Publication Criteria for Last Pages

Mission Statement: Academic Medicine serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and strategies that address the major challenges facing the academic medicine community as it strives to carry out its missions in the public interest.

Relevance to the Journal’s Mission

  • The Last Page illustrates concepts, trends, policies, programs, persons, or events important to the academic community, making Academic Medicine’s content more accessible to more people.
  • The Last Page adds to or enhances the existing literature on the subject in question and is on a topic the journal would cover in a longer form.

General Criteria

  • The AM Last Page is timely (about a currently important topic) or timeless (about a topic of historical significance).
  • The Last Page is evidence-based.
  • The Last Page emphasizes visual aspects, and all text complements figures, tables, or other graphical elements.
  • The Last Page has one or two clear take-home messages (which may be encapsulated in the title).
  • The Last Page includes, as space permits, examples that illustrate its message.
  • The Last Page includes, as necessary, a section that covers references (no more than 4), acknowledgments, funding/support, other disclosures (including conflicts of interest, if any), disclaimer (if any), previous presentations, and author-contact information.
  • Ideas are acknowledged appropriately (scholarly attribution) and accurately; there are no instances of plagiarism, and reference citations are complete and accurate.
  • The Last Page is not a mini research report or poster, and it does not include a methodology or statistical analyses.
  • The Last Page does not represent promotional material.
  • Although the Last Page may complement or be related to another article in the journal, it is not a graphic that supports or belongs in another article.

Specific Criteria

  • Last Page content must fit aesthetically on one portrait-oriented page of the journal.
  • The Last Page may include a brief (1 to 2 sentences) introduction that demonstrates an acceptable rationale or case, supported by the literature, illustrating why the topic is important to the greater community and providing adequate context.
  • Any text is minimal (no more than 750 words and possibly fewer depending on the number and size of visual elements).
  • Any text is in the form of short sentences or bullets—not long paragraphs.
  • Any text is well written and easy to follow, using appropriate vocabulary, minimal jargon, and active-voice verbs.
  • The information in the Last Page can be “digested” by readers in about 3 minutes.

Criteria for graphical or visual elements

  • The Last Page does not generally include more than 4 graphical elements.
  • All graphical elements are of high artistic quality and of high print quality.  Original images are delivered in high-resolution files (original slides developed in MS PowerPoint preferred).
  • Authors must provide evidence that copyright holders have granted the journal permission to reprint any previously published material.