Best Practices (How to Submit an Idea for an Article)
The AJR is soliciting Best Practices articles. Prospective authors interested in submitting such manuscripts should review the format and guidelines for such articles (see Instructions to Authors below), and prepare their ideas in a Word document. The Word document should include an Author List, Purpose (goal of the article), and Methods (i.e. systematic review or meta-analysis). The authors should provide assurance that sufficient published data and expertise are available to successfully complete the article. The word limit is 350.
The Word document should be attached to an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Best Practices.”
The Best Practices suggestion will be brought to the attention of the Best Practices and Section editors. Once the idea is deemed appropriate for AJR, the prospective author will be issued an email invitation from the editorial office to submit his/her Best Practices article.
Best Practices (Guidelines):
For a focused clinical question, summarize and synthesize the available evidence and provide practice guidance. These articles are distinct from traditional reviews in two ways: 1) they are more narrowly focused on a specific question, e.g. “what is the best imaging technique to evaluate right lower quadrant pain in a pregnant patient” ; and 2) there is a strong emphasis on evidence evaluation. Authors heavily probe the evidence, and may conduct a formal meta-analysis; equally, authors are asked to provide guidance in the absence of perfect information, and to highlight gaps in evidence that call for additional research. For guidance, see (e.g., Long SS et al. “Imaging strategies for right lower quadrant pain in pregnancy” AJR 2011;196: 4-12. 10.2214/AJR.10.4323; or Kang SK et al. “Solid renal masses: what the numbers tell us.” AJR 2014;202: 1196-1206. 10.2214/AJR.14.12502; and others). The format: 1) Clinical Vignette and Image(s); 2) The Imaging Question; 3) Background/Importance; 4) Synopsis and Synthesis of Evidence; 5) Evidence-Based Guidelines; 6) Outstanding Issues that Warrant Research; and 7) Summary (includes Recommendations for Best Practices and Further Research). Maximums: Pages of text – 15 (3750 words); References – 100; Figures – 10 or total of 24 images; Tables – 4.