Guidelines for Authors

Contents

 
1.   Journal Scope    
2.   Authors
3.   Determining roles at the outset  
4.   Conflicts of Interest        
5.   Duplicate Submission      
6.   Ethics   
7.   Manuscript Types            
8.   Manuscript Preparation and Submission  
9.   Reviewers          
10. Plagiarism          
11. Language           
12. Referencing Styles           
13. Tables and Figures
14. Abbreviations    
15. Very Long Articles             
16. Questionnaires and Data Sets      
17. Themed Articles 
18. Pre-prints           
19. Fees and Fee structures 
20. Publication, Reviewing and Responding to Reviews            
21. Submitting a Revised Version of your article           
22. Note if the original version of your article was in the old MedEdPublish format        
23. Advertising the article     
24. Retraction of articles by MedEdPublish       
25. Articles not receiving peer-reviews           
26. Retention of all original submissions        
27. Copyright           
28. Depositing of final articles in other repositories    
29. Open Access
 
MedEdPublish – Guidelines for Authors
Version 01: July 2018
Last update: June 2019 - additional guidance for authors of very long manuscripts added; guidelines for revised versions updated; acceptance of themed articles updated.
 
Please note that the Author Guidelines of MedEdPublish are designed to conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, Updated December 2017, available at: http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf
 

1. Journal Scope


MedEdPublish invites the submission of articles addressing any theme of relevance to healthcare professionals’ education.

2. Authors

In order to qualify as an author of a MedEdPublish article, the person should have made a substantial contribution to the article.
 
Citing from the ICJME Recommendations, each author needs to have made:
 
  • “Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.”
NOTE: simply being a Head of Department, Head of Laboratory or other position does NOT automatically qualify one as an author.  The submitting author will be required to complete a brief description of the work performed by each author.
 
MedEdPublish reserves the right to contact any person listed as an author to confirm that they are an author of the article.
  
All authors are responsible for the content of an article, so all authors need to:
  • have independent access to all raw data, and
  • inspect drafts of the manuscript before it is submitted.
If a person has made some contribution, but not enough to be considered an author, then that person should be listed in the article’s Acknowledgements, with a brief description of their contribution.  These might include proofing, searching for references, technical editing and administrative assistance.  Articles dealing with surveys may also acknowledge the contribution of survey participants. For further details of authors’ contributions, please see ICMJE Recommendations at: http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf
 
All communication with MedEdPublish should be through the person designated as the corresponding author.  The corresponding author does not have to be the first author of the article.
 
The order of the authors must be determined by the authors beforehand.  MedEdPublish will not advise on this decision.

3. Determining roles at the outset

Authors’ roles, functions and requirements should be clearly stated, preferably before the research begins, so that all contributors are aware of their duties.  Any persons co-opted (including proof-readers, and internal reviewers, beta-testers, etc.) should be aware of their duties, and their designate acknowledgment (as author or listed in the Acknowledgment section of the article).
 

4. Conflicts of Interest

Possible conflicts of interest (whether financial, non-financial affiliation, rivalry, intellectual or other beliefs) must be declared for all authors at the time of submission.
 
In addition, if any authors have been denied access to raw data (e.g. through legal agreements with study sponsors), this needs to be stated clearly in the conflicts of interests, and reasons must be given.
 

5. Duplicate Submission

All articles submitted to MedEdPublish must be original work (although articles submitted to pre-print services such as ArXiv may be submitted to MedEdPublish). Authors should not submit the same manuscript, in the same or different languages, simultaneously to another journal.
 
If the articles submitted are based on unpublished reports, conference abstracts and posters, this should be stated clearly in the text.  If the submitted work is based on an examined report, for example, a thesis or dissertation, it must be re-written in the style of a journal article to be considered for publication.  The original work must be acknowledged in the Acknowledgements section including a link to any organisational repostitory where the work is stored.  We will not publish full theses or dissertations.
 
Authors may submit multiple articles based on upon the same dataset, although they should guard against writing multiple articles that overlap substantially in terms of precise data used, their analysis and interpretation, or conclusions drawn, whether submitted to the same or different journals.  This practice is known as “salami slicing” and is regarded as a form of academic misconduct.  Manuscripts submitted will be checked using a similarity checker. 
 

6. Ethics

All articles involving research subjects (e.g. patients, learners, junior members of faculty – anywhere where there is a power-differential) must have been conducted within the guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki (https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/).  When the manuscript is submitted, the corresponding author is required to complete an ethics statement that should contain details of ethics approval.  
 
