January is a time for reflection on the past and making plans for the future. I’m not going to make a New Year’s resolution for 2018. Rather, I’m going to renew the commitment I make every year: to have JEMS remain the “Conscience of EMS,” the most visionary EMS publication in the world, and to continue to present to you the most state-of-the-science, referenced content.
You see, we have competitors, but in my humble opinion, and with the support of our massive, diverse, international editorial board and learned readers, JEMS, JEMS.com, EMS Insider and EMS Today: The JEMS Conference & Exposition provide you with the most carefully planned, researched and journalistically-crafted EMS content.
The first issue of JEMS showed other EMS magazines being published at the time to highlight its difference.
A Journal, Not a Magazine
I don’t take credit for this, because Jim Page, along with an amazingly talented staff, set the tone (and raised the bar) in the very first issue in March of 1980 when JEMS came onto the scene and announced that it wasn’t going to be a magazine, but rather, a journal.
This distinction is an important one, because that’s what separates JEMS from the rest of the pack.
In fact, Jim Page was so committed to a different approach that the first issue cover displayed other EMS magazines being published at the time to show the difference.
A magazine is a periodical with articles written by writers with or without expertise in the subject. They contain secondary discussion of events, usually with little documentation (e.g., footnotes).1
Magazines aren’t designed to support most upper-level academic research. They usually don’t document their sources of information, and lack the depth of a scholarly journal.
A journal, on the other hand, is a scholarly periodical aimed at specialists and researchers. Articles in journals are written by experts on the subject. They use more technical language, contain original research, provide conclusions based on data, include footnotes or endnotes and often an abstract or bibliography.2 Many journals are often peer-reviewed, containing articles that undergo a review process by experts in the field before being published.
Because the EMS profession was so new and in need of solid, fresh ideas on a monthly basis, Jim didn’t choose peer review for JEMS. Instead, he opted for heavily- referenced content.2
Jim Page didn’t want to have articles that contain important, innovative information and research to be delayed by a long peer- review process. He felt strongly that EMS systems under development needed to be alerted to the latest visionary and proven concepts and content as early as possible.
On the Forefront of Innovation
At JEMS, we carefully plan and craft issues, recruiting authors who aren’t just knowledgeable, but who are also the best in the world.
JEMS has the largest, most diverse and participatory editorial board in the industry, with 102 members from 54 countries. Our editorial board members recognize and support JEMS as the leading provider of researched content in the EMS field.
EMS Today: The JEMS Conference & Exposition not only brings you the most cutting- edge, timely topics and the best products in the EMS industry, it also connects you directly with the people who developed them and the individuals who are using them successfully in their systems.
We present the most carefully-reviewed products of any EMS conference, using a team of diverse industry experts to score and select products that they feel will make the most impact in the field. We review up to 60 innovative entries each year, and the top 30 are named JEMS Hot Products after our conference.
They say that competition is good for the soul, and at JEMS we believe that competition is good for our advertisers, exhibitors and readers. It challenges all of us—including our competitors—to go one-on-one with each other, to always bring our “A game,” to be honest, sincere, and scientific in our offerings and content, and, most importantly, to be visionary and resourceful in financially challenging times.
“Who Told Ya?”
Character actor Telly Savalas, in his role as lollipop-sucking Lt. Theodore “Theo” Kojak in the television crime drama Kojak, used the phrase, “Who loves ya, baby?” whenever he was proud of how he’d cracked a case or solved a problem.
I feel confident saying, “Who told ya, baby?” when I look back though the JEMS archives and find articles that not only had a significant impact on prehospital care, but were introduced to readers well ahead of our competition, thanks to the vision and innovation of our staff, editorial board and authors.
Jim Page felt strongly that EMS systems needed to be aware of the latest concepts as early as possible.
I selected a few to illustrate my point, and I’ve listed them at the end of this article. Take a look at the dates when JEMS introduced you to these important medical, administrative and operational concepts.
I read JEMS for 15 years before I moved to California to head up the JEMS team. I trusted JEMS all those years to give me the science and explanations I needed to make changes in my EMS systems.
I’ve worked hard for the past 22 years to continue Jim Page’s mission to have JEMS take on all comers and competitors, and lead the EMS industry. I’m confident that I, our editorial staff and management teams have consistently done this for you.
JEMS isn’t a business, a monthly magazine or a digest. It’s an institution—a visionary journal that backs up its editorial content with current science and footnotes; an educational powerhouse that employs and retains staff because of their love and passion for the work they’re producing.
JEMS delivers content designed to educate providers and leaders and to stimulate the industry. We want to foster positive change, facilitate productive debate, and support the development of enhancements that will keep you safe, informed and constantly looking over the horizon for the best clinical practices and equipment to help you care for your patients.
Keith Griffiths, the Managing Editor of JEMS in 1980, concluded his “Welcome to JEMS” column by expressing that he hoped the readers would come to know us “simply as JEMS, pronounced like the word that means precious stones and which implies a possession of value and substance.” Truer words were never spoken.
The JEMS, EMS Today and PennWell team wishes you a safe and happy new year, and pledges to continue our resolution to bring you the best and most visionary editorial content and conference programming in the EMS industry.
