Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

The mission of the Journal of European CME (JECME) is to heighten awareness of innovative continuing medical education (CME) as part of continuing professional development (CPD) in Europe. The journal is intended for those who provide, accredit, partake in and benefit from European CME-CPD. JECME will examine the various best practices for effective CME-CPD and their relationship to improvement of physician competence and patient health outcomes. It will accept articles relating to undergraduate and postgraduate education if their content is applicable to CME-CPD. The journal will encourage learners to develop a critical and perceptive approach to CME-CPD and will strive to establish a secure, respected and essential role for CME-CPD in Europe. JECME will champion and support practical discussion regarding development of unified accreditation standards for Europe.

The Journal of European CME (JECME) is an open access, online-only, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles focused on the practical application of European CME-CPD methods, techniques and case studies, as well as opinion pieces on European CME-CPD regulatory issues in the form of editorials, commentaries and letters. JECME will consider manuscripts that discuss adult education and learning theories and models as long as the main focus of the article is on use of those theories in actual practice. The journal’s mission and scope—combined with the transparent and rigorous peer review process—will make certain that papers are accepted based on their merit (i.e., technically sound, well-written, comprehensive reports).

Types of articles
In keeping with the stated aims of the journal, JECME publishes:

►Full-length “Original Articles” covering topics within the practice, methods, techniques and outcomes of CME-CPD programmes and systems in Europe from all stakeholder perspectives; articles on undergraduate and postgraduate medical education will be welcomed if their content is relevant to CME-CPD; articles on adult education and learning theories and models will be considered when the main focus of the article is on use of those theories in actual practice.

Full-length reports of an original study. Length should not normally exceed 12,000 words.

►“Review Articles” comprising comprehensive, scholarly evidence based reviews of the literature relating to an important topic in European CME-CPD.

A comprehensive, scholarly evidence-based review of the literature relating to an important, major topic area, accompanied by critical analysis and leading to reasonable conclusions; length should not normally exceed 10,000 words. It is essential that details of the literature search methodology are provided, i.e. the databases searched (normally Medline and at least one or two other databases), the search terms and inclusive dates, and any selectivity criteria imposed.

►“Commentary” on topics within the CME-CPD community, including industry events and regulatory and accreditation issues throughout Europe.

A knowledge-based or consensus-type article (e.g. working group statement) expressing objective opinions, experiences or perspectives on an important area; details of the literature search methodology and/or basis for consensus should be provided.

►Editorials

A brief commentary relating to a previously published article or one published in the same issue, or, a brief opinion or perspective on a specific topic. Editorials are generally written by the Editors or Editorial/Advisory Board members, or are solicited or commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief. Unsolicited editorials may occasionally be considered and published with prior notice to the Editorial Office.

►“Letters to the Editors” reflecting on or discussing articles and editorials published previously in the journal.

A brief correspondence item commenting on an article published recently in the journal. A response to the comments would normally be sought from the authors of the original article and published in the same issue, where possible.

►Supplements/Special Issues

These include both traditional free-standing and in-journal collections of reviews and themed articles. Typically, these are based on updated contributions to conference proceedings, moderated roundtable discussions, working group statements or workshop meetings. Suggestions and enquiries from potential guest editors, meeting organizers and sponsors are welcomed and actively encouraged. All supplementary articles are subject to the same rigorous peer review as regular journal articles and need to comply with JECME’s transparency policy.

 

Section Policies

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original Reseach Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Commentaries

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letters from America

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Position Papers

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Reports

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review and are submitted to at least two external independent referees. The basic criterion for acceptance is that the work described must fall within the scope of the journal and be scientifically accurate—demonstrating methodological rigour, clarity, balance and objectivity. The peer review process is geared to provide authoritative help and constructive assistance in achieving the journal’s aim to publish quality material rapidly. The Editors strive to ensure that data and information presented in JECME fairly reflect the results of reliable studies. A questionnaire may be sent to authors requesting details of the biostatistician involved in any data analyses and further information about adherence to the principles of good CME-CPD practice.

Copies of the referees’ reports are sent to the author/sponsor—usually within 3-4 weeks of receipt of the manuscript. Recipients are given the opportunity to revise the manuscript, based on the reviewers’ comments. Once the revised paper has been submitted a decision of acceptance or rejection is made by the Editorial Office based on an evaluation of the author/sponsor’s responses to the review comments and the revisions made. It is the responsibility of the author/sponsor to make revisions deemed necessary prior to the article being finally accepted for publication.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in Journal of European CME are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly, only volumes per year, but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Journal of European CME is published  Open Access under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license. For more information see the copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

Journal of European CME is accessible via the journal’s website at www.jecme.eu as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:

http://www.jecme.eu/index.php/jecme/oai

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files are archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).