be provided at the top of tables, with further clarification at the foot of the table if necessary.
References should be listed in consecutive numerical order to correspond with numbered citations throughout the manuscript. Every reference must be cited at least once in the text or table.
References to journal articles should contain bibliographic information in the following order:
A maximum of six authors may be listed by; surname, first name and initials in alphabetical order. If more than six authors are listed "et al." should follow the name of the third author, followed by the title and subtitle; journal name; year of publication; volume number; issue number if any; inclusive page numbers.
References to books should contain authors (as above); chapter title; editor if any; title of book; city of publication; publisher; year; edition and specific page numbers.
Samples of the correct referencing style for medical journal articles and other published material can be viewed at the ICMJE website.
*Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references and text citations.
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