Author and Photographer Guidelines

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) is an award-winning publication and a leading voice in emergency medicine and prehospital care. Our readers consist of EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physicians, EMS managers, administrators and educators.

We seek original articles about the EMS industry of direct relevance to field providers, including:

  • discussions of clinical developments and controversies in prehospital care;
  • “how-to” stories that offer practical and innovative tips and strategies;
  • reviews of the latest in EMS equipment and technology; and
  • news and commentary about the industry.

NOTE ABOUT PRESS RELEASES: 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 photos as an attachment to the email. It takes anywhere from one day to one week for your press release to appear on

Submitting an Article or Story Idea

If you have never written for JEMS, we strongly encourage that you submit a completed article vs. a story idea/pitch for an article that you’d like to write. Although we will read a story idea/pitch from a new author, we cannot guarantee acceptance of the completed article based upon the pitch alone.

Please download and read the JEMS article writing & formatting guidelines, “So You’re Writing a JEMS Article …” before you send your article for consideration. Following these guidelines will speed up the process and you’re more likely to get a positive response regarding publication of your article.

Cover Letter Requirement

A cover letter must be sent along with your article (or story idea/pitch). Your cover letter should include:

  • Your full contact information
  • Your 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.)
  • Do you require payment should your article be accepted for publication? (Please see the FAQ below for more information.)  
  • Has the article been published elsewhere or is it for consideration elsewhere? (Remember, JEMS accepts only original articles and strongly discourages simultaneous submissions.)

Sending Your Article

Your manuscript/story idea/pitch, accompanying cover letter as well as figures/tables/images should be sent in a single email to Mike McEvoy. (Attachment size is limited to 5MB–please use a file transfer service, such as Dropbox,, Google Drive, or WeTransfer for files larger than 5MB.)

Manuscript Review Process

All completed articles undergo a careful review process to assess accuracy and relevance, but since JEMS does not publish original research and our review process is less formal when compared to peer-reviewed journals that publish primary literature, such as Prehospital Emergency Care and Annals of Emergency Medicine. JEMS publishes secondary literature, and the journal maintains a strong, active editorial board and 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 at this time to accommodate editors’ or reviewers’ concerns.

Tips on Getting Published

  • Read back issues of the journal to learn the topics we cover and have covered in the past.
  • Ask a colleague or, if the article is clinical in nature, ask your medical director to review your outline or manuscript to ensure it’s timely and valuable to a national audience.
  • Consider using case studies or scenarios to illustrate your points.
  • Be sure you’re qualified to write on the topic you’re proposing. We strongly prefer articles are written by individuals with current EMS experience.
  • If you’re writing a clinical article, be sure to include references (endnotes) to current scientific literature.
  • We ceased printing and producing JEMS as a traditional monthly journal starting on July 1, 2018. All articles are pushed out via our digital platforms to a wider audience than traditional print allowed, and we feel everyone should have immediate and equitable access to the information and education JEMS publishes.
  • Do not send manuscripts that are under consideration by other publications.


  • How will I know you received my manuscript? Due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to send an email confirming receipt of your manuscript. However, feel free to request one.
  • How long does it take to review my manuscript/story idea? We review unsolicited outlines/manuscripts as time permits. Please allow us at least six months to review your manuscript or story idea.
  • How much does JEMS typically pay for articles? We typically do not pay authors of articles, because they are written by people in the EMS industry and not by professional writers. We occasionally pay emergency physicians or freelance writers a small honorarium after requesting a specific article on a specific topic. IF payment is a requirement for publishing your manuscript, that must be indicated in your cover letter, and we ask that you please disclose your editorial rates.
  • What is your acceptance rate? On average, we accept around 15% of unsolicited story ideas/manuscripts.

Photographer Guidelines

If you’re interested in submitting photos to JEMS, please review this set of guidelines for answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). Understanding what kind of photos we’re looking for will help you get your work published.

If you would like to submit a group of photos, please zip the photos into a batch/group using your computer’s zip program. Instructions for compressing a folder are below.

On a PC:
1. Locate single folder of photos that you want to compress.
2. Right-click folder, hover cursor over ‘Send To,’ then click ‘Compressed (zipped) Folder.’
Note: The completed compressed file will appear in the same location as the original folder.

On a Mac:
1. Locate the single folder of photos that you want to compress.
2. Right-click and select ‘Compress’; A window will appear indicating the folder is being compressed.
Note: The completed compressed file will appear in the same location as the original folder.