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Author Guidelines

Submission topics

The University of Manitoba Journal of Medicine (UMJM) is looking for pieces relating to topics listed below. Proposals on other topics are certainly welcomed as well. Issues are thematic, but we are happy to consider submissions outside the theme. We currently accept submissions from all Canadian medical students. Topics of interest to our readership and editors include:

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

Submissions process

Submission outlines should be sent to umjmed@gmail.com Call for outline submissions is not currently open. We will next be soliciting outlines in Fall 2019.

Access the outline submission form here: UMJM Submission Form

Submissions Process

  1. Outline your idea. Complete the Submission Outline Form and  return to umjmed@gmail.com.
  2. Create your manuscript. Once your outline has been approved, begin work on your manuscript. Submit your manuscript to umjmed@gmail.com. Manuscripts due in mid-January, exact date soon to be announced.
  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 reviewers’ recommendations. Deadline to re-submit final manuscript TBA.

Review process

All submissions anonymously reviewed by minimum 2 UMJM Editors and 1 Max Rady College of Medicine Faculty Member. 

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.
  • Font size 12, double-spaced, pages numbers.
  • 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.
  • References should be prepared in the style outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html

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. Longer papers considered case-by-case if exceptional factors apply.

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: <3000 words, excluding abstract, figures, tables and references. Longer papers considered case-by-case if exceptional factors apply.

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, excluding abstract, figures, tables and references. Longer papers considered case-by-case if exceptional factors apply.


  • Description: Short pieces discussing a current topic. Please include an abstract of 100 words or less.
  • Length: <2000 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


  • 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.

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