Journals

Academic Medicine

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Affiliated organization: Association of American Medical Colleges

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: Policy and conceptual work fit well here as well as large research studies (multi-institutional). Innovations with strong evaluations. The RIME supplement is a great venue for all other theory driven, high quality, discovery research or reviews.

Description from Journal Website: The journal serves as an international forum for the exchange of ideas, information, and strategies to address the major challenges facing the academic medicine community as it strives to carry out its missions in the public interest. The journal’s areas of focus include: education and training issues; health and science policy; institutional policy, management, and values; research practice; and clinical practice in academic settings. It also accepts case studies of education initiatives (see April 2010 for guidelines) and published an editorial of how to get your innovations published (August 2008).

Advances in Health Sciences Education

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Affiliated Organization: n/a

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: Audience is mostly scientists and professional researchers - theory driven, theory testing work. Big R research. Highly competitive.

Description from Journal Website: AHSE is a forum for scholarly and state-of-the art research into all aspects of health sciences education. It will publish empirical studies as well as discussions of theoretical issues and practical implications. The primary focus of the Journal is linking theory to practice, thus priority will be given to papers that have a sound theoretical basis and strong methodology. The Journal will accept articles on topics such as admissions, problem-based and self-directed learning, faculty development, achievement testing, motivation, curriculum development, curricular comparisons, program evaluation, expertise development, clinical reasoning, continuing education, community-based education, and communication skills. All rigorous methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, are encouraged. It is aimed at all those committed to the improvement of health professions education: researchers and educators in the fields of medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nutrition and related disciplines.

AMEE MedEdPublish

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Affiliated organization: The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Open Access Publication Fee: £90 per paper charged to non-members of AMEE

Description from Journal Website: An open-access e-journal designed to help members of the medical and health professions education community to publish their work and receive reviews and comments from experts and peers. Papers are published rapidly after a “light touch” screening to ensure they meet minimum standards. The peer review process starts following publication, with reviews from the panel of reviewers and the health professions education community more widely.

AMEE MedEdPublish invites the submission of papers addressing any theme of relevance to healthcare professionals' education. These can include: Original articles, New Research, Replication of previous studies, Study with negative findings, Pilot Study, Case study, New education methods, Practical tips and guidelines, Personal view and opinion pieces, Systematic review, Review of books, papers, reports and resources, Commentary, Letter.

BMC Medical Education

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Affiliated Organization: n/a

Open Access Publication Fee: A fee to non-members of $2145 for each article accepted for publication.

Description from Journal Website: BMC Medical Education is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles in relation to the training of healthcare professionals, including undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. The journal has a special focus on curriculum development, evaluations of performance, assessment of training needs and evidence-based medicine.

The BMJ

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Affiliated organization: Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Open Access Publication Fee: Charges £3000 upon acceptance.

Summary: Prioritizes large random control trials. Highly competitive. Audience is clinicians and researchers with a mandate to improve outcomes for patients. Stories sometimes take up by the UK popular press. Accepts only 7% of submissions.

Description from Journal Website: The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) is an international peer reviewed medical journal and a fully online first publication. The website is updated daily with original articles, podcasts, videos, and blogs and organised into four main content streams—research, education, news and views, and campaigns. In addition, the site is fully searchable, with an archive back to 1840 and numerous topic collections on clinical and non-clinical subjects. Articles of relevance to specific countries and regions are grouped together on country portals. Original research is published in full on thebmj.com, with open access and no limits on word counts. Our mission is to lead the debate on health and to engage, inform, and stimulate doctors, researchers, and other health professionals in ways that will improve outcomes for patients. We aim to help doctors make better decisions. To achieve these aims we publish original research articles, review and educational articles, news, letters, investigative journalism, and articles commenting on the clinical, scientific, social, political, and economic factors affecting health. We are delighted to consider articles for publication from doctors and others, and from anywhere in the world.

Canadian Medical Education Journal

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Affiliated Organization: n/a

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: Small studies resident projects fit well here. It is a growing journal that accepts many formats in both research and innovation. Moderately competitive. 

Description from Journal Website: The Canadian Medical Education Journal is an online, open-access peer-reviewed journal exploring new developments and perspectives in the field of medical education from premedical to postgraduate and continuing medical education. It examines the quantitative and qualitative aspects of prominent issues relating to the education, training and maintenance of health care professionals. Furthermore, it provides a forum for discussion specific to the challenges faced by medical educators, especially in Canada but also internationally. The target audience includes medical education researchers, practitioners and professionals, universities and their trainees.  Only manuscripts that have not been published in, or submitted to, other journals will be considered.

