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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Submission Guidelines

To facilitate prompt peer review, before submitting, please adhere to the following guidelines. Papers submitted without these features will be returned to the authors for completion. 


  • Manuscript is 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • Manuscript is double-spaced.
  • Define all abbreviations upon first use (eg. “complete blood count (CBC)”)
  • For consistency in lab value reporting, JETem follows the units used by the American Board of Emergency Medicine for their Normal Laboratory Values for Examinations. Please use these units in your submission.
  • Continuous line numbering is included in left hand margin [WORD directions: Page Layout -> Line Numbers -> Continuous].
  • Title is included at the top of the first page.
  • Please use associated forms for submission and maintain formatting and headings. Delete italicized instructions before submission.
  • Manuscript is Blinded- Any mention of the authors/institution in which study was performed is removed. Insert “blinded for peer review” or “xxx” in place of institution and names.
  • Abstract contains the labeled sections as per individual subject (see submission forms).

JETem adheres to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (


  • All images must be high-quality JPGs with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels/inch
  • You must cite source for every image used, please provide citation directly above the image with the image title. We request the following format: Author of image (if given). Title of image. In: Author of electronic resource (if given) . Electronic Resource Title [medium]. Link. Version number (if given). Place of publication: Publisher; date of publication. Copyright (eg. CCBY 4.0)
  • For example:


  • Up to 1 minute for radiologic findings such as ultrasound, CT, or MRI.
  • Up to 5 minutes for other videos (e.g. demonstrations of a procedure).
  • Up to 60 minutes for lecture or podcast videos
  • Submit in mp4 format.
  • Submit in Standard Definition of 480 and HD of 720 or higher if possible.


  • 2-3 References are the customary minimums. All submissions must contain references.
  • Listed in the order in which they first appear in text (not alphabetically).
  • References follow the American Medical Association Citation Style Guide.
    • ( except:
    • Authors: List up to five authors, before putting et al. If there are only two authors, replace comma between names with “and”.
    • Include DOI without a hyperlink.
    • Delete spaces between publication year, volume, issue, and page numbers.
    • Journal names are abbreviated and italicized.
  • Reference numbers should be placed after the period as a superscript, like this.1 Arabic numerals (i.e. 1,2,3) are used instead of roman numerals (i.e. i, ii, iii).


What to Submit:

  • Complete submission form.
  • Title page as supplemental file with all authors, titles, and affiliations.
  • Submission is uploaded as Microsoft Word Document.
  • Supplemental Files are all included.
  • Images/Videos- uploaded in .jpeg format with proper resolution (300 pixels/inch). Videos must be in .mp4 format
  • All Lectures must be in .ppt or .key format
  • Signed patient waiver and permissions form acknowledging potential publication and accessibility on the internet for images/videos containing of patients.

Common Pitfalls

  • Please ensure that figures/images/tables are uploaded twice: under supplemental files and also in the manuscript.
  • References should be numbered using the numbering function in Microsoft Word instead of numbered by hand.
  • Include Cover letter under supplemental file with all author information.
  • Figures/Images are of sufficient resolution and quality.
  • Provide a blinded manuscript.