Where to Submit Your Writing: “Quality Improvement-Friendly” Peer-Reviewed Journals
The following is a short, informal list of peer-reviewed journals that we have found to be receptive to
publishing articles related to quality improvement.
Note: The best way to get to know what any journal is all about is to sit down and go through several
recent issues, cover-to-cover. It’s best to do this in the library with a print version, since you’ve got the
whole issue in your hand. It’s also useful to take a look at the online version, but remember that online
versions a) may have only selected pieces of content, and b) don’t put some of their content up for six
Annals of Internal Medicine
Established in 1927 by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Annals of Internal Medicine is the
leading journal for studies in internal medicine. The purpose of the journal–to promote excellence in the
clinical practice of internal medicine–is supported by presentation of a wide variety of experimental and
clinical subject matter in the Article, Brief Communication, Update, and Review formats. And to support
the belief that physicians should also be well-informed citizens of both the medical community and
society at large, Annals offers background and discussion of issues that influence both physicians and
patients. This information is primarily carried in the Perspective, In the Balance, and Editorial formats. In
addition, the journal presents personal narratives in the On Being a Doctor and the On Being a Patient
formats that convey the feeling and the art of medicine.
Note: Annals has a section called “Improving Patient Care,” which includes reports of original research,
reviews, and perspectives on improving the quality of patient care and avoiding medical errors. More
information here: http://www.annals.org/shared/author_info.html
Archives of Internal Medicine
The Archives of Internal Medicine, with a print circulation of over 100 000 physicians in 75 countries,
began publication in 1908. It is an international peer-reviewed journal published 22 times per year and
reaches the majority of office- and hospital-based general internists and significant numbers of internal
medicine subspecialists in the United States.
British Medical Journal (BMJ)
The BMJ is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully “online first” publication. Our
publishing model—”continuous publication”— means that all articles appear on bmj.com before being
included in an issue of the print journal. The website is updated daily with the BMJ’s latest original
research, education, news, and comment articles, as well as podcasts, videos, and blogs.
Serious exploration of major domestic and international health policy issues…to incorporate in one
publication the diverse viewpoints and perspectives of the health sphere - industry, labor, government,
Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement
…publishes original manuscripts on innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving health
care quality. The improvement of health care quality is understood to entail measurement, assessment,
and/or improvement of performance in health care...The...Journal is particularly interested in
manuscripts that illu+B16strate the process of change in a system, process, or function and that show
linkage between the change and health outcomes or other performance measures. Case studies,
program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new applications of methodologies,
research studies, and commentaries on issues and policies are all considered. Manuscripts may be
descriptive ("this is what we did") or prescriptive ("this is how to do it"). Authors are encouraged to
show how the "lessons learned" are applicable to other settings. Any topic within the general "quality of
care" arena will be considered.
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
JAMA, published continuously since 1883, is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal
published 48 times per year. JAMA is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world. JAMA is
published in multiple international editions and languages; the online version is made freely available to
institutions in developing countries.
The journal was, and remains, independent, without affiliation to a medical or scientific organisation.
More than 180 years later, The Lancet is an independent and authoritative voice in global medicine. We
seek to publish high-quality clinical trials that will alter medical practice; our commitment to
international health ensures that research and analysis from all regions of the world is widely covered.
An online magazine that uses stories and poems from patients and health care professionals to
talk honestly about giving and receiving medical care.
Pulse is also an online community, a chance for patients, doctors, nurses, social workers—
everyone—to come together, share our experiences in health care, and explore our common wish
for a humane system of health for all.
Quality and Safety in Health Care (QSHC)
Quality and Safety in Health Care was founded in 1992 to meet the growing need for a journal to reflect
and report initiatives to improve quality of health care. It is an interdisciplinary journal with an
international readership and contributions from all healthcare professions.