These details should be:
  • Name of Institutional or Independent Ethics Committee / IRB
  • Ethics Approval Reference Number, OR
  • Statement from the Committee explaining why ethics approval is not required.
Human-related data should be securely protected, and the paper should contain details of the data protection performed.  Special care should be taken with photographs (including radiological images), videos, audio files, screen-shots and other electronic data to ensure that permissions have been obtained, and that all reasonable steps have been taken to remove identifying information.  (If subjects are identified, then the authors should state clearly that the subjects have granted permission, or should indicate why such permission is not necessary.) Although media will frequently need to be edited to hide identifying information, the deceptive manipulation of media to give a false impression will not be accepted by MedEdPublish.
 

7. Manuscript Types

MedEdPublish accepts the following types of manuscript:
  • Research articles
    • New research
    • Replication of previous studies
    • Studies with negative findings
    • Pilot studies
  • Reports of meetings and workshops
  • Case studies
  • New education methods or tools
  • Practical tips and/or guidelines
  • Personal views and opinion pieces
  • Reviews of the literature
  • Commentaries (by invitation only)
  • Letters
Please note that all articles, including Personal views and opinion pieces, must have a meaningful Abstract, and be a well-structured and argued contribution, preferably substantiated by references, just as one would do for any academic article.  Personal views and opinion pieces should not be understood to mean something quickly written, or random thoughts simply placed online.  That function is fulfilled by personal blogs, so authors might consider placing that material in those areas.

Letters that are written in response to articles must be in response to articles published recently in MedEdPublish.  Letters written in response to articles published in other journals should be submitted to those journals.

8. Manuscript Preparation and Submission

AMEE Individual and Student members can submit a manuscript free of charge by logging into the MedEdPublish website with their AMEE username and password.  If you cannot remember your AMEE credentials, please contact us at [email protected] and we will assist you.  Please do not try to create a new account on the MedEdPublish website directly as this may lead to a duplication of accounts on our system.

If you do not have an AMEE username and password, you should register on the MedEdPublish website directly to create an account.  You should keep your username and password safe and do not disclose it to anyone else. 

Once logged in, manuscripts can be submitted by first navigating to the 'Submit an Article' menu option on the homepage and after clicking the ‘Start Process’ button the manuscript submission form will become available.

The submitter of the manuscript MUST be the corresponding author.  If this is not the case the manuscript will not be accepted.  We will not discuss details regarding the status of a manuscript pre-publication or any details relating to the payment of fees to anyone other than the corresponding author.

Manuscripts submitted free of charge under AMEE Individual or Student membership must be submitted by the member him/herself from his/her own account and not by any other person on the member’s behalf. The member must be the corresponding author, and the corresponding author’s registered email address will be used in all communications about the paper.

Unlike many other journals, MedEdPublish requires the manuscript to be submitted in text boxes in a particular layout format. Corresponding authors should familiarise themselves with the submission process so that it can proceed smoothly.  Detailed video documentation of the submission process can be found here:
 
The main difference between submitting to MedEdPublish and other journals is that you, as author, construct the layout of the paper.  This allows you to have far more control over seeing exactly what the paper will look like before submitting, and also reduces processing time and costs on our side, which means that your paper can be published a lot quicker, and the charges to you are kept to a bare minimum.
 
Although the text boxes in the submission form do allow for editing, we strongly recommend that the authors make changes in the original MS-Word document and then copy-and-paste from the MS-Word document into the text boxes.  This will ensure that your original MS-Word document is identical to the information that you have submitted.
 
In addition to inserting their information into the text boxes, authors are required to submit the full MS-Word document of their manuscript with all their tables and figures.  This will allow staff to verify that the finished product is a suitable reproduction of the original, and will reduce delays caused by their having to contact the corresponding authors.  
Note that the preview and submit processes require the use of pop-ups, so, if you have your pop-ups disabled, then you will need to enable them for the MedEdPublish site.

