The practice of intensive care medicine crosses many medical specialties and disciplines — anesthesiology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology, immunology, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacology, psychiatry, pulmonology, radiology, rheumatology, surgery, toxicology, transplantation, and trauma—and presents many complex and difficult challenges.
The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine is the only journal that offers all medical and surgical clinicians in adult and pediatric intensive care state-of-the-art, broad-based analytic reviews and updates, original articles, reports of large clinical series, techniques and procedures, topic-specific electronic resources, book reviews, and editorials on all aspects of intensive/critical/ coronary care.
Superbly edited, the journal includes authoritative, peer-reviewed reviews of:
- Disease progression and treatment in intensive care
- Common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and techniques for a variety of organ systems
- New and experimental approaches to disease treatment
- Patient evaluation and management
- End of life issues
The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine also discusses the essential principles, protocols, clinical presentations, guidelines, indications, contraindications, complications, necessary equipment, priorities, ethical and legal issues, changes, and recommendations for ongoing care for every aspect of ICU patient care.
Some of the "hot" topics (right out of the latest headlines!) from recent issues include:
- Genetic predisposition toward critical illness
- Temporary cardiac pacing and defibrillation
- Medical aspects of biological and chemical agents of mass destruction
- Evaluation and management of poisoning
- Serial APACHE III scoring for acute renal failure in the ICU
Other major clinical practice and research topics include:
- Acute Liver Failure
- Acute Renal Failure
- Adult Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS)
- Cost-Effective Procedures
- Critical Illness of the Elderly
- External Forces Shaping Intensive Care such as Organizational Quality, Health Care Reform, Ethics, and Law
- Intensive Care of Organ Transplant Recipients
- Intensive Care of Patients with HIV Disease
- Non-Invasive Ventilation
- Nutritional Support in the ICU
- Outcomes: Long term Survival; Quality of Life
- Reperfusion Therapy for Acute Myocardial Infarction
- Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Technology in the ICU
- Traumas: Brain Injury; Burns; Spinal Cord Injury; Abdominal Injury; Pediatric; Thoracic Injury; Multiple Organ
For the best coverage of the whole field of intensive care medicine in a scholarly review format, subscribe today to the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine!
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine is intended for all clinicians and researchers interested in intensive/critical care. The Journal publishes authoritative, peer-reviewed reviews of disease progression and treatments in intensive care; common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and techniques for a variety of organ systems; new and experimental approaches to disease management; and end-of-life issues.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
|Gordon B. Avery, MD||Washington, DC, USA|
|James E. Dalen, MD||Tucson, Arizona, USA|
|Kiwon Lee, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCM||Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA|
|Ronald Miller, MD||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|Lloyd M. Nyhus, MD||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Jay H. Stein, MD||Oklahoma City, OK, USA|
|Ali Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH||University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA|
|Paul F. Dellaripa, MD||Harvard Medical School, USA|
|Akshay S. Desai, MD||Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA|
|Eric Eichenwald||The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, USA|
|Joseph Frassica, MD||Harvard, USA|
|Richard H. Glew||UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worchester, MA, USA|
|Heather Gordish-Dressman, PhD||George Washington University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, USA|
|Stephen O. Heard||UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, MA, USA|
|Kiwon Lee, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCM||Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ, USA|
|Steven N. Levine||Louisiana State University Medical Center, USA|
|Fred A. Luchette, MD, FACS, FCCM||Burn Shock Trauma Institute, IL, USA|
|Barry Markovitz, MD||Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USA|
|Richard A. Matthay, MD||Yale University, School of Medicine|
|Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP||UCLA School of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA|
|Dominic J. Nompleggi, M.D., Ph.D.||University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA|
|Paul M. Palevsky, MD||VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, USA|
|John Querques, MD||Harvard Medical School, USA|
|Edward P Richards, JD, MPH||Law and Ethics|
|F. Rincon, MD, MSc, MB.Ethics, FACP, FCCP, FCCM||Thomas Jefferson University, USA|
|Frederick B. Rogers, MD, FACS||Lancaster General Hospital, USA|
|Michael G. Seneff||George Washington University, USA|
|Nicholas Smyrnios, MD||University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA|
|F Marc Stewart||Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, USA|
|Eric vanSonnenberg||Kern/ UCLA Medical Center, USA|
|Louis Voigt, MD||Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA|
|Rade Vukmir||Emergency Consultants, Inc., USA|
|Luke Yip||Denver Health, Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, USA|
|John McIlwaine||Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA, USA|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jicmedicine to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Intensive Care Medicine will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
2.7 Clinical trials
2.8 Reporting guidelines
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Reference style
4.3 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.4 Supplementary material
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, please ensure you have read the Description.
