Writing for GM
We welcome papers about the clinical, social, political, and medicolegal issues affecting older people, or any other appropriate topical subject. General comments should be around 750 words, and other articles should be around 2500 words. Longer articles may be accepted but may be published in two parts.
Please contact GM Editor Alison Bloomer with your ideas.
GM currently calls for papers in three main areas. Further details including suggested structure and topics can be found in the relevant call-for-papers document, which will be available online soon.
The following types of articles are sought:
These papers should cover the treatment of common diseases of older people as seen in general practice.
We invite reports of changes that you have made in primary or secondary care practices to improve services for older patients.
GM welcomes reviews of published evidence for new treatments or preventive measures for diseases affecting people from middle-age.
A note about case reports
Clinical examples can be helpful and interesting, but should be in support of an article, not as stand-alone case reports.
- You should discuss whether symptoms were typical, the differential diagnosis, and make recommendations for improvements in care, if necessary.
- Written consent from the patient or next of kin is essential.
Figures, tables and boxes
Tables and boxes are good ways to display important information. We recommend adding a key points box.
- Illustrations help readers to understand key ideas.
- Authors must seek permission to reproduce images from the original publisher or copyright owner.
- Photographs should be of high quality (300 dpi), and consent from the patient or next of kin should be provided.
- Images must be submitted in original, unmodified files. Any processing or resaving reduces print quality, which cannot always be seen on-screen.
Abbreviations, jargon, and units
- Abbreviations should be avoided for ease of reading. Any that are used must be defined at first mention.
- Use plain English. Remember that doctors in other specialties might not be familiar with the terms you use, so provide explanations or descriptions.
- Use SI units wherever possible.
Conflict of interest
All authors should state any conflicts of interest, which includes financial interests, but also applies to political, religious, or institutional affiliation that could be seen as a source of bias.
Any fact or statistic should be references in Vancouver style (numbered in the text).
References to journal articles should take the form:
Author(s). Title of article. Abbreviated journal name Year; Volume number: Page range—this format is almost identical to PubMed, which should be used as reference.
Web material should have as full a reference as possible and a link to the exact page, not the homepage of the website, unless it is a general reference for further information.
All articles should include a title and the full names of all authors with current job titles and addresses. An email address for the corresponding author should be given.
Finished articles should be submitted online. We will send your article for peer review, a process that takes about 8 weeks, and then we will contact you with the outcome.
We have a large stock of articles on rare diseases, stand-alone case reports, and secondary-care topics, so please do not submit such articles at this time.
Authors must sign an agreement transferring copyright to GM. All requests to reproduce or make available anything in GM publications-in whole or in part, in electronic or any other form, including translation should be addressed to the Editor.