Missouri Medicine Manuscript/Article Submission Detailed Instructions for Authors
Missouri Medicine publishes articles on a variety of science of medicine articles, medical trends, issues and policy matters that affect the physician health care community in Missouri and the US.
- Science of Medicine - Feature series, themes, miniseries, first literature reports, feature reviews
- Medical-Legal - Legal topics that affect physicians and healthcare.
- Socio-Economic - Articles on legislation, policy, insurance, management, etc.
- Public Health - Reports that cover topical and important public health issues.
- Perspectives - Topics presented by health care professionals with different areas of expertise.
- As I See It - A forum of general interest and respectful, reasoned opinion.
- In the News - Summaries of MSMA business and highlights of members.
The Editorial Board peer-reviews Science of Medicine articles for potential. Perspectives, Medical-Legal, Public Health, and Socio-Economic are also reviewed for suitable publication and should be referenced and not exceed 1,500 words. “As I See It” need not be referenced and should not exceed 1,200 words. Letters are published at the discretion of the Editor, Executive Director, or Editorial Board.
Recognition of Members
If you have been recently been honored, send a short paragraph and photograph to MSMA, care of the Managing Editor. Please indicate who, what, when, where with a brief description of the recognition.
Copyright, Graphic & Photography Form and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships Form:
BOTH forms must be included with submission
Unless agreed to in writing, Missouri Medicine retains and is protected by copyright. Every article REQUIRES a Copyright, Graphic & Photography Form and a Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships Form signed/emailed initialed by ALL authors. Manuscripts without the Copyright, Graphic & Photography Form and a Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships Form will delay the peer-review and publishing process.
Download, complete, and return PDF fillable forms:
It there are multiple authors, one should be designated lead/corresponding author. Title page must include all contact information of lead/corresponding author including mailing address, email, phone. Title page should also include each additional author, author’s highest degree earned (MD, DO, PhD, etc.) and teaching institution or hospital/clinic affiliation. Bylines will only include highest degree earned. In the "About the Authors" section, additional degrees, boards, and certificates may be listed. Any submission with more than five authors listed may state the contributions to the manuscript each purported author did.
Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point font; paragraphs double-spaced; pages numbered with running header. A synopsis or abstract of 150 words or less MUST precede Science of Medicine articles. The abstract plus text (not references) should not exceed 3,000 words.
Illustrations, Photographs, Tables, Charts, Figures, and Graphics
Illustrations, photographs, tables, charts, figures, and graphics must be submitted as high-resolution 300 dpi or higher and saved as a .jpeg or .tiff file. Include color photo of lead/corresponding author. Legends must accompany graphics. Total Illustrations, photographs, tables, charts, figures, and photographs are ideally fewer than four per article. PLEASE NOTE: Internet screen shots and files and/or low resolution graphics/photographs WILL BE REJECTED. Size requirements are no wider than 7 inches or longer than 9 inches. Include permission use if Illustrations, photographs, tables, charts, figures, and graphics are outside of author's ownership.
Refer to the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th Ed., AMA, Chicago, 2007. References should be cited in numerical order and presented at end of the article in the order they are cited. All references must be cited as superscripts, without parentheses, not footnotes, within the manuscript with 60 or fewer references. Reference numbers must be placed outside of punctuation. References must include author, title, periodical, year, volume number and page numbers/website. Websites as references must be labeled with date of access. When citing websites as reference, MUST list: Author Last name First name or initial, “Title of Web Page,” Publishing Organization or Name of Website, publication date and/or access date if available, URL. Authors are responsible for accuracy of references.
Submit all files by email. Files must be processed in a Windows operating environment with a Microsoft Word extension. A complete submission includes the following files: title page with contact information, article and references, and accompanying Illustrations, photographs, tables, charts, figures, and graphics with legends, Copyright, Graphic & Photography Transfer, Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships, AND Artificial Intelligence Disclosure. Email all files to BOTH the Editor and the Managing Editor. See contact information below. Expect to receive notification of receipt within 10 days. Peer review is usually complete within 30-45 days of receipt.
Reprints of your individual article may be purchased. Entire issues may be purchased, if available.
All articles, editorials, letters, and advertisements published represent the opinions of the authors and advertisers, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or endorsement of the Missouri State Medical Association or the institution with which the author or product or service is affiliated unless clearly specified. Missouri Medicine reserves the right to make the final decision on all content and advertisements.
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