FAQs

This section provides a list of the commonly asked questions about AMEE MedEdPublish and provides guidance to authors and reviewers using our new website.
 


AMEE MedEdPublish (ISSN 2312-7996) is an open access, specialist practitioner e-journal that enables academics, teachers, clinicians, researchers and students to publish their experiences, views and research findings relating to teaching, learning and assessment in medical and health professions education.

A key feature of MedEdPublish is that papers are published rapidly, with the peer review process beginning following publication.  Papers are screened before publication only to ensure their content is appropriate for a medical and health professions journal, and that they meet minimum standards of legibility. They are not judged at this stage on their validity, significance or potential impact.
The post-publication peer review approach is a cornerstone of the MedEdPublish ethos, as it allows the medical education community to provide feedback and share expertise with colleagues at all levels. Post-publication peer review is also an open and transparent process that avoids editorial bias and increases the speed of publication.



AMEE MedEdPublish invites the submission of papers addressing any theme of relevance to medical and healthcare professions education. These can include:

1. Research articles
            a. New research
            b. Replication of previous studies
            c. Studies with negative findings
            d. Pilot studies
2. Case studies
3. New education methods
4. Practical tips and guidelines
5. Personal views and opinion pieces
6. Systematic reviews
7. Reviews of books, papers, reports and resources
8. Commentaries
9. Letters 

 

AMEE MedEdPublish papers are published quickly following submission, after initial checks and approval by the Editor. We aim to publish accepted papers within seven days of submission.

AMEE MedEdPublish papers are peer reviewed post-publication. This means that peer review takes place following publication, with open reviews by named reviewers available to be read, considered and responded to. 
 

AMEE MedEdPublish is an open access post-publication peer review journal. Papers submitted to MedEdPublish are peer reviewed following publication. Prior to publication manuscripts are checked by the Editor to ensure that their content is appropriate for a medical and health professions education e-journal and that the manuscript meets the MedEdPublish criteria for publication. Articles that meet this criteria are processed, assigned a DOI and published and with publication the peer review process begins. 

MedEdPublish articles are peer reviewed on the website by the medical education community. Reviewers may include the MedEdPublish Editor, members of the Editorial Board, Guest Editors, the Panel of Reviewers and importantly, the MedEdPublish community. 

This open approach to peer review is a cornerstone of the MedEdPublish ethos as it allows the medical education community to provide feedback and share expertise with colleagues at all levels. Post-publication peer review is also an open and transparent process that avoids editorial bias while increasing the speed of publication.

Whilst the traditional double-blind; peer review process in academic publishing has many advantages, it can lead to delays in publication, and is open to accusations of a lack of transparency and possible editorial bias.  Publishing papers prior to review removes the potential for delays in publication, whilst post-publication peer review maintains the process of work being critically assessed by the academic community and enabling that process to be transparent.

No.  AMEE MedEdPublish is a fully-fledged post peer-reviewed journal, and is not a pre-print server. This means that any paper accepted in AMEE MedEdPublish is considered published.  

All articles undergo a basic screen by the in-house editorial team to ensure that they meet minimum criteria.  Papers presented for a special theme are checked for relevance to the theme.  If relevant, they are sent to the Theme Guest Editor for management.  We also check that article submissions are complete, ensure that research articles have appropriate ethics compliance statements, and screen for plagiarism. Please see the Guidelines for Authors.


The Editor of AMEE MedEdPublish is Professor Richard Hays, Professor of Medical Education at James Cook University, Australia.


Articles in AMEE MedEdPublish are currently visible through Google and Google Scholar searches. 

The July 2018 upgrade of the AMEE MedEdPublish website was performed largely to meet the technical and other requirements of the major academic indexing sites and databases, such as PubMed, ISI Web of Science, DOAJ, etc.

We anticipate that the first applications will be made during August 2018.  In most cases, acceptance for indexing will be applied retrospectively to “Recommended” already-published papers, although the timelines differ from index to index.

AMEE MedEdPublish is a post-publication peer-reviewed journal and papers which achieve a “Recommended” status will be scheduled for indexing. (For more information of “Recommended” status, please see the Guidelines for Authors and Guidelines for Reviewers).

A 'Recommended' paper is one that has received a least:

2 five star or four star ratings

Or  
 
1 five star or four star rating and 2 additional ratings of three stars.

Please note, it is only the star ratings from Review Panel Members which count towards 'Recommended' paper status.

 

Failure to achieve ‘Recommended’ status does not mean 'Rejected'.  It simply means that the mean rating of Review Panel members is less than the threshold star rating.  Reviewers may have identified flaws that undermine the results and conclusions, unless they are fixed.  In a traditional journal, this status would usually lead to a request for revisions prior to publication. At AMEE MedEdPublish, the article remains published and can be cited, although may be less accessible to readers through bibliographic indexes. 

Should authors choose to revise and re-submit to address reviewers’ comments, further reviews may achieve ‘Recommended’ status. 


It is anticipated that a 'Recommended' paper will be eligible for indexing on PubMedCentral.

A DOI or Digital Object Identifier is a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object, such as an electronic journal, article, report, or thesis.  Each DOI is unique and serves as a stable, persistent link to the full-text of an electronic item on the Internet. Unlike a URL, a DOI does not change over time, even if the item moves to a new location, the DOI stays the same.

All AMEE MedEdPublish articles are allocated a unique DOI number. 

Contribution points are awarded to authors, reviewers and commentators as recognition of their support to promoting the open access post-publication peer review process and dialogue within medical education. Points will be awarded as follows:

  • 50 points per article submitted which is published;
  • 30 points per article review;
  • 10 points per comment.
The number of points accumulated may contribute towards an application for AMEE Fellowship.

Your contribution points will be visible to you in your My Reviewing Activity area at the top of the Home Page.


To search for a paper on AMEE MedEdPublish, click on the Manuscript Search option from the left side menu bar and enter your search term in the search box. This could be a keyword, title, author name etc. To narrow your search, click on the additional filters button to search by author, title, keyword, publication date etc.

There is a general search option at the top of the Home Page which will search for any content within the AMEE MedEdPublish site.


Yes, AMEE MedEdPublish papers can be cited.


Author (Date) Title, Journal, Volume, Issue, Paper number

No - articles awaiting peer review in AMEE MedEdPublish are officially published and able to be cited.  When the articles are accessed, readers will be able to see the entire history of the article, including reviews and responses to reviews.  

Although AMEE MedEdPublish will do everything reasonable to ensure that the paper receives at least two reviews by Panel members, this cannot be guaranteed.  As a result, if, after six months, a paper has received fewer than two Panel member reviews, the authors may consider the paper submission as a pre-print.  While the paper cannot be taken down, and will retain its permanent DOI, authors are free to submit such a paper to any other journal (although they would need to be aware of that journal’s publication restrictions). 


As an Open Access journal, AMEE MedEdPublish papers are free to be shared amongst colleagues, providing that they are in the final published format. 

Yes. Log in to AMEE MedEdPublish using your AMEE or MedEdPublish username and password, go to Personal Settings and in the Category Notifications area, select as many of the subject areas as you like, select your notification preferences, then click Save.

There are many benefits to publishing in this journal, including:

  • Rapid publication in an open access journal
  • Open and transparent peer review process
  • Open dialogue with reviewers
  • Opportunity to revise papers
  • Free publication for AMEE members
  • Small administration fee for Registered Readers


No, anyone can submit a paper to the e-journal provided that they are registered on the AMEE MedEdPublish website and their paper meets the journal’s criteria for publication. AMEE (Individual or Student) members can submit papers to MedEdPublish for free using their AMEE username and password. 

Authorship may be offered to individuals who contribute to the planning, conduct, analysis, interpretation of data and writing /revising manuscripts.  We recommend that authors adopt the ICJME Recommendations to indicate their contributions to the paper.  Corresponding authors are responsible for obtaining confirmation of authorship and consent to publish from co-authors.  Please see the Authors Guidelines for more details.   

The AMEE MedEdPublish editorial team reserves the right to contact all authors to confirm authorship details.

Contributions that are insufficient to meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to provide the name and affiliation of all of those listed in the Acknowledgments section.  Please see Authors’ Guidelines for more details.

Changes to the list of authors may not change once an article is published.  Should a revision result in changes to author numbers or sequence, this should be reflected when submitting the revised article.  As each version of an article has its own DOI, these can be individually cited and accessed.    


As an Open Access journal, AMEE MedEdPublish is free to view by members of the public.


Published papers are available to be reviewed by members of the Panel of Reviewers, AMEE members and AMEE MedEdPublish Registered Readers.  They are named reviews rather than anonymous reviews. 

To submit a paper, you need to log in using your AMEE or MedEdPublish username and password.

If you do not have a username or password you should register on the MedEdPublish website to create a login.

Once logged in, papers can be submitted on the web form which becomes available after clicking the Submit button.

The submitting author, who is always the corresponding author, is responsible for the paper during the submission and post-publication peer review process and should ensure:
 

  • All co-authors have been included in the author list
  • All co-authors have read and approved the paper as submitted.

