Medical Education

Cover image for Vol. 51 Issue 6

Edited By: Kevin W. Eva

Impact Factor: 3.369

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/40 (Education Scientific Disciplines); 14/88 (Health Care Sciences & Services)

Online ISSN: 1365-2923

Associated Title(s): The Clinical Teacher

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Medical Education is an international peer-reviewed, journal with distribution to readers in more than 80 countries. The journal seeks to enhance its position as the pre-eminent journal in the field of education for health care professionals and aims to publish material of the highest quality reflecting worldwide or provocative issues and perspectives. The contents will be of interest to learners, teachers and researchers. It aims to have a significant impact on scholarship in medical education and, ultimately, on the quality of health care by prioritising papers that offer a fundamental advance in understanding of educationally relevant issues. The journal welcomes papers on any aspect of health professional education.

In the interests of supporting authors, being as transparent as possible, and offering easy access to relevant information, we provide our author guidelines in two parts: (1) A quick and simple answer to frequently asked questions for those who are more familiar with publishing practices; and (2) A more complete set of answers that can be read by clicking on the hyperlinks. We encourage authors to read the more extensive information to maximize their chances of success when submitting to Medical Education, but hope that the brief responses below provide a foothold for those looking simply for the key details.

Things to know prior to submission

What types of papers do you publish?
We strive to be a research journal first and foremost and, as such, prioritize articles that argue from the basis of both strong empirical findings and conceptual grounding. Such articles, however, can take many forms, including:



Length guidelines



Useful references

Original Research

300 word maximum

Generally <3,000 words

Usually IMRAD, Vancouver style references

Generally 5 or less, but on-line supplement possible

Med Educ 2009; 43:294-6

Review articles

300 word maximum

Generally <3,000 words

Usually IMRAD, Vancouver style references

Generally 2 or less, but on-line supplement possible

Med Educ 2008; 42:852-3

Cross-cutting edge

300 word maximum

Generally <4,000 words

Usually IMRAD, Vancouver style references

Generally 2 or less, but on-line supplement possible

Med Educ 42(10):950-1

Really Good Stuff


500 word maximum

What problem was addressed? What was tried? What lessons were learned?; 1 reference maximum


Med Educ 2011; 45 (5): 434-5



<1,000 words

5 pull-out points required; Generally <10 references


See any issue of the journal for examples

When I say…


<1,000 words

Pithy and generally <5 references


Med Educ 2013; 47:856-7



<400 words

<6 references


See any issue of the journal for examples

What do I need to do to prepare my manuscript?

Pay particular attention to your title and abstract. They alone should clearly make your case for why your manuscript is important, timely, and relevant to our broad readership. Double check the formatting requirements and prepare an anonymous version of your manuscript for submission to peer review.

A checklist to assist in the preparation of the manuscript for submission and the guidelines for authors are available by clicking ‘instructions and forms’ on

Formatting Requirements
Front Matter
Main text

Search Engine Optimization
As the ultimate goal is to get your work read, consider strategies for Search Engine Optimization. Enabling people to read your manuscript is critically important to raise the visibility of your work and to improve your claims of impact. To this end, you should take steps to maximize the discoverability of your manuscript in anticipation of its publication. Details regarding how to do so can be found here , but the key tips include: 1) Incorporate key phrases in the first 65 characters of your title; 2) Deliberately embed phrases others are likely to use to search for your manuscript in your abstract multiple times (when possible to do so naturally); 3) Use headings that provide guidance regarding the content of your article.

What are my responsibilities with respect to publication ethics?
Authors should take care to avoid duplicate submission, duplicate publication, ‘salami slicing’ (i.e., cutting one project into many pieces to increase publication rate), and plagiarism (self- or other-). If you are unsure, describe potential issues in your cover letter - transparency is your best protection. For detailed instructions click here

The submission process

What additional information will the journal require?
During the submission process, you must indicate how all authors meet the ICMJE criteria for authorship. It is insufficient to say that authors meet criteria 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Ghost or gift authors are not accepted. In addition, you will be required to provide details of funding, to disclose any conflict of interest or previous publications, and to indicate how ethics approval was acquired (when research has been conducted). For detailed information on authorship and ethical approval click here

How do I submit my manuscript?
Once it is properly formatted and all authorship issues have been resolved, click ‘write’ at For further details click here.

The anonymous manuscript
A full version of the manuscript as well as a fully anonymised version should be submitted. In the anonymised version authors should NOT identify themselves or their institution. This includes ensuring that neither the filename nor the footer/header contains the authors’ names or initials.

Additional details
Keep a copy of the original manuscript for reference. An e-mail acknowledgement of receipt will be sent by the journal. Any material sent to the Editorial Office will not be returned.

We reserve the right to copy edit papers to house style before final publication, but substantive changes will be the responsibility of the authors.


How do you decide which manuscripts to publish?
To receive editorial priority, submissions must offer a compelling claim to advancing the field in a manner that is relevant to our broad readership. Doing so generally requires clear writing, a strong conceptual framework, and rigorous data collection. To help you determine whether or not your manuscript addresses all important issues, we make our instructions to reviewers publicly available. For further details click here.

How does your peer review process work and how long does it take?
We have a strong team of editors and reviewers who prioritize giving good feedback in a timely manner. First decisions on manuscripts are returned to authors on average within 3-4 weeks. For further details click here.

Are manuscripts and reviews used for any purpose other than decision-making?
Sometimes, but confidentiality is always protected and proper ethical procedures are always followed. For further details click here.


What happens after my manuscript is accepted?
You should celebrate. Getting published in Medical Education is an accomplishment as fewer than 10% of research submissions are generally published. Once accepted your manuscript will be converted into a typeset proof that you will be asked to review and correct. It is important to do so promptly as the authors maintain ultimate responsibility for the content of the article. For further details click here

Can I make my article freely available?
Your manuscript should not be submitted elsewhere while under review. Following acceptance you will be given the option of making your article Open Access through Wiley’s OnlineOpen service. For further details click here.

What advantages can I expect from publishing in Medical Education?
In addition to routinely being the top ranked journal in the Education Sciences, Medical Education and its publisher Wiley and Sons, Ltd. will take many steps to maximize the impact of your article. Our website is very dynamic with podcasts about articles posted monthly and an open discussion board for readers. As well, Wiley partners with Kudos to provide authors with additional ways in which to enrich and share their work while also gathering and sharing Altmetric scores to help authors measure the effect of their efforts. For further details click here.