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Journal of Primary Care & Community Health

Journal of Primary Care & Community Health


Editor-in-Chief
James E. Rohrer, PhD Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, USA


eISSN: 21501327 | ISSN: 21501327 | Current volume: 8 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Journal Highlights

  • Indexed In: PubMed/MEDLINE and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
  • Submit here

Journal of Primary Care & Community Health (JPC) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on the study, practice, impact and outcomes of primary care services and community health programs. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Submission Information

Submit your manuscript today at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpc.

Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons licence.

The APC for this journal is currently $900 USD.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.

Contact

Please direct any queries to kiley.allen@sagepub.com

This journal changed its publication mode from subscription to open access in 2016.

 

 

Journal of Primary Care and Community Health publishes peer-reviewed evidence about the practice, impact and outcomes of primary care services and community health programs. Evidence in the form of hypothesis-testing studies is presented, either in the form of pilot projects or larger intervention projects. The aims of providing a forum for these projects are to facilitate exchange of new information and approaches to assessing performance and to bridge the gap between medicine and public health at the grass-roots level, where primary care and community work hand in hand.

Papers address the following topics:
• Accessibility of services and programs to vulnerable groups
• Delivery of screening tests
• Compliance with medications
• Unplanned return visits, referral to specialists or avoidable hospital admissions
• Informatics in primary care
• Over-use of primary care or community health services
• Client or patient satisfaction
• Change in knowledge, attitudes or intended behavior
• Change of a lifestyle change program
• Cost per client of community health interventions compared to alternatives. Targeted behaviors
might be unprotected sexual activity, abuse of drugs or alcohol, over-eating, physical activity, obesity,
smoking or other health risks.
• Change in morbidity, such as reduced infection rates, reduced rates of low birth weight deliveries,
reduced prematurity, and reduced infant mortality
• Change in self-rated health, disability and/or frequent mental distress (FMD)

Why submit your research to JPC?

  • We encourages submissions that involve retrospective multivariate analysis of electronic medical records.
  • Studies of one medical care system are welcome, as well as population based studies.
  • Rigorous systematic reviews are of interest to our readers.
  • Quasi-experimental studies of community health programs also are encouraged.

The audience is primary care providers and community health professionals who study their own patients for the purpose of promoting health and preventing disease. Physicians, allied health professionals, community health educators, and epidemiologists who study health behavior and health outcomes will find the content relevant and useful to their daily activities.

Editor-in-Chief
James E. Rohrer, PhD Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Policy Advisor
James Merchant, MD, MPH University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Associate Editors
Kurt Angstman, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Ahmed A. Arif, MBBS, PhD, CPH, FACE University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC, USA
Mario Schootman, PhD SSM Health, St. Louis, MO, USA
Editorial Board
Abdulbari Bener, PhD, FFPH, FRSS Istanbul University, Turkey
Jeanette M. Daly, RN, PhD University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Peter Hilsenrath, PhD University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, USA
Jodi Holtrop, PhD, CHES University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA
Barcey T. Levy, PhD, MD University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Brian Lynch, MD Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
Kenneth Nugent, MD Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA
José A. Pagán, PhD New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Avinash Patwardhan, MD, MS George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Michael Schirmer, MD Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria
Zuzana Segev Lee Memorial Hospital, Ft. Myers, Fl, USA
Yogarabindranath Swarna Nantha Seremban Primary Care Clinic, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Jim Warren, PhD University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Lara Weinstein, MD, MPH Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Barbara Yawn, MD University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO: CINAHL Plus
  • MEDLINE
  • 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 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 Primary Care and Community Health will be reviewed.

    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.

    Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here: 
    SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
      3.3 Writing your paper
      3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Clinical Trials
      4.8 Reporting guidelines
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 ORCID
      7.5 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 SAGE Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    1. Open Access

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article
    accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published
    under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the
    journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder,
    institution or author of each manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to
    the journal.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open
    Access FAQs.

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    The Journal of Primary Care and Community Health publishes all content open access and is supported
    by an Article Processing Charge (APC). Authors paying the APC will enjoy the benefits of immediate, full
    open access publishing and will utilize one of the Creative Commons licenses which enable them to
    retain copyright. An APC of $900 is payable on acceptance after peer review.

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, please
    ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    Case Studies – 2000 words, no more than 2 tables. These are organization case studies, not case
    reports about individual patients.

    Pilot Studies – 2000 words, no more than 2 tables. Brief reports about single-site studies are
    typical of this section. Studies should not be under-powered and should include a comparison
    group.

    Commentaries – 2000 words, no tables Original research – 2500 words, 3 tables

    Reviews – 2000 words, 2 tables

    All of the above require a structured abstract except commentaries, which include a summary.
    Citations should be numbered in AMA style. A citation program such as EndNote should be used.

    3.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
    further resources.

    3.3.1 Making 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

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Journal of Primary
    Care and Community Health
    utilizes a double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer
    and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed
    as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and
    recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of two 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 that the Editors are not obliged to invite 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.

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health is committed to delivering high quality, fast
    peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party
    service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Journal of
    Primary Care and Community Health
    can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or
    have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit
    for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s
    decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit
    the Publons website.

    4.2 Authorship

    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. Each author should have
    participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
    content.

    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.

    4.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
    Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
    who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    4.3.1 Writing assistance

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate
    anonymous peer review.

    4.4 Funding

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health 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.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Journal of Primary Care and Community Health 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.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    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.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health 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.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    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 metaanalyses
    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.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    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.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health 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.

    5.1.2 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.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
    Publishing Agreement. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health publishes manuscripts
    under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by
    Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without
    permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more
    information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
    mandates, made at the author’s request. 

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred formats for your manuscripts are Word, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.
    Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our
    Author Gateway. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for
    left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please
    visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    6.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images
    etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the 
    article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files,
    which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page. 

    6.4 Reference style

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health adheres to the AMA reference style. Please
    review the guidelines on AMA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    6.5 English language editing services

    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. 

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Journal of Primary Care and Community Health is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online
    submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jpc 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 Online Help.

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title,
    keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search
    engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your
    article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author
    Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online. 

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and
    telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should
    be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
    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).

    7.4 ORCID

    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 recognized.

    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.

    7.5 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our
    Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
    contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production,
    the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
    Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online
    within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the
    APC has been received.

    8.1 SAGE Production

    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.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
    publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
    citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
    it will be completely free to view and download for all. 

    8.3 Promoting your 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 maximize your article’s impact
    with Kudos. 

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
    process should be sent to the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health editorial office as follows:

    Jim Rohrer, PhD, Editor-in-Chief
    jim.rohrer1955@gmail.com

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