The JICM welcomes manuscripts in the following areas of interest:
- Analytic Reviews: Reviews and updates on progress in treatment of disease entities in the intensive care unit (3000 to 7500 words).
- Reports of Large Clinical Series: Major accumulated clinical experience with conditions treated in the intensive care unit or reports of smaller series with extensive literature reviews (3000 to 7500 words).
- Techniques and Procedures: Reviews of common intensive care procedures, discussion of large clinical experiences with procedures, novel approaches to a standard procedure, or new procedures and techniques (2000 to 6000 words).
- New Technologies: Reviews of new technologies of interest to the practitioner of intensive care (2000 to 6000 words).
- Correspondence: Letters relating to material previously published in the journal and other brief comments on matters of general interest. Letters will be subject to editing and possible abridgement.
- Original Research: Original, in-depth, clinical or basic science investigations that aim to change clinical practice or the understanding of a disease process. Article types include, but are not limited to, clinical trials, before-and-after studies, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional surveys, and diagnostic test assessments (4800-7200 words).
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
JICM operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer's name is always concealed from the submitting author
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).
Please note the Editors are not obligated to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
The SAGE Track site for JICM can be found here: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jicmedicine
Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:
(i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
(ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) Approved the version to be published,
(iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.
Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).
It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Journal of Intensive Care Medicine to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.
Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.
Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants
All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
Angiology endorses the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment. However, consistent with the AllTrials campaign, retrospectively registered trials will be considered if the justification for late registration is acceptable. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.
The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice program. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Manuscripts should be prepared using the AMA Style Guide (10th Edition).
All the pages must be numbered sequentially.
The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.
Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) References, (6) Tables, (7) Figures, and (8) Appendices.
1. Title page. Please include the following:
- Full article title
- Acknowledgments and credits
- Each author’s complete name, academic degrees, and institutional affiliation(s)
- Grant numbers and/or funding information
- Corresponding author (name, address, e-mail)
2. Abstract. Abstracts should be structured or unstructured (word limit should be 250-300).
Type the abstract on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.
Abstracts are not required for special features such as letters, news articles, editorial etc.
References should not be cited in abstract.
3. Keywords: A short list of keywords should be given at the end of the abstract.
4. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.
Items to Avoid in Headings:
- Avoid using a single abbreviation as a heading, even if the abbreviation has been expanded earlier in the text.
- Avoid expanding abbreviations for the first time in a heading. Spell the abbreviation out in the heading if that is its first appearance and introduce the abbreviation, if appropriate, at the next appearance of the term.
- Avoid citing figures or tables and references in headings. Cite them in the appropriate place in the text that follows the heading.
For each text citation there must be a corresponding reference in the reference list and for each reference there must be a corresponding text citation.
Cite references in consecutive order using superscript Arabic numbers.
Each superscript must match one reference in the References list.
Use commas to separate multiple citation numbers in text. Corresponding references should be listed in numeric order at the end of the document. Unpublished works and personal communications (oral, written, and electronic) should be cited parenthetically (and not on the reference list). Superscript numbers are placed outside periods and commas, and inside colons and semicolons.
When more than 2 references are cited at a given place in the manuscript, use hyphens to join the first and last numbers of a closed series; use commas without space to separate other parts of a multiple citation.
For eg., As reported previously, 1,3-8,19
The derived data were as follows3,4
Page numbers may be used in the superscript numbers; they are enclosed in parentheses.
Page numbers are required for direct quotations.
Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.
For examples please check AMA (10th edition).
Articles in journals
AMA style requires the use of standard abbreviations for all references, when applicable. Abbreviations for many common medical journals can be found in the AMA Manual of Style (pp.473-479). Additional abbreviations can be searched in the PubMed Journal Database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/journals?itool=sidebar).
Articles in Online Journals
The preferred citation style for an electronic journal uses a DOI (digital object identifier). The DOI provides a persistent link to the electronic item and is considered to be more stable than a URL. If the DOI is not given on the full text article or in the citation, use a DOI lookup tool to locate it (http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/) or use the format for an article without a DOI.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article.
6. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title.
They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.
For each Table, there must be a corresponding citation in the text and for each Table citation here must be a corresponding Table.
7. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.
IMPORTANT: PERMISSION - The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in JICM. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.
8. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Journal of Intensive Care Medicine is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jicmedicine to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the JICM editorial office as follows:
Elizabeth A. Grady, Managing Editor