Manuscript Specifications

Manuscripts submitted to EBDM typically are 1500-2000 words in length and follow the AMA style.
Title page:
  • Manuscript title (<10 words), which should be concise and stimulate reader interest
  • Full names of each author, followed by their highest academic degree
  • Institutional affiliations for each author
  • Name, address, and e-mail information of corresponding author
  • Précis (<25 words, concise summary of the article)
  • Indication of the funding source (including grant numbers, grant agencies, corporations, or sponsors)

Text. All manuscript text should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman type, 12-pt font size, including the acknowledgments, references, tables, and legends and submitted in Word. Cite references, tables, and figures in sequential order in the body of the paper. Any abbreviation or acronym must be spelled out in full when it first appears in the text, followed by its abbreviation in parentheses. State the generic name (not the trade name) for all pharmaceutical products.

Acknowledgments. Include a list of acknowledgments, if appropriate. 

References. It is the responsibility of the authors to complete and verify all references. References should conform to the AMA Manual of Style. Cite references in the text sequentially as a superscripted number after any punctuation mark. Two references are cited separated by a comma, with no space. Three or more consecutive references are given as a range with a hyphen.
**If a referencing program has been used during the drafting of the manuscript (eg, EndNote or Reference Manager), please disable before submitting.**

Per AMA style, number references sequentially in the order they appear in the text (do not alphabetize author names). Identify references with superscript Arabic numerals. References cited only in tables or figures should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first mention of that particular table or figure in the text. Begin the reference list on a new page. List all authors and/or editors up to 6; if more than 6, list the first 3 followed by “et al.” Journal references should include the issue number in parentheses after the volume number. Journal names should be abbreviated according to the journals list in PubMed.

References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as "in press" and included in the reference section. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Reference for "personal communication" that provides essential information not available from a public source, should include the name of the person, his or her degree, and the date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. In text, do not use footnotes; instead include them in parentheses in the body of the manuscript. (Footnotes should only be used in tables and figures)

Reference Style Samples:
1. Garber A, Goldman DP, Jena AB. The promise of health care cost containment. Health Aff (Millwood). 2007;26(6):1545-1547.
2. Wynia MK, Schwab AP. The value equation: the decision-making process should be sensitive to value. In: Ensuring Fairness in Health Care Coverage: An Employer's Guide to Making Good Decisions on Tough Issues. New York, NY: AMACOM; 2007:131-149.
3. The Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. Why not the best? Results from a national scorecard on U.S. health system performance. Published September 2006. Accessed November 13, 2006.

Graphic Elements. Inclusion of graphic elements (tables/figures) is strongly encouraged.
Tables. Place each table on a new page. Number all tables sequentially in the order they are cited in the text. Include a title for each table. All acronyms must be defined at the bottom of the table. Footnotes should be identified using superscript letters a,b,c (not asterisks or special symbols) and explained in a footnote to the table. Please submit tables in an editable format, ie, Word of Excel (not as picture).

Figures. Place each figure on a new page. Figures are generally redrawn by our production team. Avoid the use of shading in bar graphs or pie charts (use color or crosshatch patterns instead). Number all figures sequentially in the order they are cited in the text. Include a title for each figure. All acronyms must be defined at the bottom of the figure. Footnotes should be identified using superscript letters a,b,c (not asterisks or special symbols) and explained in a footnote. Any previously published figures must be accompanied by written permission from the publisher and/or copyright holder.

All manuscripts can be directly submitted to the Managing Editors:

Mary K. Caffrey, Managing Editor, 609-716-7777 x144
Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, Managing Editor, 609-716-7777 x128 
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