Journal of Prevention and Infection Control is the peer-reviewed Journal of choice for prevention control, infection control and other clinicians who seek current and reliable information on every aspect of prevention and infection control. Each issue of JPIC covers critical and cutting-edge medical minimally invasive, clinical, basic research, prevention control and infection control issues of importance to the field.
Submit manuscript at www.imedpub.com/submissions/prevention-infection-control.html or send as an e-mail attachment to the Editorial Office at [email protected]
Article Publication Charges (APC):
Average Article processing time (APT) is 45 days
Submission of an Article
Editorials: These are usually written in-house or commissioned but other submissions are encouraged. Please contact the editor in the first instance to discuss a particular topic.
Research papers: High quality academic articles relating to prevention & infection control are welcomed.
Short reports/quality improvement and audit: This is a new section designed to promote rapid publication of significant quality improvement projects, ideas or innovations. Please submit articles up to 1000 words.
Quality assurance, appraisal, education and teamwork: This is a new section will include articles on various issues of organization and leadership which can impact directly or indirectly on quality improvement.
Patient safety: Articles describing studies highlighting problems or solutions related to the issue of patient safety.
Patient perspective: This section of the journal is devoted to contributions relating to patient and public involvement in the health service, particular related to quality improvement. Lay people usually write articles in this section which is edited in conjunction with Patricia Wilkie, our lay representative on the editorial board. Articles are also welcome from healthcare professionals describing important developments in public involvement policy and practice.
Debate: This section intends to promote discussion of unresolved or controversial areas in quality improvement. The aim is to promote new thinking and stimulate debate.
International exchange: We welcome descriptions of quality projects from all countries in the world, particularly those that describe the organisation of quality systems, reports of projects with transferable learning, engagement of clinicians, setting of national and international standards, patient involvement and management of underperformance. Papers that compare and contrast different approaches to quality and critically appraise health service policy on quality will be encouraged.
Principles of quality improvement: Articles reviewing current knowledge and advances in the principles and science and practice of quality improvement.
Knowledgeshare: Please submit reviews of health-related websites and information sources for quality that have particularly impressed you.
Letters: Letters to the editor up to 500 words are always welcome.
Book reviews: If you are interested in doing book reviews for JPIC, then please contact the editor.
Courses and conferences: Please inform us of any forthcoming courses and conferences. We will try and include these in future issues (space cannot always be guaranteed).
All material submitted for publication will be subject to external peer review. Papers are assumed to be submitted exclusively to the journal. Papers that are outside the remit of the journal, that do not comply with the guidance here or are judged to be unsuitable by the editor will be rejected without peer review. Reviewers advise on the originality and scientific merit of the paper and the editor, with advice from the editorial board, will decide on publication.
The turnaround time for papers will be up to eight weeks from submission to decision and up to 12 weeks from decision to publication with a fast-track process also available. This process will be audited.
The editor reserves the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary, to shorten the article without changing the meaning.
All manuscripts should be typed in double-line spacing on one side only of A4 paper, with a margin of 3cm all round and a pages numbered consecutively.
The first page of the paper should contain the title, author(s), name(s) and an address for correspondence. Each author should indicate his/her professional discipline, current appointment and qualifications. The address of the corresponding author will be printed with the paper (if published) unless you request that it is omitted.
When first using abbreviations in the text, the term the author wishes to abbreviate should be spelt out in full with its abbreviation in brackets. Thereafter the abbreviation in capital letters and unpunctuated should be used.
JPIC supports the code of conduct for editors of biomedical journals drawn up by the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE).
Length and structure of articles
Tables, figures and illustrations
Example 1: Journal article Rao, M, Clarke A, Sanderson C and Hammersley R. Patient’s own assessments of quality care compared with objective based measures of technical quality of care. Cross sectional study. British Medical Journal 2006: 333:19 – 22.
Example 2: Author of whole book or other publication Coulter A. The Autonomous Patient. Ending paternalism in medical care. London : The Stationery Office, 2002.
Example 3: Chapter in a book Marshall EJ and Bhugra D. Services for the mentally ill homeless. In: Bhugra D (ed). Homelessness and Mental Health. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp. 99 – 109.
• Information taken from unpublished papers, personal communications and observations should only be included in the text and not referred to as a formal reference.
• Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references.
Proofs will be sent to the author submitting the paper and must be returned promptly. This will allow correction of printers’ and similar errors. Major changes will not be entertained and authors may be charged for excessive amendments at this stage.