Guidelines for Clinical Decision Reports

This guiding document represents both the Journal's primary approach to Clinical Decision Science and its instructions to authors wishing to write and submit a Clinical Decision Report.


Editorial/Ethical Policies

Unless otherwise indicated below, Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates adheres to the Recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations); and the joint statement of the Committee on Publication Ethics, Directory of Open Access Journals, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association and the World Association of Medical Editors on Principles of transparency and best practice in scholarly publishing (https://doaj.org/apply/transparency/).

Complaints/Appeals: In all cases of complaint or appeal, the Editorial team reserves right of final decision, with guidance from the recommendations of COPE's Core Practices (https://publicationethics.org/core-practices).

Conflicts of Interest: All contributors must declare conflicts of interest via the Journal's Disclosure Statement. The content of these statements will be published with the author's submission. In the case of stated conflict of interest, the Editorial team will make a determination regarding ultimate publication.

Data Sharing: Contributors are strongly encouraged to de-indentify any data underlying their research, place the minimum amount of de-identified data needed to reproduce the results described in the manuscript in a repository (institutional, general or discipline specific) and include a Data Availability Statement in the manuscript describing where and how the data can be accessed. This statement should indicate the location of, unique identifier, and if applicable the instructions for accessing the data. Any Statement will be published at the close of the manuscript before the References.

Informed Consent: Clinical Decision Reports, Brief Reports, and Original Research are guided by Wayne State University's policies concerning review of research by WSU's Institutional Review Board (IRB), and determinations regarding Human Participant Research (HPR). These policies can be found at https://research.wayne.edu/irb.

Ethical Oversight / Post-Publication Retractions and Corrections: Ethical concerns will be adjudicated by the Editor-in-Chief / Managing Editor in accordance with the guidelines detailed by the Committee on Publication Ethics. Decisions regarding ethical complaints, allegations of misconduct, or other ethical slights will be communicated transparently to all parties. Decisions resulting in changes to already published work will be clearly communicated via errata in the published record.

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Who Can Submit?

Submissions are accepted generally. Submission pre-assumes that the submitter owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. There are no charges required to submit, nor are there any fees should a submission be accepted.

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Manuscript Submission Guidelines/Section Policies

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Authors should own the copyright for material in submission; any inclusions of copyrighted material from third parties must either follow Fair Use provisions (including but not limited to citation) or be accompanied with evidence of permission from the copyright holder. Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates, please contact the editors.

All editorial decisions are final. Editors reserve the right to copyedit accepted submissions.

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates is designed to further our understanding of education, clinical research and clinical practice. Physicians learn the art and science of medicine through role modelling, experiential learning, reflection and original investigation. These learning techniques are mirrored in the types of submissions the journal accepts. These include the following categories:

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Guidelines for Clinical Decision Reports

These manuscripts follow a different format than typical research papers. The intent is to replicate the clinical process of care. The section headings should include: Clinical-Social Context, Clinical Question, Research Article Citation, Description of Related Literature, Critical Appraisal, Clinical Application, New Knowledge Related to Clinical Decision Science, Conflict of Interest Statement, and References.

Detailed instructions can be found at the following link: Guidelines for Writing and Reviewing a Clinical Decision Report. These instructions are mandatory for all Clinical Decision Report submissions.

Regarding Clinical Decision Reports: per Wayne State University's IRB, "the regulatory requirement for IRB review, under the Common Rule applies to research that is “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” Only research meeting this definition (definition of Human Participant Research or HPR) or research for which the FDA regulations apply requires IRB review and IRB oversight." The policies specifically dismiss reports "which describe an interesting treatment, presentation, or outcome," and which follow certain guidelines around protected health information elements under HIPPA. This specific policy is detailed generally at https://research.wayne.edu/irb/forms-requirements-categories, and more specifically at https://research.wayne.edu/irb/docs/hpr_guidance-_activities_that_are_not_hpr_4_10_19.pdf.

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Guidelines for Brief Reports and Original Research

Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates is interested in manuscripts that respond to the Aims and Scope of the journal. We are particularly interested in papers that inform our readers about how evidence is actually used, misused, or not used in clinical practice. We hope to expand our understanding of current clinical practice and discover methods to facilitate changes responsive to the Translational Medicine paradigm from the NIH. The practice of medicine is rapidly evolving and we aim to preserve and enhance the scientific basis of clinical practice.

