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Information For Authors

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All manuscripts must be submitted through our online peer review system.    Please read all instructions before submitting.

Palliative Medicine Reports (PMR) is the open access companion journal to the Journal of Palliative Medicine.  PMR publishes peer-reviewed articles covering medical, psychosocial, policy, and legal issues in end-of-life care. PMR will also widely consider a variety of front matter material that will be available to both clinical and lay audiences and will present essential information for professionals in hospice and palliative medicine, focusing on improving quality of life for patients and their families, and the latest developments in drug and non-drug treatments. From caregiver and palliative care nursing concerns and considerations, to educational design, PMR will be the go-to open access resource for family members of palliative patients, palliative and hospice clinicians and nurses, and palliative patients around the globe.

Article Publication Charges (APCs)

Palliative Medicine Reports is a fully Open Access journal. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is $1250.00 USD.

Click here for the Journal’s statement on Open Access and Funding Information including Research funder compliance (FundRef); Government funded research; NIH/HHMI/WellcomeTrust; and RCUK compliance.

Click here for the Journal’s Peer Review Policies on Confidentiality in peer review; Sharing of materials during peer review; Papers authored by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors; Self-citation and self-plagiarism; and Average time in review.

All submitting authors are required to complete their submissions using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.


Click here to submit your paper to our online peer review system Please read all instructions before submitting.

If you do not already have a separate account in Manuscript Central for Palliative Medicine Reports, you will need to create one.  Once your account is created, you may log in to the system to begin your submission.

Follow all prompts on Manuscript Central for inputting all required manuscript details. Please upload all files pertaining to your paper individually; do NOT combine all manuscript files into one PDF for uploading. Manuscript Central prepares a PDF proof after uploading is completed.

Please see Required Content in Manuscript Submissions regarding author disclosures statements and IRB statements.

Click here for the Journal’s Study Design/Ethics Requirements/Approvals, such as Internal Review Board approvals/waivers; Ethics of experimentation; and Ethical treatment of animals

See Authorship Qualifications and Responsibilities for guidance on Determining authorship, Who qualifies as a non-author contributor; ORCID IDs; Authorship limit; Corresponding author; Working groups/Team authorship; Variations of authorship; Changes in authorship; Exclusivity; Use of the English language; Author disclosure statements; Self-citation and self-plagiarism; Author affiliations, and Reprints.

Article Types and Word Limits
Note:  Abstract, references, disclosure statements, acknowledgments, figure legends, tables, and appendices do NOT count towards stated word limits.

NOTE:  Supplemental Information, if provided, will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)

Preparation of Original Submissions

Original manuscripts are generally reports of completed research studies and may not exceed 3,000 words. A structured abstract of 250 words or less using the following guidelines must be included and should be self-explanatory without reference to the text:

•    Background (Why was this report needed)
•    Objective (What did you set out to do?)
•    Design (How did you go about doing it)
•    Setting/Subjects (If this was a clinical trial, in what setting was it done and who were the subjects).  Please be sure to specifically identify the country of study in the Abstract, within the Settings/Subjects section.
•    Measurements
•    Results (What did you discover)
•    Conclusions

Number pages consecutively, including the title page.  A title page with information for all authors including full names, degrees, affiliations, and contact information should be included and uploaded separately. The main document should be a blind submission with no author names or affiliations. The manuscript file should also contain the abstract after the title page, and before the introduction.

Preparation of Brief Report

This category is for research that is less well developed than reported in an original manuscript and may not exceed 1,500 words. The results of preliminary studies, pilot programs, or small series on which an hypothesis can be formulated and tested in a subsequent study are good candidates for this category. Palliative Medicine Reports is particularly interested in fostering the careers of junior investigators, or those new to the field of palliative medicine research. Please include a structured abstract as for an original manuscript.

Preparation of a Brief Communication

Results of research or the development of ideas may be reported in a Brief Communication. Not more than 500 words, brief communications are often the richest source of new insights or serendipitous observations on which the future of the field may turn. This section is meant to transmit information that is much more ‘raw’ or ‘untested’ but holds promise in furthering the field through stimulating further research, discussion, or resolving controversy. Only one table OR one figure and no more than a total of four (4) references are permitted for the Brief Communications.

Preparation of an Editorial or Special Report

From time to time, an unsolicited report from an important group or meeting, or a description of a phenomenon in the field, or a particular point of view deserves publication. These decisions rest solely with the Editor-in-Chief.

Preparation of a Personal Reflection

One of the most widely read features in the journal, the personal reflections are written in a way that illustrates the personal engagement with the field—either its struggles or its joys or the complex combination of the two. Prose and poetry have all found a place here. Acceptance is at the sole discretion of the Managing Editor and Editor.

Preparation of a Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor provide a forum for readers to comment on articles published in recent issues of Palliative Medicine Reports. Text should be limited to 500, with one figure OR table, and with a maximum of four (4) references.

