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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in PDF or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts will undergo an initial evaluation by a member of the MUMJ Editorial Board. Selected articles will be critically reviewed by two student peer-reviewers with expertise in the article topic. If additional review is deemed necessary (there are no peer reviewers with adequate knowledge of the topic) a faculty member will conduct the review. The results of this review process are then compiled and assessed by the MUMJ submission editors, who, in consultation with the executive editors and editor-in-chief, will determine whether the article will be accepted for publication.

Authors will be informed of the disposition of their manuscripts by email or they may access their decisions by logging into the MUMJ website. Articles may be accepted without revisions, accepted with major revisions, accepted with minor revisions, or rejected. Authors of articles rejected for publication will receive an email outlining reasons for rejection and suggestions for improvement. Rejected articles may be resubmitted after appropriate changes have been made according to the recommendations of the MUMJ editorial staff. Revised resubmitted articles will be considered new submissions and will be subjected to the standard MUMJ review process. Accepted manuscripts will be edited to conform with MUMJ style and for correctness of grammar, syntax and punctuation.

Types of research


  • Case reports present real, and often unusual, cases and should contain the following components: case presentation, diagnosis, management, outcome of the case and a brief review of the relevant literature.
  • Clinical images are encouraged. Consent must be obtained from cases for publication of clinical images.
  • Maximum length: 1500 words


  • Clinical reviews must include a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the relevant literature.
  • Clinical reviews may contain the following components: introduction, etiology, pathogenesis, manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  • Systematic reviews may also be submitted for consideration, and must include a Methods section describing the search strategy, quality assessment and data extraction of retrieved articles.
  • Maximum length: 4000 words


  • Original research in clinical medicine, basic sciences, population health, medical education, social determinants of health, and history of medicine are welcome for consideration in MUMJ.
  • Introduction:This section should include the purpose of and rationale for the article. No data or conclusions of the work should be included.
  • Methods:The experimental design, methods and procedures must be described in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the study. Exclusion and inclusion criteria for study participants should be described clearly. References to established methods, including statistical methods, should be provided. Reasons for the selected methods should be outlined and any modifications to traditional methods should be explained clearly. If drugs have been used, provide the generic and brand names, and describe doses and route of administration clearly.
  • Results: Data should be presented in manner that is useful to the reader, using tables and figures to clearly organize results. Emphasize or summarize only important information. Do not repeat in the text all the information from a table or illustration.
  • Discussion/Conclusion: This section should focus on the interpretation and significance of the findings, in the context of the existing body of literature. State the limitations of the findings and directions for future research.
  • Maximum length: 4000 words


  • Commentary submissions should be interesting and provocative. These manuscripts may touch on topics including, but not limited to, clinical medicine, ethical and legal issues, history of medicine, health policy, careers in medicine, global health and literature and the arts.
  • Maximum length: 1500 words

 Manuscripts should conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (

Articles are to be written in clear and concise English. The manuscript should be typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced in an 8.5”x11” format, with 1” margins throughout. Consecutive numbering of all pages is required.


 The title page should include:

  • The title of the article
  • The complete names of all authors, degrees, and appointments
  • A complete address to whom correspondences should be addressed including email, telephone and fax


For Clinical Reviews and Original Research, an abstract capturing the purpose, main findings and principal conclusions of the manuscript must be included. Abbreviations and reference citations should be avoided. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.


Authors will be held responsible for the accuracy of the references.

References should be cited following Vancouver Style. Please see an example of the style guide here  Vancouver style guide.


Figure and tables should have concise titles, and be numbered and referred to in the text. Figures may include a brief caption of up to three sentences highlighting key points of the figure. All symbols and abbreviations used in figures and tables should be defined. Illustrations and photographs must be of sufficiently high resolution for printing and web-publication. Figures that have previously been published can only be used if you have permission from the copyright holder and must be referenced.


Statements acknowledging contributions (e.g., editorial or technical assistance) that do not justify authorship and financial or material support may be included at the end of the manuscript.


One to two lines should be included for all listed authors. These author biographies will be published with selected manuscripts in MUMJ.

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