Canadian Family Physician

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Affiliated organization: The College of Family Physicians of Canada

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: Our mission is to ensure that practitioners, researchers, educators and policy makers are informed on current issues and in touch with the latest thinking in the discipline of family medicine; to serve family physicians in all types of practice in every part of Canada in both official languages; to advance the continuing development of family medicine as a discipline; and to contribute to the ongoing improvement of patient care. CFP includes clinical practice articles that are a practical, hands-on, how-to, what’s-new of FM, a commentary section and a research section featuring original Canadian research that advances our understanding of the practice of family medicine.  There is also a specific section dedicated to Teaching Moments.

Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

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Affiliated organization: Canadian Medical Association

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: CMAJ is an international general medical journal that seeks to publish, in print and electronic form, "medical knowledge that matters." We publish original research, reviews, analyses, practice articles, guidelines, commentaries, medical news, letters and editorials. Our authors may come from any discipline, but our main audience comprises medical professionals.  Accepted articles are published at cmaj.ca, which is the journal of record as used by PubMed and other indexers. We curate some articles for our print editions, received by subscribers and members of the Canadian Medical Association, which owns CMAJ.  

The Clinical Teacher

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Affiliated organization: Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: Shorter pieces focused on innovation or small evaluations. This is not a journal for theory driven work. Moderately competitive.

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

Evaluation of the Health Science Professions

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Affiliated Organization: n/a

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: Assessment work across the spectrum of education would fit well. Well validated questionnaire or survey work may be a good fit.

Description from Journal Website: Provides health-related professionals with state-of-the-art methodological, measurement, and statistical tools for conceptualizing the etiology of health promotion and problems, and developing, implementing, and evaluating health programs, teaching and training services, and products that pertain to a myriad of health dimensions. It is designed to provide a forum for keeping health professionals abreast of the latest technological advances in evaluation research methods through practitioner friendly articles, as well as provide the results of important evaluations. Further, the Journal is designed to provide a forum for debate of timely evaluation issues in health research and evaluation. Most recently Evaluation & the Health Professions has dedicated itself to issues related to translation research.

Family Medicine

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Affiliated organization: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: The journal publishes original research, systematic reviews, narrative essays, and policy analyses relevant to the discipline of family medicine, particularly focusing on primary care medical education, health workforce policy, and health services research. We seek to be a forum for peer-reviewed scholarship regarding how to create a workforce to provide cost effective care to populations of people.  Manuscripts published in Family Medicine fall into five general categories: (1) Original Articles, (2) Brief Reports, (3) Narrative Essays (4) Letters to the Editor, and (5) Book and Media Reviews. Family Medicine does not publish clinical review articles.

 

International Journal of Medical Education

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Open Access Publication Fee: No

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: IJME is an international, peer reviewed, open-access journal aimed at promoting the nature and scope of the knowledge that is directly relevant to all domains of medical education and practice.  The aims of IJME are very flexible and cover the whole range of education and training in medical and clinical education and allied health education and medical sciences, including dentistry, nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy. This includes but is not limited to:  Curriculum Planning and Development (Basic Medical Education, Graduate Medical Education), Curriculum Themes, Continuing Professional Development, Pedagogic Practice, Learning Situations, Simulation-Based Medical Education, Communication Skills, Assessment, Student Selection, Development of Medical Education Research, Clinical Decision-Making, Internationalization of Medical Education, Medical Education and Leadership, and Evaluation Research.

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

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Affiliated organizations: The Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: The Journal of Continuing Education is a quarterly journal publishing articles relevant to theory, practice, and policy development for continuing education in the health sciences. The journal presents original research and essays on subjects involving the lifelong learning of professionals, with a focus on continuous quality improvement, competency assessment, and knowledge translation. It provides thoughtful advice to those who develop, conduct, and evaluate continuing education programs.  Issues contain: Original Research,

Journal of Graduate Medical Education

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Affiliated organization: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: JGME disseminates scholarship and promotes critical inquiry to inform and engage the graduate medical education community to improve the quality of graduate medical education. The journal is devoted to original research, educational innovations, review articles, and commentaries about graduate medical education and related matters relevant to the education of residents and fellows and to the settings in which such education occurs. The Journal also publishes perspectives, brief reports, letters to the editor, personal essays on teaching, and invited guest editorials.

Medical Education

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Affiliated Organization: Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: The premier education research journal for medical education. Theory driven work would fit well as well as more applied work that has very strong methods and evaluation. Innovation reports are rare through the "Really Good Stuff" is a possible venue for short pieces. Highly competitive.

