If you would like to share your memories of a colleague, friend, or family member who was a doctor with a connection to the UK, please email an MS Word file to obituaries@bmj.com. For the main text, the word limits ranged from 2700 (NEJM) to 4400 (BMJ). Word count is important because it influences A) the amount of time copyeditors should spend improving your manuscript, and B) the amount of time it takes JMIR staff to typeset your article. (The complete document appears in the February 9, 1991, issue of the British Medical Journal and the February 7, 1991, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The New England Journal of Medicine The most trusted, influential source of new medical knowledge and clinical best practices in the world. Find out more about our Obituaries here The top panel presents the mean word counts for study abstracts, and the lower panel the word counts for the main text. Shown are the instructed word counts (red squares) and published word counts (black diamonds). As of February 27, 2018, fees for additional editorial work may be applied to papers which are considered excessively long (over 5000 words). NEJM Knowledge + The most effective and engaging way for clinicians to learn, improve their practice, and prepare for board exams. NEJM Catalyst NEW! There is no limit on the word count—please write as much as you wish. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) employs a highly rigorous peer-review process to evaluate manuscripts for scientific accuracy, novelty, and importance.