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Author Guidelines

Information for Authors

The Memorial University Medical Journal (MUNMJ) accepts manuscripts and other works written in English. Submissions should focus on the medical field and its aspects including biomedical research, clinical research, medical education, surgery, public health, or community health and humanities.

In addition to the implied original research articles MUNMJ also publishes editorials, opinion pieces, case reports and review articles among other pieces. Full criteria for each category of accepted submissions can be found under our Section Policies. Other creative endeavors (e.g. poetry, short-story, photography, etc.) related to medicine/healthcare are also considered for publication on a case-by-case basis through correspondence with the Editor-in-Chief via email at munmedjournal@mun.ca.

The Memorial University Medical Journal does not charge author fees or processing charges for publication.

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via our online submission system. Manuscripts must be a MS Word (.doc/.docx) file that is: double-spaced, in a 12-point times new roman font, with pages numbered consecutively in the top right corner using the automatic page numbering function in Word. All included figures must be submitted as a separate TIFF file(s). 

Failure to conform to these guidelines and those below may lead to significant delay in publication. 

Manuscript Structure

Title Page

Must include:

  • Full names and affiliations of the author(s).
  • Concise and informative title.
  • A mailing address, telephone, and e-mail for the corresponding author. 
  • Acknowledgment of funding, grants, or any potential author conflict of interest.

Abstract

Each article must be preceded by a structured abstract no longer than 250 words. Abstracts should state the rationale/purpose of the study, methods or procedures used to carry it out, and summarize the main findings/conclusions.

Tables

All tables should be numbered sequentially, as they are referred to within the text, with arabic numerals. Each table should be accompanied by a title explaining the table components. Any abbreviations should be detailed in the footnotes of the table.

Figures

Photographs and/or illustrations. For vector graphics, the preferred file type is EPS. Half-tone images should be submitted as TIFF files. Name your figure files “Fig”, followed by the figures number (e.g. Fig1.tiff).

Figure captions should appear at the end of the manuscript on a separate page. When preparing your figures, please keep in mind that they need to fit into either one or two columns of text for publication. In other words, the figures should appear properly at half- or full-page width.

References

This section should come near the end (just before any figure captions). References should be numbered sequentially in the order they are referenced in the main body of text. If there are more than five authors for a given reference, only the first author needs to be listed followed by “et al.”.

Each reference should contain: author name(s), article title, journal name, publication year, journal issue or volume numbers, and page numbers (please see examples below).

Reference Style

In-text Citations

In-text citations should contain the author(s) last name(s), up to three, and the year of publication separated by commas and enclosed with parentheses. When there are more than three authors, use only the first author's last name and date of publication.

(Grimes, 2021)

(Lamont & Weber, 2015)

(Janes, Silvey & Dubrowski, 2016)

(Wallace et al., 2020)

Citation Format & Examples

Journal Article

Author AA, Author BB, & Author CC (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number): pages.

Lamont MG, McCallum P, Head N, Blundell J, & Weber J (2020). Binge drinking in male rats and its relationship to persistent behavioral impairments and elevated proinflammatory/ proapoptotic proteins in the cerebellum. Psychopharmacology, 237(5): 1305-1315.

Chapter in Book

Author AA, & Author BB (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In EE Editor & FF Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (# of edition, pp. pages of chapter). Publisher.

Armstrong D, & Mallory C (2019). Cognition and Mood. In MG Leitch & CJ Rushton (Eds.), Cognitive Neuroscience (6th ed., pp. 144-159). Springhill Press.

Book

Author AA (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (# of edition). Publisher Name. DOI (if available)

Stoneman R (2008). Alexander the Great: A life of legend (2nd ed.). Yale University Press.

Website

Lastname FM OR Groupname (Year, Month date). Title of page. Site name. URL

Price D (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium. https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (2019, November 21). Justice served: Case closed for over 40 dogfighting victims. https://www.aspca.org/news/justice-served-case-closed-over-40-dogfighting-victims

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Authors must detail any potential conflicts of interest within their submission in comments to the editor.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work

 

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