Journal of Healthcare Risk Management

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Online ISSN: 2040-0861

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

The Journal of Healthcare Risk Management looks for articles that help risk managers improve their professional performance—articles that explain techniques, spot trends, explain the significance and impact of court decisions and congressional activity on the risk management function, and relate risk management techniques to other healthcare areas.

Areas of particular interest are:

• patient safety
• risk financing/insurance
• enterprise risk management
• leadership and governance of healthcare organizations
• risk management metrics
• ethics in patient care
• patient communication
• health information management
• organizational staffing
• emergency management
• Occupational and environmental health
• performance improvement
• clinical crisis management
• medication safety
• risk mapping
• risk management information systems

To be accepted, articles must:

• Be original work and not under consideration for publication elsewhere
• Address issues specifically for healthcare risk managers
• Present new information or add a new slant to existing literature
• Be technically accurate
• Ideally be 3,500 to 7,000 words in length
• Be based on research and not personal experience
• Adhere to American Medical Association (AMA) style guidelines

Although JHRM accepts complete articles for review, authors are also encouraged to submit a brief abstract and outline describing the subject and purpose of the article. This will be reviewed by the editorial office and suggestions may be made to help authors focus on the needs and interests of readers.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced, excluding references, charts, and figures. Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including a brief biographical sketch of the authors, names, titles, affiliation, and location.

All manuscripts undergo a thorough review process and the JHRM editorial office does not guarantee that a submission will be published. During this process, all authors are obliged to refrain from distributing his or her submission to others.

All manuscripts accepted for publication in JHRM are subject to editing. Authors of accepted submissions are required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement.


JHRM also accepts reviews of books and media such as software, Web sites, videos, or training materials for possible publication. Reviews must include product title, author/editor, and publisher. Reviews should provide critical appraisal of content and format and must specify the relevance to healthcare risk management professionals—not simply summarize the content. Reviews should be approximately 700-1,200 words in length.


All references and statements of fact should adhere to AMA style and be listed numerically, in order of appearance, at the end of every article. In the text, citations should be numbered consecutively by the corresponding number in parentheses. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow those used in Index Medicus. References should conform to the following style:

Journal Articles:
1. Brennan TA, Leape LL, Laird N, Hebert L, Localio AR, Lawthers AG. Incidence of adverse events and negligence in hospitalized patients: Results of the Harvard Medical Practice Study I. N Engl J Med. 1991;324:377-384.

2. Aspden P, Corrigan JM, Wolcott J, Erickson SM. Patient safety: Achieving a new standard of care. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2004.

Journal Articles on the Internet:
3. Wilson JS, Miller JB, O'Neil MW. Crossing the quality chasm: A new health system for the 21st century. Am Psychol. 1992;48(6):650-672. Accessed April 12, 2002.

All submissions and editorial correspondence (as well as books and media for potential reviews) should be addressed to:

Mary LaRusso
Marketing & Communications Manager
ASHRM: American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
155 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606
TEL 312.422.3982
FAX 312.268.6534