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Guidelines for Authors

Medical Teacher

Medical Teacher considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they are the property (copyright) of the submitting author(s), have been submitted only to Medical Teacher, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication, nor in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged all costs which Medical Teacher incurs, and their papers will not be published. Copyright will be transferred to the journal Medical Teacher and Taylor and Francis, if the paper is accepted. Medical Teacher considers all manuscripts at the Editors' discretion; the Editors' decision is final.


Manuscript Categories

Medical Teacher invites the following types of submissions:



Articles are the primary presentation mode of communication in the Journal, and are usually between 2500–5000 words in length. All articles must include abstracts, practice points and notes on contributors. Glossary terms should be added if appropriate (see below for further details).


Short Communications

Short communications are brief articles on matters of topical interest or work in progress, limited to two pages (maximum 1700 words) to include title page, notes on contributors, abstract, text, references and one small table (optional).


Letters to the Editor

Letters should be a maximum of 400 words in length, including title, text, name and address of author(s), and maximum two references. Tables and figures are not permitted.


Twelve Tips

The 'Twelve Tips' series is popular with readers and submissions in this format are welcomed. The aim is to provide practical advice in the form of twelve short hints or tips for those working in a selected area.

Personal View

Personal View articles address a topic in the area of medical/healthcare professions education that is likely to be of interest to Medical Teacher readers. They present and reflect the author's personal experience or viewpoint relating to the topic.

How We...

‘How we ...’ articles look at what is involved in implementing a practical idea or topic in medical education and reflect the particular experience of the writer. 

We are not currently considering submissions in this category.

How We... Guidelines

Around the World

Each paper in this feature area focuses on a particular country or region to look at medical education worldwide. The aim is to describe medical education from a wide group of countries; to demonstrate the positive and negative attributes of each country’s educational system, from the perspectives of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development perspectives and to provide a starting point for future discussions. They should enable the reader to gain a greater knowledge of the problems faced and hopefully encourage a more structured and supportive approach to the globalisation of medical education. Papers should be around 3000 - 4500 words in length.



Commentaries/editorials are usually invited but we welcome unsolicited submissions too. Editorials are meant to reflect the views of the author, while reflecting what has already been written on the topic.

Manuscript Submission

All submissions should be made online at Medical Teacher’s ScholarOne Manuscripts site. New users must first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. For assistance with any aspect of the site, please refer to the User Guide which is accessed via the ‘Get Help Now’ button at the top right of every screen.

A covering letter or email should be included indicating that the submission is made on behalf of all authors, although it is not necessary for each author to sign the letter. On receipt, the manuscript will be immediately acknowledged by email.

Manuscript Preparation

Style Guidelines Please refer to the quick style guidelines when preparing your paper, rather than any published articles or a sample copy.

References The reference style for Medical Teacher is T&F Standard CSE.

Title page The first page of the manuscript should contain the following information:

i) the title of the paper
ii) a short title not exceeding 45 characters for use as a running head
iii) names of authors
iv) names of the institutions at which the research was conducted
v) name, address, telephone and fax number, and email address of corresponding author.

Abstract All papers should be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words. The abstract should reflect the content of the paper including methods used, results, and conclusions drawn.

Text This should in general, but not necessarily, be divided into sections with the headings: ‘Introduction’, ‘Methods’, ‘Results’, ‘Discussion’ and ‘Conclusion’.

Practice Points Up to 5 short bullet points which summarise the key messages of the article should be included (not required for short communications). ‘Practice Points’ will be included in a box at the end of the article.

Notes on Contributors All articles should be accompanied by ‘Notes on contributors’, short biographical notes on each contributor to a maximum of 50 words per contributor.

Glossary Terms  If you feel that there are terms or concepts central to your paper that the reader may not be familiar with, please include definition of these terms, giving if possible a reference. Your definitions will then be added in a box at the end of your paper and added to the MedEdWorld glossary.

Illustrations and tables Illustrations and tables should not be inserted in the appropriate place in the text but should be included at the end of the paper, each on a separate page.

Tables should be given Arabic numbers (e.g. Table 3), and their desired position in the text should be indicated. Tables should be used only when they can present information more efficiently than running text. Care should be taken to avoid any arrangement that unduly increases the depth of a table, and the column heads should be made as brief as possible, using abbreviations liberally. Lines of data should not be numbered nor run numbers given unless those numbers are needed for reference in the text. Columns should not contain only one or two entries, nor should the same entry be repeated numerous times consecutively. Units should appear in parentheses in the column heading but not in the body of the table. Words or numerals should be repeated on successive lines; 'ditto' or 'do' should not be used. Tables should be typed using single-spacing.

All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as Figures and should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 3). A list of captions for the figures should be submitted on a separate sheet (or where figures are uploaded as separate files, captions can be entered during the electronic submission process) and should make interpretation possible without reference to the text. Captions should include keys to symbols. Avoid the use of colour and tints for purely aesthetic reasons. Figures should be produced as near to the finished size as possible. All files must be 300 dpi or higher. Please note that it is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible.

Any part of the manuscript labelled 'Appendix' or any table that is likely to take up more than one page in the journal will be published online as Supplemental Material, and will not appear in the print version of the journal. Supplemental Material is not typeset but is published in the form submitted by the author.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Publisher’s Production Department if you have any queries.

Acknowledgments and Declaration of Interest sections

Acknowledgments and Declaration of interest sections are different, and each has a specific purpose. The Acknowledgments section details special thanks, personal assistance, and dedications. Contributions from individuals who do not qualify for authorship should also be acknowledged here. Declarations of interest, however, refer to statements of financial support and/or statements ofpotential conflict of interest. Within this section also belongs disclosure of scientific writing assistance (use of an agency or agency/ freelance writer), grant support and numbers, and statements of employment, if applicable.

Acknowledgments section Any acknowledgments authors wish to make should be included in a separate headed section at the end of the manuscript preceding any appendices, and before the references section. Please do not incorporate acknowledgments into notes or biographical notes.

Declaration of Interest section All declarations of interest must be outlined under the subheading “Declaration of interest”. If authors have no declarations of interest to report, this must be explicitly stated. The suggested, but not mandatory, wording in such an instance is: The authors report no declarations of interest. When submitting a paper via ScholarOne Manuscripts, the “Declaration of interest” field is compulsory (authors must either state the disclosures or report that there are none). If this section is left empty authors will not be able to progress with the submission.

Please note: for NIH/Wellcome-funded papers, the grant number(s) must be included in the Declaration of Interest statement.

Click here to view our full Declaration of Interest Policy.

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Additional Information Upon Acceptance

Electronic proofs When proofs are ready, corresponding authors will receive email notification with a password and Web address from which to download a PDF. Hard copies of proofs will not be mailed. To avoid delays in publication, corrections to proofs must be returned within 48 hours, by electronic transmittal, fax or mail.

Offprints and reprints Offprints and reprints of articles published in Medical Teacher can be obtained through Rightslink®. Please visit to obtain a quotation or to place an order. Copies of the Journal can be purchased at the author's preferential rate of £15.00/$25.00 per copy.


Contacting the Editorial Office

For further clarification on any of the above, contact Morag Allan Campbell, Journal Co-ordinator or Pat Lilley, Managing Editor, Medical Teacher.

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