How it Works:  
To view a diagram of the MedEdPublish process from submission to final revision, click here
 
Format:  
The information for each manuscript will be (obligatory information is marked with an asterisk):
 
  • Title of Paper* (Maximum 40 words).
  • Manuscript Type* (e.g. Research Article, Case study, etc.)
  • Corresponding author’s details, including email address.* (Note that the corresponding author has to be the submitting author.  This author does not have to be the first author).
  • Authors’ information.* For each author: first name, last name, institution, Twitter Handle (Optional), description of work performed by each author.
  • Abstract* (Maximum 300 words) (Not required for letters).
  • Keywords / phrases* (Maximum of 10 keywords / phrases).
  • MedEdPublish Categories* – this is a general subject category for searching and for allocating reviewers; a minimum of one and a maximum of five categories must be chosen.
  • The paper, divided into sections (Introduction, Methods, etc.)*
  • Take Home Message* (5 bullet points, maximum of 100 words).
  • Notes on Contributors.*
  • Acknowledgements.
  • Bibliography / References.
  • Number of words.* While no word limits are imposed, authors are reminded that concise writing is more readable and likely to attract positive reviews.
  • Appendices as text (e.g. Questionnaires)
  • Supplementary files (e.g. spreadsheets of data, but no videos).
  • Word Document of paper.* (This is needed so that the administrative staff can double-check the layout of the paper to ensure that it matches what you intended).
  • Reviewer Nominations.  You may nominate up to four reviewers.  Please note, however, that MedEdPublish is under no obligation to use any of your nominated reviewers.
  • Declarations*
    • Ethics Approval
    • Funding Details
    • Whether this is a Previously Rejected paper or not
    • That this paper is not under consideration by other journals
    • Use Statement: regarding media that may identify third-parties
    • Third-party image permissions, if needed
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • General Terms and Conditions have been read
Research articles must have the following structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion (Frequently known as IMRAD).   For all other article types, the author may choose whichever headings deemed suitable.
 
A nice feature of the system is that it is specifically designed to work with single-spaced text, so do not convert your manuscript to double-spacing.  Leave it at Times New Roman, size 12, and single-spaced.
 

9. Reviewers

Authors are encouraged to nominate reviewers for their paper.  These may or may not be members of MedEdPublish Panel of Reviewers.  Nominees should not be close colleagues or from the same organisational unit as the authors.  Note that MedEdPublish is under no obligation to invite a nominated reviewer, and may invite reviewers in addition to Review Panel members and others with relevant expertise.  

Articles that have reached Recommended status will be deemed to have met suitable academic standards for indexing, and will be submitted to indexing systems for indexing.


Note: Your paper will still be published openly as it has always been, and will still be open to any person to review – the difference is that, by nominating reviewers, you increase the likelihood of receiving reviews.  Reviews by nominated reviewers will also contribute towards the classification of your paper as Recommended.
  

10. Plagiarism

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a member of Similarity Check which is a service provided by Crossref.  All manuscripts submitted to MedEdPublish are automatically checked for similarity to other published works online prior to publication.  
 
Using the comparison tool iThenticate provided by Turnitin, it is possible to actively pursue plagiarism in scholarly publishing.  The iThenticate software is designed to assist editors in ensuring that papers submitted to MedEdPublish are not duplicated, in part or whole, elsewhere.  iThenticate does not detect plagiarism, it detects similarity or matches; it is the responsibility of the editors to determine whether or not this similarity or matching constitutes plagiarism.
 
Where plagiarism is suspected, authors may request access to similarity software reports and other evidence gathered by the editorial team. 
 
Reports of suspected plagiarism should be sent directly to [email protected] as soon as possible.
 

11. Language

All articles must be submitted in English.  The authors are responsible for obtaining English language editing to ensure readability.  Please note that articles deemed to be unintelligible may be rejected during the initial checking stage before publication.
 
If authors use quotations from texts written in languages other than English, then the original quotation should be given, followed (in square brackets) by a reasonable English translation.  In the list of references, it is permissible to list article/book/journal titles in their original language (although it is recommended that authors also supply a reasonable translation of the title).
 

12. Referencing Styles

MedEdPublish uses a referencing style based on the Harvard Cite them Right 9th Edition. This is an author-date style. In the References section, the DOIs are also cited, if available. Note that the original style requires all authors to be inserted in the bibliography, but, if a reference has more than five authors, then MedEdPublish allows you to cite only the first five authors, followed by “et al.

Poorly formatted citations and references are the top reason for returning papers to the authors. The most common issues are:
  • Not using single quotation marks round article titles
  • Listing all authors instead of using et al. when citing five authors or more
  • Not using the full DOI string
  • Not inserting DOIs at all
  • Using a numerical referencing style instead of an author-date style
  • Numbering references even although they are in alphabetical order
Authors are requested to read the 'referencing style guide' carefully. We strongly recommend the use of citation management software with the MedEdPublish style downloaded and installed:
 
  • Mendeley or Zotero: found here
  • EndNote: found here
  • Citavi: The MedEdPublish style has already been added into the Citavi software.
  • RefWorks: Unfortunately, RefWorks issues licences to institutions only, and no longer to individuals.  As we do not have an institutional licence, we cannot legally access RefWorks’ proprietary style to create a style file for RefWorks. 
 
