Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a
peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need
to promote the quality and safety of health care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and
Patient Safety invites original manuscripts on the development, adaptation, and/or
implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in
health care. Case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new
applications of methodologies, research studies on the effectiveness of improvement interventions,
and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.
In addition to feature articles—full-length descriptions of quality and safety programs,
methods, or strategies, including the rationale, planning, implementation, evaluation, and lessons
learned, the Journal also offers shorter articles in departments such as Interviews, Field
Notes, Tool Tutorials, Rapid Response Systems, and Case Studies in Brief.
To view a brief description of articles in the current issue of the Journal, click here.
Executive Editor: Steve Berman
Senior Project Manager: Cheryl Firestone
Statistical Consultant: Stephen Schmaltz, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Publications: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, Ph.D.
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2013 Editorial Advisory Board
Gerry Armitage, PhD
Bradford Institute for Health Research
Bradford, United Kingdom
Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Abdullah M. Assiri, MBBS
Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD
New Haven, Connecticut
Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Marcy Carty, MD, MPH
Steward Healthcare/Good Samaritan Medical Center
Adrienne L. Elberfeld, MSc Candidate
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, New Jersey
Samer Ellahham, MD
Sheikh Khalifah Medical City/Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Neil S. Fleming, PhD
Baylor Health Care System
Richard C. Hermann, MD, MS
Tufts–New England Medical Center
Rick Iedema, PhD
University of Technology, Sydney
Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc
Baystate Medical Center
Yuanli Liu, PhD
Harvard University School of Public Health
Lorraine C. Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Ana Miranda, MD, PhD, MBA
Consortium for Brazilian Accreditation
Rio de Janeiro
John Øvretveit, PhD, CPsychol, CSci
Karolinska Institutet Medical Management Centre
Wilson D. Pace, MD
University of Colorado
Emily S. Patterson, PhD
Ohio State University
James W. Pichert, PhD
Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Roger Resar, MD
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Eduardo Salas, PhD
Pegasus & Trustee Chair Professor
Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH
University of California at San Francisco
Olanrewaju A. Soremekun, MD, MBA
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
James G. Stevenson, PharmD
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nancy L. Szaflarski, PhD, RN, FCCM
Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Mark Van Kooy, MD
Aspen Advisors, LLC
Brook Watts, MD, MS
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Albert W. Wu, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Iain Yardley, MB
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Manchester, United Kingdom
Feature articles should not exceed 4,000 words, not including illustrations and references. Articles should consist of background, rationale, methods or implementation, results, and discussion, but this will depend on the nature of the article. When possible, articles should contain case studies or problems and practical solutions. For manuscripts on the development and testing of interventions to improve the quality and safety of health care, authors are encouraged to use the SQUIRE Publications Guidelines (http://www.squire-statement.org).
Manuscripts are invited for the following:
Letters: Letters can pertain to an article or department published in the Journal or to any issue, topic, or project in quality and safety in health care.
Field Notes (limit, 1,000 words): Field Notes provides a forum for brief papers on works in progress.
Tool Tutorial: Tool Tutorial describes new tools or new uses for current tools that can be used in any quality or safety activity.
Rapid Response Systems: Innovative approaches to or important issues in rapid response systems, which usually involves rapid response teams (also called medical emergency teams).
Case Study in Brief (limit, 2,000 words): Case Study in Brief provides pragmatic, hands-on examples of how organizations address quality and safety issues and problems.
Forum: Commentaries on issues and practices of typical interest.
Frontline Tips: Quality and safety tips from practitioners “in the trenches.”
Please contact the editor for further guidance.
An electronic version (Microsoft Word or ASCII format), preferably as an e-mail attachment, is required. By a jointly signed cover letter or by e-mail correspondence, all authors should confirm that the manuscript represents original work that has not been published or is not being considered for publication elsewhere and that they have all contributed to, and approve of, the manuscript. Copies of any closely related manuscripts, whether published or in development, should be submitted along with the manuscript that is to be considered by the Journal. On manuscript submission, authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest or provide a declaration of no conflicts of interest.
Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins at top, bottom, and sides, and in 12-point type. The order of items in the manuscript is the title page, acknowledgments, abstract, text, references, legends, tables, and figures. All pages should be numbered.
Title Page. Include the title of the article, lead author's address and contact information, authors’ (no more than 10) names and titles, affiliations, and, if different, the affiliation when the article was written. Grant support that requires acknowledgement must be mentioned on the title page. Any commercial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article must also be disclosed.
