- Features should not exceed 2,500 words. An abstract
of up to 80 words, typed on a separate page, should accompany every
Feature article. The word count should include the abstract. The preferred
maximum for article titles is 70 characters, including spaces. Include
very brief biographical sketches of authors on a separate page at the
end of the article; 200 words or less for a single author and 100 words
or less for each author of multiple-author features.
- Viewpoint and Professional Insight submissions should
not exceed 1,500 words. Abstracts are not required for manuscripts in
these categories. A color photograph of the author should be submitted
with each Viewpoint column.
- JBC Style
- JBC Editors may revise any accepted written material for
length and JBC style.
- The JBC follows The Chicago Manual of Style (2003.
15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
- The JBC uses active voice and first-person recounting.
The active voice employs statements such as:
Students preferred this model, rather than
This model was preferred by students.
A first-person recounting appears as:
We found a statistical significance, rather than
The authors found a statistical significance or
A statistical significance was found.
- Subheadings should be typed flush left. If subheads
have different values, please clearly indicate with appropriately
- Footnotes should be used sparingly. Indicate
by an asterisk and place the note on a separate line at the bottom
of the each page.
Citation in text. The JBC uses the author-date
method of citation recommended by The Chicago Manual of Style
(See Chapter 16 in the 15th edition). The surnames of the authors
and date of publication are enclosed in parentheses and inserted
in the text at the appropriate point. For example:
Jones (1996) has demonstrated that or
A study of computer use in medicine (Jones 1996)
If a work has three or more authors, use the name of the first
author followed by “et al.,” in the text citation.
However, in the reference list include all authors’ names.
Reference list. The list of works cited is arranged
alphabetically by senior author’s last name and placed at
the end of the article; sample reference forms appear below. Note
that the down-style is preferred for books and article titles.
Singarella, T. 1986. The case of the Egyptian mummy head. The
Journal of Biocommunication 13(3):17-21.
Jinkins, J. Randy. 2000. Atlas of Neuroradiologic Embryology,
Anatomy, and Variants. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams &
Chapter in book
Jinkins, J. Randy. 2000. The Spine. In Atlas of Neuroradiologic
Embryology, Anatomy, and Variants. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams
- Software and Electronic Files
- Manuscripts must be prepared with either Macintosh-
or PC-based Microsoft Word™, Adobe PageMaker™, or Adobe
InDesign™. The page setup must allow for 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper,
one-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced lines, and 12 pt. body
- Tables may be included within manuscripts as
part of a word program. Tables also may be submitted as separate
digital files uncompressed JPEG files saved at
300 dpi, 800 pixels wide. Identify all tables with a figure number
and senior author’s surname. In a separate text file, provide
a descriptive legend of 40 words maximum for each figure.
- Digital Files containing graphics, illustrations, and
photographs may be included with manuscripts as uncompressed
JPEG files, 300 dpi, 800 pixels wide. Identify all images with a
figure number and senior author’s surname. In a separate text
file, provide a descriptive legend of 40 words maximum for each
- If illustrations are to be grouped,
include a sketch of the suggested grouping.
- If color electronic files are submitted, contributors
also should submit hard copy output that shows
example of satisfactory color reproduction. Mounted images will
not be accepted. If a graphic, illustration, or photograph has been
published previously, include a letter of permission from the copyright
- E-mail and surface mail submission
- To submit a manuscript and any accompanying graphics files for
consideration via e-mail, send a message with attachments
to one of the Association Editors or
to the Managing Editor. The e-mail
also should contain the contributor’s name and telephone number.
- To submit a manuscript and any accompanying tables or graphics
via surface mail, please send a CD, floppy disk,
or Zip 100 to one of the Association Editors
or to the Managing Editor.
While electronic files are preferred, the JBC also accepts
manuscripts that are typed or printed double-spaced on one side
only of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Allow at least one-inch margins on
all sides. Number text pages with Arabic numerals in the upper right
corner. Also, please include contact information.
- Authors should retain duplicates of all materials
- If original artwork is submitted, the JBC
cannot be responsible for any damage that may occur during mailing
or processing. Artists and photographers are responsible for insuring
their work if they desire. Artwork will be returned to authors by
regular mail following publication.