- “NAEMT: An impressive commitment” by Jim Page, May 1980
- “The Public Utility Model: 3-Part Series,” by Jack Stout
- Part 1: Measuring your system, May 1980
- Part 2: The principal elements, June 1980
- Part 3: The major constraints, July 1980
- “Medical Priority Dispatch: It works!” by Jeff Clawson, MD, February 1983
- “Self-Instruction for Paramedics: An alternative to the standard lecture,” by Michael Friedman and Gene Weatherall, April 1983
- “System Status Management: The strategy of ambulance placement,” by Jack Stout, May 1983
- “Brain Resuscitation,” by Marvin Birnbaum, MD, October 1984
- “Telephone Treatment Protocols: Reach Out and Help Someone,” by Jeff Clawson, MD, May 1986
- “Intraosseous Infusion: Prehospital use in the critically ill pediatric patient,” by Craig A. Stoup, BS, EMT-P, May 1987
- “STRESS: The history, status and future of CISD,” by Jeffrey T. Mitchell, PhD, November & December 1988
- “Burning the EMS Candle: EMS shifts and worker fatigue,” by Russ McCallion, EMT-P & J. Fazackerley, EMT-P, MPP, October 1991
- “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: When the rescuer becomes the victim,” by Joyce O’Rear, EDD, January 1992
- “Pulse Oximeters: Saving more than lives,” by William Koenig, MD, May 1994
- “CO2 Monitoring: Its benefits and limitations in the prehospital setting,” by Robert Welch, MD, FACEP, March1995
- “Rapid Sequence Intubation: Don’t fight it!” by Mike Hartley, REMT-P, April 1995
- “Medic Suicide: What can be done?” by Jeffrey T. Mitchell, PhD, November 1995
- “Chemically Induced Paralysis: A short course in neuromuscular blockade & RSI,” by David M. LaCombe, EMT-P; George Desjardins, MD, FRCPC; Nabil El Sanadi, MD, FACEP; Steven Gayer, MD; David Shatz, MD, June 1997
- “The Truth about ET Tube Movement,” by Paul Matera, MD, June 1998
- “CPAP: A supportive adjunct for congestive heart failure in the prehospital setting,” by D. Hastings; J. Monahan; C. Gray; D. Pavlakovich & P. Bartram, September 1998
- “Selective Spinal Immobilization: The use of assessment criteria & protocols to select patients who don’t require complete spinal immobilization,” by Darren Braude, MD, EMT-P & Angela Jaramillo, BS, EMT-P, September 2002
- “Capnography in EMS: A powerful way to objectively monitor ventilatory status,” by Baruch Krauss, MD, EdM, FAAP, January 2003
- “The Silent Killer: Recognizing & treating carbon monoxide poisoning,” by Lee Ann Koster, MD & Timothy Rupp, MD, FACEP, January 2003
- “Nasal Drug Delivery in EMS: Reducing needlestick risk,” by Timothy Wolfe, MD & Eric Barton, MD, December 2003
- “Mechanical Ventilation: Understanding respiratory physiology & the basics of ventilator management,” by Ian Greenwald, MD, & Steve Rosonoke, MD, December 2003
- “Beyond EMS: Community paramedics make house calls,” by Mannie Garza, September 2007
- “Using Portable Cardio Pulmonary Support to Treat Stemi Patients,” by David Ostrander, MD, FACC; Zack Shinar; Joseph Bellozzo, MD; Brian Jaski, MD; John Gordon, MD and Donna Dasinger, RN, December 2010
- “Stop the Pain: Fentanyl is a viable alternative to morphine,” by Jim Massey, BS, EMT-P, CCP-C, August 2011
- “Extreme Bleeds: Recommendations for tourniquets in civilian EMS,” by Gregory C. Risk, MD, MPH, FACEP & James Augustine, MD, FACEP, March 2012
- “The Argument for BLS CPAP: Treatment shouldn’t be limited to ALS providers,” by Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, November 2013
- “Utilizing Capnography in Sepsis: End-tidal CO2 may be used in place of lactate to screen for severe sepsis,” by Christopher Hunter, MD, PhD, March 2014
- Perfusion on Demand: How intrathoracic pressure regulation improves blood flow in shock & cardiac arrest, JEMS editorial supplement, December 2014
- “TXA in the USA: Tranexamic acid’s potentially bright future relies on collaborative data,” by Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NRP, FACEP, & Ryan Gerecht, MD, CMTE, April 2015
- Sepsis Alert: A new lifesaving role for prehospital EMS, JEMS Special Focus, September 2016
- “And the Dead Shall Rise: Head-up CPR & the revolutionary research model used to develop it,” by Ralph J. Frascone, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, January 2017
- “Rialto’s Resuscitation Toolkit: Seven survivability Tools lead to dramatic improvements in cardiac arrest outcomes,” by Joe Powell, EMT-P; Kevin Dearden, BS, EMT-P & Sean Grayson, MS, EMT, P, December 2017
- EMS State of the Science: Advances in cardiac arrest resuscitation, JEMS Editorial Supplement, December 2017
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2. Streby P. (n.d.) What’s the difference between a periodical, a journal and a magazine? What difference does it make which one I use? Thompson Library, University of Michigan, Flint. Retrieved Nov. 27, 2017 from http://libanswers.umflint.edu/faq/86816.