Section Policies


A member of the editorial board will contribute an editorial piece to each issue.  They will range from anecdotal expression to reactions to present trends and issues in the field.

Make a new submission to the Editorial section.

Major Contributions

These articles will be the primary mode of communication for the journal and include the results of recent research with interesting and pertinent findings, and major research articles.  Small scale - though high quality - research occurring at one or two centres only should likely be submitted as a Brief Report.  Maximum length is 4,500 words and must be submitted with a 200 word abstract.

Make a new submission to the Major Contributions section.

Brief Reports

This section includes research reports that may be local or national in scope and high quality program evaluations with clear frameworks and connections to the literature. The CMEJ expects Brief Reports to 1) be situated in the literature with a clear statement of the problem that was investigated, 2) utilize a clear framework, robust study design, and appropriate reporting of the main findings, and 3) contain a conclusion that states how the results contribute to our understanding of the problem. Typically, these studies occur at only one or two sites or include only one or two years of data.  Survey studies that report the results of an environmental scan or needs assessment will not be considered unless they are subsequently applied to the development of a curricular initiative or produce a set of recommendations for policy makers and/or medical educators.

Brief Reports must include a statement concerning ethical review by a third party and consent procedures if the study or program evaluation includes human subjects or their information. All Brief Reports should be limited to about 1,500 words and a total of two Tables and/or Figures.

Make a new submission to the Brief Reports section.

Review Papers and Meta-Analyses

Submissions to this section include review and meta-analysis manuscripts and should be limited to 4,500 words.  They must include a 200 word abstract.

Make a new submission to the Review Papers and Meta-Analyses section.

Black Ice

Black Ice: ‘x’ Ways to Get a Grip! is a form of review article with practical advice, pointers, and guidelines for teachers, researchers, and/or leaders in medical education. Typically about 1000 words, articles for Black Ice will have two sections: Introduction and “How to …..” Included within the introduction is a summary of some of the misunderstandings, misguided practices, and irregularities in the use or implementation of certain practices (the “black ice”). The rest of the article (How to …) will outline the advice and guidelines (and help people “get a grip”). Both the critique and guidelines should be, as much as possible, based on published examples and/or extensive professional experience and observations. For example, one might imagine this title: Black Ice: 7 Ways to Get a Grip on Planning Systematic Reviews. In the introduction the authors would outline some of the ways that teams fail to plan properly or plan improperly (with negative consequences). The rest of the article would then explain those seven pointers and how they address the main concerns expressed in the introduction. For ease of reading and to maintain the purpose and style of Black Ice, authors should include at least 5 ways to get a grip and limit themselves to two tables and/or figures in total.

Make a new submission to the Black Ice section.


This section includes comments, opinions and debate, and news with a particularly Canadian flavour or dimension. Submissions could involve personal narratives, historical pieces, and arts and humanities work. All submissions should be limited to 1,000 words.

Make a new submission to the Canadiana section.

You Should Try This

This section includes short descriptions of new initiatives (often student or resident led) that are great ideas but not yet fully developed, researched, or evaluated. This section is for sharing these good ideas that could (and maybe should) be tried in another setting or center. Submissions to this section must include some preliminary evaluation outcomes, and provide suggestions for next steps. Manuscripts must include a statement concerning ethical review by a third party and consent procedures if the study or program evaluation includes human subjects or their information.  All You Should Try This submissions are limited to 500 words, one Table or Figure, and six references.  Instead of an abstract, authors are asked to submit an Implication Statement of no more than 100 words describing how people might use the innovation in their own setting.

Make a new submission to the You Should Try This section.

Commentary and Opinions

These submissions are highly relevant and stimulating opinion pieces with strong arguments and no more than 750 words. They do not include any supporting material i.e. graphs, charts, etc. but may have up to five (5) references.

Make a new submission to the Commentary and Opinions section.

Letters to the Editor

These are meant to be a reaction to a pertinent issue relating to the CMEJ or a recently published article.  They should be no longer than 250 words unless by special arrangement.  They do not include any supporting material i.e. graphs, charts, etc. but may have up to three (3) references.

Make a new submission to the Letters to the Editor section.

Book Reviews

This section will be limited to reviews of recently released books that pertain in some way to the field of medical education.  They can include textbooks, edited works, etc.  Submissions are to be no more than 1000 words in length and must include a brief, 100 word abstract.

Make a new submission to the Book Reviews section.


This section includes images of interest, graphics, photographs, and artwork pertaining to Canadian Medical Education.  Submissions may be featured on the CMEJ cover page, or published within an issue.  Only high-resolution images will be accepted.  Images should be uploaded in PNG or JPG file format with the longest side measuring at least 3130 pixels.  Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from any identifiable individuals depicted in their photos, and permission for any copyrighted material used, including illustrations, and will be asked to provide formal written permission upon acceptance for publication. Authors are expected to adhere to the standards for intellectual property rights and plagiarism, and authors assume full responsibility for the content of their submissions.

Make a new submission to the Images section.