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Author Instructions

General Information

Greater Baltimore Medical Centers 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.

The first issue of this bi-monthly journal will be released in January 2022. Articles are will be freely accessible online and include:

  • Original Research
  • Brief Reports
  • Case Reports
  • Medical Education Review Articles
  • Editorials
  • Perspectives
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Manuscript Submissions

    • To submit articles, please click Submit Articles (located in sidebar), create (or log in to) your account, and follow the provided steps. To contact the JCHIMP editorial office, please email or .
    • 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.
    • 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. If possible, please avoid any self-identifications of the authors and their affiliated institutions in the original manuscript.

    Article Publishing Charge

    • The standard article publishing charge for this journal is $500/€438/£385, for up to five pages, plus VAT or other local taxes where applicable in your country. There is no submission charge.
    • Waivers are given on a case-to-case basis and approval is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. If you would like to apply for a waiver, please email with your manuscript number, title of paper and state your reason for requesting a waiver.

    Authorship

    • 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, 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.
    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.

    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 Helinski 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 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.

    Acknowledgements

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

    References

    • The corresponding author s 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 fill 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.
    • For a thorough description on the peer review process, see the journal’s Peer Review Policy.

    Manuscript Categories

    Original Research

    • Content: an article which presents original findings that help advance the medical field and implications on patient care.
    • Paper Format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and references.
    • Length: between 3,000 - 4,000 words for the body of the manuscript.
    • Abstract: no more than 300 words. Structured with paragraphs labeled: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and at least 5 keywords.

    Perspective

    • 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.
    • Length: No more than 2,000 words.
    • Abstract: a short paragraph, about 4-5 sentences, summarizing the topic being discussed.

    Brief Report

    • Content: Brief report articles are similar to 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.
    • Format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and references.
    • Length: Maximum of 2,000 words (excluding abstract, reference list and figure table)

    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.
    • Format: Abstract, Introduction, Case, Discussion, Conclusion, Notes on Patient Consent, and References.
    • Length: The abstract should be no more than 150 words. The body of the paper should be no more than 2,000 words.

    Medical Education Review Article

    • Content: Articles pertaining to specific topics of medical education.
    • Abstract: Background, objective, methods, results, conclusion.
    • Paper format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References.
    • Length: The body of the paper should be no more than 2,000 words and the abstract no more than 250 words.

    Editorial

    • 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.
    • Format:
      • Length: Maximum of 2,000 words for the body of the paper and an abstract no more than 250 words.

    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.
    • Length: The letter to the editor should be between 150-300 words maximum.