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VBCR: Author Guidelines

Value-Based Care in Rheumatology

Manuscript Instructions for Authors

MISSION STATEMENT

Value-Based Care in Rheumatology (VBCR) provides a forum for payers, providers, and the entire rheumatology team to consider the cost-value issues particular to rheumatology treatments. This unique focus is achieved through news coverage from major rheumatology meetings and the rheumatic diseases literature, supplemented with commentaries and perspectives from those involved in evaluating therapies, treating patients, and paying for care.

Author Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines as closely as possible to facilitate the editorial and production process. If you have any questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
GENERAL INFORMATION—Manuscripts submitted to VBCR must be original and must not have been published previously, either in print or in electronic form. Manuscripts cannot be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by VBCR.
EDITORIAL REVIEW—All articles undergo an initial internal review for topic appropriateness and manuscript format. Manuscripts that are not submitted according to the guidelines in this document will be returned to the author. Authors are notified as soon as possible regarding the initial decision of acceptance or rejection of the article.
EDITING—Routine editorial changes are made on all articles to conform to house style, following the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed.1 The edited manuscript may be sent to the author for a final review and for any outstanding editorial queries. Time from submission to publication is generally 1 to 2 months, but could be longer, depending on the editing and revision processes.
All authors are required to sign an Authorship/Copyright Transfer Form, assigning all copyrights for the manuscript to Engage Healthcare Communications, LLC, the publisher of VBCR.
TEXT: The entire text must be provided as a double-spaced Word file and all pages numbered consecutively. Cite any graphic elements (tables, figures, algorithms) consecutively in the text, but place actual tables/figures at the end of the article. Limit the length of the text to 500-1000 words.

Figures and other images (excluding tables) must also be provided as individual graphic files, saved at high resolution (300 dpi), as jpg or pdf files. Attach an individual file for each image. Images not saved appropriately will delay the editing process significantly. For help with images, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Most articles in VBCR have few if any references. However, if references are necessary to your article, due to citing specific data, etc, please see notes below.

References: Use most up-to-date, post-1990, primary sources only, cited consecutively in the text (as superscript numbers), then place each complete reference at the end of the article under heading “References.” Avoid automatic numbering or footnote/endnote features.
Use citation format according to the AMA Manual of Style.1

Examples:

  1. Peters JL, Sutton AJ, Jones DR, et al. Comparison of two methods to detect publication bias in meta-analysis. JAMA. 2006;295:676-680.
  2. McGrath JJ, Murray RM. Risk factors for schizophrenia: from conception to birth. In: Hirsch SR, Weinberger DR, eds. Schizophrenia. Oxford, England: Blackwell Press; 2003.
  3. Waters R, Pettypiece S. Drug sales in the US grow at slower pace as generic use surges. Bloomberg news, March 12, 2008. www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aLfUw7_sYMRY. Accessed March 13, 2008.

HOW TO SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS—Articles that do not follow the guidelines described in this document will not be considered for publication.
Save the manuscript as a Word file and attach individual files for each image or figure (excluding tables). Save images (figures) individually as an image file (jpg or pdf).
Submit the entire manuscript and a cover letter stating the objectives of the article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For assistance call 732-992-1024.

Reference

  1. AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007.
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