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American Journal of Disaster Medicine (AJDM) is designed to provide physicians
and other medical professionals with the essential informational tools they
need as they seek to combine emergency medical and trauma skills with crisis
management and new forms of triage.
American Journal of
Disaster Medicine publishes original research articles, clinical reports, brief
communications, articles related to new ideas or innovations, letters to the
editor, editorials, invited book reviews, and meeting announcements.
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mechanisms, diagnosis, course, treatment, and prevention, including systematic
reviews and meta-analysis that represent a new contribution to the field.
Clinical Reports: Case reports presenting new or novel clinical
Ideas and Innovations: Short communications related
to novel ideas, techniques, methods of assessment, etc.
Communications: Preliminary or limited results (fewer than 1500 words, up
to three figures or tables) of original research pertaining to prevalence,
causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, course, treatment, and prevention.
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information, as applicable. Clinical reports should include an unstructured
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features and uniqueness of the case being presented, and conclusions.
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Describe the design of the study indicating, as appropriate, use of
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direction (retrospective or prospective), etc.
the study setting, including the level of clinical care (for example, primary
or tertiary, private practice or institutional).
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duration of administration.
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collection, this fact should be clearly stated.
measurements that are not evident from the nature of the main results and
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Words: A short list of the key words that reflects the article's content
should follow the abstract.
(Reproduced with permission from:
Haynes RB et al.: More informative abstracts revisited. Ann Intern Med.
1990; 113: 69-76).
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References are organized in AMA format; that is, they are to be cited
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authors followed by et al., and listed at the end of the article in the
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