The McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM)
provides an international forum for student contributions to
the field of medicine. We publish student research ranging
from basic laboratory science to clinical work to humanities
analyses of medicine in society to medically related artwork.
Our goal is to reach our broad international readership with
multiple perspectives of medicine.
The McGill Journal of Medicine
currently accepts submissions of the following types:
original articles, review articles, letters, research
letters, case reports, “crossroads” articles in the
humanities, as well as artwork. These are defined below. All
submissions must adhere to the following three criteria
The student must be first author. Authors should have
participated sufficiently in the work to take public
responsibility for the content. Editors may require
contributors to justify the assignment of authorship.
Manuscripts submitted to the MJM must contain original work
not previously published elsewhere.
All authors are required to
attach the following information with their submission:
Degree(s) expected or obtained and current position
Institution(s) of work/study
Phone number (optional)
Current research interests, goals and/or expectations (optional)
The MJM conforms to the style defined in the CBE Style
Manual, 5th ed., Council of Biology Editors, Inc., Bethesda,
Manuscripts must be in the English language, typed double
spaced in an 8.5"x11" format with 1" margins all around, in
Types of Articles
Original articles represent the communication of medical
research to the community. It is highly appropriate to
submit original articles containing basic laboratory
science, clinical and/or epidemiologic science, or other
types of research such as social psychology or economics
related to medicine.
Original articles must
follow a specific format. Each required component should
begin on a new and numbered page, in the following
sequence: Title page; abstract and key words; text
(introduction, methods, results, and discussion each
starting on a separate page); acknowledgements; references;
tables and illustrations (each complete with title, table
footnotes and illustration legends on a separate page).
The abstract should be no more than 240 words and should
contain the following: the purpose of the study, basic
procedures, main findings, and the principal
conclusions. The abstract must be self-contained. Below
the abstract provide, and identify as such, 3 to 10 key
words. If possible, use medical subject headings (MeSH)
of Index Medicus, National Library of Medicine, USA.
The text for original articles should not exceed 5000
words and should be divided into its appropriate
components. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and
should be indicated in the text as lowercase superscript
State clearly the purpose of the article, summarize the
rationale for the study or observation, and give
pertinent references. Do not include data or conclusions
from the work being reported.
Describe your selection of the observational or
experimental subjects clearly (patients or experimental
animals, including controls). Describe the experimental
design, the methods, the apparatus (manufacturer's name
and address in parentheses), and procedures in
sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce
the study. Give references to established methods,
including statistical methods; describe new or
substantially modified methods, give reasons for using
them, and evaluate their limitations. Identify precisely
all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s),
dose(s), and route(s) of administration.
Studies using human subjects must be conducted in
accordance with the guidelines outlined in the
Declaration of Helsinki of 1975. In all experiments, it
should be documented that informed consent was obtained
from the subjects. Do not use patients' names, initials,
or hospital numbers. All studies involving the use of
animals must be conducted in accordance with the highest
standards of humane animal care, and in accordance with
the institution's internal regulations.
Present your results in a logical sequence in the text,
tables, and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all
the data in the tables or illustrations; emphasize or
summarize only important observations.
The discussion should focus on the interpretation and
significance of the findings. State the implications of
the findings and their limitations, including
possibilities for future research. Relate the
observations to other relevant studies.
One or more statements should acknowledge (i)
contributions that do not justify authorship; (ii)
technical help; (iii) financial and material support.
Reference citations should appear in numerical order in
parentheses throughout the text and listed in their
order of appearance. Papers accepted but not yet
published may appear with the name of the journal
followed by the words "In press".
List all authors when six or less; otherwise list only
first three and add et al. First author's last name,
initials, second author's last name, initials, etc.
Title of article. Name of Journal Volume: inclusive
1. Bunny B, Coyote WE, Le Pew P, et al. Impact Trauma
and Subdural Hematoma. McGill Journal of Medicine 3:1-6;
Authors' names as above.
Title of chapter. In: Editor Name(s), editor(s). Title
of book. City, State: Publisher, Year.
2. Bunny B, Coyote WE, LePew P. Subdural Hematomas. In:
Jones J, editor. Head Injuries. New York, AZ: Acme
Tables, no more than four, must be submitted typewritten.
Each table must be constructed as simply as possible.
Number tables consecutively with arabic numerals in the
order of their first citation in the text and supply a
brief title for each. Explain in footnotes all
non-standard abbreviations. Footnote symbols should
appear in lowercase superscript letters.
