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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 rapidy, 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.  Original articles
        a.  New research
        b.  Replication of previous studies
        c.  Study with negatve 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 withing 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.


The Editor of AMEE MedEdPublish is Professor Richard Hays, Dean of Medicine at the University of Tasmania, Australia. 


AMEE MedEdPublish has been developed in accordance with the eligibility criteria for inclusion in citation indexes such as Google Scholar.  As a new journal, we are in the process of establishing links with PubMed Central to ensure that ‘Recommended’ papers are eligible for indexing.

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.

 


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.

DOIs are the only widely adopted persistent identifier for scholarly works. DOI names appear in printed materials and online as links. You can use these DOI links to search for and locate an article.

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 Account’ area at the bottom of the 'Personal Settings' tab.


To search for a paper on AMEE MedEdPublish, click on the ‘Search’ tab on the top 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.


Yes, AMEE MedEdPublish papers can be cited.


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


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 'My Account' and click on the 'Notification Preferences' tab.  Tick 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. 


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, usually 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.

Accepted papers will be published 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 in 'My Account'.

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 £90 and an AMEE Individual Student membership can be purchased for £39.  To purchase an AMEE Individual or Student membership, please click here.

One 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 new 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.

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 [email protected] with a link to the comment, or by accesing the 'Report Abuse' link at the bottom of the Homepage.


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 [email protected] with a link to the copy, or by accessing the 'Report Abuse' link at the bottom of the Homepage.



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 under the ‘Publish ‘ tab on the top menu bar and ensure that your paper meets the criteria for publication and the instructions for preparing papers before submission.


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 Peer Review Guidelines. 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 Peer Review Guidelines.


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.


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. Reviewer’s 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.


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 [email protected] with a link to the comment, or by accessing the ‘Report Abuse’ link at the bottom of the Homepage.


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.


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


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 [email protected]

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 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
[email protected]