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Medical Care Research and Review publishes peer-reviewed articles that focus on: (1) syntheses of empirical and theoretical research on health services; (2) empirical health services and health policy research; and (3) data and trends articles that examine new data sources or new measures that inform health services research and health policy audiences. All three categories of articles examine a broad range of health services issues including organization, financing, patient safety and quality of care, access to care, health care disparities, and insurance coverage trends.
The mission of Medical Care Research and Review (MCRR) is to provide essential information about the field of health services to researchers, policymakers, managers, and practitioners. MCRR seeks three kinds of manuscripts:
Submissions sent out for external review are examined by at least two referees. Every effort will be made to return reviewers’ comments within 2 months of submission. Review articles are limited to 40 pages (double-spaced, 12-point type with 1-inch margins, including tables, figures, and references). Empirical research articles should be kept to a maximum of 30 total pages and data trend articles to 20 pages. All manuscripts should contain a short section titled "New Contribution," following the Introduction, which highlights how the research provides new insights above and beyond existing studies in the area.
Empirical research and review articles are both required to include discussion of a specific conceptual framework that underlies the analysis or is used to synthesize and critique prior research on a given topic. Both types of articles should specifically identify the research questions under study and explain why the questions are of interest to health services researchers, policymakers, managers, and/or practitioners.
Authors are encouraged to submit any clarifying information with their manuscripts if they believe it would help in the review process. Examples include previous manuscripts that provide more detail on the data or methodology used, copies of survey instruments used, and so forth. The manuscript itself must still contain sufficient methodological information for reviewers to assess its validity, however.
Include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Endnotes and references should follow the text, with tables and figures following on separate pages. To facilitate anonymous review, the name, affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of each author should appear in a separate title page that is not included in the main document of a submitted paper. Please also list four to six keywords and any acknowledgments on the title page.
Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition (APA). Double-space all material, including the abstract, endnotes, references, quotations, appendixes, and tables. Do not use bold or italic type; indicate italics by underlining. Each table and figure should appear at the end of the document file, grouped together after the reference section. Except for size, all figures will appear as submitted; they must be camera-ready. Please do not submit glossies. Written permission must be obtained from the copyright holder for all quotations of more than 500 words from any one academic source, for any tables and/or figures taken from a source in which you do not hold the copyright, and for all quotations of any length from newspapers, radio and television broadcasts, magazines, movies, songs, or poems.
Reference Style: In the text, you should list the author(s)’ last name and year of publication. For example, you might write, “Smith (1989) asserts that …”, or alternatively, “Most researchers assert that ...” (Smith, 1989). If there are two authors, you would use Smith and Jones (1989) or (Smith & Jones, 1989). If there are three, four, or five authors, list all names on the first citation, and Smith et al. (1989) or (Smith et al., 1989) for each citation thereafter. If there are more than five authors, use Smith et al. (1989) or (Smith et al., 1989) from the first citation.
Submission to MCRR implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by any other journal. Following publication, 1 complimentary copy of the issue will be furnished by the publisher for each author. Additional reprints will be available for purchase. Average time from submission to first decision: 27 days.
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