If you have no reference manager, then you can use free online reference generators, such as: Citation Machine at: http://www.citationmachine.net/harvard-cite-them-right

If the online referencing style does not automatically insert the doi, then you will need to insert that manually.
 
For details of how to install the style files, or if you wish to perform all your referencing manually, then please see the 'referencing style guide', also available to  download as a pdf, giving installation instructions and a few examples.
 

13. Tables and Figures

Tables and Figures must be numbered separately (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2) and captioned with a descriptive caption above the table or figures.  All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.

Please note, in order to comply with copyright law we have introduced specific guidelines for the use of images in manuscripts which should be read before a manuscript is submitted.  If your manuscript includes Figures, it is important to acknowledge the source of each Figure in the Acknowledgements section of your manuscript. Please click on the following link to view our Use of images in manuscripts policy.

 
  • Tables are to be inserted directly into the text where you would like them to be.  Tables must not be inserted as images, and must be a simple copy-and-paste from MS-Word.  If you have very complex tables, or if they have to be landscape-oriented, they might not format correctly, but you should not be overly concerned about this.  Because you will also be uploading your complete Word document, our staff will be able to make appropriate changes to the final document so that it correctly resembles your manuscript.  If your table originated from a spreadsheet, it is likely it will not display effectively once pasted into the manuscript submission form.  Please ensure that you create your tables first in a word processing package and ensure that each section of your table has a full border around it before pasting it into the manuscript submission form. 
                 
  • Figures (Charts, diagrams, photographs, etc.) are also to be inserted directly into the text, although do not use simple copy-and-paste. If you copy-and-paste an image, it may look correct on your screen, but it will not be carried through to the final submitted manuscript, and publication of your paper will be delayed.  To insert a figure, use the Image icon at the top of the text box.
     



Specifications for Figures:
  • Figures should be as clear as possible. If figures are not clear, they may cause your paper to be rejected by the indexing systems.
  • Each individual Figure should not be larger than 5 Mb.
  • If figures are wider than 500 pixels, they may overflow in your preview screen, but this is only because the preview screen is limited by screen dimensions.
  • It is important for you to correctly set and shape your images before uploading.  The submission form should not be used as an image editor.
  • Figures must be in .jpg or .png formats.
 

14. Abbreviations

When used for the first time, all word abbreviations and acronyms should be expanded with the abbreviation indicated in brackets (e.g. Problem-Based Learning (PBL)).  Thereafter, the abbreviation can be used.  Abbreviations of standard units of measurement may be used without writing them out.  Metric measurements should be used.
 

15. Very Long Articles

While a word limit is not enforced strictly, we suggest that authors avoid submitting articles with more than 5,000 words. Over this figure greater editorial discretion is applied, because of the work required in formatting, peer review and editing. Authors face a greater risk of rejection with a request to be more concise. The art of writing is to be succinct in communicating a clear message, although qualitative research may need more extensive interpretation and discussion.

If you have a very long article with many extras, such as curricula or teaching schemes, then please consider including these as appendices so that the actual article is shorter and easier to read.
 

16. Questionnaires and Data Sets

Authors are encouraged to publish their questionnaires as appendices.  In some cases, anonymised data sets may also be published.  If authors wish to do this, they need to clarify under which circumstances their questionnaires, datasets, etc. may be used by other researchers.
 

17. Themed Articles

We are no longer publishing themed issues, however we will from time to time collate previously published articles within a themed collection.  If you wish your article to be considered for a particular theme, please take extra  care when selecting Categories and Keywords as these will be used by the Editors to identify potential themed content.

18. Pre-prints

MedEdPublish is published online only.  No pre-prints or galley proofs are provided, and the responsibility is on the corresponding author to ensure that all information is correct.
 
In addition to some automatic field-checking performed by the MedEdPublish system, you will:
  • be presented with a checklist of fields to check that all information has been entered, and
  • be able to Preview (and revise) the paper.
You then submit the paper.
 

