Author and Photographer Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Thank you for choosing to submit to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). These instructions will help assure that we have everything we need to move your submission through the peer review, editing, production and publication processes. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact JEMS Managing Editor Jeff Frankel at


JEMS seeks to improve prehospital patient care and promote positive change in EMS by delivering information and education from industry leaders, change makers and emerging voices. With a rich tradition of editorial excellence and an unparalleled consortium of subject matter experts, JEMS fulfills its commitment to EMS providers, instructors and administrators by providing state-of-the-science, high-quality content featuring clinical breakthroughs, compelling case studies, management perspectives, legal advice, product innovations, research, special editorial sections, supplements, face-to-face networking and more.


JEMS accepts original educational articles, research articles, case reports, best practice reports, EMS organization reports, commentaries, equipment/technology reviews, news and photos. Most articles are typically around 1,000-1,800 words; research articles may be longer; reports from EMS organizations, commentary and news submissions may be shorter. We also accept photos for use with JEMS publications. Authors submitting to JEMS should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). 


Press releases are not “original articles,” and do not have the same requirements as original articles. Press releases may be emailed directly to Managing Editor Jeff Frankel. Please send high-res photos as an attachment to the email. Accepted press releases take anywhere from one day to one week to appear on


We are always looking for photos to accompany JEMS articles. If you’re interested in submitting photos, JEMS maintains a photo bank and will credit you in any photos we publish. Submissions should be high-res images and should be sent to Managing Editor Jeff Frankel.


Your manuscript (sent as a Microsoft Word document), as well as figures/tables/images, should be sent in a single email to Jeff Frankel. (Attachment size is limited to 5MB–please use a file transfer service, such as Dropbox,, Google Drive, or WeTransfer for files larger than 5MB.) In your submission email, please provide the following details:

  • Full contact information for the lead/corresponding author and all additional authors
  • Author(s) EMS-related qualifications (a full resume/CV is ideal)
  • If you have written for JEMS before, what have you written and when was it published?
  • Have you written for any other EMS or medical publications? (Which ones and when?)
  • What specifically are you going to tell JEMS readers?
  • Why do JEMS readers need to know this?
  • How do you support your discussion (e.g., original case studies, literature review, interviews, etc.)
  • Has the article been published elsewhere or is it for consideration elsewhere?

JEMS only accepts original articles; articles submitted elsewhere will be rejected. JEMS does not pay for articles. You should receive acknowledgement of your submission within one week.


All completed submissions undergo a careful review process to assess accuracy and relevance. JEMS maintains a strong, active cadre of peer reviewers who assist us in evaluating submissions. You may be contacted during the review process to discuss any concerns or questions about your completed manuscript. Rewrites often are requested to accommodate editor or reviewer concerns. During the process, JEMS will send the corresponding author a form to be completed by each author documenting substantial contribution to the manuscript, any conflicts of interest and copyright release for publication.


JEMS requires references for information that you ordinarily would not have known or that cannot be assumed JEMS readers know. You must provide references when you:

  • Discuss, summarize, or paraphrase the ideas of another author
  • Provide a direct quotation
  • Use statistical or other data

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals (1,2,3…) in parentheses. While you are writing your manuscript and locating sources, be sure to document materials thoroughly, noting the author, title, publisher, place of publication, date and page numbers of all sources used. For electronic materials, you should also note the DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) if available. Note the URL of any website you consult; depending on the source, you may need it for the reference. 

JEMS uses the National Library of Medicine MEDLINE®/PubMed® journal article citation format ( References not formatted correctly will be returned to the author for corrections. A good resource for proper citation formatting is Citing Medicine, 2nd edition, available at


We require one original lead photo for all articles that we publish.

  • Staged photos are OK, but please make sure they’re as realistic as possible—e.g., providers should be wearing gloves. Additional photos are welcome and will be used inside the article.
  • Photos should be in .jpg or .png format, landscape oriented (i.e., the image is wider than it is tall) and should be at least 900 px wide.
  • When submitting photos from outside sources, please include permission for use (obtained by the author).


For each photo/illustration that you provide, please also include a one sentence caption and credit attribution—credit can be to an agency and/or an individual person.

TABLES/DATA (optional)

Should you have data or tables you’d like to share, please include them each as a separate Microsoft Excel file.


At the end of your manuscript, please provide each author name as it should appear along with relevant credentials (e.g., NRP, EMT-P, RN, etc.) and a short 2-3 line bio (approx. 75 words). Below is an example:

Christopher Davis, MD, NRP, FAWM, is an EMS physician in North Carolina who specializes in wilderness EMS. He provides medical direction to several EMS systems, and is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team.


Please provide an author photo for each author. Photos should be in .jpg or .png format, portrait oriented (i.e., the image is taller than it is wide) and should be at least 300 px wide.


Please submit your article as either a single email, or if the file sizes prohibit this, please use and follow-up with an email to confirm I have received you submission: