Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program Clinical Scholars Program
Annals of Internal Medicine


THE ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program are pleased to announce a call for papers to a special online issue of THE ANNALS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE:

Innovations in Health Care Delivery: High Value Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions.

Over the past three decades, Clinical Scholars and alumni have made enormous contributions to our understanding of quality and high value health care.  Current and former Clinical Scholars are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration for a Special Issue of The Annals of Internal Medicine that will feature top-quality examples of research on innovative high quality and high value health care initiatives.

We are soliciting the following types of submissions:
  • Original research describing innovations and new strategies in clinical practice, healthcare policy initiatives, and/or community based participatory research.  We invite original work that describes the quality of health care, evaluates innovative approaches for improving the quality of health care, studying or improving the safety of care, using new technology, or increasing value of health care.  We are interested in work from inpatient/outpatient clinical practice, community, and policy areas.
  • Original research describing methods to measure the quality and value health care and/or to evaluate quality improvement initiatives.
  • Descriptions of demonstration projects and community-based initiatives aimed at improving care and decreasing health care cost.
Criteria for selection include responsiveness to this call; originality, rigor and potential contribution to the field; significance; and clarity of writing and presentation. Authors may request allowance for longer than typical articles with justification for the excess length.
Clinical Scholars or Clinical Scholars Alumni must be at least the first or last author of the submission (first author preferred). Authors should submit a letter of intent including the title and a draft structured one-page abstract (Background, Objective, Design, Setting, Patients, Intervention, Measurements, Results, Limitations, Conclusions); for more detailed abstract guidelines please refer to The Annals of Internal Medicine author instructions at

Please include all authors in order.  Indicate which authors are current or former Clinical Scholars.  In addition to the abstract, authors should submit up to one page of additional methodological detail to help the reviewers to assess the validity of the findings reported in the abstract. Please include sufficient detail about data sources, approach to analysis, and the study design.  Submissions (letter of intent and draft abstract) should be sent to Cristina Punzalan at no later than August 1, 2013.

Deadline for papers will be September 9, 2013. Papers that best meet our selection criteria will be chosen for publication in the supplement.  Authors will be able to opt to have their papers submitted toThe Annals of Internal Medicine, even if they are not chosen for submission.  Inquiries regarding submissions should be sent to Carol Mangione (CSP UCLA, Co-Director), the guest editor for this special issue, at or Cristina Punzalan (CSP UCLA, Administrator) at