Journal of European CME (JECME)
The Journal of European CME – JECME – is the journal of the European CME Forum. It is a PubMed-indexed, open access, online-only, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles focused on the practical application of European CME-CPD methods, techniques and case studies, as well as opinion pieces on European CME-CPD regulatory issues in the form of editorials, commentaries and letters. It can be accessed at www.jecme.eu. The Editor-in-Chief is Prof. Robin Stevenson, past-President of the European Board for Accreditation in Pneumolgy (EBAP) and a seasoned CME professional from its start in Europe in the late 1990s. Robin is very happy to discuss any ideas you may have about an article of manuscript you may be thinking about writing or considering for publication.
JECME as in Open Access journal, this means that it is free for the reader to access and use the articles – see our publisher’s detailed explanation here. The journal also waives the Article publishing charge (APC) in many cases, especially for authors who do not have the budget. Submissions that are funded through employers (e.g. research institutes, professional industry, etc.) or reports from funded work (e.g. grant-supported projects where there is an expectation or requirement for Open Access publication of the work), will be asked to pay the APC. These conditions apply in order to keep this fair to everyone in our community, including the sponsors, to whom we are incredibly grateful – it is down to their annual financial commitment that makes this possible.
The mission of JECME is to heighten awareness of innovative continuing medical education (CME) as part of continuing professional development (CPD) in Europe, but will also consider submissions from other parts of the world, as long as there are lessons that Europeans can also benefit from. The journal is intended for those who provide, accredit, partake in and benefit from CME in the broadest sense, it will also accept articles relating to undergraduate and postgraduate education if their content is applicable to CME-CPD. The journal encourages learners to develop a critical and perceptive approach to CME-CPD and strives to establish a secure, respected and essential role for CME-CPD in Europe. JECME champions and supports practical discussion regarding development of high quality and effective education as well as unified accreditation standards for Europe.
JECME will consider manuscripts that discuss adult education and learning theories and models as long as the main focus of the article is on use of those theories in actual practice. The journal’s mission and scope—combined with the transparent and rigorous peer review process—will make certain that papers are accepted based on their merit i.e. technically sound, well-written, comprehensive reports.
Types of articles
In keeping with the stated aims of the journal, JECME publishes:
►Full-length “Original Articles” covering topics within the practice, methods, techniques and outcomes of CME-CPD programmes and systems in Europe from all stakeholder perspectives; articles on undergraduate and postgraduate medical education will be welcomed if their content is relevant to CME-CPD; articles on adult education and learning theories and models will be considered when the main focus of the article is on use of those theories in actual practice.
Full-length reports of an original study. Length should not normally exceed 12,000 words.
►“Review Articles” comprising comprehensive, scholarly evidence based reviews of the literature relating to an important topic in European CME-CPD.
A comprehensive, scholarly evidence-based review of the literature relating to an important, major topic area, accompanied by critical analysis and leading to reasonable conclusions; length should not normally exceed 10,000 words. It is essential that details of the literature search methodology are provided, i.e. the databases searched (normally Medline and at least one or two other databases), the search terms and inclusive dates, and any selectivity criteria imposed.
►“Commentary” on topics within the CME-CPD community, including industry events and regulatory and accreditation issues throughout Europe.
A knowledge-based or consensus-type article (e.g. working group statement) expressing objective opinions, experiences or perspectives on an important area; details of the literature search methodology and/or basis for consensus should be provided.
A brief commentary relating to a previously published article or one published in the same issue, or, a brief opinion or perspective on a specific topic. Editorials are generally written by the Editors or Editorial/Advisory Board members, or are solicited or commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief. Unsolicited editorials may occasionally be considered and published with prior notice to the Editorial Office.
►“Letters to the Editors” reflecting on or discussing articles and editorials published previously in the journal.
A brief correspondence item commenting on an article published recently in the journal. A response to the comments would normally be sought from the authors of the original article and published in the same issue, where possible.
These include both traditional free-standing and in-journal collections of reviews and themed articles. Typically, these are based on updated contributions to conference proceedings, moderated roundtable discussions, working group statements or workshop meetings. Suggestions and enquiries from potential guest editors, meeting organizers and sponsors are welcomed and actively encouraged. All supplementary articles are subject to the same rigorous peer review as regular journal articles and need to comply with JECME’s transparency policy.