Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Memorial University Medical Journal aims to serve several purposes in-line with expected competencies of future medical practitioners and resarchers, not the least of which are improving research interest, proficiency and participation, while attempting to promote student works. In addition to such, the journal is dedicated to the scholarly review and dissemenation of high quality literature relevant to the field of medicine.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Original research submissions are not subject to specific word limits; however, they should be written in a succinct and concise manner. Reported data must be original and as timely as possible. Manuscripts should contain an introductory section that states a study objective; study design and methods (including study dates and setting, inclusion and exclusion criteria, study participants and response rate, as well as utilized outcome measures); results, discussion (which addresses the findings in the context of previously published literature, any limitations of the study and relevant implications); conclusion.

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Being Human in Medicine - Our Stories

Submissions are narrative descriptions given by physicians, medical students, or residents with a purpose of cultivating self-compassion and providing tips for wellbeing and success in medicine through personal stories. These narratives should attempt to present lived experiences and their relation to personal growth and medical practice/schooling along with any relevant individual interpretations. While candid, submissions must respect the confidentially of any involved individuals and not exceed 1000 words. These submissions should not be centred around specific patient encounters, but rather the experiences of the writer.

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Book Review

All book reviews must be approved in advance by the Editor-in-Chief. Reviewers should refrain from reporting on books for which they have a conflict of interest. Book reviews should not exceed 1000 words and should provide an informative, engaging and critical discussion of a work relevant to the field of medicine. Additionally, the review should reflect a number of key elements of the work: 

  • Overview of the book's author(s)
  • A description of who the work is intended for
  • Key ideas and major objectives of the book
  • Comparison to other pertinent works in the area
  • Comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the publication

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Case Report

Case reports should be concise reports detailing practical lessons relevant to a general audience not in excess of 1500 words; 15 references. Preference is given to unusual presentations of common conditions as well as important presentations of rare conditions. Case reports should provide exceptional focus on the utilized clinical approach and management strategy and reasoning for such.

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Clinical Images

The Clinical Images section is used to present dramatic presentations of various conditions, with reference given to unusual presentations of common conditions as well as important presentations of rare conditions. Submissions are limited to one image (accompanied by a figure caption) and a concise, 500-word maximum, description of the image and up to 5 references. The description should contain a brief history, examination, and findings from investigations.

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Commentary

Commentaries must be based on articles previously published in the Memorial University Medical Journal and not exceed 1000 words or 10 references. Typically, commentaries are solicited, however, we will also consider unsolicited works of this nature on a case-by-case basis.

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Editorial

Editorial submissions are limited to members of the Memorial University Medical Journal editorial team. Each issue will contain a piece contributed by a team member(s) and will range from commentary on current issues and trends in medicine to anecdotal expressions. Editorial section is not peer-reviewed.

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Interviews

All interviews must be approved in advance by the Editor-in-Chief. Interviews consist of a Q&A style report conducted with a medical professional or scientist who has contributed greatly to their field. These submissions should highlight the interviewed individual’s educational and professional backgrounds, contributions to the field and reflection on experiences during their career. Additionally, interviews should contain any relevant advice for students wishing to pursue a similar career.

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Letter to the Editor

Letters to the Editor should begin with “To the Editor,” and not exceed 500 words; 5 references. Submitted works must be related to previously published articles in the Memorial University Medical Journal. The Letter to the Editor section is not peer reviewed and publication is at the discretion of the editorial team. Letters to the Editor may be edited for clarity or length and may be subject to peer review at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

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Patient Encounters

Encounters are narrative descriptions by caregivers, medical students or residents pertaining to real-time patient interactions that stimulated significant reflection and growth. These submissions should present a thought-provoking topic with evident immediacy and realism to our healthcare system. While candid, submissions must respect the confidentially of involved patients and colleagues and not exceed 1200 words. Signed releases must be obtained from all people who may potentially self-identify. 

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Quality Assurance/Improvement

Quality Assurance/Improvement pieces should follow the same submission guidelines as original research articles as detailed above.

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Opinion

Opinion submissions are designed to present a personal, anecdotal or thought-provoking view on controversial issues is science or medicine relevant to medical students, residents, practicing physicians and/or patients. These pieces should be written in such a way that can be understood by a wide readership from medical and non-medical disciplines. Submissions should not exceed 2000 words.

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Perspective

Submissions falling under the perspectives category are intended to discuss recent news and developments relevant to medicine (scientific discoveries & innovations, policies, economics, technological advances, education, etc.). These submissions can express personal opinion, but should be stated as such from the outset. Submissions should not exceed 2000 words.

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Reviews

Authors conducting systematic reviews or meta-analyses should attempt to address a specific question while adhering to PRISMA statement checklist and flow diagram (http://www.prisma-statement.org/PRISMAStatement/PRISMAStatement)

Authors conducting scoping reviews should also adhere to PRISMA guidelines while attempting to address a specific research question (http://www.prisma-statement.org/Extensions/ScopingReviews)

Rapid reviews are an additional form of knowledge synthesis which accelerates the process of conducting a traditional systematic review through streamlining or omitting. Submissions should attempt to adhere as closely to PRISMA guidelines as possible.

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Peer Review Process

Each submission is evaluated based on: 

  • The originality of the research and its contribution to the field of medicine
  • The soundness of the theory and methodology given the topic
  • The coherence of analysis
  • The ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style)

All submissions are subject to multiple rounds of blinded review conducted in duplicate with anonymization of reviewers and authors. Initial submissions are examined by the current Editor-In-Chief and randomly allocated to an appropriate divisional editor who will perform preliminary screening and edits. Pieces are then assessed by a junior and senior executive editor concurrently before being sent to two faculty reviewers with significant expertise in the field pertaining to submission. Different student editors will be assigned to a given manuscript at each stage of review. At any point in the review process, the submission may be returned to the submitter for edits required for publication.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 



              

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