The American Journal of Managed Care
The editors are pleased to consider manuscripts on a wide range of topics related to the Journal's mission. Authors should write for a sophisticated general audience and recognize that, in addition to evaluating scientific merit, another important part of the evaluation process will be to assess the overall relevance of the work to the Journal's audience. The following considerations are important in preparing manuscripts: 1) remember that most readers of The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®) are not researchers; 2) undertake a pre-submission "peer-review" process by soliciting critical comments from colleagues and modifying the manuscript accordingly; 3) involve an experienced consultant with formal statistical training in any study that contains quantitative data and statistical inference; and 4) become fully informed about AJMC®'s manuscript requirements. We encourage authors to send an abstract or outline of an article to firstname.lastname@example.org when they are uncertain of its appropriateness for AJMC®.
Submissions generally fall into one of the following content categories. While most of AJMC® content is unsolicited, the editors do solicit commentaries, editorials, and special series. Due to space limitations in the printed journal, we must enforce strict limits on the overall length of articles.
- Original Research: Original Research articles fall into the following subcategories: (1) Clinical, (2) Managerial, (3) Policy, and (4) Methods. These should be <3000 words (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures, etc), have no more than 5 combined graphic elements (ie, tables and figures), and have no more than 50 references.
- Review Articles: <3000 words (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures, etc), have no more than 5 combined graphic elements (ie, tables and figures), and no more than 50 references.
- Commentaries: <1500-word opinion pieces. These should contain no more than 2 combined graphic elements and no more than 30 references.
- Trends From the Field: <2000-word descriptive data or case analysis of current trends in the healthcare system. These reports should contain no more than 2 combined graphic elements and no more than 30 references.
- Editorials: <1000 words; are solicited to accompany key articles and extend or offer opposing perspectives on a specific subject from manuscripts published in the Journal within the past 6 months.
- Letters to the Editors: <500 words, contain no more than 1 table or figure, and cite no more than 6 references.