Purpose - Founded in 1995, The American Journal of Managed Care provides a forum for peer-reviewed literature on healthcare outcomes research. It is an independent, peer-reviewed publication dedicated to disseminating clinical information to managed care physicians, clinical decision makers, and other healthcare professionals. Its aim is to stimulate scientific communication in the ever-evolving field of managed care. The Journal addresses a broad range of issues relevant to clinical decision making in a cost-constrained environment and examines the impact of clinical, management, and policy interventions and programs on healthcare and economic outcomes.
Evaluation Process - All original articles are subjected to rigorous peer review by leading clinical investigators, health services researchers, and clinical epidemiologists. Manuscripts are also evaluated to determine the real world relevance of the information they contain. In addition to original research, the journal publishes review articles, commentaries, trends from the field, editorials, and letters to the editor. AJMC can publish only a fraction of the papers it receives each year (approximately 30%). Manuscripts accepted for publication usually appear in print within 3 to 4 months from the date of acceptance.
Readership - The Journal circulates to approximately 48,500 individuals with important decision-making responsibilities affecting the access and utilization of healthcare resources. Our audience includes medical directors, pharmacy and therapeutics committee members, pharmacy directors, physicians, corporate benefits managers, and other healthcare professionals across these 6 market segments: (1) HMO/PPO/IHOs; (2) hospitals; (3) long-term care; (4) PBMs; (5) VA/government; and (6) employers.
The American Journal of Managed Care (ISSN 1088-0224 [print] & ISSN 1936-2692 [online]) is published monthly by Managed Care & Healthcare Communications, LLC, 666 Plainsboro Rd, Ste 300, Plainsboro, NJ 08536. Copyright 2008 by Managed Care & Healthcare Communications, LLC.
We will continue to strive to reach key clinical decision-makers, an important component of the founding mission of the AJMC. We believe that we offer contributors unparalleled access to more than 48 000 members of this important community. We offer reduced subscription rates in specific circumstances (eg, students), and are in the process of making the AJMC available in every library in schools of medicine, public health, pharmacy, and nursing. We intend to make every effort to increase our presence in the research settings, both inside and outside of academic institutions.
As ever, we remain keenly interested in hearing from our readers. We welcome motivated individuals to contact us if interested in playing a role in this endeavor. We intend to regularly publish invited expert commentary on relevant but potentially controversial topics in an attempt to stimulate discussion via our Letters to the Editor section.
The most important takeaway message is crystal clear: no matter how successful we are in publishing relevant, high-quality articles, a sound business plan is essential to sustain the Journal. As with many healthcare journals, a substantial amount of our fiscal support is provided by advertising and supplemental issues. Given our current distribution pattern, the Journal could not continue without these activities. In light of this, we want you to know that the editorial and marketing activities of AJMC are completely separate. No individual involved in the editorial process knows how any given editorial decision will affect the Journal's business activities. Likewise, all editorial decisions are and will remain apart from the business side of the publication.
Supplemental issues of AJMC provide the Journal with significant revenue. Guidelines for supplements that aim to minimize bias and stress full disclosure are in place and are published in each supplement. Like all editors in the healthcare field, we are concerned about biases in the studies induced by industry funding. Similar to other journals that adhere to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, we require full disclosure of conflict of interest of all authors and detailed information regarding funding of submitted research. The articles in the supplements are peer-reviewed under the supervision of a guest editor chosen by the sponsor of the activity.
As part of our efforts to expand our content, we will continue to publish "Special Issues" that will allow us to address relevant topics in more depth. Papers published in special issues will undergo the same peer-review process as manuscripts published in the regular issues of AJMC. Special issues differ from the regular issues only in that they require separate funding. We feel that if we choose the topic correctly, these special issues will provide an attractive mechanism for the research and policy community to reach a wide spectrum of interested readers.
