International Association of Medical Science
Information for Authors is in accordance with the Uniform
Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals; Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (Updated
by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: http://www.icmje.org/
Criteria for authorship in JIAMSE, as described by the International
Committee of Medical Journal Editors : (http://www.icmje.org/)
is as follows:
credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception
and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation
of data; 2) drafting the article or revising is critically for
important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version
to be published. Authors
should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.|
a large, multi-center group has conducted the work, the group should
identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the
individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship defined
above. When submitting a
group author manuscript, the corresponding author should clearly
indicate the preferred citation and should clearly identify all
individual authors as well as the group name.|
of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the
research group, alone, does not justify authorship.|
persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all
those that qualify should be listed.|
author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take
public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.|
Information for Authors - Regarding
No paper that has been published or is under consideration for
publication elsewhere will be considered for publication in JIAMSE.
All submissions to JIAMSE will be electronic and should be sent
directly to the Editor-in-Chief
unless otherwise indicated, via an email attachment or on disk.
Submissions should be double-spaced in Microsoft Word
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor are encouraged. Letters should be short,
clear and grammatically correct and should provide opinions, comments,
criticisms and questions regarding published articles.
Medical Educators Resource Guide
This regular journal feature is edited by John Cotter, Ph.D. Dr.
Cotter assembles a series of short reviews of websites that may assist the
medical educator. If you wish to contribute to this series, please
contact Dr. Cotter directly.
The Medical Educator's Resource Guide or MERG is the Journal's longest
running regularly published column. The
purpose of the Guide is to call our readership's attention to
exceptional websites published on the World Wide Web.
In each issue of the Journal, specialists in the medical sciences
review websites that in their opinion can be used in the teaching and
learning of their discipline.
In preparing a website review, reviewers are encouraged to consider the
1. Only review a website that in your opinion is outstanding.
Explain what it is that makes a website stand out from the others.
2. Only review a website that you know will be useful to instructors
and/or students in your discipline.
3. Summarize the goal or purpose of the site. Indicate how the
goal is achieved.
4. Outline the major sections of a website.
5. Summarize the contents of the site, e.g., images, graphics,
animations and videos and the depth of coverage given to the topic.
6. Comment on the uniqueness of the site or what makes the site worth
7. Suggest which group (instructors, preclinical students, residents,
etc.) would find the site useful and how it might be used by the target
audience for instructional purposes. If you use the site in
teaching, share your experience by indicating how you use it.
8. Include the URL and limit the review to between 150 and 300 words.
9. Authors should submit website reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org
Commentary provides the opportunity for authors to submit editorials,
essays, viewpoints, trends, opinions and critiques on a variety of topics
in medical science education. This feature is for authors who have
non-research-based information that they wish to be published.
Commentary submissions must include the following:
|to include sections deemed appropriate, such as an Introduction
|Tables & Figures with Legends (optional)|
In Short Communications in Medical Research
The Short Comunications will be published in all issues of JIAMSE in a section under Schort Communication in Medical Education heading.
Monongraphs will be published in all issues of JIAMSE in a section under Monograph heading.
Opinions on Medical Education
Ideas which may not be totally grounded in referenced educational theory and research may be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief as Opinions on Medical Education. These may be theories
on education and learning, techniques not directly applicable to teaching and learning, potential educational revolutionary advances, etc. These will be reviewed with more leeway and
if found to be credible and applicable to medical education by the editorial board may be published in any issue of JIAMSE. References and entries are same as for any JIAMSE paper.
Opinions will be published in all issues of JIAMSE under the Opinion Heading.
Original Research Manuscripts
When authors report experiments that involve human subjects
an indication of institutional Internal Review Board (IRB) approval or
exemption should be indicated; either in the text of the manuscript or
directly to the Editor-in-Chief.
When informed consent has been obtained it should be included in the
paper. If informed consent has
not been obtained then the anonymity of the subject must be maintained.
involving clinical trials starting enrollment after July 1, 2005, must be
registered in a clinical trial registry.