Description from Journal Website: Medical Education is an international peer-reviewed, journal with distribution to readers in more than 80 countries. The journal seeks to enhance its position as the pre-eminent journal in the field of education for health care professionals and aims to publish material of the highest quality reflecting worldwide or provocative issues and perspectives. The contents will be of interest to learners, teachers and researchers. It aims to have a significant impact on scholarship in medical education and, ultimately, on the quality of health care by prioritising papers that offer a fundamental advance in understanding of educationally relevant issues. The journal welcomes papers on any aspect of health professional education. Sections include: original research, review articles, cross-cutting edge, “really good stuff”, commentaries, “when I say”, and letters. 

Medical Education Online

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Affiliated organization: n/a

Open Access Publication fee: USD $1500 for up to 8 pages

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: Medical Education Online is a peer-reviewed international Open Access journal for disseminating information on the education and training of physicians and other health care professionals. It was launched in 1996 as the first ever freely available online journal in the field of medical education and has since then grown to become a highly regarded source of information in this area. MEO publishes Editorials, Original articles, Review articles, Letters to the Editor, and Book reviews.

Medical Science Educator

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Affiliated organization: International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: A peer-reviewed source for current information on scholarly activities, opinion, research and resources in medical science education. Presents the latest scholarly activities, opinions and resources in modern medical science education. Covers basic science education, clinical teaching and incorporation of new educational technologies. This journal publishes articles which focus on teaching the sciences that are fundamental to modern medicine and health. Coverage includes basic science education, clinical teaching and the incorporation of modern educational technologies.

Medical Teacher

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Affiliated organization: Association for Medical Education in Europe

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Summary: A journal with an applied focus: innovations, applied research and evaluation. This is a highly competitive journal with some specialty sections already over-subscribed.

Description from Journal Website:  Medical Teacher addresses the needs of teachers and administrators throughout the world involved in training for the health professions. This includes courses at basic and post-basic levels as well as the increasingly important area of continuing education. Medical Teacher provides accounts of new teaching methods, guidance on structuring courses and assessing achievement, and serves as a forum for communication between medical teachers and those involved in general education. In particular, the journal recognises the problems teachers have in keeping up-to-date with the developments in educational methods that lead to more effective teaching and learning at a time when the content of the curriculum, from medical procedures to policy changes in health care provision, is also changing. The journal features reports of innovation and research in medical education, case studies, survey articles, practical guidelines, reviews of current literature and book reviews. 

 

Perspectives on Medical Education

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Affiliated organization: Netherlands Association for Medical Education

Open Access Publication Fee: No

Summary: This is a growing journal that is moderately competitive. Research is a better fit than innovation or intervention reports. It hosts both theory and applied work (similar to Medical Education) but has a wider range of publishing venues. International work is valued.

Description from Journal Website: Perspectives on Medical Education aims to provide an international platform for innovation and research in health professions education. The readers of the Journal are clinical and preclinical health care professionals, educationalists, policy makers, students and other professionals with an interest in health professions education. It invites the following types of submissions: Original Articles, Review Articles, Eye Openers, Replication Studies, Show and Tell, PhD Report, Health Care and the Arts, Debate in Medical Education, Letters.

PRIMER (Peer-Reviewed Reports in Medical Education Research)

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Affiliated organization: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Open Access Publication Fee: No

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Description from Journal Website: PRiMER is an open access scholarly journal that publishes original research briefs relevant to education in family medicine and closely related areas. As a companion to other STFM journals, PRiMER is focused on medical education and health workforce policy. PRiMER fills a gap between the presentation of research results at conferences and the development of full-length articles that would be suitable for submission to traditional print journals, such as Family Medicine.

Teaching and Learning in Medicine

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Affiliated organization: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Peer-Reviewed: Yes

Description from Journal Website: An international, forum for scholarship on teaching and learning in the health professions. Its international scope reflects the common challenge faced by all medical educators: fostering the development of capable, well-rounded, and continuous learners prepared to practice in a complex, high-stakes, and ever-changing clinical environment. TLM's contributors and readership comprise behavioral scientists and health care practitioners, signaling the value of integrating diverse perspectives into a comprehensive understanding of learning and performance. The journal seeks to provide the theoretical foundations and practical analysis needed for effective educational decision making in such areas as admissions, instructional design and delivery, performance assessment, remediation, technology-assisted instruction, diversity management, and faculty development, among others. TLM's scope includes all levels of medical education, from premedical to postgraduate and continuing medical education, with articles published in the following categories: groundwork, validation, investigations, educational case reports, observations.

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