Author Resources


  • Manuscript Types
  • Manuscript Category Descriptions
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Manuscript Submission
  • Authorship
  • Author Submission Checklist
  • How to Write a Cover Letter
  • JIPC Cover Letter Template

  • Manuscript Types

    The JIPC publishes the following types of articles:

    • Original research articles—quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods
    • Review articles—including narrative, systematic, scoping, literature reviews
    • Conceptual articles—theoretical papers, debates on contemporary matters in health science fields, interprofessional education, leadership, ethics, and practice
    • Short papers/Brief reports—research in progress, completed research, or innovations in the field, conferences summaries
    • Topic synopsis—clinical and education focus, case studies, clinical programs, innovative services, practice guidelines
    • Patient-centered Essays and creative writing
    • Editorials, viewpoints, commentaries

    Manuscript Category Descriptions

    Original Research
    • Content: Original research from diverse perspectives- education, clinical, behavioral, and health sciences are of primary interest. Original and novel manuscripts will receive priority for publication.
    • Format: Abstract, Introduction, Problem/Significance Statement, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Relevant Citations
    • Length: Maximum 4,000 words.
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Structured with paragraphs labeled: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion
    Review Articles
    • Content: A critical assessment and evaluation of all relevant research studies that address a particular clinical or education issue in the health sciences.
      1. Literature reviews must include a summary and critique of the status of the topic that focus on areas of critical interest to the health science body of knowledge.
      2. Systematic and scoping reviews must follow the PRISMA guidelines for a focused approach to the review.
      3. All reviews should be organized in a logical manner to include the question that guides the review process and search strategies.
    • Format: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Relevant Citations
    • Length: Maximum 4,000 words.
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Structured with paragraphs labeled: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion
    Conceptual Articles
    • Content: A paper that focuses on proposing new relationships among constructs. The article should seek to bridge existing theories in interesting ways, link work across disciplines, and broaden the scope of the audience’s thinking.
    • Format: Abstract, Introduction, Background, Aim, Major Arguments/Supporting Literature, Discussion/Implications/Future, Conclusion and Relevant Citations
    • Length: Maximum 4,000 words.
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Structured with paragraphs labeled: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion
    Short Paper/Brief Report
    • Content: Brief report articles are similar to original research in that they follow the same rigor and format but are designed for small-scale research or research in early stages of development. These types of articles may include:
      1. Limited pilot data or highly significant initial findings that indicate the need for further investigation.
      2. A short version of an article that would otherwise qualify for a full original research manuscript
      3. A brief report such as relevant conference summaries, case reports, or innovations in the field.
    • Format: Abstract, Introduction, Problem/Significance Statement, Literature Review, Methods, Results/Findings and Discussion/Implications and Relevant Citations
    • Length: Maximum of 2,000 words (no more than 4 tables/figures)
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Structured with paragraphs labeled: Purpose, Problem, Significance, Implications, Conclusion
    Topic Synopsis
    • Content: Scholarly opinion piece or evidence-based synopsis that discusses pertinent issues that pertain to educational methods, innovative practices, health and medical care, and practice guidelines.
    • Format: Abstract, Introduction, Issue of Concern/EBP Question, Literature Review, Discuss Main Points/Application, Practice Guideline Recommendations (if any), Relevant Citations
    • Length: Maximum of 2,000 words.
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Structured with paragraphs labeled: Purpose, Problem, Significance, Implications, Conclusion
    Patient-Centered Essays and Creative Writing
    • Content: Any form of creative writing (essays, short stories, etc.) pertaining to personal experience or interaction with a patient or groups of patients. JIPC will only accept writing from health care professionals for this manuscript type
    • Length: Maximum of 2,000 words for essays, 4,000 words for short stories.
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Unstructured.
    • Content: Concurrent scholarly opinion piece in which the author discusses a specific topic or article in the journal, contributing to basic and applied health and medical care. Publications of this genre are by invitation only.
    • Length: Maximum of 2,000 words
    • Abstract: No more than 250 words. Unstructured.

