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Clinical Leadership & Management Review Instructions for Authors

Purpose

Clinical Leadership & Management Review (CLMR) is the journal of Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA). The purpose of CLMR is to increase awareness among readers about:

  • The concepts and techniques of management;
  • New approaches in the art of management; and
  • Broad issues and trends in healthcare (both in government and the private sector) that have an impact on the clinical laboratory.

CLMR is directed toward those who hold an administrative, managerial, or supervisory position in the clinical laboratory, top and middle managers in the healthcare industry, those engaged in educating healthcare personnel, hospital administrators, directors of hospital ancillary services, and any manager who is responsible for the direction of and planning within a healthcare institution.

The scope of the journal is to offer a range of topics that may be useful and relevant to today’s laboratory leadership, from the experienced to those who are aspiring to become supervisors and managers. What makes an article successful are the “take home” events or concepts that can be quickly implemented.

CLMR is published once a year. Authors may submit content of the annual issue, or they may submit manuscripts to CLMA's montlhy section in MedicalLab Management

Content

Feature article topics to consider include general subject areas, such as:

  • Healthcare topics affecting laboratories
  • Financial management
  • General/operational management
  • Quality management/systems
  • Marketing
  • Medical information systems
  • Human resource management
  • Regulatory issues
  • Patient and staff quality/safety
  • Case studies

Innovative management concepts proven to be successful in other major industries are also featured, with emphasis on financial planning, product identification, marketing, human resource management, quality assurance, and cost reduction.

Manuscript Submissions

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically and sent to editor@clma.org. The manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter with appropriate contact information from the author to whom all correspondence should be addressed.

Manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that they have not been previously published, simultaneously submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere. Unsolicited submissions are accepted for review by the Editorial Advisory Board. The editor may also solicit manuscripts in subject areas of particular interest and importance to readers of CLMR. Decisions regarding manuscript acceptance will be reached as quickly as possible but may require a month or more to work through the peer-review process.

Criteria for Evaluating Manuscripts

The peer reviewers will ask the following questions:

  1. Is the problem or issue dealt with of concern to healthcare managerial personnel?
  2. Is this a new issue or a long-standing one that is approached in a unique way?
  3. Has the issue been discussed in adequate depth?
  4. Are the author’s discussions and conclusions supported by examples or data from real life experiences?
  5. Have solutions to the problem(s) been offered?
  6. Are the issue or problem, discussion, conclusion, and solution presented logically and clearly?
  7. Does the manuscript significantly add to CLMA’s Body of Knowledge and to the literature previously published?

Conflict of Interest

CLMR expects authors to disclose any commercial association with the submitted manuscript. All funding sources supporting the works should be routinely acknowledged on the title page, together with all institutional or corporate affiliations of the authors. Other kinds of associations, such as consultancies, stock ownership, patient-licensing arrangements, or other equity interest, should be disclosed in the cover letter at the time of submission. Such information will be held in confidence as the paper undergoes review and will not influence the editorial decision. If the manuscript is accepted, the editor will discuss with the authors how best to disclose the relevant information. Questions about this policy should be directed to the editor.

Preparing the Manuscript

Please use double spacing throughout, excluding in the references, tables, and legends to illustrations and tables. In general, text should be between 1,200 and 2,200 words. When complete, email the manuscript, cover letter, and any accompanying materials (e.g., illustrations, tables) as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or photo files (.jpg preferred) to editor@clma.org. Files to this email address will be received by the Editor-in-chief Anthony Kurec and Managing Editor Director Dennis Coyle.

TITLE PAGE

Include on the title page of the manuscript:

  • Title of the manuscript
  • Full name of each author
  • Institution affiliation and complete address for each author
  • Authors’ titles and a brief description of research interests or professional responsibilities/activities. For example, “Dr. Murray is an assistant professor of business administration at the Harvard Business School, where her research focuses on the development, transfer, and implementation of new technology to companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe.”
  • Author, address, phone number, and email address to whom the correspondence concerning the manuscript should be directed
  • Picture (.jpg) of primary author (will be included if space is available) 

ABSTRACT

Please include an abstract limited to 200 words. The abstract should be factual, not descriptive, and should present the reason and purpose for the study, any procedures used, and the main conclusions or solutions. The abstract should be understandable without reading the full text of the paper. Emphasize new and important aspects of the article.

KEYWORDS

The author(s) must provide four to six keywords that would adequately describe the overarching topic of the manuscript and would serve as reasonable search criteria for the topic(s) at hand.

BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (BOK)

The author should suggest what of the 10 domains of CLMA’s Body of Knowledge does the manuscript fall under. Guidance can be found at www.clma.org/?page=BOK_Logo.

TEXT OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Clearly state the purpose of the article. Summarize the rationale for the study or observation. Place the work in perspective by summarizing previous publications and its related significance to the article. If the study is experimental or describes the results of a survey, briefly outline the methods and procedures used. Give references to established methods, materials, or equipment used, including statistical tools, modified methodology, or other non-original techniques employed.

Present results logically in the text and, if appropriate, in graphs or tables. Avoid repeating in the text data already presented in graphs or tables; rather, provide an explanation or a clarification if needed. Limit graphs/tables to no more than 10. Emphasize the new and important aspects or solutions that follow from the results of the study or the analysis of the issue. The conclusion or solution should be new and relevant, forecast the future, challenge the reader, or provide a new technique or approach that can be implemented. Supply brief, precise section headings and subheadings to highlight key segments of the manuscript.

REFERENCES

Cite references by number in the text of the manuscript as superscripts (i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4 …).

Number references consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text.

Abbreviate journal names according to the Index Medicus. Use the following styles for citing references in the Reference Section:

Journal Article

Hernandez JS, Plapp FV, Essmyer CE, et al. Successful models for shaping test utilization patterns in academic and community settings. Clin Lab Mange Rev. 2009; 23(1): 5-11.

Books

Kurec AS, Lifshitz MS: General concepts and administrative issues, in Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods, 21st ed. WB Saunders: Philadelphia. pp 3-11, 2007.

Web Citations

For Web citations include the web link, author, date the information was posted on the Web (if available), and the date that web site was last accessed.

Ginsburg M: Labor laws got you lost? How to play by the new employment rules.  http://www.workforce.com/section/03/feature/26/59/21/index.html Last accessed:11/11/2009

Include works in press with the title, author, name of the journal or book, the publisher, and the date submitted or accepted by the journal. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the References.

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

Tables
Type tables in single space, each on a separate page, and supply a legend for each. Avoid lengthy tables and tables that duplicate information supplied in the text or in graphs. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not table headings. Use superscript, lowercase letters for footnotes.

Illustrations
Graphs and/or figures should be professionally designed and submitted as emailed attachments (*.jpg). Legends for illustrations should be included in single space on a separate sheet and should not appear on the illustration itself.

Permissions
Material taken from other published sources must be accompanied by a written statement from the publisher giving permission to CLMR for reproduction.

Publication
The corresponding author will be notified by the editor when a manuscript is accepted for publication, in addition to any editorial comments or suggestions. Upon acceptance, authors will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright form. Copyright must be transferred to CLMR before publication.

Questions
Send an email to editor@clma.org or kureca@upstate.edu. Call Anthony Kurec at 315-687-9807 or Dennis Coyle at 312-673-4909.

The statements, opinions, and advertisements in the Clinical Leadership & Management Review are solely those of individual authors and contributors and not of CLMA. The appearance of the advertisements in CLMR is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality, or safety. CLMA and the publisher disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the articles or advertisements.