19. Fees and Fee Structures

MedEdPublish has attempted to keep fees as low as possible.   Although this may change in the future, the following  fee structure will apply until further notice:
 
The submission fee for MedEdPublish is £90 per paper. This covers the administrative cost of processing and publishing your manuscript, including editorial checks, hosting, typesetting and other aspects of production, as well as technical development and maintenance of the publishing platform and administrative support during peer review. The fee is non-refundable, even for the very small number of papers that are not subsequently published. We do not charge any additional processing fees for articles selected for publication.

Submitting papers to MedEdPublish is currently free to AMEE individual members. A full-price annual membership can be purchased for £99. Discounted membership is available for students (£45) and those from less well-resourced countries (£44). Membership confers a host of other benefits, including access to the AMEE-MedEdWorld seminar series, electronic subscription to Medical Teacher and discounted rates for ESME courses and the annual AMEE conference.
To purchase an AMEE membership, please visit https://amee.org/membership. Note that the fee waiver does not apply to institutional members.

NOTE: If a manuscript is rejected, the submission fee will not be refunded.


20. Publication, Reviewing and Responding to Reviews

After submission, the paper will be evaluated by the MedEdPublish editing team, including the Editor, Associate Editors or Theme Editors.  This is done to ascertain that the paper:
  • is in readable and intelligible English;
  • is within the scope of the journal. That is, the papers concern health professions’ education;
  • is in a format (e.g. research paper, case study etc.) acceptable to the journal, and
  • includes an appropriate ethics statements for all reports of research or evaluation of educational interventions, and any other papers (such as case studies) where students or patients or other subjects may be involved.
 
If additional information is necessary from the corresponding author, this may delay publication.  Possible reviewers from the Review Panel will be allocated.  During this time, MedEdPublish procedures will conform to all aspects of confidentiality as outlined in ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, Updated December 2017, available at: http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf
 
If basic minimum requirements have been met, the paper is then published as a permanent publication, is allocated and registered with a unique DOI, is visible to the world, and cannot be edited or retracted by the authors.  
 
Following publication, the reviewers post their reviews and give their star ratings.  These reviews are visible on the same page as your paper.
 
As author, you have the opportunity to respond to reviewers’ comments, especially if you need to clarify issues.  In fact, MedEdPublish encourages you strongly to continue the conversation with your reviewers.  This will improve the overall quality of the paper, and will allow readers to have the benefit of extra remarks and comments that you wish to make.
 
Please bear in mind that your comments will be visible and will be part of a permanent record associated with the paper.  As a result, especially if the reviewers have commented negatively on your paper, you should take your time in formulating a reply.  Please use the reviewers’ comments as formative feedback for improving your paper. (See next paragraphs)
 

21. Submitting a Revised Version of your article

After you have read (and responded to) the reviews, you may submit a revised version of the paper, taking into account these reviewers’ comments and star ratings.   

Please note that:
  • You may not submit a revised version of the article until a period of 28 days after publication of the first version.  This is to ensure that reviewers have had enough time to review the first version, and that authors take the reviewers’ comments into account.
  • The article must have received a minimum of two Panel member reviews.
  • You have a maximum of SIX MONTHS after publication of the first version to submit a revised version free of charge.  If you submit after the six-month deadline, you will be charged the full fee for a new submission. 
Also, please note the following:
 
  • The initial paper will have been published with its own unique DOI.
  • The revised paper is published with a new unique DOI, but readers will have access to the original paper and all reviews and comments that are posted for the original paper.
  • Changes should be in response to reviews submitted for the original paper, should focus on addressing substantive issues raised by reviewers, and aim for improvement of the original paper.
  • The title of the revised paper should remain the same as for the original paper, except where specifically suggested by reviewers.
  • The number, order and names of authors should remain the same as in the original except where changes are made to address specific reviewers’ comments.
  • The word count should remain the same (+/-10%) except where reviewers’ comments specifically suggest expansion of a section of the original paper.
  • The citation list should remain the same (+/-10%) except where the reviewers’ comments specifically suggest stronger links to the literature.
  • Revisions should not address solely grammatical and spelling errors, although these may be addressed if the revision addresses substantive issues raised by reviewers.
  • All revisions will go through a further review process, including reviewers of the original paper, and will receive published reviews and star ratings that are independent of those of the original paper.  It is possible that a revision will receive negative reviews and a lower star rating than the original version.
 
If you elect to submit a revised version, a new template will open, and will be auto-populated with some of your previous information.  You may edit any of the fields.
 
Fields that will be pre-populate from the original paper will be:
  • Title
  • Authors (with the ability to add or remove authors)
  • Other ancillary fields, such as Abstract, Take Home Message, Notes on contributors, Bibliography/references, and Appendices.
 