 
The MedEdPublish Team takes no responsibility for disputes over authorship.

We aim to publish accepted papers within 7 days of submission. If the email address associated with your account is correct you will receive email updates. To check your email address, log in and visit My Account. Alternatively, to track the progress of your article, log in with your AMEE or MedEdPublish username and click on the My Manuscripts tab at the top of the Home Page.
 

Submitting papers is free to AMEE Individual or Student members. A small administrative charge of £90 per paper is charged to non-members. Alternatively an annual AMEE Individual membership can be purchased for £99 and an AMEE Individual Student membership can be purchased for £45.  To purchase an AMEE Individual or Student membership, please click here.

Once a paper has been submitted no further editing is possible. Please ensure that you are happy with your paper by using the Preview function, and make any necessary changes prior to submission. 

However, it will be possible for you to submit a second version of your paper, if desired, following the receipt of reviews providing that substantial changes are made. This would be listed separately as a new paper, appear in the latest issue and be subject to an additional administration fee, if applicable.
 


Yes.  Dialogue between authors and reviewers is actively encouraged by the AMEE MedEdPublish Team.

It is anticipated that a 'Recommended' paper will be eligible for indexing in academic journal indexing systems, such as Medline, PubMedCentral, DOAJ, etc. Preparation for such indexing is underway.


The aim of AMEE MedEdPublish is to create an environment for the promotion of positive and constructive feedback. If you receive a review that you feel is unfair or unrepresentative you have the right to reply by posting a comment. Any comments that do not meet house rules or are considered to be defamatory or derogatory will be removed by the MedEdPublish administrator. Any abuse should be reported immediately to mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk with a link to the comment, or by accesing the 'Report Abuse' link at the bottom of the left side menu.


If you receive a review that you feel is unfair or unrepresentative, you have the right to reply by posting a comment.  Any comments that do not meet house rules or are considered to be defamatory or derogatory will be removed by the AMEE MedEdPublish administrator.  Any abuse should be reported immediately to mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk with a link to the copy, or by accessing the 'Report Abuse' link at the bottom of the left side menu.



Submission of a paper does not guarantee publication and unfortunately the administrative charge for processing your paper cannot be refunded. Please ensure you have read the details in the Guidelines for Authors and ensure that your paper meets the criteria for publication and follow the instructions for preparing papers before submission.
 

We urge authors to obtain sound methodological advice, and have colleagues read and provide feedback on their articles.  Someone not involved in the immediate field could read the paper to ensure that it flows well in plain English.  Authors for whom English is not the first language should obtain expert English language editing assistance.  All submitted articles should be the best work possible.

The standard for AMEE MedEdPublish is to publish original scholarship that reflects the best available evidence.  Reviewers will include experts who have a deep understanding of the material presented and the relevant literature.  Should their judgements be that an article requires significant changes to be considered sound, they may write negative reviews, resulting in an average of only 1 or 2 stars.  In these situations, authors are invited to submit a revised version that addresses the referees' criticisms around correctable faults.  Should authors choose not to submit an improved revision, the original paper will remain accessible as is, including the reviews, comments and responses.  

We believe that authors are often best placed to know who the experts are in their field, and are invited to suggest referees for their articles, following certain criteria. Should nominated referees accept the invitation, they become temporary members of the Panel of Reviewers, for the article in question only. The Editors may also invite other referees from the Panel of Reviewers. 

As peer review takes place after publication, authors may submit a second version of their article that addresses any concerns that were identified during the peer-review process. Should a second version of an article be published, referees of the previous version may re-review the article.  Both versions of an article are accessible, each with their own DOI (digital object identifier) and may be cited individually. The entire history of submission and review and revision process is therefore displayed openly. 

Both versions of every article are retained and are accessible to readers, but if readers visit an older version of an article, for example via a citation, the most recent version will be accessible with the older version.

A second version of an article may be submitted at any time, but ideally within six months of publication of the first version.  The second version should reflect responses to reviewers comments.  We suggest that authors wait for at least 2 reviews before revising, so that your revision can build on a wider range of comments. 

To submit a revised version of your article, you must be signed into your AMEE MedEdPublish account that you used to submit the original version. Go to Submit a Paper from the left side menu and select the paper you wish to revise from the drop down list.

Alternatively, go to My Manuscripts and select the paper you wish to revise from the list and click 'Revise Paper'.  

The AMEE MedEdPublish Panel of Reviewers review published MedEdPublish articles on topics of interest to them. Each Panel Member commits to reviewing a minimum of six papers per year adhering to the Guidelines for Reviewers. Authors are encouraged to reply to their reviews and Panel Members should engage with replies from Authors.