Acknowledgments. Obtain permission to reprint or adapt any illustrations of tables published previously; a copy of the original signed letter granting such approval must accompany the manuscript. All material reprinted or adapted from previously published literature must be accompanied by the name of the original author, title of the article, title of the journal or book in which it appears, date of publication, and publisher’s city and name.
Abstract. Provide a structured abstract of 270 or fewer words.
Text. Use only standard abbreviations and acronyms; spell out at first use and use short version thereafter. Use generic names for drugs whenever possible. If using brand names, put in parenthesis after first citing generic names.
References. Number references consecutively as they are cited. Citations to periodicals should include the information shown in the following example, in the same order and with the same punctuation, capitalization, and use of italics. This example shows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) uniform requirements, also known as the Vancouver style, for periodicals. Vancouver should be used for periodical sources only. Please note that these examples show full page ranges and italicized periodical titles, which are deviations from the Vancouver style. (See also http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html.)
Examples: Author Name(s). Title of article. Journ abbrev. Year abbreviated month day if known;volume(issue number):inclusive page numbers.
Halpern SD, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284–287.
Simpson KR, et al. Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Obstetrics: A Statewide collaborative for perinatal patient safety in Michigan. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 37(12):544–552.
Authors are responsible for accuracy. Please consult the JCR Editorial Style Manual References section for more information.
Tables and Figures. Cite tables and figures (for example, Table 1, Figure 1) consecutively in the text. All tables and figures should have titles and be easily understood. Figures should also have short legends that comment on the information in the figure.
Authors are notified on receipt of a manuscript and again upon the editorial decision regarding publication.
Manuscript review. Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are sent to Editorial Advisory Board members and/or other reviewers. Notification of the editorial decision is usually provided within to eight weeks from receipt of manuscript. Publication of solicited manuscripts is not guaranteed. In most cases, manuscripts are accepted conditionally, pending an author’s revision of the material.
Copyright. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) is required to sign an assignment of copyright ownership to The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.
Author Approval. Authors are responsible for all statements in articles, including changes made by editors. The liaison author must be available for consultation with an editor of The Journal to answer questions during the editorial process and to approve edited copy. Authors receive edited typescript (not galley proofs) for final approval. Changes cannot be made to the copy after the edited version has been approved.
Please direct all inquiries, manuscripts, and related correspondence to
Steven Berman, Executive Editor
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Joint Commission Resources
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Phone: (630) 792-5453
Fax: (630) 792-4453
Who within my organization should subscribe to the Journal?
CEOs of health care organizations, quality improvement and performance improvement
professionals, medical directors, nursing administrators, and medical librarians in hospitals,
hospital systems, integrated delivery systems, ambulatory settings, long term care settings, and
behavioral care settings, and other settings. Consultants, payers, purchasers, health policy makers,
health professions educators, health services researchers, utilization review directors, risk
management directors—virtually anyone with an interest in or responsibility for quality and
How does the Journal differ from the many other periodicals on quality of
care and quality improvement?
The Journal was the first publication of its kind to offer the kind of detailed
reports on quality improvement methods that professionals need if they are to be able to really learn
how to apply those methods to their own settings. It publishes monthly, which allows for consistent
coverage of quality and safety, and is peer reviewed, which means that papers are thoroughly screened
by members of the Editorial Advisory Board and/or other experts to fulfill readers' needs for
authoritative, credible, and useful information. And it covers a wide range of topics, unlike many
newsletters that focus only on single topics, such as disease management or practice guidelines.
How often does the Journal publish?
How do I place an ad in the Journal?
Contact Robert Reed, at email@example.com or call 630-845-1285.
Can I submit articles?
Yes. See the "Submission Guidelines" section.
Who writes articles for the Journal?
The Journal receives submissions, occasionally by invitation, from a
quality and safety community as diverse as its readership. Articles come from a wide variety of
practitioners, quality and safety specialists, administrators, consultants, and researchers, usually
because of their interest in describing their own experiences with quality and safety initiatives and
methods and in reporting their own perspectives. Articles are welcome from not only the United States
but the entire world.
How long does it take for a paper to be accepted and published?
This varies with the topic and quality of the paper and the number of papers in the
pipeline, but for most papers it takes 4-8 months to be accepted and another 6-9 months to be
published. Short papers considered for a department will receive expedited treatment.
Does the Journal represent the official views of the Joint Commission or
Joint Commission Resources?
Unlike Joint Commission Perspectives, "the official newsletter of The Joint
Commission," the Journal is a forum for the entire quality and safety community. Articles
may on occasion express views that diverge from Joint Commission policies and standards. Yet the
Journal does address the mission of JCR and the Joint Commission.
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