Figures and legends, no more than six, should contain
sufficient information so that each figure is
intelligible without reference to the text. Figures are
usually 5"x7" but no larger than 8"x10", and printed on
high quality paper. Photographs should be glossy 5"x7"
in black and white. Authors may submit color prints but
must bear the extra costs. Identify each figure on its
reverse side with the name of the first author and the
figure number using a soft pencil or adhesive labels.
Supply each figure legend (with figure title and figure
number) on a separate page.
A research letter is a brief scientific communication that
presents original data in an intermediate fashion between
an abstract and an article. It must be more extensive and
informative than an abstract (up to three double-spaced
pages, not including references). This allows space for an
explanatory introduction and a short discussion on the
data, which are not normally contained in abstracts. The
research letter is an appropriate, self-sufficient format
to present concise research data without tables or
figures, in those cases where the amount of data, the
length required for the description of methods and the
discussion and conclusions driven from results are not
sufficient to fulfill an article. It must contain the
usual sections in scientific papers (introduction, methods,
results, discussion, summary and conclusions), and a short
number of selected references (seven maximum). Within this
general structure, the writing style can be flexible and
does not need subtitled paragraphs. A maximum of three
figures are permitted. The purpose of an abstract is to
summarize an article, or to anticipate partial results in
scientific meetings. MJM does not publish separate
MJM review articles are intended to communicate to a broad
audience. Review articles should synthesize currently
published research and add new insights into the
implications of such work. MJM review articles must follow
the same format as original articles, except in the text,
wherein the structure will be left to the author’s
discretion, and the word count should not exceed 3500
words. It is highly appropriate for review articles to be
submitted concerning issues surrounding basic medical
science and clinical medical science. Articles concerning
other areas of medicine such as the humanities may be
appropriate here if they are of a scientific and/or
experimental nature. Other articles are welcome but may be
more suited for the “Crossroads” section of the MJM.
Review articles favoured by
the MJM are those which have impressive writing style as
well as excellent content.
Letters to the MJM are intended to make commentary on
issues surrounding medicine. They need not have any
specific format and do not need to authored by a student.
Please note that letters may be edited by the MJM
Editorial Board prior to publication.
Case reports should document a single interesting case
that would provide important learning points for students
in medical fields. The MJM favours reports which use good
illustrations and follow the following specific format:
Use one paragraph to briefly describe the salient
clinical features of the disease being addressed (e.g.
epidemiological background of the disease, unique
Presentation of the case should include pertinent
information according to the the format of a typical
case report . This includes the chief/presenting
complaint, the pertinent history, medications, habits,
allergies, history of present illness, family history,
personal history, systems review, clinical examination,
laboratory investigations, and other diagnostic tests or
studies performed (e.g. radiology, biopsy, etc.).
Discussion of the case should seek to enlighten the
reader about the approaches used toward the clinical
scenario presented, to highlight recent advancements in
the field of diagnosis and treatment of the condition,
and to generally include points of clinical learning.
Acknowledgements, References, Illustrations
These should follow the format and limitations listed
under “Original Article”.
Please note that consent
for publication of a case report in print or
electronically must be obtained from the patient or, if
this is not possible, the next of kin before submission.
Please use generic drug names wherever possible.
The intent of the “Crossroads” section of the MJM is to
promote ways of knowing in medicine that are not solely
scientific. Crossroads articles are expository essays on
subjects exploring the relationship between medicine and
the humanities (visual arts, literature, history,
philosophy, etc.); essays should combine research with
original argument; it should be submitted in the format of
title, text, references (footnotes, according to the MLA
Handbook). The structure of the article is left up to the
author, but the work should not exceed 5000 words.
The MJM would like to publish original artwork relating to
medicine. Prospective authors should note that the art
will be reproduced on journal-quality paper and that the
work may be edited for size. Submissions in both black and
white as well as colour are welcome, however, authors must
bear the extra costs of colour reproduction. The MJM does
not guarantee the return of any submitted artwork.
Submission of Manuscripts
On diskette: The McGill
Journal of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University,
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, Canada, H3G
1Y6, telephone: (514)398-6987.
The MJM only takes submission in either Word or
Word-compatible format (preferably) or in Adobe PDF format.
Also, authors will be required to sign a copyright transfer
agreement. Authors will be expected to return edited proofs
within 3 weeks. The peer-review can take up to 4 months in
duration. Please contact the
MJM for the status of
Please indicate in your email
- The email address and
phone number at which the author can be reached and
the address to which all correspondance should be sent.
- That the submitted
manuscript has not been or will be submitted to, or
published, in any other journal.
- A brief description (1-2
sentences) of each of the author, including the degrees
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