Authors Guidline

 | Post date: 2019/09/18 | 

Instruction for Authors
Aims and Scope: The Journal of Medical Education Development is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles in relation to the training of healthcare professionals, including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. The journal has a special focus on educational management, curriculum development, evaluations of performance, assessment of training needs and evidence-based medicine.
Article types: This Journal accepts Original Papers, Review Articles, Short Communications, Case Reports, and Letters to the Editor in the fields of medical education.
Ethical Consideration: This journal follows International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)‘s Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Good research should be well justified, well planned, appropriately designed, and ethically approved. To conduct research to a lower standard may constitute misconduct. The authors are responsible for the whole scientific content as well as the accuracy of the bibliographic information. Manuscripts are considered for publication only if they are not under consideration by other journals and have not been published previously in the same or substantially similar form. If a prior or duplicate publication be discovered, the Editor will address the matter with the affected author/s and the other journal’s editor following guidelines published by the ICJME.
Peer Review Process
The articles are primarily evaluated by our Editor's Council who check the articles for any methodological flaws, format, and compliance with the journal’s scope. Then a manuscript code will be allocated and all the future contacts should be based on this code. Through a double-blind review, the articles will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. Their comments will be passed to the authors and their responses to the comments along with the reviewers’ comments will then be evaluated by the Editor's Council, the Editor-in-Chief, and a final reviewer who can be a member of the Editorial Board. No article is rejected unless negative comments are received from at least two reviewers.
Informed consent
All participants of the research should be thoroughly informed about the aims of the study. Written informed consent from the participants is necessary for any such studies. The Journal reserves the right to request the related documents.
Submission Process: Submit your article by electronic submission via the journal web site URL:
Each submission must be accompanied by a Cover Letter to the Editor-in-Chief and include the Title and author(s) name/s and the undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. In case the manuscript was submitted to another Journal earlier and rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. Manuscripts should be typed as double-spaced on an A4 size paper with clear 1-inch margins on both sides. The authors must declare that the manuscript is being exclusively contributed to the Journal of Medical Education Development. The text should be submitted in a Microsoft Word format as an attachment. The Figures should be sent in JPEG or GIF formats for producing high-quality images in the online edition of the Journal.
Preparation of Manuscript: The manuscript should include Title Page; Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgement and References.
The Title Page: All submissions require a Title Page composed of the complete title of the manuscript, the full names of all the authors, with their highest academic degrees, the department or institution with which they are affiliated with, and a full address for corresponding author, with telephone and Fax numbers, as well as an e-mail address.
Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract of up to 250 words. It is structured into separate sections: Background, the context and purpose of the study; Methods, how the study was performed and statistical tests used; Results, the main findings; Conclusions, brief summary, and potential implications, and include 3 to 10 Keywords at the bottom. Keywords will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus ( Authors need to take care that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
Introduction: The Background section should be written in a way that is accessible to researchers without specialist knowledge in that area and must clearly state - and, if helpful, illustrate - the background to the research and its aims. Reports of clinical research should, where appropriate, include a summary of a search of the literature to indicate why this study was necessary and what it aimed to contribute to the field. The section should end with a brief statement of what is being reported in the article.
Materials & Methods: The methods section should include the design of the study, the setting, the type of participants or materials involved, a clear description of all interventions and comparisons, and the type of analysis used, including a power calculation if appropriate. For studies involving human participants, a statement detailing ethical approval and consent should be included in the methods section.
Results: This section must be presented in the form of body text, Tables, and Figures. The contents of the Tables should not be repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially in the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
Discussion: This section should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other works done in the field. The details of the data should not be repeated in the discussion section again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is either true or false or that no conclusion can be derived.
Conclusion: This should state clearly the main conclusions of the research and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance. Summary illustrations may be included.
Acknowledgment: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgment section. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance, and departmental head/s that only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
Tables: Should be submitted in limited numbers with the captions placed above. Avoid submitting Tables as a photograph. Place explanatory matters in the footnotes, not the heading.
Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high-quality artwork and mounted on separate pages. Figure legends and captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in Tables, Figures and the body text simultaneously.
References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. References should be in the Vancouver style and numbered in the order in which they first appear in the manuscript. Titles of the journals should be abbreviated according to the Index Medicus style. The authors should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing a proper literature search, as it may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors authors should verify references against the original documents. The Reference list should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows: Author list: List each author’s surname followed by a space and a set of initials closed up without periods; include a hyphen if applicable. Separate each author’s name with a comma. Do not use and between any entries. If there are 1 to 6 authors, list all of the names. If there are more than 6 authors, list the first 3 authors followed by “et al.”

