The Clinical Teacher

Cover image for Vol. 11 Issue 7

Edited By: Jill Thistlethwaite & Michael Ross

Online ISSN: 1743-498X

Associated Title(s): Medical Education

Author Guidelines

1. The journal’s aims and scope

The Clinical Teacher is the journal for clinicians who teach and people who are involved in education in a health care setting. It provides easy access to the latest research, practice and thinking in clinical education across the health professions, presented in a readable, stimulating and practical style. There are sections on specific teaching approaches, reports and evaluation of innovative learning activities, a digest of the latest research published in Medical Education and other relevant journals, reports of innovative thinking and advances in clinical teaching from around the world, and expert commentary and discussion on challenging and controversial issues in today's clinical education. The international editorial team behind The Clinical Teacher is acutely aware of the demands on clinicians’ time. All papers are concise, and focus on the topics that matter. They are reviewed and edited to high standards by a strong technical and clinically orientated international editorial board to ensure that clinical teachers are provided with easily assimilated and up-to-date information. Clinical teachers are renowned for the passion they bring to their work. The Clinical Teacher aims to support that work, and to help share the passion with colleagues internationally.

You can also download these guidelines as a PDF.

2. Submission of manuscripts

All manuscripts should be submitted online at:

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the ICMJE Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work in medical journals (see All manuscripts are considered on the understanding that they have not been published previously in print or electronic format and that they are not under consideration by another publication or medium. The Clinical Teacher is committed to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct ( Authors should familiarise themselves with issues of publication ethics noted by COPE, including duplicate publication / submission and ‘salami slicing’, as these behaviours will not be accepted.

To submit a manuscript, you will need your files in an electronic format and an Internet connection. Log on to The Clinical Teacher ScholarOne Manuscript submission site at and check for an existing account if you have previously submitted to or reviewed for The Clinical Teacher, or have forgotten your details. If you are new to the journal, create a new account; this will generate a user account with an author centre and a reviewer centre for your use. You may upload your manuscript and accompanying files through your author centre. Once your manuscript has been successfully uploaded you will receive an automated e-mail to acknowledge receipt, and you will be able to track its progress through the review system by logging into your author centre.

Full online tutorials and help pages are available to authors and reviewers, and there is round-the-clock support from ScholarOne, the US-based company which produces the ScholarOne Manuscript software.

3. The screening, editorial and peer review processes

Upon submission, your manuscript will be screened by the editorial office to ensure it complies with the guidelines below. Manuscripts not correctly formatted may be returned to the authors for correction and resubmission. The Clinical Teacher employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript will be screened for duplication of previously published works. Please note that plagiarism, and any other form of publishing or academic misconduct is always acted upon and may have significant implications for your career.

Your article will be considered initially by one or both editors-in-chief, and may proceed to double-blinded peer review under the direction of an associate editor. We would normally expect to be able to send a first decision with feedback to authors in around 12 weeks.

The editors reserve the right to edit all titles and to copy edited all accepted articles for style before final publication; substantive changes, however, will be the responsibility of authors.

4. Types of manuscript considered

Original articles
These may include: reports of research and scholarship; summaries of current thinking on issues of topical interest; discussion papers; descriptions and evaluations of initiatives and innovations in teaching, curriculum development and assessment; papers describing, explaining and expanding upon theory and ways it may inform practical applications for clinical teachers. Each original article should be 1500 words maximum, and in addition should include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words, and a title which should be a maximum of 10 words (50 characters including spaces). Each article can additionally have up to 5 tables, boxes or figures, and 10 references, in the Vancouver Style, which are not included in the total word count. Colour photographs which illustrate the text are particularly welcome. The structured abstract should include sub headings as follows: Background, Methods, Results / Findings and Discussion or Background, Context, Innovation and Implications (whichever is appropriate).

These are shorter articles of up to 800 words of structured reflection on important topics in clinical education, based on the principles of good scholarship and evidence-guided education. Each article can additionally have up to 2 tables, boxes or figures, and 5 references, which are not included in the total word count. A structured abstract is not required for these articles.

In brief
Each issue of The Clinical Teacher will include four up-to 80-word summaries of papers of interest to readers of The Clinical Teacher which have appeared in recent months in the general and medical education literature. Typically these are commissioned from a single author by the editorial team. If you are interested in authoring an 'In brief' article, please contact one of the Editors-in-Chief BEFORE writing and submitting.

