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Author Guidelines

Submission topics

The University of Manitoba Journal of Medicine (UMJM) is looking for pieces relating to

  • Medical science
  • Clinical or surgical medicine
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical humanities
  • Narrative medicine
  • History of medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Healthcare
  • Social determinants of health
  • Global health

Proposals on other topics are certainly welcomed as well.

Submissions process

Submissions should be sent to umjmed@gmail.com

Call for outline submissions now open!


Deadline for outline submissions: November 19

Deadline for manuscript submission: Post-Christmas (TBD)

Deadline for manuscript re-submission following faculty review: TBD

  

Summary of the submissions process 

  1. Outline your idea. Prepare an outline of your idea (<500 words), and send to us at umjm@umanitoba.ca by November 5. Include with this a suggestion for a faculty reviewer.
  2. Create your manuscript. Once your outline has been approved, begin work on your manuscript. Submit to us at umjmed@gmail.com by December 15.
  3. Prepare the final draft of your manuscript. Following peer review and faculty review, your manuscript will be returned to you so that you may observe the recommendations made by peer review and faculty review. Deadline to re-submit the final draft of your manuscript to UMJM (umjmed@gmail.com) is February 10.

 

Details of the submissions and review process

1. Preparing and submitting your outline

Please prepare an outline of 500 words or less. Our editorial staff will review the outline. Outlines will either be accepted without revisions or feedback for revisions will be given. We do not prescribe a specific format; however, we recommend you include:

  • A brief description of your topic or your idea
  • The reasons you think this topic matters
  • Proposed structure (mention the major points you want to hit)
  • Name and contact information of your proposed faculty reviewer (will not count towards 500-word limit). May be faculty at the University of Manitoba or elsewhere.

You are welcome to begin work on the manuscript as early as you like, but beware UMJM may wish to make changes to the piece as proposed in your outline. Therefore, you may wish to wait for your outline to be approved before beginning the bulk of the work.

 

 2.  Creating your manuscript

Once UMJM has approved your outline, the next step is to prepare the actual manuscript and submit to UMJM. Deadline to submit is December 15. Your piece will be reviewed by a UMJM editor and then passed on for Faculty Review. Faculty review will occur independently of UMJM editorial review.

 

 3.  Preparing the final draft of your manuscript 

Following Peer Review and Faculty Review, your piece will be returned to you so that you may observe the recommendations made by your reviewers. You will then submit the final draft of your manuscript to UMJM. Congratulations! At this point your work is done. Your piece will be looked over by the same UMJM editor as before and then it will be published. The name of the Faculty Reviewer and of the UMJM editorial reviewer will appear in the journal under acknowledgements for their contributions to your piece.

  

Manuscript formatting

  • All text documents should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (both .doc or .docx files are acceptable). Please do not submit PDF files.
  • The font should be “Calibri”, size 12, double-spaced, pages numbered.
  • Each page in the manuscript document must include continuous line numbers, including abstract and references.
    • In Microsoft Word, select the “Layout” tab and click on “Line Numbers”. From the drop-down menu, select “Continuous”.
  • Figures, tables, and pictures should be included at the end of the document.


Submission Categories

Original articles

  • Description: Original research articles presenting research done by the author(s). Research of any scientifically-accepted methodology will be considered.
  • Components: Abstract, introduction, methods and statistical analysis, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, disclosures, and tables and figures
  • Length: <2000 words, excluding abstract, figures, tables and references

Review articles

  • Description: Reviews of existing literature, either of scientific methodology (ex. systematic review, meta-analysis) or of a narrative/humanities-based approach.
  • Components: abstract, citation selection criteria, data sources that are as current as possible, tables and figures are recommended, acknowledgements, references
  • Length: <2000 words, excluding abstract, figures, tables and references

Book reviews

  • Description: Please propose your book review ideas to us at umjmed@gmail.com. It is not necessary to choose a book that is strictly medical; however, the book should have something to do with medicine.
  • Length: <2000 words

Commentaries

  • Description: Short pieces discussing a current topic. Please include an abstract of 100 words or less.
  • Length: <1000 words, excluding abstract

Case reports and clinical narratives

  • Description: Short pieces describing a case of scientific/medical interest, social/ethical interest, or a case that is interesting for some other reason. Please include an abstract of 100 words or less.
  • Length: <1000 words excluding abstract

Other

  • Have a brilliant idea that doesn’t fit into an above category? Pitch it to us! umjmed@gmail.com

 

 Submissions of visual work

  • Have an idea for a visual component to accompany your piece? Fantastic! Send it to us! Just please contact us with your idea first.
  • We also welcome stand-alone submissions of visual work. Just contact us to propose your idea. One piece of visual work per issue will be used as cover art. Contact us at umjmed@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors published in the UMJM retain copyright of their articles, including all drafts and final published version. By agreeing to publish in UMJM, authors grant the journal the right of first publication and distribution rights of the articles. Authors are free to submit their work to other publications in addition to UMJM, provided they acknowledge its initial publication in UMJM. UMJM is published online in the public domain. UMJM holds no legal responsibility as to how these materials are used by the public. Please ensure all authors, co-authors, and investigators have read and agree to these terms.

 

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