Guidelines for Authors

Submit manuscripts to editor@firstclinical.com.

Most articles in the Journal are about the methods and process of clinical research, primarily relating to operations, quality, regulatory compliance, and business aspects. We generally do not publish medical or scientific articles. e.g. , on the therapeutic results of clinical trials. Your article should offer practical advice for clinical research. The "what" is important but not much use without the "how." It must be clearly written. Most articles are two to seven pages (800 to 3,000 words) long. We prefer in-depth coverage of one topic per article. The tone can be semi-informal to engage the reader. We have published hundreds of articles, so before writing anything, make sure we have not already published an article that covers the same material in the same way. We welcome controversial perspectives and articles that have been rejected by other publications. Cite sources specifically and properly for regulations, statistics and facts so we can verify them. The Journal does not require that citations be in any particular form, but they must be accurate, complete and consistent. For a citation creation wizard, click here. Please use this template for your article. Attach supporting documents such as SOP and report templates, as appropriate.

We welcome articles from product and service providers that are willing to share their expertise with our readers. However, promotional content, if any, must be subtle. Reprints are free, but if you want to publish a brochure, the Journal is not the right forum. Here are three examples of product-and service-oriented articles: 1 2 3

We also welcome articles from technical writers and public relations specialists, but it can be a challenge when the writer is not expert in the topic of the article and we are not able to communicate directly with the subject matter expert(s).

Most journals accept or reject articles more-or-less as-is. We obviously prefer impeccably written submissions, but if you have an important idea and a semi-coherent draft, we will work with you to make the article outstanding. If you have already written your article, please send it in. If you have not, send us an abstract or a draft of the first paragraph. Some authors welcome editing of their work; others do not. Our editorial process is a dialogue; there may be multiple iterations before we are both ready to declare victory. On occasion, the final product may bear little resemblance to the original version. When submitting your abstract or draft, please specify your tolerance for editing - low, medium or high. If we begin the editorial process and you subsequently decide to withdraw your article from the Journal and publish it elsewhere, you may not use our editorial comments or suggestions without our permisssion. If the article has evolved significantly during in the editorial process, we might want to continue with the article, listing you as co-author, acknowledging your contribution, or not mentioning you at all, at your preference.

It is standard industry practice for articles to be published in only one publication. If your submission has been distributed previously in any manner to any audience, include that information with your submission. If an article warrants it, and the original publication and all authors give written permission, we may reprint it or adapt it with clear and appropriate attribution to the original publication. If the article runs first in the Journal, we require the same consideration. Click here for information about usage and copyrights.

There is no specific deadline for submissions. There are no issue themes. Articles are typically published within three issues after receipt. Timing depends on the editorial process, other articles ready for publication, and the composition of each issue.

The Journal is not indexed by Medline or any similar service (to our knowledge), but authors have obtained PMCID numbers for their articles. There is no impact factor or published editorial board.

By receiving your manuscript, the Journal accepts no responsibility to publish it. Other authors may submit articles with similar content. We also write articles ourselves for the Journal. We respect author ownership of their original material, but disclaim liability for publishing other articles that contain ideas that are similar or even identical.

Authorship: Authors meet at least one of the following criteria: (a) you have made substantial contributions to the conception and design of the article; (b) you have contributed substantially to the research or other work described in the article AND interpreting the data; and (c) you have contributed substantially to drafting or revising the article (beyond copy editing). In addition, authors must approve the article to be published in its final form and sign any release forms requested by the Journal. Compiling data, conducting statistical analysis, preparing figures, proofreading and other administrative and technical functions performed under the direction of an author do not qualify as authorship. Co-authors decide as a group about order of authorship. Be prepared to explain your decision.
 
Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship may be listed in an acknowledgements section in the article. Because readers may interpret acknowledgement as endorsement, obtain written permission from each person acknowledged. Be prepared to submit copies of these permission documents to the Journal upon request.
 
Article titles appear in the Journal Alert and on www.firstclinical.com with "teasers", text designed to interest readers in the articles. Teasers are thus intentionally provocative and may be irreverent. Authors may propose teasers for their articles for consideration by the Journal's editor.

The Journal neither pays for articles nor charges authors for publication. There is no obligation to advertise.
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