We ask for your support and counsel to help keep us on our intended path. Please let us know your thoughts on our proposed direction and if you are motivated to do so, help us to attain the high expectations we have set for The American Journal of Managed Care
A. Mark Fendrick, MD
Professor of Medicine and HealthManagement and Policy
Schools of Medicine & Health, University of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
Dr. Fendrick's research focuses on the clinical and economic assessment of medical interventions with special attention to the study of emerging technologies. He has performed analyses of interventions for several common conditions including: gallbladder disease, heartburn/gastroesophageal reflux disease, arthritis/inflammatory conditions, viral infections, coronary heart disease, pediatric vaccinations, and cancer screening. These analyses are supplemented by research describing how outcomes research data can be incorporated into clinical practice and how they impact health care systems.
Dr. Fendrick has authored over 100 articles and book chapters and has given several national and international presentations pertaining to outcomes research and economic evaluation of medical interventions. He is the Co-editor in chief of The American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for 3 additional peer-reviewed publications. He has collaborated with several government agencies and professional societies and has consulted for numerous health care companies. Dr. Fendrick has served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).
Michael E. Chernew, PhD
Professor of Health Care PolicyHarvard Medical School
Harvard UniversityBoston, MA
Dr. Chernew is a professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. One major area of his research focuses on assessing the impact of managed care on the health care marketplace, with an emphasis on examining the impact of managed care on health care cost growth and on the use of medical technology. Other research has examined determinants of patient choice of hospital and the impact of health plan performance measures on employee and employer selection of health plans.
Dr. Chernew is a member of the Commonwealth Foundation's Commission on a High Performance Health Care System. In 2000 and 2004, he served on technical advisory panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services that reviewed the assumptions used by the Medicare actuaries to assess the financial status of the Medicare trust funds. In 1998, he was awarded the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Public Health. In 1999, he received the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from the Association of Health Services Research. Dr. Chernew is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and is on the editorial boards of Health Affairs and Medical Care Research and Review. He is also a senior associate editor of Health Services Research.
AJMC is continuing to expand its editorial coverage to include articles in therapeutic categories that are of most interest to our readers. The editors are looking for original research that examines mechanisms designed to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare services.
The American Journal of Managed Care seeks original research for a theme issue on Health Information Technology (HIT). This issue will offer information from experts, such as policy makers, payers, and providers, with the goal of improving efficiency and outcomes in health IT implementation. Topics of interest include meaningful use, reimbursement, telemedicine, and much more.
To submit a manuscript to The American Journal of Managed Care, log on to our web-based tracking system, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajmc, and follow the onscreen instructions.
All manuscripts must be submitted through our web-based manuscript submission and peer-review system. Log on to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ajmc and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Requirements for all submissions generally conform to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals." Our review process is blinded, so all identifying information (ie, author names, affiliations, etc) must be removed from the text and cover letter before submission.
The Journal can publish only a fraction of the papers it receives each year (approximately 30%). Manuscripts accepted for publication usually appear in print within 3 to 4 months from the date of acceptance.
Prior Publication - Manuscripts submitted for publication in AJMC must not have been published previously (either in whole or in part) nor currently be submitted elsewhere in either identical or similar form. Material posted on the Internet or disseminated in any other electronic form constitutes prior publication and may not be considered. Previous publication of a small fraction of the content of a manuscript does not necessarily preclude its being published in AJMC, but the editors need information about previous publication when deciding how to use space in the Journal efficiently. These restrictions on prior publication, however, do not apply to abstracts or poster presentations published in connection with scientific meetings or to working papers that have been posted on the web to facilitate peer feedback.
Authors must indicate in the cover letter whether any portion of the manuscript has been previously published and are required to submit copies of related publications (either published, in preparation, or submitted), as well as any manuscripts cited as "in press" to the editors for review. Duplicate, redundant, and/or fragmented publications are not permitted. (Refer to Chapter 5 of the American Medical Association Manual of Style for further information on duplicate publication.)
Length Restrictions - Strict length requirements according to manuscript category will be upheld. See Manuscript Categories for more information.