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Review of Optometry is committed to giving optometrists the information they need to provide their patients top-quality care in a personally rewarding practice environment. It is a magazine written for optometrists and by optometrists.
For well over a century, Review of Optometry has covered all topics relevant to eye care. Among them: diagnosing ocular diseases, comanaging glaucoma and cataract patients, practice management, use of therapeutic and diagnostic drugs, contact lenses and spectacles, vision therapy, low vision, and news about the profession. It is a publication of Jobson Medical Information, LLC, and the Jobson Professional Publishing Group.
Basics for the Writer
- Assignments. Review of Optometry assigns articles by invitation only, but will review unsolicited submissions that fit our needs. If you don't have an assignment, please send an electronic version of your completed manuscript as a word document to Jack Persico, Editor-in-Chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deadlines. Submitting assigned work in a timely fashion assures a more thoroughly researched and accurate end product. All assigned work must be submitted by the first of the month two months prior to publication.
- Artwork. Provide 3-5 clinical images and captions along with your manuscript. They must be original images unless you have written permission to use them. Please e-mail high-resolution (300dpi) .TIFF or .JPEG image files (each file size should be approximately one megabyte or larger). If you have artwork ideas that can be generated in-house, please let us know when the work is assigned.
- Length. Unless other arrangements are made with the assigning editor, use these guidelines:
- Clinical and Patient Care features, 2,500-3,000 words.
- Case Reports, no specified length. Follow Case Reports Style, below.
- Practice Management features, 1,800-2,400 words
- Continuing Education features, 3,000-5,000 words plus multiple choice questions and references.
- Style. Review of Optometry retains its niche by giving optometrists practical information that's easy to read. We do this by couching all prose in a conversational style, and prefer active voice vs. passive. Your assigning editor will work with you to make sure your article adheres to our style without compromising the meaning of your content. Authors have final approval on all manuscripts.
- Review system. All unedited manuscripts dealing with patient care and case reports are reviewed by our consulting editors, and also by two qualified reviewers in a double-blind system. They often recommend revisions in manuscripts.
Checklist for Submitting Clinical Articles
- Before writing your manuscript, review pertinent literature. Support assertions with references where applicable.
- Organize information in a chronological order.
- Include practical information that a practicing OD can use.
- Explore your topic thoroughly. Leave no question unanswered.
- Provide balanced information. Acknowledge other views that may differ from your own.
- Include as many hands-on pearls and anecdotes as you can.
- Include one or two case reports, where applicable.
- Include a two-sentence biography at the end of the manuscript. If you have a financial interest in a product you're writing about, please disclose that in the article.
- List references after your biography, following AMA style (see below for examples).
- Include as many photos, illustrations, charts and graphs as you can to illustrate the manuscript. Number them and include corresponding figure legends. Make sure you have permission to print them in the magazine (i.e., that you own the images, they do not violate HIPAA or that you have written permission from their owner if the images are not yours).
- Questions? Contact Jack Persico, Editor-in-Chief, at email@example.com.
Guide to Case Report Style
Case reports follow this specific format:
- Abstract. A brief summary of the case. It typically includes the patient's chief complaint, key diagnostic data, treatment and outcome.
- History. The patient's chief complaint, any history of prior eye or systemic health problems (and possibly those of the patient's family), current medications and allergies.
- Diagnostic data. The exam findings, in a chronological sequence, from the front of the eye to the back.
- Diagnosis. Typically a one-sentence statement.
- Treatment and follow-up. A discussion of the prescribed therapy and the outcome of follow-up visits.
- Discussion. Typically includes:
- A general definition of the ocular disease at hand.
- Statistics about the prevalence or predilection of the disease.
- Brief review of any systemic diseases that may accompany the ocular pathology.
- Rundown of the typical symptoms (the patient's subjective complaints) and signs (clinical findings).
- Explanation of the proper treatment or referral.
- Conclusion. A brief wrapup.
NOTE: You may be asked to revise your article based on the advice of our consulting editors and reviewers. This may mean adding information, clarifying references, cleaning up confusing grammar or syntax, etc. We will e-mail you a copy of the edited article before it is typeset, and seek your input for final revisions. To facilitate this process, please make sure we can reach you the last week of the month before your article is scheduled for publication.
Reference GuideWe follow a modified AMA style. Your editor can help you format references that differ from these common formats:
Tham CC, Kwong YY, Leung DY, et al. Phacoemulsification versus combined phacotrabeculectomy in medically uncontrolled chronic angle closure glaucoma with cataracts. Ophthalmology. 2009;116(4):725-31.
Weinreb RN, Friedman DS, eds. Angle Closure and Angle Closure Glaucoma - Consensus Series Book 3. Amsterdam: Kugler Publications; 2006:1-61.
Paper presented at a meeting:
Aaron Kerr, OD. A rare case of atypical iris coloboma and advanced glaucoma. Poster presented at AOA's Optometry's Meeting, June 24-28, 2015; Seattle, WA.
Glaxo Wellcome Inc. Zyban package insert. Research Triangle Park, NC, July 1997.
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