The benefits of joining the panel include being alerted to research work in your area of interest, having greater visibility within your research community and gaining recognition as a reviewer and experience of reviewing and engaging with authors in a constructive way.



Each Panel Member commits to reviewing a minimum of six papers per year adhering to the    Guidelines for Reviewers.


To express your interest in joining the panel, please contact mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk


Once a paper is submitted via the online manuscript submission form it is sent to the Editor or Theme Editor who will assess whether the paper meets the AMEE MedEdPublish minimum standards. Once approved, the paper is published on the website for open review. Notifications are sent to the Editorial Board and Panel of Reviewers who have notified an interest in this area, with reviews being submitted within 1-3 weeks of publication.

Referees are formally invited by AMEE MedEdPublish, based on nominations by authors and membership of the Panel of reviewers, according to expertise.   Reviewers are asked to declare any competing interests.

While AMEE MedEdPublish editors are academics who make editorial decisions, we believe that authors are best placed to identify those in their field who have the expertise needed to review their article.  Although this is not compulsory, we urge authors to nominate reviewers for their article. Appropriate reviewers may include other researchers in the same or a related field and other authors cited in the article.  The AMEE MedEdPublish editorial team may also invite members of the Panel of reviewers to contribute reviews, based on registered expertise.  Authors should NOT nominate as potential reviewers colleagues with whom there has been collaboration or from the same department of research group. 

The AMEE MedEdPublish team will contact the referees nominated by authors.  Authors should not contact the referees directly to reduce the possibility that this could influence the objectivity of their reviews.


All members in the AMEE MedEdPublish community are invited to peer review articles. To review an article, log in with your AMEE or MedEdPublish username and password. If you do not have a username or password you should register on the MedEdPublish website to create a login.


Post-publication peer review should be conducted as a constructive discussion, the aim of which is to enhance understanding of the subject and refine future work.
Reviews should:

  • Be written in good English;
  • Average around 300 words in length;
  • Outline both the strengths and the weaknesses of the paper;
  • Give a flavour of to whom the paper may be of interest.
Critical but constructive feedback is encouraged. Reviewers names are published and will appear immediately. To stimulate discussion and ensure an open and transparent process, authors are encouraged to reply to their reviews and reviewers to engage with any replies from the author. Comments deemed unintelligible, inappropriate or offensive will be removed.

Reviewers are also asked to declare any competing interests. Competing interests may be financial e.g. holding a patent or receiving fees from a company that may lose or gain financially from the publication of the paper, personal, religious, political or other non-financial interests.

Once an article has been reviewed, the reviewer is asked to consider the extent to which they recommend the article by selecting one of the following star-ratings:

*****
I strongly recommend this article as an important contribution to the field that should be read by everyone with an interest in the area.
****
I recommend this article as a useful contribution to the field that should be read by those with an interest in the area.
***
I recommend this article to be read by those working in the field despite having some reservations as noted in my review.
**
I have reservations about this article as noted in my review but it may be of interest to those working in the field.
*
I have serious reservations about this article but aspects may be of limited interest to those working in the particular area.

Your review should justify your decision to recommend or not recommend an article and should offer feedback to the authors.

In commenting and allocating a star-rating, reviewers of a paper should take account that AMEE MedEdPublish reports, in addition to original research studies that replicate previous work, case studies, opinion pieces and studies with negative findings. The need for replication studies has been recognised in education and the fact that a paper confirms results previously reported should not detract from its value and the award of a high star-rating. Similarly, an opinion piece, if the thoughts are valuable and clearly argued, the paper could also attract a high rating. A particular element of a paper, such as a useful table or figure or list of references may also merit a positive recommendation to the reader.

By recommending an article you also confirm that you have read the article and feel you have an appropriate level of expertise to review the article.



Unfortunately reviews cannot be edited once they have been submitted.  You can however add a further comment or review if you wish to correct or clarify any comments made.


No.  To avoid confusion within discussion threads posted reviews may not be removed.

We believe that open reviewing better contributes to the understanding of educational scholarship by both authors and readers.  Diverse views may be expressed, from positive to negative, representing a wide range of perspectives and expertise.  Following the trail of reviewers’ and responses can be interesting and informative, potentially helping all readers to improve their educational scholarship.  

Reviewers may have to defend their comments, again openly, and are more likely to be constructive in any criticisms.  The potential for bias is reduced as reviewers are less likely to be in competition with the authors on similar projects.  Open reviewing may therefore improve the quality of the advice that authors receive.


