Author Guidelines

Clinical Geriatrics ® is a peer-reviewed, clinical journal dedicated to the dissemination of the most up-to-date, peer-reviewed information on the clinical and practical issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of the older community-dwelling patient. Evidence-based review articles, case reports, and various departments are designed to educate clinicians about the often significant clinical differences found in this rapidly expanding patient population.

Clinical Geriatrics ® does not accept manuscripts whose content has been previously published elsewhere, in print or online. Failure to disclose the existence of duplicate articles, manuscripts, or other material is unethical and may represent a violation of copyright law.

Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted online using the Rapid Review Web-Based Review System, which is accessible at or at www.clinical
by selecting “Submit Now” from the “Manuscript Submission” dropdown menu. Authors should follow the online instructions in the Rapid Review system for uploading and formatting their manuscript and for providing supporting files.

The manuscript should not include author names, affiliations, or contact information. These are entered separately in the “Cover Letter” field of the Rapid Review system. Manuscripts that do not remove this information will require additional processing, delaying the peer-review process.

A copyright transfer form, full author financial disclosure, and any information regarding any potential conflict of interest must be provided at the time of manuscript submission. Each author must sign the copyright form and complete an author disclosure form; these forms are available on the Clinical Geriatrics ® Website under the “Manuscript Submission” dropdown menu.
Tables, figures, and photographs that reflect the general subject matter of the article are encouraged and should accompany the manuscript when first submitted. Tables should be included at the end of the manuscript in the main document, excluding any use of table formatting features. Photos, charts, graphs, and other figures that are supplemental to the main document should be submitted as digital files in JPEG or PNG formats. All graphics should be numbered in proper sequence and should include legends.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission and paying fees to reproduce any tables, figures, or other illustrations that were originally published elsewhere; written documentation of this permission should be submitted with the manuscript.

All references should be cited in full and provided in AMA style, as shown below. Please do not use an endnotes format, as you will be asked to undo this. References with more than six authors listed should use “et al”; “et al” should be written after the third name. References should be numerically cited in the text and listed at the end of the article in the order in which they appear.

1.     Syed M, Jan S, Patel NA, et al. Vertebroplasty: the alternative treatment for osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures in the elderly. Clinical Geriatrics . 2006;14(2):20-24.

Clinical Geriatrics ® does not publish original research articles. Abstracts and key words should be provided for all articles.

Review Articles
Review articles provide a thorough, critical, up-to-date overview of existing literature on a clinical topic. Full-length review articles should be approximately 2000 to 3500 words, excluding references, tables, and figures. References should be limited to approximately 40 citations.

Case Reports
Case reports have instructional value, such as revealing successful interventions in managing uncommon syndromes or cautioning against a poor outcome of a particular treatment. They should be approximately 2000 words in length, excluding references, tables, and figures.

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are encouraged to be brief, approximately 250 to 750 words. Those referring to an article published in a previous issue of the journal should be submitted within 3 months of the article’s publication. Other letters may serve to express a viewpoint on a relevant topic or event or to comment on matters of general interest to healthcare professionals.

Other acceptable types of manuscripts include Point of View articles (authors of these evidence-based articles are encouraged to share their opinions on clinical issues pertaining to the care of the older patient), Practice Management articles, Medicare Updates, PhotoDx columns, or other special articles that address topics of interest regarding the care of the older patient. For additional information on these other types of articles, e-mail

Review Process
All manuscripts submitted for publication in Clinical Geriatrics ® will be reviewed by two or more referees. The corresponding author is notified of the medical editor’s decision within 6 to 10 weeks of submission; however, at certain times, delays are unavoidable. Following the review process, authors may be requested to revise their manuscript. In such cases, the final decision regarding acceptance for publication can be made only after the revised version has been reevaluated.
Accepted manuscripts are edited according to American Medical Association (AMA) and house style. The corresponding author will receive a copyedited manuscript for review prior to publication.