    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts must be formatted as follows:

    1. All content in the JIPC is printed only in English.
    2. It is the author’s responsibility to present a manuscript free of spelling and grammatical errors.
    3. Manuscripts should begin on the second page following the abstract and be submitted in MS Word, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, black font, and double-spaced.
    4. Submitting authors must specify all author contributions to the manuscript at the time of submission. (See JIPC Authorship Guide under Publication Ethics Policy)
    5. Include a separate cover letter including the type of article, title of manuscript, statement of authorship, contact information of author, attestation that this article has not been submitted to other journals and a conflict-of-interest statement. (See Cover Letter Template).
    6. Include a separate title page with the following information: (a) complete manuscript title; (b) authors' full names, credentials, and affiliations; (c) name and e-mail address of the corresponding author; (d) any other brief acknowledgment the authors wish to include and (e) brief statement of each author’s responsibility of the project. Verify that the spelling, order, and affiliation of each author is correct (See Title Page Template).
    7. Remove all author identifying information (names, initials, organizations) from the main manuscript file.
    8. Format the manuscript and all references following APA style. Order the references alphabetically in a list following the text, and make sure every reference is cited in the article.
    9. Include line numbering throughout the main manuscript document.
    10. Use figures and tables (no more than a total of 4) only when they enhance or clarify the information. Large tables with complex statistical data are discouraged.
    11. Place figures and tables at the end of the manuscript in the order in which they are discussed.
    12. Make sure that each figure/table is mentioned in the text.
    13. Do not use footnotes except in figures/tables.

    Manuscript Submission

    Authors should follow the instructions to submit a manuscript to the JIPC. Shortly after submission, the author will receive an email confirming the proposal.

    The submission process consists of the following steps:

    1. Click Submit Article and create Log In
    2. Read and accept the Article Submission Agreement
    3. Provide information about yourself as requested
    4. Provide information about any authors as requested
    5. Upload your article and related items (separate cover page and title page)

    No part of the submission is final until all steps have been completed and you click the final Submit button. The review process begins as soon as JIPC receives a readable article, along with abstract, article cover and title page. The JIPC does not charge any article processing or submission fees.


    The JIPC adheres to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendations for authorship (See Authorship Guide under the JIPC Publication Ethics Policy). Authors and co-authors of accepted manuscripts must be able to specify how they contributed to the work based on the following criteria:

    • Made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work.
    • Contributed to the writing of the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content. ¬
    • Gave final approval of the version to be published. ¬
    • Agrees to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

    Author Submission Checklist

    Authors should review the full JIPC checklist before submitting a manuscript. Only complete submissions are considered for a peer review.

    Download a printable version of the checklist here: JIPC Author Submission Checklist

    Your article

    • Language and Grammar—Write your article in English using active voice and avoid complex vocabulary. Grammar and spelling should be carefully checked and be free of errors.
    • Structure—Ensure the submission is structured as requested by the journal and contains all relevant sections.
    • Abstract—Follow the format for the abstract.
    • Separate Cover Letter and Title page—Submit a separate cover letter and title page stating all relevant information.
    • APA—Follow current APA style. In-text citations and references are formatted according to APA.
    • Word count—Follow the maximum word count guidelines.
    • Original work—Submit author’s original work. JIPC will not consider manuscripts that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.
    • Up-to-date information—Avoid data and references older than 5 years, except when providing historical background.

    How to Write a Cover Letter

    Authors need to include a separate cover letter when submitting an article to JIPC. The cover letter is designed to influence the decision of the editor to send your manuscript out for peer review. The cover letter should explain why your manuscript is a good fit for JIPC and highlight your most important findings.

    Go to this link for tips on writing a cover letter - How to write a cover letter for a journal submission by Taylor and Francis.

    JIPC Cover Letter Template

    Click here to download: JIPC Cover Letter Template