Author Instructions

General Information

Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives (JCHIMP) is a peer-reviewed, international, open access journal disseminating information relevant to the community hospitals.

JCHIMP aims to provide up-to-date information in the field of Internal Medicine to community hospital medical professionals and a platform for clinical faculty, residents, and medical students to publish research relevant to community hospital programs.

This journal is published every other month in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Articles are freely accessible online and include:

  • Research Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Brief Reports
  • Case Reports
  • Medical Education and History
  • Editorials
  • Perspectives
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Clinical and Radiology Images
  • Manuscript Submissions

    • If you are a new author, you will need to create an account to access our Editorial Manager submission page. If you are a returning author, please log in using your username and password. Our Editorial Manager site can be found here. To contact the JCHIMP editorial office, please email .
    • Submissions must include the following: a title page, details regarding the manuscript, the manuscript, any accompanying figure(s)/video file(s), the email address of all authors, and their institution affiliations. Two versions of the manuscript must be submitted (1) an author detail copy and (2) an anonymous copy.
      •  Author Detail Copy: This copy should contain a list of all contributing authors names along with their institutional affiliation. This copy is REQUIRED for publication.
        Anonymous copy: This copy should have all author identifiers removed such as names, email, and/or institutional affiliations. This copy is REQUIRED for the peer review process.
    • Each manuscript is put through a double-blind peer review process and is designed to keep the identity of the authors and peer reviewer anonymous. Please provide an anonymous copy with all author identifiers removed.

    Article Publishing Charge

    • Important notice for Authors: Starting January 1st, 2024, the new standard article publishing charge for accepted articles will be $600 USD. There is still no submission charge.
    • The standard article publishing charge for this journal is $500 USD and an invoice will be emailed to the corresponding author. There is no submission charge.


    • All authors should follow common ethical standards of research as described in “Uniform requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”.
    • Authorship should meet all three criteria (1) substantial contribution to concept, design, acquisition of data, or analysis/interpretation of data, (2) the drafting or revising the manuscript critically, and (3) final approval of the version to be published.
    • Any contributors who do not meet all three criteria should be listed in the acknowledgment section.

    Manuscript Preparations

    Style and Formmatting

    • The manuscript should be submitted in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, and formatted with 1” margins, line numbering and Times New Roman 12 pt. font.
    • Text should begin on the second page following the abstract.
    • Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined the first time they appear in the text.
    • Heading and subheading should be clearly denoted.
    • Authors should have only one space after the period not two.
    • It is the authors responsibility to submit to the paper with little to no spelling and grammatical errors.

    Title Page

    The title page should include the following…

    1. Article Title: the article title should provide a distilled description of the entire article, be concise and informative.
    2. Author Information: include full names of each contributing author, his/her/their highest academic degree, his/her/their current departmental and institutional affiliations, and an email address for each author.
    3. Disclaimers: Authors need to disclaim if the article has been submitted to other publications and/or presented at a conference or meeting.
    4. Source(s) of support: Authors must acknowledge any source(s) of support such as grants, drug(s), equipment, and/or other support that facilitated conduct of the work described in the article or in the writing of the article.
    5. Word Count: a word count of the abstract and the body of the article is needed to assess if the information in the paper warrants the paper’s length and if it meets the word count limit.
        a. For more on the max word count for specific article types please see the section “Manuscript Categories and Word Count”.
    6. Figures and Tables: A figures and tables count ensures that the editorial and production team publish the correct number of figures and tables the authors have provided.
        a. Figures and Tables are limited for each article type. For more on Figure/Table limits please see the sections “Manuscript Categories and Word Count”.

    Conflicts of Interest

    • Authors are responsible for disclosing any and all financial and/or personal relationships that might bias their work. Authors are required to state explicitly whether potential conflicts of interest do or do not exist.
    • Authors will be required to provide a conflict-of-interest page that follows the title page, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscripts.
      •  Authors should identify any individuals who provide writing or other assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

    Regulatory Approval or Research Subject Protection Requirements

    • When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed here in accordance with the ethical standards of the Responsible Committee on Human Experimentation (both institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2005.
    • When reporting experimentation on animal subjects, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals was followed.
    • Identifying information such as names, initials, institutions, or hospital numbers should not be in the manuscript, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or legal guardian) gives written informed consent to be identified in a publication. If there is any doubt anonymity cannot be maintained, informed consent MUST be obtained.


