Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Canadian Medical Education (CMEJ) is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal exploring new developments and perspectives in medical education that may influence institutional, regional, and national policy and/or practices. First published in 2010, the Journal examines prominent issues relating to the formation, education, and training of health care professionals before and after licensure in Canada and internationally. The target audience includes clinician teachers, medical education researchers, practitioners and professionals, administrators, decision-makers, medical schools, universities and their trainees.


Section Policies


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

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Major Contributions and Research Articles

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.

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Brief Reports

This section includes descriptions of works in progress, short communications regarding a matter of topical interest or importance. The CMEJ expects Brief Reports to include high quality program evaluations with clear frameworks and connections to the literature. Typically, these studies occur at only one or two sites or include only one or two years of data.  All Brief Reports should be limited to about 1,500 words.

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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.

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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.

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You Should Try This

This section includes short (500 word) 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 sections must include some evaluation and/or measures of outcomes, and provide suggestions for next steps.

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Comments and Responses

Submissions will be a reaction, either in support of or in response to a recent article in CMEJ.  They must be limited to 250 words and not include any supporting material i.e. graphs, charts, etc.

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Letters to the Editor

These are meant to be a reaction to a pertinent issue relating to CMEJ, be it a comment relating a recent article, an elaboration of an important discovery, or simply a thought provoking commentary.

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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.

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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.

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Peer Review Process

The editors will be responsible for directing the manuscripts to the appropriate reviewers who have knowledge and/or expertise in the requisite fields. Each manuscript will be accepted (sometimes on a conditional basis pending suggested revisions) or declined based on the reviewers' comments. In the case of a controversial ground breaking article that could have far-reaching impact on the field, further reviews may be sought. The decision ultimately rests with the chief editor and associate editors.

All comments received from the reviewers will be passed on to the authors within 4-6 weeks. Regardless of whether or not the submission is accepted for publication, it is essential that appropriate feedback be provided to the contributors.

Manuscripts and reviews submitted to the Canadian Medical Education Journal may be used for teaching and research purposes.


Publication Frequency

The Canadian Medical Education Journal has grown to publish four issues/year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


The Canadian Medical Education Journal is archived in PubMed Central® (PMC), a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

The Canadian Medical Education Journal is indexed in DOAJ - the Directory of Open Access Journals, and Ulrichsweb - a global directory of academic and scholarly periodicals.



Submission of an original manuscript to the Journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published, and that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication. If accepted for publication, it will be published online and it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, for commercial purposes, in any language, without the consent of the publisher.

Publication of scholarly research is meant to disseminate knowledge and, in a not-for-profit regime, benefits neither publisher nor author financially.

Authors who publish in the Canadian Medical Education Journal agree to release their articles under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 Canada Licence. This licence allows anyone to copy and distribute the article for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution is given. For details of the rights an author grants users of their work, please see the licence summary and the full licence.


Publication fees

The CMEJ does not charge any article submission or processing charges, nor any publication-related fees.


Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors must state explicitly whether any conflicts of interest exist due to financial and personal relationships that could potentially bias their work.  On a separate page immediately following the title page, identify the source(s) of funding, or specify that there was no funding.

Reviewers should disclose to the editor any conflicts of interest that may exist and should not review specific manuscripts if, after consultation, they determine that there is reasonable potential for errors in judgment.



Research Ethics and Informed Consent

Manuscripts will not be considered for publication unless the study was approved by the authors’ Research Ethics Board (REB) or Institutional Review Board (IRB). A statement concerning REB/IRB approval and consent procedures must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript. We require written informed consent. If the REB/IRB waived the requirement for consent, this needs to be stated explicitly along with the reason. Authors must provide a copy of the REB/IRB approval form upon request.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice

The Canadian Medical Education Journal is committed to the COPE Code of Conduct (http://publicationethics.org/files/u2/New_Code.pdf ) and publication malpractice will not be tolerated.  Authors should familiarize themselves with the COPE Code of Conduct.  Complaints may be directed to cmej.editor@usask.ca



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