Submission Preparation ChecklistAs part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all text, references, tables, and figure legends are included in one document, with tables and figures following the references.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- The text adheres to the CMEJ active voice policy.
- All co-authors have been entered into the submission’s metadata in submission step 3.
These articles will be a primary mode of communication for the journal and may include the results of original research with interesting and pertinent findings or other forms of high quality scholarship touching on topics of importance to the medical education community. Submissions to this section are expected to be framed within a clear theoretical lens both in the methodology and the substance of the study. For example, decisions on which instructional activities were chosen for exploration must be grounded in the education and instructional literature and any findings (expected or especially unexpected) must likewise invoke accepted and relevant theoretical frameworks and explanations. Small scale - though high quality - research occurring at one or two centres only should be submitted as a Brief Report. Survey studies that report the results of an environmental scan or needs assessment should be submitted as a Brief Report if they are subsequently applied to the development of a curricular initiative or produce a set of recommendations for policy makers and/or medical educators.
Major Contributions must include a statement concerning ethical review by a third party and consent procedures if the study reports data from human subjects. Maximum length is 4,500 words and must be submitted with a 250 word structured abstract.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Submission of an original manuscript to the Canadian Medical Education Journal will be taken to mean that it represents original work not previously published, 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.
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.
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