For trials that began enrollment prior to July 1, 2005,
registration is required by September 13, 2005.
Please direct quires to the
Editor-in-Chief for more on this topic.
Peer-reviewed research manuscripts must include the following
|Materials and Methods
|Tables & Figures with Legends (optional)|
Many of our authors are interested in reporting on books, articles,
products, software, papers, websites, and tools relevant to medical
education. Submissions to this section may include the following
components as deemed appropriate by the author and editor:
|Description of subject being reviewed
|Other sections deemed appropriate|
|Tables & Figures with Legends (optional)|
Individuals wishing to post medical education related announcements in
JIAMSE should send their requests directly to the
. Announcements may be IAMSE-related, government activity
affecting medical education, announcements from other medical education
organizations, medical education conference information or international
issues affecting medical education.
Information for Authors - Regarding Style
|All submissions must be double spaced.|
|All submissions must include a cover letter/email
statement, which will include:|
statement regarding all submissions or reports that may be regarded
conflict of interest statement.
When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or a
letter, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and
personal relationships that might bias their work.
To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether
potential conflicts do or do not exist. |
statement confirming that the paper has been read and approved by
name, address, phone number and email address of the corresponding
all pages, starting with the title page.|
|Spell the word 'Figure' in the text; e.g., Figure 3
or (Figure 3).
|Scientific terms must conform to those used in standard
English-language textbooks, eponyms and other commonly used jargon
must appear in parentheses alongside the standard term.
|All non-technical terms must be spelled according to the current
version of Webster's International Dictionary. The American
spelling will be used; e.g., center not centre.
|Numbers as the first word in a sentence must be spelled
completely. Numbers indicating time, weight, and measurements
should be in Arabic numerals when followed by abbreviations; e.g., 2
mm or 3 lbs. Spell numbers one to ten in the text. All
higher numbers should be given as numerals.
|Dates should appear as follows: September 12, 2002.|
|Website terminology to be used in the body of the manuscript:
World Wide Web |
web page |
|Complete title of the submission.
|Type of article: Letter to the Editor, Commentary, Original
Research Manuscript, Review, Announcement.
|Each author's complete given and family name and credentials.
|Institution of each author, which may include
departmental affiliation, city, state or province, postal
code, and country. Each institutional affiliation should be
indicated with a superscript number in the order they appear on the
|Name, address, telephone, fax and email number for the corresponding
author. Corresponding author information should appear at the
bottom of the title page and be indicated by a superscript asterisk
preceding the author's name.|
|Consisting of 300 words or less
|Written in complete sentences
|Begin by introducing the topic, state the objectives/purpose of the
study, describe the materials & methods including statistical
procedures, list the qualitative or quantitative results, end with the
important findings of the study and conclusions
|Do not include section headers
|The abstract must be able to "stand alone" without reference to
the rest of the submission|
|Begin with the 'big picture', including definitions of concepts in
|Succinctly describe what is already known about the topic, cite
|End with the purpose(s) of the study|
Materials and Methods
|Include the total number of subjects (N), number of groups, etc.
|Explain how subjects were selected, clearly specifying all
characteristics that may be pertinent to the study
|Provide a sample of data-recording instruments used in the study
|Describe how data were obtained
|List statistical procedures used
|Describe the materials and methods in sufficient detail that another
investigator could replicate the study|
|Address each tested hypothesis
|Include basic descriptive data that allow other researchers to
evaluate your findings
|Use tables and figures to represent your findings
|Summarize meaningful statistics|
|Discuss and interpret your results relative to the study's purpose,
previous literature, and hypotheses; including predicted outcomes that
may not have occurred
|Point out limitations of the study
|Recommend or suggest applications of your findings
|Summarize the significance of your research and state conclusions
with supporting evidence|
|All references must be cited in the text of the submission
|All references are to be listed numerically by order of appearance
in the text. Referenced material should be indicated by the
superscripted number of the reference immediately following
|For three or more consecutive superscripted
references a dash should be used to separate the first from the last,
e.g. 4-7, not 4, 5, 6, 7. Two references, even if consecutive, are
separated by a comma.
|This hypothesis was interpreted by Smith and Wesson9
to be applicable to...
|The 1993 World Summit was
again held in the United States.1,7
|This research has been well described in the literature.4-9
|Journal titles are abbreviated according to the style used in the list of Journal Indexed for MEDLINE, posted by NLM on the Library's web site.
|Do not use abstracts as references.|
|References to papers accepted but not yet published
should be designated [in press].
