Author Guidelines

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Texas Medicine has two purposes: As a newsmagazine for physicians, it informs readers about public health issues, legislation, medical economics, legal topics, science, medical education, news of the Texas Medical Association, and general news of the medical profession in Texas. In its Journal section, Texas Medicine publishes abstracts of peer-reviewed, clinically useful scientific articles and other technical information; full texts of articles are published exclusively on the TMA website.

Texas Medicine seeks high-quality, Texas-specific review articles or original observations of particular interest to the broad range of Texas physicians for its Journal section. They may deal with medical, public health, social, or economic issues related to the health and well-being of Texans.

Material for the Journal section should be emailed to David Doolittle. Articles must be offered solely to this journal. Articles are screened for appropriateness for Texas Medicine. Those selected for peer review are reviewed by consultant specialists and an Editorial Committee, and accepted or rejected on the basis of individual merit, appropriateness, and the availability of other material. Texas Medicine reserves the right to reject up to press time any articles that may have been accepted for publication.

Copyright Assignment

All transmittal letters to the editor must contain a copyright assignment with the following language: "In consideration of the Texas Medical Association taking action in reviewing and editing my submission, the author(s) undersigned hereby transfers, assigns, or otherwise conveys full ownership of all rights, titles, and interests, including the copyright in and to the work entitled ______________ to the Texas Medical Association in the event that such work is published by the TMA."

Conflict-of-Interest Statement

A conflict of interest may exist when the actions or activities of authors or third parties may involve obtaining an improper personal gain or advantage from publication of an article. Each author must sign a Texas Medicine Conflict of Interest form and disclose any potential conflicts of interest.

Electronic Submissions

Journal articles, as well as material for non-Journal sections, should be submitted electronically to David Doolittle. For electronic Journal submissions, a Copyright Assignment and Conflict-of-Interest Statement must be signed by all authors and mailed to Editor, Texas Medicine, 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701.

Journal Articles

Manuscripts should be double-spaced with ample margins. Email manuscripts to David Doolittle, editor. Mailed submissions should include one copy of the article and any accompanying figures or illustrations.

Titles should include the words most suitable for indexing the article in PubMed, should stress the main point, and should be brief.

Include a mailing address and telephone number for each author.

An introductory summary of 100-150 words is required.

Text should be narrative with complete sentences, few abbreviations, and logical subheadings. For spelling and usage, the editors follow Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 26th edition, and Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged .

The text of observational and experimental articles is usually — but not necessarily — divided into sections with the headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Subheadings may be needed to clarify content. Other types of articles may need different formats.

For clinical laboratory data, conventional units of measure are preferred, with Systeme International (SI) units expressed in parentheses.


References to scientific publications should be listed in numerical order at the end of the article, with reference numbers placed as superscripts at appropriate points in text. The minimum acceptable data include:

Journals : Authors, article title, journal, volume, issue number, inclusive pages, year.

Books : Author, title, place of publication, publisher, year.

Web sites : URL of the site and the date (month, day, and year) the information was accessed.

Other sources : Enough information must be included so that the information can be identified and retrieved.

Letters, personal communications, and sources not readily available should be excluded from the reference list, but may be mentioned parenthetically or in footnotes.

Figures and Tables

Illustrations should be black and white drawings or positive photographs, with neat, uniform, fairly large lettering.

Legends should be in complete sentences, numbered, and typed on a separate page.

For tables, the column headings should show points of similarity; side headings, points of difference.

For electronic submissions, figures may be included in the text file or in a separate file.

Previously Published Material

Written permission should be obtained from the publishers and the authors for use of any previously published material (extensive textual matter, illustrations, tables) used. Short verbatim quotations in the text may be used without permission, but should be quoted exactly with the source credited. Copies of permission letters should be submitted with manuscript.


Accepted manuscripts are edited in accordance with the American Medical Association Manual of Style and returned to the author for approval.

Material for Non-Journal Sections

Editorial commentary should be written in clear, concise language. Length should be about 750 words. Commentary will be published in the appropriate section at the discretion of the editor and editorial advisors.

Letters will be published at the discretion of the editor and editorial advisors. Length should be fewer than 250 words. A few references, preferably less than five, may be included. All letters are subject to editing and abridgment. See Information on Letters to the Editor.  

News items should be emailed to David Doolittle or mailed to Texas Medicine, Texas Medical Association, 401 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701.


Texas Medicine is copyrighted by the Texas Medical Association. Written permission from the editor must be obtained before reproducing, in part or in whole, any material published in Texas Medicine .

Point of View

Publication of any article or statement is not to be deemed an endorsement of the views expressed therein, nor shall publication of any advertisement be considered an endorsement of or approval of the product or service involved.

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Last Updated On

August 28, 2018