Each ‘Digest’ report is up to 500 words long and should summarise an article that has appeared in current or very recent issues of Medical Education. If you are interested in authoring a 'Digest' article please contact one of the editors to discuss BEFORE writing and submitting. Up to four 'Digest' articles (2000 words maximum) are published per issue.

Editorials are typically reflections and discussions on current issues in clinical teaching of 1000 words, with up to 10 references, which are written or commissioned by the editorial team. If you are interested in authoring or co-authoring an editorial please contact one of the Editors-in-Chief.

Letters to the editor
Up to 250 words in response to a published article in a previous issue of The Clinical Teacher. No tables or figures are permitted, but may include up to 4 references.

The clinical teacher’s toolbox: commissioned articles only
A collection of tools to enhance learning, teaching, and writing about education, for those involved in clinical teaching. The papers focus on core topics in education, are evidence-guided without being overly theoretical, and will be of practical value for busy clinical teachers. These are commissioned papers only, however, if you have an idea for a topic please contact the editors to discuss
All manuscripts will be subject to peer review.

Word count: between 1500 and 2000 words, not including up to 5 boxes, tables or figures and up to 15 references. No abstract is required: the editors will provide a short introduction to the article which will serve as the abstract.

5. Documentation and Information required

(a) The manuscript
The Clinical Teacher uses a system of double-blinded peer review therefore the manuscript should be uploaded in both full and anonymised versions. The anonymised version for review should not contain any details which could identify the authors to the reviewers, such as names of authors or institutions.

The manuscript should be double-spaced with a wide margin (at least 3 cm) on either side. The writing should be clear and concise and we encourage the use of short sentences and the active voice. Figures, boxes, tables and images are a feature of The Clinical Teacher and there is room for at least one of these per 400 words of text. We actively seek high quality, digital images that pertain to the paper and these should be uploaded as separate files. NB: Written permission for publication in The Clinical Teacher (including the website and various associated marketing materials) should be obtained from any person photographed. Any material copied from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher giving permission for reproduction in both print and electronic digital form. This is the author’s responsibility

References and suggestions for further reading should be set out according to the format recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver Guidelines). We advise authors to retain a copy of the manuscript and any tables or figures.

(b) Identifying Details
Identifying details of the authors and information concerning the work will be required for input during the submission process; this will include: the title of the paper and the name(s), postal address(es), telephone number and e-mail address(es) of the author(s), their individual contributions and an indication of which author should be contacted for correspondence.

When reporting research on human subjects, the work must comply with the ethical principles of the Declaration of Helsinki (1964), and authors must confirm, where appropriate, that informed consent was given and identify the body or person(s) that made this consideration. We would normally expect review by an Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board; please include details of the body considering the work, even if the decision was that ethical approval was not required. We realise that a formal framework for ethical approval may not be available or that institutional policy may rule that it is not necessary for the type of work undertaken. In these instances please provide a statement confirming that due consideration has been given to ethical considerations and whether advice has been obtained from an appropriate authority or individual who has not been directly involved in the study/project reported in the paper. Your response should also contain a statement confirming the following: that there was no potential harm to participants; anonymity of participants is guaranteed; informed consent of participants was obtained for publication. Details of any conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be supplied. Authors must also disclose any commercial or other associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with their article.

(c) Copyright / licences
Following acceptance of an article for publication the corresponding author will receive an email from Wiley's Author Services system which will ask the author to log in to their online site where they will be presented with an appropriate licence for completion. Authors should ensure that they respond to this email promptly.

6. Editing and page proofs

Submitted articles will be copy edited for style. We reserve the right to undertake extensive editing where it is felt necessary.

Page proofs will be supplied as electronic files for checking the text and figures. This must be corrected and returned promptly. If the lead author is going to be out of e-mail contact for more than 3 days following acceptance of a manuscript, they are asked to supply contact details of someone who can review and return corrections of the proofs in their absence. If the corrected proofs have not been returned within 3 days, it will be assumed that there are no corrections to be made. The proofs will be read and checked by Blackwell and the Editorial team.

Editorial Office
The Clinical Teacher
1 Tamar Science Park
Davy Road
Plymouth PL6 8BX, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1752 764412
Fax: +44 (0)1752 764413

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