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Author Guidelines

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted using the online submission process as a word document accompanied by a pdf version.  Articles are accepted for publication only at the discretion of the Editor. The first page must display:  (i) the article title; (ii) the names of all authors; (iii) the name(s) and address(es) of the institution(s) at which the work was carried out (the present addresses of the authors, if different from the above, should appear in a footnote); (iv) the name, postal address, telephone and email address of the author to whom all correspondence and proofs should be sent; (v) a suggested running title of not more than fifty characters, including spaces and (vi) a minimum of six keywords to aid indexing.

The text should be preceded by a short Abstract (approximately 250 words). All pages must be numbered consecutively from the title page, and include the acknowledgements, references and figure legends.

Illustrations and table should be placed in the text at their preferred location with captions above.

It is essential that approval for the reproduction or modification of figures and tables published elsewhere is sought and obtained in writing from the authors and publishers prior to submission of papers. The original source must be quoted.  JJSoc will not send back any submitted material. Please note that if you wish JJSoc to delete your submitted material, please inform the Editorial Office or Production Editor.

Units and Spellings

Systeme International (SI) units should be used, as given in Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (4th edition, 1988) published by the Royal Society of Medicine Services Ltd, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8AE, UK. Other abbreviations should be used sparingly and only if a lengthy name or expression is repeated throughout the text. Spelling should conform to that used in the The Concise Oxford Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press.  The use of jargon or obscure technical terms is strongly discouraged.


These should be in the Harvard style. References should be numbered sequentially as they occur in the text and identified in the main text by numbers after the punctuation. The following are examples of the style. Where there more than ten authors, the first three should be listed followed by et al.  If there are ten or fewer authors, then all should be listed. Journal titles should not be abbreviated.  Do not use op cit, etc.

1 Miles, A.  On a Medicine of the Whole Person: away from scientistic reductionism and towards the embrace of the complex in clinical practice.  Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 15, 2009 pp 941 - 949.

2 Montgomery, K.  How Doctors Think.  Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine.  Oxford: Oxford University Press 2006 pp 2 -3.

3 Zimowski, Z.  Health care ministry more than bringing communion.  Available at: (last accessed 27 October 2009)

4 Niniluoto, I.  The nature of science?  In:  Is Science Progressive? (ed. I. Niiniluto), Dortrecht: D. Reidel Publishing 1984 pp. 1-9.

Work that has not been accepted for publication and also ‘personal communications’ should not appear in the reference list, but may be referred to in the text (e.g. A. Author, unpubl. observ.; A.N. Other, pers comm.). The Editor and Publisher recommend that citation of online published papers and other material should be done via a DOI (digital object identifier), which all reputable online published material should have - see and reference example [3] immediately above for more information.  If an author cites anything which does not have a DOI, they run the risk of the cited material not being traceable.  It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission from colleagues to include their work as a personal communication.  A letter of permission should accompany the manuscript.


Illustrations should be embedded in your word document. These should be referred to in the text as figures using Arabic numbers, e.g. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc., in order of appearance.  All printed illustrations will be produced as half tones.


Tables should include only essential data. Each table should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, e.g. Table 1, and given a short caption. No vertical rules should be used. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings and not in the body of the table. All abbreviations should be defined in a footnote.


Captions for Tables and illustrations should be placed above.

Submission of the manuscript

Submissions will  be accepted through the online submission process on the website: or by email to the editor.  Manuscripts submitted to the Journal are subject to initial review by the Editor.  If manuscripts are judged to be in accordance with the aims and scope of the Journal and to be of broadly acceptable quality, they will be sent to formal peer review.

Page Proofs

Proofs will be sent via e-mail as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file.  The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4MB in size.  Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site:    

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen, and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Corrections must be emailed to the Editor-in-Chief within 3 days of receipt. Only typographical errors can be corrected at this stage. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted and authors may be charged for excessive amendments.

Copyright Licence Agreement

Each Author will be required to sign a Copyright Licence Agreement (CLA) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CLA is a condition of publication and papers will not be sent to production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the CLA does not affect ownership of copyright in the material.  You will retain all copyright on your article: IJPCM simply requires your permission to publish it.  Following submission, authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances. 

Timing of publication

The Editor retains control over the time of publication and the right to modify the style in accordance with that for the Journal. Any major changes will be agreed with the author(s).


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced;  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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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