Instructions to Authors

Physicians, Researchers, and Educators are invited to contribute articles to upcoming issues of POCUS Journal. If you would like to publish in POCUS Journal, please read the below instructions for article preparation, and submit your article through our submission form. There are no costs associated with publication in POCUS Journal. If you have any questions, or would like to propose an article before submission, please contact the editors using our contact form or email us at submit@pocusjournal.com. Suggested content includes:

 

Case Files

Case Files are short communications of a single cases that highlight the utility of point-of-care ultrasound. They should include a brief description of the case, how POCUS was used and what it added to the diagnosis.  You must have patient consent for the use of case images, and all patient information must be removed for anonymity.

Length: 250-700 words including references.

Images: 1 featured image + unlimited supplemental images/videos

 

Case Reports

Case Reports are longer communications of a single cases that highlight the utility of point-of-care ultrasound. They should include a description of the case, how POCUS was used and what it added to the diagnosis.  You must have patient consent for the use of case images, and all patient information must be removed for anonymity.

Length: 700-1700 words including references.

Images: 1 featured image + unlimited supplemental images/videos. Additional featured images may be included in the pdf version at the discretion of the editor.

 

Letters

Letters are ½ – 1-page communications (700 words or fewer) that fall into the following categories:

  1. Research – reports of original research highlighting point-of-care ultrasound (cardiac, emergency/FAST, critical care, anesthesiology, internal medicine).
  2. Education – reports on the incorporation of point-of-care-ultrasound into new or established educational programs.
  3. Beyond POCUS J – editorial reviews of articles published outside of POCUS Journal that stand out in the field of point-of-care ultrasound.

Letters may include a single accompanying featured image.

 

References

References are not a requirement for short case files or short reports. If references are included, they should be cited in numerical order according to the first mention in the text. In-text citations appears in parentheses at the end of the sentence before the period. Authors should be listed by last name followed by initials without periods. For references with more than 4 authors, list the first 3 authors and add et al. . Journal titles should be abbreviated.

e.g. 1. Smith JJ, Brown AB. Article title. Journal Title year; volume(issue):page#-page#.

 

Submissions should include:

1 single text file (.doc, .docx, .txt, or .pdf) includes:

  • Title
  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Corresponding author email address
  • Case write-up
  • Word count
  • 4-6 keywords
  • Figure captions
  • Video captions
  • Statement of ethics approval/consent

1 featured image (.jpg, .png, .tiff, .gif, .pdf; resolution 300 ppi; colour mode RGB or greyscale)

  • File names should match figure caption titles in text file, and should include the surname of the first author.
  • If more than 1 image is included, indicate which is the featured image. The featured image will appear in both the pdf and online versions of the article.

Supplemental online-only images/videos

  • Videos (.mp4, .avi, .mov) or animated .gif (looping)

 

All images and videos MUST be de-identified and anonymous so that no confidential patient information is included.

Submissions should be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

By submitting these files you are providing consent to have this material published online for open access by POCUS Journal, are confirming that you own the rights to both written and media content.

 

If you have any questions, please contact support through our contact form.