Preparation of Case Discussions

Types of cases:

Case Discussions in Palliative Medicine presents case-based examinations of topics relevant to the practice of palliative care. The Journal welcomes manuscripts that fit the traditional case report paradigm, e.g. a description of a rare diagnosis, unusual outcome, or new treatment modality. Reports of meaningful cases that do not necessarily report something “unusual,” but that would be of interest to a broad palliative care audience are also encouraged. We strongly encourage use of the existing evidence base. The main ‘outcome’ against which we will measure submissions is:

•    will a community physician or nurse practitioner be able to look at this, and
•    feel s/he has attended a worthwhile discussion, and
•    come away with one thing s/he might do differently in his/her practice?

In addition to traditional medical cases, The Journal welcomes cases illustrating issues that go beyond medical knowledge and patient care.   Using the six ACGME competencies* as an inspiration, we encourage submission of case discussions that address communication issues, ethics, professionalism, and systems-based practice.

Length: 2000 words or less (excluding abstract, references, acknowledgments, disclosures tables, figures)

Format:   Abstract;  Introduction;  Case Description;  Discussion;   References

A successful manuscript will meet the following criteria:

  • Material is original and has not been published elsewhere. (Cases previously presented as posters or abstracts may be accepted.)
  • Writing is clear and in accordance with the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.

All words should be spelled in American English.

*Six ACGME competencies:    Medical Knowledge;    Patient Care;  Interpersonal and Communication; Skills;    Professionalism;  Practice-based Learning and Improvement;   Systems-based Practice

Click here for definitions of the ACGME competencies.

Unless otherwise noted, Palliative Medicine Reports follows the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. See: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Ann Intern Med. 1997;126:36–47.

Disclosure Statement
Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.” This text must be part of your actual manuscript file.
In this portion of the paper, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”

This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.

Click here to view the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at for further guidance.

See Copyright, Licensing, Reuse, and Permissions as well as Data Sharing and Preprint Policies 

File Naming

  • Name all files in English and use only alphanumeric characters.  Do not use symbols, dots, lines, or dashes.
  • Figure files names should be formatted with first author’s last name and the figure number. (Ex:  SmithFig1)


  • Prepare each figure as individual .TIFF or .EPS file.
  • Do NOT submit figures in Word, PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap, .JPEG, or Excel.
  • Line illustrations must be submitted at 900 DPI.
  • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Color art must be saved as CMYK - not RGB. (N.B., If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK and some color variation will occur.)
  • Black and white art must be submitted as grayscale – not RGB.

Additional Information on Converting Figure Files

Converting Word or Excel files: The best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:

  •  All files should be scanned at 100% size
  •  At least 300 dpi
  •  Final color mode: CMYK
  •  Save file as: .tif, .tiff, or .eps

Click here for more direction on converting a Power Point slide to an acceptable format.


  • Prepare and save each table in individual .doc or .docx files.
  • Do not include tables in the main manuscript text file.
  • Do not embed tables within the text.
  • Include a table number and a title for each supplied table.
  • Use Arabic numerals to number tables.
  • Do not repeat information that is given in the text, and do not make a table for data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.
  • Define all acronyms used within the body of the table in table footnotes.
  • All other types of table footnotes should be designated using superscript letters, not symbols.
  • Name all table files in English and use only alphanumeric characters.  Do not use symbols, dots, lines, or dashes.
  • Table file names should be formatted with first author’s last name and the table number. (Ex:  SmithTable1)
  • Upload individual table file under the “Table” file designation.


Please upload individual files of all manuscript material - do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure, and table files of your article.  Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process.
Abbreviations of journal titles should follow MEDLINE.
References should be presented in numerical order and in the following style:

  • Journal articles: Christakis NA, Escarce JJ: Survival of medicare patients after enrollment in hospice programs. New Engl J Med 1996;335:172–178.
  • Chapter in a book: Lipman AG, Gauthier ME: Pharmacology of opioid analgesics: Basic problems.  In: Portenoy RK, Bruera E (eds): Topics in Palliative Care, Volume I.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 137–162.
  • Book: Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 3e. Doyle D, Hank G, Cherny N (eds). Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2005.

For references containing more than four authors, list the first three, followed by et al.
If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be designated.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the reference, and are reminded that inaccurate references are highly frustrating to the reader, the cited author, and indexing services.

See Post-Acceptance and Post-Publication Policies regarding email communications, production, page proofs, reprints, post-publication corrections, and our policy on official retractions.

Click here for the Publisher’s Press Embargo Policy

The author(s) must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from  the  original  copyright  holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or  book  concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure or legend or table footnote, as well as in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other sources, and should accompany the manuscript.

See our policy on Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct

Click here for Publisher’s contact information.


The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.