All submissions to Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates should be composed in Microsoft Word in a manner consistent with the uniform instructions for authors as published in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: www.icmje.org. This includes ICMJE qualifications for authorship. Quantitative and qualitative work is encouraged.

Brief reports are appropriate for pilot studies or data collected for conference abstracts. The word limit is ~1500 words, not including the title page, abstract, or references.

Original research manuscripts are for completed research protocols. The word limit is ~2500 words, not including the title page, abstract, or references.

Brief Reports and Original Research manuscript submissions should include:

  1. Title page with
    1. authors’ names, titles, and institutions
    2. contact information for corresponding author
    3. financial support
    4. prior presentations of manuscript content
    5. conflicts of interest
  2. Abstract using the headings Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion. Abstract word limit is 250 words.
  3. Introduction: Summarize current knowledge, supported by references. Describe why this contextual information helped formulate the project. A clear statement of research goal or hypothesis should be stated explicitly.
  4. Methods: Describe the methods of the research in sufficient detail to allow replication of the study. This section must include a statement regarding IRB approval or exemption status. Guidelines for Clinical Decision Report manuscripts can serve as a template for a well written research manuscript.
  5. Results: Results of the study should be presented in a complete, but succinct manner. Measures of precision and statistical adequacy should be included. A limit of five tables and figures are allowed and should be uploaded through the supplemental material section of the manuscript submission page.
  6. Discussion: This section should describe how the results of the study relate to the research question or hypothesis described in the introduction. The section must also include a statement of how the research pertains to the Aims and Scope of the journal.
  7. References: Please use AMA Manual of Style

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Guidelines for Informed Consent Manuscripts

These manuscripts summarize a body of clinical research and explain it in language a patient can understand.

Detailed instructions can be found at the following link: Guidelines for Writing and Reviewing an "Informed Consent Manuscript". These instructions are mandatory for all Informed Consent submissions.

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Guidelines for Reflections on Clinical Decision-Making

The intent of this journal is to explore, learn, and practice how to use clinical research while caring for patients. The editors believe that personal reflections about experiences that illuminate the importance of the social context of the patient to the application of clinical research literature are stories worth sharing. These reflections should describe actual real-life clinical situations. Of particular interest are reflections that spark important new questions related to Clinical Decision Science as described in the Aims and Scope of our journal. This type of submission is the place to ask important questions, which in turn become the topics of inquiry for future scholarship. (500 words)

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Guidelines for Letters to the Editor

This category is for short comments that will add to the conversation about issues discussed in this journal. This includes comments about regular articles or comments related to the overall intent of the journal. (250 words)

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Peer Review Procedures

Submissions to Clinical Decision Reports, Informed Consent, Brief Reports, and Original Research undergo double blind review by at minimum two peers. Submissions to Reflections on Clinical Decision Science and Letters to the Editor undergo editorial review. Reviewers are asked to use the Guidelines for Clinical Decision Reports and Guidelines for Writing and Reviewing an Informed Consent Manuscript to inform and guide their review process.

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All persons designated as authors should meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)'s guidelines for determining authorship. Authorship can be changed at any point before manuscript acceptance.

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Formatting Requirements

  1. Submit manuscripts using the Submit Article link in the sidebar.
  2. Complete the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement while submitting; include it as supplemental material in the submission.
  3. Please double space the manuscript.
  4. Use 1 inch margins.
  5. Indent the first sentence of each paragraph.
  6. Use only generic names for pharmaceuticals.
  7. Word count limit for regular article manuscripts is 1500 words. Reflections word count limit is 500 words, and Letters to the Editor is limited to 250 words.

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Copyright / Rights for Authors and Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates

Authors retain all copyright to articles published in Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates, but grant a universal limited license to the copyrights in the article as described under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) License, requiring credit to the author and Clinical Research in Practice: The Journal of Team Hippocrates as the copyright holder and original publisher, respectively, for any post-publication reuse of the material.

Authors and other stakeholders are encouraged to link to material published in the journal, and to deposit or archive the article as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s scholarly institution of record, under the terms of the CC-BY 4.0 license.

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