References to submitted papers, not yet accepted, should be designated [unpublished results].|
|Avoid citing personal communication if possible.|
|Each journal reference should include (in this order):
|Last name followed by a comma precedes initials|
|No periods or spaces between initials|
|All names must be complete and included - no et al|
|Two author names are separated by a comma|
|In a list of more than two authors, the last name is preceded by a comma and followed by a period|
|Title of paper
|Only the first letter of the title is capitalized|
|Journal title (italicized)
|Journal title is abbreviated according to style used by MEDLINE
|Journal title is followed by a period|
|Year of publication
|Year of publication is followed by a semicolon|
|Volume number (in bold)
|Followed by issue number (if applicable)
|Followed by colon|
|Beginning and ending pages seperated by a hyphen and followed by a period|
|Each book reference should include (in this
|Last name followed by
a space precedes initials|
|No periods or spaces between initials |
author names must be included |
|Two authors names are
separated by a comma |
|The last author name in a list of authors is
preceded by a comma and followed by a period|
| Title of book: only the first letter of the title
|Chapter title, followed by a semicolon (if
|Book authors/editors, followed by the book title
(if different from chapter authors/editors)|
|Followed by a
| Place of Publication: (city) followed by a
| Publisher: followed by a semicolon|
Year: followed by a period
Each website reference
should include (in this order):
|Name of website
|Last name followed by a space precedes
|No periods or spaces between initials|
|All author names must be
|The last author name in a list of authors is preceded by a
comma and followed by a period |
Publisher: Full name, followed by a colon|
|Year: followed by a period
|Date accessed in brackets [i.e Accessed December 1,
|Each "in press", "unpublished observation" or
"personal communication" should include (in this order):
|Designation as "in press", "unpublished
observation" or "personal communication" in italics
srrounded by brackets|
|Last name followed by a comma precedes
|Periods between initials|
|All names must be included |
|Two authors names are separated by an "and"|
|The last name in a list of authors is
preceded by an "and"|
|Title: only the first letter of the title is
capitalized and followed by a period |
|Place or location: followed by a colon|
|Publisher (if applicable): followed by a
|Year: followed by a period|
Smith AB, and Jones CD. Coming up
with fail-safe instruction of medical students. Journal of
the International Association of Medical
Science Educators. 2006; 16 (1):1-3.
Smith AB, and Jones CD. (Eds). How
medical students learn and acquire information. Washington, DC:
Infinite Press; 2009.
Smith AB, and Jones CD. (Eds). Each
student has his or her own learning style. In: International Handbook
for Medical Education. Chapter 8 (pages 359-378).
Amsterdam:Pergram Press; 2008
Smith AB, and Jones CD. The theory
of education of medical students. http://theory.medical.ul.edu/special.html
Institutional Review Board, University
of Louisville, Louisville, KY: [http://www.uofl.edu]
["in press"]Smith AB. Jones, CA, Flexner A and
Crowly XM. This is how we have to teach medical students. J. Irrep.Res; 2011
Tables and Figures
|The words "Table" and "Figure" are spelled completely in
upper and lower case, are in bold font, and are followed by an Arabic
number and a period; e.g.:
|Table 1. Mean Scores on United States Medical Licensing
|Figure 4. Relative Distribution of ...|
|All tables must be cited in the text and have titles
|The titles of the tables should be brief but complete
|All figures must be cited in the text and have legends
|All tables and figures must be included as the last section of the
submission and be followed by figure legends|
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