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Author Guidelines

Please adhere to the following guidelines as closely as possible to facilitate the editorial and production process. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oncology Practice Management (OPM) invites readers to submit articles relevant to oncologists, practice managers, financial counselors, and billing/coding specialists to meet the mission of the journal.

Editorial Policies

Manuscripts submitted to OPM must be original and must not have been published previously, either in print or in electronic form. Manuscripts cannot be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by OPM.

Authors are responsible for providing sources cited in the manuscript upon request from the editorial department as part of the standard editorial process.

All authors must sign an appropriate disclosure form and a copyright transfer/authorship form.

Editorial Review

All articles undergo an initial internal review for topic appropriateness and manuscript format. Manuscripts that are not submitted according to the guidelines in this document will be returned to the author.

Authors are notified as soon as possible regarding the initial decision of acceptance or rejection of the article.


Routine editorial changes are made on all articles to conform to house style, following the AMA Manual of Style, 11th edition.1 The edited manuscript may be sent to the corresponding author for a final review and for any outstanding editorial queries. Time from submission to publication is generally 1 to 3 months, but could be longer, depending on the editing and revision processes.


If correction to a published article is needed, the Journal publishes the correction as soon as possible, detailing the changes from the original version. The correction is listed in the Table of Contents in the print issue, as well as online. Readers are encouraged to submit comments or critiques of any article. All relevant comments are published in the print journal and online and authors are asked to respond to such comments.

Informed Consent

Identifying personal information, such as patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be included in the submitted article, unless the information is essential for the accuracy of the article and the patient (or parent or guardian) has given written informed consent to publish that information. In this case, the patient must be shown the manuscript and the way the information is being used. Authors should provide a signed informed consent when submitting the article and remove any identifying details that are not essential for the purpose of the article.

Authors should obtain informed consent if there is any doubt about the complete anonymity of the information. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors and editors must make sure that the alterations do not distort the scientific meaning.

Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, the authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 and 2008. When in doubt, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, the authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Advertising Policy

The journal receives advertising support for its print and online editions and maintains editorial integrity through policies that define the Editorial/Advertiser relationship:

  • Print and online advertising does not influence editorial decisions, and advertising is not an endorsement by the Publisher, Editor, or the Editorial Board.
  • The journal reserves the right to refuse any advertising for any reason maintaining a climate consistent with the journal’s high standards of healthcare editorial.
  • Editors have full and final authority for approving print and online advertisements and for enforcing the advertising policy.
  • Print advertisements are interspersed throughout the journal but do not interrupt the flow articles. The journal website contains online banner advertising.
  • To avoid implied endorsement by the Journal, the article, or the authors of the article, advertisements are not adjacent to articles addressing the product or its disease state.
  • The Publisher reserves the right to print the word “Advertisement” on any advertisement where it may not be clear, so readers can distinguish readily between advertising and editorial.

It is the responsibility of the advertiser and its agencies to adhere to appropriate legal requirements and regulations (for example, FDA regulations regarding advertising and promotion).

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts that do not adhere to the format described in this document will be returned to the author.

Title page
Include a proper title for the article and list the names, titles, and affiliations of all authors. Also list the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

The entire text must be provided as a double-spaced Word file and all pages numbered consecutively. Cite any graphic elements (tables, figures, algorithms, appendix) consecutively in the text, but place actual tables/figures at the end of the article, after the references. Limit the length of the text to 800-1500 words (excluding references, tables, and figures).

Tables and figures
Cite all figures, tables, algorithms, and other graphics in the text, but place the graphic elements at the end of the article, after the references. Type all tables and all figure heads and captions in the Word document.

Figures and other images (excluding tables) must also be provided as individual graphic files, saved at high resolution (300 dpi), as jpg or pdf file. Attach an individual file for each image. Images not saved appropriately will delay the editing process significantly. For help with images, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cite references consecutively in the text using superscript Arabic numerals. Do not use automatic numbering or footnote/endnote features. Use the most up-to-date, post-2000 references, citing primary sources only. Try to limit the number of references to 10. Place the complete reference list at the end of the text under the heading References.

Use reference format according to the AMA Manual of Style, 11th ed.1


    1. Peters JL, Sutton AJ, Jones DR, et al. Comparison of two methods to detect publication bias in meta-analysis. JAMA. 2006;295:676-680.

    2. McGrath JJ, Murray RM. Risk factors for schizophrenia: from conception to birth. In: Hirsch SR, Weinberger DR, eds. Schizophrenia. Oxford, England: Blackwell Press; 2003.

    3. Waters R, Pettypiece S. Drug sales in the US grow at slower pace as generic use surges. March 12, 2008. Accessed March 13, 2008.


Authors must secure written permission to reuse or adapt any graphic elements (table, figure) from a previously published (online or in print) article or from any other source. Provide the letter of permission when submitting the manuscript, or indicate that permission will be provided, and cite the original source with the graphic element in the manuscript. Authors are responsible for acknowledging all information that has been published previously.


Authors listed on the manuscript should only include those who have made a direct contribution to the content of the article, in accordance with the authorship criteria provide by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).2

Provide authors’ highest academic degree and professional affiliations. Also provide the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail of the corresponding author. The corresponding author is responsible for securing signatures for all forms from all authors and for getting final approval from all authors for the version of the article being published.

All authors are required to sign an Authorship/Copyright Transfer Form, assigning all copyrights for the manuscript to Amplity Health, publisher of OPM.

Disclosure Statements

All authors must disclose any relationship that could be viewed as a potential conflict of interest, based on ICMJE guidelines,2 including any financial interests, direct or indirect, and any affiliations or involvement (competitive or amiable) with organizations that have a financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. Each author must sign the Financial Disclosure Form in accordance with the ICMJE guidelines.2

OPM discloses all information regarding employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, grants, or other financial sources with potential conflict of interest in relation to a manuscript, or if authors discuss any products or services with such commercial interest. Any information regarding funding, grants, or other financial compensation must be listed on the title page of the manuscript. All published articles will include disclosure statements listing any relationships with real or potential conflict of interest for all authors and for the manuscript/research.

How to Submit

Use the link below to submit the manuscript, image files, and cover letter.


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  1. American Medical Association. AMA Manual of Style. A Guide for Authors and Editors. 11th ed. Oxford University Press; 2020.
  2. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals. Updated May 2022. Accessed May 12, 2023.

About OPM

Mission Statement
Oncology healthcare requires providers and administrators to focus their attention on financial concerns and strategic decisions that affect the bottom line. Oncology Practice Management® offers process solutions for members of the cancer care team, including medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, as well as executives, administrators, and coders/billers. Our goal is to inform and educate medical professionals on a wide range of topics relevant to their practice, including reimbursement, staffing, electronic medical records, REMS, compliance with state and federal regulations, drug and policy updates, and expert perspectives, so they can successfully navigate the ever-changing business of oncology and provide the highest quality care to their patients.