Guidelines for Authors
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costs which Medical Teacher incurs, and their papers will not
be published.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 Informa UK Ltd., if the paper is accepted.
Medical Teacher considers all manuscripts at the Editors' discretion; the Editors' decision is final.
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 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.
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 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 ...’ articles look at what is involved in implementing a practical idea or topic in medical education and reflect the particular experience of the writer.
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.
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.
Manuscripts submitted to Medical Teacher should be written in English and conform to the style guidelines set forth by APA, as per the most recent Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
Manuscripts should be typed using double-spacing (except tables which should be single-spaced), with margins of at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). All pages should be numbered.
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.
References References should be in 'Harvard' format, i.e, names and dates in brackets in the text, and the full reference listed at the end of the paper, in alphabetical order by first author, as follows:
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) 2009. Supply, distribution and migration of Canadian
physicians, 2008. Retrieved July 8,
2010. Available from: http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/products/SMDB_2008_e.pdf
Parmelee DX, Michaelsen LK. 2010. Twelve tips for doing effective teambased learning (TBL). Med
Schmidt HG, Moust JHC. 2000. Factors affecting small-group tutorial learning: A review of research.
In: Problem-based learning: A research perspective on learning interactions. Evensen DH, Hmelo CE
(eds.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Inc.: Kentucky, USA. pp. 19–52.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.copyright.com 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.