    • Authors may list individuals who do not fulfill the criteria for authorship yet made significant contributions to the manuscript in the acknowledgement section.


    • The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all references are in accordance with AMA style guidelines.
    • References should be listed in the order that they appear in the paper.
  • Format for Journals:
    • Suleiman AR, Afify O, Whitfield KE. The Effect of Stress, Acculturation, and Heritage Identity on Depression in Arab Americans. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2021;11(4):433-438. Published 2021 Jun 21. doi:10.1080/20009666.2021.1929050
  • Format for Books:
    • Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B. Public health 101: Healthy people--healthy populations. 2nd ed. Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2015.
  • Format for Chapters:
    • Bliss CM, Wolfe M. Chapter 34: Common clinical manifestations of gastrointestinal disease. In: Andreoli TE, Cecil RL, eds. Andreoli and Carpenter's Cecil Essentials of Medicine. 8th ed. Saunders/Elsevier; 2010:382-400.
  • Format for Online Media:
    • Nguyen H, Solanki V. Caffeinated: Every Cup of Coffee Has a Story. [Amazon Streaming]. United States: Film Buff; 2015.

    Duplicate Publications

    • Manuscripts will not be considered if they have been published either in print or electronically and should also not be in consideration anywhere else.
    • Exceptions may be considered for unusual circumstance.

    Prior Presentations

    • Please provide the name, date, and location of any meeting or conference if any portions of the manuscript content have been presented on the title page.

    Editorial Freedom

    • Editorial freedom allows the editor in chief to have full authority over the editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.
    • The editor’s decisions are based on the validity of the work and its importance to its readers, not on the monetary success of the journal.
    • Decisions of the editorial board are final.

    Peer Review Process

    • JCHIMP puts every manuscript through a double-blind peer review process where in the authors and peer reviewers remain anonymous during the process.
    • Each manuscript will be reviewed by at least two different peer-reviewers in addition to an editorial review.
    • Most manuscripts require revision. Authors will receive feedback from the reviewers in the form of anonymous comments and given an editorial decision. Authors are responsible for completing revisions in a timely manner, of which the deadline is determined by the editor. If the author has not returned the revision 7 days after the initial revision due date, then the manuscript will be rejected.
    • For a more thorough description on the peer review process, please see the journal’s Peer Review Policy.

    Manuscript Categories and Word Count

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the manuscript word and/or figure limit, please email with the Editorial Manager ZJCH ID# and the title of the manuscript.

    Article Type Maximum Word Limit (not including references) Table. Figures, Graph, Image, and Video Limit
    Research Article 3000 5
    Review Article 3000 4
    Case Report 1500 3
    Brief Report 1000 2
    Perspective 1500 1
    Editorial 1000 1
    Medical Education 1500 2
    History of Medicine 1500 2
    Clinical/Radiology Image 500 1
    Letter to the Editor 1000 1

    Research Article

    • Content: an article which presents original findings that help advance the medical field and implications on patient care.

    Review Article

    • Content: A review article can also be called a literature review, or a review of literature. It is a survey of previously published research on a topic. It should give an overview of current thinking on the topic. And, unlike an original research article, it will not present new experimental results.

    Case Report

    • Content: A case report is a description of important scientific observations that are missed or undetectable in clinical trials. A case report is often short and focused.

    Brief Report

    • Content: Brief report articles are like original research in that they follow the same rigor and format (i.e., Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) but are designed for small scale research or research in its early stages.


    • Content: Perspective allows experts in a field to shed light on key finds of research that are of high interest and these articles often discuss one or a few recently published papers on the topic.


    • Content: Concurrent scholarly opinion pieces in which the author discusses a specific topic or article in the journal, contributing to the basic and applied health/medical care.

    Medical Education

    • Content: Articles pertaining to specific topics of medical education for students, residents, and physicians.

    History of Medicine

    • Content: Articles pertaining to the history of medicine.

    Clinical/Radiology Images

    • Content: Articles pertaining to diagnostic or interventional radiology and clinical images.

    Letter to the Editor

    • Content: a letter to the editor is a brief report that is within the journals scope and of particular interest to the community.