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Information for Authors is in accordance with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals; Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (Updated October, 2004).Developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

Criteria for authorship in JIAMSE, as described by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors : ( is as follows:
bulletAuthorship 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.
bulletWhen a large, multi-center group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript.  These 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.
bulletAcquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not justify authorship.
bulletAll persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those that qualify should be listed.
bulletEach author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.


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Information for Authors - Regarding Formats

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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 format.

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 following points:   

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 using.

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  


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: 

bulletTitle Page 
bulletto include sections deemed appropriate, such as an Introduction and/or Discussion
bulletTables & 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.

In Monographs

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.

Papers 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 components:

bulletTitle Page
bulletMaterials and Methods
bulletTables & 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:

bulletTitle Page
bulletDescription of subject being reviewed
bulletOther sections deemed appropriate
bulletTables & Figures with Legends (optional)


Individuals wishing to post medical education related announcements in JIAMSE should send their requests directly to the Editor-in-Chief .  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.   

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Information for Authors - Regarding Style

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bulletAll submissions must be double spaced.
bulletAll submissions must include a cover letter/email statement, which will include:
    bulletA statement regarding all submissions or reports that may be regarded as redundant.
    bulletA 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. 
    bulletA statement confirming that the paper has been read and approved by all authors.
    bulletThe name, address, phone number and email address of the corresponding author.
bulletNumber all pages, starting with the title page.
bulletSpell the word 'Figure' in the text; e.g., Figure 3 or (Figure 3). 
bulletScientific 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.  
bulletAll 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.
bulletNumbers 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.
bulletDates should appear as follows:  September 12, 2002.
bulletWebsite terminology to be used in the body of the manuscript:
bullet World Wide Web 
bullet website 
bullet web page 
bullet web 
bullet web-based 
bullet Internet 
bullet Intranet

Title Page

bulletComplete title of the submission.
bulletType of article:  Letter to the Editor, Commentary, Original Research Manuscript, Review, Announcement.
bulletEach author's complete given and family name and credentials.
bulletInstitution 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 title page.
bulletName, 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.


bulletConsisting of 300 words or less
bulletWritten in complete sentences
bulletBegin 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
bulletDo not include section headers 
bulletThe abstract must be able to "stand alone" without reference to the rest of the submission


bulletBegin with the 'big picture', including definitions of concepts in the title
bulletSuccinctly describe what is already known about the topic, cite appropriate references
bulletEnd with the purpose(s) of the study

Materials and Methods

bulletInclude the total number of subjects (N), number of groups, etc.
bulletExplain how subjects were selected, clearly specifying all characteristics that may be pertinent to the study
bulletProvide a sample of data-recording instruments used in the study
bulletDescribe how data were obtained
bulletList statistical procedures used
bulletDescribe the materials and methods in sufficient detail that another investigator could replicate the study


bulletAddress each tested hypothesis
bulletInclude basic descriptive data that allow other researchers to evaluate your findings
bulletUse tables and figures to represent your findings
bulletSummarize meaningful statistics


bulletDiscuss and interpret your results relative to the study's purpose, previous literature, and hypotheses; including predicted outcomes that may not have occurred
bulletPoint out limitations of the study
bulletRecommend or suggest applications of your findings
bulletSummarize the significance of your research and state conclusions with supporting evidence


bulletAll references must be cited in the text of the submission
bulletAll 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 punctuation. 
bulletFor 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.
bulletThis hypothesis was interpreted by Smith and Wesson9 to be applicable to...
bulletThe 1993 World Summit was again held in the United States.1,7
bulletThis research has been well described in the literature.4-9
bulletJournal 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.
bulletDo not use abstracts as references.
bulletReferences to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated [in press]. References to submitted papers, not yet accepted, should be designated [unpublished results].
bulletAvoid citing personal communication if possible.
bulletEach journal reference should include (in this order):
bulletAuthor's name(s)
bulletLast name followed by a comma precedes initials
bulletNo periods or spaces between initials
bulletAll names must be complete and included - no et al
bulletTwo author names are separated by a comma
bulletIn a list of more than two authors, the last name is preceded by a comma and followed by a period
bulletTitle of paper
bulletOnly the first letter of the title is capitalized
bulletJournal title (italicized)
bulletJournal title is abbreviated according to style used by MEDLINE
bulletJournal title is followed by a period
bulletYear of publication
bulletYear of publication is followed by a semicolon
bulletVolume number (in bold)
bulletFollowed by issue number (if applicable)
bulletFollowed by colon
bulletBeginning and ending pages seperated by a hyphen and followed by a period
bulletEach book reference should include (in this order):   
bulletAuthor's name(s)
bulletLast name followed by a space precedes initials
bulletNo periods or spaces between initials 
bulletAll author names must be included
bulletTwo authors names are separated by a comma  
bulletThe last author name in a list of authors is preceded by a comma and followed by a period
bullet Title of book: only the first letter of the title is capitalized
bulletChapter title, followed by a semicolon (if applicable)
bulletBook authors/editors, followed by the book title (if different from chapter authors/editors)
bulletFollowed by a period
bullet Place of Publication: (city) followed by a colon
bullet Publisher: followed by a semicolon
bullet Year: followed by a period
bullet Each website reference should include (in this order): 
bulletName of website
bulletAuthor's name(s)
bulletLast name followed by a space precedes the initials
bulletNo periods or spaces between initials
bulletAll author names must be included
bulletThe last author name in a list of authors is preceded by a comma and followed by a period 
bullet Publisher: Full name, followed by a colon
bulletYear: followed by a period
bulletWebsite address
bulletDate accessed in brackets [i.e Accessed December 1, 2010]
bulletEach "in press", "unpublished observation" or "personal communication" should include (in this order):
bulletDesignation as "in press", "unpublished observation" or "personal communication" in italics srrounded by brackets
bulletAuthor's name(s)
bulletLast name followed by a comma precedes initials
bulletPeriods between initials
bulletAll names must be included
bulletTwo authors names are separated by an "and"
bulletThe last name in a list of authors is preceded by an "and"
bulletTitle: only the first letter of the title is capitalized and followed by a period
bulletPlace or location: followed by a colon
bulletPublisher (if applicable): followed by a semicolon
bulletYear: 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. [Accessed date]

 Institutional Review Board, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY: []

["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

bulletThe 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.: 
bulletTable 1.  Mean Scores on United States Medical Licensing Examination 1992-2002
bulletFigure 4.  Relative Distribution of ...
bulletAll tables must be cited in the text and have titles
bulletThe titles of the tables should be brief but complete
bulletAll figures must be cited in the text and have legends
bulletAll tables and figures must be included as the last section of the submission and be followed by figure legends

Copyright regulations

To maintain and protect the Author's and Association's ownership and rights and to afford educators with the opportunity to publish in JIAMSE, IAMSE requires that the senior author assign a copyright agreement to IAMSE on behalf of all the authors at the time of submission of a manuscript.
In the copyright transfer agreement signed by the author, IAMSE grants to that author and all coauthors, the rights to republish any part of their article in secondary publications (print, CD-ROM, and other electronic formats) for which they are authors, on the condition that credit is noted for the original JIAMSE publication. This copyright also extends to cover all artwork, photographs, and any other intellectual property published in the journal.

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