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Information for Authors

Now accepting submissions for The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine online at submit.jalm.org.

Here are the basic guidelines for JALM submissions:

Complete information on submitting and tracking manuscripts available here

Article Types Accepted

  • Original Research Articles
  • Editorials
  • Case Studies
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Mini-Reviews
  • Reviews
  • Opinions
  • Special Reports

Manuscript Preparation


Microsoft Word is preferred. Use 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and double spacing throughout. Do not use headers or footers, but do number the pages, starting with the title page as page one.


The acceptable image file formats for print publication are TIFF (tagged image file format) and EPS (encapsulated post-script) both at 600 dpi resolution. The figures must be submitted as independent files, not embedded within a word processing document. Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) files are also acceptable, but each file must have embedded fonts and only one image per slide, one slide per file.

Verify that symbols and lettering will be legible when reduced to publication size. Figures should be redesigned or recreated if they do not appear sharp and clear on paper. Authors are advised to use our online Digital Expert evaluation tool to test print figures before submitting them.

Guidelines for Length Restrictions, References, Tables and Figures, and Supplemental Data Limits

Type of Submissions chart

Manuscript Review

JALM will use a single-blind peer review, wherein the authors' names are visible to the reviewers but reviewers remain anonymous. Authors are notified of the disposition of a manuscript within three to four weeks of its receipt. Equal consideration is given to manuscripts in English from any country, whether or not the author is a member of the the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (formerly AACC). No submissions shall be reviewed by The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine while under review for any other publication. Authors must indicate whether or not the submission contains information that has been published elsewhere.


Authorship is based on the following four criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.


Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that each author has participated in the work and assumes responsibility for the content; that the authors have disclosed any potential conflicts of interest; that the same information has not been and will not be submitted for concurrent review, nor published elsewhere (other than as an abstract, preliminary report, or poster cited in the manuscript); that unique materials necessary to reproduce the results are available to readers; and that if the manuscript is accepted, copyright will be transferred to the publisher. To convey these assurances, all authors must sign the copyright form provided at acceptance.

Contact Us

For additional information about manuscript submission and reviewing, contact the editorial office.

Phone: 202.835.8754
Email: [email protected]

Address for regular mail or courier:

900 Seventh Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20001

JALM Editorial Staff
Mac Fancher
Publisher & VP, Publications
[email protected]

Sheehan Misko
Associate Director
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Kristen Hauck
Assistant Managing Editor
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Samantha Geouge
Editorial Specialist
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Marsha-Ann Watson
Publication Specialist
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