The aim of AMEE MedEdPublish is to create an environment for the promotion of positive and constructive feedback.  If you feel a review is unfair or unrepresentative you have the right to reply by posting a comment.  Any comments that do not meet house rules or are considered to be defamatory or derogatory will be removed by the MedEdPublish administrator. Any abuse should be reported immediately to mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk with a link to the comment, or by accessing the ‘Report Abuse’ link at the bottom of the left side menu..

Authors are asked to nominate between two and six potential reviewers before publication. Should we be unable to obtain two or more reviews, we may ask authors to nominate additional potential reviewers to achieve this goal.


A star-rating is a guide for future readers of who a paper may be of interest to, based on the views of reviewers. Once an article has been reviewed, the reviewer is asked to consider the extent to which they recommend the article by selecting one of the following star-ratings:

*****
I strongly recommend this article as an important contribution to the field that should be read by everyone with an interest in the area.
****
I recommend this article as a useful contribution to the field that should be read by those with an interest in the area.
***
I recommend this article to be read by those working in the field despite having some reservations as noted in my review.
**
I have reservations about this article as noted in my review but it may be of interest to those working in the field.
*
I have serious reservations about this article, but aspects may be of limited interest to those working in the particular area.

In commenting and allocating a star-rating, reviewers of a paper should take account that MedEdPublish reports, in addition to original research studies that replicate previous work, case studies, opinion pieces and studies with negative findings. The need for replication studies has been recognised in education and the fact that a paper confirms results previously reported should not detract from its value and the award of a high star-rating.  Similarly, an opinion piece, if the thoughts are valuable and clearly argued, the paper could also attract a high rating.  A particular element of a paper, such as a useful table or figure or list of references may also merit a positive recommendation to the reader. 



AMEE MedEdPublish’s model is built on full transparency and is set up to avoid editorial bias. AMEE MedEdPublish Editors may contribute reviews occasionally, but ONLY when not responsible for the management of the article concerned and where he or she has relevant academic expertise

The AMEE MedEdPublish Editorial Team monitors reviews, recording details such as the number performed by each Panel member.  Reviews, comments and responses are not reviewed prior to publication, but are read by editorial team members with the goal of making the review process an educational experience for the medical education community. 


Each quarter a theme is selected with the aim of providing a focus for contributions. Guest Editors with a specialist interest in the subject area are appointed, and it is hoped that by focusing on a topic for a given period will encourage dialogue between authors and within the community.

Yes, we welcome suggestions for future themes from members of the health professions community who have an interest in guest editing one of the quarterly issues of the e-journal. A list of our upcoming themes can be found here.

To be considered, proposals for themed issues should include:

  • The proposed theme and title.
  • A short justification for inclusion of the theme, explaining the expected impact, target readership and timeliness of the proposed theme.
  • Names, affiliations, and short CV of the Guest Editor(s).
Suggested themes are evaluated for their timeliness, relevance to the scope and readership of AMEE MedEdPublish, feasibility, and overall scientific quality.


To become a Guest Editor you should send a proposal for a theme to mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk

To be considered, proposals for themed issues should include:

  • The proposed theme and title.
  • A short justification for inclusion of the theme, explaining the expected impact, target readership and timeliness of the proposed theme.
  • Names, affiliations, and short CV of the Guest Editor(s).
Suggested themes are evaluated for their timeliness, relevance to the scope and readership of AMEE MedEdPublish, feasibility, and overall scientific quality.


AMEE MedEdPublish Guest Editors oversee the production of a single themed issue of the e-journal over a three month period and have three main roles:

  • To propose a theme for an issue and suggest potential contributors;
  • To review online each manuscript when it is published and to encourage other educators with relevant experience to review the article;
  • To prepare a short Editorial to open the theme and another to close the theme.
Guest Editors can work alone or with a small group of colleagues and are invited to suggest an individual with whom they would like to work. Alternatively, Guest Editors may be invited to be involved in an issue by the Editorial Board.


No, each issue is open to articles on any topic relevant to healthcare professions education.

Please email mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk and your username will be sent to your registered email address.


Please go to the Login/Register page and select the ‘Forgotten password’ button.  You will be prompted to enter your registered email address.  You will then be able to reset your own password.


A ‘Registered Reader’ is someone who has provided their personal contact details to AMEE MedEdPublish. Registered Readers are free to read, review and comment on MedEdPublish papers, and may submit papers for a small administrative fee of £90.


You can contact the Editorial Office at:
 
AMEE MedEdPublish
12 Airlie Place
Dundee
DD1 4HJ
UK
Tel: +44(0)1382 381959
Fax: +44(0)1382 381987
mededpublish@dundee.ac.uk