Author Guidelines

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 by emailing your submissions files to submit@pocusjournal.com. 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.

 

Please read the following guidelines prior to submission:

 

Case Files

Case Files are short communications of a single cases that highlight the utility of point-of-care ultrasound. They should include a short abstract (max 150 words), 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: 250-1000 words including abstract and 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 short abstract (max 150 words), 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: 1000-2500 words including abstract and references.

Images: Maximum 4 images + unlimited supplemental images/videos. Please number figures sequentially in text in the order they appear. Please indicate which figure is the featured image. The featured image does not have to be figure 1. Supplementary material should be identified with an “S” prior to numbers (e.g. Figure S1, Table S1, Video S1). Please submit figures as separate image files.

 

Original Research

Authors are invited to submit Original Research articles on the topic of POCUS. Submitted manuscripts should include the following sections, in order: Abstract (max 250 words), Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, References, Figure captions, Tables.

Length: Maximum 4000 words (including references). Longer articles may be considered by the editors.

Images: No limits on figures. Please number figures sequentially in text in the order they appear. Please indicate which figure is the featured image. The featured image does not have to be figure 1. Supplementary material should be identified with an “S” prior to numbers (e.g. Figure S1, Table S1, Video S1). Please submit figures as separate image files.

 

Reviews

Authors may submit Review Articles on the topic of POCUS in research, clinic, and education without invitation. Please follow guidelines for Original Research articles. Authors should include an abstract and references, but all other subheadings are up to the discretion of the authors.

 

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 should be cited in numerical order according to the first mention in the text. In-text citations appear in square brackets at the end of the sentence before the period (e.g. [1]). 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
  • Word count
  • 4-6 keywords
  • Body of case or research article
  • 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)

 

All images and videos MUST be de-identified and anonymous so that no confidential patient information is included. This includes removal of patient names, patient numbers, hospital or clinic name, date and time.

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 by emailing support@pocusjournal.com