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Please read this section carefully before beginning to submit your paper

JRAMC operates blind peer review which requires authors to submit an anonymous version of their manuscript file:

This should NOT include:
Any author names
Author institution details
Author contact details
Acknowledgements
Competing interests (if declared)
Ethics approval statements that refer to your institution
This file will be automatically converted to PDF once uploaded through the online submission system (ScholarOne) and will be made available to the reviewers.

Ethos

The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps aims to publish high quality research, reviews and case reports, as well as other invited articles, which pertain to the practice of military medicine in its broadest sense. It welcomes material from all ranks, services and corps wherever they serve as well as submissions from beyond the military. It is intended not only to propagate current knowledge and expertise but also to act as an institutional memory for the practice of medicine within the military.

Editorial policy

The Editorial Board understand that the requirements of the Journal’s readership differ across specialities and settings and this guides the Boards judgements as to whether submitted manuscripts are accepted or not. The aim is to provide a broad mix of articles that will be of educational value and interest to all members of the DMS.

All submitted material is peer reviewed and it is assumed that submission has been made solely to this journal. Submission of work that has previously been presented at a meeting or published as an abstract is acceptable but details of prior presentation/abstract publication should be declared when submitting the full manuscript to J R Army Med Corps.

The Editor reserves the right to edit submissions into house style without further discussion with the author(s).

The Editor cannot enter into correspondence about papers rejected for publication, and the Editor’s decision in these matters is final.

Security clearance

All regular and reservist serving UK military authors need to have permission to publish prior to submission in the Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Defence Medical Services (DMS) authors require a CC1 form (Permission to Communicate with the Media and Public: Annex B) signed and completed prior to submission. Guidance for the submission by DMS authors is given in JSP 950 Part 1 Lft 1-2-3 (V1.1) dated May 2016 entitled “PROCEDURE FOR DMS PERSONNEL TO OBTAIN CLEARANCE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC”.

DMS CC1 forms can be obtained from and should be submitted to the SG-DMed-MedD-GpMailbox{at}mod.uk. Authors must include the completed CC1 form including appropriate signatures as a supplementary information file with their submission. Any incomplete CC1 forms will be returned to the author for further action without the submission being sent for peer review. Non-DMS authors should seek clearance through their own chain of command prior to submission, with recognition that further clearance through the DMS chain may be required in certain cases. Only clearance of papers submitted by non-UK military authors will be arranged by the journal.

All accepted articles will be further security cleared prior to publication.

Open Access

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £1,950 (plus applicable VAT).

We do not offer refunds for Open Access once articles have been published.

Colour figures

The Journal publishes in full colour and authors are encouraged to make full use of this resource.

Article types and word counts

The Journal publishes a variety of article types some of which, such as contributions to defined ‘series’ areas or Editorials, are generally invited submissions from the Editorial Board. Suggestions for possible topics and authors are welcome. Authors who feel they could contribute an article to an ongoing series are asked to contact the Editor.

Editorials
Personal views
Original articles
Review articles
Images in Clinical Practice
Case reports
Letters
eLetters
Footnotes and End pieces

The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references. If you are not a native English speaker and would like assistance with your article there is a professional editing service available.

BMJ’s pre-submission checklist

Editorials

Editorials are written or commissioned by the editors, but suggestions for possible topics and authors are welcome.

Word count: up to 1000 words.
Illustrations and tables: at editorial discretion.
References: up to 20 (ideally 10).

Personal views

Personal views seek to examine potentially controversial areas of military medicine and stimulate debate.

Word count: Approx 2000 words.
Illustrations and tables: no more than 3 unless agreed with the editor in advance.
References: up to 20.

Original articles

For full length accounts of original research, often shorter articles are better. Additional information may be placed on the web site as a data supplement.

Ethics committee approval should be included.

Abstract: 300 words.
Word count: up to 3000 words.
Illustrations and tables: up to 6.
References: 25.

Peer review: all papers are reviewed by at least one reviewer. If there is uncertainty about acceptance after review, papers are reviewed by the editors.

Review articles

Review articles provide concise in depth reviews of established and new areas relevant to the practice of Military Medicine.

J R Army Med Corps will expect a ‘Methods’ section in review articles that explains the process of literature retrieval and appraisal. Additional information may be placed on the website as a data supplement.

Abstract: 300 words.
Word count: up to 5000 words.
References: Unlimited.

Peer review: all papers are reviewed by at least one reviewer. If there is uncertainty about acceptance after review, a joint decision is made by the editorial team.

Images in clinical practice

Images in clinical practice should be one or two high-quality images with clinical relevance, accompanied by 200 words and two references. Lateral thinking is encouraged in choosing images, but authors should be familiar and comply with BMJ patient consent policy.

Case reports

Case Reports should seek to educate rather than just fascinate. The case report should contain an unstructured abstract, a pertinent literature review and have a demonstrable educational value.

Case reports written by junior doctors are particularly welcomed. Reporting of identifiable cases, either by descriptive text or images should be accompanied by a signed consent form.

Abstract: 150 words.
Word count: 1200 words.
Illustrations and tables: 2
References: up to 15.

Peer review: all papers are reviewed by at least one reviewer. If there is uncertainty about acceptance after review, a joint decision is made by the editorial team.

Letters

Letters are welcomed by the Editor and should not exceed 500 words or contain more than three references.

Papers are reviewed by one of the editors.

eLetters

Letters in response to articles published in JRAMC are welcome and should be submitted electronically via the website. Contributors should go to the abstract or full text of the article in question. At the top right corner of each article is a “contents box”. Click on the “eLetters: Submit a response to this article” link.

Letters relating to or responding to previously published items in the journal will be shown to those authors, where appropriate.

Papers are reviewed by one of the editors.

Footnotes and End pieces

One or two high quality images illustrating an interesting clinical or military medical phenomenon, or an historical vignette or subject of interest can be submitted as a Footnote and Endpiece.

Word count: up to 1000 words.

Supplements

The BMJ Publishing Group journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  1. The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  2. The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  3. The BMJPG itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  4. A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal’s integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines.

Plagiarism detection

BMJ Group is a member of CrossCheck by CrossRef and iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism screening service that verifies the originality of content submitted before publication. iThenticate checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting www.ithenticate.com.