About the Journal


  1. Focus and Scope 
  2. Section Policies
  3. Formatting Policy 
  4. Peer Review Process
  5. Publication Frequency
  6. Open Access Policy
  7. Privacy Policy
  8. Archiving
  9. Publishing a Supplement with JHTAM
  10. Ethics Approval 
  11. Patient Consent 
  12. Patient Confidentiality  


1. Focus and Scope

The JTHAM is an open access, online, peer-reviewed journal focused on the field of high threat and austere medicine. We believe that high threat and austere medicine is defined as any care provided in a hazardous or resource-constrained environment. This could include TEMS, HAZMAT, SAR, USAR, TacMed, wilderness, remote as well as high angle rescue to name a few.

The journal functions on a rolling online publication model where articles are published electronically as soon as the peer review and copy-editing process in concluded.

There is currently a dearth of published knowledge in this domain and the JHTAM provides a platform for new research in this field. Our goal is to build research capacity in this niche but emerging field and to this end, we will consider high quality, scientifically sound submissions of various lengths and methodologies. Researchers with submissions that may have been overlooked or rejected by other publications due to small sample sizes or negative outcomes are encouraged to submit manuscripts to the JHTAM for review. We will consider all submissions to ensure that there is no loss of academic knowledge to the global tactical, high threat and austere medicine research community. 

The JTHAM was borne through an altruistic impulse to provide a platform for publishing research in the field of tactical, high threat and austere medicine. To this end, the editors, editorial board and peer reviewers selflessly donate their time and expertise without compensation of any kind. All journal content is free to read, and it is free to submit a manuscript to the JHTAM.


2. Section Policies

  • Original research

Articles that are written by researchers reporting on the findings of research activities. The article must present an abstract, the research question or hypothesis, research methods, detailed interpretation of the results and a referenced discussion of the implications. Word count does not include references, abstract and tables.

  • Literature review

Literature reviews can be presented narratively or systematically. Refer to the table below for word count limit. There is a limit of 100 references for a literature review. Word count does not include references, abstract and tables.

  • Case reports

Case reports are detailed reports of a patient’s signs, symptoms, diagnosis and outcomes. The JHTAM places a high emphasis on privacy and requires complete de-identification of case report subjects. Pictures are only encouraged if they help drive the narrative of the report or if a concept cannot be reasonably described in the text.  Word count does not include references, abstract and tables.

  • Abstracts

The JHTAM will publish abstracts accepted for presentation at the Australian Tactical Medical Conference (ATMC 19). The Australian Tactical Medical Association (ATMA) will conduct peer review for abstracts externally.

  • Research Critiques - up to 1,500 words +  20 references

Authors wanting to contribute to this feature should contact a member of the editorial team prior to undertaking work on the submission.

The title of the research review should be different from the title of the paper being reviewed. There is a strong preference for a declarative title to be used. The paper should be formatted in two sections. The upper section should provide a summary of the published article and should be no more than 500 words in length. In the summary of the published article please provide detail on the objective, design and setting for the study. The research process used, including any interventions and outcomes measured, a brief summary of the results and conclusion reached by the authors should also be presented. Participant details should also be provided. Reproduction of the article abstract is not permitted.

The second section of the submission should include a brief critique of the research, a discussion of how this research is situated in relation to what else is known on the topic, and commentary about the potential for translation of the research into clinical practice.

  • Commentaries - 2000 words + 15 references

Contributions that are of general interest, stimulating and meet the standards of scholarship associated with the Journal may be selected for publication in a commentary section or as a standalone contribution. Contributions should be submitted online in the usual way.

  • Letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor specific to papers published in the Journal are welcome. Letters to the editor should be submitted through the online submission process.

  • Reply to letter to the editor

Replies to letters to the editor will be published. If the letter relates to a publication, the author of the publication will be asked to reply. Alternatively, the editor may ask a member of the editorial board to reply or may choose to reply in person.

  • Editorials

Any of the editors or members of the editorial board may write editorials. Editors may invite someone to write an editorial.


3. Formatting Policy 

The Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine (JHTAM) is a not for profit open access journal run exclusively by volunteers. When submitting an article please follow these guidelines. If your manuscript does not meet the guidelines outlined below it will not be accepted and will not progress to peer review.


4. Peer Review Process


5. Publication Frequency

The JHTAM will publish individual articles on a rolling basis. Once articles have been approved for publication and have progressed through the peer review process and copy editing it will be published on the journal website in PDF format. The article will then be assigned to an issue for archiving purposes that will be published on the 30th June each year

A Rolling publication model allows for increased agility from the editorial team and short turnaround times. Authors could potentially see their articles published between 6-12 weeks after initial submission.


 6. Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open and ongoing access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This means that JHTAM.org is free to access and free to read. We ask that readers register with the Journal as this allows us to claim readership numbers and enables us to keep readers informed of new publications. Please see our privacy policy regarding your personal information.  


7. Privacy Policy

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


8. Archiving

The JHTAM is currently securing participation in the global LOCKSS archiving system, we will inform our readers and authors through our announcement system once we have secured participation.


9. Publishing a Supplement with JHTAM

 If you would like to publish a supplement with the JHTAM please provide the following information:

  • The title and scope of the supplement. please review the JHTAM focus and scope policy.
  • An estimate of the number of manuscripts to be included in the supplement.
  • Nominations for a minimum of 2 guest editors not including members of the JHTAM editorial board.
  • A sample call for papers that will be circulated on the JHTAM website and social media platforms.

Please contact the editor editor@jhtam.org for more. 


10. Ethics Approval

Articles submitted to JHTAM require proof of ethical clearance from a recognised ethics committee. Articles submitted without proof of ethical clearance will not be considered for publication. The JHTAM does NOT provide ethical clearance for any research activities. Please refer to the table in section policies. 


11. Patient Consent 

In some instances, patient consent is required prior to article submission. This most often occurs in case reports/ studies.

In order to confirm patient consent, JHTAM requires a written letter of consent from the patient(s) supplied to the authors. 

In cases where the authors are able to obtain consent due to being unable to locate the patient, it is JHTAM policy that we will not accept an article for submission where specific patient data is listed without the following two criteria being met:

  1. The authors gain ethics approval from an approved educational institution. 
  2. The authors submit a letter of support from the organisation that owns the patient data stating that they approve the publication of the data (the owner of the data is most commonly an employer/ organisation of some type that provided care to the patient i.e. hospital or EMS agency). 

In cases where the patient refuses to provide consent, JHTAM will not accept an article for submission.


12. Patient Confidentiality

JHTAM requires that all articles are deidentified.