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Instructions to Authors
The Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine publishes concise papers, which are subject to peer review. The Journal considers articles of original research, reviews, scholarly addresses, case reports, book reviews, historical interest, clinical tips, guidelines, letters to the editor, and so on. Requirements are in accordance with “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals” (http://www.icmje.org). The editorial policies of the journal are in line with those of the Council of Science Editors (http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/services/draft_approved.cfm).
Authors must disclose any commercial interest in the subject of study and the source of any support. A covering letter should state that the work is original and should include the address for correspondence, as well as the phone and fax numbers and e-mail address to ensure rapid processing. After acceptance, the author(s) must sign a copyright transfer agreement. The Journal reserves the right to edit manuscripts to ensure conformity with the Journal’s style. Such editing will not affect the scientific content.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced and approximately 800 to 1,500 words. The manuscript must be submitted electronically via our online submission portal (http://csim.ca/csim-journal/index.php/csim/about/submissions) (Word or Rich Text Format only). An abstract of up to 150 words should be provided, and a statement that the study was approved by the relevant research ethics board should be included, where relevant. The lead author should also provide a brief bio sketch and high-resolution photo of himself or herself (see details regarding illustrations below).
References should be numbered consecutively in the text by superscript numerals. Corresponding references should be listed at the end of the text. Exhaustive lists of references are not encouraged. Unpublished sources such as personal communications should be cited within the text and not included in the reference list. The sequence for journal references should be as follows: author(s); title of paper; journal name abbreviated as in the Index Medicus; year of publication, volume number, first and last page numbers. When there are more than three authors, shorten to three and add “et al.” Col NF, Eckman MH, Karas RH, et al. Patient specific decisions about hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women. JAMA 1997;277:1140-7. The sequence for chapters of a book should be as follows: author(s) of chapter, chapter title, author(s) of book, book title, edition, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, page numbers. Galloway AC, Colvin SB, Grossi EA, et al. Acquired heart disease. In: Schwartz SI, Shires GT, Spencer FC, eds. Principles of Surgery, 6th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1994:845-99.
Tables and illustrations
Each table should have a legend at the top indicating the information contained. Illustrations may be sent separately or embedded in the Word file.
Note: Figure reproduction cannot improve on the quality of the originals.
Numbers, units, and abbreviations
Measurements are to be metric. In scientific text, physical quantities and units of time should be expressed in numerals, for example, 2 kg, 6 mmol, 5 hours, 4°C. Use only standard abbreviations, and avoid using abbreviations in the title. Define all abbreviations on their first mention.
Written permission must be obtained for material that has been published in copyrighted material; this includes tables, figures, and quoted text that exceeds 150 words. Signed patient release forms are required for photographs of identifiable persons. A copy of all permissions and patient release forms must accompany the manuscript.
Article submission will first be reviewed for suitability by our editor-in-chief and then sent out for peer review.
Upon successful completion of peer review, the article will be assigned to a future issue.
Once the article has passed peer and has been assigned to a specific issue, a pdf will be created and sent to the author for correction. Authors are asked to e-mail corrections back to the publisher within 72 hours.
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Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
Article Processing Charge
The Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine, like other open access publications, charges an Article Processing Charge (APC) to individual authors and institutions to offset expenses usually covered by the subscriptions and advertisements of subscription-based journals.
As of January 1, 2017, the CJGIM’s APC is $750 (USD) per article. The APC will be waived for authors who are Full Members and Physician Associates (with dues currently paid) of the Canadian Society of Internal Medicine (CSIM) as well as for CSIM Senior Associates. Please indicate in the Private Notes box on the User Profile page if you are in one of the above categories.
The APC is billed upon acceptance of an article. There are no additional charges for colour, length, figures, or other elements. Letters to the Editor and select invited articles are not charged an APC.
Authors living in countries not considered “least developed” as per the following list of countries who do not have the ability to pay the APC may be eligible for a reduced APC. Please contact the publisher directly to make a formal request at email@example.com.
- Authors are asked to include the names of 2-3 colleagues as possible peer reviewers for their submission.