Main body fields, the new MS-Word document and supplementary files will not be copied over, and will have to be re-entered by the author.
 
Authors will also have to complete a text box labelled Amendments from Version 1.  As it implies, this information is a summary of the differences between Version 1 and Version 2 (the revised version) of the paper only.  Authors must not supply a detailed point-by-point response to each of the reviewers’ comments.  Please note that this information will be attached to the revised version of the paper, so that readers will be able to pick up differences at a glance. This will also help reviewers of the new version to look for the changes that were recommended, and so more quickly and easily perform their reviews.
 

22. Note if the original version of your article was in the old MedEdPublish format

(NOTE: This is relevant only if Version 1 of your article was in the old MedEdPublish format.)
 
Please ensure you follow the guidelines in the section above.  In particular, you will need to ensure that:
 
  • You original Word doc is single-spaced for the most successful copy-and-pasting.
  • Tables are copied-and-pasted from Word, rather than submitted as images.
  • References are in the new style.
  • The new declarations are completed.

23. Advertising the article

Authors are requested not to advertise the submission of their manuscripts until the paper has been published.  This is to avoid inappropriate anticipation and queries to you and the MedEdPublish office.
 
After publication, MedEdPublish advertises the paper in the following ways:
  • An email is auto-generated and sent to MedEdPublish registered users who have indicated an interest in a matching category.
  • A Tweet is sent on Twitter.  If any of the authors have submitted a Twitter handle, those handles may also be included in the advertising tweets.
  • At the end of each week, an email is sent to all MedEdPublish Panel Members listing all papers that have been published in MedEdPublish during that week.
  • Papers are also listed on the MedEdPublish Facebook page.
  • A selection of top-rated paper titles (3 stars and above) are listed in Medical Teacher.
 
Authors are encouraged to advertise their own papers in social media, their institutions, and any other places where they deem such advertising to be appropriate.
 

24. Retraction of articles by MedEdPublish

At any stage of the publication process (even after publication and review), a paper may be retracted by MedEdPublish.  This is performed only under exceptional circumstances, such as:
 
  • Plagiarism;
  • Unethical practices, including defamatory material and listing authors without their knowledge or consent;
  • Any type of data fabrication or misrepresentation;
  • Duplicate submission of article to MedEdPublish;
  • Identification of a very similar paper in another journal, and
  • Requests by authors, but only if authors have identified serious errors that compromise the integrity of the paper.
 
Please note the retraction process of MedEdPublish conforms to the COPE Retraction Guidelines, available at: https://publicationethics.org/files/retraction%20guidelines_0.pdf
 

25. Articles not receiving peer-reviews

MedEdPublish is a fully-fledged post-publication peer-reviewed journal, and not a pre-print server. Once a paper goes ‘live’ online in MedEdPublish it is considered ‘published’ in the same way as if it had been printed in a traditional journal. We will facilitate the peer review process for all published articles, but as with any publisher, we cannot guarantee that peer review is completed in a specific time frame.
 
Once a paper is published, it cannot be reverted to preprint status or taken down except in specific circumstances outlined in our retraction policy. It will retain its permanent DOI and will be registered with Crossref which means the content will be detectable by similarity-checking software employed by most academic publishers.

26. Retention of all original submissions

If the paper is accepted, all original material submitted by the author will be retained by MedEdPublish for up to 3 years.
 

27. Copyright

Authors retain full copyright on their submissions.  Authors have permission to deposit all versions of their papers in any open or closed-access institutional or other repositories (including pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing) and post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing), and final published version in HTML, XML, PDF or any other format), as long as all the original publication details and DOI of the paper are retained.  DOIs are permanently stored with CrossRef.

All user-submitted manuscripts (“papers”), reviews and comments are published under Creative Commons "CC BY-SA 4.0" (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/).  This permits all users to “copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format” and “remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially”  on condition that correct attribution is given, all changes are clearly indicated, and the new material is published under the same license.  All other contents of this website, including logos, are the property of MedEdPublish. 

28. Depositing of final papers in other repositories

Authors have permission to deposit final versions of their papers in any institutional or other repositories, as long as all the original publication details and DOI of the paper are retained.  DOIs are permanently stored with CrossRef.
 

29. Open Access

MedEdPublish is an entirely open-access journal.  This means that all contributions (articles, reviews, comments, etc.) are open to the public for viewing, downloading and use in terms of the "CC BY-SA 4.0" https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ licence.