Review and Accept Conditions
The principal investigator takes overall responsibility for the entire project for which the data is being requested. The principal investigator acknowledges and agrees that the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) will not enter in a data use agreement with any participating site for request of data. The principal investigator is solely responsible for the necessary approvals. The principal investigator agrees to follow the SCCM publication policy enlisted below.
Data Use and SCCM
Any use or reproduction of the data in a manuscript or within data analysis does not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the work by the Society of Critical Care Medicine or the ICU Liberation initiative.
Document Development, Distribution, and Review Policy
Approved by Executive Committee 11/06/14, revised by Executive Committee 2/23/17
The review process for peer-reviewed publication is identical to that for guidelines, whether it is an SCCM-generated work product or from an outside agency for Society evaluation and joint signature. The score sheet is also identical to that used for guidelines.
Documents not intended for peer review: If the document will appear in Society-controlled pages, it only needs EC review and will not undergo journal peer review.
Discovery Network Research Manuscripts/Abstracts
The Society encourages rapid dissemination of new information generated by its investigators and relies on the intellectual integrity, communication transparency, scientific honesty, and goodwill of its members to ensure that the reporting process is appropriate. Contributions of individual investigators, especially new investigators, should be recognized, given the importance of authorship to academic promotion. All publications must include a byline such as “[Authors’ names] . . . on behalf of Discovery, the Critical Care Research Network of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, United States Critical Illness and Injuries Trials and Critical Care Pharmacotherapy Trials Network.” The Society’s journals, CCM and PCCM, should be considered for publishing all Discovery Network manuscripts; however, other high-impact journals such as JAMA and New England Journal of Medicine should also be considered, based on the intended audience and strength of research findings.
All manuscripts to be published and abstracts to be presented from work performed by work groups must first be reviewed. For publications, electronic copies of the work must be submitted to the Discovery Steering Committee for review at least eight weeks before planned submission for publication. Manuscripts will be submitted to the EC in advance of journal submission for informational purposes only. Abstracts require only the review of the Discovery Steering Committee; authors should allow at least four weeks before planned submission.
Other Research Manuscripts
Other research manuscripts are documents developed by any SCCM work group or from an SCCM dataset. Grant-funded manuscripts must include language acknowledging the Society’s receipt of the grant. Manuscripts of this nature should be submitted to the EC in advance of journal submission for informational purposes only.