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RPM: Author Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines as closely as possible to facilitate the editorial and production process. If you have any questions please contact kolafson@the-lynx-group.com.

GENERAL INFORMATION—Manuscripts submitted to RPM must be original and must not have been published previously, either in print or in electronic form. Manuscripts cannot be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by RPM.

The editors invite readers to submit articles on a variety of points of view and approaches to meet the mission of the journal.

EDITORIAL REVIEW—All articles undergo an initial internal review for topic appropriateness and manuscript format. Manuscripts that are not submitted according to the guidelines in this document will be returned to the author.

Authors are notified as soon as possible regarding the initial decision of acceptance or rejection of the article.

EDITING—Routine editorial changes are made on all articles to conform to house style, following the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed.1 The edited manuscript may be sent to the corresponding author for a final review and for any outstanding editorial queries. Time from submission to publication is generally 1 to 3 months, but could be longer, depending on the editing and revision processes.

AUTHORSHIP/COPYRIGHT—Provide authors’ highest academic degree and professional affiliations. Also provide the name, address, telephone number, e-mail, and fax number of the corresponding author. The corresponding author is responsible for securing signatures for all forms from all authors.

All authors are required to sign an Authorship/Copyright Transfer Form, assigning all copyrights for the manuscript to Engage Healthcare Communications, LLC, publisher of RPM.

DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS—All authors must disclose any relationship that could be viewed as a potential conflict of interest, based on ICMJE guidelines,2 including any financial interests, direct or indirect, and any affiliations or involvement (competitive or amiable) with organizations that have a financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. Each author must sign the Financial Disclosure Form in accordance with the ICMJE guidelines.2

RPM discloses all information regarding employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, grants, or other financial sources with potential conflict of interest in relation to a manuscript, or if authors discuss any products or services with such commercial interest. Any information regarding funding, grants, or other financial compensation must be listed on the title page of the manuscript. All published articles will include disclosure statements listing any relationships with real or potential conflict of interest for all authors and for the manuscript/research.

PERMISSIONS—Authors must secure written permission to reuse or adapt any graphic elements (table, figure) from a previously published (online or in print) article or from any other source. Provide the letter of permission when submitting the manuscript, or indicate that permission will be provided, and cite the original source with the graphic element in the manuscript. Authors are responsible for acknowledging all information that has been published previously.

MANUSCRIPT FORMAT—Manuscripts that do not adhere to the format described in this document will be returned to the author.

Title page: Include a proper title for the article and list the names, titles, and affiliations of all authors. Also list the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

Text: The entire text must be provided as a doublespaced Word file and all pages numbered consecutively. Cite any graphic elements (tables, figures, algorithms, appendix) consecutively in the text, but place actual tables/figures at the end of the article, after the references. Limit the length of the text to 1000-2000 words (excluding references, tables, and figures).

Tables and figures: Cite all figures, tables, algorithms, and other graphics in the text, but place the graphic elements at the end of the article, after the references. Type all tables and all figure heads and captions in the Word document.

Figures and other images (excluding tables) must also be provided as individual graphic files, saved at high resolution (300 dpi), as jpg or pdf file. Attach an individual file for each image. Images not saved appropriately will delay the editing process significantly. For help with images, please contact acooper@the-lynx-group.com.

References: Use most up-to-date, post-1990, primary sources only, cited consecutively in the text (as superscript numbers), then place each complete reference at the end of the article under heading “References.” Avoid automatic numbering or footnote/endnote features. Try to limit the number of references to 10.

Use citation format according to the AMA Manual of Style.1

Examples:

  1. Peters JL, Sutton AJ, Jones DR, et al. Comparison of two methods to detect publication bias in meta-analysis. JAMA. 2006;295:676-680.
  2. McGrath JJ, Murray RM. Risk factors for schizophrenia: from conception to birth. In: Hirsch SR, Weinberger DR, eds. Schizophrenia. Oxford, England: Blackwell Press; 2003.
  3. Waters R, Pettypiece S. Drug sales in the US grow at slower pace as generic use surges. Bloomberg news, March 12, 2008. www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aLfUw7_sYMRY. Accessed March 13, 2008.

HOW TO SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS—Articles that do not follow the guidelines described in this document will not be considered for publication.

Save the manuscript as a Word file and attach individual files for each image or figure (excluding tables). Save images (figures) individually as an image file (jpg or pdf).

Submit the entire manuscript and a cover letter stating the objectives of the article to acooper@the-lynx-group.com. For assistance call 732-992-1885.

REPRINTS—Reprints may be ordered for a nominal fee by contacting acooper@the-lynx-group.com.


1. AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007.

2. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Updated April 2010. www.icmje.org/urm_full.pdf. Accessed June 1, 2010.

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