PUTTING ISSUES INTO PERSPECTIVE
VALUE & SUBSTANCE
Staying ahead of the pack in the field of EMS
By A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P
January is a time for reflection on the past and making plans for the future. I’m not going to make a New Year’s resolution for
2018. Rather, I’m going to renew the commitment I make every year: to have JEMS
remain the “Conscience of EMS,” the most
visionary EMS publication in the world, and
to continue to present to you the most state-
of-the-science, referenced content.
You see, we have competitors, but in
my humble opinion, and with the support of our massive, diverse, international editorial board and learned readers,
JEMS, JEMS.com, EMS Insider and EMS
Today: The JEMS Conference & Expo-
sition provide you with the most carefully
planned, researched and journalistically-
crafted EMS content.
A JOURNAL, NOT A MAGAZINE
I don’t take credit for this, because Jim Page,
along with an amazingly talented staff, set the
tone (and raised the bar) in the very first issue
in March of 1980 when JEMS came onto the
scene and announced that it wasn’t going to
be a magazine, but rather, a journal.
This distinction is an important one,
because that’s what separates JEMS from
the rest of the pack.
In fact, Jim Page was so committed to a
different approach that the first issue cover
displayed other EMS magazines being published at the time to show the difference.
A magazine is a periodical with articles
written by writers with or without expertise
in the subject. They contain secondary discussion of events, usually with little documentation (e.g., footnotes). 1
Magazines aren’t designed to support most
upper-level academic research. They usually
don’t document their sources of information,
and lack the depth of a scholarly journal.
A journal, on the other hand, is a scholarly
periodical aimed at specialists and researchers.
Articles in journals are written by experts on
the subject. They use more technical language,
contain original research, provide conclusions
based on data, include footnotes or endnotes
and often an abstract or bibliography. 2 Many
journals are often peer-reviewed, containing articles that undergo a review process by
experts in the field before being published.
Because the EMS profession was so
new and in need of solid, fresh ideas on a
monthly basis, Jim didn’t choose peer review
for JEMS. Instead, he opted for heavily-referenced content. 2
Jim Page didn’t want to have articles that
contain important, innovative information The first issue of JEMS showed other EMS magazines being published at the time to highlight its difference.