Note on journal titles: The titles of journals must be abbreviated and Italic (e.g. Journal of Education, J Educ) according to the National Library of Medicines NLM catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI database. If using Endnote you can install the Medicine Journal Terms List, which includes over 14,000 journal title abbreviations. 

If you cannot find a particular journal title in the NLM catalog try the following:

CAS Source Index (CASSI) search tool
Index Medicus abbreviations of journal titles

Note on Page Number: Abbreviate the last page number (e.g. 123-5)


Journal Article:

Petitti DB, Crooks VC, Buckwalter JG, Chiu V. Blood pressure levels before dementia. Arch Neurol. 2005; 62(1):112-6.

Journal Article In Press

Reich T, Gefen A. Effect of trabecular bone loss on cortical strain rate during impact in an in vitro model of avian femur. Biomed Eng Online. Forthcoming 2006.

Electronic journal article with DOI

Harrison JJ, Ceri H, Yerly J, Stremick CA, Hu Y, Martinuzzi R, Turner RJ. The use of microscopy and three-dimensional visualization to evaluate the structure of microbial biofilms cultivated in the Calgary Biofilm Device. Biol Proc Online. 2006; 8(1):194-215. Available from: doi: 10.1251/bpo127

Book [print]

Johnson C, Anderson S, Dallimore J, Winser S, Warrell D, Imray C, Moore J. Oxford handbook of expedition and wilderness medicine. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2015. p. 852


Griffiths A, Gelbart W, Miller J, Lewontin R. Modern genetic analysis. New York (NY): W. H. Freeman; 1999. p. 675. Available from: 

Book Contribution (chapter/section/part)

Rojko JL, Hardy WD. Feline leukemia virus and other retroviruses. In: Sherding RG, editor. The cat: diseases and clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229-332.

Health, medical and evidence-based databases and resources

AusDI. St Leonards (NSW): Health Communication Network; c2016. Codeine phosphate; [updated 2015 Dec 17; cited 2019 Mar 14]. Available from: hcn?id=1120.SimplePS

Personal Communication- including notes taken during a lecture

The WAIMR team has identified numerous genes associated with diseases such as leukemia, diabetes, and cancer. (Professor John R Brown, lecture on research at UWA, 2018 May 11).

Web Page

Gene Ontology Consortium. The Gene Ontology [Internet]. [place unknown]: the Gene Ontology; c1999-2020. Available from:

 Authors can download the journal EndNote style

Proof Reading: A print out is sent to the corresponding author for proofreading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent back immediately to the Journal office.
Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in Title and Abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
Conflicts of interest: Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not necessarily leads to rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.
Page charges: There are no charges for publication in this Journal.
Copyright: The entire contents of the Journal of Medical Education Development are protected under international Copyrights. This Journal is for your personal non-commercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained on the Journal without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner.
The Final Checklist: The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following:
1. Title Page should contain Title, name of each author, with their highest academic degrees, designation and institutions they are affiliated with, the name of the corresponding author with a mailing address, for future correspondence, as well as an E-mail address, plus Phone & Fax numbers.
2. Abstract in structured format up to 250 words.
3. References mentioned as stated in the Instruction to Authors section.
4. Make sure for Headings of Tables, their numbers and Captions of Figures. Don’t repeat the information in Tables if it is covered in the text.
5. Photographs/illustrations along with their captions.
6. Letter of Undertaking signed by all of the authors.
7. Disclosure regarding source of funding and conflicts of interest if any besides approval of the study from respective Ethics Committee/Institution Review Board.
8. Cover Letter
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